Tonight marks the first game of the Post-Capuano era of the Islanders. Hopefully, it is a harbinger of good times. One positive sign is that the Bruins, who led the Red Wings 4-1 after the first period, lost 6-5 in the shootout.
Claude Julien's seat was already very warm, and after a 4-0 shutout loss to the lowly, uh, us... as well as a blown 3-goal lead to another poor team, one must imagine his ass is burning now. We can be his Aspercreme. Or something like that. Good morning!
Anyway, about that game tonight - the Isles kick off a 6-game homestand that straddles the All-Star break when the Dallas Stars visit the Barclays Center. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m., so get your FIGs in by then, or else.
In the mean time, you should have no trouble avoiding work today if you so choose, because there is a shit ton of links to parse over today.
- There are 13(!)-and-counting articles from LHH alone that have to do with the firing of Jack Capuano yesterday, and here they are all in one place for your viewing pleasure. [LHH - Jack Capuano Division]
- Among the newer ones that you might not have seen yet: garik outlines the potential for improvement in the analytic department post-Cappy | Garth may have a new boss (or be replaced entirely) in the form of a team president, and Dan examines what a president would do | Dom looks at how the players and Doug Weight himself have reacted to the decision | David Shear illustrates the constant push-and-pull of the Islander fan in the wake of the firing | And finally, Dan reacts to the firing in a way only he can.
- The folks on the Point Blank Podcast react to the Cappy firing. [SNY]
- Doug Weight is taking over, haven't you heard? He's ready to turn the page. [NHL.com]
- He says there's no time to waste, as well. [Newsday]
- He's preaching a simple focus, so he's got the coachspeak thing down. [AP | ESPN]
- He also says we "have to play better," which is quite an understatement. [NY Times]
- The team is looking for consistency under their new (if temporary) coach. [Puck Daddy]
- Garth stopped by NHL Live before last night's Rivalry Night matchup between Boston and Detroit, and discussed the coaching search, John Tavares, and who's calling the shots behind the scenes. Seems like it isn't just him anymore. [NBCSN]
- Finding a new coach is just the tip of the iceberg. [CBS]
- One fellow believes the Isles should go after Marc Crawford. I just can't help but remember his smug face while Steve Moore lay motionless in a pool of his own blood. My vote stays with Clode if he becomes available.
Non-Post-Mortem Isles News
- Isles beatwriter for Newsday Arthur Staple stopped by the Pulp Hockey podcast to discuss many things Isles-related, but mostly the coaching situation.
- The Worcester Railers reached a tentative agreement to become the ECHL affiliate of the Isles. This is good, as their previous ECHL affiliate, the Missouri Mavericks, are based in Kansas City - not exactly convenient to shuffle players between KC and Bridgeport, but Worcester is significantly closer. [SNY]
- The prospects! All the prospects! [Islanders]
- One of those prospects is Mathew Barzal, who's line dominated in Seattle's win over Everett in the WHL. Go Thunderbirds, who are 12-2-2 with Barzal in the lineup, and Mathew has 25 points in 16 games.
- Sad news: Mikhail Grabovski is still feeling the effects of the concussions that have sidelined him for almost a year now. [The Hockey Writers]
- Elliotte Friedman published his always-informative 30 Thoughts yesterday, and the first 4 thoughts are Isles-centered, including a tidbit about Ryan Strome having almost been dealt. [Sportsnet]
Oh yeah? What else have ya got?
- Last night's NHL scores.
- Nolan Patrick still remains #1 in the NHL's midterm rankings. Here's the story, as well as reactions to the list.
- "We Don't Want to Get Better" has gotta be up there in terms of headlines. Avalanche fans explain why they want their team to lose. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Red Wings aren't ready to start selling just yet. [Winging it in Motown]
- Chris Tanev's numbers have taken a nosedive this season, and like Nick Leddy, I would gather that it comes down to coaching.
- The Arizona Coyotes think they're being sweet by hosting Ladies Night, without realizing how sexist such an idea is. I, too, am surprised executives in a company based in Arizona don't understand feminism. [Five for Howling]
- Decorated hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser retired this week, and she's the main focus of this week's Women's Hockey Wednesday. [PPP]