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Capuano ousted as Islanders Coach

Capuano ousted as Islanders Coach Andrew Gardeckl/via flickr.com

New York currently last place in Eastern Conference

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BROOKLYN, NY-Last season, the New York Islanders seemed to make strides toward becoming a contending team. 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. However, this season has not played out according to plan and the first head rolled today.

Jack Capuano has been fired as the team’s head coach and will be replaced by assistant general manager Doug Weight, the organization announced today.

After going 45-27-10 and finishing fourth in the Metropolitan Division last season, the Islanders are only 17-17-8 this year through 42 games and find themselves last in the division and conference.

Capuano took over the New York job during the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, he was had the head coach of their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

While the Islanders did not make the playoffs in Capuano’s first two years behind the bench, they did make it to the postseason in three of the last four.

In 482 games as head coach of the Islanders, the 50-year-old went a very respectable 227-191-64. He was 10-14 in 24 playoff games. His 482 games coached and 227 wins are second-most in team history

While the firing doesn’t come as too much of a surprise (TSJ Sports hockey writer Nick Santangelo had written earlier this season that Capuano was a coach he believed was on the hot seat), the timing is a bit odd.

New York is coming off a 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon and are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games to move to being eight points out of the final playoff spot. It also comes after an off-season where they lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Matt Martin to other teams in free agency.

Whatever the case, Weight will now be in charge of trying to turn this team around. Their next game is Thursday night as they host Dallas (7:00 PM ET, MSG+, FS-SW+).