Surprising Islanders Mixing Vets and Youth

The Islanders skate into Montreal tonight for the first half of a
home-and-home series and even though they took all eight points in their
four games before their loss to Florida on Saturday, coach Scott Gordon
wasn’t happy with their play. If it’s the mark of a good team that they
win when they don’t play their best, then the Islanders are a good
team. 

Actually, Gordon then liked the team’s effort in second and
third periods of that 4-3 loss to the Panthers, which included a hat
trick by John Tavares, and hopes it means they’re back on track. 

“Deep
down we believe we are capable of doing great things. We’re not
happy with being mediocre,” goaltender Rick DiPietro told Katie Strang of Newsday after
the Florida game. “This locker room, we’re disgusted with
ourselves. We played alright, but we didn’t play the way we wanted to
play.”

Just a point behind the Canadiens in the early going and no
longer a team that can be taken lightly, it’s appropriate to ask, “Who are those
guys?”

They’re not Mark Streit, the former Hab
who was the Isles cornerstone on defence the last two seasons. When
Streit and Kyle Okposo, one of their
promising young forwards, both went down with long-term shoulder
injuries in training camp,
those observers who already thought the Islanders would struggle
mightily this season — and there were legions of them — may
have figured that they might have trouble making the playoffs in
the AHL.

And they’re not really the young team some think they
are. The goaltending and defense corps are veteran-laden.

A few
things have worked well for the Isles through
their first eight games and their best start in a decade. One has been
cutting down their goals-against.
Through eight games last year, they had four points, no regulation
victories and been outscored 17-31 on their way to full-season -42 goal
differential, third worst in the East, fifth worst league wide. This
year through eight games, they are +3. They’ve also won four in
regulation and have two more points for regulation ties.

That
improvement starts with their goaltending, which has been stealing
points for them. Rick DePietro finally seems healthy and playing
regularly is helping him work off the rust and play closer to his
potential (if not his insane
contract
) on a more consistent basis. Dwayne Roloson, who played
strongly in goal for them last season. is considered the backup, but his
early season stats (including a .942 save percentage and a 1.65 GAA)
are better than DP’s (.882, 3.31) and there are more than a few teams
(Tampa Bay comes immediately to mind) on which he’d be the number 1.

Roloson is likely to get the call tonight as DP played the last two
games.

The defence without Streit hasn’t been awful and probably
exceeded expectations. That’s largely due to the offseason work by GM
Garth Snow who brought some depth and experience to the blue line,
starting with James Wisniewski. He came over from Anaheim and has filled
some of the void caused by Streit’s injury (although he does have a
tendency to be over-aggressive pursuing the big hit).

Milan
Jurcina and Mark Eaton, who GM Garth Snow also wisely added, have
slotted in a bit lower down the depth chart. And Snow was quick to sign
Mike Mottau when Streit went down and he’s been his relatively solid, if
not flashy, self.

Radek Martinek, whose career injury file is
even longer that DePietro’s,
has had a good start to the campaign as their most dependable shutdown
d-man, so you can expect Gordon to try to get him on the ice against the
Tomas Plekanec line. Jack
Hillen, who was something of a revelation last year for his good puck
movement, just returned from injury as well and he’s an important part
of
their blue line mix, helping advance the puck to the forwards.

If
they’re expienced on the back end, the Isles are pretty young up front.
Tavares is skating with Matt Moulson, who came out of nowhere to be a
30-goal man last year and could easily do that again, and Blake Comeau,
who is good at digging the puck out along the wall. On the power play,
On the power play, Tavares has started to park in front of the net and
it worked well against the Panthers with a pair of his goals on the
PP>

Veteran captain Doug Weight centers the second line and
he’ll likely have Josh Bailey on his left (returning tonight from an
injury) and Mike Cammalleri’s best friend Nino Niederreiter on the
right. Nino will be playing his ninth game and much of the chatter on
the Island (well, that part of it that isn’t
dredging up the preseason Quebec City incident
) has do to with whether
the team will keep him for the season or return him to the junior
Portland Winter Hawks
.

Snow and Gordon say they haven’t
decided yet so tonight may be a big game for his near term future, but
Nino told Katie
Strang of Newsday
he thinks he’s going back. (She thinks he’s
staying, writing “He’s mature both physically and mentally, he already
possesses an
NHL-caliber shot and the Islanders can use whatever offensive upside he
has to offer”). With Robbie Schremp due to return from injury, that may
be the deciding factor.

