Boudreau, Maurice out, but Capuano appears safe

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
11:18
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Some people are probably feeling a little queasy Monday morning and it's not because of the turkey overload from Thanksgiving weekend.

Washington's Bruce Boudreau and Carolina's Paul Maurice were both fired in wake of their team's respective slides. Washington has lost eight of their last 11 games while Carolina has struggled throughout the first quarter of the season; the 8-13-4 Canes are buried in 14th place in the Eastern Conference just four points ahead of the lowly Islanders.

Speaking of the Islanders, the dismissals leads one to wonder: could Jack Capuano be next?

The answer: probably not.

General manager Garth Snow confirmed via text Monday morning that Capuano's job was not in danger. Capuano also told ESPNNewYork.com last week that he is not worried about his job.

Although the Islanders edged New Jersey 3-2 on Saturday, they have dropped 14 of their last 17 games and been shut out a whopping six times this season. Key players have yielded little and the team ranks dead-last in the league with a paltry 1.95 goals per game.

The Islanders fired Scott Gordon last November -- Capuano replaced him as interim coach and later had the interim tag removed -- and appear reluctant to get rid of another coach as the solution.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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