New York Islanders GM Garth Snow ended any offseason suspense about head coach Jack Capuano’s future on Thursday, telling New York Newsday that they’ll keep him around heading into 2015-16.
Going further, Snow confirmed that other staff members will return, from assistants Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum to goalie coach Mike Dunham.
“Our coaches did a great job, whether it was preparing our players or with the communication between coaches and players, which was outstanding,” Snow said. “There were some aspects of our game, whether it was with our penalty-kill that struggled early on and became a strength for us by the end, or our power play, which was a strength at times early on and we didn’t have one in the playoffs. That’s an area of concern. We’ll analyze all different areas of our team and try to get better.”
Assuming everything goes as Snow says it will, Capuano would enter his sixth season as the head coach of the Islanders. In that time, the Isles have made the playoffs twice, falling in the first round each time.
To his credit, the Islanders battled the Capitals hard even as their defense corps was decimated by injuries.
While the old regime seems like it will stay in place, it won’t all be familiar for the Islanders, as they’ll play their first season in Brooklyn next season.
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