Franz Nielsen, the team’s best defensive
forward, centers the third line and he’ll be out against the Pleks trio,
too. Chris Botta, who writes the excellent Islanderspointblank.com blog, reported Nielsen worked in practice this week with energetic call-up Matt Martin
on the right (in case injured Michael Grabner or Trent Hunter can’t go)
and power play specialist P.A. Parenteau on the left. Parenteau
also is generating lots of buzz
as a career minor pro journeyman who
Snow brought in for depth but has produced good numbers. His eight
points are tied for the team lead.

Three vets make up the fourth
line. Yet another guy Snow brought in for depth this summer, Zenon
Konopka, centers and he’s been skating with agitator Jon Sim and streaky
scorer Hunter, who has been injury prone and has fallen down the
depth chart.

Moulson noted to Newsday’s
John Jeansonne yesterday
that he saw a new level of confidence in
the team this season. “You have to have that attitude – that swagger,
they say – where you can
know you’re going to win games,” he said. “All great teams have that;
they don’t
play their best every single game but they have that attitude that
they’re going to win no matter what. That’s the attitude I see
developing here.”

117 Comments

  1. Muckbringer says:

    pk did givr the soobi doo, and now pm is agreeing…..choke on one pm!!!!!!

  2. Muckbringer says:

    its the throne holding deuche that ruins it.   f him!!!! if they get rid of pm id pay anything.

     

     

  3. Muckbringer says:

    k now that i get to watch a tsn game i remember why i shouldnt care about not getting them in TO.  pierre “foo foo” should make my burgers tomorrow. ive never agreed with anything hes ever said.  hell sometimes i can see grapes’s point.  

    i just hate him……HATE HIM!!!!!

  4. Habsrule1 says:

    Where the heck to our McGuire discussion go? Was it offensive somehow?

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  5. observer says:

    not my leafs and did it again late in 2nd period only reason they scored twice and are still in a game habs badly outplayed them so far.

  6. Mattyleg says:

    I dunno, I prefer to fly under the radar.

    And please, no “Hab Nation” sounds like we want to be TO.

    …and NOBODY wants that.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. newbrunswick troy says:

    Ok now listen up all you little Hab Fans…..Everybody has to watch the first period of the habs game on TSN (as this is the time they do there ratings scan)  and apparently the first game they did netted them a market share that was better than that what they get during a LEAFS GAME on a weeknight!!!!!!we must show those Toronto ediots that they can,t ignor the Hab Nation anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.s maybe ,,just maybe they will someday give us fair coverage!!!

  8. observer says:

    Another stupid or bad play nearing the end of a period by a poorly coached team. Both NY goals because habs players tro lazy to play the entire 20 minutes right to the end and took those 2 penalties. Then this passive PK that martin is using to ensure the opponent has the puck the entire 2 minutes of the penalty. Oh it didnt work again tonight twice so far. compare this ppassive PK to the flyers! Just game should be over instead habs might lose it because they let a decent young mind go coach in tampa bay.

  9. samTHEman says:

    yesssssss. only because i hate armstrong, and the leafs even more. take that

  10. pmaraw says:

    ahah no its on the roof still, signal just came back on as well

  11. SmartDog says:

    Kostitsyn is golden! Pleks is freakin’ PLATINUM! 

    I like Moen on that line with the two little G-men.  Nasty push there… but he’s stirring up sh$t and that’s his job.

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  12. samTHEman says:

    Price gets his 2nd shutout tonight.

    10 bucks says “say ass” comes and gives his negative 2 cents. surprise surprise

  13. TommyB says:

    Strong winds today, is your dish still on the roof?  LOL.   Sorry, I know there is nothing funny about your TV going off air just prior to a game.  Been there.

  14. jennifer1984 says:

    Armstrong out 4-6 weeks thanks to Higgins.

    Must have been a bad slash to his finger. I didn’t watch the whole game. Just the part when Orr got lucky and took out the goalie.

  15. jennifer1984 says:

    burn!

    not all of us are slow. believe me. i get ready quicker than my boyfriend half the time. as long as i know what im wearing.

    and thats pretty easy if you’re going to a game! jersey and pants!

  16. habsgod says:

    i just hope cammy leaves niedereiter to take foolish penalties against him and doesn’t do what he did in the pre-season

  17. Habs Proud says:

    Plekanec is worth every dime of his new contract, at both ends of the ice, yes I know its early in the season and its only the Islanders but this team is fun to watch!

