Last-Place Islanders Fire Coach Jack Capuano

Kristopher Nichols
January 18, 2017

The New York Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano after a 17-17-8 start to the season.

The Isles announced Tuesday that they have relieved coach Jack Capuano of his head coaching duties and have replaced him with assistant general manager Doug Weight on an interim basis.

The Islanders made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, just a day after NY won a 4-0 shutout in Boston.

This was Capuano's seventh season as Islanders coach.

Since the dynasty years of the 1980s, the Islanders have struggled to find even close to that level of success. The Islanders are now in the Eastern Conference basement with a 17-17-8 (42 points) record, and are eight points behind the Flyers for that final Wild Card spot. A relatively lethal offense last season, a disappointing result in the playoffs, a window that many felt was opening for both teams to make real strides towards the Stanley Cup, and quite disappointing seasons to date this year.

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"It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans", Capuano said in the team's release.

In 441 games as head coach of the Islanders, the 50-year-old went a very respectable 210-175-56.

The decision to fire Capuano comes two months after Snow said he had no plans to dismiss the coach, who had been hearing chants of "Fire Cappy" during home games.

In sum, Capunao went 227-192-64 in NY, including consecutive 100-point seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16. They made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993 and seemingly had a good core group of players. He had served as an assistant coach with the Islanders in 2005-06 and coached Bridgeport, the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate, from 2007-08 until he was promoted.

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