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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."
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The players defended the coach. The coach defended himself and the players. So no one was pointing fingers Monday night after the latest Islanders debacle, a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that left the Isles still searching for answers with three nervous days off coming.
“If I get what you’re implying, and I think I do, the answer is no,” Cal Clutterbuck said when asked if something fundamental needs to change with his team, which is 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in its last 10. “It’s just . . . No.
“It’s something different every night, it seems. We fix one thing and something else lets you down. But everything is fixable.”
The season isn’t even one-quarter over, but the questions about Jack Capuano’s job security and the status of a number of underachieving players are perfectly legitimate.
No Islander bristled at being asked, but after a decent opening 18 minutes quickly devolved into a 2-0 deficit after a period, there seemed to be an air of resignation after the Lightning dismissed the Islanders for the third time in 13 days by a 14-2 total score.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
...moments before Boyle scored, the big-bodied winger had clipped Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey with a big hit at the offensive blue line.
“It’s a direct shot to the head,” Capuano said, having no update on the status of Hickey, who left under his own power but was getting treatment and not available to the media. “[Boyle is] probably going to get suspended a game. The whole game, it shouldn’t come down to that.”
Boyle had hit Hickey, then ended up taking a ricochet off the backboards and finishing it into the open net, with the Isles less a defender as Hickey was slow to return to the play. Capuano was so mad he even singled out referee Brad Watson, who was looking right at the play as it happened and made no call.
“He’s standing right there. I’ve watched it numerous times now,” Capuano said. “Those are the types of hits we’re trying to eliminate from our game. It’s just too bad it had to end that way.”
more on the game...
Watch the Boyle hit and goal below...
Took a puck to the face, possible the nose area.
“We didn’t deserve it. What’d we have, 13 or 15 shots or whatever after two periods? That’s not going to get it done, even though we had the lead. We’ve got to put pucks on net, we’ve got to make their D turn, we’ve got to make their goalie work. You could see when we started doing some good things and played down low we got some offensive zone time, but too little too late.”
-Jack Capuano, head coach of the New York Islanders after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. More on the game from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News.
The Hockey writers at ESPN participated in an online chat today...
How does Jack Capuano still have a job? There is no way he can be considered one of the top 30 coaches in hockey.
scottdburnside To me the Jack Capuano situation is among the most interesting of the NHL coaches. New ownership coming in, moving to a new building and they need to make the playoffs. Yes, Jaroslav Halak looks like an early bust but there's no way this team misses the playoffs without ownership demanding blood. The question is whether that demand comes sooner or later. Isles on a stretch where they play seven of eight on the road.
many more questions and answers...
Jack Capuano post-game after losing to Carolina 3-2. Capuano becomes more 'critical' as the press conference moves on...
Bob McKenzie of TSN made his weekly appearance on NHL Live today and discussed Canada's WJC roster, the future of Jack Capuano and the health of Tylyer Seguin.
New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano not happy with the Islanders 6-0 loss to the Bruins tonight.
The New York Islanders announced today that they have removed the “interim” label from Head Coach Jack Capuano’s title. As per club policy, the terms and conditions of Capuano’s contract are not disclosed.
“We have made tremendous strides as a team this season under Jack’s direction and I’m confident that he’s the right person to lead the Islanders into the playoffs,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “Jack’s work ethic and familiarity with the numerous players on our roster has eased his adjustment to the NHL and we look forward to him taking the Islanders to the next level.”
“We got no respect tonight. Maybe if we start winning games, we’ll get it. Maybe it’s a young coaching staff and they’ve got an older coaching staff. Maybe it’s their players—their veteran guys versus our non-veteran guys. I have no idea. But it’s tough for guys to prepare for a game and then it’s taken away from you.”
-New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano after losing to the Devils Saturday night. More from Mike Mazzeo at ESPN New York.
There are several higher-profile games on tonight’s NHL docket but the Tampa Bay Lightning’s visit to Long Island has my undivided attention this evening (and would still, even were I not tasked with Bolts coverage, nor had I no stifled sentimental attachment to the Isles).
Both clubs have struggled of late, although that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of the hapless Islanders, 0-9-1 in their last ten and now under the command of a new head coach in Jack Capuano, who was handed the position on an interim basis after Isles’ brass made Scott Gordon the fall guy for their woeful start.
If a team in turmoil is always a dangerous one, what does that say for these Islanders? One would think they’d play some seriously desperate hockey tonight. That said, they’re still the Islanders and whether the players quit on Gordon (as True Hockey’s Andy Strickland reports in his latest installment of Rink Rats), or Gordon truly was the problem or owner Charles Wang and Garth Snow simply ignored the fact that, aside from a few talented youngsters, without injured key pieces Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit, chances for this team’s success were slim from day one, nothing seems to work for this franchise and there are no guarantees.
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For someone like me, who has covered the Tampa Bay Lightning for several seasons now, there has never been any shortage of rant-worthy material. The squabbles of previous ownership, atrocious on-ice performances, incessant (and often nonsensical) Vinny Lecavalier trade rumors and the curious case of Brian Lawton, if nothing else, made subject matter for the blog, wherever it has called home, easy to come by.
Starting with Steven Stamkos’ rise to NHL stardom last season and continuing with the breath of fresh air that new Lightning management has been, positive pieces have been writing themselves as well with increasing frequency.
All of this for me, of course, comes without any fan attachment, as I’ve never really had any rooting interest in the team to which I’ve been assigned by default. (I just sort of live here and have been able to eat a meal or two thanks to my hockey-related opinions being entertaining enough for someone to facilitate as much.) Granted, it’s far more pleasant to be around a team when they’re doing well so, maybe somewhere deep down, that’s what someone in my position might prefer but, really, so far as the Bolts go, I’ve always been of the take ‘em or leave ‘em mindset.
Whether they’re winning or not, however, doesn’t change the fact that I’ve grown quite comfortable on this particular beat – far more so, even than my first official go-round at this blogging thing, when I wrote, mostly for fun, about my childhood favorite New York Islanders. You see, I think that might be something that’s always played to my advantage with Tampa – there’s no fan mindset to skew my vision and little emotional attachment to provide any real blinders. (It’s also probably what’s helped find me trouble on occasion but that’s a story for another day.)
via Katie Strang tweet,
Scott Gordon let go as #Isles head coach
added 10:49am, via Islanders.com,
The New York Islanders announced today that Jack Capuano has been named interim head coach, replacing Scott Gordon. Gordon will remain with the organization as an adviser to General Manager, Garth Snow.
Capuano has served as the head coach of the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers the past four seasons. He will make his National Hockey League head coaching debut on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
“We believe we need a change in direction and, with the majority of the regular season still ahead of us, our goal remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Snow said. “Scott has made tremendous strides with our team the past three seasons and I look forward to continuing our relationship in an advisory capacity.”