Weight loses in­terim sta­tus, be­comes Is­lan­ders coach

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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