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Recap: Jack Capuano on TSN Radio

Jack Capuano was a guest on TSN Radio with Steve Simmons and Jonas Siegel on Thursday.

Here’s what he had to say:

  • On the kids at dev camp, “it’s hard to go in and evaluate the kids, we like to let them get adjusted to Long Island and to get them used to our strength and conditioning and nutrition. Just listening to you guys about some of the young picks that we had, they are skilled players and as advertised and they handled themselves quite well.”
  • On Grabo and Kulemin, “I made a couple of calls and I haven’t really spoken to them one on one. Grabo was a guy that Garth and I talked about two years ago. It’s come to fruition now and Garth had some great talks with him and Kulie is a guy who is a big body and a power guy and has scored some goals and was used on the PP in Toronto, so we always talk about the departure of Parenteau, Moulson and Vanek and how we will adjust our lineup and who will play with 91. Greg Cronin is part of our staff now and we like to bring in character guys and guys who want to come in and make themselves better everyday.”

  • On the centers, “I have been asked that question quite a bit. Those two have great numbers together, I guess that is a trend now and we look at that. For me, Grabo could play on the wing in a preseason game with Tavares just to see how he looks but if Grabo is used down the middle and Kulie is beside him, obviously Nielsen and Tavares, Grabo and Cizikas and Ryan Strome can play both center and wing. If all stays well and hopefully it does and I mean our health is good, we will have some decisions to make and a healthy competition, something we haven’t had in a little while with all the injuries we sustained.”
  • What was your initial reaction to seeing Tavares go down at the Olympics, “If I recall I was visiting my wife and I got a phone call and initial reaction is always tough because when it happens to a player on your team that…John is a leader on our club and he works extremely hard and you don’t want to see it happen to anyone but obviously it was disappointing tor him. He was having a good year for us and these things happen and unfortunately it happened when he wasn’t playing for us but I do understand. Just talking to him about 2-3 weeks ago, he has been skating, feels great and that is great for us.”
  • On advanced metrics, “That is a great question and more and more teams are hiring people who know analytics. As a coach and I think most coaches would tell you this, there is chemistry between players, no question, but I won’t strictly go strictly by the fact of what analytics mean and this defenseman should be playing with this defenseman and this forward should be playing with this forward. I mean, we do look at it. Possession time is big but at the same time we need to do what is best for our hockey club and coaches need to go with their gut. If guys are playing well together and I won’t use examples but I know of examples of guys on our team who have played well together, put up plus numbers, helped us win one goal games and their analytics weren’t very good. I think it can work both ways. It’s something that we do look at, something that I will have conversations about with the people but at the end of the day we need to do what is best for our hockey team.”
  • Do they help add context, “I have found it valuable. I think GMs, as far as the trade deadline or free agency will look at it more, with the people who are working with them. I do find it interesting but I am not going to base decisions just on analytics. I have been coaching a long time and I don’t know if Scotty Bowman had analytics and you look at the success that he had. But yes, I do look at them I do have conversations with our assistant coaches and GM about it but at the end of the day we are in a result business and need to win games and we need to do what is best for our hockey team.”
  • “You can break the game down. It’s still 200 by 85 and 3 zones and you either have the puck or you don’t and you need to figure out how you will play the game and from a systematical standpoint I like how we play and as we go through the preseason we will move around players and see how they complement one another, maybe sitting down and talking to the staff but at the end of the day we need to make a decision that is going to help our team win.”
  • On the Eastern Conference, “I think that if we look on paper all the time it would be easy. I think we got better and Garth is very passionate about making us better and his decisions have been good as far as I look at it with the acquisitions that we made. The teams you just mentioned though, two years ago when Ottawa had goaltending numbers off the charts or Boston and Rask and his numbers, Quick and Lundqvist, it’s no different in baseball with pitching or Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, those guys are there at the end and carry their team. Taking nothing away from Nabokov who I thought was a very important part of our team as a player and person and helping our young kids and getting us into the playoffs in that lockout season. I do feel that acquisitions that Garth has made have really enhanced our club.”
  • Does the Stanley Cup Final seem like a mountain climb away, “no, I think that went I look at the development of our players, we aren’t far off. You watch a lot of video in the summer and even LA, we lost 2-0 out there and we had them tied with a minute left, we went through some injuries. That is not an excuse but we are almost where we need to be and with the acquisitions that we made I feel real good about our club but we were right there with some of the teams and I don’t know how many one-goal games that we played in, I think there were a dozen games where we had a 2 goal lead in the third and couldn’t hold them, that was the talk with the media after and then all the sudden you watch the playoffs and I don’t know what the number was, I think it was close to 30, teams had 2 goal leads and coaches look at that and prepare our guys right off the bat to play under pressure. When teams surge under pressure, with how special teams are, you need to be able to handle that. There are some things psychological as far as our hockey club that we need to work with but as far as personnel, I am excited about our group.”



