VIEW FROM THE TOP: New York Islanders


As the self-appointed spokesmen/woman of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, we are using the idea of "To the victors go the spoils" quite seriously. What we will do between now and the night the Stanley Cup banner is raised in the United Center is point out the shortcomings of all the teams that won't have four crisp new banners in their rafters. We continue this series with the New York Islanders.

The New York Islanders.  Their name conjures up many images.  A dynasty in the 80's.  The waking nightmare that was the Mike Milbury Adminstration.  Rick DiPietro walking into a room, tripping over an ottoman and breaking his hip.  Garth Snow, wearing gigantic shoulder pads while sitting behind a desk.

And that's about it really.  I mean, the Isles did return to the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in 6 years, and excited us all by scaring the Pens a bit.  Of course, now we're viewing everything involving the Penguins through the prism of their absolute destruction at the hands of the Boston Bruins, so who know what that means?

Anyway, let me ask you something...do you honestly give a shit about the New York Islanders?  I mean seriously, the Hawks will play the Isles twice during the regular season and I'm going to hazard the prediction that they won't see each other after that.  So let's just get this shit over with.

THE FORWARDS:

There are exactly two guys amongst the NYI forward corps that you will recognize.  One is Jonathan Tavares, who is really good.  The other is Cal Clutterbuck who upon being traded to New York immediately sent the official scorer at Nassau Coliseum a box of lutefisk, because that's what worked in Minnesota, eh?

I guess I kind of know who Kyle Okposo is, so there's that.  Anyway, the Islanders appear to have identified their core players and signed most of them to long term contracts.  Which is good, assuming these players are worth a damn.  I honestly don't know and don't feel like finding out.

THE DEFENSEMEN:

Lubomir Visnovsky is the elder statesmen of the team, which is great because his first move when he was traded to the Islanders was to file a grievance with the NHL to block the deal.  If Travis Hamonic's nickname isn't "Phil" then there is no hope left for hockey nicknames.  Brian Strait's name is a lot like Mark Streit's, so I hope for his sake that he gets traded to the Flyers and then signed to a ridiculous contract extension.

The rest of the defensemen on this team are named Donald.  Seriously, all of them.

GOALTENDERS:

Evgeni Nabokov will return this year to play out the string.  He's no longer very good.  Backing him up is 23 year old Kevin Poulin, who from what I can tell is not related to Patrick Poulin, so he's got that going for him.

Yeah, this not a good goaltending situation.

MUNDANE FACT:

For the first time in 13 years, Rick DiPietro will just have to get injured on his own time.

OUTLOOK:

Things are looking up for the other New York team for the first time in a while.  Hopefully they don't completely unravel in hilarious fashion this season.

ARE THEY AS GOOD AS THE BLACKHAWKS?:

Nope.

 

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  • 9/11/2013 8:22 AM SEF wrote:
    The idea of being snarky is great until a team comes out of no where to change your impressions or expectations. I guess we'll know in June if the Hawks have what it takes and whether the Islanders will command a little more respect.
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    1. 9/11/2013 6:23 PM Fork wrote:
      I'm pretty sure any questions about the Hawks having what it takes have been answered.
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  • 9/11/2013 11:13 AM Holy Diver 83 wrote:
    Cute preview, keep your head in the sand, Islanders are on the Rise, much like the Hawks a few years ago when they blew! Just remember once at the top no where to go but down, ENJOY! Will wave as my team goes in the other direction and the Hawk is flying in the rearview! BTW Nabby is rplaced by Anders Nilsson by seasons end! Playoffs? Oh yes! JT = MVP!
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    1. 9/11/2013 6:25 PM Fork wrote:
      On one hand I'd love to tell you to slow your roll.

      On the other hand, Dio.
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    2. 9/11/2013 7:04 PM ArlingtonRob wrote:
      Heads in the sand?

      uhhh no, ours heads are in the Cup...but good luck with that "on the rise" thing.
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  • 9/11/2013 11:58 AM Trophy wrote:
    His name is John Tavares, not Jonathan.
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    1. 9/11/2013 6:26 PM Fork wrote:
      Donald Tavares it is.
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  • 9/11/2013 7:00 PM ArlingtonRob wrote:
    A team makes the playoffs for the first time since what...2007? and now they're fans are cocky?

    Alrighty then...good luck with that.
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  • 9/11/2013 7:22 PM HockeyNorth wrote:
    Good luck to Chicago this season as they continue their attempt to win 19 straight playoff series.
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  • 9/12/2013 8:51 AM Fork wrote:
    Good luck to the Islanders as they continue their attempt to make a Stanley Cup video that doesn't require a Betamax.
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  • 9/12/2013 9:11 PM HockeyNorth wrote:
    Only three more Stanley Cups in a row is the point and has to be the focus right now. If not to be the greatest American based hockey team of all time then what? Just a pretty good one?
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  • 9/12/2013 9:38 PM Fork wrote:
    I can't ratchet up a whole lot of shit giving over a 30-year old run that took place before free agency or the salary cap. Hell, those Islanders teams were a sandwich dynasty, after the Canadiens and before the Oilers, both superior teams.
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