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New York Islanders Daily: Johnny Boychuk Silences Critics

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Johnny Boychuk had something to say to those who believe the New York Islanders are in for a long season after John Tavares left in free agency.

It’s been a very long month of July for the New York Islanders. John Tavares leaving feels like ages ago, yet somehow it was only three weeks ago. A lot’s been said about this team and their chances since JT left, and it’s been a mostly negative spin.

But Johnny Boychuk spoke with Arthur Staple and he has other plans in mind. Boychuk is confident that they’ll show the league that they’re a good team.

"“I’ve already seen some people pegging us as being in the bottom. That’s just a slap in the face when I see it,” Boychuk told Arthur Staple of The Athletic. “Our team is really good. I think we’re going to show them we are a good team.”"

He went on to say that the game of hockey isn’t about one player. You win as a team and lose as a team, which is one of the oldest sayings in the book but for the most part, it’s true.

There’s been a lot of changes to this roster, not all of them we agree with, but Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz will have this team playing a different brand of hockey in 2018-2019. Honestly, I’m not too confident heading into the season but I’m willing to give Lou and Barry the benefit of the doubt before calling off the season three months before a single game is played.

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