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January 23, 2017 | 3:18pm ET
Isles mentality remains the same
TheFourthPeriod.com

The New York Islanders have gone 2-0-1 in the three games they've played since firing Jack Capuano as coach and while their appears to be new life in Brooklyn, the team's overall direction remains unchanged.

The Isles have jumped to five points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the final wild card spot in the East, but still sit 14th in the Conference.

With many teams ahead of them, the Islanders' regained confidence could help them in the long-run this season, but help from outside the organization may not come in the form of any rental acquisitions.

Isles GM Garth Snow's priority is still the same; he wants to find a top-line winger to play alongside captain John Tavares.

The price tag on a young, top-line NHL winger is high, and the Isles appear willing to move certain pieces from their roster in a package, if the right deal presented itself prior to the March 1 trade deadline. If it doesn't, discussions will continue in the off-season.

Despite the team's rejuvenated play over the last week, ownership and management is focused on the long-term.

 
 
 

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