New York Islanders Fire Coach Jack Capuano

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Despite a decent 5-3-2 record in their last 10 games — including a 4-0 win over Boston on Monday — the New York Islanders have announced the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.

The team has installed his assistant Doug Weight on an interim basis.

Once the team’s interim coach during most of the 2010-11 season, Capuano had been behind the bench for 483 regular season games, recording a 227-192-64 record. His 227 wins as Islanders head coach are second only to legendary coach Al Arbour.

However, a year after taking the Isles to the second round of the playoffs, his team got out of the gate very slowly, even though they signed key veterans Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera. The team remains mired in the Eastern Conference basement, with 17 wins and 42 points in 42 games, leading to Capuano’s pink slip.

General Manager Garth Snow thanked Capuano on the team’s website, via a statement.

The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach. His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.

Capuano, in turn, was magnanimous in his parting words.

It’s an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans. I’d like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I’d also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work.

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