Yashin Named Islanders Captain

Today Alexei Yashin officially became the Islanders 10th captain in its history. With Peca now playing for the Oilers, the Islanders needed someone to step in and fill the leadership void. One has to wonder how well the Islanders can do this year with Yashin as their undisputed leader. His heart and leadership have always been questioned, especially with recent playoff performances, and especially when he played for the Senators against the Maple Leafs. He can be the best player on the ice, but also one of the worst when his heart isn’t in the game. Although he can be counted on for nearly a point a game, there are still many doubts surrounding how well he can lead the Islander squad.

What do all you Islander fans think about Yashin wearing the C for your team?


100 Responses to Yashin Named Islanders Captain

  1. hockeyhead says:

    who did the isles get? alexi zhitnik…that piece o crap. i will enjoy seeing joe beat that guy up over and over.

    samsonov, murray, boyes, mcceacrn (sp), boynton, can all skate…..

    why am i listing speedy guys???? the NHL wont change as much as you think.

    if so…..what good is dipietro if he cant handle the puck???

    no one said winning the east…..but third like last season is not out of the question.

    we will get a good look this weekend. but it is preseason.

  2. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I like Yashin. I know I’m not supposed to, being Canadian and all…but I’m a fan of his. Hell, I own a Yashin jersey. An Islanders Yashin jersey at that. I really think there’s a bias when it comes to Yashin, where no one will give him credit for anything, and everyone always over looks him because of what he did to Ottawa.

    I like the Islanders approach to Yashin. Instead of eating a huge amount of money to get rid of him, or treating him as a $7 million distraction, they’re putting it all on him. They got rid of guys who didn’t like him, brought it guys he knows and will play well with. They basically build the team around him, named him captain, and now it’s all on him. It’s his team, and it’s his time to show what he can do…The guy definitely has the skill to be a top player in the NHL…they just have to find a way to get it out of him.

  3. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I agree with almost everything you said. No one ever blamed Peca for anything. Peca has not been a great player since the Tucker hit. But does anyone ever point that out? No. Anyone ever get down on Peca? Nope. I’m not trying to bag on Peca, because I liked him as a player with the Islanders, but the fact is he was just as much an underachieved the past two years as Yashin has.

    Yashin, on the other hand, could score two goals, three assists, and miss and open net…and you know what everyone would be talking about? Yashin, the cowardly, greedy no heart Russian missed an open neet. It’s like people just hate the guy and want to trash him at any opportunity they have. Yes, Yashin played poorly in the playoffs for Ottawa at times. Ottawa’s whole team plays poorly in the playoffs at times. But, with Yashin, he has no heart…

    I thought he played pretty well in the playoffs with the Islanders. He might not have had the goals you’d like from him against the Leafs in 2002, but he wasn’t dogging it the way people say he does. He was playing hard, he was just being shut down by Corson. The guy can play, and I think Canada should really get off the guys case…

  4. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I agree with almost everything you said. No one ever blamed Peca for anything. Peca has not been a great player since the Tucker hit. But does anyone ever point that out? No. Anyone ever get down on Peca? Nope. I’m not trying to bag on Peca, because I liked him as a player with the Islanders, but the fact is he was just as much an underachieved the past two years as Yashin has.

    Yashin, on the other hand, could score two goals, three assists, and miss and open net…and you know what everyone would be talking about? Yashin, the cowardly, greedy no heart Russian missed an open neet. It’s like people just hate the guy and want to trash him at any opportunity they have. Yes, Yashin played poorly in the playoffs for Ottawa at times. Ottawa’s whole team plays poorly in the playoffs at times. But, with Yashin, he has no heart…

    I thought he played pretty well in the playoffs with the Islanders. He might not have had the goals you’d like from him against the Leafs in 2002, but he wasn’t dogging it the way people say he does. He was playing hard, he was just being shut down by Corson. The guy can play, and I think Canada should really get off the guys case…

  5. WangKumar says:

    This is very true with Peca. If anything, he made the team worse, especially after his first season on the Island. Supposedly he once threw a helmet at Yashin in th locker room. Some leader, eh? But since he is from Toronto, no one touches the guy. He was boring with the media and did absolutely nothing for three years in the playoffs (even before the Tucker hit he was invisible). He got Laviolette fired because Lavs “lost the team”. Whose responsibility is that? Exactly. I was thrilled when we got rid of him

  6. mundus80 says:

    yea, on any given night it could be someone else being the leader, its not who has the C. they just want to push yashin a bit by giving him the C. they will not win or loose any more or less games with him as captain.

    also the isles(4th) will finish ahead of

    Montreal(they need 2 more good d-men and one all-star level forward, to do much, 6th)

