The New York Islanders have finally embraced the new NHL. By that I mean they are following the recipe put forth by the past two Stanley Cup Champions the Penguins and the Blackhawks. Guerin has already been in a Islander uniform once why not go back for seconds? With a young core of Tavares, Moulson and Okposo it could really benefit the Islanders and their young core to have a seasoned veteran by their side.
The consensus of the blog seems to be that the playoffs are out of the picture, but that something needs to be done both to improve the product on the ice and to help our young prospects grow.
That was supposed to be Doug Weight's job, but he is increasingly regarded as a liability on the ice. He certainly does not seem to be up to playing on one of the top two lines.
What to do then? Some have suggested a trade. Apart from the fact that a trade would mean giving up assets that we cannot spare, no one wants to trade right now. At the recent GMs meeting, there was all of one--count em--one minor trade between the Habs and the Avs and for the life of me, I could not tell you the players' names much less anything about them.
Not hard to figure out why. The teams that are struggling do not want to anger fans by running up the white ensign this early in the season. The teams that are not want all of their veteran talent so that they can keep winning. Some teams, like the Bruins, Canucks, and Devils, do have cap issues, but can and are deferring them because of players on LTIR. This is unlikely to change before late January and early February by which time it will be a largely futile gesture which will, again, cost this team assets it cannot spare.
The answer may be bringing back Billy Guerin. As the quote above reflects, he has been here before and knows a lot of the guys. He knows what it takes to win and will demand accountability. Plus it was my understanding that the main rub for him was Gordo who is no longer in the room.
If anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to share.