Morning Skate: Boyle’s Chances of Signing

Kevin Schultz

It’s pretty quiet in Islander Country lately. There is no news at all on any possible transfer of ownership interests. The draft is still a few weeks away and free agency a bit further.

One small note is that Dan Boyle is going to make a decision on the Islanders sooner rather than later. Arthur Staple tweeted yesterday that Boyle will decide by the end of the week if he is interested in talking contract with the Islanders. If he decides to skip out on the Island, the Islanders could flip him around to some other team for a pick or, in the better scenario, is that contract talks do begin.

It’s known that Boyle wants to play for a contender and, as it stands, the Islanders are not a contender. Despite the addition of an actual goaltender, it’s hard to convince anyone the team is a contender when it finished 26th in the NHL last year. Hopefully, there’s a way to convince Boyle otherwise but at 37 years old, you can’t blame him for wanting to take his best shot at a Cup.

Also: LHH has a feature on how this year’s top draft picks compare to current NHLers… Should Sam Reinhart go #1 overall?

And finally… Sad Ranger fans. Thanks to Getty Images and Keith

 

 




237 comments
Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Ranger fans may have been sad, but now they have hope, we're just flat out miserable or resigned to perpetual suckiness. We're really in no position to rip on Ranger fans.

bammer26
bammer26

@ Orange2327- If Boyle signs, we could be staring at 3 starting 5-11 Dmen. And I'm being generous on an inch or two for Hickey...


Boyle was a -8 this year and looked sluggish on the few Shark games I took in. He may get a nice deal, but at 38 and sliding, it could be a favor if he looks elsewhere.

jepliberty
jepliberty

Hockeyfights.com has named the  Islanders D. Johnson, KO of Sabres J. Scott the knockout of the year. Well we finally got 1st place in something. lol

dkdk
dkdk

4-2 kings

dkdk
dkdk

What's up Chris?

orange2327
orange2327

I dont disagree but we need a veteran who can play back there.

dkdk
dkdk

Jeep any chance we could dress wang as John Scott and throw him at johnson?

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk 14-2 Kings..


Queen gets pulled after a 7 goal first, and goes after Mark Messier in the locker room. 


Sather is restrained by assistants from jumping off the press box after his stogie.


Dolan gets a DUI after urinating Coliseum grounds, on Wang's parking's space.


Bettman bans Wang for life from NHL, in support of Sterling's NBA rebuttal.



wangbegone
wangbegone

@orange2327 I know I said this yesterday, but Sheldon Brookbank is a veteran. (A star? No. But competent.) Anton Stralman is a veteran (A star? No. But competent). Mark Fayne is a veteran (A star? No. But competent.) Tom Gilbert is a veteran (A star? No. But competent.)


The aforementioned are all available and not a smurf among them. They are veterans, each and every one. They are also all competent defensemen. 


Considering the Wangs had 2 maybe 3 competent defenders in the lineup at a time last season, signing 2 or 3 (or 4) of them would improve the team's overall situation (both depthwise and overall talentwise, as well). 

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327- Yep, I'm with you. Viz is going to make a hair under 5 MIL this year. That's alot of lettuce for what he showed last year, and not getting any younger. Maybe Snow can fleece another GM for a Bailey, Viz, Hickey combo....and in return, a new Zamboni..

jepliberty
jepliberty

@dkdk 

Naw,  he would need to grow about 11 inches, or we can chip in and buy him some stilts.lol

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - Twice..? 


You're being waaaay to generous on the Beetle Bailey highlight film lasting 41 seconds...LOL


On a serious note, what do you think on Snow going after ANOTHER 5-11 late 30's D-man? Viz must be shot or not looking to well recovering. I understand he is not a leader type in the room, but having two small aging D-men, if Boyle signs, kinda smells trouble. What are they going to do with Carkner? Hickey? Ect?


I hope Halak stocks up on his Wheaties and Red Bull....

dkdk
dkdk

Does AV like their battle level?

dkdk
dkdk

Rags still playing, wang still not paying

wangbegone
wangbegone

@chrisredux @wangbegone Not to worry. I, also, was originally Zee Executioner (Yes, Don - it's me!!! WAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!). 


