Isles blanked by Panthers, 1-0

Isles blanked by Panthers, 1-0

There are 69 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 2, 2008, titled Isles blanked by Panthers, 1-0. In it, Newsday reports that:

Craig Anderson stopped 53 shots to earn his first shutout of the season, and David Booth's first period goal stood up for the Florida Panthers in 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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mccain war and illegals

Huntington Station, NY

#1 Mar 2, 2008
Craig Anderson shuts out the islanders. WHO? 53 shots on goal. maybe some had no chance to go in, you think?
Way to honor the last cup, 1983,1983,1983. See you on tuesday night at a real arena not a mausoleum.

Lady Lake, FL

#2 Mar 2, 2008
A ticked off fan

San Francisco, CA

#3 Mar 2, 2008
Hello all,

I have had it with this team. My dad and I went to eight Islanders games this year, and today was the raising of the white flag of surrender. However, I have come up with some suggestions that can help this team develop into a contender and bring the Cup home.

First off, I sincerely hope this will be the last time we have an alumni celebration regarding the four-time champs. I'm all for celebrating great achievements, and I know in this age of the salary cap and free agency we'll probably never see four consecutive championships, but enough is enough. Even the Montreal Canadiens, the greatest NHL team ever, does not continually honor their past the way this team does. The last time we actually won a Cup, Lionel Richie was dancing on the ceiling. Let's move on and let this achievement pass.

Second, bring in a real general manager. Unfortunately, we had one in Neil Smith, but after one day he decided (or was forced out) he did not want to be here. Nice job! Here was a judge of PROVEN talent, a person with respect around the league. Maybe he didn't fit into the "team approach" where all the decisions are made by Ted Nolan, Charles Wang, and Garth Snow. As the saying goes, too many cooks spoil the broth. I'm sure Mr. Snow is a personable and likeable guy, but it just isn't working out. Instead of the Islanders making splashes in free agency, maybe they should spend that money and bring in a GM who knows about talent and who to draft. How about Ken Holland from the Red Wings? Or maybe GM Bob Gainey from the Canadiens? You see where I'm going. If it means paying in excess of $3M a year, do it. You can't put a pricetag on great front office management.

Next, when there is a new GM, there has to be a complete overhaul of the drafting department, and then some. The Islanders have continually misfired on their draft selections, but when they have had success, their player goes onto have success-with other teams! I'm not just talking about Roberto Luongo here. Tell me if these names ring a bell-Dean Chynoweth, Scott Scissons, Dave Chyzowski, Scott LaChance, Sean Haggerty, Justin Papineau...enough is enough! We've drafted Bryan McCabe, Todd Bertuzzi, Tommy Salo, Tim Connolly....all very productive players who've gone on to better teams. Simply because the Islanders gave up on them too quickly. This year's draft is supposed to be very deep. Here's my advice: I know the draft is a crapshoot. But unless you're absolutely sure that this player is a can't miss, trade the pick for young talent. It's better to be safe than sorry. Most fans will agree. There is also bad timing with this team. Whenever the Islanders have drafted high, there's been no dominant landmark player. The Penguins drafted Crosby. The Capitals drafted Ovechkin, and so on.

The only reason the Islanders have their "Grit. Character. Heart." slogan is because that's all they have. This team has no real snipers, no offensive defenseman, and no franchise goalie. If anyone believes Rick DiPietro is the man, please stand up. A franchise goalie is Brodeur, Roy, Hasek, Luongo. DP is a classy guy, works great with the media, but he hasn't won a playoff round and never will. The only place DP will be in the playoffs is in the VERSUS studios to provide commentary. I don't care if the Islanders get their new arena or not. A new arena may help for two years, but our fans will demand results afterward. Ask the Columbus Blue Jackets about how their new arena has helped them and what it has done for their team production. Put it this way-the best thing Wang can do is sell the team to an owner who knows about hockey and will do what it takes to put a winner on the ice-pending he can keep this team on the Island. Otherwise, say goodbye and watch your team in Hamilton, Ont. or somewhere else.
4 the record

Neptune, NJ

#4 Mar 2, 2008
ooo a real arena...Yea a real basketball arena. You cant even see the goal line if your behind the net in the 400's at msg.
transpalnted Islander fan

Roslyn Heights, NY

#5 Mar 2, 2008
once again wait till next year

Since: Jun 07

Oceanside, NY

#6 Mar 2, 2008
"The Islanders honored the 17 players who were involved in their four consecutive Stanley Cup victories from 1980-83, as well as then-coach Al Arbour and G.M. Bill Torrey in a pregame ceremony."

