This season has been incredibly frustrating for the New York Islanders. I don't have to tell you that if you're reading this. From the jump this year, the 13 game road trip, COVID, the losing streak, it's been a hell of a season.
Last night, Barry Trotz did something that I think is the personification of the Islanders' frustrations from this year.
Barry was trying to call a timeout and the refs weren't acknowledging him so he started banging a stick on the boards and then threw it out the ice out of frustration. Honestly, I don't hate the move at all.
Yes, he was penalized but the Blues didn't score and the Islanders were already out of the game. He was trying to get some life into his team, and sometimes you have to go a little unorthadox. It's the reaction any of us would've had.
After the game, Barry Trotz didn't hold back. He said that they were brain dead after the first and that they didn't have enough fight in their game. I would say that both assesments are more than fair for this team.
The Islanders have 11 games left and the playoffs are no longer in the running which based on expectations for the year is a major letdown. It's Trotz's job to not allow the team to quit down the stretch here, which overall he's been fairly good at, and keep the moral high for next season.
Hopefully for his sake, there's a younger defenseman for the left side and a first line winger that's acquired in the offseason to make life a little easier on him.