  18. pmaraw says:

    did anyone elses hd satelite go out in sw ontario?  cant get thru to bell their lines are off the hook

  19. solomio says:

    Aw come on blue nose didn’t you read the above article on the Isles and that the goalie they will start tonight has a .942 save percentage and a 1.65 GAA ?

    And you don’t really expect the Pleks line to score 5 goals do ya.? I kow they’re hot but thats expecting too much from those guys.

  20. Storm Man says:

    A 6’7 cab driver in New York would stand out a little, But come to think about it when I was in New York in the summer I had a very tall cab driver, Im 6’2 and he was a good bit taller……

  21. fbkj says:

    well jen, your next test, is the sandwich making competition

    i keed

  22. Danno says:

    He’s hiding out where no one will ever find him — driving a cab in New York City.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  23. HFX-HabFan says:

    Yeah, he’s a real tough guy, hiding out in his caves.

  24. habsfreak13 says:

    I dunno, the habs look scary good right now, but maybe its cuz they are playing the islanders…either way keep it up boys!

  25. Storm Man says:

    You forgot about Bin Laden telling France ” You will be Killed”…… How is it no one has found this guy.

  26. Bryan says:

    I think that applies to every day.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  27. fbkj says:

    just passin the time while the woman takes her sweet ass time getting over here before we head out to the game

    why are they so slow… :(

    edit: shes here, alright sluts im out, ghg

  28. HFX-HabFan says:

    So…today in summary:

    -Mike G called out the French media (which riled up Bugs as usual)

    -Smartdog complained about Gomez

    -Demigod tried to start a debate by posting a Halak link

    -I was accused of spamming because of my debut rosters

    -fbkj was hilarious

    Just another Wednesday on HIO.  I’m calling for a 5-2 win over the Isles tonight.

  29. fbkj says:

    quit douching up my post please

  30. observer says:

    Yes helmets and shoulder pads too but about nothing else. Lawrence Taylor coached one of the teams the year I saw it.

  31. Storm Man says:

    No need for me to be sold on that fact. I would like to see Montreal eye candy clean the ice when Im in town watching game’s at the Bell.

  32. fbkj says:

    eff helmets

    clear heeled skates

  33. mike g says:

    I’m not gonna say what it really stands for…

    But, on this website it can stand for GOMEZ.

    Why?

    Well, I’m overpaid veteran at my job but I’m an effective part of the team.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  34. observer says:

    The only women they should give such a job to should be an athlete. They could hire a few of the football players who played in Super Bowl Sunday’s “Lingerie Bowl” game that was on PPV. They even have their own helmets in case they might slip on the ice.

  35. fbkj says:

    ill do both

    nyah

  36. HardHabits says:

    Does the “g” in mike g stand for GILF?

  37. mike g says:

    No…

    Just take pics of the first 4 girls you see when you walk into the Bell..

    Guaranteed they all have awsome bodies with beautiful chests.

    Man, I love the Bell Center.

    Even the old ladies that go watch the games sometimes used to be MILFS once upon a time.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  38. fbkj says:

    gonna snatch some pics tonight of the clorox ice removal teams, just to illustrate how ice girls would be way beneficial

  39. Muckbringer says:

    it happened!!!!friggn pleks,   kostits on fire!!!!!

  40. Muckbringer says:

    last night i turned on am640 and pm was doing weather. when i realized i was dreaming, i quickly cursed all for reality

  41. Habsrule1 says:

    The hate-on by some people on McGuire boggles my mind. The man knows his shit, and although I don’t always agree with him, there’s no doubt he has a good hockey mind. For those who say there’s a reason he’s not in the league, give your heads a shake. There are some great coaches and former coaches without jobs, and having been a media guy for a while, it can be very tough to get back in.

    All that being said, who jinxed Price with the shutout talk?

    Good game for the Habs so far. Gionta & Gomez are close to breaking out. Pouliot should be put on that line and left there for 10 games. He’s our best player available at the moment. If not him, bring up our best Bulldog or try to make a trade.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  42. Muckbringer says:

    i agree but your leafs really had help last night

  43. Muckbringer says:

    2-0 pts is 2-0 points

  44. observer says:

    remains a big habs problem – allowing a goal in closing minutes of 1st and 2nd period tonight deflating and nearly ruining the excellent effort they were giving.

