No matter how you feel about the Islanders move to Brooklyn announced yesterday, it hit you like a ton of bricks. Whether you’re pro or con to the issue, you knew Brooklyn was a possibility and that Nassau County’s handling of the Islanders has been a mess with owners and politicians over more than a dozen years acting on behalf of themselves and their interests rather than doing what’s right for fans, the team, the Coliseum and the County. But none of us saw Wednesday’s announcement coming; certainly not quite so hard or so fast.  It was a slapshot to the gut that elicited all kinds of responses in Islander County from anger and sadness to joy and excitement.

Seeing many of the statements from the Islanders Hall of Fame Alumni and long-time fans upset at the situation lacks a certain perspective, but it also carries a certain weight of memories, history, and the character of what this franchise has been for so many on Long Island for so long, through the good times and the bad.

“The more I think about this, the more it makes me sad,” Denis Potvin told the Hockey News. Bob Bourne, Clark Gillies, and Jiggs McDonald also had quotes reported that made them sound less than thrilled. Potvin and other players won four Stanley Cups at the Nassau Coliseum, with McDonald calling all the action. Thousands of Long Islanders watched them do so first hand at the Coliseum.

The news hit home for everyone today and it hit hard. Maybe it hit you when a text from the old friend who you used to go to games with and since moved away or maybe it was from someone in your life who has never followed hockey, but with all the extra attention this was certainly the biggest day in Islander county in decades. For me, it was when dad texted to say he was excited about the new arena but there were “a lot of memories at the Coliseum as a dad and for us [at NVMC]."

There are many memories and nostalgia that are important to this team and its fanbase and none of it should be forgotten. The history and memories should be preserved, remembered and celebrated as they have been for 40 years.

Now, we can be sure that they will be celebrated for another 25 years – in Brooklyn.

Without the Barclays Center, we could easily be lamenting the outright destruction of this team and it’s rich history being packaged and shipped off to Quebec, Kansas or elsewhere.

Once upon a time, the Seattle Supersonics were owned by the CEO of a local coffee empire. The CEO eventually sold the team to Oklahoma Oil Barons and the Sonics, well, the Sonics are now just history. The Islanders could have easily suffered the same fate. Cashing out this team would have been easy.  The Islanders could be the NHL’s version of the Super Sonics. Instead fans will be able to watch the same team, the same prospects, the same logo, the same colors, for years to come rather than watching from afar as another fanbase finds out what comes next in this new chapter of the New York Islanders history.

For current and future generations of fans to relive their team’s rich history – and hopefully create new history – the Islanders needed to leave Nassau County once and for all.

There was no ‘plan b’ that would work in the final months or years of the team’s Nassau lease. There was no savior developer or County Executive whose master plan could reverse decades of mismanagement, political footballing, and selfish interests that handcuffed the team not only on the ice but also in their seemingly never ending quest for a new arena.

Here’s how long this sad arena saga went on: In 1998, owners Howard Milstein and Stephen Gluckstern – who rode in on horses of listening at fan forums and painted big arena dreams – slashed player payroll, tried to have the Coliseum condemned and attempted to have the team start the season on the road until their demands were met.

Wrote the New York Times 14 long years ago:

The immediate issue, unfolding over the summer and now threatening to hang over the 1998-99 season, has been the safety of the Coliseum. The Islanders say the arena is a hazard; the county says it is not. But it is hard to avoid the suspicion that the Islanders' safety concerns are somehow related to their expressed desire for a renegotiation of their current lease and a new arena that could be built and ready for action in three years.

''All we want is to be able to compete on the same footing as the other teams around the country,'' said David Seldin, the president of New York Sports Ventures, which bought the Islanders in February for $195 million. ''To survive we've got to attract more fans, and that means not only better players, but a state-of-the-art arena.''

Mr. Seldin said the franchise was currently losing $11 million a year. 

You could have written those words any time in the past two decades, changed a few names, and no one would know the difference.

We’re now 14 years past that point in time. The cold, hard truth is that there was no end in Nassau County. Not the Lighthouse Project -- Kate Murray murdered that -- not a public referendum as NIMBYs wouldn’t let that pass,  and not a last-minute salvo with all options exhausted.