    Philadelphia(will be lucky to get better then seventh, already showing there age and there all star ability to get hurt, and the refs are calling a tone of penalty’s all ready, not good for them)

    New Jersey(is a good team but lost allot with still someone or two to trade for either picks or a nobody. maybe 5th but i think 8th)

  7. mundus80 says:

    see i dont think you have ever played at a competitive level. you dont even know who has the C or A untill there is a crappy call or no call. if he has some load guys for his A’s then thats fine, but even that doesnt matter that much you only really piss the refs off. refs dont make up call when you yell at them they only do it when they talk to the others and see that they messed somthing up.

    the refs will more likly listen to someone like yashin who is not a talker. ANYONE can lead a team,the C doesnt change who the real leader of a team is. do you think that if moose didnt have the c he wouldnt be the leader? the leaders are the leaders no matter what patch they have. the coach being a good leader has way more to do with a good team and getting guys to play.

  8. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    Here’s a reality check. Please read and learn what the new NHL is about in these article excerpts re-caping last nights Isles/Rangers game. The Isles are newly rebuilt for THIS NHL. Most other teams aren’t. That is why the Isles will excell!

    HEADLINE from Newspaper article: “Isles Adjust better to new rules as Rangers are whistled for 11 minors”

    The puck finally dropped at Nassau Coliseum last night and it didn’t take long to see proof that this is undoubtedly a new NHL game.

    It took 35 seconds for the whistle to blow and send Michael Nylander to the box for hooking. By the time the night ended for the Rangers, they racked up 11 minor penalties and gave up three power- play goals in a 5-1 loss to the Islanders in the preseason opener for both teams.

    “It’s different,” Jaromir Jagr said of the NHL’s stricter enforcement of obstruction, along with other changes meant to speed up the game. “I think their players adjusted a little quicker than us.”

    Yashin scored on his first shot, a long drive that beat goalie Kevin Weekes to the glove side at 2:18 of the first period, and Alexei Zhitnik beat Weekes to the glove side through a screen at 3:56 to make it 2-0. Both goals came on the power play.

    Zhitnik made it 3-0 at 5:22 when he buried a beautiful feed from rookie Robert Nilsson on a rush. Nilsson, who was put on a line with Yashin and Miroslav Satan, had an impressive debut.

    Weekes, who was admittedly overwhelmed. “It’s almost like playing summer shinny hockey, where there’s no contact and everybody kind of does their thing,” he said. “It’s going to take some time for us to get used to.”

  9. PayUpSucka says:

    Dude, met Pilon at Cowboys in Calgary about 6-7 years ago, guy is a nut. Eric Goddard is crazy like that, I should have snapped some photos, you would have had a laugh at Goddard dancing in the hallways of the Grand Hotel, crazy man.

  10. tml28 says:

    of course the captain is irrelevant in the minors, and jrs, bc everybody wants to do there own things

    duhh, what team?

  11. wingerxxx says:

    I must have missed that story, that’s definitely interesting. But…he had not been formally offered the captaincy. I still have a feeling that Rucchin will get it though.

  12. WangKumar says:

    Bro, I was just as excited as you as last nights preseason game, but it was the 1st preseason game, and we both know that there have been crackdowns year in and out and they never materialize. Let’s hope these rules are legit and the refs consistently enforce them.

  13. RangerSteve says:

    “Boy if I could have taken state”

    Jeez, It doesn’t matter what level of hockey you play. The captain is the most intrical part of holding a room together as well as players. People have lives outside of the dressing room and sometimes that gets the best of them. The captain is a roll figure, someone people can look up to when times are down and things are going against them.

    Yashin doesn’t look like he fits that as all.

  14. dcz28 says:

    Being from Ottawa i know the only thing that motivates Ya$hin is money…he is only motivated when in the last year of his contract and he does not have to worry about that with the long term contract the Isle gave him…he will still put up some points in the season but when the paycheck stops for the playoffs so does he

    He does not deserve to be a captain but i have a hard time to find a leader on the Islanders…maybe Blake or York but i’m not sure about those guys being leaders

  15. Mullet says:

    Isles should have traded Yashin and Parrish for Shane Doan or Marian Gaborik

  16. Mullet says:

    Isles wont even make the playoffs this year. They blew their chance when they traded away Peca and let Jonsson and Aucoin go! They are just screwed now!

