A roundup of the latest mostly quiet New York Islanders news.
Looking back at the 2009 NHL Draft one year later, wondering if the Islanders would do anything differently.
With the post-lockout NHL rule enforcement encouraging more skill players and fewer enforcers, it's time to remove the instigator rule and actually let players police their own infractions.
Above you'll see young Kevin Westgarth fighting
GrendelMitch Fritz. It was a spirited contest but I think Fritz won the fight because Westgarth tried to block every one of Fritz' punches with his face.
Pondering the relevance of the dedicated enforcer role, and wondering if Jeremy Reich will fit the bill for Islanders coach Scott Gordon.
"For me it's mostly eye contact. When you get hit or hit someone, if that eye contact is still there longer than it needs to be, that’s pretty much all you need. You drop the gloves and that’s part of the game."
The topic of enforcers' value came up earlier, and WebBard commented how fun it is to have enforcers entertain when the team is, um, not good. Naturally Cairns came up. You want a guy to stir it up in an inter-conference game? Cairns was your man... Announcer: "Yeesh. I don't think Bootland wanted any part of Cairns to tell you the truth." True dat.
"I’m just looking forward and preparing like I can win a spot on the Islanders this year. I don’t want anyone to take my job. If I don’t make it, I’m gonna go down swinging."
"Georges looked at me and said, 'Do you want to do this?' and I obliged him. I knew at some point in the game I would have asked him, or he would have for sure given me a chance, and that’s exactly what Georges did. He gave a rookie like myself a chance to go. It wasn’t the best fight I’ve ever had, but you live and learn, and I thank Georges for giving me a chance."