- ... great start. The Isles always played to the scoreboard and/or played to the standings and basically won when they needed to. I guess what can be saidMessage 1 of 12 , May 1, 2002View Source
> It's too early to take a good look after what's happened, but in--- In Islanders-Soundtigers@y..., "Hasbrouck, Kevin S, NLNS"
> reality this team played 500. hockey for four months.
> Yeah, but by saying that you are penalizing them for having agreat start. The Isles always played to the scoreboard and/or played
to the standings and basically won when they needed to.>>>
I guess what can be said looking back is that this was not a
conventional improvement. Where a team with new players comes in,
wins some, losses some and builds toward the record they had when it
was over. At the end of the season they did build toward something
and they had to because everyone was winning and closing in.
But to be the best in the Eastern Conference next season, they
have to forget the scoreboard and roll over teams, something this
team never did. They are going to have to steam-roll teams and they
do not have those kind of players. Peca leaves something that cannot
be replaced and there are no shortcuts to his injury: six months from
the time of surgery and how can he come back and be the same player
or better ? To expect him to just hit the ice and start skating at
his best is not likely to happen.
> I'm not that worried about it. I figure he'll be back in mid-november and the Isles have so many guys that can play center;
Kvasha,Scatch,Lapointe,Bates,Blake,Miller,Lindgren,Isbister. The list
would probably be smaller of guys that can't play center. I'm not
worried about our depth and for all we know we could sign Bobby
Holik. All Kip Miller did was have a 4 game goal scoring streak in
the playoffs after leading the AHL in scoring. Who knows what we can
expect from him. Shawn Bates. Who knows if we don't get another great
find out of nowhere. >>>
The prime reason the teams shook hands is because it's a busniness
and next year a Leaf or Islander could be on the other team, not
going thru the motions can cost you because people remember. Miller
hugged Tucker, and guess what ? If he has no spot on the Isles the
Leafs may well want him.
There are lots of questions and few answers on all those above
players. Some will not be back. Can we expect Miller to all of a
sudden become this player for 82 NHL games after all these years ?
What Kvasha do we get, the one who dominated down the stretch and
did not have a goal in seven playoff games, or the one who was booed
out of the Coliseum most of the season ?
Scatchard, had a terrible season, and a weak playoff, he cares, he
wants to win, he could not do anything to take his game from the
level it was at when he was scoring and driving the net at the end of
last season. He is on the lower end of the depth chart when it comes
to the pk. He needed some goals like he got in Tampa, and it never
happened, and it was the theme all season. It took almost half a
season to score. That's just not enough.
Lapointe, is now getting into his mid-thirties and he is an old
mid-thirties player, he does other things to make up for his scoring,
but on a team without size and Jason Blake's long-term deal
eventually the kids have to find a place to start and see time. Add
Bates, Peca and this team does not have size.
Bates is a keeper, he had a fine season. You hope he can keep it
going, but you just never know.
Lindgren is done here unless a miracle happens, we have seen
stranger things but really, he has to be resigned and he could not be
dressed he was so useless to the coach, it's time to do Lindgren a
favor and let him play somewhere else.
Isbister: It may be unfair but last night I wished we had Tom Poti
or a defender who could help out. It's also unfair but last night
Trent Hunter showed better moves at the net then Isbister showed all
year, he had more speed to the net, he had better hand-speed. Next
year he makes 1.8 million dollars, he must produce with no
comparisons to Betuzzi/Gillies. It's time his game finds the next
level and were not talking about someone drafted nearly as high as
- I dont know Bill your harshing down a pretty young team. This team had accomplished alot of good. Not all players are going to be rolling at all times. ThatsMessage 2 of 12 , May 1, 2002View SourceI dont know Bill your harshing down a pretty young team. This team had accomplished alot of good. Not all players are going to be rolling at all times. Thats really great expectations. I think tweaking a few pieces here and there, like a beefing up the depth of the blue line and acquiring a sniper would do just fine. What I liked about this team is their refusal to give up. I think Laviolette did a phenominal job with them, and I dont know that I would be so willing to bust this team up. I think this season they have learned alot, not only about playing in the league but playing as a team. Keyword there, team. I cant recall the last team "attitude" rolling off that bench since Maloney desimated the ISles. I will say, and you know I have said it for years, the one who has to go is the underachieving Mariusz Czerkawski. This guy is luggage. He has an occasional game where he feels like chipping into the effort, but hes not a "team" player. Kvasha has the same attitude. I wouldnt cry losing either one. But to say Lapointe should go just kills me. Not every player is a finisher, and I think its quite clear its not his job to be one. He is great on the PK and great at forechecking. Hes someone Blake can learn from. But most of all that guy gave this team a committment. He truly cares about being an Islander which is not something you find too much in this league. HE CHOSE to remain on the Isle, despite offers elsewhere. He wants to see this organization succeed and that is an invaluable presence in the locker room. I dont want to see the Isles become whats down the road a piece in NYC. A team full of overpaid fat cats that have proven time and again that too many chefs spoil the pot. I want to see a real team that is deep, resiliant, dedicated and committed. I'm sorry, you just dont get that with a board full of Marquis players.
- ... had accomplished alot of good. Not all players are going to be rolling at all times. I agree totally this is a team and all teams have their ups andMessage 3 of 12 , May 1, 2002View Source--- In Islanders-Soundtigers@y..., ISLESzig16@a... wrote:
> I dont know Bill your harshing down a pretty young team. This teamhad accomplished alot of good. Not all players are going to be
rolling at all times.>>>
I agree totally this is a team and all teams have their ups and
downs and they showed great things when they were pushed against the
wall. I could live with about 90 percent of next years team
returning. If I made a short list of guys I was down on it starts
with Czerkawski, Tarnstrom, Isbister, Scatchard and Blake and mostly
because they could not score. I do not want all of them gone but some
tweaking needs to be done. They were too small as a team, they hit
like a house, and fight with all they got, but they are a small team.
It was not easy seeing Blake, Lapointe, Bates fighting, it's not
their game and they still played it well the one time it was needed.
Lapointe has another year on his deal, I do not want him gone under
any circumstances unless were getting a star back to take his spot,
this is where he belongs and this team had something special about it
all year and he was a big part of it. And I would never want a team
with a Rangers-like payroll, it would mean nothing to win like that.
- good I thought you were slipping, but I d keep Blake and Isbister, I think Izzy s got talent that hasnt been tapped yet and Id hate to see it burst open at theMessage 4 of 12 , May 1, 2002View Sourcegood I thought you were slipping, but I'd keep Blake and Isbister, I think Izzy's got talent that hasnt been tapped yet and Id hate to see it burst open at the seems on another team like Bertuzzi