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2007-08 NY Islanders Season Thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Begbie, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    So, the last day of the offseason is tomorrow and training camp starts Friday. There were really good things that happened...and some really unfortunately bad things.

    Bad:
    2006-07 Players Gone - Blake, Smyth, Yashin, Kozlov, Zednik, Poti, Robitaille, Asham, and Hill gone...all totaling 144 goals scored (granted, Smyth scored majority of his with Edmonton). Whatever core the Isles had built was dismantled. I think we expected some changes, but I don't think anyone one of us expected them to be this drastic.

    Free Agents went elsewhere - The Isles admittedly, actively pursued top level talent. Yet, most never gave the Isles the time of day. Losing Smyth was the toughest pill to swallow.

    Good:
    Yashin and Milbury gone - Arguably the best news of the summer. Having Yashin and Milbury tied to this team hurt the Isles' image. Cutting ties only shows that the team is trying to better it's image around the league AND more importantly, in the dressing room. We are a much better team without "the Captain".

    Guerin, Comrie, Feds, Sim, Sutton, Vasicek - Each one of these newly signed players brings something different to this team. Naming Guerin as captain will go down as a very smart decision. And giving a guy like Mike Comrie the opportunity to shine in a first line center role is worth a shot. If he flops, the Isles can release him next summer and try their hand at convincing a top line free agent center to sign.

    Hempstead Turnpike Bullies? - The Isles depth charts got extremely tougher. They signed Kip Brennan, Tim Jackman, Chris Simon, Jon Sim, Andy Sutton, and invited Gordie Dwyer to camp (a few other names that escape me at the moment).

    Bergie's Back! - Having Sean Bergenheim signed is huge. This could very well be his breakout season.


    Now for my personal player forecasts (in player's numerical order). I'm sure I'll be made a fool midseason when I'm totally wrong. I'm also leaving out a few minor-leaguers:

    4 Bryan Berard - He will be signed and he will quarterback the Isles PP. There will be some defensive shortcomings...but he will tighten his game and be slightly better than Poti.

    7 Trent Hunter - Trent will have a very good year...and he will be at his best offensively during the crucial times of the season. 25 goals is achievable.

    8 Bruno Gervais - Bruno will play in Bridgeport most of this year since he has a two-way contract. He'll have a relatively good year in the Bridge and it will be good for his development.

    10 Richard Park - We'll see more of the same from Parky...exceptional pk'er and good for the occasional clutch goal.

    11 Andy Hilbert - Andy is the big question mark. He'll either have a breakout season...or he'll prove that he's just not going to be an impact player. I'm guessing the latter.

    12 Chris Simon - Simon will quietly return and continue being a leader in the lockerroom. He'll be good for a dozen goals, but his physical/intimidating play will continue to fade.

    13 Bill Guerin - It'll take some time to adjust to his new role, but Guerin will thrive as a leader in the lockerroom. I think he'll get a slow start on the scoresheet early, but will still be a 30-goal scorer.

    14 Chris Campoli - This will be Campoli's big year. Offensively, he'll be better and he'll see more ice time.

    15 Jeff Tambellini - With the logjam of forwards, I just don't see room for Tambs. And that's unfortunate because I think he's ready. If there's an injury, he will step up and prove to Nolan that he belongs in the NHL.

    16 Jon Sim - Sim will play a similar role as Park...except Sim will lay out some heavy hits. Nothing special, but effective.

    17 Shawn Bates - Bates will injure his groin yet again and be eventually forced to retire at the end of the season. :icon_cool

    18 Mike Sillinger - Silly will continue to be our faceoff specialist, taking big draws when needed. He'll have around 27 goals this year.

    20 Sean Bergenheim - Bergie will come out flying. I see him in the 40-point range, but he'll become our big pest on the ice and some games, he'll even singlehandedly affect the outcome.

    25 Andy Sutton - Sutton's physical game will be great for DiPi, but I see some offensive spark coming from him this year.

