15 November 2010
Shock and surprise are some of the reactions from fans and players when the news broke that the Islanders had fired Scott Gordon had been fired from his position as head coach of the New York Islanders. Gordon will still be with the organization but as an advisor to GM Garth Snow.
As much of a shock this is, it also shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone. It’s a very popular trend in pro sports, especially New York, to dump the coach when things are going south, aka a 10 game losing streak. While the Islanders have been bad YOU CAN NOT blame this all on Scott Gordon. Yes, Gordon shares some of the blame for the ten game skids that the team is currently on but, more importantly so do the 23 guys who take the ice every game. The guys on the ice who have been outscored 40-16 and cannot score more than one goal in a game. This is a move that, as Chris Botta would say, only hides the real problems of this team.
While Capuano takes over for now, the big question becomes does he stay permanently or does another coach take over in the near future. A rumor that sprung up on twitter by @incarceratedbob that Doug Weight could become the new coach of the Islanders. Hey, if you look at the past they do like to keep it in the family sort to speak and celebrity gossip wouldn’t be a stretch for the Islanders to hire the inexperienced candidate.
To add, new head coach Jack Capuano is on Long Island at Ice Works for todays practice according to Katie Strang.
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