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10-01-2003, 07:59 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Port Jefferson, NY
The Isles had no system under Lavvy....
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Things of note:
1. " Run-and-gun hockey may appeal to the media but more and more teams are switching to the defense-first game. These include the Rangers, Islanders and Red Wings, among others.
As one team official tells us, “We want to be more like the Devils – a better checking team.” "
Ok, Rangers I can see. But didn't the Isles trap under Lavvy? Also calling Detroit a run-and-gun team is like calling the Rangers a trapping team. Detroit has been using the left-wing lock for how many years now?
2. "Here’s the inside poop on CBA negotiations. There’s only one issue and it goes this way: Owners are determined to lower total payrolls by 40 (as in FORTY) percent. Management, whether it’s Boston or Montreal, is convinced it must make the salary slice. That’s why many insist there’s no chance of a settlement without a Lockout."
They want to trim all payrolls by 40%? That would certainly get most teams to the under $40m cap # that we've heard Bettman allude to. There's just no way they can get ALL teams to do that and there's NO WAY the NHLPA will EVER cave in to that #. Enjoy your hockey this year, boys and girls, becuase come 2004 there will be no NHL.
Thats why he is gone. The guy would try to change system according to who they were playing and that is difficult for the most talented teams in the league. For the Isles to try to do that with not the greatest of talent was a mistake. Yes he did get to the playoffs big deal they got knocked in the 1st round and showed up for the 1st gane which they won and that was it. The biggest complaint was Lavvy would not commit to 1 style let the team play that style to the best of their abilties it would changed to much.
The new coach has them playing a defensiove style which they have adapted to very well. Yes I know it is only pre-season but they are 5-0 only letting up 5 goals in the 5games while scoring I believe 17 w. about 7 of them on turnovers in the neutral or off the forecheck. As i said I know its only pre-season but as an isles I'm pretty encouraged at least they are sticking w/ one style and winning w/ that.
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