    26 Ruslan Fedetenko - Each year, there's somebody that has a bad season. And I think Fedetenko will struggle this year.

    27 Jeremy Colliton - Another year in the Bridge...hopefully injury free.

    32 Brendan Witt - More of the same goodness. I envision a more heated rivalry with Pittsburgh...thanks to Witt, Bergie, Sutton, and Sim.

    34 Wade Dubielewicz - Dubie won't go undefeated like last year, but he will be a very good backup to DiPi.

    39 Rick DiPietro - He will have another 30+ win season and will singlehandedly keep the Isles in the race.

    44 Freddy Meyer - A better season when called upon...he'll spend alot of time in the pressbox though.

    47 Marc Andre Bergeron - My boldest prediction yet...Bergeron WILL have 22 goals. He won't be as sound defensively, but he will be the reason our power play will be effective.

    51 Frans Nielsen - Will spend majority of the season in the Bridge...but will have a breakout season there.

    57 Blake Comeau - Also in the Bridge...but will be 2nd in scoring there (behind Tambs).

    63 Josef Vasicek - Good third line center with offensive upside, but we'll be frustrated with his Kvashaesque inconsistency.

    81 Miro Satan - He'll have his best season with the Isles...ironically in his contract year. 35-40 goals. He'll go the way of Blake though in the end. He's gone at the deadline if we're out of the race.

    89 Mike Comrie - Tough call. I think he's more likely going to thrive as our first line center with all of that extra ice time. He'll be in the 70 point range and be better overall than any season Yashin was here. But I also see the Isles having an opportunity to acquire a more established first line center later in the year, and I think they'll go for it. That would probably cause Comrie to test free agency again. But he could very well end up as our 2nd line center for seasons to come

    Overall...it'll be another very wide open race for the final 3 playoff spots, but the Isles will be in the thick of it again. If I had to guess...I will say the Isles will grab 6th. Might be a little high... but we will learn who the backbone of this franchise is and it's DiPi and Nolan. If Ted can work his magic and get the most out of these guys, we will grab 6th. However, I think we'll have a tough time against our division opponents...and that alone, may kill our chances.

    Here's to a great season boys! :D

    Please lock the offseason thread.
     
  2. Cromwell

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    Way to go, Begs.

    Yeah, there's a lot of buzz around our team. A lot of high expectations.

    One theme remains constant:

    "In Ted We Trust"

    There's been some good team analysis at the official site.

    Here's some links to those:

    The Goalies
    http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=337115&page=NewsPage&service=page

    The Forwards
    http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=337071&page=NewsPage&service=page

    The Defense
    http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=336942

    Bring on the hockey season! :icon_cool
     
  3. hulkster29

    hulkster29 Trimptramping under a bridge

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    nice review.. I guess with all those guys going, I forgot the most important thing - WE HAVE TED NOLAN!! I think he will have a huge bearing this year as this team moves forward.. This team will have a lot of heart, grit, and hunger ..

    And who is this "Bates" guy??? :)




    GO ISLES!!!
     
  4. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    Begbie great 1st post. The Islanders also signed Darryl Bootland from the Red Wings organization. Bootland loves and I mean loves to toss the body around and mix it up. He is probably the best fighter we had since Mick Vukota and Ken Baumgartner. The Islanders did add a lot of toughness in the offseason but with the lack scoring this will be another long year on the Island.

    It is great to have Sean Berganheim back into the fold. One of the biggest mistakes the Wang Dynasty made last year. His grit and intensity in front of the net was missed.

    As of right now here is how I rate the team.

    Fowards:C+
    Defense: B
    Goaltending:D
    Special Teams:C

    Training camp should be quite interesting with Bryan Berard in the fold. I just hope he has the legs left and the heart.

    I am not going to have high hopes this year. Just another season on Island.




    The Islanders and 102 will return one day...
     
  5. TheGooch

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    I'm afraid anyone with high expectations will be disappointed. Isles will have a tough time fighting it out to get a playoff spot when almost all the teams in their division improved, while they tried to equalize from buy-outs, and free agent defections. you can never say never, especially with Nolan at the helm...but they have a LOT of work to do.