Since 1991 when then-owner John O. Pickett Jr. tried to unload the team to anyone with a checking account – as former owner and crook John Spano showed, that’s about all you needed – the Islanders have been a tumultuous ship in the waters of Nassau, save for a few odd bits of good news and good play on the ice.

From the New York Times in ’91:

"If you take the expansion criteria, we wouldn't qualify right now for expansion," Torrey said of his team's less-than-lucrative and outmoded venue. "But I can't visualize someone moving the team from a New York market to a smaller market."
It reads again like a time capsule from any year since; ‘the venue isn’t any good and we can’t make due with it’. What may be most amazing is that the venue was cited as out-dated in 1991, 21-years ago, at the very beginnings of the modern arena and stadium building boom of the 1990s.

This was a situation that left the Islanders with no plan, no future, no way to preserve the history, no viable way to move forward and create a new history.  The team, right along with the Coliseum, has rotted and was dying a slow death. Whether you blame a current owner who wouldn’t spend, free agents who wouldn’t sign, horrendous General Managers, corrupt and self-interested politicians, NIMBY voters, or someone else entirely, the last two decades have been a viscous cycle that has fed on itself with no end in sight.

In one day, there’s stability to what has been a very rocky ship.

Brooklyn is a way out, a way to start anew without abandoning the rich history and tradition; placing it a 45-minute train ride away.

There’s no guarantee that the Islanders will become a perennial winner in Brooklyn. They’re not going to all of a sudden be able to afford every free agent on the market. But it's going to be a lot better. There’s a shiny new arena in a major metro area with over 100 suites, the key to unlocking arena revenue in the 21st century. Finally, at long last, there will be no more articles about the Islanders trying to escape a decrepit Coliseum.

There’s new hope and most importantly these are still your Islanders, that you’ve followed your whole life. These are still your parent’s Islanders, who they took you to see when you could barely walk. These are still your friends Islanders, who you watched with your buddies growing up.

Maybe they moved further away but for too long everyone involved suffered. It’s not going to be easy for the people that spent incalculable amounts of time, money, and effort on this team in Nassau County.  But these are still your Islanders and they will still be here – just on the other side of town.

Tags: arena, Arena News, howard milstein, Islanders, john pickett, Editorial Aside, steven gluckstern

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brian Compton and Mike Carver will be hosting a Facebook Live edition of the Islanders Point Blank Podcast on Monday, Jan. 23 at 12:15 p.m.

Submit your questions in the comments section below and head here to like SNY on Facebook!

 

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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss defends his net in front of Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss defends his net in front of Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders blew a 2-0 lead and lost in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 13:25 NYI Nick Leddy

Second period:

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While these are joyous times for the New York Islanders, these are frustrating circumstances for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Islanders attempt to get their season-high fourth straight victory while the Flyers look to stop a nine-game road losing streak Sunday night when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet at Barclays Center.

New York put together three straight wins for the third time this season. Their first two attempts to get a fourth consecutive victory have not gone well as the Islanders were handed a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 4 and a 6-4 drubbing at Minnesota on Dec. 29.

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(Bruce Fedyck)

Five things we learned from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on the Point Blank Podcast…

  • The Isles are looking to hire a President of Hockey Ops.
  • John Tavares definitely wants to stay in New York.
  • Garth Snow tried to make a big trade early in the season, but couldn't get it done.
  • Elliotte thinks Capuano will land another NHL head coaching job.
  • Elliotte thinks the Isles are "sleeping giants" with Ledecky and Malkin at the helm.

Click below to listen to the Podcast!

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(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders have had at least one team reach out to them about the recently fired Jack Capuano, sources told Newsday's Arthur Staple. 

Although Staple did not hear which team was seeking Capuano's services, the only teams looking for a permanent head coach would be the Florida Panthers (who fired coach Gerard Gallant earlier in the season) and the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights. 

