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Report: Laviolette a candidate to replace Capuano

Dec 6, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

That there tweet from Chris Botta of SportsBusiness Journal comes on the heels of yet another loss for the New York Islanders (8-16-5), who are now winless in their last eight under head coach Jack Capuano.

Peter Laviolette, you may or may not recall, coached the Isles for two seasons (01-02 and 02-03), leading them to the playoffs in both seasons before being fired by former general manager Mike Milbury.

“I’m not talking about strictly the results,” Milbury said at the time. “I’m talking about a methodology in coaching and communication with players. If you don’t have it, it’s pretty tough to succeed. And it looked to me as if it had been lost.”

Laviolette went on to win the Stanley Cup as Carolina’s coach. He was fired by the Flyers earlier this season.

Of course, how seriously Isles GM Garth Snow is actually considering a coaching change remains to be seen. On Sunday, Snow was reportedly not ready to relieve Capuano of his duties. But the pressure is obviously building to do something, be it fire the coach or make a trade (say, for a goalie?).

  1. ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Ya there’s no way he could stay out of a job for long. he’s a top free-agent coach. He’d be great for whipping NYI into shape (I mean figuratively, not physically), they aren’t that far away from being a top team anyway. Just like we saw with the Canes and Flyers, he’s a GREAT coach in his first several years, but once the intensity factor wears off, he’s far less effective. A team in a rebuild or build mode with a lot of youngsters would benefit greatly from having Lavy work with them for a few years, and hey, if he sticks somewhere this time, he sticks. He’s a smart dude, it’s only a matter of time til he finds the correct approach that will keep him his job for longer than a few years.

    • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      been saying they need to hire him for weeks. its almost too obvious and too perfect.

      i mean seriously this is a good team on what now a 7-0 losing streak? and they are getting tore up. i know their goaltending is bad and its not all Cappys fault but it just simply has to be down and Laviolette is the man for the job.

      Besides, hes gonna be Bylsma’s assistant for the U.S. team and I want him coming in with a sharp well oiled hockey mind.

  2. sjsharks66 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Not to take anything from Lavi because he is a hell of a coach. But whatever happened to Guy Boucher and why has he not been hired by a team for head or assistant coach?

    • joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      You got to think Boucher is also a candidate, and he actually has some history with Tavares.

    • mshantz22 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Because he wasn’t really that good of a coach. No offense to the guy, but he has less than 3 seasons of being a head coach at the NHL level.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        hey, they all start with 0 years NHL experience. he’s got 3 years up on most of us.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        also, provable and documented facts normally aren’t offensive lol

    • shortsxit34 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      He was one of the few guys about to break into the NHL outside of the “good ol’ boys” club.

      He didn’t have a ton of coaching experience before he came to the NHL (Junior and the AHL), but he had a hell of a record when he did. A few President’s Cups, Memorial Cups, regular season champions, coach of the year…

    • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      because he wasn’t that great. didn’t do much in his short time either, one good playoffs run. likes to play a defensive style. have you seen the Isles play? not really suited for that.

      besides, I’ve never been a laviolette fan but have you looked at his resume. NO BRAINER

  3. kastout11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I am a big Flyers fan and really like Lavi. I just don’t want him coaching in the Metropolitan Division. I want him to have success wherever he goes, but not within the Flyers division. I will always be a Flyers fan, but I will also cheer for whatever team Lavi is playing against, provided it is not against the Flyers. He is an intense coach though, and maybe exactly what the Isles need.

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    he’s good at getting a team going, he just hasnt proven he can keep it going. seems like a perfect fit even if it only lasts a couple years, he can at least get the most out of them for that period of time

    • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      they’d have been better off with laviolette first, then capuano. i think capuano is actually better suited for the team makeup but laviolette is definitely the man for the job right now. who knows maybe laviolette would grow with the team and stick around a while.

  5. President Charles Logan - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Lavi is good for the quick fix but his methods dry out and wear on the players after too long

  6. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Well that’s a big confidence booster to Capuano. Say hello to the New Islanders head coach Laviolette.

  7. multiplemiggs - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    apparently everyone forgot Lavy came up through the Islanders system and coached there first lol stick to giving advice about your own teams.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      What the hell does that have to do with anything?

    • biasedhomer - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Did you even read the article? It says that Lavy coached the Isles 2 seasons, got them to the postseason, and was then let go by Milbury.

      • partsman193509 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        And who said anything about Milbury knowing anything about coaching.

    • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      yeah whats your point.

  8. johnnyd76 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    It’s a shame the Isles are looking to replace Capi. This is a team that is one or two players away from an ECF. They almost beat (and probably should have) my Pens last year, and continue to give us fits everytime we match up. I say give Capuano a little more time before yanking the rug out.

  9. tjvalley - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    How can anyone talk about it being cappys fault when this team has NO F@$&!ng defense. None. No one. Travis hamonic can’t play 60 minutes. Basically we have hamonic who is a number two and then a bunch of 4,5, and 6s running around on the blue line. Then on too of that goalies who when combined haven’t even played 60 games in the NHL. What do you want out of cappy…miracles?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      I do not mean to rub this in the faces of Islanders fans during tough times (as the Flyers have had their fair share of struggles recently), but I, along with others, made this point several times during the offseason. Many Isle fans, high off a long-awaited playoff appearance, were putting the team 2nd or 3rd in the Metro predictions… but they have no blueline and next to no goaltending. Hamonic and MacDonald are both 2nd pair guys playing huge minutes; Visnovsky hasn’t been around; and Streit obviously moved on. They have plenty of quality prospects but not NHL-ready guys. And if anything were to happen to Nabakov, as it has, there’s no insurance in net. A coach can only do so much with the tools provided him by the GM.

      That said, I was always a big Lavy guy and I believe he deserves another job soon… just not in the Metropolitan, with a team that probably needs to make personnel changes to get back to last seasons level.

      • mattymarts17 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        You’re not far off. Snow thought he could use his waiver acquired defense to hold over till the kids were ready. Only thing using an 82 game season we can see why they were on waivers in the first place. The defense is a monster of a problem, however, these guys have all but given up on this coaching staff. I can’t be the only one who see the dejection when they miss the net or when they feel they didn’t get a call their way. The thing is, someone needs to be held accountable, and as much as we all know Wang won’t fire Snow, I don’t think he’s done as terrible as everyone else seems to believe. Like I’ve said in other posts… Need to show Vanek and other players who will be free agents around the league that we are done rebuilding and ready to win now.

      • jl9830 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        “I don’t mean to rub this in the faces of Islanders fans during tough times, but [proceeds to rub whatever it is in the faces of Islanders fans during tough times].”

  10. longbino - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Just more proof Milbury is a complete idiot

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