It's like you have the mortgage, credit card, and cable bill to pay this month. You have just enough cash to pay all three bills. But instead, you decide to short the mortgage payment, and add HBO this month.
Ryan Smyth played 18 regular season games as an Islander. He joined the team in MARCH.
Vanek will be an Islander for almost the entire season. I feel that is a huge difference not only in making the trade, but in convincing him that he should remain part of a pretty dynamic, yound rebuild. The new building is right around the corner. The team is on the rise.
The assumption that Vanek bolts smacks of SOJF syndrome.
And while we're lamenting Smyth, let's not be negligent by omitting the fact that he never lived up to the UFA contract he signed with Colorado. He never was close to being the player he was with the Oilers.
Edit to add: They traded Robert Nilsson, Ryan O'Marra and a pick that became Alex Plante (never heard of him).
I only bring this up as our pick of Robert Nilsson should have been Zach Parise! (I still have not let this go and bring it up whenever I can).
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Looks like Talbot is starting for the Rangers tonight. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing actually. Hank isn't playing all that well.
And Hagelin's back for them.
And Brock is in/Boulton's out which means no Colin Mc again. Must be hurt. And according to Staple yesterday, the lines will look something like this (the big thing being PMB on the 2nd line):
Okposo - JT - Vanek
PMB - Nielsen - Bailey
Grabs - Regin - Nelson
Martin - Cizikas - Clutter
If PMB gets going, these lines look pretty balanced. Grabs should be on the 2nd line, but there's something to be said about spreading out the scoring and with his speed, he's a great counter-puncher.
Does Cappy go out of his way to be a contrarian? If Clutter gets double shifted and Brock sees only ~6 minutes of ice time, I'm gonna be annoyed.Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday 4h
Capuano says Nelson will start on LW w/Cizikas and Martin. Would imagine you'll see Clutterbuck w/Cizikas and Martin at times too.
Not to say that Brock with Casey and MM is bad, but if you and I (and the rest of Islander fan nation) can construct the logical lines, why can't he?
Just another nugget on the Vanek trade.
Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun 3h
Another wrinkle in the Vanek deal: if the 1st round pick NYI sent Buff ends up top 10 in June, Isles have option to defer the pick to 2015
Retweeted by Arthur Staple
THAT pretty much sucked.
Not really on Nabby. Two PP goals and defensive breakdown.
Would love to see what this team could do with the likes of the Staahl and Boyle on our defense. They tower on the blue line.
Boyle is not a Defenceman.
Only positives were the improved play of Clutterbuck and I thought Nelson looked pretty good also. When Cappy scratches him next game I hope you will feel my frustration.
LOL. Another blown third period lead?
Considering Rangers were without Nash and Queeny and were playing their second game in two nights, the Isles had a good chance to win that game.
They played a good second period.
Looked like amateur hour for the first and third.
Couldn't believe the amount of giveaways. Isles trying to get it out of their own end, two D back one with the puck. Rangers have one guy in the zone. Rangers guy skates between the two isles d men. Isles d man with the puck tries to pass to his teammate, but passes to the rangers guy right in between them. . Are the players bad, or just stupid?
So far this season, we have given up 5 goals to Philly, 4 to Buffalo and 3 each to the Rangers and Predators. These are the 4 lowest scoring teams in the NHL right now all averaging less than 2 per game, and we have managed one point against them. I am not a Nabby fan, but it is not on him the team in front of him has played poorly and at this stage of his career he is not gonna carry a bad defensive team -- not many goalies can. What is gonna happen when we play good offensive teams if we cant stop the lousy ones?
Yes, I definitely feel the frustration. I know there is a lot of hockey left to play, but I don't want to dig a hole like last year and need a great 2nd half run just to sneak into an 8 seed.