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Staple, with Newsday since 1997, has covered high school sports, hockey and football.

Former Islanders coach Jack Capuano has been keeping a low profile since he was fired last Tuesday, but he is keeping busy.

Two sources told Newsday that at least one team has reached out to the Islanders to request permission to speak with Capuano. The sources did not identify the team, but aside from the Islanders, only the Florida Panthers and expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights are without a permanent coach.

Las Vegas general manager George McPhee worked with Capuano and the Islanders the past two seasons as an adviser to GM Garth Snow, so McPhee certainly would know what Capuano could bring to the Golden Knights, who will begin play next season.

Florida fired Gerard Gallant on Nov. 28, and it was that vacancy that started the ball rolling toward Capuano’s dismissal. According to reports, the Islanders asked for permission to speak to Gallant in late December, a surprising move considering Capuano still was on the job with the Isles. Snow intimated in numerous interviews this past week that the decision to speak to Gallant was not his alone, that owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin also were involved.

“It’s not a dictatorship,” Snow said.

Snow also said that because the decision was made to look for a replacement behind the bench, he decided to let Capuano go last week to allow the longtime Islanders coach to leave with some dignity.

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“The organization didn’t feel Jack was going to be a coach we were going to bring back . . . We can start a coaching search now and not have to worry about the ramifications of trying to do that with Jack still the coach,” Snow said on Tuesday.

After 483 games behind the Islanders’ bench and work with USA Hockey, Capuano has developed a solid reputation around the league. That might be enough to entice Las Vegas or another team to bring him on for next season.

“He’s prepared — holy [expletive], does he prepare,” Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said of Capuano last month. The two worked together at September’s World Cup.

Said Tortorella, “I try to impress upon him, sometimes you can’t give the team all the info you have. I think that’s important. You can have all the info, but how much gets to the player can be too much at times.”