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Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 3/8/2014


One has to wonder at this point what it takes to hold onto a third period lead for the New York Islanders. For the second straight time and 18th on the season, a two goal evaporated in the last 20 minutes as the Calgary Flames were the team this time to victimize Jack Capuano‘s squad.

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Is it coaching? Is it the result of so many rookies on the ice that don’t know how to win yet? Almost impossible to pin down, the one thing we do know is that the fanbase has become downright hostile at this point and is searching for answers.

The frustration is warranted given the team’s inability to string together cohesiveness in the front office with victories on the ice, last season notwithstanding. After the lack of return seen in the Thomas Vanek trade on Wednesday, just one day removed from getting good value for Andrew MacDonald, misguided protests are being planned for next Saturday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres.

To further explain my use of ‘misguided’, there is something fans extremely frustrated and fed up with their team can do. Stop going to games, stop buying merchandise or worst yet, follow another club. Send a well written, mature letter explaining your feelings to the Islanders front office.

Protesting at the Coliseum during a game in which the man supposedly in the cross hairs will NOT be at does nothing but further frustrate the players on the ice and show other players around the league why NOT to sign here and play in front of you. Take a look at other clubs around the league who have not had much success in both facets the Islanders seem to be struggling in (and there are others)…fans still flock to arena’s around the league in Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Nashville and Edmonton to name a few. There are no protests being planned around the sure loss for nothing of Mike Camalleri or the trade of Roberto Luongo. How about the continued losses in Edmonton or the lack of promise out of Winnipeg? And those are hockey hot-beds in Canada, where the game trumps all.

The Islanders have had a very rough season and so has general manager Garth Snow. This is not to praise the work he has done in the last 12 months, but is the level of expectation that great every single year that no mistakes are afforded? Or does the fanbase feel the collective ‘rebuild’ is just not working at all in any capacity?

Fans are entitled to think whatever they wish. Opinions should be respected no matter which side of the fence you sit on. But think before you act and make sure it has a difference without hurting the 20 guys you supposedly cheer for every night. Or it will fall the way of the silly ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest that included many who had no real idea why they were even there in the first place.

 

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Across The Sound

Kevin Poulin was strong in goal for Bridgeport but eventually the Sound Tigers dropped a 3-2 decision to the White Caps last night. Poulin, back and playing games after sitting on the bench in Long Island, made 35 saves in defeat and Johan Sundstrom and Joey Martin collected the goals for the baby Islanders. You can read the official recap right here.

The two teams return to the ice Saturday night for the second game of their weekend series at Mile One Centre. (c/o Soundtigers.com)

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  • Dom

    Andy, read the lengthy post I sent to EyesOnIsles…I’m absolutely positive I’ve nailed it. Time to take away the “pass” given to Wang with his Barclay’s deal. HE NEEDS to cut the crap and get serious with his DECISION MAKING with regards to management. Sure, he can keep running things “his” way because he’s the owner, but the fan base will be NON-EXISTENT in Brooklyn and I’m not quite sure that’s what he wants OR needs. Smarten up Chuckie!!!!!!!!!!!! If you’re NOT sure what to do, I”M JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY….I WILL PROPERLY ADVISE YOU.

  • Dom

    Don’t forget, it was “I’m NOT a Hockey Guy” Wang( on record with saying that) who FIRED a highly respected GM in Neil Smith after 41 days because Smith would not go along with the CIRCUS B.S. of being one of 6 guys on a “committee” to report back to King Charles and have decisions made based on EVERYONE’S input. That’s a bunch of crap. Smith should have been allowed to make coaching( although hiring Nolan the same day was a great move) and player personnel moves. Wang needs to bring Smith back, GET THE HECK out of the way and let Neil get this this straightened out. A guy who knows nothing about hockey has 6 guys reporting back to him regarding the team’s activities? What good is that?….he has no idea what all 6 are talking about! I’m sorry guys, but it’s time to point the finger where it belongs at this stage, and that’s at WANG! I’m telling you, he’s gonna EFF up this transition to Brooklyn….this is the time where the team should be rolling. NOT FLOUNDERING again as it has for years. These guys JUST DON’T GET IT.

  • Danfromouteast

    The other teams you posted that are playing subpar hockey have one thing the islanders don’t… An owner willing to make changes in GM or coaching areas to shake the team up where the owner of the islanders Wang just sits back and does nothing so us as fans feel a huge sense of hopelessness. That’s the key difference

  • joseph swan

    For all those Wang haters like me Wang is selling his share of the team, should be done before the beginning of the season. Good rid ons Wang you sacked as an owner. Cheap too