NHL Lockout in 2012 Actually Favors the New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are a young team with talented, dynamic players that are cancelled out by gaping weaknesses across the roster.  The Islanders have an average goaltender in Evgeni Nabokov, paired with a perpetually injured and overpaid Rick DiPietro, and a prospect that is still not ready for the NHL.  Needless to say the goaltending situation is far from favorable.  The Isles have a middling defensive corps at best, and lack the offensive depth to pair John Tavares with enough talent to win games.  Ownership is in a battle with a corrupt city, and the future of the team in one of hockey’s most embarrassing arenas is up in the air.  It seems ridiculous, but an NHL lockout in 2012 actually seems to favor the New York Islanders.

The Islanders sort of need one more year to put this team together and if there’s no hockey season they lose nothing in the process.  A lost season due to an NHL lockout gives the New York Islanders an opportunity to rebuild a bit more, and their silence this offseason makes more sense.  The Islanders clearly lost ground to the top teams in the Atlantic Division this offseason, but an NHL lockout provides them with another year to catch up.  Prospects like Tavares and goaltender Anders Nilsson would be one step closer to NHL dominance.  The roster would improve, ownership would have an opportunity to resolve its arena situation, and the Islanders youth could benefit from one more year of development if they spent this season that never comes in the right way.

An NHL lockout would obviously be a terrible thing for the hockey world.  The casual fans returning to the NHL would likely be lost forever.  The lost season of the last lockout would prove to be a total waste, not the rejuvenating force we were all told it was.  Players would be locked out in order to protect owners from themselves at the expense of the fans, which shows exactly where the loyalties of the NHL are.  The Canadian economy could collapse all-together without hockey, and socialized healthcare would go bankrupt.  World War III would break out when the Canadian Revolution finally freed our brothers to the north from the Red Coats in England.  Ultimately, an NHL Lockout is nothing short of a tragedy, but the New York Islanders could benefit from it.

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  • Jason

    John Tavares is NOT a prospect.

    That notwithstanding, this team is perpetually unconventional, “Losing actually helps the Islanders”, and when that’s not the case, “Not playing actually helps the Islanders.” – I know there’s a watchful eye on Seth Jones and Nathan McKinnon, but for the love of God, will there ever come a time when the fans will, not only, want this tam to win, but moreover, actually play? G Wiz!

    • Alec

      Anytime that not playing hockey is an option, it benefits the Isles.

  • John

    Dumb and pointless article. Moulson isn’t a good line mate or Tavares? And one more year wouldn’t rebuild because the rookies won’t get experience as well as the team as a whole playing together.

  • Carl

    This is utter nonsense. The Islanders don’t have any secret plan preparing for the lockout. Not spending money, and making themselves appear above the NHL’s salary floor by using loopholes (i.e. the average salary per year over the course of the contract is what counts as the hit against the cap) is what they do regularly.

    How is John Tavares going to get better by not playing NHL hockey?

    With the lockout looming and the NHL taking a serious image hit, how is that going to improve the chances of an arena deal being struck?

    Finally, while the city the Isles are dealing with may be corrupt (and bankrupt), why should the burden of a new arena be on the taxpayers and not the supposed saviour and owner, Charles Wang? At the end of the day, I want Isles hockey and I want them to flourish on Long Island. I might not get either the way things are going.