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Snow says Capuano will be back as Isles coach

Apr 14, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

Jack Capuano AP

The New York Islanders will have one possible story line out of the way this summer.

Isles GM Garth Snow said coach Jack Capuano will return for his fifth season behind the bench. As Arthur Staple of Newsday shares, Islanders players support the return of Capuano and his assistants.

You saw Cappy’s system work extremely well at the end of the year,” Kyle Okposo said. “We were outworking and outplaying teams that were ahead of us in the standings. We played within the framework of the team really well. For whatever reason, we got away from that early in the year and it cost us.”

Injuries were a major buzzkill for the Islanders this season. Captain John Tavares and fellow star forwards Okposo and Michael Grabner suffered season-ending ailments as did defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky, Brian Strait, and Calvin de Haan.

Capuano should get a full regalia or players back next season, setting the bar for him to try and re-capture the magic they had last season when they made the playoffs. As long as Snow is bringing back his coach, now maybe he can give him some help by finding a way to improve the goaltending position.

  1. trbowman - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Good move. Ton of injuries this year. They didn’t have the depth to survive those injuries.. He’s a good coach. This teams playoff appearance in 2013 wasn’t a fluke.

    The question for me remains goaltending though. Need somebody who can stop the puck. Nabby, Nilsson and Poulin aren’t gonna get it done.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      I recall hearing how losing Tavares over the Olympic break pretty much killed their season. FWIW, at the break, they were 8 points under .500 (52 pts. in 60 games), and they finished just 3 points under .500 (79 in 82).

    • dirtyharry1971mom - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Kristers Gudlevskis for one of your D prospects?

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    One coach that should be fired and one coach that wont be. Unfortunately the wrong one got fired. Snow should be fired as well.

    • trbowman - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Agreed on Snow. Keeping JC is the right move

      That Vanek/Moulson deal was just brutal, not that it’s Snows only mistake.

      Oh, and then he gives up Vanek to Montreal for practically nothing. I refuse to believe MTL’s deal was the best offer for him.

  3. ruthlessandtoothless - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    His hand looks huge

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM


    exactly … good eye

    his hand is huge and is the reason he had to give up a promising career as a proctologist


    • barkar942 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Perhaps he passed up another career with the adult film industry. You know what they say about the size of a man’s hands…….

  5. djshnooks - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    So, Garth…Are you giving away a top-6 pick this year…or will you have the Islanders moving to Brooklyn next year without a 1st round pick to sell to fans?

    Either way, I’d hate to be Garth Snow.

  6. tjvalley - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I think Jack is a good coach for this young team and has brought them along well. Snow is not without his mistakes but is doing well IMO. He is keeping to a plan of bringing kids along while not overpaying players for impatient fans. It’s a matter of time. This team is similar to Quebec right before they moved to Colorado.

  7. powerpop18 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Ha, a vote of confidence from a man who might not be back himself. Snow + Wang are the reasons the Islanders will never succeed. Give Capuano some decent NHL caliber players, who are not cast offs and may have a chance for a good team.

  8. feedmetherock - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Capuano might be back, but will Snow? Jesus.. How many years will this guy get. Seems like they have been rebuilding forever. Meanwhile every year that goes by without being a legit contender is just one more year closer to losing Tavares to free agency.

  9. kingsfan93 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Garth Snow has been the GM of NY Islanders since 2006 (after retiring as an NHL player that year, too). All because he has a Master’s Degree in Administrations and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administrations is reason why he got the position, but shouldn’t mean he be qualified for a GM job.

    He may of done a good job with drafting players like; Tavares, Reinhart, Strome, B. Nelson, Niederreiter, J. Bailey, T. Hamonic, C. De Haan, M. Martin, and J. Spurgeon (even though never played for the Islanders). So that there is about 10 good players drafted by G. Snow and Company. That there has been 19 of 53 players drafted by G. Snow that has played with the NY Islanders.

    As for G. Snow trades over the years, well, you be the ones to judge.

    This team has only made the playoffs 2 times of 8 years since G. Snow being GM.

    Charles Wang (owner of NYI) bought the team for $130M back in 2000. He bought the NY Islanders because he wanted them to stay on the Island by making them a competitive team to play against. But this team has only been to the playoffs 5 times and all been first round exits.

    There may be a new arena for the NY Isanders by the 2015 season or so. But to fill those seats, this team needs to start filling those seats one or the other.

    Culture. Identity. Character. – Can someone explain to me what the Islanders is?

    Out of all this being said, I’m happy to hear Mr. Capuano will be returning. He has done a good job leading the toops he has been given. But give him a little be more to work with and this team could be a real pain in the NHL.

    Go Kings Go!!!

  10. brip20 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Wow, you guys on here need to get a clue. As a lifelong Isles fan from the late 70’s who has suffered for many years now, I can tell you this team is going nowhere.

    I love how the article points out the team was decimated by injuries. What it fails to tell is those injuries have little to nothing to do with the poor performance of the team. The season was over in late November/early December when they lost 11 in a row and Crapuano should have been fired then. If Snow (whom I have defended for years now) brought in Laviolette, Maurice, or Nolan the team would be in the playoffs right now.
    Capuano, a.k.a. Fred Flintstone, is an AHL reject coach and his coaching staff is horrible as well. And I liked Dougie Weight. But they ran the worst PP AND the worst PK in the league. They all should be fired and a REAL NHL coach with experience needs to be brought in.
    Capuano has no idea how to line match, he thinks he gets reimbursed at the end of the season if he holds onto his timeouts, and he obviously cannot motivate his team in between periods. Sure the players like him and defend him…they are not getting pushed and have it easy with him.
    This team needs a top line big D man and a backup/1A goalie to compliment Nabby. Can’t really pin it all on goaltending because Nabby and Nilsson played great towards the end of the season.
    Sign a couple of key players and for the love of all that is holy get a NHL experienced coaching staff, and watch this team turn it around.

  11. earpaniac - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    The whole Moulson/Vanek thing killed them. And as usual for Snow, will continue to hurt them for years.

  12. themagicman1223 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    So Michael Grabner is a star forward now? That’s funny.

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