Monday, January 3, 2011
Donnie Pucks: Islanders' 2011 resolutions
By Don La Greca
Make DiPietro into the main man.
Dwayne Roloson is gone. Rick DiPietro has to now be the goalie to whom the new York Islanders gave a 15-year contract. That requires DiPietro to play most nights and to be solid. This is his chance to take off running and finally be the clear No. 1.
Get Bailey going.
Josh Bailey is back from the minors and scoring. Why he was sent down is beyond me. Bailey needs to continue to grow and be the player they drafted.
Spend some money.
Charles Wang has to decide what to do. When he first took over, Wang spent money and was aggressive. He put cash into the team. Now it seems like he's just waiting for the end to come. Putting a team on the ice at just a tad over the floor of the salary cap is not right.
Yes, he's losing money. But is running it like this going to turn it around? If just standing in place is the only thing left for Wang to do, then he should just sell the team. You can blame Garth Snow. But to me, this is all the owner's fault.
This is just another lost season for the Islanders.
It's just time to watch the kids grow and hope that someone can take this team in the right direction.