Weight loses interim status, becomes Islanders coach
NEW YORK | Doug Weight is returning as coach of the New York Islanders next season.
Weight led the Islanders within one point of a playoff spot after taking over a last-place team on an interim basis in January. The team announced Wednesday he was named to the position on a permanent basis.
New York went 24-12-4 under Weight after he replaced the fired Jack Capuano on Jan. 17 when the Islanders were last in the Eastern Conference at 17-17-8. They responded to Weight, moving into the second wild-card spot in the closing weeks before a threegame losing streak knocked them out of the position.