New York lacking leadership

Rookie head coach Steve Stirling has discovered just how difficult it is to motivate this Islanders team.

Updated: December 1, 2003, 4:18 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Former New York Islanders head coach Peter Laviolette should gain some peace of mind knowing he squeezed everything he could out of his team in two seasons before he was fired in June.

Disgruntled Islanders players convinced general manager Mike Milbury to fire Laviolette despite the fact he led the Islanders to their only two playoff appearances in the past eight years during his two seasons as coach.

Michael Peca has not been the same player this season.
With a 5-8 record in November that closed with a five-game losing streak, rookie head coach Steve Stirling has discovered just how difficult it is to motivate this Islanders team, which has barely changed personnel since last season.

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