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Islanders GM thinks staff will remain: report

Snow says Capuano, Weight other coaches likely to stay after ownership change

by NHL @nhl

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow doesn't foresee any changes to his coaching staff once Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky assume majority ownership of the Islanders from Charles Wang on July 1.

Snow told Newsday he expects coach Jack Capuano, assistants Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum, and video coach Matt Bertani will return to their roles in 2016-17.

"There's a great respect from our players to the coaches and vice versa," Snow said Tuesday. "Sitting through these meetings with the players, there's a respect that's impressive to me. Our team is prepared, they're in great condition. For me, I'm very thankful to have the coaching staff we have."

The Islanders won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time in 23 years when they defeated the Florida Panthers in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round. Their season ended with a five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

The Islanders had at least 45 wins and 100 points for the second straight season and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Capuano has coached the Islanders since 2010 and is the second winningest coach in their history (210) behind Al Arbour (740).

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