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Capuano as Jack Adams award candidate?

Islanders coach Jack Capuano, top, talks to his

Islanders coach Jack Capuano, top, talks to his players during the first period against the New Jersey Devils. (Nov. 26, 2010) Credit: AP

 Newsday's Arthur Staple thinks he's as deserving as Jacques Lemaire and I tend to agree.

I don't think Capuano will win, but I do believe he'll receive the ultimate nod of recognition: a head coaching contract.

Capuano has taken a downtrodden and dejected team and breathed life into the young squad. Since taking over for Scott Gordon in November, the team has reached .500 with a 22-22-7 record after last night's 4-3 overtime win. It is  also entirely feasible that the Islanders could finish with three 30-goal scorers and five hitting the 20-goal benchmark this season.

Pretty remarkable.

Assume that  GM Garth Snow has taken notice and will reward Capuano accordingly in the coming months.


Two other must-reads from Arthur Staple, who is covering practice today:

On the Islanders long memory with Dion Phaneuf/ stance on team toughness and the fine work of goalie coaches Sudsie Maharaj and Mike Dunham this season.

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