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from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
There might not be as many mixed emotions between the two teams, but there sure have been a lot of crossed paths. Islanders Hall of Fame goalie Billy Smith once was the Panthers goalie coach. His former teammate Duane Sutter was the Panthers head coach for parts of two seasons.
Like Torrey’s Islanders, the Panthers earned phenomenal early success. The former reached the Stanley Cup semifinals in their third season, the latter made it to the Stanley Cup Final in their third season—with a roster that included former Islanders Tom Fitzgerald and Mark Fitzpatrick. Torrey, having been ousted by a new Islanders management group in 1992, had something to prove and he (and general manager Bobby Clarke and coach Roger Neilson) assembled a group of players that felt the same way.
“They were gritty, two-way players. It was like a team of Selke candidates,” former Islanders and Panthers public relations director Greg Bouris said, referring to the league’s top award for defensive play. Bouris, who was one of the first people Torrey hired for the Florida team and who now is director of communications for the Major League Baseball Players Association, said, “Previous expansion teams didn’t have a lot of players to choose from, the way the Panthers and Ducks did. There were some real players available in that draft.”
Unlike Torrey’s Islanders, though, Torrey’s Panthers never won four Cups, or even one. A big reason is that in Florida, he never had a young Hall of Fame cornerstone like Denis Potvin. At least not on the ice. Potvin was the Panthers’ TV analyst for their first 16 seasons, did Ottawa Senators games for four years and is back now.
Color analyst Butch Goring gets tongue-tied.
from Peter Botte of the New York Daily News,
Jack Capuano has been adamant about not singling out the obvious “secondary players” he often has stated have contributed little this season, but the Islanders’ head coach finally called out a few underachievers by name before Monday’s game against Tampa Bay.
With a three-point cushion over No. 9 Boston and two over No. 8 Philadelphia entering the final week of the regular season, Capuano told reporters that former first-round picks Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome — who have played recently on the top line, flanking captain John Tavares — and center Brock Nelson all “need to pick their s--t up” and work harder over the final five games to help the Isles secure a second straight postseason berth.
“There’s no surprises. We need Strome to be better. We need Brock to be better. We need Bailey to be better. We need guys to be better if we’re going to have any chance at all,” Capuano said. “They see it, it’s black and white. The video doesn’t lie. It doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s, it doesn’t come down to systems. It comes down to how hard you want to compete.
from Peter Botte of the New York Daily News,
The NHL has dispatched its noted ice guru to assist the Islanders with what has become another troublesome issue in their first season at Barclays Center.
Ice expert Dan Craig and other league technicians have visited the first-year NHL arena multiple times in the past week after several Islanders publicly complained about the ice conditions following recent games.
"In preparation for upcoming home games we are working closely with the National Hockey League and have installed a temporary dehumidification system, commonly used at arenas during warmer months, in order to provide the best possible ice for Islanders players," Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum said Sunday. "We are committed to delivering a first-class experience for players and fans."
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
There was captain John Tavares calling it “embarrassing.” Across the room, alternate captain Frans Nielsen was saying a performance like this “can’t happen.”
Yet probably the most damning part of the Islanders’ 5-0 blowout loss to the Penguins on Saturday afternoon at Barclays Center was this sentiment, coming from coach Jack Capuano:
“It’s not like we have a lot of guys in the bullpen that we can put in there,” Capuano said.
So this is the Islanders (42-26-9), in all of the ugly splendor of their new annual spring swoon — which, if you remember, is better than the November swoon which shot any hope of the playoffs in the foot before getting off the ground. Their previous standing kept them two points clear of the victorious Flyers for the first wild-card position, so tenuously secured with just five games remaining in the regular season.
Knee to knee hit , watch it below...
Islanders announce he is out with a lower-body injury.
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
Jean Potvin made his entrance at Patsy’s Pizzeria just across Flatbush Avenue from Barclays Center, where he was greeted by his younger brother Denis, still one of the best known figures in New York sports almost three decades after retiring.
They began playfully bantering in French, which led to laughter and hugs. Such is the constant repartee between the jovial siblings, teammates on the Islanders starting in 1973, when General Manager Bill Torrey acquired Jean from the Philadelphia Flyers and then drafted Denis several months later with the first overall pick.
The Islanders went on to win the Stanley Cup each year from 1980 through 1983. Denis, the captain of those teams, remains part of Madison Square Garden lore courtesy of a coarse chant by Rangers fans — many too young to have seen him play — which dates to 1979, when many fans believe an injury he caused to Rangers center Ulf Nilsson cost them the Stanley Cup.
“I’m glad they remember Potvin’s Cups,” Denis said with a broad smile as he sipped a cappuccino. “I have four.”
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