Yesterday’s Newsday included Providence’s Scott Gordon as one of the candidates under consideration to fill Ted Nolan’s job on Long Island.
Gordon is entering the final year of a two-year contract. The Bruins hold an option on a third year.
Last Friday, assistant GM Jim Benning said the Islanders hadn’t asked permission to interview Gordon, but said they could in the future because of the ex-Boston College star’s resume. GM Peter Chiarelli has repeatedly said he wouldn’t stand in Gordon’s way if he were offered an NHL head coach’s job, so it’s likely that the Bruins will allow the former goalie to interview with the Islanders if they come calling.
While Gordon doesn’t have any NHL coaching experience, he is considered an up-and-comer because of his success in Providence. Gordon runs high-tempo practices, uses video extensively, and is well-respected by current and former players.
In 2007-08, Providence won both matches against Bridgeport, New York’s AHL affiliate. Islanders GM Garth Snow has said he wants a coach who will emphasize player development.