So did you get suckered by some young moxy, spring in the skates and some good play at the start of the season? Well, you aren’t alone. Many got snookered by the youth and though it IS clear they are not the same team from even a year ago, but let this 6 game slide also remind you that this is your team as well.
Welcome to the 2010-2011 Islanders. Leave your silly hype and over exuberance over the start at the door.
When the Isles chose to refurbish the defense and stand pat on offense, it was not a case of not willing to spend. It was a case of knowing they need to gauge what they have.
So here we are with a mixed bag, and some of you are surprised? Even the overdrama by many blogs and writers is a bit much. Add whit the ridiculousness of finger-pointing on a coach with this mix of deficiencies due to age, inexperience and injuries,
If there is a finger to be pointed, it might be at the top. As long as Isles management continue to push to play the wrong goalie, this won’t get much better.
But to act like this drop off is anything than normal growing pains for a team who was for a while playing over their level, is just silly. You thought this was a first or second place team? Really?
This team was worst two years ago, fifth worst just last year. Let’s keep expectations reasonable and overwrought emotions pushed along by a panic-riddled boards and blogosphere in check.
Yes, the complete dismantling and regression for at least 5 of 6 games is something to note. It is a reminder that this team and kids must play a certain level mentally, emotionally and consistently or else it unravels badly.
Is it the coach who is to blame? There is certainly cause for alarm in the last three years of defensive lapses and lack of talent in that department. Cue this summers refurbishment…
Expectations is that it must be better, and the course of the season will be judge of this. You can be sure that this will be a measuring stick for Garth Snow to gauge his coach in the final year of his three year deal.
But do you judge the coach of the 6 game skid? Maybe we should judge him also by the strong start till things fell back to earth. Let us also recall the realities of what this team consists of. An even worse team was in playoff contention till winter last season. Maybe that is indicator that the coaching is fine and more indicative of the skill, maturity and talent level of what is on the ice?
I lean in the latter direction.
But as coach, GM and a general panic is fanned by some…is it more just the struggle and travails of a young team who is neither the strong team who started nor the struggling one right now? I subscribe that both is your NY Isles. A young team who in the course of the season will go through more trials, tribulations and growth. There will be more skids. There will be more wins.
Cause for alarm? Not quite yet. More like a market correction.
But in the deeper issue of who in goal…comes this. Forget management and the ridiculous contract…. Does the team believe in Ricky? Because the numbers and problems on the ice tell a different tale to any lip service.
About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated, TSN.ca, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at HockeyIndependent.com.