  45. observer says:

    cant get puck out of their own end and when they can dimwit hamrlick ices it———-this game never should have even been in danger.

  46. Muckbringer says:

    does pm ever do public apperances…calling him a dck/tool is on the bucket list

  47. terrygain says:

    What a pass! Even Tom could have have tipped that one in. 

  48. Muckbringer says:

    pleks to moen shorthanded after pm was dissin pk……FRIED FRIGGN GOLD!!!!!

  49. Storm Man says:

    Get back to work, The market is still open :).

  50. Stu Hackel says:

    Thanks, Jordio.

  51. Jordio-oh says:

    Nice post Stu, keep them coming. Great addition to HIO.

  52. Everlasting1 says:

    The NHL’s 3 stars of the week here.

     

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs I/O 3 Trolls of the Week:

    1. Tony242 and his Amazing Friends

    2. XtraHabsFan

    3. Everlasting1

    You were nearly out of the running until this post.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  54. fbkj says:

    easy on mondays news quickdraw

  55. avatar_58 says:

    Coming soon – AK46 getting a star of the week. Which is MIND boggling

  56. JohnnyBEast says:

    Weird, reported from the Blues website

  57. mtl8 says:

    As bad as they both are I gotta go with the Luongo trade.

    When he took DiPietro in the draft, the trade boiled down to:

    Leaving NY: Luongo, Jokinen, Heatley (who was projected as #1)

    Coming Back: DiPietro, Kvasha, Parrish.

    Forget about how it looks in hindsight, it was ridiculous at the moment as well!

    That being said, uncle Mike stupidity has been good for the Habs as well.  An aging Kirk Muller and unproven Mat Schneider for Pierre Turgeon (110pts) and Vladamir Malakhov come to mind as a rather nice trade…

  58. fbkj says:

    i still to this day dont see that as a great trade, seemed great at the time, but in hindsight… ouch

    turgeon played what… 2 full seasons here… whearas muller would have turned into a great 3rd line center behind koivu and damphousse (muller never played the same since the trade)

    he would have also been a better buffer between tremblay and roy than keane was

    malakhov, although to this day is the slickest defenceman ive ever seen skate live, obviously did not have the career that schneider had(s)

     

  59. mtl8 says:

    Good point about Muller being a potential buffer – certainly debatable but cool to consider that perspective.

    As for how good the trade was, it certainly doesn’t compare to other Milbury brain cramps, but how could you not say we came out on top? 

    Muller played something like 30 games for the Isles and Turgeon was the early-90s-and-partially-skimmed version of Vinny Lacav.  96 points the year afer he came…that’s only second to Damphouse (97 or 98??) in Habs scoring for the past 20 years (and il est francais).  Hindsight shows that the ‘C’ was too much for him to carry but I’d certainly swap the two again if I had the chance.  As for the original captain K being a better checking line center for Damp and Sak, Keane woulda made Muller redundant if Tremblay wasn’t such a hot head.

    Schneider, eh? He certainly had the better career (especially longevity vise) but you can’t blame Vlad for wanting to ski instead of rehabbing his knee ;)  IMO something he never recovered from – both physically and image/team wise.  In any case, Malakhov was bait for Souray and…well…after Souray we pretty much came full circle back to Schneider (+1year and a second rounder)… I know, I know, a stretch but certainly not a huge loss for the habs in hindsight.

    Anyways, thanks for the good points and don’t be hating on those french superstars ;)

  60. HFX-HabFan says:

    Hard to say what his worst deal was:

    -Luongo/Jokinen to FLA for Parrish/Kvasha (done because he took DiPietro first overall when he could have taken Heatley or Gaborik and kept Luongo), or

    -Muckalt/Chara/second overall pick (Spezza) for Yashin.

  61. Everlasting1 says:

    Trolling is in the eye of the perceiver. My post is hockey related. What’s your’s?

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    I post more hockey related news on here than most and the Halak 2nd star of the week was already discussed to great length by the people who think the Habs committed the crime of the century in moving him.

    This news is days old and it’s only relevant at this point to those who want to start a fresh bandwagon of hatred towars Price and the management.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  63. fbkj says:

    well for one, dated today…

  64. avatar_58 says:

    Who really gives a rats anus who the star is? Don’t the habs have a better record than the blues – arguably the only stat that matters?

