Mad Mike: A man with an itch and… NO CORTIZONE!!!
Well last season was nice, The isles break the long playoff draught, start to sell out games again. The old barn haden’t been so loud in years and years. This year these virtually same Isles are skating to vastly diffrent results in the standings and the cheers of a year ago have become a cascade of boo’s raining down from the disgruntled fans.
Now don’t start giving me crap talk that it’s too early in the season to compare this years team with last years team. It doesn’t take a frick’n brain genious to see that this team doesn’t have the heart and seeminly not the talent to even come close to last years marks. Before last nights loss vs. the Flames The isles tried to shake things up by sending down rookies Raffi Torres and Justin Mapletoft (who were playing better than most other islanders) and recalled Trent Hunter, Eric Manlow and Mattias Weinhandl. The latter of the three showed some spark but all to the same awful result of a Loss instead of a Win.
The fact that the isles sent the rookies down and didn’t sit out the veterans that continued to make mistakes and selfish penalties caused one to think that the vets might be being put on display. Newsday reported that scouts from at least “14 teams were present, including Florida Gm Rick Dudley who tried to remain inconspicuous by sitting amongst the fans in attendance.”
Newsday also reported other team scouts of note present were from San Jose, Nashville and Atlanta and no scouts from Boston.
No specific rumors other than speculation was cited in the article as to what players could be involved in deals. Florida obviously has Valeri Bure on the block, San Jose has Brad Stuart that I’m sure interests the isles but not sure if the sharks are willing to part with the future All-Star. Atlanta has nothing the isles want really unless they would part with one of there dynamic duo. I suppose Shawn Mceachern might be of interest as the isles lost out on him during the summer. Nashville? No idea who would be of interest to this team.
The bottom line is this team shouldn’t be blowing these games just beacuse Peca’s out. St.Louis is not an incredibly deep team, Demitra has hardly scored in this young Season (except Vs. The Isles) and have worse injury problems, yet they win because they have heart and they battle. This mottly crew is not getting the job done, Changes will be made. Mad Mike is Itching…
Personal speculation on deals:
D Roman Hamrlik, C Jason Weimer, pick: To Sharks
D Brad Stuart, W Todd Harvey: To Islanders
C Dave Scatchard: To Panthers
W Valeri Bure: To Islanders
Just thoughts, Please don’t yell at me