Yes! Yes! – Y—OH F&%K! The Islanders

Since the All-Star break the best news for Islanders fans has been that we won’t have to stare at that shitty white SUV! At least not for every home game for the next couple of  seasons. I take that back. Congrats to JT and Bails on their All-Star nods.

However, Awful defense, inconsistent goaltending, and a list of injures longer than the recent State of the Union address, has plagued this team all season.

 

Listen, we’re Isles fans, we’ve seen it all. At least this old geezer has. But mostly we have seen a team loaded with talent, underperform every year and trade away our best players. We are the Seattle Mariners of the NHL. A team that rest of the league looks to, in order to poach our best. For the better part of the last 30 years we might as well be a farm team.

Then came the beginning of this season. Two years removed from out last playoff series win and a scant single game out of the 2016-17 playoffs. Hopes were high. Mat Barzal, Sebastian Aho, Joshua Ho-Sang and a new, well loved coach in Doug Weight. The early part of the season the Islanders looked exciting and we unbeatable at home. There were few blow-outs and the team looked scrappy. Then the injuries started piling up and by Christmas the Islanders looked terrible. To be clear, they still do. To wit: The recent loss to the Florida Panthers, who happened to be fielding a 4th string goalie. Not to take away anything from the kid, but any team worth it’s salt would light the little bastard up on his debut. Not our guys. The Isles did what they have done since the start of December, leave the puck in our zone and hope the other team doesn’t score. Really, they cannot clear the puck out of our zone.

The team leads the NHL in goals for and goals against. The run and gun, pull the defense up to score style of play that the Islanders are known for has come back to haunt them. In a recent interview, during the All-Star Game, our beloved and unsigned captain John Tavares said,

“Obviously I want to play for a team that’s doing everything it can to win and the Islanders are certainly doing that,” the five-time All-Star continued  “You can see a lot of potential in the young talent we have. A lot of the guys have been there for a while, guys like Josh (Bailey), Anders (Lee), Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, we lean on them heavily. We’ve got a solid foundation. I really enjoy being there.”

While that might be true, he still remains unsigned, his clout is so huge that the Hockey News (not what it used to be, but still an industry rag) rated him: The Most Powerful Person In Hockey. There is no argument about that. So, one can only assume that the he knows something that we don’t. Perhaps it is that the Islanders are looking for a goalie and a few defensemen before the trade deadline. Hello Buffalo, yeah can you give Robin Lehner a bus ticket and some pocket money and send him our way? Yeah, great, thanks! Either that or he is playing the young A-Rod card. leading a fanbase on, only to spurn them in the end. He has given no indication toward that end, but July 1 is coming up soon and the Islanders are sliding down the standings like a kid in a sleeping bag flying down the stairs.

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