In less than a month the New York Islanders will not only start another season in the Nassau Coliseum, but they will be playing their last season in the Coliseum before moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season. After a failed attempt to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in hopes to redeem their loss in the first round the season prior, Left Winger Eric Boulton took some time to speak on the issues of the past as well as the optimisms of the future.
“A lot of those games that we lost, or gave up leads, we were winning those games or out playing those teams that we lost too. So you know it was experience, and a few mistakes here and there down in the third period is where it cost us a lot of games.”
Third period losses plagued the Islanders throughout the season but mostly in a horrible November month. This could have been due to the multitude of injuries and a high volume of rookies filling major roles, most of them for their first time in the NHL. With a fresh start, the Islanders will be looking to make an impact going into their last season in the Nassau Coliseum, starting with a new theme, “We Play For You”.
“Well I think every year you wanna do the best that you can but obviously there’s some sentimental value going into this season being the last one here at the Coliseum. Everybody on the team and in this organization loves this building, loves playing in it, there is a lot of history, great atmosphere, so I think there will be a little more added motivation for sure.”
Besides it being a last year on the island, the Islanders have revamped their roster, fixing key positions that have needed help for a couple years now. On top of fixing a lacking roster, the Islanders will have a few of these added motivations over the next two seasons. Not only will they be playing for their fans in the Coliseum for the last time but they will be moving to Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season which will also help boost morale.
“Guys are excited. Obviously you don’t wanna leave your home building but guys are excited for the new venue down there, attracting new fans and hopefully bringing a lot of the Islanders fans with us too.”
No matter what changes happen, whether it be changing up the roster or playing in the Coliseum or the Barclays Center, Boulton says it perfectly about the Islanders organization as it moves forward.
“No matter what building we are in we are still the Islanders and were trying to get there, back to the playoffs and win a Long Island Stanley Cup.”