It had been leaked on the Internet that Garth Snow is looking to add a mobile, veteran defenseman to the Islanders thin blue-line. If Snow finds a willing trade partner, he might want to add someone with size, grit and the willingness to stick up for his teammates.
The Islanders lost a tough one tonight, 6-2 to the Flyers. It's never encouraging to see your team let up six goals, but kudos to John Tavares for scoring two goals tonight after getting knocked around by a bigger opponent. It's also good to see Okposo on the score sheet again with two assists. They weren't goals but if he keeps playing the way he has it won't be long before he gets himself out of this recent slump.
But like I said, this defense is thin and weak. Even with Sutton in the line-up they had trouble, but with him out (which hopefully will only last until Saturday) they are having an even harder time. And you can't ignore Radek Martinek's value to this team either, but I hate to say it, we knew he would be out of the line-up at one point or another.
Although they lost a tough one, I liked seeing that out of all the possible players on this team, John Tavares did not hesitate to stick up for his goalie for a second. Believe me, he is aware of his value to this team, but that did not stop him from doing what needed to be done on the ice. Some may think it's stupid on his part, but I love seeing that type of play. Moulson and Okposo were quick to get involved as well. These guys are going to learn, grow and develop chemistry together for hopefully years to come. It's great to see the type of respect they have for one another as linemates and in regards to their goalie.
But what about Pronger's hit on Tavares that looked to be a little late and could have caused an injury? I mean the way that John's head went into the glass reminded me of the boarding penalties I take in NHL 2010 on my Xbox 360. It was ridiculous. With Jackman injured and out for the rest of the game, there was no one ready to answer the bell in response to that hit. Even if Jackman was there, I doubt he would have challenged a guy like Pronger.
Yep. This team STILL lacks an enforcer. Pronger was one of the players I noted in my blogs a few months ago when referring to the team's the Isles will face often. This is not the first time that Tavares has gotten hit hard and dirty like that, and it definitely won't be the last.
At times the Isles were seen sticking up for each other tonight, and even if it's a lopsided loss, I will list that as a major positive. It's all part of the growing process and this team needs to have that attitude towards one another in order to be successful now and in the future.
Tomorrow night the Isles get a shot at redemption when they face the Leafs. Maybe we can get 60 shots on net and give Rolly a break?