I love the Islanders.
Their inept contract negotiating almost single-handedly forces the league to lock out the players and what do they do?
Go to business school?
Nah. GM Mike Milbury goes to China to check out hockey there.
Why try to end the lockout? Why try to figure out how Alexei Yashin got $90 million? Nah. Just go on vacation. The fans understand.
The only good thing to come out of this is that Milbury finally shot down the idea he’s going to put a huge sumo wrestler in goal.
That’s all the league is missing — goalies who actually fit into those gigantic uniforms.
Speaking of the Islanders, Larry Brooks reminds us it’s the 25th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup. Brooks goes on to call the 1980-1984 Isles the greatest hockey team of all time. I’m not so sure about that, but I don’t feel like arguing.
Meanwhile, Bain Capital LLC still wants to buy the NHL. Maybe they’re banking on an NBA strike to put the league back on track. Or maybe they just make too much money.
Oh. And it seems Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh’s top pick two seasons ago and the great hope of the club, is struggling in the AHL, rapidly gaining a reputation for not being a big-game goalie. They trace his implosion to the World Juniors, where Fleury was victimized by a freak goal he cleared and banked into his own net.
More good news for hockey.