Should New York Move On From Tavares? Yes

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/17/2018 08:01:00 AM | Comment Here
Corrections from below....
Recently I wrote here could live with Tavares signing/not signing either way & it's only eight years, but there is so much downside to these kind of signings.

Cannot recall any that end up with a Stanley Cup, and the later years are usually not good.

I do look at Tavares down the road (three years if no injuries) and see what we are getting from Andrew Ladd right now when he was healthy a year ago. 

I know the ownership/management/players/fans want him back regardless,  but honestly for myself it's time to save the money for faster players, and who they will need to resign like Lee, Barzal moving forward for the money they are going to want.

Tavares has plenty of downside already. He was a good team player and embraced the penalty kill role when Capuano put him on it last season, it's not about the kind of person he is, because only he can speak to that with everyone who knows how bad he wants to win.

But lets not pull punches, other teams have dominating players you see be the best player for their teams almost every game. John Tavares was invisible (beyond overtime) almost every game despite his point totals, and it's fair to write he was not the best player on his own team over sixty minutes.

His skating was terrible all season, he was on the ice 113 goals allowed (121 was the most) in the NHL, and often he was seen getting beat in front of his own goalie, and his skating is not going to improve, he has scoring hands, and play-making skills, he will have those moving forward, it will be painful to see him elsewhere because he's going to get his numbers.

Perhaps being a captain is also too much for him (it was for Clark Gillies) he clearly did not look very happy this season or he was playing hurt, or the constant contract drumbeat was too much. He made clear on 2/26 he could sign by the end of the season with or without playoffs. This team has no real media like 29 other teams (with Devils) the attendance beat many Coliseum seasons and still an undefeated team at home living on 5-4, 4-3, 6-5 wins were last in attendance during the regular season with Tavares into December.

But I do see letting him go as the correct decision for someone who's going to want 10-12+ million to be on the ice for far too many goals against, who's skating is not going to improve.

Yashin on one leg his final season made the playoffs with 50 points in 58 games, and was on a 90 point pace with Jason Blake/Chris Simon as his wingers when he got hurt. 

Of course I think the coaching here was a big part of his problems last season but he was either too slow, or whatever system, strategy Weight employed (and he looked miserable at end when Weight wanted to make Barzal his center) did not work for him or his team as they kept facing more & more shots against & were so easy to play against.

Weight is all he's ever known here from the day he was drafted.

Colorado is surviving without Duchene, he got his wish to be sent to a playoff team, but that did not work out, so he's watching his old team participate instead. No one is laughing at Joe Sakic today, his team seemed to grow from that trade.

Maybe this is not the right team for him or he needs two Barzal-like players on his wings, who can open the ice for him despite Lee/Bailey numbers. It's not the right coaching for him (or anyone) for him to be on the ice for 113 goals, which would be my one reason for giving him another chance with an experienced coach who can improve his overall game.

We know owners/management want him back at all cost, I do not get a vote, but for myself given last season I would let him go elsewhere based on how he played.

I want Snow gone and did after last season because he had a fair amount of time to produce a winner, and his team took a step back after last season. Based on Snow's comments he wants to resign Tavares but as always if he has his final number he knows when to let the player go elsewhere. 

For myself I agreed with Snow every time he let a player walk or they signed elsewhere. Those players to date have not lived up to the contracts they signed.  Okposo, Nielsen, Parenteau I, Moulson, Vanek I-II who turned him down, Boyes, MacDonald.

But this is not about Snow, this is my call. This is not a 10-12 million dollar player who dominates games, his skating is not going to improve. We saw Parise walk from Devils, signed with Suter and for 200 million they have not won a thing or come close, this seems to be the trend.

I like what they have in Barzal, Beauvillier, Eberle, Lee, Bailey hopefully Bellows, Toews, Pulock, and maybe Dal Colle, or Ho-Sang give them something. Ladd/Nelson may do better with an experienced coach. They have two first rounders coming.

A few years ago this team received praise for being one of the toughest to play against, now they are mocked for being one of the easiest to play against, who set records for goals allowed, shots against, penalty killing, who's goaltender gave them a career season and kept 35-37-10 from being with or below Buffalo.

It may or may not start with Tavares but he was responsible as captain.

