The New York Islanders are the worst team in the NHL. That winning ride was fun while it lasted, but here we are, back where we started. Is time for the Isles to retool or rebuild?
It’s a tough question to answer. First of all the New York Islanders have only played 20 games of their 82 game season. So, anything can happen still. Although honestly incredibly unlikely.
Second, and probably more importantly, fans just don’t have the appetite to go through a rebuild. This year was supposed to be about going forward, not about taking a step back. Admitting failure on this rebuild, the one that started ten years ago just doesn’t sit right with fans.
And rightfully so. They put their emotional faith in the hands of Garth Snow to take this team out from under the terrible Mike Milbury years and bring them to the promised land. To the upper echelons of the NHL.
And as a repayment on that faith, we get Andrew Ladd and dismissive comments from the GM in impromptu media scrums. Awesome.
Rebuilding after a rebuild isn’t fun. Ask the Edmonton Oilers fans how they felt after year ten without a single playoff appearance to show for it.