The Roster is Set…

Around 3:30 – the note came out – the final roster was made official. Here are the 23 that made it: ISLANDERS ANNOUNCE 23-MAN ROSTER Lineup Features 13 Forwards, Eight Defensemen and Two Goalies UNIONDALE, NY (September 30, 2013) – The New York Islanders announced today their 23-man roster as they enter the 2013-14 season. The lineup includes 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies. The complete 23-man roster is…

September 30, 2013
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Two for Two Against Ottawa

It turns out the the Islanders record for the pre-season is now ended at a respectable 4-4.  With the two win 9-3 combined score against the Sens, the Islanders are now ready to take on the rest of the NHL starting Friday when the Devils are the hosts. Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson – both competing for the final forward spot scored in Kanata last night, along with first pick…

September 30, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Metro Division Preview: Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES OUT: D JOE CORVO; C JUSSI JOKINEN IN: D ANDREI SEKERA; C NATHAN GERBE; G ANTON KHUDOBIN LAST YEARS RECORD: 19-25-4 42 POINTS; 13TH IN CONFERENCE For me and probably others, the Hurricanes are probably the most difficult team to figure out at every start of the season. They seemed to look good on paper or have a legit chance for the playoffs then poof! they’re gone before you know…

September 21, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Metro Division Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

  COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS   OUT: NONE!!   IN: W NATHAN HORTON; C  JACK SKILLE   LAST YEARS RECORD: 24-17-7 55 POINTS 9TH IN WEST If there is one team that scares me in this new division, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets. Why? No one is really treating them as a threat and they should be. This team did very well despite missing the playoffs and they did not lose…

September 21, 2013
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Big First Leads Isles to Victory

Now that’s better. This is the tag line at the end of the Wendy’s Commercials where the new “Wendy look-a-like”, always has some cute lines, and ends the advert with that phrase. (By the way – I think she is a cutie!) I guess Josh Bailey was trying to solidify himself as a penalty killing threat.  He got two in the first period, as the Isles held on to that…

September 20, 2013
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Islanders Split Squad in Saskatechewan and Alberta – Tuesday Night Hockey

If your an Islanders fan, unless you live under a rock, you are well aware that the team(s) crank up their pre-season schedule with split squad tilts against the Flames in Western Canada.  The game is not on any of the MSG channels but the game in Calgary can be viewed by going here.  Originally there was going to be a radio stream available too but that has since been…

September 17, 2013
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Pictures from Brooklyn

Greetings from the Barclays Center.  I must admit I was a little concerned about the place.  But after the train ride from Garden City, and the walk to the arena, I am 10000% impressed by it.  The sightlines are fantastic, (except for some seats behind the net where you can not see the goalie).  There are many concession options and the atmosphere is on target. And the ice, well –…

September 12, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Preseason Review: Metro Division- Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS   2013-14 ROSTER CHANGES OUT: C Daniel Briere; L Simon Gagne; R Mike Knuble; G Ilya Bryzgalov IN: D Mark Streit; G Ray Emery; C Vincent Lacavalier LAST YEARS RECORD: 23-22-3 49 points 10th in the Conference; 4th in Atlantic Division   Being in Pennsylvania gives me a slight advantage over my colleagues of getting more press about both the Penguins and Flyers. However, to their advantage, they…

September 12, 2013
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Tomorrow – we head to BROOKLYN

Here is my schedule of activity for tomorrow: Schedule for Media Day on September 12, 2013: 8:15 a.m.: Press Conference at Garden City Station with LIRR representatives and Islanders General Manager Garth Snow and Islanders players Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen 8:51 a.m.: Train carrying Islanders and media leaves Garden City station 9:35 a.m.: Team arrival, photo-op outside of the arena 9:40 a.m.: Team photo-op outside arena on Daily News…

September 11, 2013
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Interview with Garth – and Other Things Islanders

Well, the announcement happens at 10:45 today at Bethpage State Park. There is a new sherrif (captain) in town. And the name is Tavares.  What a big secret!!! Although Mr. Snow would not say it – reports came out on Saturday that #91 will now have a “C” on the chest, as opposed to the “A”.  If someone did now that this was going to happen, well, uh, you got…

September 9, 2013
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