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.
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.
So here we are, in the midst of a very short training camp, one whole week for teams to get ready for a 48-game sprint to the playoffs. It’s crazy if you think about it. It’s even crazier if you play for the Islanders.
With the NHL season finally set to start, the Islanders appear ready to give a potential phenom a shot. But while doing so, they may have to move forward without a key acquisition.
Johnny Football? How about Johnny Hockey? New Jersey native John Gaudreau scored two goals as USA upset the favored Canadians early Thursday morning.
For Islanders fans, you are once again on the outside looking in, but, despite all of the franchise’s problems, the on-ice product is a lot closer to being a serious force than many would have you believe.
Developing players seems to vary depending on the recipe, but there is no doubt that the Islanders need theirs to be more than just a dash of project and a sprinkle of hope.
The NHL offseason has officially kicked off, and all three local hockey teams have added what they hope are long-term pieces at the 2011 draft.
The New York Islanders took Ryan Strome, a high-scoring forward from the Ontario Hockey League, with the No. 5 pick in the NHL draft Friday night.
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