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December 2, 2013 | 9:58am ET
Capuano trying to stay focused
TheFourthPeriod.com

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano is starting to feel the heat, but he's trying to remain focused on getting his team back into the playoffs.

It's been widely reported that Capuano's job could be in jeopardy, especially with fans screaming for him to be fired, but the Isles don't plan on making a change behind the bench just yet.

Islanders GM Garth Snow confirmed that bit of news to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger on Sunday, telling him via text message that he is not making a coaching change.

"The atmosphere in this building during the playoffs and last spring, there's nothing I want more than to recreate that," Capuano told the New York Post. "I'm just as frustrated as [the fans] are. We're doing everything we can to turn this around."

Snow is more focused on upgrading his blueline and getting his hands on a second-line scorer.

The Islanders have inquired about Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner and New York Rangers blueliner Michael Del Zotto, but the price tag for both players appears to be too high for Snow.

Snow will continue his search for outside help, and is likely to expand his options this week, as it's believed he would like to make a move to help shake up his roster.

The Islanders have just two wins in their last 13 games.


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