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Doug Weight breaks down the Islanders' 4-2 win over the Kings, the team's second victory since he took over as head coach.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals, the second to break a tie in the third period as the Islanders rebounded to beat the Kings 4-2 Saturday at the Barclays Center.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look to make it three straight wins when they take on the Kings at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Kings lost to the Sharks, 3-2, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, as they wrapped up a seven-game homestand, going 3-4-0. L.A. now hits the road for nine of their next 10 games, with the lone home game on February 1 against Colorado.
  • The Islanders beat the Stars, 3-0, in Brooklyn on Thursday, picking up a win in Doug Weight's debut as the team's head coach. It was also their second consecutive shutout, the first time they've posted back-to-back shutouts since November 8 and 11, 2014.
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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Goaltender J-F Berube will start for the Islanders on Saturday against the Kings, while defenseman Johnny Boychuk and forwards Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck will sit. 

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are back for an emergency podcast after the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday. The guys talk about what led to the change, and their thoughts on Doug Weight taking over behind the bench. Later, Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet calls in to discuss the Capuano firing, Garth Snow and John Tavares' future with the organization, and the new owners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings are in pivotal portions of their schedule.

The Islanders are in the midst of playing six straight at home while the Kings are starting a five-game road trip.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

As if life being a fan of or covering the New York Islanders could ever be simple. Some adapt to change expertly, with the fluidity of water flowing out of a faucet. Others simply resist it, choosing instead to be the unmovable object - the rock, if you will, that if left in one spot too long, falls behind, growing moss while everything around it moves forward.

I have found that the simplest path is simply being adaptable. Adaptable to a changing environment, a changing world, family structure, work status or financial status. The more adaptable you are, the less prone you are to the stresses of change itself.

It's only been one game, a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars, but the Islanders resolve will be tested more this weekend as they play their second and third games under new interim head coach Doug Weight. With the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers invading Barclays Center, another test in a challenging 2016-17 season awaits the team. How adaptable will they truly be?

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Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.


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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

It didn't take long for the puns to start via social media regarding Doug Weight and his head coaching debut for the New York Islanders as they prepared to take on the Stars in Brooklyn on Thursday night. 

Admittedly, I joined in leading up to faceoff and at select times throughout the game. After all, why should you have all the fun?

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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas Greiss recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Islanders won their first game under interim coach Doug Weight with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Thursday at the Barclays Center. 

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(Bruce Fedyck)

In the team's first game since the firing of Jack Capuano, the Islanders (17-17-8) will take on the Dallas Stars (19-19-8) in Brooklyn on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • The Stars scored a season-high seven goals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the Rangers 7-6, and snapping their two-game losing streak. The last time Dallas won a road game in which it allowed six or more markers was December 3, 1995 at Colorado (also won 7-6).
  • New York beat Boston, 4-0, in a matinee at TD Garden on Monday, finishing up its three-game road trip with a mark of 2-1-0 while scoring four or more goals in each tilt. The Isles have potted 4+ goals eight times in their last 11 contests -- tied for second most of any NHL club since December 20.
  • Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Stars and Isles in 2016-17. Including a 6-5 win at Barclays Center last season, New York is 3-0-0 in its last three home games against Dallas, scoring six or more goals in each victory.
  • Patrick Sharp scored twice Tuesday night, potting as many goals in that game as he did in his first 19 skates of the season. Including a marker and three helpers during his current three-game point streak against New York, Sharp has 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last nine games vs. the Islanders overall.
  • Nikolay Kulemin lit the lamp twice on Monday, recording his first multi-goal game of the season, and earning first-star accolades for the performance. Kulemin has six markers and three assists in 10 career skates against the Stars.
  • New York has not scored with the man-advantage in a season-high five straight games. Opponents have clicked on 44.8 percent (13/29) of their power-play play opportunities in the Stars' last nine contests (since December 31).

© 2017 by STATS.

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders hope Thursday night represents not just the start of a six-game homestand, but also the start of a new era.

The Islanders will play their first game under interim head coach Doug Weight on Thursday night, when they host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center. New York won its final game under Jack Capuano on Monday, when it blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0, while Dallas is coming off a wild 7-6 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Capuano was fired Tuesday, and while the timing of the dismissal might have been a bit of a surprise following one of the Islanders' most thorough wins of the season, the dropping of the ax has felt inevitable for months as New York (17-17-8) fell to the bottom of the Eastern Conference in frustrating fashion.

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(Winslow Townson)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Thursday night when the Islanders face the Stars, interim head coach Doug Weight said.

