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Hockey is back!

Posted on: October 17, 2008 8:50 am

The NHL season is going strong and the Islanders are playing pretty well.  Excepting the embarassing loss to Buffalo, they have been competitive and have managed to win a couple of games. 

The immediate concern for me is the health of our franchise goalie Rick DiPietro.  They signed him a couple of years back to a 15 year contract.  I was very critical of it at the time.  His play since then made me rethink my feelings on the contract - but his injuries have got me concerned again. 

The teams handling of DiPietro right now is also curious.  If he was healthy, he would have played at LEAST 3 of the 4 games they have had so far.  Ricky hasn't played a minute of any of them.  He looked bad in his only preseason game, so it is not suprising  they would not rush him.  HOWEVER, if he isn't ready (be it due to his knee, rust, lingering hip issues - whatever) why is he on the bench backing up?  Normally if a team is getting shelled like they did in buffalo, you pull the goalie...they didn't.  We all know that the isles don't exactly have the guns to come back from a bg deficit, so if it was just getting a little game action THAT would have been a perfect opportunity to get him in there with little on the line.

On the plus side, Trent Hunter with 4 goals is nice to see.  He's streaky, and I don't expect 50 goals there - but 4 at this stage is nice!  Weight also has 4 pts (2G, 2A) so maybe he's got a little left in the tank.  My hopes for this year are to see the development of the young guys.  That will take months to evaluate - but that is where the hope of a return to championship hockey lies for this team. 

I will be watching...and hoping...but not holding my breath.  I am a bit too cynical in my fandom right now!

Category: NHL

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2008 11:15 am

Hockey is back!

I watched the Islanders game last night and was rooting for them.  Having moved to NY from MA in July, I'm in hockey heaven now.  Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres are all broadcast through local channels.  The Devils made an amazing comeback and the Sabres are no longer undefeated.  My Bruins got a nice win with Manny Hernandez on net but I had to follow the score via this site as NESN was blacked out on DirecTV.

I'm attending the Albany River Rats versus the Providence Bruins game in NY on 11/8.  It'll be nice to see a hometown team in person.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2008 11:08 am

Hockey is back!

I followed the NHL Bruins a bit dating back to when I got WSBK on cable on Long Island (though they were never even a close second to the Islanders)...that was Cam Neely era btw.  So far so good with Gordon in my book.  He did excellent in Providence.   I'm looking forward to seeing some improvement as the year goes on.  

Good to see DiPietro playing again and having a solid game though they lost (2-0).  34 saves out of 36 shots is a good indicator.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2008 7:24 pm

Hockey is back!

Isle - with me being a Providence Bruins fan, the Islanders now have a soft spot in my heart after getting Scott Gordon.  Good luck tonight with Rick DiPietro being on net against the Panthers.  

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