The Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano, the team announced Tuesday.
Doug Weight will serve as interim head coach.
"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," GM Garth Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
Capuano, who was named interim head coach on Nov. 15, 2010 and had the interim tag removed on April 12, 2011, had a record of 227-191-64 with the Isles.
"It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans," Capuano said. "I'd like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I'd also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work."
The Islanders will not be adding anyone from outside the organization to the coaching staff at this point, reports Art Staple of Newsday.
With a record of 17-17-8, the Isles are in last place in the Eastern Conference, eight points out of the final Wild Card spot.
Obviously, this has been a long time coming. The way the team has played all season certainly warrants a change in direction, and we finally have it.
With the playoffs essentially out of reach, Doug Weight will just look to keep the ship chugging along until a more permanent replacement is hired in the offseason.
It's very likely that new ownership will hire a new team president, and that will be the man who picks the next permanent head coach of the organization. That's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned, and I do think this job will be coveted around the league. There's a lot of talent here, and I think implementing the right system gets this team right back to the postseason next year.
At the end of the day, did Jack always get a fair shake? It's hard to say. I do think he was a large part of the success the team enjoyed when things were going well, and his players always played hard for him. That's a testament to his best qualities. But it's clear his system just wasn't working anymore, and he certainly got a very long leash this year to prove otherwise.
Thanks for all the memories, Cappy, both good and battle. Wherever you go, remember to battle hahd!