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=9066
     
  6. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    FAZ8218 Good eeeeeeeevening.
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    Boooooo Booooooo Boooooo! :action-sm



    Hooray for hockey! :icon_mrgr
     
  8. Fr. Dougal

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    If for no other reason... you guys will do better this season because Poti is gone. ;)

    Now... is there any chance we can convince you to take Malik off our hands?
     
  9. TheGooch

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    Poti was a valuable asset who thrived in the "new" NHL away from the NYR boo-birds. He had 44 pts and did well as a PP QB under Nolan. Not perfect, but very good. Right now we have a gaping hole as PP QB, and only Bryan Berard for a tryout as a possibility.
     
  10. Mother Shucker

    Mother Shucker I'm over here now.

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    Let's Go Islanders.
     
  11. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    Let's Go Sound Tigers!!!!
     
  12. Papagolash

    Papagolash 24.24.2.2194 [Incarcerated]
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    mik3 fornicating madly

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    Shoulda looked at bringing Tarnstrom back before he went back to Edmonton.
     
  14. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    Actually, that's not a bad logo...better than the Star's "vagina" a few years ago. :clap:

    I got a chuckle.
     
  15. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    I got a game worn of one those Stars jerseys. Never heard it put that way before. If you look at the Muskegon Fury logo of the IHL (2.0) it looks like toilet bowl flushing.

    The Islanders are having a party on September 15 to launch the shitty jerseys. Bobby Nystrom and whatever alumni live on LI will be there signing auto graphs beginning at 10 am. Nystrom will be signing at 1pm.
     
  16. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    I got a game worn of one those Stars jerseys. Never heard it put that way before. If you look at the Muskegon Fury logo of the IHL (2.0) it looks like toilet bowl flushing.

    The Islanders are having a party on September 15 to launch the shitty jerseys. Bobby Nystrom and whatever alumni live on LI will be there signing auto graphs beginning at 10 am. Nystrom will be signing at 1pm.
     
  17. Cromwell

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    Well, as expected - badcellfan posts *one* whole positive message about the Islanders - and then immediately goes into "bash mode".

    I kinda wish he just stayed with his "snit"

    And Papagolash - you're a mod here - does this signal the fact that we can now go and bash other teams in their respective topics? Because, I gotta lot I can say about your team.

    As for Begbie's *terrific* preview - I have a few thoughts:

    >So, training camp starts! There were really good things that
    happened...and some really unfortunately bad things.

    Bad:
    2006-07 Players Gone - Blake, Smyth, Yashin, Kozlov, Zednik, Poti,
    Robitaille, Asham, and Hill gone...all totaling 144 goals scored
    (granted, Smyth scored majority of his with Edmonton). Whatever core
    the Isles had built was dismantled. I think we expected some
    changes, but I don't think anyone one of us expected them to be this drastic.


    *****

    I'm sooo over these changes. It seems like such ancient history to me already.

    > Free Agents went elsewhere - The Isles admittedly, actively pursued top level talent. Yet, most never gave the Isles the time of day. Losing Smyth was the toughest pill to swallow.

    There's a part of me that is rooting for him to fall on his face and have a
    mediocre (or worse) season. Its only for the Colorado residents who are also fellow Islanders fans (because of certain players who came onto our team last season) that I have mixed emotions about this guy.

    > Good:
    Yashin and Milbury gone - Arguably the best news of the summer.
    Having Yashin and Milbury tied to this team hurt the Isles' image.
    Cutting ties only shows that the team is trying to better it's image around
    the league AND more importantly, in the dressing room. We are a much better teamwithout "the Captain".


    No arguments from me there.

    > Guerin

    Yeah!


    > Comrie

    Yeah!


    > Feds, Sim, Sutton, Vasicek - Each one of these newly
    signed players brings something different to this team. Naming
    Guerin as captain will go down as a very smart decision. And giving
    a guy like Mike Comrie the opportunity to shine in a first line
    center role is worth a shot.


    Agreed.


    > Hempstead Turnpike Bullies? - The Isles depth charts got extremely
    tougher. They signed Kip Brennan, Tim Jackman, Chris Simon, Jon Sim, Andy
    Sutton, and invited Gordie Dwyer to camp (a few other names that escape me at the moment).


