Maybe Doug Weight, who has been an important part of the Islanders’ front office since 2011-12, is destined to become the franchise’s next Al Arbour.

Maybe the 40 games he coached — perhaps coaxing the team to a 24-12-4 record and a shot at finishing eighth in the East following a shipwreck first half under Jack Capuano — was all the organization needed to see in order to appoint one of the greatest American players in NHL history to the full-time position behind the bench.

And maybe the Islanders got it right this time.

But — and there always seems to be a “but” when it comes to the Islanders — it is impossible to understand the process by which this decision was made.

What is more perplexing, it is all but impossible to understand the endorsement given by the Scott Malkin-Jon Ledecky ownership to Garth Snow, who was granted the authority to make this coaching hire and is thus safe in his post as general manager and the hockey department’s decider for the foreseeable future.

Make no mistake. The removal of the interim tag on Weight also represented the removal of the endangered label on Snow. That’s a fact.

It is the most open secret in the sport that Ledecky spent the past eight or nine months conducting a search for a president who would have autonomy to oversee hockey operations and would decide Snow’s fate. At one point, we’re told on good authority, an offer was made to one individual, who rejected it.

The decision to empower Snow within 24 hours of the end of the season and within 48 hours of being eliminated from playoff contention would indicate that ownership: A) Could not find another suitable individual to offer the job to; B) Could not find a suitable individual who would take the job; or, C) Believes that Snow is the best choice to continue as general manager after a thorough canvas of the hockey industry.