A Big Mess on the Island


After a disappointing start to their season, the New York Islanders have fired coach Jack Capuano after seven years behind the bench. Seven years is an extremely long time to be behind the bench of an NHL team. Throughout his career on the Island, Capuano’s teams were inconsistent but did manage a first round playoff win last year, its first since the 1992-93 season. Since last year ended on a positive note, his firing is not justified. The tools he was given during his tenure have not been the greatest. Jack Capuano did not build this team, rather he was told to make a winning team out of poor ingredients. That is why it is shocking that Garth Snow, the General Manager for the New York Islanders, still has a job. The way he handled this team has been downright disrespectful to Islander fans.Let me count the ways. Letting go of Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen and getting nothing in return is bad enough but they were replaced by Andrew Ladd, P.A Parenteua, and Jason Chimera. All three players are older than Okposo and Neilson, Andrew Ladd has a similar contract as Okposo and all three have had their game dropped off significantly. Top to it off as well, P.A Parenteua was cut before the season when it looked like he would be a top six forward and now the search for a top six forward is beginning done by the organization. Further, Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas were re-signed to contracts they should not have. Plus he used a three goalie rotation since the pick up of Jean-Francois Berube. Clearly they saw something in Berube that no one else saw, so keeping him in the press box was the right idea. If you want to stunt the growth of a player that is how you do it. That is just to mention the current player personnel. His drafting has not been great either. 2014 draft picks, Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Da-Colle,look like complete busts so far and 2010 draft pick, Nino Niederreiter, was cut loose way too early. Jack Capuano was there for too long and probably deserved to be fired after this year but Garth Snow should have left with him. If the Islanders really want to keep their superstar John Tavares and move in the right direction they need to clean house. Garth Snow has made way too many mistakes to still have his job. The pink slip should have already been handed to him. And to top everything off, this organization is still on the hook for Rick DiPietro’s contract. Can you guess who signed him to his massive contract? You guessed it. The guy who still has the same job, Garth Snow. It is a shame for Islander fans who have such a rich history to be treated like this by their general manager.

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