Is­lan­ders: Weight will be back as coach

Toronto Star - - 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.

“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.

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