I want to know why Tavares did not carry his team like Hall does for New Jersey, why he's not giving them what Crosby or Ovechkin does. For the money he will want he must be a visible, impact player who puts a team on his back every game.

The best player on the ice. 

Instead he was invisible most games, don't tell me about one overtime highlight vs Flyers, who's best players carry that team between their long winning/losing streaks.

Who saw that from Tavares last season, who saw it at his absolute best when they were one minute from losing game six vs Florida, where was he vs Tampa to extend those 3rd period leads?

10-12 million, someone better ask some very hard questions. Those two lefts and a right to practice produced nine regulation wins at Coliseum in 2013-14.

My Thoughts on 2017-18 NY Islanders

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/11/2018 09:38:00 AM | Comment Here
The New York Islanders yielded 293 goals, the most by any team since the 2006-07 season. Their penalty-killing unit had a 73.2- percent success rate, the lowest by any team since the 1988-89 season. Close to 20 year records for shots against & all time 50 shot games against. A powerplay that allowed 10 goals, who hired someone with no experience to run it.

Why is this general manager and inexperienced coach here unless for Tavares they stay or he goes?

My thoughts on Snow is he is a very good gm, he had back luck but after 11 years he should have been sent packing along with his interim coach, now at year 12 unless for Tavares they go, he goes, what's left to write?

Tavares set records for being on the ice for goals against that go back a decade, Leddy was over -40. Tavares was not an impact player in games like his counterparts, he rarely was the best player on the ice for his own team. He disappeared most of the games, despite his 80 points which reads odd but is true. Go find a highlight beyond those goals vs Flyers, he looked unhappy the final month, but also made clear on 2/26 he may resign by the end of the season playoffs or not, he made clear this is the only place he wanted to play too many times to be let off the hook if he does not resign.

Meanwhile you have cup winner Boychuk say they have a good team but allowed too many goals, while Clutterbuck did not provide brutal honesty and say the problems began opening night, as the 4-3, 5-4, 6-5 wins masked the very obvious problem long before deHaan got hurt, as Halak rarely let up a bad goal. They could not win the low scoring/low shot games even some awful Islander teams did.

35-37-10 without goal scoring and Halak having a career year (who they should bring back) this team is 20-52-10.

All the players endorsed the gm/coach for some reason on breakup day, and wanted to return. Tavares who completely trust Snow/Weight seems for him, it's this gm/and Weight who's been his mentor since day one or why sign up for unknown replacements when he can pick his own gm/coach elsewhere?

It was a terrible season (despite incredible career years by Lee, Barzal, Bailey) from opening night, no point to repeat all my entries. Pulock's finish makes me think he's a star, and Toews could well be for openers. Who knows what Bellows/draft brings.

Ledecky did a good job the first day, it looked sincere like Snow/Weight are no lock to be back.

Day two he acted like Cuomo giving Dolan an arena to be our landlord was ownership's victory, leaving NYC/Barclay's is the biggest loss this franchise has ever had. 30 teams want to play inside a city to survive financially.

Dolan's newspaper/media will do nothing but sell Dolan's arena as our home we run, nothing could be a bigger lie, this is just payback for Dolan losing Coliseum in 2013.

Now this fragile team is going to be the only one really in my life time to have 2 home arena's, and have success? Not seeing that, and Lee is a huge signing next summer.

Ledecky Letter #2 Step Backwards

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2018 03:08:00 PM | Comment Here
Last thing we needed was another letter with him selling us being Dolan's 41 day tenant in a 16,500 seat joke as some kind of accomplishment, best thing they can do is stay in NYC and demand a NYC arena without Dolan. I was very satisfied with his admission of failure, and walking out on Snow/Weight, and I don't think they are safe or their fates decided, despite any players endorsement, including Tavares.

Still working on my comments......have written plenty on twitter.

Jon Ledecky Speaks/Statement

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2018 04:20:00 PM | | | | Comment Here
NYIFC Comments: Despite strong player endorsements from Tavares on down fully "trusting Snow/Weight moving forward" and loving being here, nothing from Ledecky which is exactly as it should be. Sorry gang, but this was not Wang going on television the final game to tell us Snow's absolutely coming back.

