1/5/09

30th Overall? Cannot see it happening.

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 10:14:00 AM


















Team portrait of the 2000 - 2001 New York Islanders professional ice hockey team on center ice at Nassau Veterans' Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, 2000.

That year's Islanders were Mariusz Czerkawski, Roman Hamrlik, Dave Scatchard, Tim Connolly, Brad Isbister, Claude Lapointe, Mark Parrish, Kenny Jonsson, Bill Muckalt, Oleg Kvasha, Garry Galley, Taylor Pyatt, Jason Blake, Zdeno Chara, Aris Brimanis, Juraj Kolnik, Mats Lindgren, Mark Lawrence, Jeff Toms, Steve Martins, Kevin Haller, Mike Stapleton, Branislav Mezei, Eric Cairns, Jason Krog, Craig Berube, Ray Schultz, , Steve Webb, Anders Myrvold, Mathieu Biron, Evgeny Korolev, Robert Petrovicky, Jesse Belanger, Chris Terreri, Wade Flaherty, and John Vanbiesbrouck.
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That's the last Islander team that finished 30th in Charles Wang's first year as owner, it's almost laughable comparing the talent here now to that overall group and see this roster finishing 30th overall as they did.

Butch Goring deserves having his number retired just for coaching that disaster for close to two seasons after he did an excellent job his first year.

I projected this club to finish sixth going into this season in the East. If they were not decimated by injuries all year I absolutely believe they would at the very least be in contention for a playoff spot at this time.

That Pittsburgh game where they were twenty minutes from five hundred on home ice was the beginning of the end.

Do I see this full roster finishing 30th as that group did? It took only one win for an entire month to barely drop to the bottom so for me the answer is no.

If you think veteran players looking for a job next year or prospects playing for future employment/roster spot intend to lose games you are kidding yourself.








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