Dec 22, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators associate coach Marc Crawford reacts to a play on the ice in the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Ducks 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

5. Marc Crawford

Marc Crawford is another grizzled vet who would be an ideal fit for the Islanders.

Crawford broke into the league during the 1994-95 season and immediately found success with the Nordiques, taking his team to the Conference Quarterfinals. That team was eliminated from contention, but in his first season as an NHL head coach, Crawford became the youngest in that position to have won the Jack Adams award. He still holds that distinction.

The Nordiques were relocated to Colorado the following season. Crawford’s 1995-96 Colorado Avalanche won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship

Crawford left the Avalanche and joined the rebuilding Canucks halfway through the 1998-99 season and would help make them a playoff contender.


He would help set a (then) franchise record of 104 points in the regular season, beating out his former team for the division title.

Despite some rough stints with Los Angeles and the Dallas Stars, Crawford’s career rebounded after coaching the ZSC Lions of the Swiss League, leading them to the 2016 Swiss Cup. He currently serves as an assistant coach to Guy Boucher on the Ottawa Senators.

In reality, all of these options bring very diverse tactics to the Islanders bench.

Regardless of who the Islanders’ next president is, this list is their pool of most likely (and qualified) candidates.

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Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.