Snow/Weight:

Tavares

Season Over/Clean Out Day: Sunday/Monday

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2018 01:46:00 PM | Comment Here
Ledecky,Snow,Weight,Tavares/remaining players on Monday. Opened twitter account recently with season reduced to garbage time. Had a lot to write. Will be doing much more here going forward.

New York Signs D Yannick Rathgeb: 2 year/2 way

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/06/2018 02:03:00 PM | Comment Here
Yannick Rathgeb profile.

New York signs David Quenneville ELC

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/06/2018 12:04:00 PM |
Quenneville agrees to entry level deal.

NYIFC Comments: 
He needed to be resigned by 5/31, as we know from past 7th rounders don't have many options beyond re-entering the draft, many are not selected when they do.

Great numbers, we'll see. Toews, Aho, prospects in system, Pulock. A roster filled with defenders signed.

New York Eliminated

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/25/2018 06:32:00 AM | Comment Here

Now we see if Tavares signs before the season ends, even if they don't make the playoffs which was his direct quote. Folks know where I stand with this, he has not been the best player on the ice in games, he is not getting any better moving forward, but eight years is not a long time, so I can accept what happens either way.

New York Signs Otto Koivula To ELC

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2018 01:56:00 PM | Comment Here

One Good Game For New York....But

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2018 07:34:00 AM | Comment Here
It was one good night vs Pittsburgh, likely the best one this season besides the December win vs Washington, even with Gibson in goal. Seidenberg looking like last seasons version & Matt Murray showing maybe some very understandable rust, they came at Pittsburgh, played solid defense, put on pressure, it was how it was supposed to be.

But in the big picture, it's one game in a historically bad season that saw record shots against & a team that from game one could not play defense with some very good players, who got great goaltending from Halak or we are talking about a team at the bottom of the league standings.

Pulock's becoming a very good player, they have something very special in Barzal, Lee. Hopefully experienced coaching can help the rest of a very good core of players.

Short version, they need management changes this summer, either Scott Malkin/Jon Ledecky do that or what's left of this fan base will tune them out entirely.

They also made their commitment to Tavares, and to go be Dolan's tenant in an arena that cannot make money for this team in a suburb, who's so-called LI base has no interest in attending 41 games at the prices required for the kind of revenue to survive no matter how many games they win.

I have been tough on Ledecky/Malkin, maybe they simply said put it in the middle after a year of Dolan & his media in their ears screaming be the only team to go play in a suburb, despite the better success at Barclay's in the stands than most Nassau seasons since 1989 until they made themselves a lame duck franchise in NYC which drove a base undefeated in Dec at home from even attempting to get behind the team.

Dolan's media got behind one thing, selling an Islanders arena that Dolan will run & operate,  but will never be the New York Islanders arena, just the one Dolan lost to Ratner in 2013.

It's as big a lie as his media playing that old Long Island card to drive them out of NYC where the majority of the fans are today.

But even at 31st in attendance this season is superior to many Nassau seasons, we don't know anything about the 2/21 latest lease opt out, only that Nassau waived penalty/AHL clauses & Cuomo owes Barclay's 6-10 million to renovate for the NHL.

Does not mean it happens.

As for Tavares..................

Scott Eansor Two-Year/Two Way Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/15/2018 03:24:00 PM | Comment Here

New York Giving Fans No Hope

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/15/2018 08:37:00 AM | Comment Here
Simply put, nothing has changed, they seem to need 50 saves or better to win any games, and we know the other team is going to score late if the game is close. That's a formula to nowhere which reflects how badly Doug Weight is over his head coaching this team.

Nothing to build on from that, no development, no reason to think a playoff run is coming. Thirty other teams are not closing in on records for shots against that go back two decades. (with a pk 31st)

Now Or Never

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/03/2018 05:26:00 AM | Comment Here



New York Trades Chimera for Wagner

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2018 02:53:00 PM | Comment Here
NYIFC Comments: Best of luck to Jason Chimera, was not happening for him this season. Wagner's played every game for Ducks, he's second in NHL in hits, and has a few points, they needed a depth forward so hardly a bad deal.


