Thompson called up

The coaches’ room at Iceworks in Syosset, N.Y., has a lock on it; you have to punch a code to get in. Brent Thompson couldn’t get himself in a couple of times yesterday.

He’ll have to learn that code soon. The Islanders made it official today that Thompson is now an Islanders assistant.

Bridgeport is also losing Matt Bertani to the Islanders; he’ll be the team’s new video coach. Am told Eric Boguniecki is expected back.

So there will indeed be a fourth coach in three years here, and an eighth in 12.

Edit: Coincidentally, former Isles assistant Dean Chynoweth is the new coach in Cleveland.

TEAM Old New
TEX Jeff Pyle (4/16)  Willie Desjardins (6/12) 
SPR Rob Riley (4/16) Brad Larsen (5/21) 
BIN Kurt Kleinendorst (5/8)  Luke Richardson (5/23)
ADK Joe Paterson (5/22)
MIL Ian Herbers (5/30, U Alberta)  Dean Evason (6/19)
CHI Craig MacTavish (6/11) Scott Arniel (6/26)
PEO Jared Bednar (6/12) Dave Allison (6/12)
HAM Clement Jodoin (6/12, MON ass’t)   Sylvain Lefebvre(6/12)
LE David Quinn (6/14, COL ass’t) Dean Chynoweth (6/27)
GR Curt Fraser (6/18, DAL ass’t) Jeff Blashill (6/25)
NOR Jon Cooper-a (6/21) Trent Yawney-a (6/21)
SYR Trent Yawney-a (6/21) Jon Cooper-a (6/21)
BPT Brent Thompson (6/27)

a-Affiliation swap between Norfolk and Syracuse, Anaheim and Tampa Bay.

Michael Fornabaio