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Jack Capuano Of Islanders Not Being Fired, Says Garth Snow

UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 13:  Head coach Jack Capuano keeps an eye on the New York Islanders prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 13: Head coach Jack Capuano keeps an eye on the New York Islanders prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The ax fell on a pair of NHL coaches on Monday, but that will not be happening to New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, says the team's general manager, Garth Snow.

ESPN's Katie Strang today asked Snow if Capuano's job was in danger with the Islanders limping along at 6-11-4, 16 points, which is last in the Atlantic Division. Snow's simple answer was "Nope."

Only the Columbus Blue Jackets (15 points) have fewer points than the Islanders as the NHL season hits the quarter-pole. The Islanders had hoped to take strides forward this season.

Capuano took over from Scott Gordon as Islanders coach early last season and the team went 26-29-10 for 62 points under his direction.

The question was an appropriate one today as the Washington Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with Dale Hunter, and the Carolina Hurricanes replaced Paul Maurice with Kirk Muller.

The Islanders have not reached the NHL playoffs since the 2006-2007 season.