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Islanders will keep GM Garth Snow and coach Jack Capuano

Apr 1, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders haven’t made the playoffs since 2006-07, but the pieces seem to be slowly falling in place for them. John Tavares is blossoming into a legitimate star, they have found some diamond-in-the-roughs in P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson and turned them top-six forwards, and their supporting cast is starting to look impressive. They are still young and have a fair amount of growing left to do, but they have been making progress even if their record doesn’t reflect it yet.

That’s probably what team owner Charles Wang was thinking when he announced that GM Garth Snow and head coach Jack Capuano would return for the 2012-13 campaign. That might be an unpopular decision for a franchise that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season for quite some time while the rival Rangers are on course to secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but as painful as a rebuilding process can be, it can also pay off big time.

  1. bcisleman - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Makes sense to stay the course with Garth as he has done a solid rebuilding job. Cappy needs to be on a short leash if he comes back next year. This team should have been better this year as the home and home sweep of the Pens reflected. What killed them was very poor October and November records (8 & 10 points respectively), coming up flat in key games later on and failing to put away teams and giving up leads late too often. If the team starts to go in the toilet again next fall, Garth should not hesitate and should be ready to make a move. Mike Haviland would be my choice.

  2. areyesrn - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    wait…he’s a GM now? wow…I’m so late…thought he was in the AHL somewhere…

    • Geoff Nichols - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      He’s been the GM since he retired after 05-06

      • irm780 - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        And they’ve made the playoffs once, with leftovers from Milbury’s mess. After 6 years of rebuilding, at what point do you scrap the people at the wheel? Obviously, you’ll have some good players when you are in the race for the top pick annually, that doesn’t mean things are improving though.

        Wang is one of the worst owners in sports, and the Islanders will remain a joke as long as they keep “staying the course”

  3. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Guess the dynasty of the Al Arbour teams is safe on Long Island.

  4. 4cupsinarow - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    It’s Wang who really needs to go… I respect the loyalty he has to players and his front office but it cost the Isles at least 5 years with the Milbury era. I think it’s Garth who should be on the short leash and Capuano gone now. Capuano has failed time and time again to get this team motivated with important games on the line and the late game failures should be inexcusable with the players he puts on the ice in final minutes of big games with a lead. He also doesn’t shorten the bench when he should and fails to see when a change in who’s playing with who needs to be tweaked. For example it took him 70 games to try Bailey with players who have some skill and to see Grabner needed to be demoted. He also tends to put the slowest d-men on the same line as well as almost never plays Streit when Tavares is on the Ice instead opting for the slow no offense Eaton and Staios pair.
    I just hope Snow lets Eaton, Staios, Jurcina, and Pandolpho walk and possibly find someone take Reasoner. Try to sign a real top 4 d-man( Suter ) go after Justin Schultz and give deHaan, Donovan, and Ness a real shot to make the big club. And if all goes well Strome will be playing for a shot at a Calder and just maybe Brock Nelson will stick too( if signed). I won’t even comment on goalies right now… Lol.
    As for the next coach I like Wilson even though he failed with the Leafs. He has a offensive system I think JT would thrive under… Sadly I’m expecting it to be another unproven guy in Doug Weight though… Although I like his fieriness behind the bench.

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