Islanders fire head coach

After losing 10 straight games, the Islanders have fired head coach Scott Gordon. (QMI Agency file...

After losing 10 straight games, the Islanders have fired head coach Scott Gordon. (QMI Agency file photo)

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Uniondale, NY - The New York Islanders fired head coach Scott Gordon on Monday, replacing him just 17 games into the season with Jack Capuano of their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

Capuano will take over on an interim basis, while Gordon will remain with the organization as an advisor to general manager Garth Snow.

The change in leadership came on the heels of a 10-game losing streak that knocked the Islanders into last place in the Atlantic Division.

"With the majority of the regular season still ahead of us, our goal remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs," said Snow.

Gordon, who was hired to lead the Islanders in 2008 shortly after being named AHL coach of the year, led the club to four wins in their first seven games this season.

But they have lost every game since a 3-2 overtime win at Tampa Bay on October 21, falling to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-10-3 on the season and 13 points behind division-leading Philadelphia.

Gordon's brief tenure ended with a mark of 64-94-23. The Islanders were dismal in his first season with just 26 wins and 61 points, then improved by 18 points last season with a record of 34-37-11.

The 44-year-old Capuano will make his NHL coaching debut on Wednesday at home against the Lightning, where the Isles will be looking to win in their own building for the first time since October 16.

Since taking the reins of the Sound Tigers prior to the 2007-08 season, Capuano led them to 133-100-8-14 mark. He originally joined the Islanders organization in the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach with New York, then served the following year as an associate coach with Bridgeport.

It was the 11th time in three years that an AHL head coach was promoted to lead an NHL team.


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