Islanders Breakup Day: Lessons learned, horizons expanded

How much better will he be? - Paul Bereswill

Islanders players spoke with media, while the management team begins preparations to do better next year.

The New York Islanders had their breakup day and final media interactions on Tuesday. Some highlights, via the bittersweet flow on Twitter, are below.

But first, to orient you, here are a few links wrapping up the end of the season:

Breaking Up: It's not easy to do

Links below are to the tweets via the Isles (often with Instagram pics of them in the locker room) unless otherwise noted. They are all from players who are under contract for next year or whose restricted free agent rights are held by the Isles.

Matt Moulson, whose pace this season fell just short of another prorated 30-goal season:

"We've realized a lot of stuff over the season as individuals and as a team. We have to make sure we come back the same way next year."

Josh Bailey, who started the season on IR (and suspended, thanks to lockout injury):

"It was a step in the right direction. It's going to take a lot of hard work to get to this point next year and it's going to be a battle."

Colin McDonald, who carved out a regular NHL role and earned a contract extension:

McDonald said is was "by far the best experience of my hockey career" and that "we have a bright future."

Lubomir Visnovsky, who many thought would never want to come to the Island:

Lubo told the media today he's "happy that this is my home."

John Tavares, who never stops looking to improve (via Arthur Staple of Newsday):

"I improved in a lot of areas, but I think there's so much more for me to get better at. I'm just never get satisfied, I guess."

Amen.

Michael Grabner, the engine of the third line who could probably play on the first or second (via Arthur Staple of Newsday):

"We heard about how the building could be during the playoffs, but it definitely exceeded by expectations. It was amazing."

Finally, this from Kyle Okposo, who had the kind of playoffs his boosters thought he could have:

That's the plan. Now make it happen.

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