Islanders website: Announced that they have removed the “interim” label from Head Coach Jack Capuano’s title.
Later in the day the teams website had more more from General Manager, along with several of the players here.
“We have made tremendous strides as a team this season under Jack’s direction and I’m confident that he’s the right person to lead the Islanders into the playoffs,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “Jack’s work ethic and familiarity with the numerous players on our roster has eased his adjustment to the NHL and we look forward to him taking the Islanders to the next level.”
“I’m extremely excited to remain the Head Coach of the Islanders,” Capuano said. “The organization has built a tremendous core of players here and I look forward to helping the Islanders become a consistent contender for years to come.”
Daily News Espn Canadian Press: Have more from General Manager, Garth Snow and Jack Capuano.
Congratulations to Jack Capuano, who came in not really deserving this opportunity based on Bridgeport's struggles when he was given the interim assignment, however absolutely produced a lot of positive results and progression from young players to where he earned the chance to come back next season as head coach.
Overall his familiarity with the organization, the clubs rebound in the second half and ability to compete in most games with so many regulars out made this an easy choice.
The team at it's worst point were 5-18-5, Capuano got it down to five under before finishing nine under with one veteran defender. It really goes beyond numbers to how the club competed most games.
Did Scott Gordon receive a fair opportunity given same circumstances? No. If next year's club sees another six hundred man games lost Jack Capuano will not be able to overcome that to where the club can consistently move up the standings.
What remains to be decided is the status of Scott Gordon's assistant coaches along with Pat Bingham in Bridgeport, although NY Post part time writer, Brett Cyrgalis speculates Scott Allen, Dean Chynoweth will be retained.
Scott Gordon for his part will absolutely resurface with another NHL coaching job, and likely after team USA concludes the World Championships.