It wasn’t exactly an 11:59:59 deal for a defenseman, but it was critical. Johnny Boychuck and Nick Leddy are now New York Islanders.
The quality of the final (full) year in Nassau County is going to be on Garth Snow. While acknowledging his lack of roster improvement after qualifying for the playoffs, he has stated Jack Capuano will return behind the bench. Assistant coach Brent Thompson has been assigned to run the Sound Tigers. Retaining Capuano is the vote of confidence that he can return a similar, but hopefully revamped, roster to the playoffs. Why not give Jack more to work with.