199 comments
WestCoastFan
WestCoastFan

Here's some news: Buffalo just added Trots to their coaching staff.  To me it's disgraceful that any of those dynasty legends are affiliated with any other franchise.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

May I ask: are the people now running IPB paid employees? How are they paid? What are they paid? Is there money to hire any more, since stories more than ever seem few and far between?

tpjm
tpjm

We're screwed. Cappy is a minor league coach. They better get a real coach by the time they get to BROOKLYN! Cappy is OK for the minor league of nassau but BROOKLYN is big time baby.

In today's news, a bayshore LI man killed a single mother of 2 in farmingville LI.  He knew the victim and knowingly left the children without a parent when he killed her. LI is a very scary dangerous place.

Vicp73
Vicp73

Guy's guys please get off the Cory Conacher, Nikolai Kulemin , Mikhail Grabovski band wagon, If you think a nightly scratch in Buffalo (Conacher ) is going to make a difference here your sadly mistaken. Grabovski  a compliance buyout from one of the worse teams in hockey (Toronto) and Kulimin another disappointment who scored 7 goals all season is going to turn this team around? Lol it's not going to happen. Only thing that Garth improved on was the goaltending . But that alone will not be enough to change this teams fortunes. Two solid veteran defenseman and a real coaching staff would have been the answer, but then again Snow doesn't have a clue when it comes to building a winner 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I think these lines are worth a try:

Lee – Neilsen – Tavares

Kulemin – Grabo – Okposo

Nelson – Strome – Grabner

Czikas/Martin - Bailey - Clutterbuck

Depth: Conocher/MacDonald/Martin


Each line has speed, jam, size and skill and a playmaker (4th line excepted on the playmaker); interchange Czikas and Martin on line 4 depending on the opponent.

doc942
doc942

What? Canadian legends never worked for other franchises? What about Wings legend Steve Yzerman working for Tampa Bay for hecks sake. Or Messier or Gretzky working for teams other than the oilers? Or is it only Islanders legends that can't work for other teams?

islesfan77
islesfan77

@Logan Monstuart  It is the offseason. There is not exactly much news to report. It always amazes me when people complain about a free service.


isles23
isles23

May I ask: do you work? How much do you make? Its the end of July, not exactly a lot going on in the hockey world to write about.

Don22
Don22

@tpjm Aaaannnnd, the troll is back.  I saw you trolled on another site too.  It might have been THN, not sure.  



willymayshays
willymayshays

@tpjm

Is this a hockey blog or FOX news?

thanks for the update Nancy...

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

am i missing something? is brooklyn crime free? 

hockeyfn91
hockeyfn91

@Vicp73 First of all, No one ever said Cory Conacher was the 2nd coming of Christ. The guy is making 600k and was a depth signing. 


on Grabovski and Kulemin, They arent signed to "turn the team around" They were signed to help in the areas the Islanders needed and that is secondary scoring. Everyone knows they are not Kane and Toews and they are not supposed to be. What they are are secondary scoring forwards. 


You talk about Kulemin's goals when he was being used as a 3rd line checking winger? The last time he played with Grabovski and given top 6 minutes he scored 30 goals. 


