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Islanders rumors: Latest on future of Doug Weight, Garth Snow

New York's struggles could very well lead to the departure of its head coach and general manager.
Doug Weight. (Photo: Getty Images)

It's only going from bad to worse for the New York Islanders, who dropped their eighth-straight game on Thursday night to the underachieving Edmonton Oilers in a shootout. 

A team that had legitimate playoff aspirations now is all but out of the race in a tightly-contested Eastern Conference and look completely broken. 

Just two points out of the final postseason spot at the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26, general manager Garth Snow ignored his team's pressing need on defense and chose not to make any moves to shake the team up and support the playoff push. 

Head coach Doug Weight didn't make things easier on his roster though, playing a convoluted style of play that constantly left his defense open to waves of dangerous attacks. 

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Now as the team rolls out a roster that contains a number of players that should be in the AHL, Weight has done little to tweak his team's approach and simplify things. 

The offense, which carried the team for most of the season, has dried up as they haven't scored more than three goals in a game during this losing streak. The defense is still struggling mightily, allowing 29 goals in the last eight games.

Weight looked about as fed up as one could after Thursday night's loss which saw the Islanders lead 1-0 before allowing the tying goal 1:50 remaining in regulation:

It comes just days after telling reporters that the losing is getting "f---ing old" after a loss Monday night to the Vancouver Canucks. 

While it's become commonplace for the Islanders not to reveal the contracts of their coach and front-office members, his attitude and antics over the past few weeks make his future with the team behind the bench seem in doubt. Even if he were to lose his job as head coach, Weight is still assistant general manager behind Snow. 

But it finally looks as though the Islanders general manager's reign could be up sooner rather than later. Somehow, Snow is the fourth-longest tenured GM in the NHL, taking over in 2006 and has managed to keep his job despite not being able to make this team a consistent winner. 

His handling of the trade deadline could very well have been the last straw for the Islanders, though captain John Tavares' contract negotiations at the end of the season might decide just how much longer Snow would be allowed to stay should co-owner Jon Ledecky want to make a move. 

According to James Mirtle of the Athletic, "it feels like the tide is changing" around the organization's support of Snow. 

Should the Islanders decide to clean house, don't expect it to happen before the end of the season or before July 1, the start of free agency. 

 
 
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