Mar 7, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Eric Boulton (36) controls the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period of an NHL game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

When A Team Loves Its Fighter : Isles Re-Sign Boulton


Mar 16, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Eric Boulton (36) fights with Florida Panthers right wing George Parros as linesman Tim Nowack watches in the first period at the BB

Uniondale, N.Y. – ‘Time, Love & Tenderness’,  ‘Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay’ and who can forget ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’? All great hits by Michael Bolton. What the Islanders want with him, I have no idea. Wait, no that’s Michael BOLTON.  Today the Isles re-signed Eric BOULTON! OHHH! Nevermind.

Seriously though. Why? Number 36 will be 37 at the beginning of the season. He played in a total of 15 games for the Isles in 2013 and not a single playoff game. If they thought that much of him, they could have played him more often right? This is a real head scratcher to me; especially with all the young guys they have waiting in the wings. This just further clogs up the works.

I am all for protecting John Tavares and making sure he can go about his business. But Eric Boulton? Isn’t that what Matt Carkner is for? At least Matt Carkner can play.

Just when you thought, “hey, the Isles are really getting their act together in the front office!” Not so fast! The Islanders always have tricks up their sleeves and when it comes as a surprise with this franchise, it’s rarely a great idea.

Maybe he will surprise us and show this incredible work ethic. He will come out and start putting pucks in the net. He will then play more than 8 minutes a game. We will all look back at this blog post and laugh at the greatness that Boulton achieved.

A guy can dream can’t he?

-EB

 

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