On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Islanders announced the firing of Jack Capuano. They named Doug Weight Interim Head Coach. Capuano leaves the Islanders as the second-winningest coach in franchise history with a coaching record of 227-192-64. Jack Capuano was hired by Garth Snow in 2010 and brought the Islanders to the playoffs 3 times since then. Eventually last year winning their first playoff series in 23 years. Jack Capuano wasn’t a bad coach. He was a good coach but sometimes the easiest change to make to a team is firing the coach. Their were problems to Capuano’s coaching schemes but they worked to a certain point.
Main points to his firing:
- Not using players to their skill set.
- Not holding veterans accountable.
- Benching players that should be playing.
- 3 goalie system
"It’s an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans,” Capuano said in the press release announcing his firing.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) January 17, 2017
What led to the firing of Jack Capuano? Look at these stats:
In a conference call on Tuesday Garth Snow said:
Isles GM Garth Snow on media call regarding timing of firing: likely wasn't going to bring Capuano back for next season so start search now
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 17, 2017
Garth Snow is now on the hot seat. This is his own mess that he has created.
As Doug Weight becomes the interim head coach, can he somehow bring this team all the way from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the playoffs? Time will tell. There is a chance that this is the spark this team needed from the start. But this team is now Garth Snows more than ever.
Good man, Jack Capuano. The problem with NYI goes back to lousy drafting, letting quality go, team with no depth. Hope he gets another shot
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) January 17, 2017
Garth Snow will pick the new coach, make moves before deadline and work closely with Ledecky. He's not going anywhere.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) January 18, 2017
Why is Ledecky letting Garth Snow pick the new coach? Why is he letting him make moves? As Steve Simmons said this goes back to Snow’s lousy drafting, letting good players walk and not signing depth players. Why should he be the one allowed to make these moves? Maybe with Snow being on the hot seat will get him to make moves in order for his team exceed expectations.