One day, out of the clear blue, I noticed that no one but me could see my posts but me. 


No notice, no warning, no justification. 


No big deal. 


And just in case the mods look for retribution:


I WAS "F U WANG" BEFORE "F U WANG" WAS COOL!!! LOL


Oh, hell - why not?


I'VE COME TO KICK ASS AND CHEW BUBBLE GUM AND I JUST RAN OUT OF BUBBLE GUM! 

dkdk
dkdk

Gotta be .... And that is downright pathetic!

dkdk
dkdk

The D needs a serious infusion of size and a couple of vets that can play

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - Probably not, but somewhere, Torts is having a drink and a laugh. For now..

orange2327
orange2327

What up chris? bailey still being pumped for a top six post on the team. Gonna be boom boom geoffrion this year is our beetle.

Don22
Don22

@wangbegone @chrisredux LOL - I'm not surprised.  I should have known.  Shocking that we've actually had a couple of normal interactions in between the battles.  


Try not to get banned this time.  LOL.

camb33
camb33

@wangbegone @chrisredux  Zee, its really you, welcome back...no one threatened wangs life more than you did..i missed it!!!! And you too Chris, good to have you guys back, we need some more realistic fans around here...

bammer26
bammer26

@wangbegone- Zeeeee.......wooo hooooo...


I'm out of the gum too........

wangbegone
wangbegone

@bammer26 @wangbegone I appreciate that. I just wish that I actually thought Snowwang would actually attempt to do the right thing by this franchise. 


Changing the culture for this franchise has never been made impossible by external forces - it has been stymied by internal forces, especially the "dragonhead" (as he had been known to say at CA) at the top. 

dkdk
dkdk

And hickey is glad he didn't have to grow a playoff stubble

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

@orange2327 I would trade Bailey for a bag of used pucks, if we could find a GM as dumb as Snow.

wangbegone
wangbegone

Thanks camb. Never really went away.

I shared only because I didn't want that poster to feel as if he were alone or did something wrong because the contrary is true.

My only regret is that over the years I have slipped into the role (which might be needed) of a passive antagonist, which years ago, when Botta was up to his nonsense shilling for the Chuckster, I never intended to be. In fact, I was hoping, both in public posts and in private messages to Botta (this is going on 5-6-7 years ago) to have a real impact to expose the type of world class scumbag we had manipulating the public and using the team as his own personal roll of toilet paper.

Unfortunately, I came to find out that Botta, as well as many, many, many (triple superlative is needed here) posters here and in the blogosphere appeared to have what I will categorize as a "willful ignorance" to what was and, still is to a degree, going on with this LLC.

My conscience is VERY clear, at least, and I will probably always be disappointed that fans didn't see the real deal behind the fraudster running things much sooner.

bammer26
bammer26

@wangbegone- Your preaching to the choir brother. There is enough on Wang's dogging of the feds, 35 days, the 750MIL bonus paid to him from CA theft of share holders, and scams to build a new Coli. He is truly a "con-artist"..and let' not forget Sanjay doing a 12 year stretch. Anyway, he's never been convicted and STILL the "owner"...man, I can't finish my calzone after typing that.

orange2327
orange2327

@dkdk yeah with wang there's no need to stock up on razors and shave cream cause playoff beards are foreign to the isles.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - Yeah, no chance on that, unless it's hormonically grown...LOL

dkdk
dkdk

Uh oh Langevin, you just posted facts about wangs background, FACTS, be ready for the rebuttal posts from those that "aren't defending wang" .....

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk- F them AND that schiester...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dkdk
dkdk

I hear that! That background they refuse to acknowledge is why we are where we are.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - Yup. It was all about the LHP and real estate. We have covered this time and time again. I hope he gets his one day....he's made Spano and Milstein look like choir boys. Why?? $$$$$$$$

dkdk
dkdk

I have often said that Gluckstern and millstein were horror shows but they were at least honest. From day 1 they said it was all about getting an arena.