Drats! TheNew York Islanders Win Again! Plus Lighthouse Follies in Newsday
With Bill Guerin shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a glorified bag of pucks, one of the last speedbumps to Gordon's overspeed system has been removed. This coupled with Brendan Witt's change of heart since his speaking out has made it clear to who runs Bartertown on LI.
When the New York Isles faltered in December, belief from vets wavered. Opinions flew. The team sunk into a confused malaise and dug themselves deeper. The kids followed the vets own doom and gloom, and most of December was a public wreckage.
The Isles, since, shed themselves of nonbelievers or just ill-fits (Comrie). They sit poised to see if they can resign Hilbert and Weight, two who thrived in that system.
Of course, as the Isles win these last month of games, those fans who look at this coming draft placement hearts skip a beat or two. For is the Isles keep winning they will play themselves right out of the top two slots where they were to be assured a franchise-type of blue chip pick in Hedman or Tavares.
Of course, since next season has Scott Gordon's and perhaps also Garth Snow's ass on the line, they might care less about that pick and more about longterm development and improvement, draft be damned.
Therefore, it is likely they will want those wins and something to build on as a group. This takes priority than any draft pick, which might come to many a fan's horror.
While other teams freefall into oblivion and a draft position, the Isles are removing themselves from a Degobah-like swamp based on belief and a system that now only has yes-kids.
KC, despite attempts otherwise, is not a good fit for the Isles and might not even have the league support for the Isles to move there even if it was. Add a legal wrangling, despite any purported loophole to the contract with SMG that is up in 2015, and you have a good idea on how messy it could get.
It is my belief that is IF the Lighthouse Project fails, which would be a monumental catastrophe for sport fans and long islanders, the league would pressure for a sale to a NY-based group. Though the only way it fails is that the poltical battle of attrition becomes far more public and nasty, which would decimate an already weak and willy-nilly Republican led Town of Hempstead and deep-six any long term political desires.
So, though I might hope for them to lose a couple of oh-so-close heartbreakers, a franchise top-flight dman or forward would really make that future oh-so-brighter. If the Isles can win one thing this season, let it be the top draft position WHILE succeeding in having players, coach and GM see that overspeed does in fact work and be built on.
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