New York Islanders Doug Weight Sought Jack Capuano’s Blessing
When the New York Islanders made a coaching change Doug Weight wanted Jack Capuano’s blessing before taking over.
In Brian Compton’s recent interview with head coach Doug Weight, I found this quote a bit interesting from the New York Islanders new coach. He said:
"“I think the important thing to me was to know that Jack was behind it and was pushing for me to take over”“He was awesome about it. Very supportive”"
I don’t know why I think these quotes are so funny but they are. I just can’t see myself in any situation making sure that the person I was replacing was okay with me taking over their job. I know if it was someone replacing me I wouldn’t be so quick to give them my blessing.
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I guess it just shows how much respect Weight had for Jack Capuano? Can you imagine that conversation? And who initiates it?
Does Douggie approach Jack and say
“Hey listen I know Garth wants to go another direction with me behind the bench is that cool? ”
I just can’t picture that actually taking place. Doug went on to say that the writing was on the wall and that Jack knew it was coming. I didn’t get that vibe at all throughout the year. It seemed like Jack Capuano had the same deal with the Devil that Garth Snow had. It seemed like a lifetime deal despite little success in their tenure. Nobody thought he was actually going to get fired, that came as a surprise.
Nonetheless, Dougie got the approval of Jack and the rest was history. Weight went 24-12-4 in his first head coaching action and it was good enough to yield him the job for this year as well.
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Hopefully, the initial success from the 2016-2017 season carries over into 2017-2018 and let’s hope that Scott Gomez isn’t asking for Doug Weight’s approval to take over his job by season end.