  65. fbkj says:

    you didnt get the memo? wins only mattered last season, this year its all about personnal stats

  66. Xtrahabsfan says:

    That coming from SeriousMarliesFan09…unbelievable!!!

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    I swear you’re not even trying to make sense anymore.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  68. Everlasting1 says:

    Like I care what you post. I don’t read everything posted either. Hatred? It’s all under that troll bridge of yours. How about not commenting on things you can’t change? It’ll be a much longer season for you at this rate.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  69. avatar_58 says:

    Silly me. I kept thinking the cup was only important

  70. Storm Man says:

    I’d fire whomever writes your material for you.

  71. Storm Man says:

    How did manapart not make that list? or is he in the hall of fame?

  72. SeriousFan09 says:

    How about not commenting on things you can’t change? It’ll be a much longer season for you at this rate.

    Says the guy who shows up to post about Halak and little else. I’m not sure you really grasp how utterly foolish that statement comes out as.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    He just really wasn’t bringing it last week and I think he made a positive post in the middle of all of it, screwed around with his +/- differential.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  74. fbkj says:

    not that i really understand the retort you try to construct here but

    if you werent trying to get a rise and simply post 2 day old news… you opted to cite the article from the blues website instead of nhl.com

    but i guess were just looking into tone a little to hard, right?

    i mean, its hard to gauge tone on the internetz afterall

  75. Everlasting1 says:

    Oh no.. some 20 sumthin internet mind cop passed judgement on me..however will I cope?

     

     ”We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  76. SeriousFan09 says:

    Same way I cope with people with a superiority complex who can’t properly articulate an argument or even spell I suppose.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  77. Everlasting1 says:

    I’m glad he’s conforming and meeting with your approval..cos that’s what it’s all about huh?

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  78. fbkj says:

    you consider making sense to be a form of conformity?

    oh you anarchist you…

  79. Everlasting1 says:

    Superiority complex? Ok Tom. Nothing like getting talk down to by some wet-eared blogger.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  80. Danno says:

    Does Tony242 get to skate laps around the H I/O ice and toss virtual pucks into the Commentariat crowd?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  81. SeriousFan09 says:

    You come in, post days-old news about Halak being named 2nd star of the week from the St. Louis Blues website and than talk down to me about being a troll when all that post does is fan flames on a dead argument since Halak is gone and Price is here (much to your chagrin) and than say well my opinion of what you’re writing doesn’t matter.

    Yes, I’d argue you feel a bit superior to me for reasons that I can’t quite explain, since you can’t seem to find level ground to hold an argument but think you’re winning the argument anyway.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  82. Everlasting1 says:

    I just came by the item today. I do have a life. ‘Hold an argument’, ‘winning’..wasn’t looking for it, quickdraw.

     

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  83. fbkj says:

    posting halak being named one of the three stars, from the blues website, on a habs blog, where the posters are very much polarized on this divisive issue, is the exact opposite, of not looking for an argument.

    not asking you to conform, just asking you to display some honesty

  84. Everlasting1 says:

    You’ll have me explain myself and my intentions? What is this an interrogation? Does this ‘Habs blog’ not comment on other teams, players throughout the league on a daily basis? Not to mention these articles’ topics? Some here might like to know how Halak is doing. Honestly, let go of my coattails, ogre.

     

     ”We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  85. fbkj says:

    no not an interrogation, just dont feign BS

    and everyone knows how well hes doing, we discussed it monday zippy

  86. Everlasting1 says:

    Grow up lil man. Just admit you lack the maturity and are easily provoked by such issues. You are everyone? I suppose then you speak for everyone as well. Some of us didn’t get the memo for Monday’s roundtable meeting for discussion, Youppi. Nevertheless, I’ll continue to post as I see fit, aaight?

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  87. fbkj says:

    not provoked at all, i just responded and i didnt say you couldnt post as you see fit, knock yourself out, ill just keep calling you out every time you dont make sense aaight?

  88. Everlasting1 says:

    Oh no..another call outer !! I’ll have to think twice about posting again amid such intimidation.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  89. fbkj says:

    not calling you out or intimidating you, i like your posts, the make me elle oh elle

  90. scott9002ca says:

    Does anyone know if Festifan is like a kids thing? would I be disappointed if I went?

  91. Ian Cobb says:

    Is Richard Park in Long Island,??? Why do I think he is.??

    Does anyone know?

