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#1 Apr 4, 2008
they have an outside shot to move up to No. 1.
#2 Apr 4, 2008
I've never seen a team play so lifeless against the Rangers. Zip, nada, nothing. They reminded me of my girlfriend back in the 7th grade. FLAAAAAT.
#3 Apr 4, 2008
First order of business for the Islanders is to SIGN TED NOLAN TO A LONG TERM DEAL- This would be the first step in stabilizing the organization. He's been the only consistent component to this team over the past two seasons and you must establish some positive continuity. Give him a contract as long as DP's.
Hopefully the Islander scouts found some good players they can draft who can make an immediate splash at the NHL level. The scouts are responsible for the lifeblood of the organization and besides Okposo and DP, I don't see any former 1st round picks in the current lineup.
Get rid of that training staff- you gotta bring in a team who will keep these guys strong, healthy and in shape to be able to withstand the rigors of a full hockey season.
Start with Nolan....let the players know he's the boss, not DP, not Snow, not Wang- Players will perform and respond better to a coach who they know has the support of management and who will be here for a long time- His way or the highway. Players need to appreciate being NY Islander players and this is good way to get them to start appreciating being here.
#4 Apr 4, 2008
Mike I completely disagree with you. No way to a long term deal for him! Not one of our lines generated any scoring chances other than that missed wide open net by Bergie. Why didn't he shuffle the lines? He allowed for Avery to take liberties with Kyloe Okposo. At the end of the game Avery started with Meyer and what did Nolan do? NOTHING! Kip Brennan was itching to get out their and stand up for the guys. We needed to set a tone for tonight's game by letting the Rags know we're not going to be pushed around but not Teddy! Experience over youth! Guerin sucked last night as well as Satan (was he even out there? He looked lost) Vasicek please he needed to be traded months ago. Teddy has got to be told you get a deal only if you play the damn kids who are playing a lot harder than the veterans with so called experience. All of the veterans mailed it in months ago!
As for Hillen...wow. I cant wait to see this kid play a full season. Bye bye Berard! Hillen's coming to take your spot! This kid's gonna be a good player!
#5 Apr 4, 2008
Hey Mike, I agree with everything you say except for the long term deal for Nolan. Coaches burn out too and lose touch with the players. The coaches get older and the players get younger resulting in too much distance. Some coaches are only good for a few years and then their style gets lost with the players,they lose their innovation case in point Roger Neilson. He could take a team to the top for 3 years and then pfffft...GONE. the only coaches that could sustain any longevity were Scotty Bowman and Arbour.
#6 Apr 4, 2008
Dear suffering Icelander Fans,
I should gloat but who really cares - it's not as though the Blueshirts making the playoffs with the icelanders on the outside looking in is any surprise. The surprise is it took sooooooo long for the Blueshirts to clinch.
I miss the old Icelander "Talk About It" site - I was looking for one of my preseason comments about the state of the icelanders - A state of existance worse now than when a wrote about their pathetic state of a franchise over the summer. I said it then and it bares repeating - the way to success for this franchise is through the draft. They can't afford to screw this up when they don't make the playoffs. The Rangers sat outside the postseason for 7 years so I feel your pain - this is only year one but if things don't change on the Island soon, you'll be looking at seven years yourself. I've been reading alot about the icelanders younger players - I have followed hockey for over 30 years - there is not one player they have brought up that isn't a role player or third line at best type of guy. I stand by my summer observations - the franchise cubbard is bare - there is no help down on the farm. There is only one way to fix that and that is to drink the Devils cool aid. Everytime I think the devils should have paid someone they let go, they are back at the top of the playoff picture - I hate them almost as much as the icelanders but you have to admire their organization - they are true winners. The icelanders haven't been winners for 25 years - that is frightening. I remember growing up on LI and being a ranger fan and slowly watching all old ranger fans jump ship to the icelanders as the built an unbelieveable dynasty though the draft and some great trades. It truly sucked to watch you win all those cups - sometimes beating the Rangers along the way even when we outplayed you. You all need to do that again, get back to building the right way - only it is ten times harder now and there are twice as many teams. It took the lock-out - pre and post to right the Ranger ship and it has been a slow build for the positive. There are now legitimate first and second line prospects and a bevy of young talented defensemen in Hartford or Juniors/Europe. Some of these good young payers are already here - there is no Staal, Dubinsky, Callahan or Dawes on the Icelanders. Are these guys going to play ten plus years in the league - maybe - so far it looks like at least two - Staal and Dubinsky will be top notch players - time will tell. There are no guys like this in the Icelander organization. I can sum up the Future of the icelanders this way - DiPeatro. He is awesome - I don't like the contract but it will appear cheap and not too long from now either. The problem is there is noone else as young or as talented within. I hope he is still on top of his game when the worm turns. If the good decisions don't start soon he may play his entire career for a bad team. Lets hope it doesn't come to that. As much as I enjoy the sinking of the icelander franchise, I have to remember how much I have suffered as a Ranger fan as well. We all get humbled in this life and I don't like the taste of that pie.
hang in there!
#7 Apr 4, 2008
WOW, the Rangers beat a bunch of lazy old men and minor league kids. Whoopdedoo. I hope the big apple, big $$$ boys have to meet Montreal in the playoffs...bye bye rangers. Too bad the Devils won't make it out of the first round. They've got BIG problems, possibly the coach? Something ain't right in Jersey.
#8 Apr 4, 2008
You sure you're a Ranger fan? Thta's the most sense a Ranger fan has made on a post in a long while
#9 Apr 9, 2008
Hey Ranger Dan: I actually appreciate how much sense you are trying to make here. You actually bring up some valid points. However, there are many things that you are dead wrong about.
An important thing for you to realize is that the reason you do not see anything in the Isles prospects is because it is just not something that you happen to pay attention to. And thats understandable, really. Just FYI, the Islanders are finally starting to stock up once again on some young talent. They have a number of promising award-winning prospects- the leading scoring in the NCAA among defenseman, the leading scorer in the AHL, the leading scorer of college hockey in Canada, not to mention numerous other guys who lit up the WJCs. There are also some guys who, in the later part of the season, have really started to come into their own.
I know its hard to see it, since the team they were playing on was missing about 13 of the guys that the team was going with at the start of the season.**** happens.
The Islanders are going in a better long-term direction right now than they have been in over fifteen years. You just dont see it because fixing problems (and there have been a LOT of problems) the RIGHT way is not an insta-fix... it takes time and patience to do it right. Its already happening, and its going to keep happening. Attendance is up, ratings are up, and people are talking differently about this team. People who really pay attention (not the kids and less involved fans who mutually tape their feet and want immediate bandaids instead of true repairs) are seeing what I am talking about.
I dont blame you for not knowing whats going on with the Isles, since the outward results are not there yet its understandable. But if you look deeper, youll realize that the time to feel bad for for the Islanders is already gone.
Just give us back the fifty thousand dollars that MSG decided to blatantly steal from the Long Island Childrens Foundation and everything witll be fine! ;)
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