The GOOD and the BAD return to the voice, and this discussion will be about making the playoffs. I know what you are thinking. How could it possibly be BAD to make the playoffs? Well read on and find out!!
THE GOOD -
1 - In order to win the Cup, you have to be IN the playoffs. Its quite obvious isn't it. Make the playoffs and the records are wiped clean. Everyone is 0-0 and has an equal shot at Lord Stanley's cup. Making the playoffs is the goal of every team in the league and history teaches us that anyone can emerge victorious from one series to the next.
2 - More revenue for the team that is bleeding cash. Charles Wang says the Islanders lose between 15 and 20 million a season. While some may dispute the validity of this claim, look around that wretched building and tell me how the team makes any money. The playoffs are a shot in the arm for any franchise and can turn a season that is in the red into a season in the black.
3 - Free Agents are more likely to come here if the team is always in the playoffs and think they can take the team to the next level. Yeah I know the team lost all those players to free agency, but they were all replaced by talented NHLers that any team would have liked to have on their team. Showing the NHL your always in the playoffs is a great to lure more talent to put us over the top.
And now the moment you have been waiting for -
THE BAD -
1 - Getting bounced early is no fun - Making the playoffs is fine, but getting your tail kicked in 5 or less games isn't. Whether its Buffalo or Ottawa or Tampa Bay it really doesn't matter. History teaches us if our going to face a top seeded team you are more likely to beat them after the 1st round. The 8 beats 1 scenario is a rarity in the NHL. Maybe is the team tanked a season and let the kids take over, and fortified with some top tier draft picks we could BE the Ottawa and Tampa Bay and kick some tail in the 1st round for a change.
2 - Making the playoffs is good...... or is it? While this is fundamentally true, it is also a reason the team has been devoid of any chance at a game breaking young gun. (Okposo is still a prospect, if he were Patrick Kane, he would be on the team already.) The team is good enough to make the playoff, but will we ever be good enough to do some damage? Finishing 8th in the conference is usually a death knell for any franchise in the 8th spot. This will be no different this season when the 8th seed will have the honor of facing the machine known as the Ottawa Senators. So which is better? To be bounced from the playoffs in the first round every single time as the 8th seed is getting really old really fast and it will not attract any talent to the team. When was the last time the Islanders drafted and kept a young player that became an impact player who name is not Rick DiPietro? Keep thinking because its gonna take a while. Its time to stop blaming Milbury and move on.
3- Getting bounced in the 1st round will get you... What? Hey I like Mike Comrie. I like Bill Guerin. I like Andy Sutton. I hope you like them to. You know what I would have loved? Chris Drury. Ryan Smyth. Sheldon Souray. If its cash its one thing and I can understand that. I do not believe the Islanders can seriously expect superstar talent to come here over anywhere else based on the chance they might finish 8th. The Isles (and rightfully so) will never hand out ridiculous contracts like the one our rivals threw at Scott Gomez. The team HAS to make itself more attractive to free agents in other ways. Maybe it is time to strip the team down take our lumps and KEEP our young players and give them a chance to prove what they can do. When a few of them prove themselves THEN add the free agent or two in. Who is going to be on this team next year with everyone on 1 year deals?
I'm sure this one will cause some discussion and the voice welcomes all opinions. Remember these opinions are not necessarily MY opinions, just opinions I have heard from the fan base. Let your voice be heard!!