Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Interim No More: New York Islanders Announce Jack Capuano to Remain Head Coach

With all the uncertainty surrounding this team for next season, it's nice to know we have one less thing to worry about.

For those of you who were worried about the status of Jack Capuano for 2011-2012, worry no more.

The New York Islanders announced that Capuano will indeed be back next year.

This is a great move for the Islanders, not just because it's the right one. It's a smart move because, as the Montoya contract extension did, this decision shows a sense of stability within the organization.

The Isles can head to training camp, knowing that all the progress they made with Jack at the helm wasn't for naught. They can continue to build, as opposed to having to start from scratch.

Just to put things in perspective, I remember speaking with then-Islander defenseman Chris Campoli a few summers ago, during an open house at Nassau Coliseum.

The team had just fired Ted Nolan, so the players were left to sit and wonder.

I asked Chris how hard it was for him to deal with the unknown. He told me that, it's a frustrating situation but he doesn't have much of a choice. The only thing to do is wait it out.

For the players on this team, this has to be a godsend. It's refreshing to know that Travis Hamonic won't be having similar concerns.

Jack Capuano was the right man for the job all along, as I stated in article I wrote a while back.

This team is headed in the right direction, and, by ensuring Capuano's presence behind the Isles bench for 2011-2012, that compass just got more accurate.

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