Tampa Bay Lightning

John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan granted permission to speak with New York

NYI Fan CentralSenior Analyst IJuly 18, 2008

Erik Erlendsson reports the Tampa Tribune has learned the Islanders have contacted Tampa Bay seeking permission to speak to former coach John Tortorella. Tampa have granted their request along with the one for Mike Sullivan, who was Tortorella's assistant last year, although it was unclear whether that was for a head coaching or assistant's job.

Tortorella and Sullivan both have a year remaining on their contracts with Tampa Bay which is why the Isles needed permission. The former coach reportedly was making $1.3 million.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mike Sullivan was the former Bruins coach for those who recall. Larry Brooks will not be a happy man if the Isles come to terms with Tortorella.

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