Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from defenseman Brendan Witt who talks about how Scott Gordon's defensive system is tough to play at length with a lot of details as to why it leaves players open. Scott Gordon responded while Witt for his part also said he's trying to do whatever the coach asks along with his fellow defensemen and for the progress they have shown they have not showed it very often for 60 minutes but until the coach says something different we have to play this way.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's more space than Brendan Witt has received after a practice since he signed here so we knew it had to be a negative story. Positive stories just are not news worthy.
Having written that we all know it's not a time for positive stories.
Not good when a leader on defense talks at length about why the system is not working while the coach responded that's why we practiced it for two days in print.
I have to admit the defense looked better with Witt out or at least more like a unit. When Witt talks about Scott Gordon changing his system twice it seems like this is something he will try and buy into but knows it's not going to work for him as hard as he will try to play it.
I do not see a lot of transition goals against but play in the Islanders end of the ice where other clubs keep finding the passing lanes which look like poor coverage reads, it got a lot more noticeable in the Penguins game at the Coliseum and seemed to really put the club in a tailspin.
We'll see what happens, but this is not good.
The gm has to back his coach here or he hangs Scott Gordon out to dry making it a bad hire. The gm also considers Witt a team leader and just gave him a three year contract.
Welcome to the gm chair, Garth Snow.
Newsday: John Jeansonne's article is on Kyle Okposo's return to Minnesota where he played for the Gophers last season. Head coach Scott Gordon comments on the return of Mike Comrie to the Islanders lineup and how well Okposo was playing before his injury.
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog speculates on who could sit, previews the struggling Minnesota Wild and the Friday Islander Insider with more from Brendan Witt & Richard Park.
Pioneer Press: Has the combined coverage of Bruce Brothers and John Shipley where for now it seems Owen Nolan will not play against the Islanders.
Star Tribune: Michael Russo previews tonight's game.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports the team is on the mend from illness/injury with head coach Jack Capuano's comments about the prep work for this weekends games which stars with tonight against former prospect Ryan O'Mara and the Springfield Falcons here.