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Forums :: Blog World :: Ben Shelley: Is adding Nazem Kadri the right move for the Islanders?
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JohnScammo
New York Islanders
Location: Coming to a jail near you
Joined: 10.14.2014

Aug 4 @ 1:42 PM ET

- Wildschwein

Dog days of summer.
ses111
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.07.2008

Aug 4 @ 1:43 PM ET
I remember Cizikas got injured that season, and Strome even did a fine job filling in for him on that line. He could do it all it seemed....and then.....nothing.
- JohnScammo


That was so strange. It's like the next year he forgot how to play hockey. Thought the Isles found a very good player.
JimmyP
New York Islanders
Location: Snow has melted!
Joined: 02.12.2011

Aug 4 @ 1:59 PM ET
I remember Cizikas got injured that season, and Strome even did a fine job filling in for him on that line. He could do it all it seemed....and then.....nothing.
- JohnScammo


Yeah, that was weird. You expect a player to get better, not worse. I was excited about him....and then.....disappointed.
kasperrko
New York Islanders
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Joined: 03.09.2007

Aug 4 @ 2:12 PM ET
We need paranteau back???
SRam19
Vancouver Canucks
Location: Pierre McGuire, next GM of the Sabres
Joined: 02.12.2015

Aug 4 @ 2:21 PM ET
We need paranteau back???
- kasperrko

I hear Okposo is available
nyisles7
New York Islanders
Location: Let’s Go Branden, NY
Joined: 01.20.2009

Aug 4 @ 2:22 PM ET
I actually like the idea of Brock on top line too.. he shoots and is a much better defensive player than he gets credit.
- niteislander


That’s why he’s a good two way center. Which is why I would keep him there.
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Aug 4 @ 2:47 PM ET
I hear Okposo is available
- SRam19

Sauce?
keaner17
New York Islanders
Location: REJECTED REFEREE
Joined: 07.12.2007

Aug 4 @ 2:51 PM ET
We need paranteau back???
- kasperrko

If you spell "PA Parenteau" in Scrabble, you win.....forever
niteislander
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 01.13.2010

Aug 4 @ 3:34 PM ET
That’s why he’s a good two way center. Which is why I would keep him there.
- nyisles7


pretty sure that is what I was saying in the first place. Let him play 1C with Barzal and Lee... not like Barzal isn't all over the ice anyway. You will have at least one forward who is thinking about Defense .. Lee will be in his office and Barzal will be skating around like a lunatic. .. and if he passes it to Brock you know he is shooting.

.. .IF .. and that is a big IF.. we get Kadri. That is what I believe will happen.
kasperrko
New York Islanders
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Joined: 03.09.2007

Aug 4 @ 3:36 PM ET
If you spell "PA Parenteau" in Scrabble, you win.....forever
- keaner17


I was one letter off almost got it.

On a serious note I hate not knowing what Lou is doing. I don’t know if I should be excited mad or oh well
JimmyP
New York Islanders
Location: Snow has melted!
Joined: 02.12.2011

Aug 4 @ 3:39 PM ET
I was one letter off almost got it.

On a serious note I hate not knowing what Lou is doing. I don’t know if I should be excited mad or oh well

- kasperrko



We're all in the same boat.
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Aug 4 @ 4:10 PM ET

We're all in the same boat.

- JimmyP


This response made me think of this commercial for some reason, one of the funniest commercials in the last 10 years imo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpi0cMQEBbA
UIF
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 01.09.2009

Aug 4 @ 4:28 PM ET
I would consider moving Brock to Barzy's wing and let Kadri center the second line. Barzy's ability to create time and space would be a pretty lethal combination with Brock's shot. You could also allow Brock to take some face offs on Barzy's behalf.
- keaner17


Eh...it's not like we've never seen Brock on the wing before. It stalled his development by 2+ seasons experimenting with where to play him. He's turned into a really good center who finally looks comfortable in his role. I don't really get moving him to wing again where he was practically invisible most of the time.

I don't get messing with the center position at all, to be honest. It's the team's only real strength from line 1 to line 4...and one of two positions (goaltending being the other) that they could just leave as-is so they could focus on improving the actual weaknesses at wing and D. Instead there's all this talk about shuffling centers around to create more question marks.

If Kadri was worlds better than what they have already at center I'd get it, but I don't think Kadri replacing Barzal or Nelson really moves the needle that much for the team overall, and I don't see either Barzal or Nelson as the ideal winger that solves the team's issues at that position.
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Aug 4 @ 4:37 PM ET
Eh...it's not like we've never seen Brock on the wing before. It stalled his development by 2+ seasons experimenting with where to play him. He's turned into a really good center who finally looks comfortable in his role. I don't really get moving him to wing again where he was practically invisible most of the time.

I don't get messing with the center position at all, to be honest. It's the team's only real strength from line 1 to line 4...and one of two positions (goaltending being the other) that they could just leave as-is so they could focus on improving the actual weaknesses at wing and D. Instead there's all this talk about shuffling centers around to create more question marks.

If Kadri was worlds better than what they have already at center I'd get it, but I don't think Kadri replacing Barzal or Nelson really moves the needle that much for the team overall, and I don't see either Barzal or Nelson as the ideal winger that solves the team's issues at that position.

