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"My Heart Bleeds Orange and Blue"
Buffalo, NY • United States • 32 Years Old • Male
Leave your coat at the door, because Psycom is back with some recapping of this long summer out of Islander Country.

On a personal note, I have been hard at work this summer with college classes, work, and the woman who shares my life. I have been watching and waiting for a chance to say what I think about the state of the Islanders and hockey on Long Island. My chance has finally come.

You ready? Lets rock.

Adios Blake, Yashin, Kozzy, and Poti

Jason Blake, the tiny spark plug who had enough energy on the ice to light up half of Long Island has taken his show up north to Toronto. They are getting one heck of a player in Jason, I wish him all the luck in the world. Alexei Yashin, can it be true? No contracts that were presented were worthy of you? Come on. Did you really want to go to Russia or have teams finally seen that you are not the player you once were? Good luck in the frozen tundra, Alexei. Kozlov and Poti, I hold no hard feelings towards either of you. I would have loved for the Islanders to keep you, but alas, it was not in the cards. Kozzy, you gave us flashes of the player you are, but not nearly enough. I wanted to give you another year to see if you could become that player for us, but you moved on to Washington. Poti, you were a dynamo on the blueline for us. Losing you hurts us in a big way. A recoverable way, but a big way. You gave us solid games in and out and I wish you the best in Washington. Keep Kozzy in line.

Hola Guerin, Sim, Comrie, and Tank!

Bill Guerin, a veteran of many seasons, comes to us for the next two years and assumes the captain role vacated by Alexei Yashin. I always liked Guerin, he is a tough customer who is able to put up numbers. He is getting up there in age, but I think he has some gas left in the tank to give the Islanders a true leader on the ice and in the locker room. John Sim, you put up some decent numbers for the Thrashers last season. I think under Nolan you will do nothing but improve on those numbers. He can get blood from a stone and you are that stone, Sim. Mike Comrie. This is your chance, buddy. Prove to yourself and the rest of the NHL that you are able to be a top forward. You may have shown it here or there, but we need you night in and night out. There are no off days. Leave it all on the ice and you will find yourself a permanent home on the Island. If you give us your all, we will gladly accept you. Last but not least, Fedotenko. You had a rocky season with the Lightning last season but still but up some numbers. You will have a bigger role here and you need to show us you are worthy of that contract you signed. I have faith that you can, prove me right, Tank.

Final Thoughts

We have lost a lot, but I think people are underestimating what we have gotten to replace. We have players with a lot to prove. They will be hungry to show that they can be better than what the critics say. They did it last year, I think they can do it again. With a few more moves, the Islanders are in good shape to be a playoff competitive team. To be honest, I think they can go toe-to-toe today with playoff competitive teams. People are writing off the Islanders already and that is fine with me. It happened last year and we proved our critics wrong. I cant wait to see what this year holds. Lets. Go. Islanders.
Filed Under:   Islanders   Blake   Guerin  
August 5, 2007 3:02 PM ET | Delete
The Islanders as playoff contenders??? HAHAHAHAHAH!!! Funniest joke in hockeybuzz.com history! You should be a writer for SNL!!!
August 5, 2007 3:16 PM ET | Delete
your one to talk, leafs fan.
August 5, 2007 3:16 PM ET | Delete
I liked this blog, but I dont see the NYI in the POs. The atlantic may be the hardest devision this year and those points wont come easy. I also have little faith in the additions, however Nolan may be able to get these players reaching their potential- a big if (other then comrie because I think he is ready for his new role, IMHO) but if it happens then the NYI could be competitive. We play you in our first home game this season and Im lloking forward to it...I just hope both teams can reach their potential so the fans have a good show.
August 5, 2007 3:45 PM ET | Delete
LEAF FAN....WHY ARE YOU MOCKING ISLANDER FAN??? This proves the ignorance of most leaf fans. They know a lot about their team, but nothing about HOCKEY. Good blog, I think 6th-8th is up for any team who has the heart to make a push at the end of the year...(eg. Islanders sneaking in last year, bitter 0ooLeafs0o0???)
August 5, 2007 4:55 PM ET | Delete
Typical delusional Leafs fan. He puts down others while thinking (in their fantasy world) that the Leafs can get in the playoffs. With their defensive play? HA! Good luck Islanders.
August 5, 2007 6:23 PM ET | Delete
Actually as long as they have Dipietro they are always contenders for the playoffs. I mean he's better then Toskala, Huet, Emery, Giguere, Miller, Ward, Roloson, Ferne..... Lets just say the only ones better would be Brodeur, Loungo, Lundquist, and Kiprusoff. So as long as they have team players and a great goalie (as of 05-06 he just started to prove himself) They will always have a chance to make the playoffs.Personally I think they won't make it but they still could.
August 5, 2007 6:28 PM ET | Delete
lol dipietro never really impressed me enough to say hes better most of the goalies you say hes better than. and yeah yashin is a douche bag :P
August 5, 2007 7:03 PM ET | Delete
I love how all canadian non-leaf fans (except oilers..yet) are busting on the leafs. Is there a deep hatred here or is it just the comment by the 1st poster? Id say the leafs have a better team (on paper- which last year didnt mean much for the NYI) then the NYI. Anything can happen but I wouldnt be very optimistic as an islanders fan (you lost your 4 most offensive producing players from your roster-smyth, blake, yashin, poti). Who is going to put the puck in the net? Comrie, guerin, smith and fedotenko all had a total of 85 goals last season (guerin had 36 but is getting slower and older and had a short upward spike in production after a fall over the last few seasons). The d also looks like a really good AHL roster. Dipietro is good and if he stays healthy he should steal some games but without the offensive production I dont see your team going to the POs (of course this is coming from a philly fan so take it as a grain of salt).
August 5, 2007 9:52 PM ET | Delete
lol. Dipietro is good, but let's not get carried away...
August 6, 2007 9:19 AM ET | Delete
The Islanders have a great goalie and an excellent coach. However, three out of four teams in their division have improved significantly and the fourth, the Devils, are one of the few teams better in goal than the Isles. As I've said before, the Isles will be a solid team, finish with 80-88 points, but they will miss the playoffs. They are simply to thin on D and up front to make, and they won't take anyone by surprise this year too.
August 6, 2007 11:07 AM ET | Delete
My Predictions if there are any surprises. The Washington Capitals are my surprise team for the East. Great Offense and a good veteran goalie in Kolzig. Although if Kolzig goes down with a injury again then Washington can see themselves in 13th again. For the West I guess St Louis can be the only team to pull off a surprise. chicago added alot. But never really took into consideration that maybe they won't click. and same with LA. As for the Islanders like I said. There goalie is awesome. AND YES HE IS AWESOME. He's only reaching his potential now but still. Guys watch out for Dipietro in the coming years. Remember it took Loungo roughly 4-6 years to become dominate in the NHL.
August 6, 2007 11:08 AM ET | Delete
^^^^^ Sorry didn't finish. But even with Dipietro they won't make the playoffs. They'll be the Florida panthers when they had Loungo. You know. Close but never make it.
August 6, 2007 12:43 PM ET | Delete
Excellent comparison Sheam
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