What Should the Islanders do With Corey Trivino?

After Corey Trivino's court date was postponed from late April to late May, many have been wondering what lies in store for the ex-Boston Terriers standout. Trivino's reputation at Boston University was well known before the forward decided to drunkenly harass a female Resident Advisor. While the center was highly valued by the Boston Terriers, head coach Jack Parker said that Trivino's tendency for drunken behavior had finally gone too far. (wallyg/Flickr)

Parker gave Trivino the ax from the team and the forward was kicked out from Boston University not too long after. Many might be wondering what legal ramifications might be waiting for Trivino come May 30th, but the New York Islanders still have their stock invested in a player that could be a force at the NHL level. Granted, Trivino would have to sort out his own personal demons before returning to hockey, but the center is too gifted to not pursue a career in hockey.
While Trivino's fate has not yet been decided by the courts, the question still beckons. What should the New York Islanders do if Corey Trivino is dedicated to rehabilitating himself and reinvigorating his hopes of playing professional hockey?
Well, in short, the New York Islanders should give the center a chance to prove his worth to the team.
It was not too long ago that Garth Snow took a gamble on Kirill Kabanov in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Snow's move was viewed as risky, but it paid off as the right winger registered 55 regular season points (21 Goals, 34 Assists) in 50 games. Kabanov also registered 13 points in 11 playoff games for the Shawinigan Cataractes and is building his offensive game in the highly competitive QMJHL.

On the other hand, Trivino was on a point per game pace (17 pts. In 15 games) for the BU Terriers at the start of the 2011-2012 NCAA season and could have shattered his previous season high of 28 points that he had set a year earlier. Trivino's 13 goals were leading the team as the senior was centering BU's top line and was a large reason for the Terriers' standing in the Hockey East.

Trivino's troubles may have cast doubt on his future as a hockey player, but there is still some upside to the pivot. The center was showing signs of improvement during the 2011-2012 season for BU and it would be rash to write off the forward at this point and time. Trivino definitely has talent, but one knock against him is that he is undersized and loses puck battles because of that factor. Regardless, Trivino's court date will still be the first step in determining a clear-cut path for the young man.

If Trivino can somehow return to hockey activities and prove to the Islanders that he is 100% dedicated to the game, then it would be prudent for the organization to at least take a look at the center. Trivino still has aspects of his game that he can work on, but his talent makes him a risk that is still worth gambling on. Everyone raised their eyebrows when Kirill Kabanov dropped to the third round and was selected by Garth Snow, but the decision seems to be rewarding the GM right now as Kabanov is honing his offensive talents in the QMJHL.

Trivino did make a horrible decision in early December and his actions illustrated a complete lack of self control. However, the young man deserves another shot if he can clean up his act, and Garth Snow might just be willing to accept the center if he shows that hockey is priority number one.

Everyone makes a questionable decision throughout their lifetime. Sometimes those decisions can have ramifications that can set an individual back for a while, but it has always been up to the person committing the questionable act to set things straight. It seems that Garth Snow has been accepting of this fact on more than one occasion. It was less than two years ago that the Isles' GM snagged Evgeni Nabokov off of waivers and the netminder refused to report to the team. Instead of feeling jilted by Nabokov's actions, Snow gave the goalie every chance to succeed on Long Island and prove his worth to the team as its number one goalie.

The same case can be made for Trivino. This is in no way, shape, or form an acquittal of Trivino for his reprehensible actions, but it would be foolhardy to think that the young man does not feel some shame , embarrassment, or remorse about his current situation. Trivino's first test will come on May 30th when the Brighton courts decide what kind of punishment the young man deserves, but Trivino's fate will be in his own hands after that. If he decides that the best plan of action would be to dedicate himself to hockey, then Trivino must realize that he must pursue his dream through sheer willpower and without any indulgence in substances that can drag him deeper into self-destruction.  



-Anatoliy Metter
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Mike Flannery's picture

Great article, my friend. Hope the kid gets a chance, too much talent to waste. Has to get his head straight or he will lose his dream.

John Link's picture

Good post Anatoliy!

I am all for second chances Anatoliy but this wasn't Trivino's first problem at BU. He was suspended a few other times from the team for alcohol related issues. I just feel giving a kid that already has an alcohol problem more money and more freedom then he had in college is a bad mix. Kabanov's problems were just with his attitude which has changed dramatically where Trivino has an alcohol problem which most people know could be a lot harder to change then an attitude problem.

I would love to see him clean himself up and get back on the right track but it maybe to too risky to put someone like that on a roster of young impressionable guys until we fully know that he has rid himself of his demons.

Anatoliy Metter's picture

I think coach Jack Parker said that there were four incidents before this. Believe me Link, I know that the kid has been involved in way more than just one incident lol. However, we cannot sit back and judge the kid based on what he did as a young college student. For Trivino to have so many alcohol-related incidents is terrible, but we cannot write him off and simply say, "he has a problem with alcohol, can't be changed, too risky, book closed". Snow and the organization must keep close tabs on this individual, much the same way that Josh Hamilton is monitored, maybe he can even have someone with him most of the time to dissuade him from indulging in drinks. Kabanov and Trivino are in two different situations, but Trivino is still a young kid and how many of us can confidently say that we had a collegiate career that was completely unblemished and didn't involve a bad decision or two at some point and time. Trivino seems to have had way more of these questionable decisions than the average individual, but he can change if his mind is in the right place. I don't think Snow would give Trivino an ELC if he didn't think that the young man was ready to tackle professional hockey with full dedication. I think Trivino can change and I think he has great upside. Yes, he is a risk, but he deserves a chance to prove that he belongs in the sport of hockey and doing something that he loves.