Blog: Isles Must Throw Out The Under Dog Role

November 21, 2017

With the NHL moving forward beyond the quarter mark and the New York Islanders playing tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers, it’s time to take a deeper look into the Isles and see where things could be headed for over the next quarter mark. In the preseason, I went for the Isles finishing anywhere between 100-105 points and making the playoffs. I also stated that the second half of last season,…

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Blog: Who Will Replace The Goals?

June 29, 2016

As this week has become a whirlwind of stress for many Islanders fans as they’re saying goodbyes to Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin while hoping Frans Nielsen returns, there is also frustration about who the Islanders should sign this coming Friday. Many fans want the “Go-all-in” and sign a player like Steven Stamkos. I don’t blame them as he would give the Isles a Crosby-Malkin type of team and help…

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Blog: Leddy, Isles Could Take That Next Step

May 2, 2016

So far in this second round playoff series between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning it’s been a battle of 2009 draft picks. John Tavares, the first overall pick in 2009 scored two points in the Islanders game one victory. Victor Hedman, the number two overall pick in 2009, also scored two points in the second game to lead the Lightning to a 4-1 victory. Both teams…

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Key to Game 1 – Stop the Triplets

April 27, 2016

Tonight is the start of the second round (doesn’t that have a great ring to it?) The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a great deal of time to relax and wait for the winner of the Isles/Panthers series.  They had a good 5 game victory against the Wings, with their top forward and top defensemen on the shelf. And with Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman still out of the lineup,…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Blind Observations at Thanksgiving on the Isles

The New York Islanders came back from a 2-0 deficit last night in Tampa to defeat the Lightning 3-2 on a power play goal by John Tavares with 3:36 left in the game. Josh Bailey also scored on the power play, and Cal Clutterbuck tied the game up in the 2nd period for the Isles. Unlike the previous evening against the Panthers in which the Islanders came back, but lost…

November 29, 2015
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Isles Come Home On Winning Note

November 15, 2015

Just a few thoughts: The Isles are now 2-2 without Ryan Strome. Still a good idea sending him down? I say more games played by the Isles will decide this. Frans Nielsen has seven goals already this season. Read that again. It’s November 15th, roughly five weeks after the season has started and he already has seven. He usually doesn’t get seven until around Christmas time. Someone is playing for…

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Blog: Coming Of Age For Calvin de Haan

May 17, 2015

During the New York Islanders rebuild if there was one player on defense where fans would scratch their heads and say “why him?” it’s defenseman Calvin de Haan. It was bad enough for fans at the 2008 draft where Islanders General Manager Garth Snow traded down several picks and selected Josh Bailey when winger Nikita Filatov was clearly available, but he made another bizarre move in 2009 by trading up…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Final Reactions to a Positive Season for the New York Islanders

The “debate” among the fan base of the New York Islanders over how one should “view” this season has been an ongoing one since the Isles are eliminated from the playoffs in game 7 against the Washington Capitals. Basically, the two opposing views over whether this season should be called “successful” or not has been the real center of the debate. Was a first round exit a “successful” season for…

May 10, 2015
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Hockey from the Blind Side, It’s Time to Silence the Doubters

The New York Islanders have now tied their best of 7 game series with the Washington Capitals and have forced a game 7 in Washington on Monday evening. This, I firmly believe, is a shocker to some of the hockey media and so called “experts”. I have read in so many places and have heard the opinions of so many people who believed the “upstart” Islanders were going to be…

April 26, 2015
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Talk From the 300 Section – A Point is a Point

March 25, 2015

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR GARY’S PODCAST… It may not have been the ultimate result; but a point is better than nothing. It was the first time all season that the Isles did not get two points once they crossed 60 minutes.  Can you believe that? Some thoughts on what I heard throughout the night, and my feelings as we head through a very important week for this hockey club. Please…

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