Someone has to step up with all these games in a
row coming up. By comparison, the Isles have had back to back action
and time off between most games so now it's time for players to sink
December is probably the hardest month, schedule-wise and January has the easiest schedule so hopefully we'll start seeing some wins. Laviolette feels his team plays better when they have alot of games in a short time
Lot's of teams have marginal third pairings. Between Cairns,
Sutton, Tarnstrom, Kiprusoff something should have worked and got
more time. When the third pairing is getting six minutes a game did
they really get a fair chance to prove they were worthy of more ice
I can't argue with that, you're right. The only thing I will say is that there has never been an Islander coach, including Al Arbour that I didn't disagree with some things that they did.
We still have Peca. He is great shorthanded and brings a lot to the
team, but in almost half a season he has five even strength goals
counting the one against Washington today. The hits you saw on
opening night that put fear into opposing players have been missing
since the huge hit he took in Pittsburgh. I like the guy, but he has
to give this team more, fair or not.
I like Parrish and he is getting a few points here and there. But
he has scored goals in two of his last twenty-two games. Granted he
got five in those two games, but he has to do more too and be a
factor on the scoresheet on a regular basis. This was the knock on
him in Florida too.
As far as Peca, maybe he doesn't have alot of even stregnth goals but he Leads the NHL in Shorthanded points! Peca has never been a consistent hitter. On the day we acquired him I looked up his past history and he never was a guy that accumulated alot of hits. He gets a reputation because of the big highlight hits he throws but this season is consistent with all his others in Buffalo, for good or for bad.
I think you are being way too hard on Parrish. All goalscorers are streaky and Parrish is streakier than most, but so what.
From: billbarrisles [mailto:billbarr@...
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2002 07:09 PM
Subject: [Islanders-Soundtigers] Re: This could finish the Isles
--- In Islanders-Soundtigers@y..., "Kevin Hasbrouck" <payton@s...>
> I'll take it from the bright side and assume Roman Hamrlik will be
back in 4 weeks just as good as new. I've seen football players only
miss 1 game after arthroscopic knee surgery. Like Laviolette said he
was playing at 60% anyway so let's get it out of the way now and know
eventually he will back to 100%>>>>
I hope your right.
On Laviolett's use of four defenders:
> Or you could say because he did that we now have a cushion to work
with. Was Laviolette wrong about somebody? Did someone outside of the
Big 4 ever prove that they were worthy of more ice time? >>>
Sutton is a good example of this because even now, the way he
is used is just strange. He played 26 minutes against Ottawa, and was
fair. Next game against Montreal he is back to hardly playing and the
defense is crumbling in front as he sits on the bench.
I always think when a guy has a fair game he merits a little more
time and my opinion of Sutton's game in Ottawa is the hard-line view
because many said he played well.
>> You can't blame Laviolette for Hamrlik playing hurt, that's not
the coaches job to make those type of decisions. Roman's a warrior
and I think he'll be back soon enough. >>>
I cannot blame Laviolette for Hamrlik playing hurt, but it was a
gamble and the staff had to know, including the medical staff because
even the writers were saying his knee was below par for a while.
< We still have our captain, we still have our 90 million dollar man,
we still have Bates and Parrish and our forwards our all healthy. If
Kenny comes back today or the next game at 100% I think we will be
o.k. and if he doesn't I'll worry about it then. We still have an ace
in the hole w/ Branislav Mezei, and as Bill said we could trade Oleg
Jonsson has one heck of a heart to come out and give the effort he
gave against Washington today, not only was he solid, but he played
about half a game which borders on wreckless because even over doing
it can bring on the headaches. He is going to have to be extremely
careful because one hit almost has to end his season.
Yashin's done all the can be asked of him. He has played hurt and
hustles and gets big goals. If he ever gets a wing that is on the
same page and he gets completely healthy, there is not too much that
can stop him. His shot selection on today's 5-3 was terrible where a
goal could have put a weak Caps team in some trouble.
Bridgeport needs Mezei and the Isles to play it smart, he is not an
offensive defender yet and the best way to let him become a complete
player is to give him the top spot in Bridgeport and let Giroux stay
here and try and pick up Martinek's slack. If Milbury is playing for
one year and one playoff appearance, he can throw him in a deal.
Kvasha/Scatchard-you make a plan the team has to stick to it or
make a decision that brings in something else. I'm ready to pull the
plug on Kvasha, he has the talent, but it's not worth the trouble
anymore to watch him struggle, get some equal potential and send him
to another team.
Scatchard, I put with Blake and Lapointe and let them finish the
chances Steve Webb cannot finish. The Isles need goals and maybe it's
not fair to sit Webb, but goals are more important than big hits.
< Also with Raffi playing well at LW we could part with Brad Isbister
as the whole media seems to think the Isles will do. >>>
Isbister has to stay, he has more talent and potential than Bates,
he has to work harder and skate. Something Shane Doan does do for his
chances. Asking for Torres to become a top line Islander at age
twenty is a big gamble. For me, I let him play in Bridgeport on a top
line and make sure the team gets this prospect right.
< We still have this years 1st rd pick and we still have Rick
DiPietro as the ultimate trump card to play. But it is time for
our embattled "Executive of the Year" (according to the Post) to go
out and make a move.>>>
He has to stay in Bridgeport and get a chance to grow. He will not
help an NHL team this year, and one that is in contention will not
trade a good player for him at this point because he is not going to
start for them. Isles are going to have to see this one thru.
> Nobody in the East is running away as the Hurricanes having the
most pts in the conference would tell you. Carolina has played 43
games and won 20. With 6 games in hand the Isles have a better
winning percentage than Carolina and would play each other in the 1st
rd if the season ended today. Anybody scared of that matchup? Hey,
ESPN has the Isles ranked the 8th best team in the league. Bottom
line is the Isles have to get the #8 seed in the East, so maybe we
have to put home ice for the 1st rd on the backburner for now.>>>
This thing is going to keep changing, alot.
Washington was a very big game. Shame the Isles played well enough
to lose and did not make enough breaks to win. Snow is going to give
up a bad goal or two in a start for all his good saves and the one at
the end of the second was a killer.
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