Gordon's job safe for now despite Isles' slump

New York Islanders coach Scott Gordon watches practice New York Islanders coach Scott Gordon watches practice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Photo Credit: John Dunn

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The Islanders' seven-game losing streak poses no immediate threat to coach Scott Gordon's job security, according to a source familiar with the team's thinking.

Although speculation has arisen during the team's slide, there have been no internal discussions about Gordon's future, the source said.

Gordon, who took over the team in 2008, is in the last year of a three-year deal.

The Islanders have consistently refrained from speaking about Gordon's status since his hiring; the organization never officially divulged the length and term of his contract, although owner Charles Wang inadvertently revealed the former in a July 2009 radio interview.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow remained similarly tight-lipped about the situation when reached by telephone Sunday afternoon.

"Scott is an excellent coach and we have a great relationship,'' Snow said, "but my policy has always been that any conversations between him and I stay that way."

The team's last win came against Tampa Bay on Oct. 21. Since that 3-2 overtime victory, the Islanders have dropped seven straight, including nightmarish losses to Philadelphia and Carolina last week.

The team made strides in the past two games - a 4-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday and a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday - but neither resulted in a point.

Snow and Gordon said they were pleased by the improvement shown of late.

"A lot of the things we had at the beginning of the year going for us, we've got more of that back in our game, which I'm encouraged about," Gordon said after Saturday's game.

"It seems like the last few games, we probably should have won," defenseman James Wisniewski said. "I guess if you can take a positive out of a loss, it's that."

Although the Islanders initially weathered the storm, the team has suffered significant injuries to Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Andrew MacDonald.

The Islanders also are in the midst of a brutal streak in which they play 12 of 15 games on the road. The team begins a three-game trip to Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"I'm confident in the group we have if we perform to the level that every individual can," Snow said. "We will get out of it, but there can't be any shortcuts. There can't be players not on the same page; we have to play as a collective group.

"We're in a situation where we have to build one shift at a time, one period at a time, and turn that into a game," Snow said. "We've lost our mojo as a group and we need to find a way to get it back."

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