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John Tonelli On The New York Islanders

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Tonelli, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders, thinks the addition of Jaroslav Halak and backup netminder Chad Johnson could be huge for the Isles this season as they try to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing 26th place finish last year.

“I think they made a great move getting some goaltending help. It’s tough for one guy to carry the load and it always helps when you bring in another guy,” said Tonelli, who played in front of the legendary Billy Smith during the Isles’ dynasty days. “Goaltending seems to be the key ... it starts from there, taking care of your own end.”

And dynamic young center John Tavares gives the Islanders an electrifying element.

“He’s just such a pleasure to watch,” Tonelli said. “You know, he’s exciting to watch and he wants to lead by example. He wants to be there. He wants to see the Islanders become a great team. As a former player for the Islanders organization, that’s what it’s all about. We all want it to be there. We all wanted to be part of a great team. I see that in [Tavares].” 


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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

Thanks for posting !  I love this site and reading about all the teams and learning more about the Wings as well. 

I cannot believe the NYI has never inducted the original “JT” into the Isles HOF.

He was an elite power forward - relegated to the third line - because of the stacked talent on the Isles dynasty teams.  He regularly bailed this team out and would not have won 4 in a row if not for him - ask Pittsburgh. 

I wonder if Wang has a problem with him. 

Wang has a history of alienating alum, I understand why he is mad at Pat LaFontaine for example - so much so - that he has basically eliminated La Fontaine from team history.  ( example - on the pregame Jumbotron show - before the team takes the ice - Wang had what might be the second or third most famous Isles goal ever eliminated from the team history ( 4 OT goal in 1987 - game 7 vs. WASH) package shown to the fans. ..  goal scored by LaFontaine.

Would love to see Tonelli hanging around the old barn and the new one a bit more.  A very important person in the franchise history - and the team ought to bring guys like him ( especially since he is still living in NY)  as part of the alumni and engage with the fans.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 08/30/14 at 11:01 AM ET

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