Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tavares Watch: Festivus Edition

And so we've hit the imperfect 10 - with tonight's loss to Atlanta, the Isles have now lost 10 in a row. And lately, it seems like the Isles are playing Amy Winehouse hockey - in other words, an absolute mess.

With the loss, the Isles have taken sole possession of last place in the league. And I'm here to say that I am perfectly fine with it, as finishing 30th this year will guarantee a nice prize at the end of June - either John Tavares or Victor Hedman. With both players considered by far to be the top two in the 2009 draft, the Isles may just need to hit rock bottom this season in order to contend for the future.

Let's face it, the Isles are going nowhere this season. So let Coach Gordon experiment with the lineups to find a line or two that might have potential for '09-'10. Evaluate the talent properly, figure out who best fits or can fit into the system, and get ready for next season, where they will hopefully have either a star forward or a potential franchise D-man to build around.

So as the Isles continue to struggle, I've come to accept that this team is done and am looking forward to seeing what GM Snow has up his sleeve during the offseason. And of course, it would be nice to see the Lighthouse finally approved, but that's for another day...

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