Halak to New York is a great move for the Islanders. The young team with a surge of prospects coming through in the next year or two now have a solid goalie to support them. Once Tavares is back healthy we could easily see the Islanders be that final team from the Metropolitan division in the playoffs.
John Tortorella being dismissed is understandable. Vancouver was potentially in a make it or break it year and may soon have to rebuild and Tortorella is not good at grooming young players. What he is good at is bringing the fire out of his players, but they must be tough skinned players which generally means he should be coaching a veteran team full of mentally mature players. He is a great coach but he is very demanding of his players and if a player is not ready for that it could derail that players career early on.
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