One team has reportedly asked the New York Islanders for permission to talk to Jack Capuano, which could make how the Isles are impacted by the expansion very interesting.
The New York Islanders finally fired Jack Capuano. The well wishes and platitudes have been offered and the team is 2-0-1 in his absence under Doug Weight. Arthur Staple has reported that one team has contacted the Islanders for permission to speak with Cappy. There are no absolutes here, but Las Vegas was mentioned as a possibility.
The idea of Capuano coaching Vegas is an intriguing one if only for the possible “What Ifs” it could conjure. Well okay, maybe just one “What If”, but this is fun.
If Capuano was to hired by McPhee to coach the Vegas team, would he have input on the expansion draft? One would assume so. Does that change the forecast on who Vegas would take from the Islanders?
Clutterbuck’s return will likely see the rotation of Stephen Gionta out and Ladd’s should see Shane Prince sit. It will be interesting to see where Weight goes here with what seems like a renewed sense of faith being shown in Strome.
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So this is what we know: Capuano has an aversion to youth making its mistakes and spreading its wings and an inexplicable loyalty to veterans and the more gritty players. Think of all the important minutes Casey Cizikas has gotten.
While I’d like to think McPhee is smarter than Snow (but who knows considering his position with Snow and Capuano’s tenure). However, it really wouldn’t be all the surprising to see a Cizikas/Matt Martin reunion, and an attempted recreation of the best fourth line hockey on Capuano’s team.
So Isles fans, this writer wouldn’t be surprised to see Cizikas as the Isles loss in the expansion process. Or you know, maybe it’s just wishful thinking.