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Islanders Camp: It's Capuano’s show

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 12:22 PM

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist / Super Saturday

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Islanders Camp: It's Capuano’s show
SYOSSET, N.Y. -- Jack Capuano is no stranger to training camps as both a player and an assistant coach. But this year is different -- for the first time in the NHL, he's the boss.

Capuano took over as interim coach last November when the Islanders fired Scott Gordon. The team's strong second-half showing earned him a full crack at the job -- much to the delight of his players, who responded to his lower-key approach.

Kyle Okposo is among the Isles who's glad to have Capuano in charge on a full-time basis.

"Cappy's going to be great," Okposo said after Saturday's initial workout at Iceworks. "He really grew as a coach last year, and we're all looking forward to working with him again."
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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final