The New York Islanders fired coach Scott Gordon following a 10-game losing streak that left the National Hockey League club in last place in its division.
Jack Capuano, who has coached the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate the past four seasons, was named interim coach, while Gordon will remain with the team as adviser to General Manager Garth Snow, the Islanders said in a news release posted on their website.
“We believe we need a change in direction and, with the majority of the regular season still ahead of us, our goal remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Snow said in a statement. “Scott has made tremendous strides with our team the past three seasons and I look forward to continuing our relationship in an advisory capacity.”
Capuano joined the Islanders as an assistant coach during the 2005-2006 NHL season. He had a 133-100-8-14 record coaching the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Gordon was an AHL coach before taking over the Islanders’ job in August 2008 after the team fired Ted Nolan. He departs with a 64-94-23 record.
The Islanders were beaten 5-1 at the Los Angeles Kings two days ago for their 10th straight defeat, which includes a shootout loss at the San Jose Sharks in New York’s previous game.
With 11 points this season, the Islanders are 13 points behind the Philadelphia Flyers, who lead the Atlantic Division with an 11-4-2 record.
The Islanders haven’t reached the postseason since 2007 and last won a playoff series in 1993. Capuano is their eighth coach since the 1999-2000 campaign.
He’ll debut on Nov. 17 as the Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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