  92. samTHEman says:

    9 Sep 2010 NHL veteran Richard Park has signed a three-year contract with Swiss club Geneva-Servette

  93. otter649 says:

    I think he went to play hockey in Europe for this season…..

  94. db says:

    I’d put Markov on the wing with G&G… its already 8 games into the season, we should have a Dman up front any game now :p

  95. Say Ash says:

    Am I crazy or did “Snatch” play forward at some point last year?

  96. RJB says:

    Mark Brophy thinks that Phil Kessel could win the Hart/Richard trophies this year…In other news the sky is still purple in Mark Brophy’s world 

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2010/10/27/brophy_kessel_showing_hart/

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    - Bilbo Baggins

  97. mike g says:

    Mise-O-Jeu of the day….

    -Habs -1.5 goals

    -Chicago -1.5

    -Penguins -1.5

    -Gionta to beat P-A Parenteau in points

    -Jersey to beat SJ

     

    A nice blue bill can bring me back $370.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  98. Storm Man says:

    Don’t like the Jersey over SJ pick, The rest look fine.

  99. Ian Cobb says:

    Thank you fellas.!

  100. HardHabits says:

    Demiblob, I mean , Evercrapping1 has the Blues website bookmarked in his favourites. He goes there every day before he trolls HIO.

  101. Everlasting1 says:

    I admire your blatant troll attributes. You give a new definition to the word polarized.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  102. fbkj says:

    quickdraw…

    polarized…

    well i guess its learning

  103. Everlasting1 says:

    ?? There’s little I can learn from you. I’ve been calling HH bipolar for some time now.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin Don’t

    pollute the water.

  104. fbkj says:

    not to nitpick but they dont mean the same thing

  105. Everlasting1 says:

    You don’t say..

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  106. HardHabits says:

    He calls me the troll yet he’s still on about Halak. It’s like Tony gushing when the Leafs won their last game. Neither Ever, Xtra or observer are Habs fans.

  107. fbkj says:

    who bashes halak, its cute that you try to wrangle others into your partisan mentality but seriously, what?

  108. Everlasting1 says:

    Still on about Halak? Damn straight! It’s a new season and EVERYONE is more than mildly curious how he’ll make out, whether they admit it or not. Watch how his name comes up after he has a lackluster game by some here..though of course they wouldn’t be deemed as trollish in this sanctuary site. Regardless, you’d be a fool to think there won’t be comparisons made all season, and not just by me. So get used to it HH.

     

     ”We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  109. mike g says:

    Ya that’s my wildcard…

    I’m hoping that going down to the West Coast will wake up Parise and Kovy.

    Well c

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  110. HFX-HabFan says:

    Since we’re up against the Isles tonight, here is a roster you may find interesting- it’s comprised of NHLers who made their league debut in an Islanders uniform.  Consider:

    Niederreiter-Tavares-Okposo

    Bertuzzi-Connolly-Hunter

    Torres-Bailey-Comeau

    Tay Pyatt-Nielsen-Godard

    Bergenheim

    Chara-McCabe

    Brewer-Martinek

    Campoli-Strudwick

    Hillen

    Luongo

    DiPietro

    Total cost: $54.51mil, or $4.8mil under the cap.  Having Luongo in nets and Chara, McCabe and Brewer on the backline certainly wouldn’t hurt today’s version of the Isles.  And yet somehow CBC, NBC, and NESN all see Mike Milbury as an “expert” analyst.

  111. Psycho29 says:

    Good stuff…thanks for these reviews…

    Hard to believe Milbury kept his job so long. And people complain about Gauthier and Gainey here!!!

  112. habrez says:

    Spezza, Jokinen…..

  113. Say Ash says:

    Hmm, I think I just read this somewhere…

  114. Bryan says:

    Spezza was never drafted by, nor played for the Islanders.  NYI sent the 2nd overall pick in 2001 (Spezza) and Chara to Ottawa for Yashin.

    Jokinen was actually drafted by LA, and made his NHL debut there.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  115. HFX-HabFan says:

    You beat me to it!  When we play the Kings…their “debut” roster is one of the best.

  116. habrez says:

    My bad. Did not fully read your post.

    I saw Milbury’s name and a line up and assumed you were bashing him and somehow left out Olli and Spezza. I guess only Chara, Bertuzzi, DiPietro and Luongo were around during the Milbury years.

    That lineup really show you how terribly they have drafted over the years. If you look at the Habs that got away at least there are some decent players. 


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