Blog: The NHL Rankings At the Quarter Mark

November 20, 2017

Welcome to the first quarter mark of the NHL where I will not only go over the NHL’s top 10 teams, but the current lottery teams as well as a brief look at where the New York Islanders current are. If you’re a first time reader, welcome! If not, then you already know that I’m a writer who looks at the percentages or point pace of each teams instead of…

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Isles Talk 2017-18 Western Conference Predictions

September 25, 2017

So we’re just about two weeks away from the start of the regular season and it’s time for my predictions segment. Now unlike many, I love doing predictions. It gives me a chance to really look into researching other teams and I pride myself on how that research comes to fruition. As always I will break down each conference into four categories: The Core; Bubble, Sophomores, and Lottery. When it…

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Blog: Two Questions To Be Answered

July 12, 2017

Since the NHL expansion draft, the New York Islanders have made some moves over the last few weeks to slightly show many fans that the time to go further than just the first round is now and that the salary cap is a key factor heading into this season. There were some moves that I was expecting and then their were some surprises. So since we’re now into the middle…

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Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Jordan Eberle

From Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports Network: Hockey Insider Darren Dreger had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, and was asked what he’s been hearing on the Eberle front. “Not a lot, to be honest,” said Dreger. “I would say a month  or so – maybe six weeks ago – there was some tire-kicking. I know that there were three teams that were calling Peter Chiarelli in…

February 22, 2017
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Stamkos, Hall, Lucic Off Radar; Plan D/E/F

June 30, 2016

The Captain’s back.#Stammertime for eight more years: https://t.co/SK1LDFfUgD pic.twitter.com/OZ3CsnlDBM — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 30, 2016 My Take: At least the Stamkos signing comes a day before free agency begins and not for a week into it. I never thought Stamkos was coming to Long Island anyways due to the money situation with the Islanders, but this makes Tampa Bay as close to an Eastern Conference Dynasty as it…

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Blog: What Would You Do If You Were Isles GM?

June 23, 2016

I’ve, talked about the graduates, the professionals and the drafted prospects of the New York Islanders all week long and I’ve given my five players who could be taken at number 19 should the Islanders draft at that spot. Now this is my once-a-year treat where I play arm-chair GM and I try to improve the team while still trying to stick to what Garth Snow could do, meaning keeping…

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Blog: Isles Win In The Wild; Trade Deadline Looms

February 24, 2016

With the New York Islanders continuing to win games on the road, defeating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 last night, they improve to a 32-19-7 record which is good for a 100 point pace. The Isles stopped the Wild’s 4 game winning streak with goals from John Tavares, Matt Martin and two from Frans Nielsen. The 9th place team (playing the %) are the New Jersey Devils, who are on pace…

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Gary’s Audio Blog – Good Teams Find Ways to Win… Thank Goodness

February 10, 2015

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR GARY’S PODCAST… Remember this phrase….. GOOD TEAMS FIND WAYS TO WIN GAMES This Islander team did just that.  First home game from a road trip – the play was SLOPPY.  There was not a lot of urgency, and players seemed to be lackluster. However, the fourth (first, sic) line was fabulous again. Colin McDonald has found a rebirth in the last two games. Will he stay…

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Isles Talk Western Conference Preview

October 8, 2014

#486981053 / gettyimages.com I usually do things thing a little different when it comes to regular season predictions. Like last year, I will categorize teams into certain groups and make a quick analysis on each team. Unfortunately, the Western Conference is like the rich getting richer and the poor get poorer. It’s real easy to predict with this Conference, so let’s have some fun. here we go: The Core: These…

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Aaron Ekblad

June 16, 2014

When you have to build a team from scratch, you have to have a solid foundation. Ekblad is a franchise defenceman who can log 25 minutes or more and play in all game situations.  The maturity at his age is way above most of the others. Name: Aaron Ekblad Position: Defense Height: 6’4″ Weight: 216 League: OHL DOB: 2.7.1996 (18) ISS: 2 CSS: 2 Style Comparisons: Shea Weber Season Totals: GP: 58 Goals: 23 Assists: 30 Points: 53 Put simply, he’s the best…

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