From Newsday’s Alan Hahn.
Neil Smith (above) was only the fourth general manager in Islanders history, but it appears a fifth GM is coming sooner than expected. Sources on Tuesday have told Newsday that Smith was no longer the Islanders GM, barely a month after he was named to the position.
It is not yet clear if Smith resigned or was fired. He was hired by owner Charles Wang along with coach Ted Nolan in early June. There was some curiosity that day at the news conference when Smith addressed the media third after Nolan and Pat LaFontaine, who was also introduced as special adviser to the owner.
A call to Smith’s cell phone went directly to voice mail and a message was not immediately returned. The Islanders have not announced anything and calls to the team’s public relations office were not immediately returned.
TSN is also claiming something is up at the Mausoleum.
(UPDATE : WFAN is reporting that Smith is out, and Garth Snow is the new G.M. Al Snow, unavailable for comment.)