New York Trades Third Rd Pick For Brandon Davidson

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/24/2018 03:29:00 PM | Comment Here
Edmonton Journal 2/3/18: Has high praise for Davidson, but this paper also tried to sell Strome as better than Eberle last summer. Of course anything is better than Dolan's paper which is no credible coverage at all.
NYIFC Comments: Another defender who may or may not help, does not seem a big improvement on what they have dressed now on the backline but a third round pick is significant. If he's a left defenseman, it's bad new for Hickey, deHaan or Toews moving forward because he is a RFA. If he's a right defender, it means Aho, Seidenberg move down the depth chart or #4 is traded. Edmonton drafted him, kept him for years, traded hum, then claimed him back on waivers, so they must have liked him a little to reacquire him?


Bailey Re-Signs Six Years !!

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2018 02:35:00 PM | Comment Here
"Josh has become one of the core members of the New York Islanders," Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow said. "He has developed within our system for several years and it's exciting to see him mature into the player we always had confidence he would become. To come into the past few seasons and see Josh set new career highs each year, has been impressive and we're excited to see him continue to do that with the organization as we move forward."
NYIFC Comments: It's an excellent signing, and one they needed, but for this to work, he has to be the player he has been the last 2 seasons.


Win

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/19/2018 08:58:00 PM | Comment Here
One word entry.



NYI 41-Day Tenant In Cuomo-Dolan Belmont Ponzi Scheme Arena

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/18/2018 10:32:00 AM | Comment Here
The Dolan's paper did have this in their newspaper the night before, but the conflicts of interest are a mile long.

Bottom line it's Dolan's arena, the one he failed to win vs Ratner in 2013 so this is revenge. At best NYI will be in the same situation they were when the Philadelphia Flyers/Smg operated the Nassau Coliseum, but this time it will be without Nassau County owning building, NYS/Cuomo leased the land for pennies on the dollar.

And this time you can bet there will be plenty of out clauses. 

Dolan's Newspaper has sold this like a marketing campaign for their employer from top to bottom, same as we saw to stop 2011 arena vote, and get Dolan the Coliseum bid in 2013.  

Unlike the past they don't even have to hide it, but the Dolan name and massive conflicts of interest of course is kept out of their newspaper. Lhoda worked at Cablevision Garden for ten years. 

And we are a long, long way from an actual lease. 

NY Times 10/29/13: Lhotas years working for the Dolans.

We will continue to read it's the NYI arena as the marketing ploy, when they are only a 41 day tenant, the cover names like Oakview (with no real money beyond Cuomo/Dolan, via taxpayers)  & NY Arena partners.

So how is this the NYI arena beyond being a 41-day tenant, is this why Ledecky said it's a private matter who owns the arena?




Reality Check For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/16/2018 10:33:00 AM | Comment Here


7-6 OT New York/Barzal's Third/Five Point Game

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/10/2018 12:30:00 AM | Comment Here
Unreal for some good reasons, and more than a few not-so good reasons.

Mr Snow Wasting Our Time Again Lying About Injuries

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/08/2018 09:04:00 AM | Comment Here
Snow gave an interview to Dolan's Newsday as moving trucks are loading up to take their operations to College Point operated by NY Times distribution, the exodus is on as Zipay is done covering Rags. (he claimed not the reason he's leaving)

Bottom line, most of what he said, I had no issue with. But I do not like lies or my time being wasted which I made clear in past about his actions on that stage with Nolan in 2008 where he said they talk daily and work well together, then his rebuilding word non-sense from 11/27/2009.

Snow's team was giving up tons of shots and goals starting opening night long before deHaan, Boychuk, and others were hurt, same as their powerplay gave up two goals in the opener vs Buffalo, it's entirely on Snow & his coach.

There was no Streit-Okposo injury in a scrimmage, they are not leading NHL in man games lost by a mile like 08,09, 11 where the number went from 400/500/620, and even those teams were not facing anything close to this many shots a game.

Long time readers will remember this back on 11/27/09 in Tavares rookie season when Snow talked about the rebuilding word Globe & Mail.

At the time I wrote words matter, and don't waste our time beyond usual rhetoric on lies. 

By 2011 Snow was hammering the rebuilding word, now he's using the injury excuse, it's not acceptable. Owners own.




Sorry But No Positives Here

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/04/2018 08:44:00 AM | Comment Here
I don't like repeating things written in recent entries.

We all want our team to win, but it's clear unless something changes out of nowhere that's not going to happen under this management/ownership.

On the ice, the coaching staff had two days to prepare for a tired team who lost/traveled Friday, and managed to give up 26 first period shots/49 for game.