Seriously, I have been going to the Nassau Col since I was 6 (33 now) and I have to say I cannot even count how many times I have been in attendance to see pre game ceremonies honoring that team. Banners hung, numbers retired, Al Arbour honored, Bill Torrey rolled out, promotional items printed and on and on and on. I thought it was bad with Bernie Parent, Shultz & Clarke but my God the Islanders have the cornered market on this one. It's time to move forward.
That said, the "ticked off fan" has it pegged 110%. Where is the surefire draft pick? The future? Okposo? Look at Patrick Kane on Chicago, they finally drafted correctly and that kid is GOOD. This draft just may be the one to help build your team.
Don Rickles

Lindenhurst, NY

#7 Mar 2, 2008
Hey you hockey pucks..... At least Howie Rose will be back with the Mets earlier this year then last year. I am a Ranger fan but with all the departures the Islanders had last summer did anybody expect them to do as good as they did this year so far?

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Mar 2, 2008
Hey, that draft pick for proven young talent is a great idea. Now all you've got to do is explain why any one of the other 29 GMs is going to make that trade (assuming nobody hires Milbury).
A ticked off fan

San Francisco, CA

#9 Mar 2, 2008
But in addition to all the other problems with the Islanders, the NHL is undergoing a metamorphisis back to the days of the 1980s. In the 1980s, it was about speed in the heyday of the Oilers. In the 1990s, it was about the trap and the clutch-and-grab of the Florida Panthers. Now, in 2008 and for the foreseeable future, it's about speed. It's about Crosby and Ovechkin and Malkin, and with the 'Hawks, it's about Kane and Toews, who are going to bring back the days of the Madhouse on Madison, the old Chicago Stadium.

I like Ted Nolan. I really do, and the Islanders made a great choice by bringing him in. But can't you give him anything to work with? When he coached the Sabres, he had almost as much if not less than the Islanders have now. Of course, when you have in Dominik Hasek as your netminder, you can afford to score two goals a game and win!
Howie Rose

New York, NY

#10 Mar 2, 2008
I'll be back with the Mets later than you think, Don. BTW, nice cameo in "Casino."
I must say, working with Billy Jafee has been a darn good experience. He's insightful and not biased---maybe the best analyst on TV in the tri-state area after Ron Darling. His remark on the Islanders' need for a sniper rings true. It was the dullest 50+ shot game I ever called.

Springfield Gardens, NY

#11 Mar 2, 2008
maybe the isles should start dubie more goaltending performance in a while
Kent Brockman

United States

#12 Mar 2, 2008
Potvin from a Islander jersey into the Panther broadcast booth. Watching the Panthers all season and the Isles today must of drove him nuts. I bet he went home and beat his wife!!!!
Calm Down

New York, NY

#13 Mar 2, 2008
If DP never wins a playoff round for this team, it will only be because he'll continue to have guys like Richard Park and Andy Hilbert skating on the top two lines.
Sorry, but if not for Ricky, this team would have been mathmatically eliminated by Christmas.
Mr Obvious

Miami, FL

#14 Mar 2, 2008

Bad O-fence

West Hartford, CT

#15 Mar 2, 2008
The Islanders have a roster full of players who if they fell of a boat they would miss the water...

Springfield Gardens, NY

#16 Mar 2, 2008
considering how close the east is this year, calm down you are probably completely wrong.

But its ok bottom 10 goalie stats MUST be the only reason that the team is afloat
Da Truth Hurts

Bronx, NY

#17 Mar 2, 2008
Islanders lose again. Time for another Al Arbour night to distract the bird brain fans!
Loyal Isle Fan

Bronx, NY

#18 Mar 2, 2008
Bring up Okpooso and McMurdy McPeet III.
Smittys Rug

New Castle, DE

#19 Mar 2, 2008
Not one Islander fan jumping on some of these prior comments. I guess they're all throwing in the towel-

Where was Mr. Class # 31 today...he couldn't make it - I heard he's living in a cardboard box somewhere.
Dino Is An Idiot

New York, NY

#20 Mar 2, 2008
Why do I get the feeling you're unemployed?

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