Sorry folks, it’s completely pointless to keep repeating the same entries from early October that saw this coming even before the injuries. Capuano’s firing or Garth Snow dismissal changes nothing.
For now they will sink with the veterans like Carkner, Martinek, Bouchard, Regin, Clutterbuck. Eventually Nelson, with more prospects (who were not Capuano’s in Bridgeport) will become regulars.
Everyone’s doing their best, it’s not nearly enough.
It will only get worse.
If Snow were smart, he would do everything possible to resign Andrew MacDonald immediately because he’s not replaceable (just as Mark Streit was not replaceable to this organization) and make his best effort to lock up Vanek.
No individual would spend any more than Charles Wang has or purchase the team in this market with no taxpayer/corporate support as every other team receives to fund their payroll for the privilege of losing fifty million dollar or more every year for the max payroll some demand.
No owner of this franchise can ever give you that.
You want max payroll/front-loaded signings from Charles Wang or any future Islander owner they need the taxpayer money/Lighthouse projects that other teams received or are getting quietly approved. (Edmonton, Detroit)
Wang should not be happy with the results for what he spent on Bailey, Grabner, Hamonic, Clutterbuck, however he should be thrilled with the below market based signings for Tavares/many others vs Wisniewski, Ehrhoff, Richards, Lundqvist.
They all demanded huge front-loaded money.
After fifty five goals in two years Michael Grabner should be producing. Bailey’s drop off is stunning but perhaps all the changing positions finally caught up with him?
I cannot improve on what was written earlier because a free fall was expected (even before Visnovsky was injured) & a three win November was projected.
The problems are not fixable because the defenders needed to change the biggest weakness are not available in trade (the entire league of quality players are pending UFA, a NTC/NVC) or ready to play at this level.
Want aging veterans? Go ask Florida how much signing Brian Campbell or Ed Jovanovski helped?
My suggestion would be to read the Sept-Oct entries here again because unfortunately it played out exactly as expected even back to last summer.
There is nothing else left to write.
As coaches like to say you can always control your effort win or lose.
The New York Islanders are a losing hockey team, expect things to get even far worse in December with the competitive part of the season coming to an end in terms of any playoff expectations.
A coaching change does not alter that reality.
Is Jack Capuano responsible for the holes on defense costing them most games? No.
The collective weaknesses on the roster? No.
The injuries? No.
The lack of production from Regin, Bouchard? No, because they did not come here as consistent players who produced for Ottawa/Minnesota.
The handling of the lineup, of who dresses vs who sits? Absolutely.
The obvious drop in performance of some of his top players? (Grabner, Bailey) No doubt.
Penalty killing? No.
Faceoffs? Mixed, because some of the centers who took face offs are no longer here.
Is this overall roster working hard for this coaching staff? Yes.
Does the work reflect a direction where something is being built to sustain a winning team? No.
Of course you look at the Devils collective defenders, who is out for them, but play consistent low scoring games against top teams it’s not unreasonable to ask why this defense has struggled since the season opener? The Devils lost Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, and their team with a younger defense play/win many low scoring games.
That’s how you survive eighty two games. (granted it collapsed a year ago for the Devils)
Jack Capuano should be feeling pressure on that small fact alone.
Most opposing coaches don’t even feel the need to play their top goaltender against this roster.
Who Sent Down Matt Donovan?
That could have been the coach or general manager, but going by game reaction that seems to be on Capuano, who is always rolling out Matt Carkner for mistakes above his ability, that lead to goals against without the exact same reaction from management.
Capuano was not Donovan’s coach in Bridgeport, the players that come up are no longer his past prospects.
Too bad Capuano has not seemed to notice Donovan was paired with Aaron Ness last season, and despite the 2012-13 Sound Tigers being twenty ninth in goals against, Donovan was a plus fourteen with solid offensive numbers. (Ness minus ten)
Why not just dress both together for a bunch of games when it’s obvious Carkner will keep making the same mistakes? Carkner’s not a physical player clearing the crease or can do much beyond a fight by appointment?
Capuano tried Donovan with Hickey often, with Carkner far too often.
Martinek now makes a bad read or two a game, it’s obvious why management was so reluctant to bring him back or sign in a league desperate for defenders.
Either way it’s a huge mistake sending down Donovan given the breakdowns that lead to goals behind MacDonald/Hamonic, as they constantly wear down in games with all these extra minutes.
