Jack Capuano Fired by Islanders: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

January 17th, 2017 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »

The New York Islanders announced they relieved Jack Capuano of his head coaching duties on Tuesday. 

Assistant general manager Doug Weight will serve as the team's interim head coach. 

Capuano was the head coach of the Islanders since the 2010-11 season and ranks second on the franchise's all-time wins list with 227. But a 17-17-8 start to this season has the team with just 42 points, third-worst in the NHL. 

However, the team was coming off a 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon. 

This was an Islanders team that had been mired in mediocrity since the mid-1990s. Before Capuano took over as head coach, the team had made the postseason just four times since the 1994-95 season. 

After he took over for Scott Gordon during the 2010-11 season, Capuano navigated a team with a young, budding star in John Tavares to two playoff-less years. 

But during the strike-shortened 2012-13 season, the Islanders managed to make the postseason for the first time since 2007 before falling short to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. 

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