  17. detY192003 says:

    and maybe because you used to be known as THEHEAD

  18. detY192003 says:

    2 for 1….ARE YOU NUTS!…..that would be incredible stupid. Parrish for Gaborik would make sence for Parrish tho….he would be going home. He grew up near my house in New Hope,mn. I remember when he was in HS playing…all the nes did was talk about him…now hes with the ilse

  19. dcz28 says:

    Being from Ottawa i am not bitter about Yashin but i was very glad that the Sens got rid of him…no he is not the only one that caused the Sens playoff disasters but he did not help at all

    I’m actually very glad that Ottawa had him for a couple of years or else they would not have Chara and Spezza right now

    Let me ask you Isle fans this…Who would you rather have on your team?…Yashin or Spezza and Chara? My pick is Chara (Norris finalist) and Spezza (a great young player that could be as good if not better than Yashin)…That was the best deal the Sens ever made so i say to the Islanders “thank you and come again”

  20. NYIchooch75 says:

    Jonsson ELECTED to stay in Sweden. Aucoin got TOO MUCH money. Did you know that there is a cap?

  21. NYIchooch75 says:

    Do we constantly have to re-live Milbury’s worst trades? Chara will NOT be on the Sens after this season. He said so himself. They can’t afford him under the cap. And I do think Spezza is going to be a star, but he really hasn’t done anything yet. He could suck! I doubt it because the kid is talented, but nothing is a sure thing.

  22. Mullet says:

    You’re just crying cause your team aint gonna make it to the playoffs. Plus you wish you still had those players! By the way you didn’t mention Peca!! Why did he go? That was possibly the worst move by the club in their history other than trading Luongo!

  23. Mullet says:

    Dude what are you talking about, the only way to acquire Doan or Gaborik would be to trade both Parrish and Yashin! Neither Phoenix or Minnesota would do a 1 for 1 trade cause then they deserve to be fired. Yashin and Parrish might not even be enough for these talented superstars!!

  24. Mullet says:

    What are you talking about? Who the heck is TheHead? Have you like flew over the kookoos nest?

  25. Islander45 says:

    Sens fans remember why you hate Yashin. It’s because he left your team.

    Yashin will have a great year. I think the “c” will make him better. He’s not as bad as everyone says he is when it comes to the playoffs. As an Islander he always had two men holding him every game. With the new rules this will not happen. Yashin will net 35-40 goals and be in the top five in power play points. As for the Islanders in a whole we are better than you think. Our power play will be scary! Everybody on defence can score and move the puck. Yashin, Satan, Hunter and Blake with Parrish in front of the net. Our rookies are looking very good as well. I think everybody’s going to be proven wrong this year. Isles will be toward the top of the east.

    Lets go Islanders!

    One more note to all Islander fans. Boy the Rangers will really suck this year gotta love that!!!!

  26. Islander45 says:

    Chara’s best at holding and keeping his long stick on people he can’t do that any more so he will suck this year.

  27. Beckfan5 says:

    The Sens fans hate him because he held out.

    Twice!

    And your statement about the Rangers.

    ***** you Dumb Islander fan.

  28. thatleafsguy says:

    WHY ARE THERE SO MANY POSTS ABOUT YASHIN BECOMING CAPTAIN OF THE NEW YORK CRYLANDERS? ITS SIMPLE, MILBURY IS STILL HIGH, WHEN HE COMES DOWN HE’LL REALIZE WHAT HE HAS DONE, AND THEN HE’LL TRADE AWAY SOME MORE TALENTED YOUTH TO MAKE HIMSELF FEEL BETTER AGAIN.

    =P

  29. Islander45 says:

    Is that all you got ***** you,

    Dumb? it should have been **** you,

    The f word has four letters not five and you call me dumb. But then you are a Rangers fan and if Beck is for Barry Beck you need help. Barry Beck really sucked but not as much as the Rangers will this year.

  30. Marky2Fresh says:

    Did you guys take a few too many pucks in the head? Neither of you can spell.

  31. habsoverserver says:

    Not to take anything away from the Isles who are a playoff team, but pre-season games are meaningless, against the rudderless Rangers, doubly so.

  32. dcz28 says:

    He will not be on the Sens after this year? where did you hear that? in New York? because he said today in the Ottawa Sun that he wants to stay here and the Sens want him back and they have had talks about a new contract and i’ll even post the quote from him…

    “It was a good meeting. They agreed they want to keep me and they know that I want to stay here. “Hopefully, we’re able to get something worked out.”

    About Spezza…he wont suck…at worst he will be an average to good player but i dont think a kid with that much skill will suck

  33. dcz28 says:

    Wishfull thinking on your part that Chara will suck because he is good at poking pucks loose, hitting, fighting, good infront of the net on the powerplay and has a good hard shot but keep telling yourself he will suck if it helps you sleep better

  34. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    You can’t put all the blame on him for the Sens problems, but the captain should lead by example and when your captain looks like he doesn’t even care about the playoffs, what is the team going to do other than give up too?

    A captain should inspire his team to pick up their game a few notches, not give up before the puck is even dropped.

  35. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    I’m with you on that one. There isn’t a GM in the world that would take Yashin over Spezza and Chara.. except mad Mike.

