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The Islanders are who we thought they were

Nov 20, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

Travis Hamonic, Rick DiPietro, Andrew MacDonald AP

After an offseason that brought hope that the future could be now on Long Island, the New York Islanders are proving once again to just be a miserable hockey team. Getting run off the ice by the Bruins can happen to many teams, but looking lost and listless in the process is another thing entirely.

Rick DiPietro was awful against Boston before getting pulled. Kyle Okposo spent yet another game in the press box. John Tavares‘ hot start to the season is proving to be just that. The Islanders are in need of a shakeup yet again just a year after getting one with Jack Capuano taking over for Scott Gordon.

Frustrating? You better believe it and Isles faithful are demanding that something happens to take care of it. Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank says that there’s enough blame to pass around to everyone. From Garth Snow to Capuano to all of the players, it’s a mess where one single move might not be the right one to make to fix things.


The Isles are building things up from the ground up as it is and blowing things up now doesn’t amount to a whole lot of good. Problem here is that the veteran players brought in to compliment the youth just aren’t very good. Add that problem to a goaltending nightmare with DiPietro and injuries to Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya and, voila, awful results.

  1. bcisleman - Nov 20, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Actually the title should the Islanders aren’t who they ought to be. It is easy to see from the stat sheet that a lot of players aren’t performing to their potential. Its also easy to see that the team has lost a lot of the fire it had during the last half of last season. JT is fine. Its just that very few others are scoring and opposing Ds can focus entirely on him.

    I don’t think you can pin this on the new players. Pandolpho has done his job and Reasoner hasn’t been bad. Rolston is at least no worse than Hunter who he replaced this season. NYI could use somebody younger and more skilled at #2 D than Staios. I hope Garth can trade Nabby for Franson when Nabby is back.

    Letting Konopka go may not have been the best idea. He helped put some fire into the team last year. Dougie does his best, but its harder to do from behind the bench and Mark Streit is not a fire-breather. It may be that making Ox sit will put some more fire in him and he can help motivate the team.

    The Isles are on the brink of another failed season. If the team does not get turned around the balance of November when it is catching up with Eastern Conference teams in GP, it will be well nigh impossible to do it later. Regardless of how that works out, I hope that the team can get back the mojo it had the second half of last season.

  2. 8man - Nov 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    They won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the eighties. So the Isles faithful didn’t think there would be a price for that?

    The devil says you go a full generation of having nothing. We Bruins and Red Sox fans know what that all about.

    • mikevee1 - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:40 AM

      Hold on there 8man, let’s be honest here. The Sox waited a bit more than “a” generation.

  3. nhlbruins90 - Nov 20, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    If there were any Islander fans in the building Saturday night, they would have been completely embarrassed. Fortunately, it was all B’s fans.

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