On Tuesday Mitch and Matt recorded the most recent Eyes on Isles New York Islanders podcast. It was fresh off of Doug Weight’s comments following the loss to Columbus and the wounds were still fresh with both site experts.
After a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight let the fans know his opinion on their energy levels.
In case you haven’t yet heard the comments I’m going to link to the MSG video here. So you can listen to the entire clip and not just the section where he mentions the energy level of the crowd. The question starts at about the 2:18 mark of the video.
Note that Doug isn’t asked about the crowd at all. The question he’s answering is what can the coaching staff do to improve the current situation with so little time left in the season in order to do so.
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Now, to be fair to Doug, these media spots are so soon after the game that it’s hard to collect one’s thoughts and composure before having mics put in front of your face. And he’s since walked those comments back a bit.
But what’s clear from the comments is Doug Weight, and by extension, his coaching staff are backed into a corner here. They don’t know what to do anymore. And so now they’re lashing out. After just over a full season behind the bench and a fresh group of coaches, they’re out of ideas.
What Else Did We Talk About
We talked for almost a full hour, don’t worry we didn’t just go over the Doug Weight comments. There are other things on our minds regarding the New York Islanders.
- Thomas Greiss is arguably the worst goaltender in the league. And Matt has numbers to back it up.
- Ross Johnston has been a pleasant surprise for the New York Islanders. His success should put to bed any talk of bringing Matt Martin and his big contract back to Long Island. (Unfortunately).
- Mathew Barzal was benched for key parts of the Islanders 3-2 loss against the Calgary Flames at home. What kind of message did that send to the team and the fans?
The New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers tonight it what should be an emotional bounce-back game. Last time they met the Islanders routed their cross-river rivals 7-2. Hopefully, its more of the same this time. Cause the team can use any emotional lift they can get.