Islanders forwards Casey Cizikas and Stephen Gionta joined NHL Now after the team's win over the Rangers and had positive things to say about interim head coach Doug Weight.
After the win over the Rangers on Thursday, the Islanders are now 9-3-2 under Weight.
Gionta said he likes the accountability that Weight has instilled with the team, while Cizikas believes Weight's experience as both a player and a coach in the NHL has helped.
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A couple of interesting comments by Cizikas and Gionta in this interview on NHL Now. They both did not hesitate to label the Islanders a playoff team, but that really is no surprise. The real "meat" of the interview comes when asked about playing for interim head coach Doug Weight.
Gionta mentions accountability, which is something that former head coach Jack Capuano preached a lot but, to some, did not really follow through on. Cizikas went on to say about Weight giving players "a longer leash," interesting as that is what was thought to be Capuano's biggest downfall.
Cizikas also went on to say Weight "won a Stanley Cup, played over 1,000 games, had over 1,000 points. His resume speaks for itself, so when he speaks, everyone in the room is listening." It's a forgone conclusion that Capuano's message was falling on deaf ears after 6-plus years behind the bench, but it was never mentioned before about players taking NHL experience into account. It's a valid and interesting response from a player.
The interaction that Cizikas has before every game with a fan was a nice touch and continues to show how many players all around the league take these types of fan experiences very seriously and hold them close to their hearts.
Gionta called Weight a "prankster," even as a head coach.
"He picks his spots more than before," he said.
And both were quick to call out Jason Chimera as "worst-dressed Islander," although they both backtracked a little later and said his style was "simple." Neither could quite remember Mike Milbury being head coach -- a fantastic thing.