Tuck, JPP Talk State of the Team at Charity Event

From our friends at Bader Media…

Giants star DEs Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul were in New Hyde Park on Long Island this week to celebrate the 70th Birthday of long-time Big Blue supporter Umberto Corteo – founder of Umberto’s Pizza who provides the team with their lucky pizzas before each game – including their historic Super Bowl victories.

Umberto donated $15,000 to Tuck’s youth education charity: RUSH for Literacy, which helps local kids.

R.U.S.H. for Literacy was founded by Tuck and his wife Lauran in 2008, and encourages children in selected schools in New York, New Jersey and Tuck’s home state of Alabama to read, understand, succeed and hope. The Tucks’ charity has donated over 21,000 books to over 5000 students.

Tuck on his charity, the upcoming season, comments on team chemistry and the Boston Marathon tragedy:

JPP on the upcoming season, the support of fans and the Super Bowl being held in NYC this year:

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Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Ideal scenario:


Islanders win the 2014 lottery. They hold the pick. Then on June 1, they defer the pick to Buffalo. On draft day, they offer Buffalo the 2015 #1 pick for Buffalo's first overall pick this year... problem solved!

Vicp73
Vicp73

Josh Bailey sits at 198th overall in league scoring.  Well worth the money

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Predictions for next year:


Josh Bailey - 67 goals, 87 assists, 154 points

Kirill Petrov - 49 goals, 48 assists, 97 points

Kirill Kabonov - 45 goals, 52 assists, 97 points

Corey Trivino - 38 goals, 58 assists, 96 points

Wayne Doucet - 35 goals, 49 assists, 84 points

Jarret Deuling - 31 goals, 57 assists, 88 points

Jeff Zehr - 27 goals, 44 assists, 71 points

Dusan Sfliki - 54 wins, 2 losses, Save Percentage .984, GAA 1.21


And this isn't even considering the totals of JT, KO, and Sebastian Callberg!


snostorm
snostorm

How predictable is this.  string together some wins when it doesn't count. And Bailey is a first line player.

drive45
drive45

Would love to see how Bailey and the team would perform with a new head coach! If Cappy is back, they must defer this years 1st rounder. Don't think Draisaitl will be there at five (if they keep the pick). Dal Colle or Nick Ritchie wouldn't be bad.

wittyname
wittyname

Looks like the sale is moving forward. Just got a call from the guy who handles my investments and he said the are selling minor shares in the team at a $1,300,000 price tag. Its one of the larger firms so if there were retained its real action. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

With the Islanders 1st rd pick, they select Leon Draisaitl!


rmreturns
rmreturns

Off topic- but about the future.. Stolen from Edmonton Journal

“I was talking to the Islanders, one of their development scouts there,” Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal said. “And he said that’s part of their future. They really want to see those two guys paired up, that pairing.

Those guys being Reinhart and Pulock...

mrcisback
mrcisback

 Did you hear the fans booing him at the end of the Florida game the other night. Maybe his alarm clock went off finally and he's going to start playing like he's interested in hockey. I'm willing to give him next year but i would also not hesitate to include him in a trade if it makes the Islanders a better team.

shlo
shlo

@Vicp73 considering that you have about 600 players give or take (less goalies)he is  in the elite 200.................not bad for 3.5 mil wouldn't you say??

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

@Vicp73 If the Islanders could get a bag of pucks for Bailey, they'd be ahead.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@Jason Zimmermann  don't underestimate Bailey's leadership qualities Jason, he usually leads by example his 8 goals and 44 hits in 71 games is what all NHL Gm's are looking for these days

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

84 points for Wayne Doucet? Come on Jason, now you're just being ridiculous

willymayshays
willymayshays

@drive45  

As an Islanders fan I'm used to disapointment.  At #4, I think we'd have him, at 5 I think he'll be gone.  Bit of a drop off after Draisaitl, to be honest, I'd take him at #3. 


I like Ritchie, but is he better than deferring our pick?  Man why does this team only win when you want them to lose. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@rmreturns    The Islanders defense is going to go from one of the worst defenses to one of the best within 2 years, watch. Now if we could only find a good young goaltender. Also in my opinion Ryan Strome is untouchable in any possible trades with other teams in the off season.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@mrcisback  he gets one more year, imo.  there's no choice about trading him right now, and if he's lousy next year there's no choice about keeping him around.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@shlo @Vicp73  hey at $437,500 per goal i think snow got himself a real bargain there

rmreturns
rmreturns

Snow will have to buy one this offseason. The team needs to spend money to reach the cap floor. I don't think they will spend it on the blue line.

Happily for MM and Vanek, they will hilariously over paid by a franchise in desperate need of scoring.

I agree with your point, the Isles will have a very strong defense in talent terms very soon. While you can't practice talent, it doesn't guarantee results.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@gleichzahl @mrcisback   I completely agree. With our luck we'll trade him in the off season and he scores 30 goals for another team next year.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@Don22 @mrcisback @isles23  Kane suffer's from the Tyler Seguin syndrome, a young millionaire enjoying the benefits of being a celebrity playing in a hockey market. Boston gave up on Seguin way to soon, look at the results ( 34 g 44 ass  78 points).  If the asking price is Strome, and Garth doesn't pull the trigger on that deal it's just another example of the incompetence that runs the front office. Kane is a coaches wet dream, young, tough, fast , great hands and can drop the gloves on occasion. If this guy isn't the perfect line mate for JT i don't know what is. 

