Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight ran his first practice Wednesday, and he said he hopes that with accountability and some changes, the team can get back into the playoff picture.
Weight took over Tuesday as the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano, who had been the team's head coach since Nov. 2010. Weight, who played for the Islanders for two-plus seasons at the end of his career, has been an assistant with the club for little more than five years.
With the first half of the season all but over, Weight said there's plenty of urgency to get the ship turned around.
"I want to be inspired," Weight said Wednesday, according to Brian Heyman of Newsday. "You've got to make me put you back on the ice. I hate losing as much as I did when I was 20 years old. I plan on being as good as I can, a good coach, it's going to be a fun atmosphere but they're going to hear about it when they're not working. There'll be some repercussions. There's no time to waste. We have to be an accountable hockey team that believes in what they're doing."
With 40 games remaining, the Islanders sit at 42 points, eight back of the final Wild Card spot.
"All I want to do is help these guys get in a position in March where these games are meaningful and we've got that feeling going down our arms, that tingle that we're in the hunt," Weight said. "Eight points, a lot of games in hand and some games head to head we've got to win.