    Kicking butts and taking names.



    > Bergie's Back! - Having Sean Bergenheim signed is huge. This could
    very well be his breakout season.

    He'll be our Blake this year - plain and simple. He's a dazzling speedster on
    ice. I saw it with my own two eyes in Bridgeport.


    > Now for my personal player forecasts (in player's numerical order).
    I'm sure I'll be made a fool midseason when I'm totally wrong. I'm
    also leaving out a few minor-leaguers:

    > 4 Bryan Berard - He will be signed and he will quarterback the Isles PP. There will be some defensive shortcomings...but he will tighten his game and be slightly better than Poti.


    We're all hoping for the revival of BB.



    > 7 Trent Hunter - Trent will have a very good year...and he will be
    at his best offensively during the crucial times of the season. 25
    goals is achievable.

    8 Bruno Gervais - Bruno will play in Bridgeport most of this year
    since he has a two-way contract. He'll have a relatively good year
    in the Bridge and it will be good for his development.

    10 Richard Park - We'll see more of the same from
    Parky...exceptional pk'er and good for the occasional clutch goal.

    11 Andy Hilbert - Andy is the big question mark. He'll either have a
    breakout season...or he'll prove that he's just not going to be an
    impact player. I'm guessing the latter.

    > 12 Chris Simon - Simon will quietly return and continue being a
    leader in the lockerroom. He'll be good for a dozen goals, but his
    physical/intimidating play will continue to fade.



    I disagree. I think his "physical intimidation" will *increase*. Will he fight
    more? Probably not. Do other players still fear an altercation with him? I'm
    betting yes.



    > 13 Bill Guerin - It'll take some time to adjust to his new role, but Guerin
    will thrive as a leader in the lockerroom. I think he'll get a slow start on the
    scoresheet early, but will still be a 30-goal scorer.


    Billy G will be one of our brightest new stars.


    > 14 Chris Campoli - This will be Campoli's big year. Offensively,
    he'll be better and he'll see more ice time.

    15 Jeff Tambellini - With the logjam of forwards, I just don't see
    room for Tambs. And that's unfortunate because I think he's ready.
    If there's an injury, he will step up and prove to Nolan that he
    belongs in the NHL.

    16 Jon Sim - Sim will play a similar role as Park...except Sim will
    lay out some heavy hits. Nothing special, but effective.

    17 Shawn Bates - Bates will injure his groin yet again and be
    eventually forced to retire at the end of the season.

    18 Mike Sillinger - Silly will continue to be our faceoff
    specialist, taking big draws when needed. He'll have around 27 goals this year.

    20 Sean Bergenheim - Bergie will come out flying. I see him in the
    40-point range, but he'll become our big pest on the ice and some
    games, he'll even singlehandedly affect the outcome.

    25 Andy Sutton - Sutton's physical game will be great for DiPi, but
    I see some offensive spark coming from him this year.

    26 Ruslan Fedetenko - Each year, there's somebody that has a bad
    season. And I think Fedetenko will struggle this year.

    27 Jeremy Colliton - Another year in the Bridge...hopefully injury
    free.

    > 32 Brendan Witt - More of the same goodness. I envision a more
    heated rivalry with Pittsburgh...thanks to Witt, Bergie, Sutton, and Sim.


    Witty will be back as the "alternate Captain". He's a leader on and off the
    ice.



    > 34 Wade Dubielewicz - Dubie won't go undefeated like last year, but
    he will be a very good backup to DiPi.

    > 39 Rick DiPietro - He will have another 30+ win season and will
    singlehandedly keep the Isles in the race.


    The Franchise. Plain and simple. There's only 1 Islander "fan" I know who
    doesn't like him. And I'm beginning to wonder if that guy isn't just a little
    bit retarded.


    > 44 Freddy Meyer - A better season when called upon...he'll spend
    alot of time in the pressbox though.

    47 Marc Andre Bergeron - My boldest prediction yet...Bergeron WILL
    have 22 goals. He won't be as sound defensively, but he will be the
    reason our power play will be effective.

