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Isles Hire Scott Gomez as Assistant Coach

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Islanders head coach Doug Weight continued to do things his own way, officially hiring former Devils and Rangers star Scott Gomez to join his staff Tuesday.


The decision might be a little outside the box ? Gomez has no professional coaching experience ? but it has been in the making for a while. It continued Weight?s rebuilding of the staff since he became the full-time headman after half a season as the interim head coach, when he led the Islanders to within one point of qualifying for the postseason following the firing of Jack Capuano in January.


?Scott brings an immense amount of hockey knowledge to our coaching staff,? Weight said in a statement. ?His offensive instincts, expertise on the power play and the way he could control the game with his skating and smarts, are all key elements that we want implemented into our group.?


Weight made it clear recently he preferred coaches with good NHL playing experience and not too far removed from the game. He made his first hire by signing former teammate Luke Richardson, who had been a head coach at AHL Binghamton just two seasons ago.



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