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PHT Morning Skate: Capuano says Isles players ‘feel like they’re cursed’

Mar 10, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

Jack Capuano AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano could be one of the coaches on the hot seat this season and the team’s inability to close games out that they’re leading in the third period might be part of it. As for how the team is handling it, Capuano said,”I’m sure they feel like they’re cursed right now.” (Newsday)

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Speaking of wisdom from coaches, Red Wings boss Mike Babcock sounded off about his team’s lackluster effort against the Rangers on Sunday saying it was their worst game since the Winter Classic and they never made it hard on Henrik Lundqvist. (Steve Zipay via Twitter)

Erik Gudbranson left the game during the Panthers’ loss to the Bruins. That’s not something neither he nor the team needs. (Miami Herald)

Richard Panik is doing well since being recalled by the Lightning. (Tampa Tribune)

Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba is playing as if he’s been in the league for 10 seasons. Hot tip: It’s his rookie season. (Winnipeg Free Press)

The Maple Leafs start a five-game road trip in Anaheim tonight. This might prove where they stand this season. (TSN)

GM Meetings begin in Florida today and overtime changes will be at the top of the discussion list. (Globe And Mail)

Beau Bennett may not be back as soon as fans in Pittsburgh are hoping. (Tribune-Review)

  1. bcisleman - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Isles are cursed with a coach who needs to be replaced. Cappy deserved another shot after taking them to the playoffs last year but now its time for a change. They’ll probably promote Dougie but they should consider bringing back Lavvy.

  2. stcrowe - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    The curse is named Garth Snow.

    • govtminion - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Agreed. There’s a lot of problems in New York right now, but I can’t help but wonder where they’d be right now if they hadn’t made that stupid Vanek trade… either of them. Capuano has done pretty decent with what he has on his roster, but the issues there start with Snow and Wang.

      But, as we all know, it’s the coach that gets blamed first- and fired first- for bad GMing (see: Capitals, Washington)

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