Islanders Roundtable: Is Capuano Right for the Job?
Is Jack Capuano right for the job? My short answer is ‘yes’. My long answer is; that the ‘job’ in question here is to help this team grow into a contender. Push this team to a place where it can be en elite presence in the league.
Once there, who knows who takes over. But Capuano’s job is to guide this team to year-over-year of progress. And he’s done that…for the most part. There’s always 2013-14, where the Isles missed the playoffs.
But 2013-14 aside, the Islanders, and Jack Capuano have been steadily increasing and getting better. One-hundred points in this league in this era, twice, is an achievement.
The re-evaluation on Capuano is going to come at seasons end when he sits down with Garth and the owners and they go over his performance evaluation. That evaluation is going to have one criteria: Conference Finals.
If Capuano fails to get the Isles into the Conference Finals, I absolutely suspect that the Cap-era will be closed shut in Brooklyn.
It’s been seven years since Jack Capuano has been hired as the New York Islanders Head Coach and he’s still getting results. At the moment the results aren’t great, but Conference Finals is all that matter. How he gets there won’t matter, so long as he does.