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01-25-2013, 08:56 AM
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The way I see it, players in their 20's can grow, and players with redeeming qualities grow on you.

Strait has obviously winning some people over. He's no Doughty, but as a defensively capable "Martinek 2.0" he has more than a small chance to stick on the Island as it's an unknown amount of time in which the 'linebackers' Snow's drafted (Reinhart/Pelech/Mayfield/Pedan) work their way up the depth chart - likely 2-3 seasons, barring impressive camps and injuries.

He may not be "Mr. Right," but obviously he's "Mr. Right Now." So far, I have no qualms about that until he gives me one.
I agree. I'm very happy to have him play for this team, and I think it's great to have him paired with Streit. As for the bolded, if he can be what Radek was in his prime WITHOUT the injuries, then I think Snow did very well for this team by picking him up.

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01-30-2013, 06:36 AM
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Wonder what they thought of Strait in Pittsburgh last night? Just steady and reliable,
nice to have someone like that.

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01-30-2013, 07:03 AM
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Wonder what they thought of Strait in Pittsburgh last night? Just steady and reliable,
nice to have someone like that.
He knows his limitations and doesn't try to do more than he's capable off which makes him the perfect partner for Streit.

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01-30-2013, 08:20 AM
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Wonder what they thought of Strait in Pittsburgh last night? Just steady and reliable,
nice to have someone like that.
Well I know some guys over there still see him as expendable and a lifelong #5-7 d-man, but personally I'm wishing we would have kept him and let Lovejoy go through waivers instead. Now I'm just wondering how many more of our d-man prospects are gonna be mishandled...

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01-30-2013, 08:27 AM
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Eventhough it was a 1 on 2, Malkin made a great move to nearly get around him, but he stayed with him & instead of playing the puck he played the body & took him out of the play.

I'm really liking how simple Straits game is. He's been very steady so far.

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01-30-2013, 10:45 AM
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He's not going to light up the stat sheet but man he plays a very sound defensive game

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01-30-2013, 10:47 AM
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Strait so far after only 6 games looks very steady. The type of ideal player you want on a 2nd pairing. Doesn't do anything to make highlights-but doesn't make a whole lot of mistakes either out there.

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01-30-2013, 11:25 AM
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He's not going to light up the stat sheet but man he plays a very sound defensive game
You're not going to pick up a Paul Coffey off the waiver wire. If you can get a young guy to play solid top 4 minutes then you got yourself a bargain.

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01-30-2013, 11:45 AM
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Strait may be an example of the kind of solid, no holes in his game but nothing outstanding either kind of player that can get undervalued sometimes. You see that in the draft too when teams go for the player with some outstanding attribute (size, skating, toughness, etc.) and miss out on someone who's "merely" solid all-around and effective.

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01-30-2013, 12:26 PM
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http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=451

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...-weeks-672561/

Brian Strait to Shelley Anderson in the Post-Gazette:

"Any call-up I had the last couple of years, I was playing sparingly -- 12 minutes, 10 minutes," he said. "I'm getting a good opportunity here.

"It's nice when you have a coaching staff that shows trust in you. It was a different situation the last couple of years, only playing for 10 minutes and not knowing if I was going to go back out for another shift after I made a mistake."


There is some more at the link too, Post Gazette. I found the italicized portion over on the Pens board and then located the original article.

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01-30-2013, 12:40 PM
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You barely know he's out there...and that's more than enough for me

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01-30-2013, 12:43 PM
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That's the problem with being in a top organization where wins are always expected. If you're not a proven player then you're just not going to be given much rope. One mistake and you're on the bench or in the stands. Too much preasure for most rookies to succeed.

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01-30-2013, 12:48 PM
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I give the guy a lot of credit. You go from not really knowing your role with a team to stepping and playing top minutes, with a pairing partner you had no time to build chemistry with, no time to get used to a system, and playing in various roles.

I am not ready to jump up and give the guy a massive contract but I def like that I see.

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01-30-2013, 12:52 PM
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So how much has the lockout played into better pickings off the waiver wire this year? Strait, Aucoin, and Hickey... It seems like the quality was up.

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01-30-2013, 12:59 PM
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So how much has the lockout played into better pickings off the waiver wire this year? Strait, Aucoin, and Hickey... It seems like the quality was up.
I would say a lot. The lockout basically killed the trade market for fringe players on teams this year. With the short camp there was almost zero time to evaluate and possibly deal some of these guys and some hasty decisions had to be made.

For as humorous as it was to throw all the "All your waivers are belong to us!" jokes at Snow, he may have (yet again) been ahead of the curve on some of these waiver guys.

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01-30-2013, 01:07 PM
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I would say a lot. The lockout basically killed the trade market for fringe players on teams this year. With the short camp there was almost zero time to evaluate and possibly deal some of these guys and some hasty decisions had to be made.

