Developing Prospects Key For Isles Future

With the NHL now cancelling games up until October 24th, I think now is a good time to write why I believe a short lockout is beneficial, if not crucial to the Islanders as an organization. Don’t get me wrong, I want the NHL back in the worst way.  I’m just not in any hurry to see prospects like Nino Niederreiter and yes Travis Hamonic back in the NHL just…

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Looks like Grabs is going home

With some of the players are staying on Long Island during the lockout to be with their families, one of those guys is leaving on a jet plane. It seems that Michael Grabner is leaving for his home in Austria to play for his home town team.  The following is a tweet from him. Michael Grabner‏@grabs40 Gona miss the island but excited to get some games in with @ecvsv ..gotta…

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Thoughts from Sound Tigers Camp

The Sound Tigers were at IceWorks again today, as they prepare for their two pre-season games on Thursday and Friday.  The 90 minute practice was spirited and filled with a great deal of hitting and physical play. Despite the fact, that he was looking to secure a spot in the NHL this season, Matt Donovan is quite happy that he is here in Bridgeport for now.  “I am not having…

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Seven with Staley (segment 1: Dee Karl)

New site means new opportunities. I’ve been trying to think of something new and fresh that I can add to our already stellar stream of posts’ and information we here at islestalk.com share. What I came up with is Seven with Staley. I’ll be doing very simple and very quick interview type sessions with many different people all geared exclusively towards Islander hockey. I’ll be speaking with other bloggers, up…

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Could The Prodigal Son Come Home?

An interesting question, to say the least. According to an article in the New York Post, former Islander great Pat LaFontaine has been contacted by some European investors about purchasing the Islanders from Charles Wang. Wang has said that he would not allow his team to play at the Nassau Coliseum after the 2014-2015 season, has said that he could sell this team, if the price is right. According to…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Yeah, perhaps a bad reference to the song, but here we are with the lockout now a very say reality. It is reminding me far too much of 2004, and I must confess that I don’t like it at all. What is troubling me the most is that we have NHL players heading off to Europe to play hockey. This, as far as I am concerned, is not a good…

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JT – Going on a Swiss Holiday

Well – at least he knows someone there. John Tavares, according to reports from AP, has signed with the same Swiss club in Bern, that Islanders Captain Mark Streit plays for. The number one draft pick in 2009, and first time All-Star last season, is now among almost 100 players that are now in action in leagues all over the European continent. Tavares is now the fourth Islander to be…

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NHL Lockout Player Tracker

Here is a list of the players that are currently playing outside of North America. (table courtesy of the Fourth Period.) Date Player NHL Team New Team League Sept. 27 Dmitry Kulikov, D HC Lokomotiv KHL Sept. 27 Semyon Varlamov, G HC Lokomotiv KHL Sept. 27 Andrej Sekera, D HC Slovan Bratislava KHL Sept. 27 Philip Larsen, D Lukko SM-Liiga (Finland) Sept. 27 Mikkel Boedker, RW Lukko SM-Liiga (Finland) Sept….

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Another Team Leaves Brooklyn

And it is not the Dodgers. Here is the press release from the New York Islanders: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHL ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF REMAINING PRESEASON SCHEDULE Islanders Home Preseason Games At Barclays Center & Nassau Coliseum Cancelled UNIONDALE, NY (September 27, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the remaining preseason schedule. The League had previously cancelled all preseason games scheduled during the month of September….

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Now Seattle May Have a New NHL Home Someday

For those of you that do not know this picture, this is the city of Seattle, Washington.  As you may know, the NBA left this wonderful city a few years ago – to head for greener pastures of Oklahoma City.  The arena was old and dilapadated; the crowds were not big enough to support the team.  Hence the move. As far as hockey is concerned, for years, the Seattle Thunderbirds have…

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