This is my first blog on Lighthouse and I look forward to your responses.
I was nine years old in 1980 when the Islanders won there first cup. I saw a lot of games growing up in the aging Nassau Coliseum. There was no better place to watch playoff hockey. Our team was unbeatable, dominant, and we knew it. Those wonderful days are long behind us, but we will always cherish them. The team is finally rebuilding from the ground up. The horrible Milbury era is over.
Snow is making a lot of interesting personnel decisions, and they have had more success than this writer thought they would. He is under a major budget constraint, the building is falling down, and high profile free agents don't want to play on the island. (Side note: I have to hand it to Weight for coming back, after injuries ruined last year, to try and make his time here right. He didn't have to.) I don’t think firing Gordon helps the rebuild. I would have preferred the continuity that he offered from the last few years. But Snow is in charge and we have to wait and see. They are making progress.
They have a young core that appears talented. Are they NHL talented? Are they playoff talented? Are they winners and leaders? I don’t know but I enjoy watching them play far more than the Islander teams of the recent past. I think Okposo is a legitimate NHL player. Perhaps even a star. I am not sure about the rest of them.