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It’s New York Islanders day on PHT

Aug 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we move along with the New York Islanders.

For the fifth season in a row (and six of the last seven), the Islanders fell far from a postseason berth. They also remained last in the Atlantic Division for a fifth consecutive year.

The Isles were pesky here and there last season, but again, it was mostly “business as usual.”

John Tavares topped all Isles scorers with 81 points while Matt Moulson quietly continues to be one of the league’s best-kept-secret snipers, yet the Isles let playmaker P.A. Parenteau walk in free agency.

The team’s biggest offseason move isn’t quite official at this time, as Lubomir Visnovsky is fighting to nullify a trade that would bring him to Long Island.

If Lubo gets his way, the Islanders’ biggest move was adding Brad Boyes for the bargain price of $1 million.

Once again, the Islanders hope to improve from within. We’ll study their chances of doing so today at PHT.

  1. polegojim - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I’m struggling to see it… what exactly IS there ‘within’ to build on???

    Reasoner’s -25?
    Okposo’s -15?
    Streit’s -27? wow…powerfully leading the way as the Captain?

    There are more ‘MINUSES’ on that roster than Fairbanks, AK in January…

    • bcisleman - Aug 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      Harder to see with blinders on. Reasoner is no part of the Islanders’ future. Okposo had a tough start to the year after an injury shortened year last season. Streit has the 2nd highest point per game % of any defenseman in Islander history after Denis Potvin. And the minuses had a lot to do with older and slower FA Ds playing in front sometimes questionable goaltending. Those FAs are gone and Nabby and prospect Kevin Poulin will be doing the goaltending.

      • polegojim - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Sorry BC, it’s hard to see… period. I checked, no blindes here.

        So Streit, Okposo, and others… really had little-to-nothing to do with those ‘minuses’?
        They were only victims??? Seriously?

        C’mon man… that’s easy to say with those rose colored classes on.

        Okposo was -15… however you want to explain it.
        Streit’s point per game%… well, that’s something against -27… MINUS 27???
        Nabby (19-18 last year); and Poulin (2-4) were already in G for the Isle’s.

        Islanders = worst team in the league in 2008-09, 4th worst in 2009-2010, 2nd worst in 2010-2011, 4th worst in 2011-2012 and you’re saying the BEST they’ve done is lose a few aged D-men… and keep the same ‘suspect’ (your word, not mine) goal tenders from last year?

        BC… that’s PRECISELY the point!!!

        I don’t ‘wish’ the Islanders were a poor performing team… it’s just a fact that they’ve done VERY little to correct.

      • bcisleman - Aug 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        Let’s get our facts straight first of all. Isles were 5th worst in 2010, 4th in 2011 and 2012. You are forgetting that for an important stretch, the Isles were relying on RDP (8 games) and a subpar Montoya (14 games after Kane waylaid him). Having Nabby as #1 w/ Poulin backing him will make a real difference. Their play was NOT suspect!!!

        No rose colored glasses. Streit has always had a decent +/- before last year. With stability in the net, the old slow defenders gone and a year to get back in form, he’ll be fine as will Okposo who also had an injury to deal with.

        Very little to correct OTHER THAN building one of the NHL’s best prospect pipelines and bring in absolute steals like Moulson, Streit and Grabner.

  2. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Who the hell have they drafted?

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Ladies and Gentleman witness the awesome futility that is created by a horrid GM and an apathetic owner.

    Snow & Wang = Garbage

  4. lonespeed - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I could see the Islanders competing for the a championship ten or eleven years from now. They have to get lucky at some point.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    This is the cautionary tale to the “suck for a few years draft really high and get good” plan that people believe will result in a Stanley Cup Contender. The Islanders have been drafting high for what seems like 20 years now and aside from the occasional playoff appearance they never get good. And as bad as Wang and Snow (how’d he get the job in the first place?) are and will likely continue to be, it’s been going on since before they were ever there.

  6. tru2joelu4eva - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    does anyone have any insight as to why they let parenteau walk away? they can’t possibly be strapped for cash, right?

    • bcisleman - Aug 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      I think the biggest reason was that he wanted too long a term. I don’t think Isles see him as part of the team three to four years down the road. And his stats were inflated by playing w/ JT.

    • jl9830 - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      There’s a difference between having cap space and having actual cash, you know.

  7. bcisleman - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Too much nonsense here to answer all of it. Isles have wandered in the NHL wilderness for many years due to bad ownership prior to Wang and a horrible GM in Mike Milbury. Wang’s biggest mistake was keeping Milbury when he took over the team in 2000.

    Milbury left Snow with essentially nothing in 2006. The Contract was Wang’s idea and wedded the Isles to the one serious asset Milbury left behind: Rick DiPietro. Unfortunately, RDP’s career went swiftly downhill in subsequent years–after the one playoff appearance of Snow’s tenure.

    Since then, Snow has transformed what was one of the very worst prospect pipelines in the NHL into one of the very best while making stellar additions of older players like Streit, Moulson and Nabokov.

    There are some question marks such as the status of RDP, whether Visnovsky will play and what to expect from Boyes, but I expect the Isles will be much better this year. In 1-3 years, as current players mature and talent comes to the roster from the pipeline, the Isles will become a true contender.

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