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New York Islanders Best And Worst of Jack Capuano

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders gives players instructions in the final minutes of the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on March 14, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders gives players instructions in the final minutes of the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on March 14, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 14: Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders gives players instructions in the final minutes of the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on March 14, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

He was the New York Islanders bench boss for seven seasons. Only Al Arbour coached more games in franchise history than Capuano. Back in town with the Florida Panthers, here’s his best and worst as coach for the Isles.

For seven seasons the New York Islanders had a single voice behind the bench. For seven seasons Jack Capuano, the mulleted wonder was tasked with coaching a Garth Snow managed team into a winner.

And for the most part…that didn’t happen. Capuano took the New York Islanders to the playoffs on three occasions in seven years. And won a single playoff series. In those seven years, he had a 227-192-64 record. Or a .469 win percentage. Ranking him behind Al Arbour (.493), Peter Laviolette (0.487) and even Steve Sterling (0.474).

In terms of his legacy on Long Island, he’ll be remembered for a middling win ratio and a smidge of success in the postseason.

Capuano just couldn’t get the best of the players around him. And left most Islanders fans longing for a coach who could blend youth as well as veteran players together. And so finally, and mercifully, in 2017, the New York Islanders parted with Capuano.

The opinion of Capuano’s tenure is largely one-sided, but there were still a few positives from his time behind the Islanders bench, sprinkled in amongst some not so positive.

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