Johnny Boychuk is day-to-day due to an upper body injury and will be replaced by Scott Mayfield.

The rest of the lineup will be unchanged from Monday.

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Chaos can create opportunity, and that's exactly what a few New York Islanders players are hoping for in the wake of Jack Capuano's firing. 

Doug Weight's reign behind the bench started with his first practice on Wednesday, as he preached passion, identity and, wisely, less time spent in the Islanders' own zone. That all sounds great, but better than that, his new role stands to offer a reset of sorts for some players who had struggled in the waning days of the Capuano era.

Who could take this fresh start and run with it? Here are some candidates.

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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Worcester Railers, who will begin play in the ECHL for the 2017-18 season, appear to have a tentative agreement in place to be the Islanders' ECHL affiliate, Bill Ballou of the Telegram & Gazette reports.

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(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

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. 

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John Tavares, Doug Weight and Travis Hamonic discuss the firing of Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

Interim head coach Doug Weight, John Tavares, and Travis Hamonic react to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano...

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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Jack Capuano is out, and Doug Weight is in for the interim. But who will be the next permanent man behind the bench in Brooklyn? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

Alright, Andy. After 483 regular season games and three trips to the playoffs, the Jack Capuano era is over. It begs the question: Who will be the next permanent head coach of the New York Islanders? Is it safe to assume that it won't be Doug Weight.

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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andrew Ladd (upper) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower) are both day-to-day, while Travis Hamonic (knee) is week-to-week, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight told reporters on Wednesday.

Ladd missed Monday's game against the Bruins, but could be available for tomorrow's game against the Stars. Clutterbuck also missed Monday's game with what is being described as a minor injury.

Hamonic injured his knee on Jan. 7 against the Coyotes in a knee-on-knee collision, and was placed on IR last Thursday.

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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

And then there was one.

With the dismissal of Jack Capuano on Tuesday, the spotlight has officially shifted to the team's general manager. And while the seat under Garth Snow may have seemed hot before, the temperature is bound to be cranked up a few notches now that he has survived the third coaching change of his tenure.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Jason Chimera, Kyle Okposo, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

My SNY colleague, Brian Erni, and I once breached this topic in our Wednesday 'Shooting from Point Blank range' column about wanting your team to lose in a lost season. Wanting them to lose to get a better draft pick. Wanting them to lose to force a coaching change. For whatever reason, I had said then and still believe now that to be a crazy overreaction and even though one is obviously entitled to have it, I will never agree with it nor understand it. Well, same can be said of a player on such a team with a diverse and divided fanbase.

Of course, we're talking about none other than Josh Bailey, who has been the whipping boy of Islanders social media for almost as long as he has been a member of this organization, stretching way back to 2008-09, when Josh was a first round draft selection, 9th overall, and rushed into the NHL at 19 years of age for a team desperate for….well, anything.

Bailey has been the victim of severe over-expectations of what he brings to the rink from the fanbase and a victim of sub-par development after being thrust into the spotlight way too soon by the organization. But that hasn't deterred the Islanders winger from going out and just continuing to play his game, silencing what's being screamed from the stands or being 'written' on Twitter. 

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(Ed Mulholland)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

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.

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(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

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.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are a little more optimistic this week after a dominant performance in Boston. The guys discuss the impressive play of goaltender Thomas Greiss and captain John Tavares, and react to Larry Brooks' article on a trade proposal between Colorado and the Isles. Later, Islanders Point Blank senior columnist Andy Graziano calls in to talk about Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey...

*This podcast was recorded prior to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano*

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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Nikolay Kulemin is apparently a big fan of Martin Luther King day games.

The veteran winger notched a two-goal game in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was the second two-goal game of Kulemin's Islanders career. The other came on MLK Day in 2015.

Kulemin also shined in the possession game, with a team-high Individual 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage of 69 percent, and a +6 Corsi rating. (h/t on these tidbits to Eric Hornick).

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Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Ah, the adventure that is Joshua Ho-Sang continues in Bridgeport. After his much publicized incident in Islanders training camp when he overslept, leading to an unscheduled training session on the steps of Nassau Coliseum and a ticket home, it seemed Ho-Sang had gotten his act together and came in this year with renewed vigor and a willingness to prove his detractors wrong.

