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!


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.

weeza
weeza

Baileys play sort of reminding me of Okposo last season. Little different feel but that maybe due to lack of a playoff feeling. Okposo didn't start playing well till the end of last season then stood out during the playoffs. Prior to that OKposo only had 4 goals in 48 games. Bailey is 1 year younger than Okposo so maybe Bailey is finally hitting the same stride Okposo found. I domt know but I hope he has.

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.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@weeza  Okpos was arguably this team's best player before his shoulder injury. Bailey has always been horrible. I't an invalid comparison. 

Vicp73
Vicp73

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

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.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmreturns  

It's not really the flashes that concern me, or the inconsistancy.  It's seeing him so often shy away from contact and not skating hard.  I know being overly physical is not his game and that it's hard to say a player is not "trying" BUT with Bailey I, too often, see him standing straight up on his skates... just waiting.   The skill level is one thing, the desire/aggressiveness is another.  

I always stuck behind "OK-soso/boso"  #21 is my favorite player, but he had certain attributes I just don't see in Bailey.  General attributes that all good hockey players should have.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Jason Zimmermann @weeza  agree its an invalid comparison but disagree that bailey has always been horrible.  he has very good hands and when his confidence is high you see him try to handle the puck and deke, etc.  -- havent seen much of that due to his confidence.  he has a ton of talent and is still very young.  hopefully he can take that next step to become a more consistent player. 

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. 


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.

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.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmreturns @willymayshays 

Dancing/Pass first let someone else take the shot.  That's actually part of the same thing, IMO.  I don't think he has the head/heart or what ever to make full use of his ability in the rough/physical sport that is hockey.  

willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmreturns  

Don't you see the connection between his "poor attributes" (as I put it) and his desire to dance around and turn the puck over rather than shoot the puck.  And it's not just taking shots, he has trouble getting good opportunities.  He simply does not fight for the position to do so!

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@jmoney93 @slapshot18_rs @Jason Zimmermann @weeza  confidence talk is a joke? uhh, doesnt matter what age you are, what sport you play, how much experience you have...confidence is a legitimate thing that enables people to succeed and forces them to fail - but you can think what you want. 

jmoney93
jmoney93

@slapshot18_rs @Jason Zimmermann @weeza  

 All this Confidence talk is a joke, he is not a "Kid" anymore he has serious NHL experience  in terms of games played... is 24 young? yes, but at 24 with 5 YEARS of time with the big club....you figure a professional athlete should be a pretty confident MAN at this point.... Its not a confidence thing, its he is just never going to be any good thing with Bailey