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Islanders News: Time to clean house

If Lou won’t fire Lane, ownership should dump them both.

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Just disgraceful.
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If they don’t fire the coach (the whole bench, really) this morning, I may have to take a break from this team—this team does its press releases on the hour, and we are already past one of the benchmarks at 9:00 a.m., so it seems less likely that our wish will be granted. I just don’t know how much longer I can justify financially supporting this mental torture.

It wouldn’t be as bad if they straight-up sucked and just got blown out every game. But they have had a chance to close out so many games and inexplicably failed to do so on now eleven occasions, eight of which went on to be losses. That’s seven points they’ve squandered—seven more points would put them three back of the Rangers for first in the division. I wrote Friday that hopefully, the Hurricanes game was them turning a corner, but they just keep finding a new rock bottom. Pardon my language, but it’s fucking pathetic.

This GM once fired Robbie Ftorek with eight games left in the regular season, despite the Devils sitting in first place, because he didn’t like the way his team looked, and they went on to win the Stanley Cup. Obviously, I’m not saying a coach firing is going to guarantee this team a Cup, but the old man has fired coaches for less than this miserable display.

If he can’t pull that trigger, he can get lost, too—and I’m speaking directly to ownership here.

Islanders News

Recaps: LHH | Islanders | Newsday | NY Post | THN | NYISkinny

  • Lane Lambert: “To lose that game is . . . sin.” Okay, and what the hell are you going to do about it now that it has happened eleven (11!) times? [THN]
  • Oliver Wahlstrom sat out in favor of Julien Gauthier and Hudson Fasching, which was the right call. [Newsday]
  • Dan and Mike put out a cathartic emergency episode after the latest disaster. I don’t know of a single Islander fan who supports Lane Lambert as coach at this point. [LHH]
  • This is supposed to be a stretch where the Islanders stockpile points at home against some bad teams. What an embarrassing start to the homestand. [Newsday]
  • Stan Fischler is being nice saying it’s “arguably” the worst blown lead of the season. It is. It’s the worst since the last one, and until the next one. [THN]
  • The Bridgeport Report. [Islanders]
  • Talkin’ Isles with Ed Westfall. [Islanders]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Devils beating the Canucks in the battle of Hughes brothers and the Red Wings beating the Sabres in regulation.

  • From the Board of Governors meeting: The cap is expected to go up to $87.7 million next season. [NHL]
  • Also, they’re going to hold a four-team, in-season international tournament in 2025. [NHL]
  • Jacob Markstrom is week-to-week with a fractured finger. [NHL]
  • Predators GM Barry Trotz was “very disappointed” with how Tyson Barrie handled his healthy scratch. Barrie now has permission to get out of Nashville.