Oh my God are you freaking serious? "If the team sucks this year". IF?!!! We are rebuilding with youth who will fill 50% of the roster and have an injured goalie and you are waiting to see if they suck. I got news for you buddy, they won't be good. And if you knew anything about hockey you would realize that you can't judge Snow on this year or even next when he has Charlie clueless Wang as a boss who is telling him to keep the spending to a minimum. The guy is trying to build the lighthouse and has a lawsuit in the works against him that could cost him millions. Put that together with the third lowest attendance level in the league and ask yourself how Snow is supposed to be blamed for not going after big name free agents. YOUTH MOVEMENT means you will be at the bottom of the league. Have you been watching hockey or is this your first season? I guarantee you our minor league team will be awesome this year. That is how everyone should judge Snow because those are the kids who are the future.<quoted text>
You're absolutely right about Ted's strength in getting guys to hustle- He also was smart enough to know he needed to surround himself with X's and O's guys who could take on this component of the game planning for him.
Now maybe perhaps Scott Gordon was a good X's and O's strategist in the AHL, but will he have the knack Ted had of getting players to run through walls for him-
It's takes a mix and I don't know how many players are going to be inspired by a career back-up goalie who never dug a puck out of a corner or one who never rubbed someone out into the boards or one who never backchecked or one who never dropped his gloves to protect a teammate -
You can see Gordon already sucking up to Snow by crapping on what Nolan left behind....It's going to be the same old stuff folks- Using the media to try to justify the Nolan firing- Snow and Gordon should work well together-
Hey Garth....remember, you were in charge of the team.....you too are responsible for this mess and you shouldn't try to pin it all on Nolan-
Time will tell and if the Isles suck this year everyone will know that it's Snow's fault and he'll finally be exposed. Garth...you better hope and pray for miracles this season or Charlie boy will know the truth as your incompetence as a GM will finally be exposed.
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#22 Sep 30, 2008
#23 Sep 30, 2008
The coach is doing an excellent job? They haven't played a single regular season game yet. Is he already as good as Al Arbor? Or perhaps better?
If the players are out of shape, then maybe the coach should use preseason to get them in shape rather than driving them to injury. Sounds like he'd be a great personal trainer.
Ever wonder why Snow picked the one coach he interviewed without any NHL experience? Here's a hint, he doesn't know what he's doing.
#24 Sep 30, 2008
pock was not terrible, but whenever it looked like he was heating up he would get hurt or start slumping. he could make the team as a 6th 7th dman. khabibulin is due around 7 million nexy year. he is not even worth half of that to be a starter
#25 Sep 30, 2008
Guys, you can look at this whole thing one of two ways: First, you can embrace the fact that there are no expectations and be pleasantly surprised when the team does something positive or, second, you can bitch and moan about how Snow didn't do this or how this team has no talent and end up being precisely the type of fodder Rangers fans are looking to exploit.
We all wanted one of two things: Our owner to open his wallet or a full commitment to a rebuilding process. We're getting the latter and we should be fully supportive because this same front office tried the former and failed miserably.
This team has all the leadership it needs. Between Guerin, Weight, Witt, Sillinger, Park and Sutton you have guys who don't want to be laughingstocks. You won't have discension in the locker room.
And the joker who chirped about Jon Sim, well, you know what? I'd actually like to see what the guy can do for all of maybe two games this season before I write him off as opposed to last year when we lost him in the home opener. We need agitators. Sim will fill that role and will put up some points.
We get to see Okposo every night and probably a big dose of Bailey, Tambellini, Bergenheim, Nielsen, maybe Hillen, maybe Comeau ... so what's not to like? Again, there are no, as in zero, expectations. This is a house money season. Don't cry about it. Just try to make the best of it.
I'll tell you this: I'd much rather go to the coliseum and watch the kids play than have to deal with the malcontents and Yashins of the world.
When the Islanders surprise everyone this season and challenge the .500 mark or better, I want everyone to embrace it, not sit there and wait for the other skate to drop.
The world wasn't made in a day, but we're all gonna see the Islanders universe get reconstructed from the ground up.
Again, what's not to like?
And don't get me wrong, I can get as pissed off as the next guy, but in this case, I have nothing potentially to be upset about. They can only get better.
I'm sure Gordon is instilling the same mentality in his troops as we speak.
Get on board for crying out loud.
#26 Oct 1, 2008
Well hello Mr. Positive -
Did you just watch your Tony Robbins video ??
#27 Oct 1, 2008
Try looking in the dictionary (if you know what that is) and look up the words "sarcasm" and "Cynicism".
#28 Oct 1, 2008
LOL. Yeah, I'm a bit much sometimes, but I've used up all of my angst with this franchise. Short of it relocating I just don't want to carry a negative vibe into this season because I'm not looking for miracles.
I just want to see the organization grow and become less of a joke for everyone to tell. And it's quite obvious this organization is viewed as a joke to 95 percent of the NHL.
It's time to change all that. What better way than by cutting costs and getting back to square 1?
#29 Jan 31, 2009
loved to watch him play at the mullin center. didnt back down to anyone!!!!!11
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