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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders leaves the ice following a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 24, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders won the game 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Poll: Should Islanders fans have full confidence in coach Capuano, GM Snow?


This is part of New York Islanders day at PHT…

The dreaded hot seat.

It’s a popular saying in the sports world, describing the plight of a coach or general manager that could run the risk of possibly losing their job if their team doesn’t soon turn it around.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano is no stranger to this. In fact, his times on the hot seat were outlined in detail last summer at PHT.

Yet, despite the chatter, Capuano has remained bench boss of the Islanders for five full seasons, three of which resulted in playoff appearances. This year, the Islanders, led by the outstanding play of their star John Tavares, defeated the Panthers in the first round, advancing to the second round of the post-season for the first time since 1993.

The Islanders have also hit the 100-point plateau in each of the last two seasons, so it appears they were trending in the right direction. Yet Capuano also appears to be a polarizing figure for Islanders fans.

“There’s a great respect from our players to the coaches and vice versa,” GM Garth Snow said in May. “Sitting through these meetings with the players, there’s a respect that’s impressive to me. Our team is prepared, they’re in great condition, for me I’m very thankful to have the coaching staff we have.”

At the start of July, new Islanders owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin gave Capuano and Snow a vote of confidence, citing their leadership in the team’s opening-round playoff victory over Florida.

On the same day, the Islanders waved goodbye to free agents Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen, but signed 30-year-old Andrew Ladd to a monstrous seven-year, $38.5 million deal.

So, after back-to-back 100-point seasons and a second-round playoff appearance in 2016, Capuano and Snow received the backing of ownership. Do Islanders fans feel the same way?

Over to you.

Pietrangelo would ‘welcome the responsibility’ of being named Blues captain

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The loss of David Backes to free agency has left the St. Louis Blues without a captain — at least for right now.

However, in speaking with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Alex Pietrangelo said he would “welcome the responsibility” if he was named captain. He also placed a great deal of credit toward Backes for passing on some of his leadership qualities to the young blue liner, originally the fourth overall pick to the Blues in 2008.

“I think being so close with Dave over the five years he was captain, I’ve learned a lot from him just kind of sitting back and seeing how he operates on a daily basis,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Not only on the ice but off the ice, which is a big part of it trying to keep the locker room together and doing the off-ice stuff.”

Approaching 500 regular season games played, all with the Blues, the 26-year-old Pietrangelo has emerged over the years as a productive defenseman, but also one that is capable of logging heavy minutes and playing in all different situations.

He finished second among Blues’ defensemen in scoring this season, with 37 points in 73 games, which was seven points behind Kevin Shattenkirk.

Pietrangelo, who has four years remaining on his current contract, also led St. Louis in ice time, averaging 26:18 per game and more than three minutes per game on the penalty kill with Jay Bouwmeester.

Related: Video: Blues GM says Pietrangelo ‘a potential Norris Trophy’ winner

Domi: ‘No reason’ the Coyotes can’t make the playoffs next season

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 12:  Max Domi #16 of the Arizona Coyotes waves to fans after being named the number one star of the game following the NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena on January 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Max Domi is thinking big for next season.

After an impressive rookie campaign, in which Domi scored 18 goals and 52 points, the now 21-year-old forward is eyeing a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Arizona Coyotes.

Tall order, given they are in the Pacific Division and they were 20 points behind the San Jose Sharks for third in the division when the season ended.

But Domi is optimistic.

“There’s no reason we can’t,” Domi told TSN.

“We came out of the gates pretty hot this year and we beat some high-end teams but when the nitty gritty comes down to it, you gotta be able to win after the All-Star break — that’s when it really matters. Finding a way to find that consistency and manage that throughout an 82-game season will be pretty clutch for us and there’s no reason we can’t do it.”

The Coyotes have had a busy offseason since the middle of April. Here are a few examples:

— They fired GM Don Maloney, citing a need to move in a new direction. (Click here)

— They promoted 26-year-old John Chayka, who, as a result, became the youngest GM in NHL history, definitely representing a change in direction. (Click here)

— They acquired the rights to defenseman Alex Goligoski and signed him to a five-year deal. The idea was to add a defenseman capable of efficiently moving the puck to Arizona’s skilled group of forwards. (Click here)

— After a breakout season, goalie Louis Domingue was signed to a multi-year deal that could represent a changing of the guard in the Coyotes crease, which previously belonged to Mike Smith. (Click here)

— They added grit by signing Jamie McGinn to a three-year, $10 million deal. (Click here)

— After a lengthier negotiation process than maybe expected, the Coyotes re-signed Shane Doan for one year at $5 million. Doan, who turns 40 years old in October, led Arizona last season with 28 goals. (Click here)

— They made further moves on the blue line, adding Luke Schenn and re-signing restricted free agents Connor Murphy and Michael Stone. (Click here)

The Coyotes, already with Domi and Anthony Duclair, could have another young, skilled forward in Dylan Strome, the third overall pick in 2015, fight for a spot on the roster next season.

So, yeah. Busy.

With all the moves this summer, especially on the blue line, the Coyotes could perhaps take the next step in their evolution. It will also depend on other teams in the West, and if they improve or regress.

Whether that translates an Arizona appearance in the 2017 playoffs won’t be known for several months. But you can count Domi as a believer.

‘It’s getting stronger every day’: Bishop says he’ll be ready for World Cup camp

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With the World Cup of Hockey approaching, Ben Bishop seems optimistic he’ll be ready to participate in the Team USA training camp prior to the event.

Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, was injured on a seemingly innocent play and had to be stretchered off the ice in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

There had been talk that he could perhaps return to game action, but in the end, he didn’t play another game in the series, as the Bolts were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

“The leg is feeling better and it’s getting stronger every day,” Bishop told ESPN.

“I’m getting ready to start skating soon … and get back on the ice and doing that side of things. We have about a month until we go, so I’ll start off slow and pick it up in the next month and be ready for training camp for the World Cup.”

Good news for Team USA, which also called on Jonathan Quick and Cory Schneider for their goaltending duties. The tournament begins Sept. 17.

In keeping with the optimistic mood about his status for the World Cup, Bishop last week revealed his new Team USA mask.

Related: Lightning lock up Vasilevskiy — what now for Bishop? 

Benn aims to be ready for World Cup after offseason surgery

Fans celebrate along with Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) after a score by Benn in the first period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series game, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Surgery earlier this month to repair a core muscle has put Jamie Benn‘s status for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in question, however the Dallas Stars captain still aims to be ready to play for Team Canada.

It was announced on July 15 that the recovery timeline for this surgery was six weeks, which certainly makes it possible that Benn could be ready for the tournament, which begins Sept. 17.

“As of right now, yeah. I think this is a surgery that I’m able to come back a little quicker than double-hip surgery. That’s the main focus I’m training towards being able to make it for World Cup. We’ll just see what happens,” said Benn, as per Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ website on Saturday.

“Well, I think I’ll get on the ice later this week and just keep ramping it up a little more each time. I still think that’s a lot of time, enough time for me to be ready to jump into high-level hockey.”

Benn had 41 goals and 89 points last season with the Stars. He signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension on the same day his recent surgery was announced.

Benn’s teammate Tyler Seguin “should be ready for the World Cup,” said Stars GM Jim Nill earlier this month.