I know what i'm getting with Kane, nobody knows what Strome will ever be

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback @isles23I'm not so sure I want Evander Kane.  You need to wonder why the Jets would want to move him.  And I just saw an article where he is being sued for alleged assault last summer?  It could be nothing, but something must have happened for someone to think they have a case.


Something is up with him. 

shlo
shlo

@rmreturns @mrcisbackFrom what I read , Kane is a head case. A very talented one  but still a problem.

I don't know if people in Winnipeg are preparing their fans for a Kane trade for less that they could get for him or what. Mentally he is a problem.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmreturns @mrcisback

3 things

1-Frans like I've said is part of the solution now, great value and great team first type player.  

2- I just don't see Nelson playing wing as hurting his value.  He has played wing before through out his hockey life.  He can move to center at some point when that becomes a team need.  He seems to me to be a versatile player, which might be great to take advantage of in terms of value long term.  We know teams needs can, or better yet, will change season to season or even in season. (depending on injuries or what have you)  

3- I'm not cozy with Bailey.  I like the guy as a person but as a player, if he can increase his value enough, that's who I would try and move. 


rmreturns
rmreturns

@mrcisback opposed to moving Strome or Nelson from the center spot. Strome has been very good without dynamic offensive players, and Nelson is just plain good.


I's actually rather move Frans to the wing, or off the team. I do see the long term value in converting a kid( Nelson or Strome) to wing, to protect a guy who will 30 at the start of next season.


That probably frustrates the heck out of you. But I just see JT, Strome and Nelson as the future of this franchise in the center slot. I can't decide if its Sundstrom or CC as the fourth line center.


I am very cozy with KO, Grabs, Cal, Lee and Bailey on the wings- with Frans in their too.


They have 20 guys signed, for $45 million, with 5 gimmie RFA's to sign(Dono, CdH, CC, Lee and Nilsson). cap geek.com


They need a starting goalie, as I don't think they will bury both Poulin and Nilsson in B-Port. Developmentally, that is just a bad idea.


Based on the contract status, Hammer, CdH, Viz(he has contract protection), Hickey, Strait and Dono are probably here next season. Carkner maybe.


IF Reinhart comes up, it is not to sit as a healthy scratch. There just isn't a lot of roster space based on a draft and develop mantra.


rmreturns
rmreturns

@mrcisback Why not? that is a money toss and spot next to JT.


I think it is fair to write that a combo of JT, KO and "anybody" is very effective NHL first line. 

rmreturns
rmreturns

@mrcisback I don't see the Jets moving Kane for less a package that includes Strome, or Reinhart, or Pulock..


Now, if for some reason the Jets would take a lesser player or 3, and this years number 1 pick- done. 


But the pu-pu platter approach doesn't work too often. The quality they would desire, I would be unhappy including.


If the Leafs don't make the playoffs, they might blow that team up, just because they feel the need to do something drastic. Something could be gained from that mess on a discount.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mrcisback @willymayshays@rmreturns 

All yr I've been saying it, mix of the kids with the veterans.  That line is so inexperienced it's crazy.  Lots of talent, I like them all as prospects, but put Lee or Nelson on the 1st line and give some leadership and veteran savvy to the second line.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mrcisback @rmreturns

This team needs veteran leadership in the worst way.  One veteran Winger with a good amount of skill would do wonders for this young team.  But I wonder if Kane would be a leader or immature personality that teams want to rid themselves of?

mrcisback
mrcisback

@rmreturns @mrcisback   I keep mentioning Kane because the islanders are extremely interested in him. I must have read those rumors several times now.I think a line of Kane,Tavares and Okposo would  be one of the most dangerous lines in hockey. I don't want to give up Reinhart or Pulock period.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmreturns @mrcisback 

Second line scoring is a HUGE issue!

Counting on Lee and Strome or Nelson to be enough is akin to thinking de Haan Hamonic,  Reinhart, Pulock etc will be enough.  Can't have it both ways.  


Bottom line, Bailey stinks and we need another winger.  Right after goalie it's the biggest need IMO.

rmreturns
rmreturns

@mrcisback why would the Jets deal Kane? Why would the Isles bolster their attack, when their defense is terrible?


IF it costs Blue Line talent( Reinhart or Pulock), my answer is a flat out no.


I wouldn't move Strome either. Strome is an excellent player. Strome is also RFA status, meaning he's earning $1.7 million the next season, and is still an RFA.


Kane is pulling $5.2 million the next 4 seasons, then he is a UFA.


For a cost of $1.7 million, plus control after the next 2 seasons vs $10.5 million over the next 2 seasons, I'd keep that extra $9 million and put it to a goalie.


Kane is an excellent player, but unless he can be acquired on the cheap, the money is better spent elsewhere for this franchise.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@shlo @rmreturns

If the team is actually sols perhaps not, only someone as asinine as Wang would retain him for the GM position.


shlo
shlo

@mrcisback  I think we traded enough class players for hopes that did not materialized. As good as it looked at the time. For once I would like to hold on to these up & coming talent and let them grow together.

I am tired of the Milbury experiments.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@isles23   I guess so. But i remember what John Tavares said about Ryan Strome when he was asked how good can he be for the NY Islanders. Tavares said Strome will not only be an excellent player for the Islanders but he will be one of the best players in the league. Although theres not too many players i wouldn't move if power forward Evander Kane is coming back to the Islanders.

isles23
isles23

I agree mrc. Although I never say untouchable but it would take a deal that nobody could deny to give up Strome.

shlo
shlo

@rmreturns Coaching coaching coaching , that will be a difference maker. IF they find a good one for this group of players.


I am afraid that Weight is slated for this job.