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Jack Capuano | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (48) / 7/7/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210

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Coach Jack Capuano is stressing the importance of defense at training camp for the New York Islanders.
The Islanders were one of the worst defensive teams last season as they gave up 267 goals which was third worst as only the Oilers and Panthers gave up more. But Capuano saw some success in the last 20 games last season as they played a lot better in their own end. "I think we just got smarter in the end five-on-five," Frans Nielsen said. "We tried to be aggressive down low, but other than that, we always had guys in front of the net, more guys in the shooting lane. Not as many pucks got through from the points. By doing that, we had more guys in front of the net to clear rebounds, so they didn't get any of those easy rebound goals. As soon as the puck came to the net, everybody was more compact." It should be interesting this season as the Islanders will be young on the blueline but have Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson taking over between the pipes. Sep 21 - 8:29 AM

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John Spano, who was previously jailed for wire and bank fraud as a result of his attempt to own the New York Islanders, has been indicted for theft and forgery.

Spano got approval from the NHL board of governors to buy the Islanders from John Pickett for $165 million, but documents quickly emerged that cast doubt on the validity of his financial situation. He eventually admitted that he lied in order to obtain a $80 million loan to purchase the team and was sentenced to 71 months in prison. Spano was then sentenced to an additional 51 months in prison less than a decade later as a result of another fraud case.
Sep 10 - 6:15 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman likes the new prospective owners of the New York Islanders

Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin have agreed to take a minority stake in the Islanders with both taking majority control in two years. "We're going through the franchise transfer process, so it would be premature and inappropriate for me to comment on it until we complete that process," Bettman said. "Personally I like them and find them engaging, but ultimately it's a decision that gets made by the Board of Governors."
Sep 6 - 7:46 AM

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals, and investor Scott Malki will take majority control of the team in two years. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement. The NHL's Board of Governors still has to approve the deal.
Aug 19 - 4:29 PM

A lawsuit was filed against New York Islanders owner Charles Wang on Monday, claiming he backed out of an agreement to sell the team.

The lawsuit claimed that NY ICE had completed all requirements for the sale, but "Wang was having seller's remorse because he believed he had agreed to sell the Islanders for a price too low." Wang agreed to sell the franchise to NY ICE in March for $420 million before he boosted the price in June to $548 million. According to the suit, the Pennsylvania group is asking the court to force Wang to sell them the team under the original terms or award a "breakup fee" of $10 million plus other damages. A New York Islanders spokesman said "the reports have no merit" when asked about the allegations made in the lawsuit.
Aug 12 - 10:38 AM

The New York Islanders reportedly made competitive offers to Brad Richards, Thomas Vanek, Jarome Iginla, and Dan Boyle, but all of them chose to sign elsewhere.

In the case of Vanek and Richards, they likely left quite a bit of money on the table to play for Minnesota and Chicago respectively. The Islanders have been largely unable to lure top-tier free agents for years and that's not likely to change until they have a couple competitive seasons under their belt.
Jul 2 - 11:04 AM

The New York Islanders have acquired the 28th pick in the first round from Tampa Bay for the 35th and 57th picks.

The Lightning acquired the first rounder from the Rangers in the Martin St. Louis trade. The Lightning will get a player seven picks later and a late second rounder as well.
Jun 27 - 9:58 PM

The New York Islanders having gotten any offers for the fifth overall pick that were strong enough to entice GM Garth Snow.

A lot could change before now and the NHL Entry Draft, but it at least looks like the Islanders will end up using the fifth overall pick. Who the Islanders take will be dependent on what the teams above them do, but as we noted in our mock draft, it wouldn't be surprising if they end up taking Michael Dal Colle.
Jun 27 - 10:45 AM

GM Garth Snow said that the New York Islanders fifth overall pick is in play as the team needs a top notch blueliner and winger.

The Islanders are looking for a left winger to play on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo while every team needs help on the blueline. The Islanders could get Thomas Vanek to return as an unrestricted free agent after dealing him to Montreal at the trade deadline. Stay tuned.
Jun 22 - 8:10 AM

The New York Islanders have hired Greg Cronin as an assistant coach.

He has spent the last three seasons with the Toronto Maples Leafs, but he worked with the Islanders from the 1998-99 to 2002-03. Cronin will work alongside Bob Corkum and Matt Bertani on Jack Capuano's coaching staff.
Jun 16 - 6:00 PM

Doug Weight has been promoted to assistant general manager of the New York Islanders.

He had been working as a special advisor to general manager Garth Snow and he will retain his role as an assistant coach alongside bench boss Jack Capuano. Weight has served in that capacity since he retired as a player after the 2010-11 season.
Jun 16 - 1:12 PM

The New York Islanders will keep their first round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The team had a choice to give up their first rounder in this year's draft or next year's and they have decided to give the Buffalo Sabres their 2015 first-round selection. The draft choice was part of the Thomas Vanek trade. The Islanders will pick fifth overall in June.
May 22 - 3:25 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke on Tuesday and said that Islanders owner Charles Wang is still debating what move he wants to make with regards to the possible sale of the team.

Wang has gotten some expressions of interest about the Islanders, should he opt to sell them. One potential suitor is reportedly Andrew Barroway, who is a wealth manager based in Philadelphia. At the moment though, it sounds like nothing is imminent.
Apr 23 - 10:01 AM

The New York Islanders will participate in a preseason game at Barclays Center on Sept. 26.

Barclays Center will become the Islanders' new home starting with the 2015-16 campaign. The Islanders have already played in one previous exhibition match in the arena. "We are extremely excited to play our second game at Barclays Center," Islanders GM Garth Snow said. "It was a special night, seeing all of our passionate fans pack the building last September and hearing the 'Lets Go Islanders' chant throughout the game. We are looking forward to making Brooklyn our home the following season. This is a great way for our fans to see how easy the commute is to this world class facility in Brooklyn, the friendly staff that awaits them as they walk through the entrance, and the numerous amenities that only Barclays Center offers."
Apr 22 - 10:14 AM

The New York Islanders have to decide whether or not to allow the Buffalo Sabres to take their 2014 first round pick to complete the Tomas Vanek trade.

The Islanders have the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Given that, it might seem obvious that the Islanders would keep the pick and hope to improve in 2014-15. However, the 2015 draft is far deeper and includes two potential superstars in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. It would be terrible for the Islanders if they miss the playoffs again in 2014-15 only for their lottery pick to belong to Buffalo.
Apr 16 - 10:03 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Cory Conacher
4Johan Sundstrom
5Eric Boulton
6Brock Nelson
7Michael Dal Colle
RW1Nikolai Kulemin
2Kyle Okposo
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Colin McDonald
6Jack Skille
7Joshua Ho-Sang
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Travis Hamonic
3Calvin De Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Matt Carkner
6Griffin Reinhart
7Brian Strait
8Matt Donovan
9T.J. Brennan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson