The upheaval that dislodged Neil Smith and brought in Garth Snow as Islanders general manager didn’t end with that stunning switch. Pat LaFontaine, the popular former player for the team and Hall of Famer, stepped down as senior adviser last night.
On Tuesday afternoon, there was a collective laugh around the NHL. New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, the nutty professor of new wave sports management techniques, got back to his screwball roots, firing general manager Neil Smith on just the 41st day of his tenure.
Michael Peca, an unrestricted free-agent who spent last season with the Edmonton Oilers, signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million US with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced Tuesday.