I'm seeing mistakes/shots against that could rival 1972 Islanders, as words from Weight reflect a man completely over his head in this job.

Islanders opted of lease " Earlier this month"

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/29/2018 02:36:00 PM | Comment Here
NYIFC Comments:
Nothing to add that was not written in previous entry, beyond Dolan's paid media writer, Baumbach, writing NYI have the right to opt out of Nassau every year for the next three years, which he retracted quickly on Sunday.

We have no idea of any actual binding lease signed between NYI & Barclay's to play some games at Coliseum, and that "if all goes well" does not reflect any physical agreement giving the team any long-term security if Dolan backs out of his Cuomo-Belmont arena.

You don't get a second chance to be a NYC team, with NYC base, and revenue streams vs moving back to a proven failed location with no revenue, and horrible fan support.

Malkin & Ledecky Can't Be Trusted

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/27/2018 09:25:00 AM | Comment Here
In the end you get smart people, you get smart decisions, if you get people who don't have a clue you get what we are seeing.

Scott Malkin & John Ledecky clearly don't have a clue. 

A majority owner who has not been seen since his 2014 introductory press conference, a minority owner who wants to be Dolan's tenant, who can't stop cramming his Ranger childhood down on our throats? A 70 million dollar payroll but they keep Garth Snow as gm like he cannot afford to get rid of him.

Does that make sense to you? 

Ledecky's statement they can make more revenue in Belmont as Dolan's tenant vs Barclay's? The Wilpon's paying for a building when they cannot even afford their own team when Cuomo could have made the same deal in Queens without Dolan or Wilpon?

Two men who want a state of the art facility, but only 16,500 for hockey, the only two people who want to play (and move back) to a suburb that's been a proven failure that only lost money. 30 other teams want a city or wish to move to one to stay in business.

The list only keeps growing, it's like Tony Hrkac coming back for alumni night.

And now the magic 1/30 date I have been pointing at since August 2016 has arrived and Dolan's boy Cuomo again is in his hip pocket to get our team out of NYC, and pressure the NHL to force them into something they have never done in their modern history.

Two home arena's. One in a 13,000 seat building that was rarely filled with no luxury boxes, that could not outdraw Barclay's 16 times, and tied six other Coliseum years since 1989 is not a workable solution, it's just a big distraction that will upset an NHL teams home routine vs Barclay's where the team has dominated.

How could Tavares or any player serious about winning sign up for this if you want to give a player who's rarely the best player on the ice, who's speed/defense is terrible money where he will not have top talent around him? 

Nassau fans are the worst,  they refuse to pay for expensive tickets or even break 10,000 at rock bottom prices much less the ones necessary to support a modern payroll, it won't work in Nassau at any location, they need to pay double current prices in a 13,000 seat arena that will have no corporate money. They needed to December to support only a winning team on weekends while Barclay's with all the forced media negativity had 2 recent crowds over 15,000.

A state of the art Dolan Belmont facility designed to put Barclay's/Coliseum out of business which will take revenue from both and cost Prokhorov money when he sells his interest in either? What are they thinking at BSE when the 36 million after expenses is a drop in the bucket through 2040 by comparison compared to the money this will cost Prokhorov when he's told no one wants to fight with a competing arena. 

The NHL approving 2 home facilities for one NHL franchise for any duration (beyond Ledecky's Caps moving in season before he sold his stake fast) is unheard of, and not permitted per the territorial rights agreement,  much less for several years. If the NHL BOG does not want it or become one of the teams forced to play in Nassau they will not be happy having to travel there vs being in NYC.

If BOG says no, what's next plan 1/30 is here, opt out notices must be delivered.

The rules are simple, one home arena per team, per territory.

Sorry but to trust Malkin, Ledecky, or their decisions is contrary to their actions, who becomes majority owner of a team, spends 480 million to hide in Europe. Malkin has many on-line video's in front of crowds talking.

I wonder if Tavares to the Rangers is part of this Belmont scheme or they gave up part of their cable contract money to 2031 as their end of this ala Milstein long ago in a Palffy deal?  Obviously a deal was cut with the NHL for these owners to forfeit their territorial rights to the outdoor game in Queens, or Dolan forced them to forfeit all territorial rights in Brooklyn and Queens as one part of them becoming our landlord at Belmont.