    51 Frans Nielsen - Will spend majority of the season in the
    Bridge...but will have a breakout season there.

    57 Blake Comeau - Also in the Bridge...but will be 2nd in scoring
    there (behind Tambs).

    63 Josef Vasicek - Good third line center with offensive upside, but
    we'll be frustrated with his Kvashaesque inconsistency.

    81 Miro Satan - He'll have his best season with the
    Isles...ironically in his contract year. 35-40 goals. He'll go the
    way of Blake though in the end. He's gone at the deadline if we're
    out of the race.

    > 89 Mike Comrie - Tough call. I think he's more likely going to
    thrive as our first line center with all of that extra ice time.
    He'll be in the 70 point range and be better overall than any season Yashin
    was here. But I also see the Isles having an opportunity to acquire a more
    established first line center later in the year, and I think they'll go for it.
    That would probably cause Comrie to test free agency again. But he could very well end up as our 2nd line center for seasons to come

    Not so sure about that. I'm going to give M-Com a chance to also be a star with our team - for more than just 1 year.

    > Overall...it'll be another very wide open race for the final 3
    playoff spots, but the Isles will be in the thick of it again. If I
    had to guess...I will say the Isles will grab 6th. Might be a little
    high... but we will learn who the backbone of this franchise is and
    it's DiPi and Nolan. If Ted can work his magic and get the most out
    of these guys, we will grab 6th. However, I think we'll have a tough time
    against our division opponents...and that alone, may kill our chances.

    Every game against The Devils, Pittsburgh and the Blueskirts will be a dogfight, no doubt. But *that* is what is going to make this hockey season so exciting.

    Great preview and predictions Begbie.
     
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    Good luck bro's
     
  19. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    Happy New Year Sack of Chisels. I'd like a Chisels of some ice cream right now. (Hebrew thing).

    BTW...Let's Go Utah Grizzlies.

    The Islanders and 102 will return one day...
     
  20. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    According to Greg Logan...Eric Cairns has retired and accompanied the team to Moncton as a player's "advisor". He'll apparently be part of the organization in some capacity and that's good to see cuz he is one helluva guy.
     
  21. TheGooch

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    per Isles VP of Media Relations, Chris Botta, only for training camp. Thats it.
     
  22. Begbie

    Begbie Wackbag Generalissimo

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    Yeah, it was hard to read what Botta said in that blog...reading it more closely he says that Cairns is there to help out for training camp...but it looks like he'll take part in future alumni events. I think it'll still lead to a position with the Islanders (ala Webby), but who knows.

    Then we can hear all of those Islander haters with there..."I just heard the Isles named Eric Fichaud asst goalie coach" or "Wang made the coliseum janitor the team president". HAHAHAHAHA!!!! HARHARHAR!!! What a hoot.

    Ugh.
     
  23. ol' Cabey leg

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    I just grabbed 13 tickets off of Stubhub for the Isles/Habs game on Friday in Montreal. Going there for a bachelor party and they happen to be playing the Isles. Can't fucking Wait!!!!!!


    Here are some of my expectations...

    4 Berard: He could replace Poti on the PP. Not so much at even strength. PP could be dangerous(offensively and defensively) with him and MAB back there.

    7 Hunter: Really found a good linemate in Sillinger. I expect around 30 goals. Not too crazy considering he had around 5 goals in his first 40 games last season and 15 in the last 40 after being put together with Silli.

    8 Gervais: Even though he has a 2 way deal, I think he will be on the team. And he will make huge strides this season. Nolan stuck with him all last year, I don't see him losing his spot now. Bridge would be a step backwards.

    10 Park: Same as last yerar. Good Pk and 4th liner. Around 10 goals

    11 Hilbert: I think he loses his spot on the Sillinger line to Jon Sim. Not sure where he will end up. Very hard to judge him. He only had 8 goals last year, but he hit 45 posts.

    12 Simon: Same as last year. Around 12 goals and he will frustrate me with his lack of physical play. Great guy in the locker room and his size is needed. But he never really uses that size. Teams just seem to think he does and don't take any liberties with him out there.

