NHL Hockey

Islanders fire Capuano amid 7th season

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Stuck in last place in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday, ending one of the longest tenures in the NHL.

General manager Garth Snow named assistant GM/coach Doug Weight as Capuano's interim replacement in the hopes that a new voice could provide a spark for his struggling team. The Islanders are 17-17-8 and their 42 points are the fewest in the East, leading to Snow making the move for the short and long term.

"Obviously we're not in a position where we want to be standing wise," Snow said on a conference call Tuesday. "At the end of the day organizationally I don't think Jack was probably going to be a coach that we were going to bring back."


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