Both are making several mistakes of their own, and looking dangerously close to getting hurt far too often.
Hamonic has concussion issues, MacDonald is always playing off blocking a shot where he’s hurting.
Capuano must feel enormous pressure extending their minutes.
Donovan’s demotion reflects very poorly on Jack Capuano, who’s going to have many more prospects coming if he remains head coach.
So What’s The Answer?
There is no real answer until Reinhart, Pulock, Donovan or the other defensive prospects in Bridgeport get at least three years of NHL experience. There was a problem here from day one defensively with Visnovsky, Strait healthy on this defense. The defenders they need now are not available in trade for any NHL franchise beyond being a rental at an enormous price.
The answer for now is who’s obviously not part of the solution which begins with Martinek/Carkner mistakes. One should be the seventh defender/spot starter, nothing else.
The other should go on waivers/become the veteran in Bridgeport.
The best current alternative would be the following:
At least you put six skating defenders together with some offensive/defensively ability who will make mistakes, but gain experience as a unit.
It worked a few years ago for a few months with an excellent second half.
I’m skeptical Visnovsky can return the same player if at all off a concussion at his age. Brian Strait will help this defense when healthy.
Absolutely time for a long look after he’s finally stayed healthy for over a month.
I kind of laugh when some are complaining about the Islanders power-play going 0-30/something.
This is not the 1980′s.
A power play at thirty percent levels off, which was never a good mix of distributed scoring that was sustainable to begin with. Even successful teams don’t operate at that number any longer for a season with the equipment goaltenders/players wear.
Entering Matt Moulson’s final game against Philadelphia the unit had ten goals (one 5-3 perimeter goal against Phoenix from Tavares) but was operating at 30.3 percent, while getting virtually nothing from it’s defenders.
Overall the numbers were more anomaly then fact, nothing built to last. Expecting Nielsen or Okposo to keep up their offensive pace was/is not realistic based on their career trends.
Bottom line until this team leans how to win low scoring games, and play some defense, it has no chance.
Twenty nine other teams are always looking for quality defenders. That kind of player is only available as a pending UFA rental if they waive a NTC/NVC because all of them have this clause.
Garth Snow’s experienced enough by now, and has seen this movie here with Steve Staios, Mike Mottau, Mark Eaton & Milan Jurcina. The team played better without them because the defense was faster.
The goals Nabokov allowed in Washington were about a hot team quickly exploiting a weak defense shorthanded. One of the teams positives has been it’s penalty kill, not so much this season.
The face-off problems are also becoming another alarming trend.
Management made the right call bring up Aaron Ness. They should bring up Calvin deHaan or someone else with him because Matt Carkner/Radek Martinek are never going to be the answer beyond a spot game.
Carkner & Boulton can go on waivers if Bridgeport wants to give Jon Sim some veteran company during his PTO.
I have never seen Martinek misread plays or coverage like he’s done in some recent games.
Offensive players see Carkner not with his stick/body in the right place on the ice, exploit his skating, and pass right through him but that’s what he did in Ottawa too which led to many frequent benchings.
Jack Capuano’s wearing down Hamonic, and MacDonald (approaching UFA) quickly.
The best of this team so far as been around five hundred even with the scoring which means they are well out of the playoff mix. (and they have had every break in a mediocre division or they would be ten points out of that third seed already)
Too many other players eat ice time, and provide nothing but at best an even shift. If your fourth line is full of minus players that is not a good unit.
Donovan-Ness were both plus players on a terrible defensive team in Bridgeport together last season, I would put them together.
If Boston can give Dave Scatchard sixteen million dollars, and ship him to Phoenix without a month or two, Garth Snow can correct his mistake with Cal Clutterbuck, and move him to another team so 1st round selection Brock Nelson has a permanent spot here off the Sound Tigers rookie scoring record a year ago while improving another weakness.
That laughter in the background is from Edmonton when Snow offers him up for Nail Yakupov which is why Nino Niederreiter is never traded at that age unless it’s for a similar prospect coming off an All-Star development season in the AHL.
Please stop writing Niederreiter demanded a trade, there is no such quote anywhere. He had a binding contract for 2013-14 to be a member of this franchise with the club owning his rights for years after that.
The only silly quotes are coming out of some Minnesota media going back to 2007.
So let’s go back to 12/21/07 entry and remind everyone Don Lucia decided to discuss the Islanders, and Snow responded.