    13 Guerin: Around 30 goals. Good captain. We will get much more respect from the refs now that he has the C.

    14 Campoli: Had a horrible year last season. He has a one way deal and Bruno has 2. But, talent wise he is number 7. I think he is competing with Berard for the last spot right now. If Berard beats him, he may be traded.

    15 Tambellini: Another guy with a two way deal. He has played 3 years of college, 2 1/2 in the AHL and 40+ NHL games. He is as ready as he ever will be. He has nothing left to gain from being in the AHL. He belongs on this team, I just don't know how they will do it.

    16 Sim: As I said earlier, He will take Hilbert's spot on the 3rd line. 17 goals the last 2 years in limited ice time. Atlanta fans really liked him and i'm excited to see what he can add.

    17 Bates: He still isn't 100% and probably never will be. Waive him.

    18 Sillinger: I think his numbers will go down a little bit. I expect around 20 goals and 50 points. Will continue to be one of the most valuable players on the team.

    20 Bergenheim: Really excited to see him this year. I expect around 30-40 pts. And he will be a good spark plug.

    24 Martinek: HOW COULD YOU FORGET HIM BEGBIE? Hopefully he is healthy. And hopefully he stays that way. If he does he will be our best defenseman. One of the most underrated guys in the league.

    25 Sutton: Atlanta fans hated him. Jagr owned him in the playoffs. That scares me, but it's nice to have another guy who can clear the crease. He could go either way I think.

    26 Fedetenko: I think he plays with Guerin and Comrie and will put up some decent numbers. Maybe around 50 pts.

    27 Colliton: Brideport

    32 Witt: Same as last year. Great guy to have on the team.

    34 Dubie: Finally gets the backup spot he deserves. Everything that i've seen from him says that he'll do well for us.

    39 Dipi: Will continue to grow. Once again will be a top 10 goalie in the league. AS long as he stays in the net like he did last year. He will carry us when/if it is needed.

    44 Meyer: Bridegport. I think he is around 9 on the depth chart based on the wy he played last year. Aaron Johnson played 60 games for Columbus last yea and he is a better dman than Freddy.

    47 MAB: I agree that he will have 20-25 goals. Always scares me when he rushes the puck. But, his offensive numbers will make up for that.

    51 Nielsen: Another year in the Bridge developing. He is at least 2 years away from the NHL.

    57 Comeau: I think we will see him a little more with the Isles this year. Everybody seems to really like him.

    63 Vasicek: 3rd line center. Hopefully Teddy can motivate him. If he can then Vasicek has the skills to have a pretty good year. If he can't hopefully he is traded to make room for somebody else who wants it more.

    81 Satan: Best and last year as an Islander.

    89 Comrie: I really like him. We'll see if he is first line calibre though. He'll put in 30-35 for 70-80 pts I think. Hopefully we can sign him to an extension during the season. If not he may walk.

    ?? Andy Mcdonald: I really liked him during the rookie camp and I think he will make huge strides towards being an NHL defenseman. Look for him to be on this team next year or the year after.


    I'm really looking forward to this season. A little scared about the offense, but no matter what we will be a very gritty team. Should be fun to watch. We'll probably be in same spot as last year. Battling with 6 other teams for 3 or 4 spots.

    Worst case this year, next years draft is really deep. If we bomb. We trade Comrie, Fedetenko, Satan, Berard, Park, Simon, Vasicek, Satan at the deadline and we will be STACKED for the next few drafts. Actually worst case would be that we are still in it at the deadline and dont make any moves then end up in the 9th spot and all of those guys walk. I think we'll be fine though.

    IN TED WE TRUST!!!!(making WA WA WA WA noise with my hand and mouth)
     
  24. TheGooch

    TheGooch Banned

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    yeah, I just asked him directly. I had misinterpreted it that he was part of the organization from Botta's blog.

    There is an article today on the official site about Dunham and how he got the goalie coach gig. Pretty good read.
     
  25. badcellphoneguy

    badcellphoneguy Kansas City...Kansas City here they come!

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    You mean the Dina is not director of player relations?!? WTF. Lol


    The Islanders and 102 will return one day...
     

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