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06-27-2009, 08:33 PM
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Hawaii did pretty good in the poll, not a surprise since Dog the Bounty Hunter's family (Dog, Duane Lee, Leland and Beth) were talking about him on an episode a while back.
Are they hockey fans? Because from what I know about them I couldn't imagine his name coming up in a thousand years if they weren't fans.

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06-27-2009, 08:45 PM
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factors that can make the islanders an annual contender

1. The Lighthouse/New Arena
2. Signing top free agents because of #1
3. Another top 5 prospect in the 2010 draft
4. Rick Dipietro's health
5. Prospects develop properly
JT won't attract UFA's... for now

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06-27-2009, 08:48 PM
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JT won't attract UFA's... for now
#1 was the arena, not JT.

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06-27-2009, 08:53 PM
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factors that can make the islanders an annual contender

1. The Lighthouse/New Arena
2. Signing top free agents because of #1
3. Another top 5 prospect in the 2010 draft
4. Rick Dipietro's health
5. Prospects develop properly
How is a new arena suppose to attract FAs ?

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06-27-2009, 09:03 PM
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Tavares was perfect because he is a true #1 center who happens to also score a lot of goals....Bailey is probably more a #2 center, so it works nicely.
I still think Tavares will be a better winger as a pro.

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06-27-2009, 09:05 PM
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John Tavares to throw out the first pitch of the Met/Yankee game at Citi Field tomorrow night.

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06-27-2009, 09:12 PM
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John Tavares to throw out the first pitch of the Met/Yankee game at Citi Field tomorrow night.
Sweet, it's on ESPN.

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06-27-2009, 09:26 PM
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John Tavares to throw out the first pitch of the Met/Yankee game at Citi Field tomorrow night.
where did u hear?

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06-27-2009, 09:35 PM
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I still think Tavares will be a better winger as a pro.
i agree - he could be very heatley-esque.

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06-27-2009, 09:52 PM
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Are they hockey fans? Because from what I know about them I couldn't imagine his name coming up in a thousand years if they weren't fans.
My attempt at a joke.

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06-27-2009, 09:57 PM
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Why does brian Burke keep calling him Jonathan?

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06-27-2009, 10:00 PM
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You guys have a great future to look forward to, but man.. could've had Tavares, Hodgson, and Kulikov. That would have been insane.

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06-27-2009, 10:07 PM
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You guys have a great future to look forward to, but man.. could've had Tavares, Hodgson, and Kulikov. That would have been insane.
Dont forget bailey played in the nhl this year. he would have put up at least the numbers hodgson did if he stayed in the ohl

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06-27-2009, 10:09 PM
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where did u hear?
It is on the Islanders website. I really hope ESPN shows it.

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06-27-2009, 10:11 PM
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He won't turn them around immediately, they still need help in other areas, but it is a step in the right direction.

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06-27-2009, 10:26 PM
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Dont forget bailey played in the nhl this year. he would have put up at least the numbers hodgson did if he stayed in the ohl
Oh I know Bailey will be a good 2nd line center which is something to be pleased about for you guys, but it's just interesting to think what NYI could have done down the road with Tavares and Hodgson like at the WJC.

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06-27-2009, 10:32 PM
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How is a new arena suppose to attract FAs ?
really?

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06-27-2009, 10:34 PM
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I expect the Isles to be improved next season, but I'm not expecting anything higher than 11th in the East. I'm also not expecting anything more than 20-25 goals for JT in his rookie year.

I am however expecting big things from Okposo. barring injury I see him scoring 30 this year.

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06-27-2009, 10:36 PM
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John Tavares to throw out the first pitch of the Met/Yankee game at Citi Field tomorrow night.
sweet, ill be there near front row. Gonna try and bring a decent camera.

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06-27-2009, 11:21 PM
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Yeah, I love that powder blue jersey but they're still alternates I believe
The Penguins alt jersey is powder blue, the Islanders alt is royal blue.

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06-28-2009, 04:53 AM
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I expect the Isles to be improved next season, but I'm not expecting anything higher than 11th in the East. I'm also not expecting anything more than 20-25 goals for JT in his rookie year.

I am however expecting big things from Okposo. barring injury I see him scoring 30 this year.
Same here. If Tavares has the same type of season like Stamkos (overwhelmed at first, very very good in the 2nd half) I'd be ecstatic...and I do also see Okposo getting 25-30 as well. Okposo has a very realistic chance at turning into a 35g-35a power forward with speed, sooner rather than later.

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07-17-2009, 01:23 PM
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Tavares' attitude/personality

So I've been keeping up with the Islanders camp on IslanderTV, particularly the litany of Tavares interviews. First of all, he seems to have 0 personality. His answers seem extremely preplanned and thought through. He never gives an answer different from the 5 or so that he has rehearsed, save for changing a few words around to make it fit. On the plus side, he looks extremely comfortable in front of the media.

He never smiles. The only time I've seen Tavares smile is in a post draft picture. Reporters make jokes, and he answers with a 100% straight face. The constant awkwardness it sometimes causes is quite amusing.

Basically, it seems as though he ONLY lives for hockey. Frankly, I love it, but I'm not sure how great it will wind up being from a marketing standpoint. I have a feeling that he will never become a great interview, but instead will be the type of player that does all of his talking on the ice similar to what Malkin has had to do.

Most importantly though is the content of his rehearsed answers. They contain no humility. Most notably for me was the following exchange (paraphrased):

"You've been compared to islander great and legendary goal scorer mike bossy, how does that feel?"
JT: "Um...well, it's great, but I don't want to set a ceiling for myself"

There are a few other examples, but the answer shows a few things to me, one is that despite his years and years of media hype he still is not great at thinking on his toes. He is brutally honest, sometimes at the cost of humility. He is extremely confident and definitely borderline cocky, very possibly over the line.



So my question is, when Tavares was in Junior, could people ascertain similar things about him? What did people think of his interviews/personality/attitude?

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07-17-2009, 01:25 PM
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most 18 year olds are like this. They are young, not as expierenced, and so far. In a couple years you will see the diffrence.

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07-17-2009, 01:26 PM
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he interviews as well as crosby

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07-17-2009, 01:39 PM
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My favorite Tavares interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV0tOEb9BhI

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