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Consistency Needed From The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

... Which brings us back to the present, to that aforementioned executive, Lou Lamoriello, who has had an underwhelming summer thus far after his team played over its talent level before getting swept in the second round by the Hurricanes.

Lamoriello seemingly bungled the negotiations with goalie Robin Lehner — the Vezina Trophy finalist who continued his tour of candidness by exposing the ultimatum he was given from Lamoriello: Sign now or forever hold your peace. That one left everyone around the league scratching their heads, as Lehner went to sign an extremely modest one-year, $5 million deal with the Blackhawks...

Credit is due for Lamoriello getting three of his core pieces from this past season — captain Anders Lee, along with forwards Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle — to all sign relatively team-friendly deals. But a roster that lacked top-tier talent behind Mat Barzal remains exactly that. Even the possible trade of defenseman Nick Leddy before training camp in September won’t result in the windfall the team needs to contend this season.

This was always considered a long-term plan, a work in progress. The aforementioned coach, Barry Trotz, deservedly won the Jack Adams Award in his first year behind the bench. And he might be unable to keep the squad from taking a step back this year.

But now the timeline is set. By the time the Islanders move into their new digs in 2021-22 — assuming there isn’t a lockout — they will need to consistently win to keep the people coming.

The Islanders are once again a big league team. Sooner rather than later, it will be on them to meet those expectations.


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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

I was lucky to be able to attend the event the team hosted this past week to announce the Belmont environmental study has passed muster,,,,,and the new Belmont Park Long Island Rail Road station - the first LIRR station to open since 1933 was announced too.

Lou was not there.  But several executives of the team on the business side were.  Also, representing the alumni - were Ed Westfall, Butch Goring and John Tonelli.  I was lucky to be able to sit next to John, and we discussed several topics, including the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup tournaments as well as the Stanley Cup years. 

While the hockey moves are very important ( I can live with Varly instead of Robin Lehner - but 4 years??)
I trust Lou’s position on the player….

But more importantly was the new building and the stability it will add to the team over the long haul.  After two DECADES of MISMANAGEMENT - by both the team and much more so by Nassau County Government - stability has been found.  The optimal solution would have been to extend the Hempstead LIRR line to the Nassau Coliseum and just build another building - NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FOR A TON OF REASONS - but this location is a somewhat decent compromise.  Fans from NYC can take the train to the game - figure a 30 min ride.  Fans from eastern LI can get to the Main Line (central Long Island) and train it to the game.  Most will drive - and weeknight games have been moved to 7:30 PM to factor in traffic. 

This arrangement provides CERTAINTY to the franchise. 

I can let go of the Nassau Coliseum for this facility.  The Barclays Center SUCKS for hockey - in so many ways - not worth the re-hash.  However, the owner said that when (note I said WHEN) the Isles make the playoffs this year - the NHL controls all aspects of the decision making.  He told us that the League takes much of ( not sure if he said MOST or MUCH) the revenue from the playoffs to finance various league initiatives and the Barc has the suites that Nassau does not.  BELMONT will have the suites.
The Islanders tried to petition the league to have ALL HOME GAMES at NASSAU and the NHL turned that down.

The author of the article is a good writer and spot on - the team has to win.  I am not addressing this here - I think that is a given. 

But the commitment made by the owners is amazing.  Under Charles Wang - we had two of his former execs at Computer Associates running the business.  They are nice men - but WAY OUT OF THEIR league.  Wang ran the team with amateurs who were friends of his (including Garth Snow) and felt that they knew more than the pros.  Wang would rather lose with his friends than win with Pros.

This fellow Travis Williams - former exec at the Pens and a new fellow who has not officially started from a rival NHL team spoke with us about the building and about how the Isles had mis-managed season ticket holders and were going to go all out to win back the trust.    As a LONG TIME STH for the Isles - I am so appreciative.  Wang’s team treated us as suckers.

As for the hockey department - just wait.  Seasoned hockey execs like Lou and Steve Y are biding time.

The off-season is not over yet….so patience is key.



Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 07/14/19 at 08:47 AM ET

Chet's avatar

“People won’t buy tickets a few years from now if the team is bad.”

The sky’s also blue and water is wet. What is this article?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/14/19 at 05:56 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

People won’t buy tickets a few years from now if the team is bad.”

Not true in Edmonton!  Wasnt the case in Toronto a few years back, either.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/14/19 at 10:52 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Apparently it’s so true with the isles that someone felt compelled to write a whole…article.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/14/19 at 11:40 PM ET


What is this article?

It’s a typical mid-July hockey article.

Are you new to the sport?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/15/19 at 08:07 AM ET


But more importantly was the new building and the stability it will add to the team over the long haul.

As a fan who has dealt with instability of multiple franchises, I’m happy the Islanders are getting closer to true stability.

Posted by evileye on 07/15/19 at 11:58 AM ET

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