As far as "turning the team around" That is Halak's job. Goaltending cost the Islanders at least 10-15 wins last season. 

doc942
doc942

@Vicp73 Thanks for your input Vic.  You certainly know more than most.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Vicp73 grabovski is 100% an improvement. maybe not the improvement we needed badly, but to use his buyout as a reason for why he isnt good isnt fair.  hes very talented and i think its going to give us some nice scoring depth. 

hockeyfn91
hockeyfn91

@bubbamac19 I see it this way - 


Nelson-JT-Okposo

Grabovski-Nielsen-Kulemin

Grabner-Strome-Bailey

Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck


Depth - Conacher,McDonald.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@bubbamac19 Bubbamac you usually post good comments but taking the #2 or #3 best centers in the league and putting them on right wing makes no sense at all.

camb33
camb33

@orange2327  its wangs world here and were just living in it

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@islesfan77 @Logan Monstuart Simply a question. Nothing else. And that's my point: if people manning this site are not paid, then all power to them. But are they getting paid? Do you know? By whom? And if they are getting paid, well I would think there is probably plenty going on in the NHL trade/ rumor-wise this summer, if one was is paid to look for them.

tag1
tag1

@Don22 he's on HF Boards as bert marshall days Don, he posts the same crap there.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@Don22 @tpjm  Don, on this one I agree. This is not a fan being happy about moving to Brooklyn, this is just nonsense. There is crime everywhere. No point is being made here. 

tag1
tag1

@orange2327 I feel sorry for you Vic that big bird mayor and bratton lite are going to take the city back to the dinkins days.

tag1
tag1

@slapshot18_rs  We've been having a running debate on here about where is there more crime in bklyn or in Nassau but the nitwit hipster bert (tsop or whatever he calls himself on here) keeps on listing crimes that are happening in SUFFOLK, and no one on here has claimed there is no crime in Nassau, just not as much as there is in bklyn. Also bert was sounding the alarm about the body parts that were found on LI but he hasn't mentioned that that woman was killed in BROOKLYN and dismembered in BROOKLYN then dumped out here, I guess he considers that a minor detail..

Vicp73
Vicp73

@slapshot18_rs @Vicp73 slapshot good players don't get bought out , 5 million  per for a 13 goal scorer isn't the answer. basically Strome will be dropped down to a 4th line player?  How's that an improvement? 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@hockeyfn91 @bubbamac19 I like the idea of the proven commodity on line 1, the creativity and balance of the second line, but hate that Lee isn't on the team. I don't want to dismiss what he did last year. Maybe put him on line 3 and push Bailey down to line 4 center...

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@mrcisback @bubbamac19 Love JT, but I believe he was on the wing for the Canadian Olympic team - so calling him a top 2/3 center in the league is a reach. Frankly, we can agree to disagree on where he stands but I think those four lines are very strong; balance in physicality, skill and scoring and speed. Strome stays at center, Bailey gets a more defensive oriented position and ice time which plays to his strengths. I think it's worth a shot. I like the look of those 4 lines. 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@slapshot18_rs @bubbamac19 I like the idea because I think he'd excel at the position; it gives the isles 4 very strong lines with punch and scoring ability, it allows the younger Strome to play his natural position and Nelson to keep playing wing where he did well last year. It puts Lee in a tremendous position to succeed and we have 4 guys at center that should improve our faceoffs. Plus, it's not as if a wing stays glued to the boards all the time; I think these guys playing together would be something to see - a real force. Overall, I think it makes the Isles better, deeper. So count on it not happening! :)


If memory serves, Canada had JT on the wing during the Olympics before he got hurt. 

doc942
doc942

Yeah... And Trottier worked for the Islanders too. Is he supposed to never work again? And didn't he win 2 cups with Pittsburgh? So he has a bit of a legacy with a team other than the Islanders.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 Yeah but Messier and Gretzky are not working for the Rangers or the Kings. I don't recall Yzerman working for the Wings in any substantial role, but even if he did, was he supposed to turn down a position with Tampa Bay because he was a long time Red Wing?

