During the pregame the Islanders had another writers-roundtable in
which Alan Hahn and Barry Baum gave their thoughts. Baum outright
predicted the Islanders would not make next years playoffs and talked
about trading for Jagr at all costs and how no one is coming here
this summer, while Alan Hahn talked about keeping the young players
even if it does take longer to start winning.
It should be noted he was shown in the stands on television during
the game, must be nice to have a job where you are not required to
write anything about the event you are paid to cover.
Ok, fine. Baum is entitled to his opinion and he is here to cover a
hockey game that had a good crowd and the Islanders won the game.
Baum covered the Rangers game against New Jersey and his entire
column was about the hockey game played on the ice, even though the
Rangers season is as over as the Isles.
Here is what Baum submitted in today's Post that was about last
nights game in his article. My question is why did he leave the house
for what game coverage there was. Scatchard deserved a few words and
so did Terreri and there was a good crowd, which should be noted
because when no one shows we hear about the estimated attendance.
KEEP JAGR FROM
By BARRY BAUM
Islanders 4 Penguins 1
When their differences boiled over, Jaromir Jagr was influential in
the firing of former Penguins coach Kevin Constantine 25 games into
But with time to reflect, the Penguins' star left wing said last
night that he would be comfortable playing again for Constantine. So
could that lead to a reunion next season with the Islanders?
"I would have no problem," Jagr told The Post about playing for
Constantine again. "He's going to be here?"
Last Thursday, Constantine, 42, was interviewed for the Islanders
head coaching position by Islanders general manager Mike Milbury. He
is one of five candidates that Milbury has contacted or met with in
In addition, Milbury is also intrigued with the possibility of
trading for Jagr, who is expected to be on the trading block after
Jagr, who scored his 49th goal in the Pens' 4-1 loss to the Isles at
the Coliseum, said that his lone complaint about Constantine was that
the coach was overly critical of players' mistakes. But other than
that, Jagr praised Constantine's work ethic during their 21/2 seasons
"Me, personally, I never had a problem with him," said Jagr, who
leads the NHL with 116 points, en route to his fourth straight Art
Ross Trophy. "I think he's a great coach. He gives us 100 percent.
The system, the work he gave to the team, it was always 100 percent."
But Jagr added, "It's understandable that you're going to make a lot
of mistakes during the game. Who makes less mistakes they're going to
win the hockey game. He shows you every mistake you make over and
over and over to some players. He probably wanted the players to be
perfect, to be 100 percent. But it's never going to be.
"The game is too fast and you have to react by situation. You know
sometimes if you make a bad decision because everything's so quick
and he should realize it. There was only one problem I would say he
Last month, Jagr told The Post that due to his high salary next
season ($10.033 million) and the Pens' low budget, he expected to be
traded during the summer. He would not rule out interest in joining
the Isles, a team that will have the financial ability to take on
Isles owner Charles Wang said last week that he will allow Milbury to
make a big run at top players through free agency and trades. While
he said that bringing in a $10-$11 million player was "expensive," he
would not rule it out.
Out since March 3 with a sprained knee, Brad Isbister is considering
returning for tomorrow's game at Toronto.