Islanders remove interim tag, name Doug Weight head coach

Weight led the Isles to the second-best record in the NHL after taking over for the fired Jack Capuano in mid-January.

Doug Weight did just about all that could have been asked of an interim coach for the Islanders this season, so it's no surprise the team moved quickly to give him the full-time gig.

The team made the announcement Wednesday, three days after the Islanders finished a frenzied second half by missing the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot by a point.

That the Isles were even in the conversation was remarkable considering the state they were inwhen they fired Jack Capuano on Jan. 17 and elevated Weight to replace him. New York was 17-17-8 and in last place in the Metropolitan Division at the time but finished 24-12-4 under Weight, the second-best record in the league during that span.

"Doug has earned this opportunity from the tremendous work he has put in over the past five seasons in our front office and especially from the time he took over as interim head coach earlier this season," general manager Garth Snow said in a release. "His leadership and experiences from both playing and behind the bench are valuable intangibles that not every coach can translate into a winning formula. He's gained the trust and respect from our entire team, making him the best choice to become head coach."

Weight, 46, retired as an Islander in 2011, capping a 23-year playing career that included three stints on the U.S. Olympic team. He immediately moved into an assistant coaching role with the Islanders and had been serving as assistant general manager when he was called back to the bench to replace Capuano.

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