Gallant, Chabot joint New York Islanders as assistant coaches

They will join assistant Dan Lacroix on Ted Nolan’s staff. “I’ve always had the utmost respect for Gerard and John both as players and coaches,” Nolan said in a statement on Friday. “We have a coaching staff with a ton of experience, both playing in the NHL and coaching and that will be a huge asset to our players.”

Gallant was named head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2003-04 season and held that post until last year. He was an assistant in Columbus prior to that.

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He played 615 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning and had 480 points (211-269).

Chabot was most recently the head coach of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL. He was hired by the organization in February 2006 and turned a losing season into one that fell just one win short of a Memorial Cup berth.

He played 508 games for the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings and had 312 points (84-228).