Last week, Islanders legend Butch Goring took umbrage with TNT studio analyst and Spittin' Chiclets podcast host Paul Bissonnette calling the New York Islanders a "snooze-fest" and hoping they do not make the playoffs in favor of some more exciting teams, such as the Buffalo Sabres. We are still waiting to see if Butch will accept that invitation to join the podcast.
Those comments and Butch's response have kept the debate about whether the Islanders are boring going, as those remarks gained some national attention, at least in the hockey world. When Brock Nelson won the accuracy shooting competition at All-Star Weekend, ESPN's John Buccigross let out a "Who said the Islanders are boring?"
This time, it was Bissonnette's Barstool Sports sidekick, Ryan Whitney, chiming in to defend his podcast partner's comments.
The former NHL defenseman asks, "How could an Islanders fan not agree that they're boring? They score maybe two goals a game throughout this year, and that's if they're lucky. They play a slowed-down system because they can't score, so they have to try to give up no goals."
"They have this wonderful goalie that's definitely in the Vezina race, Whitney continued. "But the team is boring as sh*t to watch. I don't understand how a fanbase and Butchie Goring could take offense to a statement of fact by you."
Bissonnette then brought up the long stretch of games the Islanders didn't score a goal in the third period and that, despite winning the two games before the break, they were only able to score two goals. In fact, when the Islanders scored four against Seattle on Tuesday, it was the first time they had scored three goals since Jan. 16, a 4-3 OT loss to the Washington Capitals.
"Every time I've turned them on, it's like watching paint dry," Bissonette, the former Penguins, and Coyotes forward added. "Some people are saying 'that's the way they played under Trotz' ... at least they were winning when Trotz was coaching."
Bissonnette does say that Bo Horvat, can spark the team and that appeared to be the case in the Islanders 4-0 win over the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night. They'll try to keep the Spittin' Chiclets hosts awake and extend their winning streak to five games when they host the Vancouver Canucks later tonight at UBS Arena.