New York Islanders Podcast: Reappropriating A Logo

24 Nov 1995: New York Islanders players look on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
24 Nov 1995: New York Islanders players look on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. /
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The big debate amongst New York Islanders these days isn’t about a player, a strategy, or even a contract. It’s about a logo.

The Fisherman logo has been a source of contention with New York Islanders fans since it was introduced in 1995. The second it was unveiled it was hated. And it still is to this day.

For maybe the Islanders fisherman logo is a stark representation for the terrible 90s. The season the logo was unveiled the Islanders had their worst season since their creation. Excluding the 94-95 lockout-shortened season.

Everyone hated the logo. It was such a leap from what the Islanders had known ever since their creation in 1972. The new logo, the waves at the bottom of the jersey, and the wavy font for the player names was just too much.

Combined with the sorry state of the franchise and it was an unpalatable mess.

But with new management. A new era being ushered in with owners that seem to care and are ready to spend, world-class management and coaching maybe it’s the perfect time to reappropriate that negative logo?

What Else Do We Talk About?

The possible third jersey isn’t the only news in Islanders land. Even though it’s the middle of July. There’s still goings-on in Isles land.

Brock Nelson signed a single year $4.25 million deal. Clearly, they want Brock to prove himself. They want him to give a consistent effort every night. Will a single year deal do that? Or should we expect the same Brock that disappears between December and February?

Will Kieffer Bellows make the 2018-19 Islanders team? It’s hard to see him making it. It’s not that he doesn’t want it. It’s that there are at least seven other players ahead of him for four positions. Bellows is going to have to have one heck of a training camp to make it.

What are the New York Islanders strengths and weaknesses by position? Are they stronger on the left flank or the right? How strong are they down the middle? Barzal is a great centerman, but the quality after the kid that won the Calder drops off significantly.

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