Daily Links: Ring Ring

  • Are the Jets one of the teams calling about the second pick? [PFT]
  • Rich Eisen talks Jets with Eric Allen. [NewYorkJets]
  • The time for placing the tag on Welker is winding down. [Boston Herald]
  • Will some strong moves help the Bills in the AFC East? [Yahoo!]
  • Expecting Hunter back as a starter isn’t the same thing as him starting. [PFT]
  • Hall of Fame worthiness talk. [Football Outsiders]
  • Kris Dielman is retiring due to concussions. [NY Times]




37 comments
jimmydev
jimmydev

The end result is that they are just too small to compete with the best teams in the play-offs they need not just bigger players but players who play big. Too many perimeter players who do not want to mix it up in the front of the net on either side of the ice. Hickey played his heart out but just got worn down. I understand that they were just trying to get back to being competitive again but you also have to try to build your team to win in the playoffs. you can only do that with physical play. We need to get bigger down the middle, Franz, Bailey were invisible other than their two goals they scored. It was too much to ask any more from Strome at this point. Bottom line is we need BIGGER physical players. We should try to build a Western Conference type of team. I know they do not have any picks but from now on nobody under 6'2" gets drafted and the next time they draft a puny defensemen their scouts should be fired!! Otherwise great year thanks for becoming relevant again! Its going to be tough next year just to make the play-offs!

shamwow
shamwow

15 years with Chuck Wang as owner...

9 years with Garth Snow as GM...

5 years with Jack Capuano as coach...

And not one playoff series victory.

Perhaps we should call that the anti-miracle

tag1
tag1

Well according to some on here you learn by losing so the people you mentioned should be geniuses especially Charlie

ccm27
ccm27

Haven't we "learned"" enough?? Lol.

jethrono9
jethrono9

@shamwow Collectively that adds up to 24 years and no PO wins in 2 years nice going brass.

redly
redly

somebody need to check the definition of what miracle means

tag1
tag1

You need to raise your bar then any decent organization in hockey wouldn't consider this a great season when you get eliminated in the first round.

tag1
tag1

People also need to check the definition of what "great" means, when you get eliminated in the first round in the playoffs it's not a great season.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@tag1  I know expectations change as the season progresses, but if you compare the expectations coming into the season, where most had the Islanders as the 6th or 7th best team in the division, to how the season played out, most would consider it to be more than great.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@tag1


A) The players drafted this off season- Dal Colle and Ho-sang- were GREAT picks..


B) The players signed this off season- those moves were GREAT.


C) Trading for Boychuk and Leddy this off season, was GREAT.


D) The development of the younger players on the roster- was GREAT.


E) Going from 79 to 101 points- was GREAT..


F) Collecting 101 points in the regular season, was GREAT.


G) Signing BOTH Boychuk and Leddy this year to long term contracts- was GREAT.


H) Universally- it has been acknowledged the playoff series with the Caps- was GREAT.


I) Having a folder full of tag1 bragging about cheering for Moulson to score vs the Isles- is GREAT.


Not a shock you sour and dour. Your cheer against the success of this franchise, so of course your gonna downplay any possible success.  Ending my time today at IPB by putting "baby in a corner"- GREAT.


Enjoy your evening folks. I don't know about you, but rm is smiling wide and feeling GREAT!



tag1
tag1

@rmbbanned2 

Keeping a folder of comments on here  LOSER SQUARE BADGE


Losing in the first round NOT GREAT


Moulson taking Tavares. who was a teenager. under his wing and making him feel comfortable when he got here GREAT


Moulson getting a hand from most of the Coliseum crowd after scoring 2 goals GREAT


You posting DP won a Olympic Gold medal in 1980 CLUELESS


You posting Scott Gordon is a great coach CLUELESS


You posting Conacher belongs on the first line CLUELESS


You posting that Martin belongs on the bench because of his corsi numbers CLUELESS

You posting that Lee belongs in the minors CLUELESS

You posting that the Isles will win a series or 2 and be better than the rangers LAST SEASON CLUELESS

You posting that the Isles will win 2 SERIES this season and lose to a team in the Conference Finals that didn't even make the playoffs this season CLUELESS

You posting that "it's a contact sport" after 2 cops are murdered in bklyn LOWLIFE SQUARE BADGE WANNA BE

We can do this all summer you little skirt.



ccm27
ccm27

Tag-you forgot one-how much he admired wangs "ruthlessness"..lol.

tag1
tag1

@ccm27 I guess if I was a loser like him and kept a folder of comments I wouldn't forget any of his.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@tag1 every notice your always tearing things down? My entire post was positive and used the word "great" early and often..


