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Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Over

New York Islanders Goalie Rick DiPietro (39) Raises
Photo Credit: www.sports.yahoo.com

Howie Rose could not have put it more perfectly when, after the Islanders victory, he said, "Everyone around the New York Islanders can take one long cleansing breath." Right after I heard that, I did just what he said, and I felt a little better, and I hope you did to. The knowledge that this streak of futility would not end up in the record books really made me feel good. Nobody wants to be a fan of 'That' team that sets a record nobody wants.

After 14 straight defeats, we can now look forward to the rest of the season, and what better way to start a new chapter of the season than a home at home against the Rangers.

Lets Go Islanders!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It Can't Get Much Worse

I am just baffled. Words can't describe my disappointment towards the Islanders right now. So, instead of words, I will show you how I dressed to attend the Islanders vs Panthers game last Saturday.

Yeah, I wore a bag. If you are wondering, it says:
      11 Games          
       Wins: 0            
       Coaches: 2            

Everyone that saw me had to comment on the bag. The security guard did extra checks on me. People were laughing. Everyone stopped in their tracks to read it. Sparky, the mascot, attacked me.  A guy told me Happy Halloween. Even one of the Islanders Ice Girls asked me why I was wearing a bag. Every time someone asked me why I wore a bag, I simply said, "Read the bag." That got most people to quiet down.  The bag got so much attention, a few people even asked to take pictures of me.

I wore the bag for one simple reason. I can't stand the way the Islanders are playing. I am not going to talk about the stats, those can be found somewhere else. The Islanders are becoming have become the laughing stock of the NHL, and some one needs to do something. Yes, Scott Gordon has been fired and replaced by Jack Capuano. But what did that really do? Short term, just more losses have happened. Hopefully some wins will be coming soon, because I am sick of the losing. Hopefully you are too. How do you think this will end up playing out?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lets Go Islanders!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It Finally Happened

Alright, now I am forced to talk about this. With the recent firing of Scott Gordon, the Islanders are left in the hands of a former Isles assistant coach and former head coach of the Isles AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Who is this mystery man who just had an NHL franchise dropped on his shoulders?

Jack Capuano

"Who is Jack Capuano? I have never heard of him before." This is the first thing that went through my mind after I heard about the coaching change at school. After some crafty texting and looking at my iPod touch, I found out exactly who the Islanders had hired. Here are some facts about the new man in charge of the New York Islanders.

  • His youth matches the Islanders. At 44, he is younger than Scott Gordon, and one of the youngest coaches in Islanders history. 
  • Capuano has a history of playing hockey. He was drafted in the 5th round, 88th overall, in the 1984 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. His NHL career was not too long, only 6 games. He played with the Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and Boston Bruins. Capuano's short NHL career would not register any points, but he would gain experience. 
  • After his playing career, he turned to coaching. From 1997-1999, he was the head coach of a minor league team in the East Coast Hockey League. After he left the bench, he was the General Manager of the team until the team folded in 2005. 
  • The Islanders hired Capuano to be an assistant coach for the 2005-2006 season, right after the NHL lockout in 2004-2005. That season, the Islanders only got 78 points and finished 12th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The next season, Capuano was an assistant for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders AHL affiliate. After that season, Capuano was named head coach of the Sound Tigers and remained as the head coach there until he was given the Islanders head coaching job. He had an impressive record as the Sound Tigers head coach, 133-100-8-14 in 3 seasons as head coach. 
  • Capuano has coached 10 of the Islanders current players, which may be key since he won't have to get to know all of the players from scratch. This experience with the players will definitely help him with the team. 
Jack Capuano brings a fresh start to the Islanders, and they really need it. 10 straight losses makes no one happy, except for the Islanders opponents. All of these facts say something about the person, but will it help the Islanders win games? 

Only time will tell. 

Lets Go Islanders!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Good Old Days

I really don't want to talk about the Islanders recent struggles. So instead, I will show you a video of one of the better times in Islanders history.

Although the Isles didn't win that series, the Coliseum was rocking and the Islanders had a great team. Will they get back to that form? Only time will tell.

Lets Go Islanders!