Why did they ever trade Luongo???? Luongo & Jokinnen for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha. Then, instead of needing to take a goalie (Dipietro)with the first pick of the 2000 draft, they could have picked Gaborick or Heatley. Luongo & Heatley would have looked very nice compared to DP. Add to that, the trade that sent Chara and 2nd pick (Spezza) for Yashin. Luongo...Heatley...Spezza..... Chara. The Isles would be competing EVERY year for a championship instead of for the overall #1 pick in each years draft. Great job!!!
it's part of the on going 15 year strategy that the new ownership developed and it's on as scheduled. Trade off good players, keep a moron GM in place, stay away from the Free Agent market, hire a coach every two years, etc...It took 9 years to get their franchise player but they got him. By 2015, the Islanders will be champs.