Islanders may say goodbye to Jon Sim

There are 49 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 10, 2008, titled Islanders may say goodbye to Jon Sim. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Islanders might be sitting 28th in the NHL standings going into their game against Pittsburgh tonight at Mellon Arena, but their roster is so crowded that someone has to be sacrificed.

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JoeS

Rego Park, NY

#1 Dec 10, 2008
Bailey should be playing with the World Juniors, he is learning nothing playing losing hockey with the Islanders. He is in a system that is all offense and no defense which will not make him a better player and the longer he goes without scoring the worse it gets for him. Joensu who is 21 and Smith who is 23 and Walter 24 should all be brought up to play for the Islanders. They have to find out now if these players are the future of the team with Comeau,Nielsen and Okposo.
isles fan

Bronx, NY

#2 Dec 10, 2008
JoeS wrote:
Bailey should be playing with the World Juniors, he is learning nothing playing losing hockey with the Islanders. He is in a system that is all offense and no defense which will not make him a better player and the longer he goes without scoring the worse it gets for him. Joensu who is 21 and Smith who is 23 and
Walter 24 should all be brought up to play for the Islanders. They have to find out now if these players are the future of the team with Comeau,Nielsen and Okposo.
ya i agree. with the way they been playing it wouldnt hurt to give other young guys a try but i think leavn bailey on the isles cant hurt him experience at this level can only make him better
Bobbygarz

AOL

#3 Dec 11, 2008
Gervais play has been horrible. How is this kid always guaranteed a spot on his returns from IR ?
enough BS

New York, NY

#4 Dec 11, 2008
Why dump Sim? he fits in perfectly with this bunch of nobodies, and who are they going to sign in his place, Gretzky? ha ha ho ho

Since: Jun 08

North Babylon

#5 Dec 11, 2008
I kind of like this "problem." It's good to hear that we have options and depth and it allows us fans the opportunity to see what Garth is made of trying to balance this all out.

Send Bailey down already. Yea he's setting up plays the way we hoped but he can be much more than that playing down and building more confidence.

Hopefully Sim will be claimed off waivers by the Thrashers (his old team) then all we'd have to do is trade Comrie and Gervais for a couple of water bottles and maybe a broken down treadmill.
Battfist

Columbus, OH

#6 Dec 11, 2008
time to clean out the closet...
champ4

AOL

#7 Dec 11, 2008
time to fire the front office..........
champ4

AOL

#8 Dec 11, 2008
battfist,how many times can you keep cleaning out the closet.....!!!!!ever think these guys want to be traded just to get off this team...and go to teams that win...one guy works hard one dont.that would bother me too. there is a up and down team effort no one plays like a group..you know what i mean...there has to be a huge change i say the front office....i really do... they need to get someone in who really knows nhl hockey...i miss nolan i do.i dont like this coach..... and garth well he wasent good in goal neither..lol
phishstyx

Irving, TX

#9 Dec 11, 2008
Snowjob

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#10 Dec 11, 2008
Bailey stays. The Isles are a better team with him in the lineup than without. Not sure if getting rid of Sim is smart as we don't have alot of physical presence as it is. Now Tambelini on the other hand... yeah.. he so needs to go. He's one of those who just needs a fresh start somewhere else. I agree with you guys on Gervais but with the D gettin banged up as much as it has, he's needed.
Albuquerque Mike

AOL

#11 Dec 11, 2008
Hey Snowy.....sign Gordie Howe.....he couldn't score any less than Bergy or Okposo. If these two are the future of the Islanders, we're in for a long downhill ride. Bruno should go also.
Maybe we could get a soccer goal for the team so that they could actually have shots on goal once in a while. Help!!!!!! Snow has reached the Peter Principle when he played and is way above his head as GM. He'd make a good usher or cotton candy vendor. Gordon should be back in the AHL. See, what you've done....I've started to ramble.
If it wasn't 30 degrees down here, I'd blame it on the heat.
gutty

Long Island City, NY

#12 Dec 11, 2008
I am not a fan of Sim.....I dont think he is tough....I dont think he plays a physical game.....and he is slow slow slow. Actually a good move but I was still surprised to see that. I was expecting way more out of him. Im bummed that Neilsen was injured as he was really starting to heat up and gain confidence. I think if he and Okposo were playing along with Bailey and even Comrie.....we may have had more success and offense. The injuries killed us and set us back a year. Maybe the only good outcome is 1st pick but Tampa seems to have that locked up. They are a complete mess but with NHL players and not AHL and veteran players like us.
Battfist

Columbus, OH

#13 Dec 11, 2008
champ4 wrote:
battfist,how many times can you keep cleaning out the closet.....!!!!!ever think these guys want to be traded just to get off this team...and go to teams that win...one guy works hard one dont.that would bother me too. there is a up and down team effort no one plays like a group..you know what i mean...there has to be a huge change i say the front office....i really do... they need to get someone in who really knows nhl hockey...i miss nolan i do.i dont like this coach..... and garth well he wasent good in goal neither..lol
So let me get this straight-youre saying a guy who wants to get traded is going to show no effort on the ice?! Thats just what other teams want-a guy who shows no pride when the going gets tough.
In my opinion you are being very narrow minded. How can you blame Gordon for this mess? He gets hired a month or two before the season started. Gordon brings in a system he believes in...and has been successful with. Not only does he have to teach the team his system but he also has to learn all the players abilities. Lets be fair....he doesnt have the "horses" to play his aggressive style. Half our team is leftovers from Nolan's system. As we all know and have seen...they cant play it. thats why Im saying time to clean out the closet.
I agree-the front office of this organization has been a joke. Personally I dnt hink Snow has done that bad of a job. He landed Ryan Smyth-costed alot-but it brought excitment to the Island. But it was tough to resign the guy. Snow lived and learned and now he is committed to a youth movement. I hope he sticks to it. Those who bashed his draft moves are now having second thoughts...
I bet by the end of this season the extra baggage will be gone.