You just tear things down. Brooklyn, ownership, the gm, the coach, the team, the 101 point season, the great playoff series..


People often view events through their own perspective. I guess you have been torn down so often in your life, buried under personal failure, that it becomes the only way for you to view events around you.


For me, i use the word "Great" early and often because that is how my personal life has been.


You live in a world of personal failure, so you look at everything as a failure.


I live in personal world of success, so i see everything as Great.


You celebrate how correct you wanna portray yourself, in predicting doom and failure for the franchise. 


I celebrate  a 101 point season, and a great playoff series. 


My view from the penthouse is much better then you view from the outhouse. 


Your a small, sad bitter little man who celebrates one thing- telling everybody the franchise is a failure. Because failure is all that you know in life. 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@ccm27 Thats it- that is what you have to offer. you really signed on, read this entire thread, and your contribution to your blog buddy is that..


Your a lap dog. But if that makes you feel vital and involved, you go with toni.. 


Just hit the "like" button. basically know your place. 


When somebody gives a speech, there is always that useless person who stands in back shouting " yeah!" " Yeah, thats right" "yeah". He isn't important, but he wants to believe he is important.. That could be you, on your good day.


That is definitely you. Not smart enough to be his own man, and weak enough to not try to be his own man. Like that fish attached to edge of sharks mouth. You can't make your own way, so you live off the crumbs of another..


When one of the important guys gets hurt, they need somebody to stand in. No talent, just somebody to fill a spot. Yeah, that could be you- the fourth stooge. You add nothing, your just standing around hoping somebody has a use for you..


I LOVE that Wang is a ruthless businessman.If your gonna quote me, then at least be accurate.. 


That is how you get to be a billionaire, and own a hockey team. In a contact sport like business- nice guys finish last. 


Or how you wind up in a studio apartment cooking on a George Foreman grill with canned veggies..


A little more ruthless, and you might one day have a  bedroom, fresh veggies and a stove to cook them on.


well, you get that nose fixed, and stop sticking it where it shouldn't be- the back side of tag is where i refer.



tag1
tag1

You're a gutless brown nose rm who can't face reality, obviously someone who calls Scott Gordon a great coach has no clue what the word great means.

Try to learn how the NHL works, it's a playoff driven league, no one but losers like you care about regular season results. The owner going 15 years and GM going 9 years without winning a playoff series is anything but great.

I wouldn't expect a square badge who used to go on coffee runs for everyone to understand the difference between real success and failure, the big boys would tell you what to think and you would just say "yes sir" to guys like me.

You have some brown on your nose I don't know if it's from wang or snow but go clean it. Keeping a folder of comments made on here, PATHETIC.

Go Tama
Go Tama

Isles need to purge the roster of guys who want to play on the perimeter like Frans & Grabner, need another D man who is mean ( Jackman !!! ) I'd like the Isles to sign Stewart if he goes FA, tough player who will go to the dirty area's and will pop someone who goons his teammate.

Don22
Don22

@Go Tama I hope you will send Donovan packing too then.  He plays small himself.  

donjohnson
donjohnson

I wish I could meet 41, 55, and 2, and thank them face to face for giving 110% throughout the playoffs.  Every single other player on this team who didnt finish their checks, skate hard, or get mentally ready for the grind needs to see the example they set night in and night out.  Effort, heart, and NO QUIT.  Without them showing up there would be very little positives to take away from this...other than hopefully Mayfields emergence as a potential 3rd line D man next year.  Ive got news for you the playoffs are two months of pure torture, whoever can take it gets a chance at the cup...gotta get much tougher in the offseason.

doc942
doc942

@donjohnson What about 15, 17, 53, 91, 21, 42, 18, 37, 14 etc.  You don't think those guys played their tails off?  I don't think effort was the problem.  It was execution in the offensive zone.

time2win
time2win

@donjohnson and to think halak could have folded after that softy against philly.  he did a tremendous job rebounding.  it's just tough to win games when you score 1 goal.

rmvacation
rmvacation

As if a player is gonna dog it(in the playoffs) and sit in the same room with the other guys who are killing them selves all over the ice..

