Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
The Islanders, coming off a 4-0 win over the Bruins, fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday.
While the timing seems strange, it's a move that had been widely discussed in hockey circles and clamored for by an upset and disappointed fanbase, compounded by the team's 17-17-8 record after 42 games.
Snow spoke about the decision shortly after the announcement and said what might be coming next for the Islanders.
"Jack's a great coach, but sometimes, when the results are not where they need to be, or were expected to be, it's the easiest thing to change," Snow said during a conference call. "As an organization, we knew Jack wasn't going to be back next year, so we decided to start our search for a new coach now. Dougie (Weight) will serve in an interim basis and we won't discuss who we're speaking to in regards to that search."
In terms of his own job performance, Snow took full responsibility for the roster makeup and failings, thus far, of summer free agent signings Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera.
"I don't know if Jack fell short of expectations," Snow said. "Sometimes, coaches are a victim of circumstance. Trades are hard to make during the regular season and I've had a hand in just about everyone on the roster. I'm not hiding from the fact is starts with me. I take full responsibility."
Snow also mentioned that "everyone who needed to be made aware of this move was communicated with effectively and quickly," assuming that 'everyone' included captain John Tavares and that the decision did not come from a 'dictatorship' when asked if new owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin were involved in the decision. Ledecky was with the team on their just concluded road trip, which featured an ugly loss in Carolina, seemingly where all this stems from.
Bob Corkum will come down from his position in the press box to run the bench with Weight and current assistant coach Greg Cronin for the remainder of the regular season, as it doesn't sound like anything more will be happening from now until then. Snow even spoke to his own job security.
"I don't worry about my job," he said. "I can only control what I do on a day-to-day basis, whether that's trying to improve the hockey club, getting ready for a draft, etc. We cannot comment or worry about anything going on above our head."
Capuano was the fourth-longest-tenured coach in the NHL prior to Tuesday and leaves the Islanders after 6+ seasons with a record of 227-192-64, having led the team to back-to-back 100-point seasons and their first playoff round victory in over 20 years.
As far as Snow goes, rumors persist that Ledecky and Malkin are in the hunt for a team president to sit over him and oversee hockey operations. After Tuesday's conference call, it doesn't sound as if Snow is too concerned he will be looking alongside Capuano come the summer. He also seems -- for the time being at least -- very involved in the search for a new, permanent head coach -- a position Doug Weight seems to not be a consideration for.