Yes, I wrote it.
Contend for the Stanley Cup this season 2000-01.
And yes, if that means without Zdeno Chara, so be it.
That is a very bold statement, but the fact is the Islanders for the first time in years have a strong young nucleus of players who are no longer
just happy to be in the Nhl, with several players entering their prime years and an ownership that added the talented veterans that were desperately
needed here for years, in addition this team now has the depth players in its minor league system, as well as an outstanding group of prospects that
have the ability to win one of the few spots on this years team and make a significant contribution.
Many of the players who are returning from
last years 24 win, 300 man games lost to injury season learned that they can beat any team in the Nhl last year because many of those wins came
against the best teams. The Islanders biggest problems was depth and inexperience and players were brought in to address both needs.
Along with a new ownership that will make the changes to improve this season.
Some Very Tough Questions:
1. It took eighty five points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last season and ninety the year before that, how do the Islanders make up that kind of ground in one year?
HULL, Quebec – The Florida Panthers concluded the round-robin portion of the
four-team 2000 NHL prospects tournament today, with a 4-2 victory in a
bizarre game against the rookie squad from Tampa Bay. Following a brawl at
9:53 of the second period, Tampa Bay Lightning Senior Vice President and
General Manager Rick Dudley called his team off the bench, forfeiting the
game. Florida had taken a 4-2 advantage on goals by Brad Woods, Morgan
McCormick, Mike Green and Dan Passero, before the fight broke out. Davis
Parley played well in goal, stopping 13 of 15 shots for the Panthers.
The tournament will conclude Thursday, with the Panthers playing in the
afternoon consolation game against the loser of last night’s game between
prospects from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Tampa will play
the Ottawa-Montreal winner in the championship contest at 8 p.m.
FIRST PERIOD: Following an early goal by Tampa Bay’s Sheldon Keefe, the
Panthers took control of the game by scoring three straight. Woods,
McCormick, and Mike Green each tallied for Florida. Green also assisted on
McCormick’s goal. Both Green and McCormick scored goals in Tuesday night’s
action as well. Parley was impressive in net, stopping 13 of 14 Lightning
shots. Tampa Bay out-shot Florida 14-13 in the period. The Lightning
benefited from three power play opportunities (0-3), while the Panthers had
just one chance with the man advantage (0-1).