Isles stick with Capuano as coach
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders have settled on Jack Capuano as the team's full-time head coach.
Per club policy, terms and conditions of Capuano's contract were not disclosed.
The 44-year-old Capuano was named interim head coach of the Islanders on November 15, replacing the dismissed Scott Gordon after the club started the season 4-10-3. The first-year NHL coach guided New York to a 26-29-10 record the rest of the way.
"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."
Capuano served as the head coach of the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport before getting promoted. He guided the Sound Tigers to a 133-100-8-14 mark over the past three-plus seasons.
"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."
The Rhode Island native 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.