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 What does that say about Bossy? He is working for a man that he loathes?  I don't know if I believe that. I think Bossy is better than that. Sure some of us have to work with or for people we don't like at times, but I sincerely doubt Bossy is one of them. 


Don't get me wrong, I would like to see more former Islanders involved in the organization, but I don't remember the former owners have opening the door for them either. Plus, Potvin and Billy Smith both left Long Island to be with Torrey long before Wang got here.  My point is that there are two sides the coin.


By the way, if in fact Potvin loathes Wang for the way he is running the Islanders, then I am glad to hear to hear that he is still competitive.

isles23
isles23

@camb. So I guess it was Wang's world when Trots won two Stanley cups with the rival pens?

jepliberty
jepliberty

@tag1 @orange2327 

Hey tag, how about some compassion for me, I live in Manhattan, and have to deal with those two, especially the commie Mayor.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@tag1 @orange2327 Tag i think Bratton is extra light. I was at 1 PP today and believe me there is no love lost for either one.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@tag1 @slapshot18_rs 

Maybe numbers matter in this case, Suffolk county has app. 1 1/2 million, Bklyn has app 2 1/2 million, all of Long Island has app 7 1/2 million so there is that.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Vicp73 @slapshot18_rs i wont insult you by assuming you dont know his story with carlyle right around his buyout because im sure you do, but that season was why he was bought out. anyone that has actually seen him play knows hes a super skilled forward that plays much a much bigger game than he is.  hes 100% an upgrade.  again, maybe not the one we needed right now, but hes still a good addition. have to look past the last year of stats every once in a while, but if you must .6 pts per game isnt exactly bad. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@bubbamac19 @mrcisback Bubbamac if Sidney Crosby is then center then John Tavares could play right wing for him, certainly not Frans Neilsen. I know Tavares played wing on the Canadian Olympic because there is and will be for a while a lack of respect for the Islanders and Islander players around the league. Tavares should have been the #2 center on that team. If Tavares didn't get hurt he would have finished in the top 4 or 5 in the league in scoring. Tavares is the franchise and should never be removed from the Islanders center position as long as he is an Islander.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@bubbamac19 @slapshot18_rs and yeah he was playing wing in canada, but thats because they had crosby, toews, getzlaf, and duchene playing center if i remember correctly, so rather than bury him on the 4th line they put him on wing to get more minutes, not because hes better as a winger or not as good as duchene.  and based on tavares experience to date, he should have been behind crosby, toews, and getzlaf 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

there is no way a top 5 player in the game who naturally plays center is going to move to wing.  it doesnt make any sense.  he was on pace to have 100 points playing the position last year at age 23.  center is the most important forward position, and you have to have your world class talented player playing there.


neilsen doesnt exactly play the up tempo high offense center that a #1 center needs to be either.  hes one of the best two way forwards in the league, and hes better at the defensive minded side of the game.  he wouldnt fit in well on the first line.


all just my opinion.

tag1
tag1

The writing is on the wall mrc you have panhandlers dressed as superheroes in Times Square harassing people and fighting the cops you have big bird mayor and bratton kissing sharptons ring it's going to go downhill just wait and see

Vicp73
Vicp73

@slapshot18_rs @Vicp73 slapshot i've read many of your post and i know your not the type to insult people, i respect that , but living in Toronto i've seen Grabo on a nightly basis and yes i know the history of Randy and Grabo , and yes Grabo plays with passion and heart , but you said it yourself it's not what we needed. I don't want a Strome or Nelson to be left out of the lineup so Kuli and Grabo get their day in the sun. Grabo aint that good 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@mrcisback @bubbamac19 I'm trying to consider what is best for the team - how to have scoring balance from all lines, which they have lacked, a physical presence from all lines, which they have lacked and a defensive presence from all lines which they've not had in eons. Frans is underrated as a play maker and Lee and JT are great finishers. Of all their centers, JT is the most able to make the adjustment and it puts all the kids but nelson in their natural position. Until they trade for a sniper on JT's left wing (a trade in which I'm sure Nielsen would be a major chip) it may be worth a shot. 

