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from Justin Del Giudice at The Hockey News,
Doug Weight, a 16-year NHL veteran, was just entering high school as the Steve Yzerman era was beginning in Detroit. Only five years his senior, Stevie Y was the kind of player Weight modelled himself after.
“Yzerman was always my favourite player,” said Weight, a Warren, Mich., native and self-proclaimed Red Wings fan. “The way he played, the way he carried himself, that’s what made him great.”
Few would dispute the fact Yzerman was one of the greatest players in NHL history. Besides his knack for scoring big goals and racking up impressive statistics, it was Yzerman’s leadership that marked him as a true great, captaining the Wings for nearly two decades.
According to Weight, Yzerman is the benchmark for what great leadership really is: being genuinely dedicated to the team.
...coach Scott Gordon tells you how it was done.
Plus, a great save by Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald sure helped too. Watch below…
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Twenty-five years after the club’s last appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, the Islanders have been a study in mediocrity and are no closer at the end of this decade to being a playoff contender than they were at the start of it.
Players, head coaches and general managers have come and gone, with the only constant being the Charles Wang, who purchased the club as a co-owner in 2000 and took over full ownership in 2004.
Islanders fans keep looking to the future and hoping management will land the kind of quality talent the Isles desperately need to finally put the futility and frustration behind them.
Despite a modicum of promise earlier in the decade the Islanders have continued to stumble along, facing what seems an increasing litany of woes
from Islanders Point Blank,
Mike Green. Nicklas Lidstrom. Dan Boyle. If Streit is in that conversation, it’s quite an honor. Put it this way: if the Islanders were one of the top teams in the league, and the Rangers, Flyers, Wild or any other team were in 30th but had a defenseman tied for third in scoring, would you think their player deserved one of three Norris nominations?
Streit has 12 more games to stake his claim. To have any chance, he’ll need to rack up some points to get past the 60 mark and separate himself from the pack after the unreachable Mike Green.
In his first NHL start and second appearance, Islanders goaltender Peter Mannino stopped 40 shots and beat the Black Hawks 4-2 today.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Slap Shots has learned from well-placed sources that the Rangers were offered Billy Guerin by the Islanders and could have rented the 38-year-old right winger under the same terms as later were found acceptable to the Penguins - a fifth-round draft choice that would become a third with advancement to the East final.
But Sather wanted something else back with Guerin for the fifth rounder, according to one individual familiar with the scenario. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow, who offered Guerin to the Rangers at the captain’s request, rejected that offer. Sather, we’re told, never made a counter-proposal.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
As fate would have it, Brendan Witt’s comeback from a five-game suspension for a blow to the head of Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman will be in Toronto tonight at Air Canada Centre. Although the shot Witt delivered was unintentional because he had no stick and simply was trying to get his body in Hagman’s way, the Islanders defenseman understands if Toronto fans or the Leafs themselves demand retribution.
Asked if he might be a marked man tonight, Witt said, ” don’t know. I played with Ron [Wilson, the Toronto coach]. He coached me in Washington. He’s not that type of guy. But if it is, we’ll just address it. If I’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight, and then, it’s forgotten about. It’s a part of the game.
from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,
There’s inexperience, and then there’s the New York Islanders.
The franchise that won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s - and has since endured a quarter-century of incompetence - looks more like an American League team than an NHL club these days….
Put it this way: How many Islanders players would crack Detroit’s lineup, or San Jose’s or Boston’s? Not very many.
A youth movement is one thing, but every team needs a few veterans to lead the way. What happened to the old guard on the Island?...
The silver lining to Long Island’s losing ways is the NHL entry draft in June. The Isles, seven points behind Atlanta and eight points worse than Tampa Bay, have the inside track on finishing last overall in the league standings.
According to TSN, Bill Guerin has now been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Details and links to follow.
Update 2:01pm ET: TSN provides a link, but doesn’t yet include details of the other side of this trade.
Update 2:16pm ET: Guerin was traded for a conditional draft pick. Details on the conditions available here.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
Islanders forward Jon Sim, who had three assists in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado last night to give him seven points in his past six games, has been placed on waivers for the second time this season. Coming one day ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the move is like an invitation to any team in need of a hard-working winger with some grit and scoring touch to add it without giving up anything but salary.
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