New York Islanders 2017-18 Season Storylines

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New York Islanders 2017-18 Season Storylines

 

Hockey season is fast approaching, and for fans of the New York Islanders, that means another season of uncertainty, distractions and awful ice. While fans, including myself, are hoping for the best, we never really know what to expect from the Islanders until they actually hit the ice on October 6th in Columbus.

During the offseason, the Islanders made one big move and that was a trade that sent Ryan Strome to Edmonton in return for Jordan Eberle, the longtime friend of Isles captain John Tavares. The two are expected to be together on the Isles top line along with Anders Lee, who is coming off of a career year.

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While the Islanders are trying to keep their attention on what happens on the ice, it is definitely going to be difficult to ignore the fact that JT is entering the final year of his contract. Tavares has publicly said he would love to remain an Islander multiple times. In an interview with TSN, Tavares said: “We’ve had great, open communication. It’s obviously a great place to play. I’ve enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue. For me, I just want to get ready for the upcoming season and work on being the best player I can be for the Islanders.” While this is certainly good news for any Islanders fan, he has also said that he is in no rush to get this contract out of the way, and that he wants to focus on the season. The last thing anybody wants is for him to become a free agent on July 1st, 2018. It seems as if Tavares is waiting to see what happens with the Isles’ arena situation, and is waiting for a resolution, which brings us to more drama… where the heck are the Islanders gonna play long term?

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As everyone is aware, the Islanders and Barclays Center are not going to last long term. Both parties want out and it seems as if that is gonna happen sooner than later. So with that being said, where will the Isles go? Here are some options:

  • BELMONT – This option seems to be what the Islanders are leaning towards, and it is very possible that the Islanders submit a bid very soon to begin building a brand new arena in Belmont.
  • BACK TO NVMC?? – Many important names in Nassau and Suffolk County have said that they want to bring the Isles back home. But with a smaller seating capacity and a new arena that has been said to have the same tight feel of the old coliseum, it seems unlikely.
  • QUEENS – There has also been talk about bringing the Islanders to Queens. Right near Citi Field. They would once again be building their own arena. This option has gotten the least attention and doesn’t seem very likely at the moment – but with the Isles, anything is possible.

So with all of these stories coming into the 2017-18 season, what should we expect from our beloved Islanders after a rough and frustrating 2016-17 season? Hard to tell. If they will have any chance at making the playoffs in a very difficult Metropolitan Division, they will need a

better start. Last season they were around .500 midway through the season when Jack Capuano was fired and Doug Weight took over. They responded well under Doug but it was too little too late, as they missed the playoffs by 1 point. With another season coming under Weight, the addition of Jordan Eberle, and a healthy Tavares and Halak going into the season, it seems as if the Islanders have a chance to get back to the postseason this season, but it will surely be a tight race in the stacked Metropolitan Division until the very end of the season.

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