It can be assumed that the Isles and Garth Snow are on a strict budget. Whether they say it or not, their actions support such. However, since they constantly say the opposite, they should be held to their own words. Garth consistently repeats, three times a year, once before free agency starts, again after training camp, and at the trading deadline, that if a move to improve the team is there, then he has full authority to make said move. Are we supposed to believe that the only moves to improve this perennial last place team have been Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, Brad Boyes, John Graham, Brian Rolston etc…? In the words of Gob Bluth, “Come On!”
We understand that a few of their acquisitions have turned out quite nicely, but you can’t tell me that a GM with full authority to make moves on a team with as much cap space as payroll can’t make a trade or sign a free agent that other teams are also looking at. Believe me, in no way are we saying to mortgage the future and trade prospects and picks for 35 years olds. In no way are we saying to throw a max contract at whatever may be considered an upgrade. Of course, you need to make smart moves. The thing is that you need to show that you are smart and make a move. Other then John Tavares, our cap space is our greatest asset. It is useless if it is not used. Well, not for Mr. Wang who runs this team like Rachel Phelps ran the Cleveland Indians. There are, and have been, a number of players with either large contracts, movable contracts, or contract problems that would do wonders for this team (Joe Thornton, Ryan Malone, Lecavalier, Corey Perry, Jay Bouwmeester, Zach Bogosian). We understand that maybe their age or production on their current team is not ideal. However, what they would do for the development of players like Ryan Strome, Nino Niederreiter, Kevin Poulin, Travis Hamonic, Matt Donovan, Griffin Reinhart, etc… would greatly outweigh the contributions some of these players are making to their current teams.
Two glaring areas where “upper management” gracelessly puts their foot in their mouths are goaltending and coaching. Are we to believe what Garth and Charles say? Rick, if healthy, can contribute. Rick is an important part of this team. Jack Capuano is “the best x’s and o’s” guy in hockey. Jack Capuano was the only logical choice to replace Scott Gordon (without mentioning that he was logical because he would coach for a sack of White Castles instead of a pay check). Come on!
We have seen more out of Kevin Poulin than Rickety (see @ricketydipietro on twitter) over the past two seasons. We don’t care about the length of his contract. We care that he can’t play. And when he does play, he is detriment to our team. We wanted Rick to succeed as much as the next guy, but like Jake Taylor, his body cannot handle it. Come on!
The following coaches have been available over the past three seasons: Bob Hartley, Paul Maurice, Marc Crawford, Michel Therrien, and even the Indians Lou Brown. Are they all better than Capuano? Absolutely. Are they all recycled coaches? Yes. Do they all come with experience? Yes. Do they all come from winning teams? Yes. Have they coached all-star players and veterans on this level? Yes. Have they coached rookies? Yes. Has Capuano done any of this? Hardly. He did mentor under the stellar Islander head coach, Steve “Lobotomy” Stirling. And this is the best X’s and O’s guy? Say it with us, “Come On!”
We do applaud aspects of Jack’s coaching. He lets his players be players. He does not over manage like Scotty Overspeed. He also does not get in the way when his best player takes charge and overrides the coach’s idea for a game ending play.
As fans, we will follow this team, and have followed this team, through thick and thin. We do not need to be sold on the future or potential. If we were going to jump ship, we are pretty the sure the opportunities to do so already have presented themselves. All we ask for, and all Isles fans should ask for, is the truth. Where are we going, and how are we going to get there? We beg of you, Islanders Organization, tell the truth or keep your mouth shut; we are not that dumb.
Authors Edit: We understand that there are several references to the Cleveland Indians from the fictional movie Major League. The fact that this team can be compared to a fake team from a movie is indeed pathetic.
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