Jan. 18, 2017
Capuano Fired as Islanders Head Coach
The New York Islanders have finally decided to the plug and fire Jack Capuano from his coaching duties. Assistant General Manager Doug Weight, will take over as the interim head coach. They had high expectations heading into this season after winning a 1st round series last year for the first time since 1993 against the Florida Panthers.
The Islanders are last in the eastern conference with a 17-17-8 record with 42 points. In 483 games coached with the Islanders, he went 227-192-64. He started his coaching adventure in the 2010-2011 season. New York should have fired general manager Garth Snow as well, but he will probably be fired at seasons end.
He didn't give Capuano enough help with losing Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, who were both all stars this season. Losing Matt Martin hurt as well. PA Parentau was released in the preseason, and he is having a nice season for the New Jersey Devils.
Capuano however couldn't find a way to spark his players when he needed to. They also have had a history of blowing late leads this season, and the Islanders need to change the culture with new ownership in charge.