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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Vicp73
Vicp73

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

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.

truth77
truth77

Pulock goes against Reinhardt starting tonight in the playoffs.Pulock 23 Goals this season as a De man now that something to get excited about,He is up to 218 lbs  that is a big dude for a 19 year old.

tag1
tag1

Wow what a game last night, with almost 400 man games lost to injury this season and kids stepping in and playing do or die games to get into the playoffs the RED WINGS showed guts to come from behind and beat the Bruins last night. That team has legitimate depth, they haven't missed the playoffs in over 20 years, don't draft as high as the Isles and were able to stay in the playoff race this season with all their injuries and barring a collapse in the final week of the season they will make the playoffs while we have posters on here whining about our injuries to guys like Viz. It's all about the organization from top to bottom they have a great one and ours sucks from top to bottom but hey from the people who run this blog to some of the posters on here keep making excuses for poor old charlie. 

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.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@truth77  

Pulock is built like a linebacker!  That's the thing that I LOVE about this crop of young d-man.  Pelech, Pedan, Mayfield and Reinhart are very big guys.  But Pulock and Pokka are a good size too.  Even de Haan and Donovan are not going to have too many size disadvantages.  AND that's the thing, size does not guarantee success,  but it's never going to be an issue.  

Size for a defender is so important, being able to clear the crease, dominating the boards, the wingspan to be nearly impassable.   I just have a really good feeling about these kids.

dkdk
dkdk

Also you get kids like Nyquist scoring every game and carrying a team on his back. We are celebrating Bailey for being decent again after 400 when we aren't enshrining Reinhart into the hall of fame sight unseen.

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

@dkdk  And Nyquist was drafted 121 overall.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk Have to respect what the Wings have done with all those injuries even the Pens have over 400 man games lost to injury but I'm sure if Viz was on one of those teams and he got hurt they would have tanked like the Isles did. I see the wang gang has the crystal ball working OT today.


Some good games on tonight I've been switching between the Leafs/Bruins and Flyers/ Jackets

tag1
tag1

@gleichzahl and they make money you think their owner would hire his newly retired backup goalie as GM? But we're being told that the Isles aren't successful because they play in Nassau County.

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

John Richards
John Richards

But snow coveted him?? Geez get with the program @dkdk!!

dkdk
dkdk

And they make a salary dump move and get McDonagh .... We have the best scorer on the trade market and get Collberg.

John Richards
John Richards

So who's job is it to sell JT on another non playoff year??

John Richards
John Richards

Hamonic is average at best!! I hate the rangers but let's face it john Moore a healthy scratch until tonite would be a top 2-3 guy on our team!!

tag1
tag1

Well they pulled it out Vic

Vicp73
Vicp73

@tag1 @Vicp73 @dkdk  Oh they've been under fire for two weeks now, it goes  way beyond the refs now.

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @tag1@dkdk They spent the whole third period in their own zone they better not blame the refs if they lose.

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @tag1@dkdk They just got lucky they should have gotten a 4 minute penalty for high sticking

Vicp73
Vicp73

@tag1 @Vicp73 @dkdk  You know whats going to happen if the Leafs miss the Playoffs? Word is Carlyle is gone, nice to see some franchises still hold people accountable 

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @dkdk Leafs blow a 2 goal lead and Reimer got hurt, and as usual they are spending a lot of time in their own end, they are on the ropes.

dkdk
dkdk

If arbour and bowman got by without Corsi I am sure we could

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Funny I don't hear them using that  word (Corsi) very often 

dkdk
dkdk

Those tsn panelists just need to learn more about Corsi and read notes from aspen. It will become much clearer.

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @dkdk I guess they don't feel garth will get a legit #1 goalie and that the kiddy corps D won't carry the Isles to the promised land next season?

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Funny how all the hockey insiders don't have the same vision that most on here do

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  Yesterday the guys on the TSN panel were discussing the Islanders, basically what Garth should do with the pick, the unanimous decision was to defer this years pick. They couldn't see the Isles getting any better any time soon. Isles will be in the mix along with Buffalo, Florida and Edmonton again next season for the lottery. AND YOU DON"T WANT to MISS ON MacDavid

dkdk
dkdk

And that is all that counts Vic ..... He will be the one skinny swede that works out I'm sure.

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @dkdkAnd we were lucky we only had to give up Vanek to get him

Vicp73
Vicp73

@dkdk  we had our eyes on Collburg for a long time lol

dkdk
dkdk

And that small band of guys ultimately have wangsnow give the final call. I wonder why we are still on the outside looking in.

dkdk
dkdk

Vic ..... But snow got Hamonic! It is amazing how hitting on one of the three second rounders in that draft is like some kind of Kreskin pick. Do people remember Anders Nilsson was the first pick in the second round? Koskinen was a couple picks later.

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @dkdk Development, development , development, one organization has it and has the track record to prove it and one doesn't and also has the track record to prove it.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@tag1 @dkdk  and Tag checkout where those teams minor league affiliates are in the standings

dkdk
dkdk

By now i shouldn't be taken aback about much, but it is still startling how excited some get over Bailey showing a pulse and stringing a couple of wins together after playing like dogs as usual in November and December. This is probably the Red Wings LOw water mark over the last 23 years and it would be our high water mark over that time.

And the wings kids come up and by and large tear things up. I bet if you read this type of board in Detroit, tartar would be getting less love than Pulock does here.