John Panarese – Islander Fan – Blind Hockey Fan – Great Fan

John Panarese – Islander Fan – Blind Hockey Fan – Great Fan

As you all know – John Panarese has been writing with me for a long time.  John and I met many years ago when I was introduced to him via my old boss at Avis where I used to work.  John is his brother-in-law, and my old boss told me that I HAD to meet him, and I would be blown away by what he knows. So we are at a Long Island Ducks game, and we get to talking and right away, I am so impressed by what he…

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Seidenberg Signs With Islanders

Seidenberg Signs With Islanders

From the New York Islanders The New York Islanders announced today that Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Seidenberg, 35, scored 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 61 games with the Boston Bruins last season. It was the Schwenningen, Germany, native’s thirteenth National Hockey League season and seventh with the Bruins. Seidenberg won a Stanley Cup Championship with Boston in 2011. My Take: Depth, depth and more depth. Seidenberg has won a Calder Cup in the AHL and a Stanley Cup with the Bruins, so…

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Blog: The Great Debate That Is Jaro Halak

Blog: The Great Debate That Is Jaro Halak

With Team Europe making a stunning advancement into the World Cup Finals against everyone’s favorite Cup winner, Canada, there’s been a name floating around in the hockey media for all the right reasons, New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Halak, along with a group of Stanley Cup savvy veterans, have beaten teams like Team USA and recently just defeated Team Sweden to advance to the Cup final. Then there’s former Islanders Miro Satan comment about Halak’s performance: #europe Miroslav Satan on Jaroslav Halak:"it's the best I've seen him." — Renaud…

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Ryan Strome Signs With Islanders

Ryan Strome Signs With Islanders

From the New York Islanders: The New York Islanders announced today that Ryan Strome has agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Strome, 23, scored 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 71 games last season with the Islanders. The Mississauga, ON, native added four points (one goal, three assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games. My Take: The plus side to this is that he’s signed. According to Art Staple, it’s a two-year deal worth 5 million. That’s close to where I thought Strome would be, especially when I…

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Anders Lee: Fantasy Dark Horse

Anders Lee: Fantasy Dark Horse

From NHL.com: Lee took a big step back from a goal-scoring standpoint in his second full NHL season; he had 15 on 183 SOG after having 25 on 197 SOG playing mostly with John Tavares as a rookie. Veteran Andrew Ladd has the inside track on the top-line LW spot after signing a seven-year contract with the Islanders, but Lee remains a threat to regain his old spot or build chemistry on a young second line with rookie Mathew Barzal and bounce-back hopeful Ryan Strome. Lee, who missed all 11…

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Blog: When Will Ryan Strome Sign?

Blog: When Will Ryan Strome Sign?

With the New York Islanders training camp approaching, the biggest cause for concern is unsigned, restricted free agent center Ryan Strome. There has been a team policy in place for over a decade that if restricted free agent players are not signed by the start of training camp, they will not be playing the season for the Islanders. This has happened to three notable players: Brad Isbister, Zdeno Chara, and Sean Bergenheim. The first two called then majority owner Charles Wang’s “bluff” and they did not start the season with…

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Blog: Ladd & Strome Look To Have Bounce Back Years

Blog: Ladd & Strome Look To Have Bounce Back Years

From NHL.com: David Satriano believes that both New York Islanders Andrew Ladd and Ryan Strome should have bounce back years this coming season and fans should look at putting them into their fantasy teams. Andrew Ladd, LW, New York Islanders (ADP: 84.8; NHL.com: 90) Ladd has provided underrated category coverage through the years, and has a chance to see an offensive boost after signing with the Islanders. He scored 25 goals between the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks last season, but took steps back in points (46), rating (minus-13), PIMs…

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WGBB Chats With Islanders Assistant GM Doug Weight

WGBB Chats With Islanders Assistant GM Doug Weight

From SportsTalk1240: Hosts Gary Harding and John Sweeney welcome New York Islanders Assistant Coach and General Manager Doug Weight to the program, followed by longtime Islanders announcer Jiggs McDonald. My Take: First off, Gary got a black jersey. If it wasn’t for him, I would not be writing on Isles Talk or in AHL press boxes and having quick chats with Garth, so I do owe him. Having said that, he’ll get some heat from me…..eventually. He did get a nice number on the back though. In all seriousness, Doug Weight…

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Blog: 10 Thoughts Before The Puck Drops

Blog: 10 Thoughts Before The Puck Drops

On behalf of myself, Gary, and John we’d like to welcome you back to another season of NHL hockey, and of course the New York Islanders. We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and hope that you are looking forward to another exciting season as much as we are. I know the regular season does not start for another month and training camp is even closer, but I wanted to give you my personal thoughts on what we should be expecting out of the Eastern Conference and how it…

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My Thoughts On Mayfield Extension

My Thoughts On Mayfield Extension

From the New York Islanders: BROOKLYN (July 12, 2016) – The New York Islanders announced today that Scott Mayfield has agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Mayfield, 23, appeared in six games with the Islanders last season, compiling 11 penalty minutes and scoring his first NHL goal. The St. Louis, MO, native spend the majority of the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, scoring 12 points (five goals, seven assists) with 80 penalty minutes in 54 games. The Islanders selected Mayfield in the second…

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