Continuing my little poll series, this time I want to focus on the coaches of the Islanders. There have been many of them over the past 15 years. So outside of Al Arbour, who was the next best coach in Islanders history? And not who became the best coach after. Who was the second best during their Islanders tenure? Give explanations if you wish in the comments section.
I left Earl Ingarfield and Brad Shaw off the list as they were only interim coaches.
I am going with Ted Nolan. He didn't have a ton of talent on his teams, but he sure got the most out of them. He may have ruffled feathers with the wrong people, but as for actual coaching, no one got more out of his players then Nolan. I am not taking anything away from Laviolette, but the 01-02 team was a pretty damn good team if you really look back at it. It was Milbury's shining moment. And I think it is still too early to tell on Gordon. I believe in about 3 years he will be the second best coach in Isles history, but not today.