Streit To The Point – Quick Thoughts On These NY Islanders


There is not much to say about Mark Streit being named captain because it was pretty clear when Doug Weight hung up the skates that he was the only viable candidate besides perhaps Kyle Okposo.

It is tremendously silly by those touting that John Tavares should have been named captain. This team needs a leader and someone with a few years under their belt at such a vulnerable juncture. Tavares was, is and will never be that kind of guy. Doesn’t make him any less of a player. Just people, fans, bloggers and media need to separate contract and scoring from the leadership role of a team. Apples to oranges.

Other vets like Brian Rolston and Marty Reasoner are just too short term and too new. Though both of who seem to be working on some kids this training camp as Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau have been lodged with each as linemate respectively. This wasn’t random, folks.


Centering Expectations and Futures

While we are deflating some opinions, let me deflate the thoughts of Ryan Strome being on this years team. Not happening. Needs another year, to fill out and gain mass, and most of all… No room.

In fact, if you look at the center position, you have Tavares, with perhaps Strome growing to that 2nd line center or an alternative #1. So, what then with Frans Nielsen and Bailey?

There is a lot on line for both players. If it’s Bailey finally breaking out, well… Frans is a UFA after this season. If Franz is the better man this coming year, expect him to be locked up. What of Bailey? Well at his contract, he is a bargain for another team to take a shot at a prospect who might be a better fit elsewhere.

 Funny how those possible expendable players have very svelte and attractive contracts, don’t you think?


In Conclusion

With the team rounding the corner and moving up, it will be time for it to make some hard decisions soon on goalies, centers and more. The 2011-2012 season is huge for these Isles. Judgments are beginning to be made that will affect this team far longer than this season. I’d pay a lot of attention than just standing around being giddy or you’ll have missed quite a bit.



Note: Still checking into the Isles and the ECHL Kalamazoo breaking off their affiliation. I am told that is likely over stats and playing time for Isles players assigned there. Expect a new affiliation coming soon. Isles will not just have only Bridgeport. That would create a three-goalie crowd in the AHL as well.



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  1. John Keitz says:

    All I can say is I’m glad it wasn’t my decision! I’ve been 50/50 split on KO and Streit for the C since before Weight retired. Both are equally great choices, and both would benefit the team in different ways. I think I might have come down to a coin toss.

  2. Isles27 says:

    So BD you feel a player who stood by and did nothing while one of his teammates was given a cheap shot from behind (in Pittsburgh 2 seasons ago) and sent head first into the boards resulting in a injury is captain material? A guy who wouldn’t HIMSELF lay a finger on Dion Phaneuf when he played against him more than once after he felt he was given a cheap shot in an exhibition game? A guy who won’t crash the net in order to score and would rather do his razzle dazzle on the perimeter which 90% of the time leads to nothing this is captain material? He leads by example? Sorry listening to Tavares talk the talk and watching him walk the walk ON THE ICE and actually crashing the net and be willing to take a beating in front in order to score ( see game against Pronger)and yes having already dropped the gloves in his career that guy is future captain material. Tavares just turned 21 and he speaks and acts like a veteran in his 30′s, I have to strongly disagree with you on this.

    • RobC/KO21 says:

      Towards the end of the season KO started to crash the net more…The fighting thing is another story.. Bottom line is the only logical choice was Streit, IMHO

      • Isles27 says:

        I agree Rob right now Streit was the logical choice but if it comes down to Tavares or Okposo a few years down the road, going by what we know about them right now, to me Tavares would be the clear cut choice, and it’s not even close, and to dismiss Tavares like BD did is ridiculous.

  3. BDGallof says:

    Based on your logic, Andy Sutton should be then coach of the team.

    Sorry. Tavares…even in those commendable actions of a TEAMMATE…still does not encompass WHAT the Isles want in a Captain.

    • Isles27 says:

      “Based on your logic, Andy Sutton should be then coach of the team.” WTF does that mean???????????? Still think the great 21 is future captain material over Tavares? The Isles want a soft 3rd line plug as Capt, Gallof?