Witt says Gordon's system makes defen...

Witt says Gordon's system makes defense difficult

There are 35 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 19, 2008, titled Witt says Gordon's system makes defense difficult. In it, Newsday reports that:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Registering a minus-5 for being on the ice for all of Washington's goals in a 5-4 overtime win against the Islanders Tuesday, defenseman Brendan Witt said it was "a first for me." That dropped ...

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Clifton, NJ

#21 Dec 19, 2008
they won't get rid of Witt.
Gordon will be sent packing, watch.

The bomb is ticking.

Why would you continue a system that doesn't work and you don't have the players for ?

Look how fast Melrose got it.

Peter L is floating around.

Nothing would surprise me with these Coliseum Clowns, home of the LI Circus.

New York, NY

#22 Dec 19, 2008
Lets Go Isles wrote:
Interesting perspective you guys have had on this article. I have to say I disagree with most of you. I think Witt's comments are honest and he has the ability to speak with Gordon about it. Gordon himself said he agreed with Witt's comments. We all know that Witt will unfortunately be traded towards the end of the season but we'll get draft picks and/or some other young players to add even more depth. The system will WORK but it's going to take time. Yes we're horrible right now but that was expected I don't know why we are harping on this fact. Park has a tremendus amount of heart and pride and is becoming a leader on this team. All of the veterans are providing exactly what they were brought in for...LEADERSHIP! Witt's comments shows that leadership. Park's play and ethics is that leadership that rubs off on the young kids.
At the end of the season Guerin, Weight, Witt, Sutton, Tambs will be gone but we'll be a better team in the future for it.
Go ahead and rip me now guys...
Can't really rip you.
First, love your pic.
Second you make some very valid points. Winning teams take time to develop and the vet leaders are the ones setting up the kids for the future.
Park has been a favorite of mine since he got here. He is quite possibly one of the most underrated players in the NHL for his role. My wife thinks I'm nuts for watching all of these hard to watch games night after night. But that's just going to make it all sweeter when things turn around.
Merry Christmas everyone and Go Isles !!!!!

New York, NY

#23 Dec 19, 2008
Superb analysis. This is on the coach, in my opinion. Defensive zone coverage has been atrocious. The only major change to the roster from last season has been Gordon's system.

Wallkill, NY

#24 Dec 19, 2008
Scott Gordon does a bad job of holding his players accountable for their actions. Firing Ted Nolan was a bad move, he did the best he could for a piece of crap team. It seems like the Isles are not responding to Gordon's system at all. With Gaborik back and a mediocre offense and defense dont be surprised if Minnesota wins this game 5-1 or 6-1

Pelham, NY

#25 Dec 19, 2008
The Islanders are sinking faster then the Titanic. End this already and move them to Kansas City if this coliseum isn't going to be refurbished. Enough is enough already. And I'll beat this dead horse again, come in last this year and draft John Tavares, we need a captain for the future, none the less a goal scorer. I'm done here.
Matt Potvin

Huntington, NY

#26 Dec 19, 2008
personnel is the problem not the system...the bigger problem is mis management, and bad owners for the past 15+ years. if you have not read it, go and find "Fishsticks" by Alan Hahn and Peter Botte. It's all there. the cold hard truth. if you are a true fan you will support them no matter what. hopefully the organization will turn it around one day soon-but time is running out.
Bad News

Woodmere, NY

#27 Dec 19, 2008
This is a clear case of trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. The Isles are nowhere, the players stink and they're a mess. Move them to Oklahoma and put the fans here out of their misery.

New York, NY

#28 Dec 19, 2008
Lets Go Isles wrote:
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Really? Really now Bob? 31+ games into the season and we should have the system mastered now? Really?
Yes, they're professional hockey players who can all skate and shoot and work hard and do all the things professional hockey players do, so YES, they should have it down.

Personally I think it's a simple game...play your postion, stay on your wing, skate and work hard for the puck- Gordons system is BS...if it's difficult it's wrong- You gotta remember....there's another team in a different color uniform trying to disrput the "system."- and there's no magic cure for that so they gotta keep it simple-
champ 4


#29 Dec 19, 2008
what is caharlie waiting for... the whole team to be out... wake up get rid of this coach.......
champ 4


#30 Dec 19, 2008
to all of you that write on the message board ive been tellin eveone that its this coach and his system i agre with mike from belmore nothin is going to change until gorden is fired... im glad all of you are finially!!!! seeing this is the major problem..... this system does not work..... go back to playing simple fun hockey.... the way hockey is meant to be played..... if gorden gets fired tommrow,the team would go out and win 10 straight games its irrelevant!!! the players do not like him, and they are showing it and they dont want to play for him.... brendon witt is 100% right.... if they fire garth snow ted nolan might comr back.....
champ 4


#31 Dec 19, 2008
gorden is a dick head..........its so clear that charlie dosent want to spend money..if he did this coach would be fired what a devesating franchise that has really gone to pot....!!!!if you dont care move the team i dont know how anyone pays to go see this mess at the coliseum.... i pay for it and i dont even want to wacth them....
champ 4


#32 Dec 19, 2008
ester,your right melrose got the ax so fast..... its cause charlie doesnt want to spend the money... again this would never!!!!! be the ny rangers position,oh my god never.... does that tell ya something ....something has to give and soon this is truly horrible....!!!!wha t a mess..so dissapointed it kills me to even talk abouy it....or watch it....its almost christmas like expected and look were we are.....

Honolulu, HI

#33 Dec 19, 2008
Minnesota 4, NY Islanders 1

Quick recap

- Islander's score first on a ppg.

- Islander's have 3 shots in the 2nd period.

- MacDonald keeps the Islander's in the game til the 3rd period.

- Wild score 4 unanswered goals.

- Islander's are out shot 39-16.

- Poor defense and little to no offense!

Overall summary: This team suck & fire the coach!
John Wayne

North Oxford, MA

#34 Dec 20, 2008
TheislesnewGM wrote:
Witt is completely right. Everyone in the league would love to have a player like Witt. However the system does not work properly because they do not have all the right personnel working it. The old guys don't skate and the young guys are still finding their scoring touch. It's a mish mash. I believe that the system could work well but they need to start making the right moves not hiring rent a players for a year. It doesn't work. We saw that with Trever Lindin, Peca, Satan. And oh yea....come in last so we can draft John Tavares and have some hope.
The system seems to be working just fine for Doug Weight.
Caps Fan

Powder Springs, GA

#35 Dec 21, 2008
2kids wrote:
Hey Mr. Witt, we all know that. This system only works in AHL. because the forwards in AHL are much less skillful. If this works so easily in NHL more teams are doing by now.
As a Caps fan, I can tell you the system works, it's the same system we play. I can also tell you that if we would have tried to play the system in the 1st 2 years out of the lockout we'd have posted the same or worse numbers the Isles have this year. The system requires enough skill players to posses the puck more than the other team, we didn't have it 05-07, and the Isles don't have it now. That's why Hanlon was the perfect coach to begin the rebuild(positive, defensive oriented, never called out the players, etc...)but once the team acquired more talent, his system was wrong(think Hitchcock, but not as smart), he required the talented players to ALWAYS make the safe play, chip it up the boards-NO Risk, and you saw the results; He neutered Mike Greens game, he wouldn't allow him to rush the puck. So all in all, if the Isles will be patient with Gordon and he stays positive with the young players, it will work better as you all acquire more talent. Hopefully you guys get the #1 pick and get Tavares/Hedman, as getting Ovie was obviously the biggest reason for the Caps turnaround. Good luck.

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