Islanders: Weight will be back as 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.
“For me, Doug had the immediate respect of the players,” GM Garth Snow said. “In his role as assistant GM and assistant coach, he had a hand in acquiring almost all of our players, so there was a comfort level there when he came in. This was something I was thinking for about the last month of the season.”
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 three-game losing streak knocked them out of the position.
The Islanders won six straight to close the season, finishing one point behind Toronto for the East’s last wild card.