New York Islanders Daily: Doug Weight Wants Culture Change
The New York Islanders saw great changes when they made their coach switch midseason. That same coach wants, even more, changes to come.
Doug Weight helped the New York Islanders go from a last place team to on the cusp of a playoff spot by season’s end. The team saw a lot of changes when they switched from Jack Capuano to Doug Weight, but Weight isn’t done with changes.
When he spoke with NewYorkIslanders.com he said “I’m going to make some changes to the people around me a little bit, and I’m going to make some changes starting in training camp, starting on our culture, starting on my first words to each player.”
First, he seems to insinuate he will make some coaching changes. That’s what “people around me” has got to mean right? In most cases when a coach takes over he wants “his guys” to be on the staff with him. This is a natural process when a new coach takes over.
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The other interesting part of the interview was when he said that “Camp’s going to be tougher than it’s been.” Is that a subtle dig at Cappy I sense? I like the sound of that.
Weight’s got a good report with these guys and they respect him. I’m all for pushing the team and maybe a full year of Weight is the spark this team needs.
He also mentioned Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock’s names which gives me hope that we may see these two at the NHL level next year.
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