For as humorous as it was to throw all the "All your waivers are belong to us!" jokes at Snow, he may have (yet again) been ahead of the curve on some of these waiver guys.
Looks like Snow is the one laughing now.

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01-30-2013, 01:14 PM
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I give the guy a lot of credit. You go from not really knowing your role with a team to stepping and playing top minutes, with a pairing partner you had no time to build chemistry with, no time to get used to a system, and playing in various roles.

I am not ready to jump up and give the guy a massive contract but I def like that I see.
I think they saw an ideal partner for Streit in Brian Strait. He's a guy that doesn't stray too far past the oppositions blue line and thinks defense first. We all know Streit is a minus machine in his own end but he does great things in the offensive zone and on the PP that you absolutely need in the lineup. That's why I think when Vis comes back he will start out on the third pairing with Carkner. I'm not saying he'll remain there but he has to understand that the team is playing well and you can't just up and juggle everything just because he finally decides to show up.

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Bumpity bump bump.

It's blizzard morning on Long Island . Just flipping pages here.

So , with the 3rd anniversary of the signing of the 3 year extention only a week away
I thought it might be fun / sad day to look back at his early days with the club. Some of the posts are very funny looking back now. Be careful what you wish for Scott. Post#40- strait with penalty, strait falls down , strait fails to clear, etc etc etc.
I figure today might be the day the next contract is announced. It's a Snow day after all.
Get it done Garth!!!!!!!!!!


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01-23-2016, 11:24 AM
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Everything is just fine in islander land when there is a ton of attention devoted to a 6/7 defenseman. Not too long ago, this attention was on the first line, first pairing, and starting goaltender.

The reality is, hardcore fans will always find a player or two to rip on and feel there's always someone better. Maybe there is. At the end of the day, he's expendable in dollars and term, whereas a lot of teams have some real terrible players making big money and have term. So, Strait is what he is, and to me, much ado about nothing beyond being one of the players fans just pick apart.

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01-23-2016, 11:26 AM
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Wow, that's a solid bump. May as well post this research paper I saw the other day.

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Here are some observations I've made:
  • Brian Strait is a left-handed defenseman. The same configuration of position and stickhandidness as Jack Capuano when he played professional hockey.
  • Both Jack and Brian are 6'1 and weigh roughly 200 pounds (according to Google; take that for what you will).
  • Both played collegiate hockey in the northeast. Jack for the University of Maine and Strait for Boston University.
  • Both hail from New England. Capuano was born in Cranston RI and Strait from Waltham MA.
  • Brian Strait was born in 1988. That same year, Jack Capuano made his professional hockey debut with the Newmarket Saints.
  • Both Strait and Capuano are dark of hair and brown of eye.
These shared qualities have lead me to believe that either:
  1. Brian Strait is actually Capuano's illegitimate child. Strait only started to play hockey in an effort to be noticed by his estranged father. Upon arriving to the Islanders, the two had a falling out as Strait attempted to confront Cappy on his paternity. When Capuano refused to admit that Strait was, indeed, his flesh and blood and threatened to have him removed from the team, Strait resorted to extreme measures: He decided to blackmail Jack with the results of DNA testing. Capuano, fearful of what the scandal could do for his career, agreed to keep Strait on the team and meet for a father-son dinner date once a month in exchange for Strait's silence.
  2. Brian Strait is actually a clone of Jack Capuano developed in an attempt to create the greatest mediocre defenseman of all time. Jack, forced to come to grips with the fact that he would never achieve this on his own, decided to alter a piece of his own DNA and build his own second-string-super-defender. This would explain the eerie amount of similarities shared by the two and why Strait continues to have such a major presence on the team.
Also, considering the string of former players-turned-coaches from the New England area we've had, expect to see him coaching your 2030 New York Islanders.
Edit: And sure enough the 9th post in the thread is about how he looks like Jack's son. The writing was on the wall you could say.


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Wow, that's a solid bump. May as well post this research paper I saw the other day.



Edit: And sure enough the 9th post in the thread is about how he looks like Jack's son. The writing was on the wall you could say.
Oh my god

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Pretty funny to read this. Where the hell is Mitch? He disappeared.

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Strait may be an example of the kind of solid, no holes in his game but nothing outstanding either kind of player that can get undervalued sometimes. You see that in the draft too when teams go for the player with some outstanding attribute (size, skating, toughness, etc.) and miss out on someone who's "merely" solid all-around and effective.
Oy. Three years later, fixing my own post:

Strait may be an example of the kind of questionable, all kinds of holes in his game and outstanding ability to ice the puck on breakouts kind of player that can get overvalued sometimes. You see that in the draft too when teams go for the player with no outstanding attribute (size, skating, toughness, etc.) and miss out on someone who's an actual NHL-quality player.

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Anyone who praised him can't complain about him. That's my opinion anyway.

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Holy Lazarus thread!

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