Dolan owns Newsday, his  media will sell the false narratives they want starting with slapping NYI name on their arena to get it pushed through with the public, when their paper already wrote Dolan will operate it making NYI only a 41 day tenant, again in the middle of nowhere.

Meanwhile Ledecky already said who owns the Belmont arena is a private matter, he can't say it's Dolan's via Cuomo.

And we all know it makes no sense for Barclay's to renovate a building again for a temporary move, NYC fans deserve all the weekend games, let Nassau crowd prove it's worth on Monday's with double current prices, they always have a story to not attend games.

Ledecky's going to face his reality check very fast in Nassau after that first announced sellout when those same people stay home for most of the other games, he'll likely be gone fast with Malkin.

What I do know is when 8,000 start showing again in Nassau, and Dolan's renovated Seattle arena is ready, the NHL is likely going to put a stop to this because this lease drama will not be ending any time soon.  Ledecky can play the poor fan/stockholders support card as his out.

Cuomo was getting Belmont done for Dolan even if the Wolfpack were the anchor tenant as revenge for 2013, even if NYI stayed at Barclay's. 

Doug Weight Shots Allowed Reflect No System/Plan

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/22/2018 07:04:00 AM | Comment Here
I have seen NYI teams at the bottom of the league play defense with low scoring games with Jamie Rivers, Heward & a bunch of players who had no business in the NHL, and still had low shot against games/wins.

Bridgeport with all it's injuries/call-ups & changes, played their 23rd game with two goals or less allowed on Sunday. 1-0 shootout win.

NYI have played ten games all season allowing two goals or less.

We can talk about lack of days off, practices which is fair (because other teams got rest) but this team is where it is based on the entire season, when it's defense was healthy. It's dead last in goals allowed.

Yes, I do think it's a coaching issue, which began with a 5-1 opening night loss, followed by a win against Buffalo where the powerplay allowed two goals.

Weight's words (blunt at times) mean nothing, his message does not translate to his players or whatever system (if he has one) is not understood by his players. This is a man behind that bench since 2011, our assistant gm.

They can't win the 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 games they must play to go on the kind of streak necessary to make the playoffs. The shots against are the worst I have ever seen.

Scott Gomez is working here in the NHL based on how he spoke to players about power-plays after a brief announcing gig.

Halak is giving them some excellent goaltending, we have been lucky he did not get hurt with this work-load.

Other organizations have cleaned house in season & replaced the coaching staff, a lot of good hockey people like Weight, simply are not qualified to be head coaches. It takes that long experience, strategy, x/o this team simply does not have. Capuano had long experience, strategy, the man taught coaching, it's not about the sound bytes to fans on a network or newspaper with awful coverage.

Sometimes stats do lie, this time they don't. NYI cannot play the low scoring/shot against games teams all over this league do.

Owners own? Time to replace the gm, and the coach. Let Thompson come up as interim, he has plenty of coaching experience & his teams plays defense.


Pulock Sets NY Rookie Record.....Five Points

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2018 07:33:00 AM |
NYIFC Comments:
 It does not change what must be changed in front office, and on the ice, but there are some great things happening in these games between Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier, Lee & others.

Another Five Point Game From Barzal, 2 For #72. Dal Colle Debut

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/13/2018 10:05:00 PM |

New York Season At Breaking Point: Snow & Weight Should Go

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/07/2018 09:27:00 PM | Comment Here
It's nice they came back, and won a skills competition against the struggling Devils, but we have to be honest here after half a season with an ownership that can't wait to be the Dolan's tenant back in front of 8,000 fans in a few years unless Barclay's does not opt out of it's lease by 1/30/18.

But that's for another day or tomorrow if no opt out has been given or leaked yet.

It's time for a new gm, and an experienced head coach to teach a system to these players, even if it means John Tavares/Josh Bailey leave. 

Scott Mayfield 5 Year Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2018 02:35:00 PM | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments:
Mixed feelings on this.

Value is fine, but Leddy, Boychuk, Pelech, & are signed long term already, and Pulock has years before UFA. Mayfield was put on NHL waivers by NYI & cleared so they were set to let another team claim him. Plus there is Toews/Aho on ELC, and they need some veterans on that defense to do what Seidenberg did last season when used properly.