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Garth Snow On Relieving Jack Capuano As The Head Coach

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

With the team at 17-17-8 and in last place in Eastern Conference following a season in which it won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years, Snow surprisingly said a decision had been made prior to this announcement that Capuano was not going to be the coach next season.

“At the end of the day, organizationally, I don’t think Jack was probably going to be a coach we were going to bring back,” Snow said on a conference call. “At this time, to name Dougie Weight interim head coach, we can start a coaching search now and not have to worry about the ramifications of trying to do that with Jack as head coach.”

So it rang incredibly hollow when Snow dropped the cliche about how Capuano “is an excellent coach.” Snow callously added: “When you’re a coach in this league, sometimes you’re a victim of different circumstances.”

Right, so if all that’s true, there was no way Capuano was going to be the coach next season?

Either way, the circumstances Capuano were put in this season were created by Snow. The GM spent this past summer watching as stalwarts Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin signed elsewhere, and attempted to replace them with a bloated contract for winger Andrew Ladd and the addition of veteran winger Jason Chimera.


added 6:33pm, from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

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Jack Capuano Fired By The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders,

New York Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow announced today that Jack Capuano has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach. Assistant General Manager Doug Weight has been named Interim Head Coach.

"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward." 

Capuano ranks second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (482) and wins (227), behind legendary Hall of Fame coach, Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins). With a record of 227-191-64, Capuano was the NHL's fourth-longest tenured coach, behind Claude Julien, Joel Quenneville and Dave Tippett.

"It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans," Capuano said. "I'd like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I'd also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work."


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What The Islanders And Red Wings Should Do

fom Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Now is the time for the Islanders to get in on the bidding for Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, both placed on the block by the dysfunctional Avalanche, both dynamic, highly skilled offensive players who would jump-start an attack that has produced the fewest five-on-five shot attempts in the NHL.

Landeskog, the 24-year-old captain, would fit neatly on Tavares’ left side. Duchene, the 25-year-old who went third in the same entry draft in which No. 91 was first overall, could either play on Tavares’ wing or center the club’s second line.

Colorado is seeking a top-four defenseman, but who isn’t? And while it would be unwise for the Islanders to move Travis Hamonic in a deal for either player, Snow should be willing to discuss sending Nick Leddy — a very good one whose annual $5.5 million cap hit through 2021-22 meshes neatly with Duchene’s $6 million per through 2018-19 and Landeskog’s $5.57 million per through 2020-21 — out west as part of a deal that would reshape the team, reset the season and reenergize the franchise.

Or Snow could stand pat and pledge allegiance to the status quo. What does he have to lose? Only his job.

- Surely the Red Wings’ focus is not on extending their playoff-qualification streak to 26 seasons when the team is nowhere close to Cup contention and hasn’t been for years.

The fact is, Detroit has not won a single playoff round over the past three seasons, has won one in the last five and three in seven years since losing their title defense to Pittsburgh in the 2009 final.

It’s time for GM Ken Holland and the franchise to take one step back in order to take two steps forward, even if this is the last season for what will be a hardly lamented Joe.

Joe Louis Arena: Hockey’s Shea Stadium.

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John Tavares Remains Committed To The New York Islanders

from Steven Marcus of Newsday,

John Tavares is not looking to escape the woes surrounding the Islanders. Rather, he reaffirmed his commitment to remain with the organization despite the opportunity to test free agency after the 2017-18 season.

“I think for myself, I’ve always shown and talked about my commitment here,’’ said the four-time All-Star, who signed a six-year, $33-million extension in 2011, on Monday at Northwell Health Ice Center. “Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we’ve done. Obviously, this [low] point’s been disappointing.’’

The Islanders, who have played 38 games, are last in the Eastern Conference. Tavares has only 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) and has scored two goals in the last 11 games.

“For myself, I know that I have not been to the level that I expect of myself and the standard that I want to be at,’’ he said. “[I keep] trying to improve and get better. I need to be counted on more, to be more of a difference-maker.’’

