We all were disheartened by the awful performance of the Islanders against the Canadiens Thursday night. Throughout this season, the constant complaint has been the Isles' failure to put in a full 60 minute effort. Arguably, this team might have 2-3 more wins if it had put in a full 60 minutes each night.
An article in Newsday, cited in a Fanshot of mine, points up a possible solution to the Isles' periodic listlessness. Garth should sign a well-respected and still productive veteran to be the team captain. Saku Koivu may be the perfect answer.
Impact describes Koivu, who it rates as the 10th best captain in NHL history, as "the epitome of class...the focal point of one of the most demanding markets in the NHL. His grace and courage in handling medical setbacks, including cancer, should serve as an inspiration to any player lucky enough to wear a hockey sweater."
At the end of the season, trade a draft pick to Anaheim for Koivu's rights. Then put on a full court press to sign him for a three to five year term. BTW, the Impact issue referred to offers excellent insights on leadership in hockey. There is a lengthy discussion of the depth of leadership on the Islander championship teams.