It doesn't appear to be working, as all Ho-Sang has done is give those who spoke out against his character more ammunition. A season that has seen him shoot too little (37 in 30 games) and defend with the enthusiasm of a Star Trek fan having to watch all the Star Wars films, his latest episode deals with that pesky detail of showing up on time for a game.

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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

With the Islanders struggling to get out of the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings, Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the Islanders and GM Garth Snow should look toward acquiring Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene to play alongside John Tavares.

Part of this trade, Brooks writes, should include defenseman Nick Leddy. Leddy fits the criteria of a top-four defenseman that Colorado is seeking and does not have a large cap hit that would slow down trade talks.

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Carolina scored three unanswered goals to close out the second period and three more in the third in a 7-4 win over the Islanders Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.  

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(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders visit Carolina Saturday a night after scoring five goals in a win at Florida.

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders laid an egg on Wednesday in Brooklyn, losing to the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in a totally uninspired effort. Last night, they took the rematch in Sunrise, 5-2, led by John Tavares' hat trick. 

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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Friday night was their best game of the season, a reprieve in a campaign that has been full of let downs.

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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders captain John Tavares pushed his career point total over 500 with his sixth career hat trick in New York's win over the Panthers on Friday night. 

Coming into the game with 498 career points, Tavares tallied one goal in the first period and two in the third to finish the day at 501 points, good for 10th on the Islanders' all-time list. 

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(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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 (Brad Penner - USA Today)
(Brad Penner - USA Today)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Friday night against the Panthers, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Anthony Beauvillier will be in for Shane Prince and the Islanders will also roll out two new lines.

Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome will skate on one of the new lines, with Alan Quine, Beauvillier, and Jason Chimera on the other.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders have placed D Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Jan. 7) due to a lower-body injury.

Scott Mayfield has been recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Hamonic's place on the roster.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that Hamonic was expected to miss "a couple of games."

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(Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Jiggs McDonald, former lead play-by-play man for the Islanders, called Wednesday night's game against the Panthers on MSG Plus and was honored by the team in a pregame ceremony for his 50 years of NHL broadcasts.  

McDonald started with the Islanders in 1980 and was the team's primary TV voice for 15 seasons. 

On Wednesday before the start of the first period, McDonald was honored a bronze microphone, a customized jersey and he dropped the ceremonial first puck. 

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 5:47 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jared McCann
  • 10:47 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

Second Period 

  • 1:09 FLA Jason Demers; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen

Recap: NEW YORK (AP) Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Florida Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.


Next Game: The Islanders finish off a home-and-home series with the Panthers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center. 

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers beat the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on Monday night, winning their season-high third straight road game by a combined score of 9-2. Monday night's shutout was Florida's first in the last 77 games (dating to January 23 last season).
  • New York lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, garnering a point in its third straight tilt, and for the sixth time in the last seven games overall (4-1-2 record). The Islanders have eight overtime/shootout losses in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in hockey.
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(Sergei Belski)

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV: 

The Islanders are guilty of a crime. The charge: The misuse of Anthony Beauvillier.

Once again, Beauvillier will sit and watch from afar, as Jack Capuano announced he'd be sticking with the same lineup for Wednesday's game against the Panthers. Beauvillier has not played a game since the calendar turned to 2017, and has appeared in 26 of the team's 38 games (68 percent).

What is this organization thinking? That's the line that keeps racing through my head, along with others that are littered with words that SNY probably wouldn't take too kindly to be dropping in this space. What is the point of carrying the 19-year-old for an entire season, burning a year of his entry-level contract in the process, to have him watch from the press box

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Travis Hamonic will miss "a couple of games" due to his lower-body injury, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Greiss will be in net when the Isles face the Panthers.

Hamonic played in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but he missed Monday's practice with a

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are at a loss for words (not really) after two more losses -- this time to the league's two worst teams. The guys talk about John Tavares' All-Star Game selection and the team's plan for the trade deadline. Later, former Islander goaltender Jamie McLennan calls in to explain why JT won't end up in Toronto and what Garth Snow did wrong last offseason.

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