New York Islanders Drop Finale To Flyers, 7-4: Depth Players Can’t ‘Phil’ In

April 10th, 2011 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
It's truly unfortunate that yet another season ends without the New York Islanders in the postseason.

Yes, we've known for quite a while that this team would not be making the playoffs, but let's face it: Nothing is truly felt until it actually dawns.

When you're sitting in front of the television, knowing that this is the last bit of Isles hockey you'll get to watch until October, it's quite a shot in the gut. Making matters worse, this team had started showing some character, the core had begun taking shape, teasing us with glimpses of the future and turning Islander Country into a nation of believers.

There are so many questions that were left unanswered.

What if the Isles could have played this way the entire year? Will the current roster be intact for 2011-2012? Will Rick DiPietro ever become the franchise goaltender he was projected to be?

What if John Tavares had just one more game, just one more? Would he have scored 30 goals? How would this team have looked with Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo in the lineup full-time?

I could go on forever, but I think I've sufficiently covered all grounds.

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