I just wanted to get some feedback from the Fishstick squad. All jokes aside it was nice to team up with my foes last week or so. With the Islanders and Rangers going to war a few of us had to inform the world just how intense the battles are. After seeing the Rangers/Devils last night, god it's great being a hockey fan in the NY area. Hats off to you who took the time to put NY on the map in TopRtLW76's blogg.
Back to business. If the Islanders rumors are true and they have to make a choice between Mike Milbury's son and Coach Nolan,it's clear they should move Rick. He's a hell of a goalie and he's a warrior on team of marginal players.To keep his team in games DP has to walk the line between brilliant and stupid. At times he gets forced into making dangerous saves. Last year he was put on the shelf with a concussion in Montreal. This year his hip has knocked him out early again. The truth is the size of his contract is as big as his heart. He will fight and compete and has put on some performances of a lifetime vs my Rangers. He handles the puck better than half his D core and thats why the Islanders should trade him. Yep I said it,trade him.
Ted Nolan was run out of Buffalo and the irony of the story was that it was another goalie. The story line is blurred and there are clean and dirty verisons to every truth. But the fact is,he's one hell of a coach. He's taken another c level club to near playoff contention.After injuries caught up with the sticks,they finally drowned in an Eastern conference that must make NBA exects lose there bowls. The competition in our game is now becoming the best in the world.Teddy can almost turn water into whine and I can only wonder how fast he would have clean up the toy room at MSG 5-6 years ago. I'm thankful for Tom Renny and it's becoming clear that a #1 coach is just as important as a #1 goalie. Sure you can say that the main reason the Islanders made it as far was becuase of Rick. But you just have to look into last years drive to see how Teddy managed a club into the playoffs with an AHL netminder.Ted can squeeze the best out of players,turning role guys into scorers and making scorers into character players.
Let's face it Rick still is tied into maybe the worst NHL trades of all time. It's a bad taste that seems to never leave the walls of the Mozz. Milbury sent Luongo and Olli Jokenin to Florida for Kavasha(who) Parrish(ehh) and a # 1 pick(could have been Heatly).Milbury shook the draft day table nabbing the Boston native for his puck handling skills and his determination. Both of those attributes are dead on,but the dream of having 3 superstars skate in Nassau is now a nightmare. Having those players grow on this team and win on the Island may have laid the foundation for other players to come work 30 min from the city. Instead of begging players to come and skate here,they could have showed them the beach and handed them a pen. Now the Islanders have to fill in the blanks on a madlibs roster ,that Nolan has handled well.
Being from Boston may help Ricky,cause I think they are the best fit for him. Boston lacks a fire ball and seems to only gain steam when there Captain (let's not get started on that one) dropps the gloves. Thier D has always had questions but no hole is bigger than the one that lingers in the net. Boston is on the lines of greatness and is an Avery and Lundqvist away from being,well the Rangers. Kessel is alsome,Patrice Bergeron will be back next year(if not skating now),and they have a top team in Providence. Auld,Thomas,and Fernandez,Jesus give me a break. Boston fans should put the pads on Gevin Garnett.Auld has done well but the constant carousel is enough. Why not provide long term cheap stabillity with DP. A hometown kid playing in the shadows of some of B's greats.Cheevers,Moog,Ranford,and Ray. It just so happens that he has some of those numbers on the back of his mask. Boston would need to offer some quality in return,with either Kessel,Axelson,or Bergeron headed to NY. After aquiring some extra picks ,Snow ( Mass native) could doctor up Rask coming back to the Mozz as well. The Islander have zero goaltending depth in their organization.He would finally give them that asset and insurance they need. This summer the Islanders will have some money to spend and adding a nice young scorer up front may lighten the blow on missing out in the FA pool. On the flip side,playing with Kessel or adding the two way player ( Axelson) that Nolan likes could help attract UFAs. One thing the Islanders do have is money. With Ottawa possibly buying out Emery,he's worth a shot. He likes to compete and everyone knows what he's capable of. Just ask Mike Comerie what he thinks of him. I think a change of scene would fit him well. They could also look at Huet or his backup Olie Kolzig.Either way the idea is that they can add two players to a team that has a hard time adding one. Dealing Rick to Beantown (getting back enough for once) is the best divorce.