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Tavares has ‘all the faith in the world’ in coach Capuano

Nov 29, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

Jack Capuano AP

With nine regulation losses in their last 11 tries, the New York Islanders are facing a lot of questions these days. Chief among those questions is whether head coach Jack Capuano is still the right man for the job.

According to captain John Tavares, the answer to that particular query is an unequivocal yes.

“We’ve got all the faith in the world in the people in this organization,” Tavares told Newsday. “We’re the ones stepping on the ice. We’re the ones not getting the job done. We proved last year what we’re capable of. This is not last year, but this is about the guys in this room.”

The Isles will try to halt a four-game losing streak later this afternoon versus Detroit. They also play tomorrow at home against Washington.

Despite Tavares’ vote of confidence, it’s worth mentioning that general manager Garth Snow has fired a coach mid-season before. In fact, that’s how Capuano got his current job. In November of 2010, Scott Gordon was relieved of his duties after the Isles went 10 games without a win.

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  1. pftfan - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I’m sorry, but in this day in age you can’t afford to only gain 4 points out of a possible 22 and stay employed.

    When a team that was predicted to be making splashes in the conference is sitting alone at the bottom of a mediocre division, changes are mandated. Starting with the GM first, but more likely, the Head Coach.

    • islanders1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Since Moulson trade 2 – 10 good going Snow!

      • jl9830 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Post hoc ergo propter hoc, my friend. The trade is not why the Islanders have been 2-10 since the trade. Their atrocious goaltending and bad defense (Visnovsky coincidentally went down around the same time of the trade, and the Isles haven’t been able to recover from that loss) is to blame.

      • bcisleman - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        If you look at the Isles’ GA through the EDM game (the last one Lubo and Straiter both played in), their GA was 2.2 per game. Since then, it is 3.8. Any team losing two of its four top defensemen is bound to suffer in its GA. This is especially true when that team doesn’t have a legit established #1 goalie.Snow should have made it his mission to get a good veteran replacement for Streiter when he didn’t sign. He also probably should have signed a veteran like Khudobin to backup Nabby rather than rely on Poulin when his various attempted goalie trades fell through.

        Snow’s thinking in trading Matty was simple. Matty has been one of the Isles’ most consistent performers since he came here and is a BFF of JT. Snow wanted to send a message: If Matty can be traded, anybody can be. Snow hoped to shake the team out of its complacency. It obviously has not worked. Perhaps a coaching change might help. Perhaps the Isles need more of a taskmaster ala Arbour.

        If this proves to be a lost season, it is not the end of the world. Firstly, if the Isles are not in contention by deadline time, Vanek will undoubtedly be moved and Garth will recover the 1st and 2nd he gave up plus one or more good young players.

        Secondly, look at the Avs. They have had several failed seasons since 2009 when they drafted Duchene. Along the way, they drafted Landeskog and Mackinnon two o their best players. Might not be the worst thing in the world for the Isles to finsh bottom 5, win the lottery and get Sam Reinhart, Griffin’s younger brother. Then watch Griffin, Donovan, Pelech, Pokke, Pedan and Pulock mature along with Hammer and possibly AMac into the NHL’s best D with yet another elite offensive talnt up front.

        Thirdly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Matty returns to the Isles at the end of te season. He likes playing alongside JT. Isles’ main lack going forward is establishing a bonafide #1 goalie. THAT has to be job one for Snow.

  2. deadrabbit79 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Worked for the Flyers earlier this year. Just saying..

  3. crazemastercraze - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    They are about to lose 5-0. Final nail in the coffin?

  4. multiplemiggs - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    nice knowing ya cappy

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