Report: Islanders narrow coaching search to Hartley, Maurice and Gordon

According to a report in Newsday,  Islanders GM Garth Snow has narrowed his head coaching search to three candidates.

After interviewing at least eight men, Snow will reportedly name one of Bob Hartley, Paul Maurice or Scott Gordon as the team’s new bench boss early this week.

Hartley was last in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers before he was fired early last season after the team got off to an 0-6 start. He has previous NHL experience with the Colorado Avalanche, a team he coached to a Stanley Cup championship in 2001.

After nine seasons in Carolina, Paul Maurice spent the last three with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was fired shortly after the conclusion of last season. His best season came with the Hurricanes in 2002, when he led an underdog squad to the Finals before losing to the Red Wings.

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Gordon has no NHL coaching experience, but was named the American League’s coach of the year with Providence last season. He’s held the top spot with the P-Bruins for five full seasons, each of which the team has been above .500.

The successful candidate will replace Ted Nolan, who parted ways with the Isles in mid-July.