Ireland Contracting Sports Call: April 15, 2019 (Pt. 2)

WELCOME BACK WE CONTINUE WITH SPORTS CALL AT 412-575-2600

BEFORE WE GET TO YOUR PHONE CALLS, I WENT TO GIVE GENE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COMEDY SHOW HE HAS COMING UP IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM IN CONCERT YOU SHOULD HE IS FUNNY AND YOU WILL BE RAISING MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE IS ABLE TO THE SECOND AT THE SO-CALLED CLUB ON KHALSA STREET SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8 PM

SHOW YOU CAN GET TICKETS ON THE ASSOCIATIONS WEBSITE OR BY GOING TO SLAP STICKS PRODUCTIONCOM WE REALLY WANT TO SEEK OUT THIS SHOW BECAUSE IT IS AN IMPORTANT CALLS AND WE ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD TIME SOME OF THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL IS PART OF IT

THE OTHER THING I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE SERIES IN THE EAST IT WAS TORONTO AT HOME LEADING OVER THE BRUINS 3-2 WAS THE FINAL SCORE LET'S GO TO THE LINES WE HAVE KEN AND CLEARFIELD HOW ARE YOU THIS EVENING? GOOD, THANK YOU

B I KNOW IT IS DISAPPOINTING WITH THE PING ONES BEING DOWN 3- 0 IN 1975 I WAS 13 YEARS OLD COMING FROM A LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP LOSS AND MY DAD SAID THE PING ONES ARE UP THREE GAMES AND THEY LOST MORE GAMES TO GUESS WHO, THE ISLANDERS EVER SINCE THEN HE SAID KARMA WILL COME BACK ONE OF THESE YEARS TO GET THEM 34 YEARS LATER, I WILL TALK TO YOU SATURDAY NIGHT ALL IT TAKES IS ONE

I TRIED TO STAY AWAY FROM PREDICTIONS BECAUSE NOBODY KNOWS, WERE ALWAYS WRONG AND THINGS CAN CHANGE ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS START BY TAKING CARE OF ONE GAME AND THEN YOU GO TO THE NEXT I KNOW IT SOUNDS VERY TRITE AND IT IS BUT THAT IS HOW YOU GO THIS TEAM I BELIEVE HAS A LOT OF CHARACTER AND PRIDE IT IS A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

THEY HAVE HAD A GREAT RUN AND HAVE HAD TO DIG DEEPER THAN BEFORE THAT IS WHY I LIKE THE IDEA OF THEM NOT PRACTICING TODAY THIS IS HAVE TO WALK AWAY FOR 24 HOURS AT LEAST AND COME BACK WITH A CLEAR HEAD AND JUST GO ABOUT THIS THE WAY THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAY AND TRY TO MAKE THE ISLANDERS PLAY THE WAY THE PING ONES WANT TO PLAY, WHICH IS NOT ALL THAT DIFFERENT THE PING ONES ARE PRETTY RESPONSIBLE DEFENSIVELY SO I JUST THINK THEY HAVE TO COME AT IT WITH A FRESH APPROACH AND NOTHING TO LOSE

EVENT THEY WON TOMORROW, THEY HAVE A REALLY DOCKET TASK I THINK THEY SHOULD TRY TO HAVE FUN PLAYING HOCKEY BECAUSE THEY USUALLY DO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THEY HAVE TO GET REBOUNDS NEW YORK AS WELL DISCIPLINED WHEN IT COMES TO COVERING PLAYERS THEY CROWD THE MIDDLE

YOU MIGHT GO BACK TO THE RANGER SERIES WHEN THE PING ONES LOST ALL OF THOSE 2-1 GAMES SAME CONCEPT NEW YORK PACKED IT IN AND IT WAS HARD TO GET ANYTHING THREE YOU ARE FRUSTRATED AND BEING WAS HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO GIVE AN INCH OF WHATEVER OPPORTUNITIES I DO NOT LIKE DOMINIC ON THE TOP LINE

I THINK HE IS A SMART PLAYER BUT THEY NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE WITH MORE PRODUCTION ON THAT LINE LET'S GO TO JOHN IN BANKS FELL I'VE GOT A COMMENT AND QUESTION THE FIRST LINE IS SIMONE DEFINITELY SHOULD NOT BE THERE HE SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS TEAM AT ALL

