Jack Capuano becomes the first coach to get his walking papers. Also, the New York Islanders have announced that Assistant General Manager Dough Weight will be behind the bench on an interim basis.
Here’s a statement from General Manager Garth Snow (via Newsday) on the firing:
“At the end of the day organizationally, I don’t think Jack was going to be a coach we were going to bring back,” Isles general manager Garth Snow said on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. “We need to turn this ship around and I really have a lot of confidence in our coaching staff and in our players.”
In his 6 seasons in New York, Capuano registered a record of 227-192-64 in 483 games. Only second behind Hall of Famer Al Arbour.
However, after a dismal start to the season, the 50-year-old could not save his job. In 42 games, New York has compiled a record of 17-17-8 for 42 points which at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Capuano and his coaching staff have been unable to guide New York through the losses of Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Matt Martin. Who all left via free agency over the summer.
One of their replacements in Andrew Ladd has not worked out as planned for New York. In 41 games, Ladd has put up 12 points (8 G 4 A) and whose contract has become an albatross. According to Cap Friendly, his contract has a cap hit of 5.5M and ends after the 2022-2023.
New York currently sits eight points out of a wild-card spot but their playoff chances are looking bleak at best.