By Nick Colombo
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We’ve all know for quite some time now that the Islanders season is over (that is unless you’ve been in a coma or on some heavy drugs for the last several months). Accordingly, in the last two weeks, Garth Snow and the Isles have made the intelligent decision to trade players like Wisniewski and Roloson while they still can get something of value.
However, with the season over something incredibly disturbing has been going on with the Islanders, and it doesn’t involve ice girls and hockey sticks. Yes, your New York Islanders have won 6 of their last 8 games, and it is the DUMBEST thing I have ever seen.
Last year, even though their chances of making the playoffs were remote, I advocated the Islanders playing hard till the very end and not throw games down the stretch for a draft pick. In that situation, with that team, it was more important that the players get the experience of playing a full season, hopefully end on a high note, and carry some sort of growth into the future.
That was last year — this year they’re just being stupid.
Don’t get me wrong people. I understand why you love it. For a beaten down fan base it’s fun to watch your rag tag team take down great teams like the Penguins, Lightning, and Red Wings. However, do you really want to jeopardize missing out on a number 1 or 2 draft pick for a few meaningless wins in January? The answer is no.
I understand the temptation for fans and players to want to see something good on the ice. But I don’t care; at this point it’s stupid and pointless. So let’s start 2011 by smartening up and lose for the future! Because unfortunately it’s the only thing we’ve got.
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