At last night's Isles game vs. the Sabres Bill Guerin warmed up with the team but was nowhere to be found at the start of the game…and for the rest of the game. Quite possibly after removing the final Islander jersey he will wear, he headed back home to continue packing up moving boxes – where those moving boxes will wind up is anyone’s guess. So far the rumors include him being traded to New Jersey, Washington, Boston, Florida, Montreal, Pittsburgh…overall the main rumor is that Guerin will be heading to a team somewhere on the East Coast. If you have been following the Isles veteran saga then you were not shocked at the news. It was a matter of time before the other skate dropped and I think it’s safe to say the first skate dropped way before last night.
What I find interesting is in reading discussions about who will get traded etc… there seems to be a one sided view that it’s all about the Islanders organization and who they want to get rid of to make way for the youth that is going to set the team free from years of mediocrity. As we saw with Chris Campoli, reality may not agree with perception. My guess is, there are more on the roster who wouldn’t mind being traded…and not just the team elders.
And so to the Islanders organization I offer this quote:
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
and to Scott Gordon I offer this one:
The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players.
~Don Coryell, ex-San Diego Chargers Coach
Mark their words fellas. Re-building comes from the ground up or in this case, from the offices to the ice.
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A blog by a long time New York Islanders fan who stays true to the fellas wearing orange, white and blue…but thinks the Islanders organization has some shaping up to do.