- UIF

Said the same thing the other day on here. Casey isn’t going anywhere and we’re not exactly going to throw Nelson or Barzal on the fourth line anyway. Pageau has been a perfect fit as our third line center but to me he would be the most likely candidate to move to the wing. I don’t think it’s an ideal situation/signing. Nelson had his best season as a center I don’t think it’s the best time to move him to wing
Though the idea of moving Nelson to Barzal’s wing is interesting because it’s never been done but ideally we wouldn’t be trying to sign a center to begin with no matter what he brings(minus a ridiculous point increase from what we have). Makes you wonder if someone we didn’t think of may be on the way out…
ses111
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.07.2008

Aug 4 @ 4:54 PM ET
This response made me think of this commercial for some reason, one of the funniest commercials in the last 10 years imo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpi0cMQEBbA

- Vukota



This is really good but this is my favorite.

ses111
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.07.2008

Aug 4 @ 4:57 PM ET
Said the same thing the other day on here. Casey isn’t going anywhere and we’re not exactly going to throw Nelson or Barzal on the fourth line anyway. Pageau has been a perfect fit as our third line center but to me he would be the most likely candidate to move to the wing. I don’t think it’s an ideal situation/signing. Nelson had his best season as a center I don’t think it’s the best time to move him to wing
Though the idea of moving Nelson to Barzal’s wing is interesting because it’s never been done but ideally we wouldn’t be trying to sign a center to begin with no matter what he brings(minus a ridiculous point increase from what we have). Makes you wonder if someone we didn’t think of may be on the way out…

- Cptmjl


No offense to Kadri but Kane would be a great add.
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Aug 4 @ 5:03 PM ET
This is really good but this is my favorite.


- ses111



Yeah this is a good one as well
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Aug 4 @ 5:08 PM ET
No offense to Kadri but Kane would be a great add.
- ses111

Said the same thing on the last thread. Would much rather have him but he comes with a price and I’m not so sure we could/should pay it…
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Aug 4 @ 5:10 PM ET
Yeah this is a good one as well
- Vukota

Is geico your insurance?
UIF
New York Islanders
Location: NY
Joined: 01.09.2009

Aug 4 @ 5:14 PM ET
Said the same thing the other day on here. Casey isn’t going anywhere and we’re not exactly going to throw Nelson or Barzal on the fourth line anyway. Pageau has been a perfect fit as our third line center but to me he would be the most likely candidate to move to the wing. I don’t think it’s an ideal situation/signing. Nelson had his best season as a center I don’t think it’s the best time to move him to wing
Though the idea of moving Nelson to Barzal’s wing is interesting because it’s never been done but ideally we wouldn’t be trying to sign a center to begin with no matter what he brings(minus a ridiculous point increase from what we have). Makes you wonder if someone we didn’t think of may be on the way out…

- Cptmjl


I know Lou likes players he's familiar with, which Kadri would be, so I get it from that perspective...bring in the attitude, talent, and pedigree (coming off a Stanley Cup win) Lou wants. And Kadri's definitely a solid player who would boost the team's talent level. But, yeah, it's not really a piece that fits neatly in the roster puzzle. Like, the day after the season ended I don't think any of us would have said, "Forget the wing, we need to bring in another center." I haven't really understood what they're trying to do with the team this offseason, and we're getting pretty close to showtime here for next season. To your point, maybe it's Kadri coming in and one of the centers going out for a winger. Or maybe not! Maybe Kadri's not even signed
JimmyP
New York Islanders
Location: Snow has melted!
Joined: 02.12.2011

Aug 4 @ 5:23 PM ET
This response made me think of this commercial for some reason, one of the funniest commercials in the last 10 years imo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpi0cMQEBbA

- Vukota


That is pretty funny, but this is my all time favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2QNuDUTocE
Cptmjl
New York Islanders
Joined: 11.05.2011

Aug 4 @ 5:44 PM ET
I know Lou likes players he's familiar with, which Kadri would be, so I get it from that perspective...bring in the attitude, talent, and pedigree (coming off a Stanley Cup win) Lou wants. And Kadri's definitely a solid player who would boost the team's talent level. But, yeah, it's not really a piece that fits neatly in the roster puzzle. Like, the day after the season ended I don't think any of us would have said, "Forget the wing, we need to bring in another center." I haven't really understood what they're trying to do with the team this offseason, and we're getting pretty close to showtime here for next season. To your point, maybe it's Kadri coming in and one of the centers going out for a winger. Or maybe not! Maybe Kadri's not even signed
- UIF

Who the hell knows?
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Aug 4 @ 5:56 PM ET
Is geico your insurance?
- Cptmjl


No
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Aug 4 @ 5:58 PM ET
That is pretty funny, but this is my all time favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2QNuDUTocE

- JimmyP

ses111
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.07.2008

Aug 4 @ 6:11 PM ET
I know Lou likes players he's familiar with, which Kadri would be, so I get it from that perspective...bring in the attitude, talent, and pedigree (coming off a Stanley Cup win) Lou wants. And Kadri's definitely a solid player who would boost the team's talent level. But, yeah, it's not really a piece that fits neatly in the roster puzzle. Like, the day after the season ended I don't think any of us would have said, "Forget the wing, we need to bring in another center." I haven't really understood what they're trying to do with the team this offseason, and we're getting pretty close to showtime here for next season. To your point, maybe it's Kadri coming in and one of the centers going out for a winger. Or maybe not! Maybe Kadri's not even signed
- UIF


It's not easy being an Islander fan and especially in the summer UIF. It's a long waiting game for sure. It's very tough to understand what is going on. Kadri is a nice player but not the #1 need. 1RW is the big need.
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