Our new Islanders poll and weekly roundup

At the suggestion of JP (and I think Webby too), we're going to steal Pension Plan Puppets' idea -- which knowing them they stole from somewhere else -- of converting that "fan confidence poll" on the left margin of the homepage into a weekly thing. (I personally hate weekly polls, hate college polls, and think all polls should be single-event mockeries of Internet democracy. So you know I really love you by agreeing to do this.)

So here's how we're doing it: Vote in that confidence poll according to the following question: How do you like the Islanders' chances of making the playoffs? We'll track the results during the year and ascribe shifts in opinion to events of our choosing, with lots of analytical conjecture sentences that begin like, "This shift in fan confidence comes at a time when Trent Hunter trimmed his beard..."

If you've already voted this week, I apologize -- I didn't know for sure if the poll would re-open today when I changed the settings last night. And if you prefer to vote the old way -- "I like what I watch and I watch what I like and that's Isles fan faith 100%" -- I'm not gonna stop you. This is Internet democracy. Consider each of these posts as fodder to discuss the state of the team, too.

Meanwhile, in case you missed them this week:

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