Numbers? The Only Thing That Matters For New York Is Winning in 14-15

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/11/2014 11:32:00 PM |
2-13-2 in November/December to effectively end realistic playoff contention.
Vanek 44 points in 47 games with a plus rating.
Tavares second in NHL scoring for a good portion of year.
Career high numbers for Okposo, Nielsen.
Among worst special teams in NHL for most of the season.
Thirty games scoreless for Bailey, Grabner, while #12 had a career high in points.
0-11-1 on road earlier.
17-5-2 on the road over the last twenty four games.
All the earlier blown leads against top teams in the final minutes.
All the comeback wins down two goals.
Seven goal third period in Vancouver.
4-1-1 at Nassau Coliseum West/Newark.
13 home wins (including shootouts) tied for 30th in NHL.

It's all just numbers in a long season that ultimately was a complete failure where management declared it was time to win. This team never even got started until it was too late.

Sure it's nice a lot of kids look great, and are producing well with a team that is in every game, and works very hard more than most NHL teams on average with few clunkers.

This was with an Eastern Conference that badly underperformed with sixteen teams, the two former Western Conference teams qualifying.

Ultimately what does that mean for 2014-15? Nothing.

The only way to prove anything happening now really matters will come with winning next season.

Not before.
Forwards signed for 2014-15:
RFA: Cizikas, Lee
Others signed/waiting: Sundstrom, Persson, Quine, Halmo
Defenders signed for 2014-15
Hamonic, Czurczman, Hickey, Strait, Carkner, Donovan, Visnovsky.
RFA deHaan: 
Others signed/waiting: Mayfield, Ness Pedan, Reinhart, Pulock, Pelech.
(Vaugh AHL contract)
2013 drafted defenders due contracts by 5/31/14.
Sadly, Chico Resch, is leaving Msg to return to Minnesota. First class New York Islander, and Devils broadcaster.