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Goaltender Jaroslav Halak On Waivers

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On Milan Lucic And John Tavares

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Through 35 games, Milan Lucic is Edmonton’s No. 3 scorer with 10 goals and 14 assists. The ex-Bruin is on pace to score 56 points, almost right in line with his 20-35—55 output last season with Los Angeles.

Half of Lucic’s production, however, has taken place on the power play. In Edmonton’s 3-2 win over Arizona on Wednesday, Lucic scored his fourth power-play goal by hammering home a close-range strike on Mike Smith. Lucic is averaging 2:59 of power-play time per game, second-most on the team behind Connor McDavid (3:11). The left wing is seeing more man-advantage opportunities than he did in LA, where he averaged 2:07 of PP time per game.

The curious thing about Lucic’s first year as an Oiler is how he hasn’t produced with the same efficiency at even strength, especially considering he’s been riding with McDavid and Jordan Eberle on Edmonton’s first line. You would think a pee-wee could average a point per game with McDavid as a center. But it hasn’t been that easy for Lucic. The former Bruin is averaging a career-worst 1.22 five-on-five points per 60 minutes of play, according to http://www.corsica.hockey In co.mparison, McDavid is averaging 2.64 points per 60....

- It’s hard enough for John Tavares to center Josh Bailey and Anders Lee. On deeper teams, neither Bailey nor Lee would be considered first-line wings. The bigger issue is how short the Islanders’ bench becomes after Tavares takes his shift. Coach Jack Capuano’s second line is Andrew Ladd, Alan Quine, and Jason Chimera, hardly a murderers’ row of offense. It means opponents can deploy all their top defensive dogs against Tavares, who is so good that he still manages to create chances. For example, the Bruins rolled out Chara and Patrice Bergeron against No. 91. Against Pittsburgh, Chara and Bergeron were separated, tasked to defend Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, respectively. Tavares is signed through 2018 at a $5.5 million annual song. The Islanders may have to double his payday just to convince him to stay in Brooklyn.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Tuukka Rask with help from Brad Marchand...


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A Five-Year Extension For Cal Clutterbuck

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders announced today that Cal Clutterbuck has agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.

Clutterbuck, 29, has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 25 games with the Islanders this season. The Welland, ON, native was named an alternate captain at the start of this season, his fourth with the Islanders and ninth in the National Hockey League.

Last season, Clutterbuck scored 15 goals with eight assists in 77 games with the Islanders. He added three points (two goals, one assist) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Islanders advance to the second round.


added 11:32am,


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Report- The New York Islanders Would Like A Big Name To Run The Team

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have not said anything publicly during the Islanders’ dismal start to the owners’ first season in charge. But they have been busy.

Newsday has learned that Malkin and Ledecky have been meeting since the summer with a number of people in the hockey world, from former team chief officers to power agents to retired players, in hopes of finding a “big name” to step in and oversee the Isles’ operations.

Sources say that Malkin and Ledecky are not close to naming anyone to what would be a team president role — one of the two titles currently held by Garth Snow, who has been president and general manager since the summer of 2006. A team spokesman flatly denied that there is any search underway for a new team president.


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Video- You Make The Call On Thomas Hickey’s Shootout Goal

The Anaheim Ducks lost 3-2 in a 14 round shootout to the New York Islanders, this is about one of those goals in the shootout...

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

After a review involving the NHL situation room, Hickey was determined to have not interfered with Bernier before the puck crossed the line. Afterward, Bernier took an adamant stance.

"I think it was pretty obvious," Bernier said. "I made the save and my skate was going right to the post where I wanted it to be. He pushed me in."

Bernier wasn't only one angry. The call left Ducks coach Randy Carlyle incensed as he got an explanation from referees Gord Dwyer and Dean Morton.

“You can’t get bent out of shape from the score and from what we feel is unjustified in the allowing of the shootout goal. You can get yourself sideways in that,” Carlyle said. “They made the call. We’ll do our necessary phone calls behind the scenes. We’ll have a conversation with some people and see what they have to say about it.”

“I was under the understanding that you cannot score a goal in the NHL today by pushing the goaltender’s pad with the puck underneath it over the line, but I guess I was proved wrong again tonight."


Watch the goal below...

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