Around the NHL (Part XXXIX): (1/9: Leafs fire Brian Burke as GM; Dave Nonis steps in)
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12-29-2012, 01:36 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
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The Islanders will never contend unless they surround these young guys with some in their prime capable vets. It's hard for your prospects to develop properly when constantly surrounded by younger/raw prospects and washed up vets/dinosaurs.
Here are some of the Islanders UFA/trade acquisitions over the past several years:
Weight, Guerin, Sillinger, Rolston, Staios, Reasoner, Mottau, Sim, Jurcina, Eaton, Konopka, Bolton, Carkner, Boyes
This is the problem I've seen with the Oilers. However, their team is still very young and their talent exceeds the level of talent the islanders youth has. I think the oilers will breakout at some point. But to my original point, the oilers have struggled mightily the last couple years even with the additions of Eberle, Gagner, Hall, and RNH. They have not been able to stabilize a useful defense and goaltending situation. Schultz is an offensive defenseman. I don't think he helps their defensive woes. The Islanders have similar problems in net.
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