I would like nothing more than this team making my last entry look very bad.
The April 2013 New York Islanders returned for two games.
That is how Jack Capuano’s team must play win or lose.
It’s the only way they have a chance.
I absolutely see this becoming a 3-12 season ending month, the problems on defense are beyond coaching.
It took a miracle Matt Carkner wide/shot redirection for Matt Martin’s goal to reach overtime on Friday, but the skating/speed/defense was clearly visible on Friday.
The Senators played a 6-5 game against Chicago so they are far from a doormat team despite their recent struggles.
Best game of the season by a mile against Boston.
The defense that went 11-1-2 down stretch pushed the play at the opposition . First one goal game allowed since Phoenix imploded. Only the second time this season one goal against.
Far too many minutes for MacDonald/Hamonic again, but finally a five on five shot that finds the net.
(not like the one that bounded in Tuesday)
This is the Kevin Poulin who used to be seen in his callups.
Donovan was outstanding the last two games, so was Thomas Hickey, who’s pass to Nielsen on Friday in the third period was the best setup of the season.
The kind of slam-dunk goal other teams have scored since opening night against the Islanders defense.
The Islander defenders were going to the net every chance they could on Friday.
Think the absolutely world of Matt Moulson. World class player, however he does not find Tavares at five on five with an open net goal, he does not get a breakaway in overtime, nor does he score off the rush at even strength against Boston with that kind of shot.
Different players/skills, both great at what they do.
Moulson had one even strength goal opening night against Columbus, one assist with the goalie pulled against Carolina. (somehow he was not credit with a goal against the Flyers in his last Islander game)
For any chance this is how the club must continue skating, with a road-trip a defender has to be added.
Very happy for Scott Pellerin & the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Blow out 7-1 win against Friday in Worcester. Ryan Strome/Mike Halmo five point games, with the later four goals/two days.
Shootout win Saturday with forty five shots taken.. They fell behind in this game after leading entering the third period, but something perhaps to build on the last two games.
Rick DiPietro entered the third period with a 3-2 lead in San Antonio on Saturday, he faced twenty two third period shots, allowed a shorthanded goal, and lost 5-3.
39 saves/44 shots.
Images added here:
Trottier/Bossy rookie seasons
1984 Stanley Cup Finals Gillies/game two/Lafontaine game five.
Both 1981 Daily News backpages
New York sweeping Quebec to reach 3rd straight final in 1982.
List of Nassau Coliseum PA Announcers.
Links to old newspaper websites for minor pro hockey leagues.
Ct Post backup blogger site.
I absolutely see this becoming a 3-12 season ending month, the problems on defense are beyond coaching.
When a general manager is not satisfied, coaches do lose their jobs so it’s problematic Capuano survives even if it’s not his fault in any way.
The upcoming schedule does not lie, nor do the defensive weaknesses (at both ends of the ice) which cannot be fixed internally within the organization as has been obvious since opening night in Newark.
This team cannot play that 20/25 shot game against where they keep forcing the other team to defend as we saw from that 11-1-2 stretch. Now it’s the exact opposite.
The players are doing all they can which speaks to the coaching. When the unexpected scoring from Nielsen/Okposo dries up with the special teams leveling off the 4-0 losses (likely worse) will begin.
Tavares/Vanek cannot keep the puck out of their net, they may keep games close for a while if some chemistry develops or the Islanders see some struggling back up goaltenders.
Jack Capuano knows he’s in trouble, keeping the mood light around the team will not change what’s coming from the opposition, or what he’s said about his defense for a while.
He only has six of them, they have to play better but Radek Martinek, Matt Carkner are not close to the answer at this point in their careers.
Matt Donovan is too young without the help he needs to settle in. Hickey is in his first full year, and Hamonic/MacDonald are over extended, and not offensive defenders hard as they try.
The struggles were obvious with Brian Strait/Lubomir Visnovsky healthy as teams pushed the play at this group.
There is also no more hiding for Kevin Poulin, he must play, and give the team a chance to win. Nabokov’s given them a chance most games, he’s going to allow soft goals under this kind of pressure.
This team better be prepared to start winning games 6-5. They could not stop the clubs badly struggling from taking the play at them for large portions of recent games.
Expect the wheels to fall off this team completely in the next thirty days.
To qualify in this new format requires ninety five points/fifteen games over five hundred.
