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Slumping Islanders fire coach Gordon


John Tavares (C), the first round NHL draft pick of the New York Islanders, sits with Islanders general manager Garth Snow (L) and head coach Scott Gordon during a news conference in Uniondale, New York July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
John Tavares (C), the first round NHL draft pick of the New York Islanders, sits with Islanders general manager Garth Snow (L) and head coach Scott Gordon during a news conference in Uniondale, New York July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The slumping New York Islanders have fired coach Scott Gordon and replaced him with minor league coach Jack Capuano, the NHL team said on Monday.

"We believe we need a change in direction and, with the majority of the regular season still ahead of us, our goal remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs," general manager Garth Snow said in a statement on the team's website (http://islanders.nhl.com/).

The Islanders have lost 10 consecutive games and rank last in the Eastern Conference with a 4-10-3 record.

They last made the playoffs in 2007.

Gordon posted a 64-94-23 record in three seasons with the Islanders. He will remain with the team in an advisory role.

Former Islanders assistant Capuano was in his fourth season with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. His teams went 133-100-8-14.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; editing by Justin Palmer)

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