Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/18/05 at 01:13 PM ET
When the season previews start, if you hear it once you'll hear it a thousand times, the Islanders have been built to succeed in the new era. And, oh, by the way, this is Alexei Yashin's team now. Yashin understands that this will be a popular theme for everyone -- fans, the NY media, even the national media. Not to mention, his GM mentioned it 10 or 11 times in the offseason. In any event, Yashin insists "that it's not really his team any more than it used to be." But that shouldn't be interpreted as a deflection of his responsibility; rather, more of an admission that he was probably trying as hard as he could to make it his team in years past, but it just didn't happen.
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