1-When the National Hockey Leagues (not Tsn/Espn personalities) make a trade call that the New York Islanders have options with regard to when they surrender their first round pick in the Vanek trade there is something to write about here, not before.
This is one trade call, dozens are made at the deadline so it should not be a very tough job to release all details if that’s the case. When the Devils were penalized by the NHL for the Kovalchuk contract, it was made very clear by the league the team would have a choice of when they forfeit their first rounder.
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters Monday that the organization has decided to retain its first-round pick for the 2013 NHL Draft, which the Devils are hosting, on June 30.
The Devils forfeited a 2011 third-round pick, and also were told they needed to forfeit a first-rounder at some point over the next four years following the penalty.
The league, and the teams have made no such announcement with regard to the Islanders 1st round selection. Both general managers have made no such comment despite hosting press conferences.
Nothing I have not written endless times about how poor a job the New York Islanders professional media does.
2-There is also nothing new I can write about the New York Islanders defensive problems & five on five scoring issues that has not been posted here for days/weeks. Al Arbour could not fix this defense as presently constructed, expect a lot more of Jack Capuano getting upset or being unfairly held accountable with his job.
This club cannot win with any regularity on defense as it’s currently constructed, they allow three goals a game or more, with not a single five on five goal produced to date for the season by this group.
This cannot be fixed internally with the current group, it’s a season long issue.
Anyone missing Mark Streit’s skating, passing, scoring and ability to move the puck yet?
Sometimes a player is that valuable to one team.
3-No more hiding for Bridgeport, they have to start playing hockey on a regular basis beginning on Wednesday 10/30. Twelve games against Hartford out of seventy six?
That keeps up it may not matter who the 2017 Nassau Coliseum AHL home team is.
4-Rick DiPietro is expected to play a game this week.
Daniels said DiPietro will definitely play this week, though not sure when. Said he seems to be in great shape. Games Wed, Thurs, Sat.
— Paul Branecky (@PaulBranecky) October 28, 2013
His veteran counterpart is AHL player of the week with back to back shutouts. DiPietro could play 10/30 or 10/31.
No one wants to write about it, however it cannot be hidden any more than the thousands of empty seats when this franchise is listed at the official home team.
This is simply not a good hockey team overall who’s goals allowed is at the bottom of whatever this division is called, and struggle badly at five on five.
It’s beyond Jack Capuano/or any head coaches ability, although he’s doing Nelson/Donovan no favors.
It’s likely to only get much worse as the special teams start to even out.
The New York Islanders cannot hide from their defensive or five on five issues, it’s a team allowing over three goals a game, they cannot even play a low scoring contest no matter how well Navokov plays. When the Islanders score the other team usually comes right back down the ice, exploits this teams defense/five on five coverage, and scores a very easy goal of it’s own.
It’s happened too many times now to write it’s coincidence.
Travis Hamonic played over thirty minutes in Pittsburgh, MacDonald close to twenty eight minutes, they will wear down quickly or get hurt being used this way.
The recent injury to Brian Strait, means there is no defensive depth left (even after signing Martinek) no place in the stands to hide Matt Carkner, who has not helped Matt Donovan’s game (who’s making his own huge mistakes) no five on five goals from a defender all season, even with them trying to step up and create chances.
They were struggling with Visnovsky/Strait in the lineup.
There is no help coming from Bridgeport. Joe Finley is injured, that club is struggling badly under Scott Pellerin’s coaching once again. Bridgeport had four first period power plays on Saturday, but only five shots. (two by Calvin deHaan)
Mike Halmo was listed on the top defensive pairing.
Then Bridgeport gave up twenty two second period shots (five goals) in the second straight game Anders Nilsson had to be pulled. (Nilsson let up a weak first goal/beyond that everything was scored from quality area)
Most of the NHL teams struggling badly below the New York Islanders in the standings can play some low scoring games, this team cannot.
Nabokov stole the game in Pittsburgh, the Islanders were vastly outplayed. (it was a miracle an open net shot hit Carkner)
When Nielsen/Okposo/Bailey revert to career offensive trends (they have done fantastic) there is nothing to supplant that offense. Tavares has been struggling, a slow group of forwards do not give him the space he needs to take his shot in transition, Capuano already tried Grabner next to him.
Tavares has his one powerplay goal five on three (from an outside shot) against Phoenix, that’s it.
