The problem, of course, is that while Rose thought he was off the air, he was pretty clearly still on it.
What followed was Rose jokingly asking "is it spring training yet?" and then saying "let me know how this game turns out ... not that I particularly care."
And really, it's tough to blame anybody for feeling that way about this once-proud and storied franchise that can't seem to get out of its own way on or off the ice. Last week the Islanders made head coach Scott Gordon a scapegoat for the team's dismal start, despite handing him what was essentially the same roster as last season, while the team has been without several key players for the entire season to date, including defenseman Mark Streit and forward Kyle Okposo -- arguably the best, and most important players on the roster.
Following the firing, FanHouse's Chris Botta wrote on his Islanders Blog, Islanders Point Blank, that the team's current losing streak wasn't the fault of just Gordon. Not long after, his credentials were pulled by the front office.
During the second intermission Rose apologized for his comments, saying: "It is all my fault. We were having technical difficulties down in the truck and I said some unfortunate things that were borne completely out of frustration with some issues that were strictly of a technical nature. If you've been watching the Islanders lately, you know that we have all been in a frustrated mood over the last little while. Hopefully, things will turn around. But as far as the one little issue of some comments that I made that were not designed to go out on the air, I apologize for them."