Big Day for the Old Barn

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*** 11:00 AM – Found out that the News conference is postponed until tomorrow, due to the Nassau Cop shooting last night.  Totally understandable to delay this type of announcement for 24 hours.  Now – we WAIT some more… (Not like Islander fans have been WAITING for news anytime over the past 2-3 decades) ***


Today is the day…

Will MSG get their grubby hands on the old building, or will Ratner, the man that took our Islanders away from us, get the right to make a new woman out of the old lady.

Ed Mangano has an 1130 presser in Mineola to tell all the winner.

With No Disrespect to my Broadway Blue friends, I do NOT want to see MSG take over the arena.  What a disgrace and utter misdeed that would be.

I talk about that, in an article that appears on  Here is the link to it:

Also – just a reminder, we are four days away from John and I beginning our radio careers at WGBB – when we do SportsTalk1240.  Our show is on at 9PM.  You can catch it on WGBB 1240AM, or on the Internet at  Jiggs McDonald and Hockey Insider’s Brad Kurtzberg will be our guests.  We hope you can tune in and check us out.

We will talk about the Islanders summer and how they did against the rest of the NHL.  If you can not check us out live, you can get the podcast.  Also – the show has a web cam, so you can see our faces for the radio on the internet.  Gee, that would be a blast…

See you on the air waves!



Gary Harding

Gary Harding is the Lead Writer of Isles Talk. A former President of the Islanders Booster Club, and a season ticket holder for over 24 years, Gary qualifies as a ‘long suffering’ Islander fan. He, and his wife, Claire, sit in row A of Section 317, and attend just about every game possible, as well as a few road games in the year, too. He has been a member of the“Islanders Blog Box” since 2008; a project that allows bloggers like him, to be able to obtain media credentials to Islander home games, and get the perspective of reporting a game, just as if he is a full blown member of the media. Starting in August of 2013, John Panarese and Gary are talk show hosts on SPORTS TALK 1240 - a Part of the Sports Radio New York group on WGBB AM-1240. John and Gary are on at least once a month - talking about New York Sports (with a little Islander influence). Gary, born and raised in Levittown, on Long Island, and worked for a major car rental company for almost 26 years, and now is a Process Improvement Analyst for Icon Central Laboratories. He has been married to Claire for 7 years. They met on a bus trip to see the Islanders play in Montreal. Gary also is a fan of the New York Mets, Long Island Ducks, New York Jets, Everton of the English Premier League, and is a big fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Gary is also an accomplished bowler, having achieved perfection on May 4th, 1994, by bowling a perfect 300 game. His highest league average ever was 219, and highest series was 798. Gary also just had weight loss surgery in May of 2013. In the four months following surgery, he has lost nearly 80 pounds, and feels great. For further information on bariatric surgery options, check out Long Island Obesity Surgery. Favorite Isles Moment – Everyone says the cups. They were great. However, I was not a season ticket holder, or going to the games, so my favorite, was the 1993 march to the semi’s – beating Washington and Pittsburgh – the best was seeing Darius Kasparitis punching Lemieux like a rented Mule! Funny how a few years later, they were teammates. Of course, Montreal had NINE guys on the ice when they scored in Overtime in Game 3 of the Semi-Finals. Favorite All time Isles player – Tie – Bossy and Trottier on Offense, and Glenn Healy at the net. (Remember Pens fans, Trottier TAUGHT Mario how to WIN!) Favorite Current Isles player – Okposo and JT – of course – with a close third to Michael Grabner; and with every day appreciating the play of Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic. This year, I am on the Matt Donovan bandwagon. (If I dont - his mother may hit go after me with a Skeet Gun!! LOL!) Favorite NHL City – Not Long Island – Vancouver with a close second to Ottawa – followed by Montreal (spot a pattern here?) Favorite player – not an Islander I like watching Ovie! – He is animated, funny and makes his mark. Also enjoy watching the Sedin twins play. Also - with his last name being the same as mine - Josh Harding of the Wild. Team I hate the most (what do you think?) Gary currently resides in Halesite, Long Island. His e-mail address is


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