The Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek because of one simple reason: They are not the Rangers. They cannot sit back and let name recognition sell the franchise. They need to roll the dice to take the next step.
Carlow East, an Irish pub on 85th Street and Lexington Avenue, has turned into the unofficial watering hole for Seahawks fans that have either relocated from the Pacific Northwest or been home grown right here in the Tri-State area.
Sooner or later, Garth Snow is going to have to make a decision, which likely will be the only decision he can make if things don’t change. Thomas Vanek is the only person who can alter that decision.
The Yankees have to be thrilled that they won’t have to deal with the distraction that would have come with Alex Rodriguez every waking second of next season. And, oh yeah, they just got an additional $25 million to play with, too.
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.
For all the hoopla that’s followed Rex Ryan around, a lot has not been made of John Idzik and the serious task facing this largely unknown general manager going forward.
Jets fans are being bombarded right now with a million stories about Rex Ryan’s future. All I’m going to say is be careful about which ones you take to heart.
What comes with being the head coach of the Jets can be unfair at times, but at the end of the day the NFL is a results-oriented business. Rex Ryan might be beyond saving, even with that one ace in the hole he’s always carried around.
The Islanders are where they are right now for one simple reason — and it has little to do with injuries. As far as success this season was concerned, the front office mismanaged this thing from the start.
Unless something changes in a hurry, the Jets’ game on Sunday in Baltimore has disaster written all over it. We’ve seen it too many times in the past to be naive.
Ed Reed may not be the player he once was, but he’s certainly still enough of a player to help the young Jets become men. And he’s here now for one reason and one reason only. Rex Ryan.
Geno Smith is not a game manager, and the Jets have to fight every impulse they might have to make him one. They’re simply not good enough to rely on the run and defense alone.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Islanders are an amazingly bad 7-18-5 in November.
Rex Ryan has never sold out. He is who he is and that allure is the main reason why his players always play hard for him. But he has faced one massive obstacle, and, contrary to popular belief, it hasn’t been his mouth.
Islanders fans may struggle for a while accepting the fact that one of the most popular players in franchise history is gone, but the truth is Thomas Vanek is a world-class player. Matt Moulson is not.