New York Islanders Announce Jack Capuano Will Remain As Head Coach

Daniel FriedmanCorrespondent IApril 12, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Head coach Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders works the bench during his first NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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, and not just because it's the right one. It's a smart move because, as the Al 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 was a frustrating situation, but what choice did he have?

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 an 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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