The sports-centric saying “it’s getting late early” is a mantra the Islanders operate under, mostly because they always seem to put themselves in perilous situations early in seasons. That applies to the Thomas Vanek situation as well.
We know the Islanders want to succeed, but they need to start winning games. That’s all that matters now. Moral victories don’t get you points in the standings. Actual victories do.
A lot can change over the span of an arena lease and this particular case is no exception to that. Unless Ratner and the Isles hit a grand slam here, nothing is off the table.
The Islanders have been active this offseason, but maybe not in the way you had hoped. Don’t sweat it. They are improved and could get better as the summer progresses.
Mark Streit’s days on Long Island are basically over, but it’s by no means a death sentence for the Islanders. They just need to play their many cards in the right hand.
The Isles will assess and look to see what they can improve on this summer. However, the shopping list that has excited fans on Twitter, message boards and in regular conversation is simply unrealistic.
For the first time in ages the Islanders are not in rebuilding mode. They are in re-tooling mode. That’s an alien concept to many, but it’s the truth, and they need to act on it.
All season I’ve stated the Islanders needed 54 points to make the playoffs. They have used a 7-0-3 run to get there. But where they are now can be attributed to many more factors, all of which had to happen.
Is this a coming-of-age story? You’re damn right it is. What the Islanders have done over the last six weeks is basically force the rest of the NHL to open its eyes and pay attention.
Ok, so how are we going to keep this interesting? Because, to be quite blunt, the addition of Anders Lee to the NHL club from college is about as much action as Isles fans are going to get.
Psychologically, the Islanders play at home like they, too, are expecting the roof to cave in. They are now an incredible 5-11-2 at the Coliseum, by far the worst home record in the NHL. But yet they are 8-4-1 on the road.
Who are the 2013 Islanders? That’s hard to say at this point. But they are nearly halfway through their schedule and need to find out soon, or it will be another lost spring on Long Island.
Beers will join “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh at a game Thursday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
What Rick DiPietro did back in September 2006 was probably what any of us would have done. He secured his future. And anyone who blames him for that, regardless of how his career turned out, is just a fool.
New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has been in talks with a Manhattan investment bank regarding the sale of the team, the New York Post has reported.