The last seven months have been a crazy time for Islander fans, we had a top five record in the eastern conference in the second half of last season, & in that time we showed more of a physical presence then we had in the prior five years combined. Then in the last month we've had the announcements of Grabners five year extension, the arena plans being announced, then Okposo's five year extension and the signing of Anders Nilsson and Casey Cizikas to their entry level contracts.
Now combine that good news with the emergence of players like Andrew MacDonald, Travis "Hammer" Hamonic, Matt Moulson, Frans Nielsen, Michael Grabner, Kevin Poulin and Al Montoya between the pipes, and off course John Tavares as an all-star player and the we have one of the most promising futures that we've had in a while.
However given everything we as a fan base have gone through in the last two decades is it finally ok to feel some excitement and not end up getting punched in the stomach?
Personally, as a fan I think you should always be excited when a new season starts and if you aren't then there is something wrong. However this season I think you should get a little more excited because even if we fail to make the playoffs we're going to have a very young entertaining team, and with some work over the summer I don't think we will fail to make the playoffs.
Players playing in the playoffs now probably think the arenas they play in are loud, little do they know what the Coliseum is like during playoff games. Hopefully next season we can show them and the rest of the NHL what an arena is supposed to sound like during the playoffs. People during the Toronto series in 01/02 said the Coliseum was loud. Well I have a feeling that if we make the playoffs next season that we will make the Toronto series seem like it took place in a library.