I liked Nolan too...but he didnt get the job done. If he is such a great coach...why doesnt he have a job already? Two or three coaches have already been fired this year...that should tell you something.
But I hope the best for him.

Go Isles!
JOHN

North East, MD

#14 Dec 11, 2008
Battfist wrote:
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So let me get this straight-youre saying a guy who wants to get traded is going to show no effort on the ice?! Thats just what other teams want-a guy who shows no pride when the going gets tough.
In my opinion you are being very narrow minded. How can you blame Gordon for this mess? He gets hired a month or two before the season started. Gordon brings in a system he believes in...and has been successful with. Not only does he have to teach the team his system but he also has to learn all the players abilities. Lets be fair....he doesnt have the "horses" to play his aggressive style. Half our team is leftovers from Nolan's system. As we all know and have seen...they cant play it. thats why Im saying time to clean out the closet.
I agree-the front office of this organization has been a joke. Personally I dnt hink Snow has done that bad of a job. He landed Ryan Smyth-costed alot-but it brought excitment to the Island. But it was tough to resign the guy. Snow lived and learned and now he is committed to a youth movement. I hope he sticks to it. Those who bashed his draft moves are now having second thoughts...
I bet by the end of this season the extra baggage will be gone.
I liked Nolan too...but he didnt get the job done. If he is such a great coach...why doesnt he have a job already? Two or three coaches have already been fired this year...that should tell you something.
But I hope the best for him.
Go Isles!
I'll give you 600,000 reasons why Nolan doesn't have a job right now-
Because he'd rather stay home and collect his $ 600,000 from the New York Islanders...what bafoons they are- Should have just kept Nolan....you're paying him anyway-
Guaranteed Nolan already has a job lined up the day he gets his last dollar from the Islanders- BUT, If the Islanders were smart they'd hire him back right now- Nolan did a great job with NO talent the past two years especially last season- No Blake, no Yashin....lost guys to injuries picked up Guerin and Comrie...bit deal-
Battfist

Columbus, OH

#15 Dec 11, 2008
good point John....we'll see if he lands a job.

But I would say Nolan had more talent then Gordon is working with.
Esther

Bronx, NY

#16 Dec 11, 2008
ah yea, remember last season when everybody was saying, well if Sim didn't get hurt and wait till he comes back. lol
what a joke, the guy is a stiff.
Ricky coming back will be another joke.
he'll be out again before you know it.
snow is an idiot for getting rid of nolan.
Snow Job

New York, NY

#17 Dec 11, 2008
The problem with this team and organization is that they don't have a solid philosophy to follow. You fire Nolan bc he wanted solid veteran/star players to bring a winning philosophy back to this team. Then you hire an inexperienced coach to develop a youth movement who only gets production from his veterans. Guerin, Weight, & Hunter are top producers on this team. If you want youth, go entirely with youth. If you expect to rebuild and lose in the process it's easier to watch if you can at least see a promising future. This coach is in over is head but isn't a threat to SnowJob. This org needs consistency and leadership and it must start at the top. Nolan had much more success with less and also had the rep of being a players coach. Who would want to come here now. Bring up the youth, take the lumps and have reasonable expectations for the next three years. Hire an experienced GM who can instill a solid philosophy and foundation to build on. It's the road that Bill Torrey built but has yet been traveled since. Lets go Isles.
Dr Phil

AOL

#18 Dec 11, 2008
Albuquerque Mike wrote:
Hey Snowy.....sign Gordie Howe.....he couldn't score any less than Bergy or Okposo. If these two are the future of the Islanders, we're in for a long downhill ride. Bruno should go also.
Maybe we could get a soccer goal for the team so that they could actually have shots on goal once in a while. Help!!!!!! Snow has reached the Peter Principle when he played and is way above his head as GM. He'd make a good usher or cotton candy vendor. Gordon should be back in the AHL. See, what you've done....I've started to ramble.
If it wasn't 30 degrees down here, I'd blame it on the heat.
Gordie Howe might help but why not try to get Brendan Shanahan. So what if he's old, he couldn't hurt. The old guys Weight, Guerin, and Sillinger are doing ok, so why not try to get him. I don't believe he is playing anywhere. Feel sorry for us season ticket holders.
champ4

AOL

#19 Dec 11, 2008
what a mercafull killing tonight!!!!!!!!!! 2nd period 7to 1 i turned it off i cant stand to see this anymore..........will someone please kick this team to the curb!!!!! along with the front office.........i cant even bare to watch the rest good bye islanders good bye islanders i hate to see you go..........something has to give......... unwatchable.....you cant stop losing just hang up the skates i dont even think ricky being back is going to savage this mud slide or should i say earthquake...for god biden sake will someone do something doesnt any one else out here see this..other us fans.....!!
champ4

AOL

#20 Dec 11, 2008
charlie you better do something and quick..... or should i say garth snow..........this team is being shovled like a avalanche...!!!!!!! always will be a true fan but cant take this anymore why wont anyone listen to the fans...... were all right....!!!! move the team.like i said in my opening comment.kick us to the curb were there already....!!!!

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