Isles begin asst. coaching search as Thompson takes AHL gig

The New York Islanders will indeed make a coaching change this summer after all.

Brent Thompson (pictured, middle), one of Jack Capuano’s assistants on Long Island, will reportedly take the head job with AHL Bridgeport, according to Newsday. Thompson will replace the outgoing Scott Pellerin, who has been relieved of his duties.

Thompson, 43, has spent the last two years behind the Isles bench alongside Capuano. He joined the NHL staff after an earlier stint as the head man in Bridgeport, where he posted a 41-26-9 record.

According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the Isles are likely to look for someone with experience coaching defense to fill Thompson’s role. It’ll be interesting to see if the club hires another ex-player as GM Garth Snow, assistant Doug Weight, goalie coach Mike Dunham and director of pro scouting Ken Morrow all played for the Islanders prior to taking their respective gigs with the organization.


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