So your point is players were dogging it, and nobody in the room is up to calling them out on it. Couldn't disagree more. When you critic effort, you also critic the players who permit those players to dog it.

I think your point is way off base. These guys play hard, and the guy next to them in the room won't let them slack.

islefansince72
islefansince72

@doc942 @donjohnson  effort may not be the problem. Passiveness was definitely a problem for several. We hear "Higher standard". To get to next level, improvements must be made. A handful of players really hurt this team in playoffs:

51-the winning goal was a perfect example of his passiveness. Mike Bossy pointed out this play in nicer words. The series was lost on that play because, similar to throughout the series, 51 was totally passive and gave WAY too much time & space. That play was a disgrace for a veteran like him. Got caught totally flatfooted playing a skilled player.

At his age, he should be shopped. He should know better. Also, so tired of him on PP. He is supposed to cover point. Never does and we constantly have puck cleared on PP because of this. Watch where our "pointman" goes on PP, it's ridiculous. Also, has even lost a bit of his touch in shootouts.

29-scratched for good reason. Seemed to have lost the will to go to net, which was where he scored all his early season goals. Also look at other plays where he had chance to hit someone, particularly OV and 29 backed off.

Both have terrible face off %s and we all know how that has hurt the team all year. Actually JT and 53 both had decent faceoff %s all year.

44-terrible series, terrible 2nd half. Was getting scratched for good reason. Coughs up puck way too much, too tentative at times. Could argue the point that he lost game 5 when he fanned on clearing attempt in front of net. Caps scored & floodgates open on a tight game. All too typical play for him. Played scared. Mayfield was a huge improvement in the 2 games he played.


doc942
doc942

@islefansince72 @doc942 @donjohnson I won't disagree with some of your examples. The post above however specifically stated that only 41, 55 and 2 played with 100% and EVERYONE ELSE didn't.... I disagree wholeheartedly with that statement.

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHRISTIAN ARNOLD AND BRIAN ERNI FOR A GREAT YEAR! I must admit I was a bit skeptical when Kevin Shultz resigned from IPB last year, but the transition was seamless and the content you provided was outstanding. Although I have never posted a comment until now, I check IPB at least once a day and truly look forward to reading your commentary on my favorite team. 


To all other Isles fans, please join me in thanking Christian and Brian for making IPB the best fan site in sports. 


I look forward to reading you guys over the summer. 

jdt5707
jdt5707

It would be nice if they could stop the Knicks comments

strike19
strike19

It will never work in Brooklyn. Most of the players on this team don't like the move. No hockey player wants to live in Brooklyn.

topshelf
topshelf

@strike19 That is just a stupid and ignorant comment!  Do you think they would live in the ghetto? or is that all there is in Brooklyn?  Please enlighten the rest of us here. If you want the burbs the Todt Hill in SI, Manhattan, bayridge, prospect heights, or dyker are all multi-million dollar homes. So stop dreaming that they are moving back the league will not allow it. everything has to go back to the NHL's approval.  Also leddy and boychuck signed because that hate brooklyn...TOOL!

strike19
strike19

@topshelf @strike19 Name me the players that live in Brooklyn. Go ahead. Leddy and Boychuk live in Nassau County. There's a reason they intend to still practice in Nassau...because the players want to live near where they practice and the players do not want to live in Brooklyn

rmvacation
rmvacation

@strike- the team currently plays in Nassau- so why would they live in Brooklyn?

I would imagine a guy in his early 20's pulling down a near $1 million salary might find some fun things to do in NYC full time..

Of course the move was announced, and Leddy and Boychuk later agreed to long term deals...so I think your post is on very weak ground..

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

jaro was incredible last night, and for the majority of this series.  wish the boys were able to produce a little more offense for him.