In the final season at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders are looking to honor the great history within the Barn’s confines. A building that opened its doors in 1972 has seen a plethora of great moments but unfortunately for fans younger than 40, they failed to duplicate that success at any point since the Drive for Five stalled.
As the Barn closes its doors for good, the Islanders need to honor the few bright spots from the dark days. We all love the dynasty but there are a few players that were great but just born in the wrong era of Islanders’ hockey.
Don’t forget some of the overlooked heroes that seemed to be the only ones competing at a high level during the down years.
For fans in their early and mid-20s, success was a fairy tale; a pipe dream. The majority of our memories of the Nassau Coliseum will unfortunately wind up being predominantly negative. There is no way to sugar coat the facts. Since 1993, the Coliseum has soaked up more tears of sorrow than joy.
The following is a rant broken into mini bits of thoughts poorly strung together. It's going to cover a whole lot of bleepin' (this is how I'm going to curse because I'm in the mood (I'm always in the mood) for a good curse) subjects. If you come to something you don't like, skip down some. Or just bail on it. I ain't mad at ya.
(I'm a little rude to Canada later. It's nothing against you personally, Canada. All the Canadians I know are lovely people, I just got my feelings hurt.)
The Washington Capitals are going down the left coast this week and the games are late, so I'm probably not going to watch.
As the Garth Snow front office era embarks on its eighth season heading the New York Islanders, many believe that the rebuilding period is over and the Isles time is now. The last seven years have been tough for Long Island’s team as about the only thing that seemed to be consistent was finishing last in the division and having the lowest payroll in the NHL. Both of these things took a turn for the better last season as Islanders made the playoffs and finished 28th out of 30 teams in payroll.(flickr/IslesPunkFan)
The New York Islanders have officially removed Rick DiPietro's name from their roster after using one of their two compliance buyouts on the former number one goaltender yesterday. The buyout will pay him $1.5 million over the next 16 seasons and makes him an unrestricted free agent in search of a new NHL home (Photo credit: xjowell/Flickr).
DiPietro was drafted by Mike Milbury with the 1st overall pick 13 years ago, making history in the NHL as he was the first goaltender to ever be selected first overall. He immediately began his career with the Islanders before seeing some time with the Isles AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The Montreal Canadiens step down from the podium and the camera turns to the General Manager of the New York Islanders, Garth Snow. Accompanied by his top scouts and assistants, and most likely Kevin Connolly who formerly was on Entourage, Snow remains seated. With Pierre McGuire ready to analyze Snow's draft choice at fourth overall, the Isles GM leaves the podium vacant for the Commissioner of the NHL, Gary Bettman.
"We have a trade to announce, " are the words that would echo throughout a startled building.
"The Islanders have chosen to trade the fourth overall pick in this year's draft..."
The Islanders find themselves eight points out of the playoffs again after losing to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. The loss, combined with almost every other team the Isles are fighting with having gained two points in the same night, put them back to the eight point differential. Just another dagger in the heart of Islanders fans that are hopeful of a late season push into the playoffs.
Although there is plenty of time between now and the end of the season, each win is crucial and each loss can be detrimental to their chances of capturing the eighth seed in the East. As I look at the standings and contemplate who needs to win and who needs to lose (just for fun, because my original prediction of the Isles falling to 10th or 11th in the East still stands), I can't help but think back to Easter of 2007.
Mike Milbury is a name that has stained the heart of almost every Islanders fan; he drafted well, but traded away almost everyone that had potential, allowing those on the Island to watch their young draft picks develop into stars on other teams around the league. Such names include Todd Bertuzzi, Darius Kasparitis, Roberto Luongo and Zigmund Palffy. Most of his trades were questionable at best, the contracts he offered were often mind boggling, and he is heralded by Isles fans as possibly the worst General Manager in NHL history.
But despite that hefty resume of accusations, Mike Milbury currently has an even bigger one on his hands.
According to TSN, Milbury has been accused of assault and battery on a twelve-year old involving an altercation during a pee-wee hockey game.