New York Islanders Officially Name Doug Weight Head Coach
Apr 6, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

In their first move of the offseason, the New York Islanders officially named Doug Weight as head coach of the team.

In a move that brings little surprise to many, Doug Weight was officially named head coach of the New York Islanders. The Islanders removed the interim title after Weight led the last place team on an impressive run.

Weight amassed a 24-12-4 record, compared to Jack Capuano’s 17-17-8 record in the first stretch of the season. The Islanders nearly made the playoffs.

The decision was nearly unanimous, especially after the team’s locker clean-out interviews when they stated their interest in bringing Weight on-board.

There are two sides to the coin when discussing this decision.

Despite the Islanders finding a great fit behind the bench, a move like this almost guarantees that there won’t be a replacement for the team’s 11-year general manager Garth Snow.

Fans clamoring to see Snow’s removal should read between the lines in the latest on the GM’s security. Additionally, this move appears to have kick-started an offseason of owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin finally pulling the trigger on improving their team in their first offseason with full control.

With Dougie behind the bench, will his supporting cast get the same vote of confidence? Or will there be more internal shifts? With the powerplay finishing 28th overall, a shakeup is undoubtedly needed in that department.

With Weight now named head coach, the Islanders will need to find a suitable candidate to lift the offensive figures on the not-so-special specialty teams.

So with one significant move down, what is likely next for the duo of Ledecky and Malkin? We’ll probably find out soon with the offseason now underway.

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Matt Di Giacomo

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Spent 3 1/2 years at West Chester University, now concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more.

Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @BR_SportsCast and check out his reviews on YouTube.