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'Overspeed' in the Desert?

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Dave King's description of Coyotes practices sounds a lot like the approach Scott Gordon described when he was hired to coach the Islanders.

"They can all move the puck," Gordon said. "I want our team to be so good on the forecheck we don't...

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"They can all move the puck," Gordon said. "I want our team to be so good on the forecheck we don't have to play a lot of defense."

From a typical simile-filled Jay Greenberg column in the Post. I don't know if Gordon's desire is sustainable, but I think I'm going to enjoy finding out.

How Islanders youth is served

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It's been a predictably rough season for Year One of the Islanders rebuild, but Scott Gordon's disciplined approach is bringing the youngsters along just fine.

Vets grumble, youths shine in Islanders 2-0 win over Sabres

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Islanders veterans can anonymously grumble all they want -- the writing on the wall about this season being a rebuild was there in the beginning. Young forwards like Sean Bergenheim demonstrated...

Splinters - Beyond the Island: Turtling, managing, the limits of straight-talking

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Links from beyond the Island and a little musing about what Scott Gordon means when he says his Islanders system is "not about speed, it's about effort."

One Penguin said the Islanders had a much different defensive look that sharply curtailed odd-man...

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One Penguin said the Islanders had a much different defensive look that sharply curtailed odd-man rushes compared with the 9-2 blowout Dec. 11 in Pittsburgh. Said Gordon: "I know we're definitely a smarter team, and the comfort level with the system is better and we're definitely a better defensive team."

Greg Logan's game recap in Newsday.

Weight hurt, Witt hurts as Islanders fall to Devils

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The Islanders gave up 50 shots and dropped a close one to New Jersey, with Brendan Witt symbolic of what ails the club.

Islanders Essential Questions II: Whither 'overspeed?'

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As the New York Islanders sit in 30th place and look toward a top pick and brighter future, the question remains whether coach Scott Gordon's system can win over veterans like Brendan Witt, or...

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Trevor Smith, and the defense-challenged search for offense

The 30th place Islanders are predictably poor on offense and defense. But a decent power play helps mask their offensive deficiencies 5-on-5.

The Transformation of Marc-Andre Bergeron

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"Who would have thought that a player whose defensive problems were as frightening as his 100-miles-per-hour slapshot could learn to play in the tight defensive system favored by Wild coach Jacques Lemaire?" Great post by Newsday's Greg Logan, describing MAB's 180 and how Lemaire taught him some things no coach had before. This guy was dumped twice last season, got in all of 55 games, and was left for dead. Logan also gets into the nature of players fitting and not fitting systems, which is a bit of a hot topic among Islanders fans right now.
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