Islanders Part with Scott Pellerin, Return Brent Thompson to Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Minding the kids. - Bruce Bennett

Is that Radek Martinek's music?

A mild surprise from this morning: The New York Islanders have let go of Scott Pellerin as head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and will return Brent Thompson to the role.

Eric Boguniecki and Doug Holewa remain as Thompson's assistants.

Pellerin, formerly an assistant coach with AHL Manchester (and an NHL player before that), had guided the Islanders' AHL affiliate for the past two seasons. He succeeded Thompson, who led the Sound Tigers to the playoffs in his lone season with Bridgeport (41-26-9) before being promoted to the NHL as one of Jack Capuano's assistants.

Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post has initial reaction from Pellerin, along with this factoid that speaks to the roster Pellerin was dealt in 2013-14:

Jon Sim’s last game was Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s first. That was the only night Bridgeport dressed two AHL veterans. It had Sim for 14 games, Bouchard for another 19 and then Justin Mercier for four: 37 of 76 games with an AHL veteran in the lineup.

Sound Tigers play-by-play announcer Phil Giubileo weighed in on the return of Thompson, who is known for his intensity and will have a fresh crop of young defensemen prospects to work with:

This leaves Doug Weight as Capuano's assistant coach (and special assistant to the GM) on Long Island. Who gets the other role next? And do you know where your Radek Martinek is?

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