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Recent changes don't change Laviolette's objectives

Updated: June 28, 2001, 12:13 PM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

Three months ago, there was no way Islanders rookie coach Peter Laviolette could have predicted his current situation.

The former Boston Bruins assistant coach was expected to be hired as an NHL head coach this offseason, but in Boston. Instead, the Bruins hired Robbie Ftorek to replace Mike Keenan. Two weeks later, Isles GM Mike Milbury plucked Laviolette away from Boston and handed him the reins to a team which lost 51 of 82 games.

But after acquiring Alexei Yashin and Mike Peca ...

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