Hard to take anything the gm says very serious. As a rule he says
one thing and does another. But let's look a little closer at what he
said his team has to do.
For me, I rather see the coach and captain, doing the talking.
> However, he said, despite an injury-depleted defense, it does not
mean he has to "run around and do something for the sake of doing
I guess that means a trade will happen very soon. With Raffi Torres
here it looks like someone is out of a job.
> "It's not an easy position to add to during the season," Milbury
> said. "If something comes along that makes sense, we'll look into
> it." Milbury said more than just the defensemen, overall his team
> needs to show "more of a physical presence all over the ice . . .>>
I don't think that's why they lost yesterday and are losing. They
cannot put the puck in the net and now when they fall behind, it's
over, that ability to hang together and come back in games only
happened in the first month. It's been missing ever since.
Isbister can throw hits all over the ice, it's still not going to
get him scoring goals on the rush, and you can put Czerkawski,
Kvasha, Parrish, and everyone else who is not scoring into that
group. Lack of hitting is not the reason for all these players to be
having poor seasons on offense.
< We have one guy that likes to hit and that's Steve Webb." Milbury
made it clear the priority is still to find a winger to play with
Alexei Yashin, though he cited Shawn Bates as a good fit next to the
star center. >>>
Bates best fit was with Peca and Parrish, all that move says is the
team has little faith in Isbister and Kvasha to play alongside Yashin.
As for Webb, he throws his body around fine. He also is not helping
Lapointe and Blake finish the chances they get. The Islanders need
goals just as badly as they need hitting.
> "I'm not sure we found the right combination for Yashin," he
> said. "We've tried just about everybody.">>>
That part is true.
> "Nothing is close," Milbury said. "I'm not waiting for free-agents-
> in-waiting to pop open." He said the trade front has
been "remarkably quiet" lately, but he planned to make a round of
calls to fellow GMs throughout the league to see what might be
available. He's also concerned with getting his current group out of
its month-long slump.>>>
He is not getting Amonte or Guerin. It's almost laughable that
either team will trade them as long as they are in a playoff race.
What the Isles should be looking to do is make a creative move
where they can get a defender and a wing for a player who is not
contributing, where they pick up some money.
Kvasha, Lindgren or Scatchard for Chris Gratton and one of the
Sabres defenders. Isles take the big salary, and Buffalo gets a
player who fits their sytle in Scatchard or they gamble on the
potential of Kvasha.
Me, I hold Scatchard and put him with Lapointe and Blake and let
them finish some chances. Or I call up Tuomainen/Roche and see if
they can match the one goal that Lindgren has.
> "The 20 guys out there won a lot of hockey games," he
said. "There's still enough out there to win games.">>>>
Let's hope Charles Wang is not buying all the excuses from Milbury.
The Isles were and are a flawed team, but they have talent here and
should be playing better than this. He put the team together so he
has to be accountable.