I always consider this the silly season for New York Islander Fans/some media, who cannot name ten roster players, but pretend to play expert, with not one article pointing out the nine hundred plus man games lost combined between New York/Bridgeport.
Why do that when it's lazy/easier to discuss ten years ago or longer?
However let's ask a few common sense questions to clear the rhetoric.
1. Must Get A Top Four Defender?
If you want that kind of defender someone has to go, twenty nine other teams are looking for that kind of player unless the return is just as impressive.
All this non-sense I read about Zach Bogosian, I prefer Wishart at this time.
Unless the player is an absolute upgrade why not see what Wishart, deHaan or others can do?
Twenty nine other teams want Drew Doughty, who if you trade for must get a huge front-loaded contract.
2. Who Said PA Parenteau Is The First Line RW?
I personally could live with a twenty goal, fifty point player in his first full season on the top line again, but someone please explain why Kyle Okposo would not be there considering it was his spot before his injury, or that Niederreiter may be that player, or someone else?
Anyone remember why Parenteau was placed on that line? Okposo got hurt, then Hunter, Weight, ect.
3. Why Not A Prospect?
Rhett Rakhshani had sixty two points/twenty four goals as an AHL rookie at age twenty three. Care to explain why the latest Zherdev in UFA is the better choice after Rakhshani has done nothing but progress at each level, and has always been considered a high-end prospect?
Anyone remember the last two summers or the right wings available in UFA?
4.Not Enough Veterans?
Funny, however between Streit returning, Eaton, Mottau, Jurcina, Roloston, Reasoner and Moulson NYIFC must have missed that memo. Last I checked, Haley, Gillies are hardly kids.
DiPietro, Nabokov are veterans, Nielsen was selected in 2003, Comeau 2004.
Doug Weight is also expected to be traveling and working daily behind bench, last year he was not around team.
5. This Team Cannot Win Because They Are Not Ready?
This core group has been together for a while, they absolutely can win with the margin being just as slim between winning/losing than most other NHL teams.
If the New York Islanders fail to win there will be a reason, not being ready to take the next step going into 2011-12 will not be it.