    Even if Chara does leave as UFA next year, the few years he played in Ottawa were well worth it. Add in the many years Spezza will play for Ottawa, and they’re laughing. Even if Spezza doesn’t reach his potential and only turns out to be a 50-60 point guy year after year, the trade is still VERY much in Ottawa’s favor.

  36. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    I didn’t see very much good hockey from Yashin in Ottawa, and I saw every game they played. I can remember one year where he was good, all the rest he tanked, or was made almost totally ineffective by Corson on the Leafs. Corson was pretty good defensively, but come on, a player of Yashin’s talent should have been able to play through that kind of tight checking.

    At best Yashin should have been an alternate behind Parrish.

  37. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    You couldn’t give away Yashin and his salary + long term contract for a bag of pucks. He’s about as tradable as Keith “pork n’ beef” Tkachuk.

  38. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    You are right on buddy. Yashin would probably make a good captain in the Russian leagues, but not in the NHL. The Islanders need a real leader who shows up every night and works his ass off. I don’t think anyone can argue that he shows up every night, it’s simply not true. That being said, it should be obvious to most that he’s not captain material.

  39. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    You never played under a REAL leader then.

    A leader/captain is someone like Messier who predicts a game 7 win and then DOES IT.

    A captain is someone who leads by example every single shift. A captain is someone who plays so hard every shift that he inspires his team to do the same.

    Yashin is not a leader. Yashin is not captain material.

  40. muckies says:

    Don’t blame Peca getting fired on Laviolette. whoever Mike milbury fires or hires doesn’t make sense, he traded Joson Spezza and Zdeno Chara for Yashin and then gave him 80 million for 10 years. the guy has problems, serious mental problems.

    Peca doesn’t hire or fire coaches, and good if he threw a helmet at Yashin, he is a bum, and Peca is the only guy that cares enough to do it.

  41. GretzNYR99 says:

    I can’t even take you seriously, the same idiot who said the Islanders would “excel” because of the new rule changes.

    Get a clue.

  42. dcz28 says:

    I agree but also i think Blake should be in there too since he seems to give 100% every shift

  43. dcz28 says:

    Yea but some fighters make it to the Pros and dont know how to play the game all they know is how to fight…that does not mean they know more about hockey than everybody on this site just that they can scrap…wich brings the question of what type of player were you?…inforcer?

    You say the “C” does not mean anything but it does when its on the right guy…like Yzerman in 2002, if he does not play i’m not sure they would have won the cup that year because he inspired his teamates and led by example on one leg…that is what a captain does (does not have to be on one leg though lol )

  44. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    yes genius. the rangers have been really effective with messier as capt the last 5 yrs.

    fact is, unlike you, and uncle whoever, i played!

    i know what the locker rm is about. you can only day dream these scenarios. i’ve been there.

    the isles will win, and make the playoff with yashin in the captaincy. period!

  45. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    another delusional ranger fan. another non PLAYER.

    isles in playoffs this year. yashin above 35 goals.

    rangers on golf course by may.

  46. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    THIS GUY has it exactly right!

    finally someone smart who see’s it as it is!

  47. NYIchooch75 says:

    Crying…um, no.

    And how do you know who is going to make the playoffs? Do I wish I still had those players? Sure I do. Don’t you think Colorado would have liked to have kept Forsberg and Foote? Why isn’t everyone screaming about that?

    But, unlike you, I live in reality, and the reality is that with the cap teams are going to lose important players. Check out the moves in the NFL. Cap-casualties. Peca was eating up way too much cap room to…you know what? This is a waste of time. You don’t get it, never will get it, and I don’t have the patience to explain it. Keep thinking it is the NHL of 1998, OK? We’ll all be much better off.

  48. NYIchooch75 says:

    I heard about Chara a few weeks ago ( I think it was TSN.ca). Who knows what will happen, but who will they get rid of to keep him? Welcome to the Salary Cap Era. The Isles had to let Aucoin go. Forsberg and Foote had to leave Colorado.

    As for Spezza, I agree with you. Average player at worst. robably a career 80-90 point per year guy.

  49. NYIchooch75 says:

    Shhhh. Please? Just shhhh.

    Oh, CRYLANDERS….very witty. Most impressive.

  50. dcz28 says:

    Well i think Smolinski will be gone if not this season then after his contract expires and probably Hasek also so that is almost 4 million right there (i know they will have to replace them) but Smolinski would be replaced by Fisher and they would probably bring in a young prospect to fill out the empty space…Havlat and Spezza will need new deals after this season but how much they get will depend on how they do during the season and playoffs

    As for Chara i think they will keep him even if it means losing Redden wich i would not want but i think Chara is more important to the Sens than Redden although he is very good and a valuable asset to them…we’ll see i guess

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