What’s Cal Clutterbuck going to do? Fight? Throw a hit, they have that in Matt Martin, while Brock Nelson sits on the sidelines. Clutterbuck’s not a player who eats minutes, and produces at best an even shift.
Colin McDonald’s pays for it too whenever Boulton dresses.
These are issues now dating even back to preseason.
These problems are not going away the cracks are only going to get bigger.
Nothing much to write about Rick DiPietro’s tryout. Too bad agent Ian Pulver could not do better in North America for him. He’s going to get little/no opportunity to replace injured Carolina goaltenders under contract when they return so expect his PTO to end quickly like most.
Carolina signed another goalie to a PTO the day before DiPietro for it’s AHL team.
Either way I wish him luck. The only joke Larry (the clown) Brooks is Rick DiPietro will be paid less than Brad Richards has already been paid in the last two years (forty two million) as Brooks waives his Ranger/Richard’s pom poms, and endorsed his sixty million dollar contract, then called for his buyout last summer.
Forty two million to be a converted left winger
With a frontloaded contract in which Richards makes most of his money in the early years of a nine-year, $60 million deal to keep his cap hit down for the Rangers, the 33-year-old center has made approximately $36.9 million, including signing bonuses, through his first two seasons. That number would have been $42 million if it weren’t for the NHL lockout.
DiPietro not counting pay lost during lockout was paid 31.5 million for his contract to date.
DiPietro never had to be benched for a playoff game when healthy or hidden like Richards along with a roster of AHL/NHL Rangers.
DiPietro was an All-Star starter, an Olympic starter, who carried this team to two playoff spots, and almost a third in 2007-08. Jay Greenberg in the Post called his fifty five save performance at Msg the best goaltending he’s seen in forty years of hockey coverage.
For five years RDP kept trying to recover from a minor surgery in 2008 that went bad. Dan Blackburn tried coming back with two blockers, Al Montoya has his NHL career saved by the Islanders.
Hard to see why the Islanders risked RDP getting hurt by playing eighteen games in Bridgeport if their plan was a full buyout because if he got hurt he could not be bought out, insurance would have had to settle a career ending injury.
His comments upon being sent down did not land him a suspension by the club, followed by a buyout.
Can an owner have a better personal relationship with someone than Sather, Isiah Tomas, and Steve Mills?
The only jokes should be reserved for Brooks, and the NY Post brutal coverage.
You need a joke, I got one. Funny how the same media that ripped the Islanders daily/hourly for not disclosing injures in 2008-2009 put their heads in the sand, and defends it now when another local team refuses to disclose injuries to their players?
Guess those checks to newspapers for Knicks ad space are too important too risk so double-standards it shall be.
Greg Logan going to update his policy from Oct 2008.
I watched Islanders pregame today. Stan Fischler/Peter Ruttgaizer discussed meddling owners, but not their employer?
Kind of like ignoring Islanders playing at Barclay’s Center, Ruttgaizer attended the preseason game.
Mr Ruttgaizer joined twitter this month.
There are simply too many holes. Visnovsky’s likely extended loss to injury just created another big one. Nabokov has been very solid.
The goals from Nielsen/Okposo are not likely to continue, Tavares will have his slumps, Nabokov will allow his soft goals. Carolina did not even play well, but their size, speed, skill created chances this offense simply has yet to show capable of this season win or lose.
I get that scoring three goals a game is good in this league no matter how you score them, but how they are scoring them (mostly against weak teams) is not sustainable.
The Islanders are working hard producing two forty shot plus shot games, the quality of most of them is another story.
Expect things to get much worse.
When the 2013-14 New York Islanders score it is almost always a deflected puck, a broken play, a poor goaltending/defensive error by the opposition, or a bouncing puck. Some ugly goals are fine, but it’s not reliable production.
The goalies on the other team are not being asked to steal games. Edmonton’s goalie was good, he was not facing chances that had him scrambling like the kind Justin Schulz created on the Oilers first goal.
I wrote a few days ago Jack Capuano is desperate, his line combinations scream he’s looking for some balanced scoring or to get anything out of Regin, Bouchard, Clutterbuck, who simply are not players who produce much offense, and not enough to take Brock Nelson out of the lineup, who is back in Bridgeport.
Hitting is an important part of hockey, but the scoring has to support this.
Powerplays that produce goals off broken plays are also not reliable, especially when you see Regin, Martin, and no offensive defenders as part of it.
