Sorry forgot to add. Let the rebuild continue.....year
This coach has mismanaged this roster more than any other coach in recent Islander history. His F-ups are so legendary that I can't list them all. Just last night after the line of JT-Nelson-KO finally started showing some chemistry he breaks it up during the third period. And for who? Fricken PMB. The sooner he is gone the better, and right now I don't care who takes his place. Cappy will never sniff another NHL job and that speaks volumes for his incompetence.
Regarding Snow I have mixed feelings but I would love too see him canned. How long is too long, and Garth has been at it for awhile. How many GMs have a chance to hire their fourth coach? Garth in all likelihood will again have that choice this year.
But the entire problem with this franchise is WANG. There is no doubt that Garth has been working on a limited budget over the years. His free agent signing have mostly sucked, but when you are only allowed to spend peanuts, you get monkeys. I've always said Cappy aint going nowhere, no matter what happens. Now I'm not so sure. But Garth will never leave as long as Wang is the owner. His latest contracts have been terrible. Clutter making top 6 money. Bailey locked up when we had absolutely no reason to do it this year because of his RFA status. Now he is virtually untradeable. The Nino trade was terrible because we owned his rights. I still liked the Vanek trade with the caveat that it will ONLY be good if we can re-sign him.
And you're right. This is not a playoff team and wasn't coming into the season. But now we have the chance to get guys like Nelson and Strome meaningful minutes. We will have at least two Dmen come up next year and if the Isles can work out the forwards growing pains, it will make it easier for their(Dmen) transition next year.
Sorry forgot to add. Let the rebuild continue.....year
If the D is this bad, why not bring up some of the D prospects now? How much worse could it be?
I'm all for calling up either Pedan, who is now injured, or Mayfield. deHaan would just add to the size problems. At this point what do we have to lose on the blueline side. I'd rather rush up a physical Dman, than deal with the Hickey's, Ness's and Amac's of the world.
Maybe one will catch on like Hamonic did at that young age.
Who's the Bpt Dman who's like 6'-8" tall?
When they brought up Ness, I assumed that Strait and/or Lubo would be back shortly. But now Ness has been here for several weeks already and these guys are just getting manhandled. If Lubo looks to be out for the year, I would bring up Finley if healthy. Sure it trades one problem for another, but if he just concentrates on being a stay at home Dman, he could limit his liability and bring us some much needed muscle back there. Martinek seems to have been given a permanent seat on the bench - not sure if he's hurt or simply benched.
I'm all for bringing up Finley, we need some size on the blueline in the worst way, and those three players are our only hope barring a trade. Watching all of these Dmen who can't even crack 190 lbs. get manhandled every night is what brings out my frustration.
For reference, Hamonic was a just turned twenty year old who played a whopping 19 games in the AHL before becoming a regular.
I've asked this before and I'm not sure if we know the rule....can he be called up from the WHL and simply burn a year of his ELC or by the Isles sending him back, is he prohibited from playing at all, no matter what? I know the 9 game tryout wouldn't have burned his ELC, but I don't know what the other scenario is actually.
I just checked, apparently everyone (besides Mayfield) is injured down in BP.
And just because Hamonic accomplished it, I fully understand that it will not always work out. I get that, but how can you reason icing a guy like Ness without even giving Mayfield, for example, a look-see. He is 21 yo and is known as a defensive defenseman. That he is 6'4" and 210 only helps.
Re Mayfield...I reason it on account of the guy being, up to this season, solely an NCAA player and that the AHL is a totally different game, to say nothing of the NHL, and he needs time to adjust to the pro level game. And while he does bring the size we desperately need, his game is probably flawed to the point that he will probably be hurting more than he helps from even a guy like Ness, and I'd rather not risk a setback from his development by throwing him in when he's clearly not ready. That's, of course, assuming that he's not really ready. If the team believes he can do it, by all means - its not like I watch BP much at all and have an independant view of his game.
But, going from what I've read about him, it seems like he's coming along but not blowing anything away to the point that he is ready to contribute on the next level. Saw that he had his first fight recently and acquitted himself well. But unlike these guys coming from the CHL, he hasn't even fought in years. JMO, but I wouldn't rush these dmen for this year. What are we trying to salvage? I doubt Pedan or Mayfield will be the difference between us turning this ship around or not this year. There's a better chance of them coming up and completely floundering and having a regression.
But who knows, maybe we see these guys and the CS/FO gives them a shot. I'll be as excited as you to see what we have if that's the case.
My question is since we are not a playoff team why not let the rooks gain some valuable time. Nelson as of late has been one of our best players.
I only used Mayfield as an example because he is the only healthy one out there.
Ask yourself these questions before every game.
Would you rather have Strome centering that third line or the blackhole that Regin is?
Would you rather see one of the trio of either Pedan, Mayfield, or Finley over midgets like Ness, Hickey? I'd rather give someone like Pedan a tryout because we need that presence. I'm not clamoring for him to be called up and lock up a spot for the rest of the season. Just give him a chance like they are doing with a worthless prospect like Ness.
I don't think this is a playoff team, but unlike a SOJF I still hold out hope. Fire Cappy, get Viz back, have some great unexpected goaltending, and a lucky Dman call-up. This team is way too talented to be playing like this. One can dream
Vanek back in the linuep tonight. Grabner back in also. Boulton and Nelson out. Nice reward Brock gets for playing some really good hockey over the last two weeks -- thanks, kid, now take a seat.
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Capuano: Vanek, Grabner in tonight up front; Nelson, Boulton out. Martinek in for Ness on D. Poulin in goal.
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Capuano: "Brock has played extremely well and the other guys have seen that. You have to make tough decisions.
I get that the team is going to give those two guys every chance to succeed as they are the FA signings, but if Grabner can sit, so can PMB. There's playing through a slump and then there's getting to ride the pine. Both are options for these guys.
Glad to see Martinek in for Ness. Was he hurt or a healthy scratch?
In other news, something slightly positive....