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New York Islanders: 10 Step Plan To Fix The Franchise

By Matt O'Leary
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 05: The New York Islanders leave the ice following a 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on January 5, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

After a disappointing 2017-2018 campaign, the New York Islanders need a facelift. I put on my Owner and General Manager hat and fix the Islanders.

The 2017-2018 New York Islanders season had a lot of promise. After switching to Doug Weight the Islanders improved immensely and finished 24-12-4 to close out the 2016-2017 year. Hopes were high headed into this year, and fans were let down.

The Islanders gave us two decent months of hockey before completely shutting down. Despite mediocre goalie play, the Islanders found themselves in second place of the Metro towards the end of November.

Since the calendar flipped to December the Islanders have just 37 points. Only Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver have less in the time span.

The free fall is real ladies and gentleman and it was arguably the most important year this franchise has had in a long time. In John Tavares’ walk year the Islanders are going to miss out on the playoffs and waste another prime year of his career.

In a year in which there’s already four players with 50 or more points making a combined $13.4 million, the Islanders are going to be a lottery team. How is that possible and or acceptable?

This franchise needs changes. So today, I’ll share my 10 step plan on how to fix the Islanders for next year and beyond.

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