Moulson keeps moving around, he keeps getting his numbers, how long does that continue?
Matt Carkner should have been all three stars for Carolina, that’s his career trend which saw him be a twenty game healthy scratch in Ottawa when he’s unplayable. He’ll likely be staying in the lineup, even with no choice but to let Donovan develop by playing.
For a coach who’s career trend is to always dress the same lineup after a win, putting Donovan in the stands for Carkner was a very uncharacteristic decision for Jack Capuano, even if Carkner won the game for this team.
Donovan had a very poor first game for Bridgeport last season, and was scratched by Scott Pellerin. He played every single game afterward. (74)
Ok, now we see if Garth Snow makes the safe play in resigning a skating defender in Martinek, who’s not going to produce or trust someone in Bridgeport whether it be comparable skaters to Visnovsky in deHaan/Ness, or make a trade.
Make no mistake now, the schedule is going to get much tougher, what’s being exploited in games now will only get worse.
That’s why I expect a free fall.
Unfortunately my projection of this team out of right wing depth is holding. Jack Capuano from day one of camp has sounded like a coach who knows he does not have enough talent.
It shows in games.
The New York Islanders are lumbering around the ice, unable to sustain any fore-check as a unit. Only thing close in games is the scoreboard, this team is getting outworked win or lose in all three zones.
Brad Boyes/Nino Niederreiter are making Garth Snow look very bad right now. One off to an excellent start, Niederreiter already past his fifty game production here as a rookie.
Kyle Okposo as a first line right wing is getting some points, but his line is very slow collectively. Josh Bailey has been on the second line with some results, but again he’s moved around too much.
Wait until Nielsen stops producing which will be soon given his career trends.
Bouchard does not look to have a clue, Nelson was first to the bench.
Clutterbuck does not seem close to game shape, nor is he likely to produce when he is in shape.
The answer is not coming from Bridgeport.
Alan Quine was Bridgeport’s first line right wing on Sunday, after he was a third line right wing, then fourth line center. Joey Diamond went from first lime right wing to third line left wing.
Scott Pellerin’s touch of getting less out of more seems to be working fine from last year, albeit with a very young AHL roster this time.
It’s almost fair to ask are the players developing here a better choice than who will make up a very weak UFA market again that opens at noon on Sunday?
But let’s take an outsiders look at how the New York Islanders likely will operate when the market opens.
The More Things Change……..The More They Stay The Same:
When Mike Bossy signed his final NHL contract in October of 1981 for what would be seven years/5.75m, he went into great detail in his book (Boss: “The Mike-Bossy Story page 140-144 “) about the negotiations between himself, agent Pierre Lacroix, and Bill Torrey, which involved Islander alternate governor, William Shehan, who was a senior adviser to the club until 2002.
A lot of basic things still apply in 2012.
In those days newspapers were a little more responcible with information.
It Does Not Take A Committee:
Let’s have a little fun, pretend we are in the Islanders offices with their charts of UFA players.
It’s meeting time as Snow, Morrow, Weight, Capuano, Klatt, whoever in the scouting department is making a list of who they want to sign/why?
Everyone goes around the table as they discuss each player, then come up with a depth chart which changes often.
No doubt Snow/staff are doing their due diligence, calling x team from gm/coaches/former players/trainers, even current Islanders to see if that player can help this franchise along with why they are becoming a free agent? Many reasons why players are available from salary to performance are well-known.
Charles Wang is likely on a speakerphone from somewhere, asking how much, why will he help the team to the point we should pay that player? Wang’s also had his meetings with Michael Picker, Art McCarthy, Paul Lancey, Howard Saffan to discuss a working budget to operate in New York/Bridgeport.
Everyone has their plan.
It’s not rocket science, the Islanders have their free agent depth chart, top contract figure to offer, the player/agent have done the same.
The market means one player makes a breakthrough salary wise, everyone wants a comparable salary.
Not everyone receives one.
Let Bill Torrey/William Skehan tell you about former owner John Pickett and how this business can wear on an owner or how much credit they used to receive. I have been hard on Pickett, and apprciate these comments more today.
“I remember once in the early ’80s, one of the few times my dad was ever quoted in the newspaper,” Brett Pickett said. “He was saying, ‘If I had my way, nobody would know who owns the Islanders.’ And that’s just how he preferred it.”
Still there was Charles Wang at the draft meeting the teams selections.