I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT I THINK HE HAS A ROLE BUT I DON'T THINK IT IS A TOP SIX IT IS REALLY INTERESTING SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN YELLING ABOUT MURRAY THEY SCORED TWO GOALS IN THE LAST TWO GAMES

THAT MAKES MURRAY LOOK WORSE BY BRANSON AND WILSON WHERE ARE THE TOP LINE PLAYERS? MY QUESTION IS I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS IS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IT HONESTLY THEY ARE GETTING OLDER BUT THEY'RE IN THEIR 30s GOT KNOWS I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN MY 30s BUT FOR A HOCKEY PLAYER THAT PUTS TREAD ON YOU AND THEY ARE SLOWER THAN THEY USED TO BE MY QUESTION FOR YOU TONIGHT IS DO YOU THINK OF THE OFF-SEASON IF THEY GO DOWN IN THE FIRST ROUND, THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME CHANGES MADE? I AM THINKING ONE OR TWO MAJOR CHANGES

LET'S GET GENE'S RESPONSE I REALLY DON'T THINK SO I THINK THEY ARE REALLY IN THEIR PRIME YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT MAYBE THEY ARE SLOWER BUT I DON'T SEE IT

WALK AND STILL COVERS THE ICE LIKE A SUPERSTAR AND HE IS A SUPERSTAR I THINK YOU DON'T GO LOOKING TO BREAK THAT UP I THINK YOU GO LOOKING TO MAYBE CHANGE THINGS AROUND I DON'T SEE A SHAKE UP HAVE BEEN IN THE PLAYOFFS 13 YEARS IN A ROW

IT IS KIND OF A WEIRD SITUATION BECAUSE IT IS THE WORST YEAR THAT I CAN REMEMBER HE IS COMING OFF 98 POINTS WHEN HE IS ON HIS GAME HE IS TO DIFFICULT TO DEFEND WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT WE HAVE SEEN CARELESS PLAY MORE SO THAN EVER BEFORE

THAT HASN'T CHANGED I THOUGHT IT WOULD BILL CASTLE HAS NOT HAD AN AND I WOULD EXPECT JAKE TO GO GIVEN HIS HISTORY THERE IS A LOT HERE AND I THINK THEY NEED TO COME UP WITH YOUNGER, THE 22-YEAR-OLD KIDS IT HAPPENS WHEN OTHER TEAMS PLAY WELL AND PEOPLE NEED TO CREDIT THE ISLANDERS

LOU HAS A WAY OF DOING THIS AND HE KNOWS HOW TO GET GOOD DEFENSIVE EFFORTS THEY SHOULD WIN WE HAVE MARILYN I AM WONDERING WHY THE PING ONES ARE DOING SO POORLY? DO YOU THINK IS THE TEAM, PENALTIES? I THINK THE PENALTIES AND OVERALL NEW YORK HAS BEEN THE BETTER TEAM SUPERSTAR PLAYERS ARE A LOT TO DEAL WITH

THERE WONDERFUL WHEN THERE ARE THINGS TO DO WITH BUT THERE CAN BE EAGLE ISSUES THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS HAVE PLAYED BETTER THEY DON'T HAVE STAR GUYS THE GUYS DON'T HAVE MUCH PEDIGREE AND THEY ARE LISTENING TO WHAT HE SAYS I THINK WE SHOULD EMPHASIZE THAT THESE KINDS OF THINGS HAPPEN IN THE PLAYOFFS

THAT IS THE NATURE OF THE PLAYOFFS WE SAW THAT IN 2013 THEY NEVER LEAD IN THE SERIES THREE YEARS LATER THEY WON BACK TO BACK STANLEY CUPS THIS IS THE NATURE OF THE NHL PLAYOFFS

LOOK WHAT IS GOING ON WITH COLUMBUS AND TAMPA BAY WE SIT HERE FOR SIX MONTHS DISCUSSING WHO MIGHT GET THE BETTER SEED IN THE PLAYOFFS AND EVERYONE AGREES COLUMBUS HAS THE WORST SITUATION AND THEY ARE ABOUT TO SWEEP A TEAM THAT WON 63 GAMES THAT IS THE NHL IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU CAN'T FIGURE OUT IT MAKES YOU WONDER ABOUT THE SEASON

I BELIEVE — YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION AFTER FEBRUARY WE HAVE SOME TWEETS TO GET INTO AND MORE CALLS ON THE WAY

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