After seven or eight straight one goal/empty net losses, a bad night was due, and it happened Monday in Nashville.
Sure some wins are long overdue also.
You take Eaton and Martinek out of an already paper thin defense, with an offense that is painfully weak, against a team that's been playing well and this is going to be the result.
I get the impression from some folks, they don't understand most scoring forwards in the NHL have NTC/NMC. The ones who don't are in the Fedotenko, Comrie class and are not the answer for this team.
The Devils are doing the same as the Islanders, waiting to get healthy and playing with what they have.
As for New York on Monday, liked some moves Tavares made, MacDonald jumped into some plays, Roloson let in a soft one but he's been sitting for a while and been great this season.
Folks don't like stock answers from Snow, however I have never read one response from anyone with a plan to bring in a prime talented forward. The Islanders put all this time/financial into developing Jesse Joensuu, it's his third year, he should be here by now, and receive a full chance.
PA Parenteau is not a very good offensive player/struggling at five on five especially, but neither are a lot of players on the current roster. I would love to see Nielsen dropped to a fourth line center spot, and Bailey recalled to play center, with Rhett Rakhshani on his right wing. I would like to see Jon Sim go back to Bridgeport but they need a veteran or two here.
Bottom line for the 2010-11 Islanders, competition for the playoffs is officially over. It will take all they can to avoid dropping twenty points of 28th, if things continue as they have been going.
Plus some players anger/frustration is going to surface more and more. These are kids and veterans playing for their NHL careers right now, anyone who thinks a single player is tanking for a second should understand that.
Ownership/Management tanking? What do you want Charles Wang/Garth Snow to do besides trade his best prospects or talent for a quick fix player, who's not going to produce or he would not be available in the first place?
The kind of players available, are struggling on their current teams, in decline or heading to UFA. I'm sure Lou Lamoriello would love to unload a poor contract like Dainius Zubrus who does not have a NTC, but he cannot produce or help this team.
This makes makes no sense for Garth Snow, plus the injury problems are not going away like 08-09 which were a league leading 582.
All they can do is play out the season, see what prospects show signs they can help at NHL level, and make some choices on the ones who have had a long enough look.
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