The New York Islanders as of last night’s standings have fallen to last place in the Metropolitan Division with 19 points. They are currently in 27th in terms of league standings. Tonight the Islanders fell to the Winnipeg Jets with a score of 2 -3 giving the team its 4th straight loss. Throughout the game chants of “Fire Capy” and “Snow Must Go” made their way through the Nassau Coliseum.
After making the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season, fans felt optimistic at the start of the 2013-2014 season. Things started off fairly well, however, the team began to slip leading fans to question the way the team is being handled.
Head Coach, Jack Capuano started as the assistant coach with the Islanders during the 2005-2006 season. The following season Capuano moved to the assistant coach position with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the 2007-2008 season, Jack Capuano was named head coach of the Sound Tigers where he stayed until 2010 when he was called up as the Interim head coach of the New York Islanders after head coach, Scott Gordon was fired. Capuano has held his place on the bench since.
The New York Islanders current GM, Garth Snow is no stranger to the franchise. Snow signed with the New York Islanders during the summer before the 2001-2002 season after playing one season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Garth Snow primarily acted as the team’s backup goaltender until he retired in July of 2006. He was then named General Manager of the Islanders after the GM at the time, Neil Smith was dismissed after only 41 days on the job.
The question is, should both, a coach and GM with so much experience with the Islanders franchise be more effective? Fans certainly think so. I asked a few fans for their views on the matter and many said that they began to turn on Snow once he traded fan favorite, Matt Moulson to Buffalo last month. One fan even mentioned the possibility of bringing back former Islanders head coach, and recently fired Philadelphia Flyers head coach, Peter Laviolette.
If the team does not start to turn their play around, it will be interesting to see if the organization listens to the fans and makes some changes.
Islanders Head Coach, Jack Capuano Islanders GM, Garth Snow