I felt terrible for him being booed on opening night before he even played a second, but if I ever have the chance to boo him while he's on the ice in his goalie equipment in order to play or sit on the bench for the NYI (which I don't think he will again at this point), I'd give it to him loud and clear. We went on a run right after he got sent down and, to me and everyone else with basic knowledge of the Islanders, that just proves the guy was a cancer to this team. No coincidence. Adios, Rick! Don't let the door hit you.
Maybe now he and Yashin can start a clothing line together!
My guess is that a combo of getting DP out of the picture, Bailey and Okposo coming together, Visnovsky becoming convinced enough to re-up and Capuano either listening to Thompson and Weight more, or just getting more comfortable all happening in a short span of hockey brought this on.
Congrats to the Islanders, the coaches and Snow. The hardest part is yet to come.
Bring on the postseason.
(Fun fact: NYI have gone 18-7-5 since DiPietro was waived.)
One month and 1 day ago we lost our 3rd in a row to start a homestand for the second time this year.. since then we have lost 1 game in regulation... major turning point this team finally learned how to win and stop giving away games..
I really think the number one influence in this turn around was Visnosky coming here and SIGNING for two years. He has been outstanding and a great example of the type of mobile smart d-man you need in this league now. He has quickly become one of my favorite guys here in years.
Secondary scoring - Okposo looking like he was out of shape the first 30 games or so just turned it around on a dime. Unreal. Bailey I am excited for because he seems like a good kid and excited for us because I think he is the second most talented player on this team - as well as smart, complete hockey player.
Goaltending stableized with Nabby in net and moving DP off the Island do BPST.
The defense settling down - especially Hamonic and AMac.
Cizikas plays a big part of the improvement this team has shown as well as Hickey, C-Mac.
All of a sudden it seems like this team could develop into something special for the next few years.
Hell, even Capuano isn't annoying me as much as he did earlier. I think he has learned and has been smart enough to adjust a bit.
And that's the thing.... This team is YOUNG, has many pieces in place including our franchise player, and has the feel of developing into a special team..... This team developed a little quicker than we all thought, in that Strome, Nelson, Neideirreiter, Reinhart, Donovan, De Haan, Anders Lee and many others haven't even arrived yet... It looks like we won't have the room for all our prospects and that can work to our advantage in perhaps adding another very solid player via trade as teams look for salary cap room and we have salary cap space and prospects to make a trade.
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What was great about this season was we had a few backbreaker moments... loss to Winnipeg on the road, loss to Rags in OT in March, loss to Carolina on that Sunday night game, but still stayed strong.
A couple moments stick out for me, the 3-1-1 opening road trip, and the shootout win at MSG I consider most pivotal. Last few years, we would have crumbled on the end of that first road trip, but we turned out to be one of the best road teams in the NHL, I think that first trip gave us the confidence. The shootout win was the biggest victory of the year hands down, retrospectively.
No doubt the second line's emergence as one of the best in the NHL is huge. The very best part of the Islanders resurgence is that our young players are experiencing a winning atmosphere. Critical for the future!
When DP was waived that was the signal to the rest of team that the organzation was ready to move forward. Definetly the turning point IMO. I don't think we would be in this position right now without that move. Addition by subtraction!
i'd say the two day period of 4/1-4/2 when we signed anders lee, called up strome to bport, had both perform immediately and won both games against the devils and winnipeg. i think that was the start of the "good vibes" around this team and proof that we're here to stay. we've yet to lose in regulation this month.