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 Yeah, and all this time working for Wang he cannot find another job that pays more than Wang?  He cannot find something closer Montreal?  If that is what you are selling, I ain't buying. The guy is one of the best goal scorers in the history of the game.

shlo
shlo

@Vicp73 @slapshot18_rs Maybe Grabo falls under "change in scenery"  situation. I did not see him play that often so I have to accept your opinion.

On the other hand, it was mentioned that the Pens were seriously looking for him to play on Malkin's line. So something positive must be there.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Vicp73 i agree, i definitely dont want strome or nelson out of the line up in favor of grabo.  but part of the reason i dont mind the grabo signing is because i dont think hes going to stand in there way.  i still think forwards are inevitably going to be moved once the cap teams are forced to shed some salary, but i really dont mind going into training camp with a few extra forwards in the event someone is injured.  and i think it should also take some pressure off of them to produce right away.  but with the excess forwards and need for a defenseman, hopefully a trade is still possible for a decent vet. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@orange2327 i'd be more concerned with points than goals as he is not a pure goal scorer.  before last year, and the lockout year where he played for carlyle who buried him on the 4th line, he was a steady 50 pt player - that was only two years ago.  hes going to be given a big chance to play here so if he doesnt produce then its going to be on him, but i think that with his level of talent, hes going to fit in really well here.  i guess i just like grabo's game a little more than you guys haha

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 Corporate Sponsorships.  He has nothing to do with hockey operations

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327  You have said this many times. We all know it. However, whether he scores 3 in the first the game or 3 in the last game, it is still 13 goals in 58 games. 


Also, I am not sure the Ovi is the playmaker on that line. Ovi wants the puck.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 Orange, we have all seen players do better on other teams. Sometimes the chemistry is the key. Mouslon was not a 30 goal scorer on LA. Many years ago Ray Ferraro was almost out of the league when he came to the Islanders and became a 40 goal scorer. You have to admit Grabo has skills. He is better at faceoffs than most of the centers on the Isles and his wrist shot is pretty decent. 


Will he pan out? Who knows. I cannot guarantee he will be great, but you can't guarantee he will suck. 


By the way, if you are Backstrom, who are you going to pass the puck to?  Yeah, thought so.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 I am certainly not thrilled with these signings. I think they were overpaid and the terms too long. However, let's be fair here. Grabo had a good season in Toronto, was given a big deal and then bought out after he was told to play a defensive role that he was not comfortable with. So the fact that he "was a buyout" means nothing to me. Lot of fans in Toronto did not like the buyout. 


As Kulemin, he had 30 goals in a season, not many current Islanders can say that.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@orange2327 grabo was only bought out by toronto..he was in washington for a 1 year deal.  


we all know that in order to sign any free agents, we were going to overpay.  thats been a known fact to management, and the isles fan base, for a long time, so while maybe other teams wouldnt have offered as much as the isles did, the isles had to.  without grabo and kulemin, the isles are much less deep...do you agree?


i know that grabo isnt the evander kane-like talent we were all hoping to add, but thats just life as an islander fan right now - its not easy to get people to sign here, and no one wants to give up the top prospects in a trade


hopefully they can take a big step this year in becoming a consistent playoff team, and future offseasons we'll find top FA's wanting to sign here, but for now, we have to overpay for, to an extent, lesser talent. 

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 Find it hard to believe Moulson was a salary dump considering they offered a huge contract to Vanek. What if he took it? Then what would they do? 


I didn't believe Vanek was signing here during the season, but according to the rumors if the off season, if Minny did not come up with the late offer, the Isles were his second choice. 


If Snow was stupid to offer Vanek a contract during the season because he definitely wanted to go free agency, then Bergevin is equally stupid because he offered him a contract too.

islesfan77
islesfan77

@orange2327 Personally, I think they should have kept Yashin a little bit longer. If he was a cancer to the team, then no, but I am not convinced that he was because I was not in the locker room. All teams buy out players. The Islanders made a choice that many fans agreed with. To suggest that the buyout was done to meet the cap floor is silly.