--- In Islanders-SoundTigers@yahoogroups.com
, Michael Bryan
> The team has shown that they are capable of playing
> very good hockey but have failed to do if for sixty
> minutes. Defensively we are very sloppy and are out of
> position alot and as always our offense is sporadic. A
> turn around at this point of the season must start
> with our D-men. Our goaltenders have shown that they
> are not at a point where they can steal a game so they
> rely heavily on defensive help. If we concentrate all
> efforts on defense the scoring will come again. Far
> too much young talent in our wings not to.>>>>
That's the thing, there is not a lot of size, skill or experienced
scoring on the wings. There is Blake, Parrish, Czerkawski and Bates
and none of them are the kind of players who can carry a team on
offense. The rest is a lot of younger players and question marks who
do not seem to have a fit with Yashin and Peca.
> Finger point is inevitable but not necessary. We win
> as a team and we lose as a team. I think we need to
> shake some things up but not necessarily by trading
> for or trading away players. Michael Peca is prime
> subject of trade talks this week. The way I see it he
> is a defensive forward. Always has been and always
> will be. Over our losing streak he is minus 2. He may
> not be scoring goals but neither is the opposition. In
> my opinion his job is being done. If we want to shake
> things up in the locker room, pull the "C" of Peca's
> jersey and tell him to go out there and earn it back.
> Find out who the players are who want to show you
> something and build on that.>>>
Peca's upset because he came back and played hurt and has not
gotten support from management. He has s right to be because he could
have been selfish and waited all year last season. His injury takes
two years to get back all he lost mobility-wise and he is hurting and
playing thru it. What he needs is some players to score to take
pressure off him until he can contribute.
And it may not be this year.
> Top line scoring rests more on shoulders of Kavasha
> than on Yashin or Czerkawski. Yashin effort is there
> but faces constant double teaming. Line needs a
> grinder who can fetch the puck to set up Yashin. Line
> was clicking early when Kavasha was doing so. Since he
> has fallen to old habits the line has not been
Which means it's going to be inconsistent if it's relying on
> Stirling made wrong decision in who to make example
> of. Chow is leading scorer yet was rewarded for it by
> being scratched two games ago and nearly being
> scratched again last night. I'm not in locker room so
> I don't know if it was merited but I think maybe he
> could have gone another route.>>>
I agree, I'm not in the lockeroom but this team is going to force
feed Weinhandl the job. I think Stirling should know Czerkawski's
history when treated this way. It will not get more out of him and he
deserves the same patience other players struggling get.
> Hunter is playing with confidence but has been a half
> step behind as of late. Once he starts clicking he
> will make a great right wing. I wouldn't mind seeing
> Blake/Scatchard/Hunter when scats is back to 100%.>>>
Myself also, but there is Asham. Hunter is a rookie he will have
his streaks and slumps, he does not have veteran scorers to help him
on his line. Bates is a servicable player but little more.
> I like Parrish but I still feel that his paycheck is
> more than we can handle. Too streaky of a player.
> Hunter may be able to fill second line right wing
> roll. Especially if Wheinhandle returns to last years
> form after ankle injury to cover the slack in lower
It seems to be coming to that. But Parrish has Peca as his center
and if one is not getting the job done on offense the other will
suffer. He is in front of the net waiting and he does play defense
> Bottom line is we need a change and we need it now.
> It's definitely not too late. The rangers are tied for
> the last playoff spot. We're one win behind them with
> two games in hand. Alot of division games coming up so
> december could very well pave way for Atlantic
> division title. Steal a couple of wins from
> Rangers/Devils/Flyers and not only are way back in
> playoff race but we're back in atlantic division title
I agree about the standings, not the fact they need a change. They
have been slowly working out of this the last two peirods against the
Caps and in the Rangers game. Let's see what happens if they can give
the Hawks a battle and score some early goals.
One win changes everything.
But they cannot lose more ground, this is not like last season. The
conference is better. Another week of losing and it becomes five
teams they are chasing for one spot.
> With a few exceptions this is the team that took the
> Toronto Mapleleafs to the limit two years ago in the
> playoffs. Game 6 of that series at the coliseum was
> the most thorough and clear cut win that I've seen by
> a team in a long time. We beat them in every aspect of
> the game. The core of this team is still the same. The
> potential is definitely still there and not only can
> we achieve the level of success that we had just a
> couple of years ago in playoffs but I think we can
> surpass it.>>>
A few exceptions but your right and they are older. Webb, Lapointe,
Scatchard, Miller, Asham was added. There are a ton of kids fighting
> Bottom line is we've just got to believe and have
> faith. Maybe instead of spending so much energy booing
> we've got to scream "Lets go Islanders" that much more
> loudly to let the team know that they may have given
> up on themselves but this island has not given up on
> them and we'll be here until the final buzzer sounds.>>>
I agree completely, but complaining is easier than support and
there has been too much gossip that has no sign of letting up until
they win some games and settle things down again. They have lost
seven straight games and should be better than this record.
Also Milbury's handling of Wiemer's waiver move seems to be the
root cause to this and why should folks not complain about Milbury?
Maybe it starts tonight.