According to multiple reports, the New York Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano. This coming the day after one of the teams better wins on the season, a 4-0 victory against the Boston Bruins. The team is 17-17-8, and sitting in last place in the Metropolitan Division. It was only a matter of time, as the team consistently blew 3rd period leads, and simply have not met expectations thus far this season. Assistant coach Doug Weight will serve as the interim head coach.
The blame for the Islanders struggles this season can be placed on many, and Capuano was certainly one of them. However, some might question the personnel he was dealt with this season. The Islanders did not resign two of their top players in Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielson, as well as the former NHL leader in hits Matt Martin. There certainly are many new faces on the team this year, and in my opinion it killed the teams chemistry. Other players had to step up to help the team’s best player, John Tavares. After winning a playoff series in 2016 for the first time since the 1992-1993 season, it looked as if the team was moving forward. The season is not over, but last place at this point is unacceptable.
So now we stand with a new head coach in Doug Weight. Maybe this is the spark the Islanders need. They are only 8 points out of a playoff spot, and maybe the players will preform with some fire now. They are a win streak away from being right in the thick of things. Jack Capuano may have been here through the ups and downs, but he helped the team break a negative streak they had been stuck with for years. I will never forget the 2016 season.
The team has a lot of talent, and fans have been waiting for them to take the next step. Unfortunately, Jack Capuano’s time was up here in New York, as the team has underachieved. By firing Capuano in the middle of the season, in my opinion it shows the team believes they still have a chance at making the playoffs.This could lead to the team making a run towards the postseason. They might fall short, but maybe this is the spark the team needed to realize no one’s job is safe. If the struggles continue, fans will be calling next for General Manager Garth Snow to be fired. Jack Capuano’s legacy with the Islanders is simple, he brought some hope and enjoyment to Islander fans, but his team just did not peak their potential.