Isles Lose To Wild; Halak Waived

December 30, 2016

Last nights game against the Minnesota Wild personified what this season has been like between the Islanders and goalie Jaroslav Halak. There were a few things to not like, but I’ll try to condense a short version because I’m sure it’s been drilled by other media outlets. First off, the Islanders are now 6-12-1 against teams in the top ten in the NHL. They have not yet recovered from losing…

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Isles Talk Investment: Buy, Sell or Hold on Jack Capuano

December 27, 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and the small break from hockey. So now I’m going to take you from being cheer and merry to whatever mood you’re in when you read the words, Jack Capuano. Just from the title alone, I’ll get yelled at by someone, somewhere. Why in the world would I even think about wanting to keep him as a coach at this point? Three reasons: First:…

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Blog: Too Little, Too Late

December 20, 2016

The one line that sent chills down my spine which clearly represented this New York Islanders season was said by their play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke at the last moments of the Isles losing to the Ottawa Senators was this: “Too little, too late.” As the Islanders completed their 31st game of this NHL season, it’s a harsh reality and a harder pill to swallow when I begin, with confidence, “eliminating”…

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Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Duchene, Landeskog, Duclair, Yakupov

December 3, 2016

Since it’s a slow night, I’d figure I take a look around the internet to see any possible trade rumors involving the Islanders. There really isn’t anything concrete or anything of substance, but I’ll just have some fun and this is strictly for entertainment, I have no confirmation on anything here, pure speculation. From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: There are rumblings Colorado would trade captain/left-winger Gabriel Landeskog for a…

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Blog: Thoughts Through 13

November 9, 2016

So after thirteen games, the New York Islanders are a little better than they were a few days ago. Every player save for Mathew Barzal now has a goal, but he’ll eventually get his chance, maybe. The goaltending gave up less than 3 goals and did not give up a goal with less than three minutes to play and the Islanders are now 1-0-2 in there last 3. So instead…

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New York Islanders Engulfed In Their Own Turmoil

October 30, 2016

As the New York Islanders enter tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, drama has once again taken up occupancy in Brooklyn. The Isles are 3-5 in this early season and because of the slow start, many are blaming Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, Anders Lee and of course Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Islanders general manager Garth Snow. I’m not here to defend anyone, but I believe there is…

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Blog: Believe In The Potential, Not The Hype

October 25, 2016

For years during the rebuild, the New York Islanders have struggled to find goaltending and depth. Three summers ago they signed Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal and he became the undisputed number one goalie. Last year, the Islanders signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year deal and he not only filled in admirably, he helped John Tavares and the Islanders advance to the second round of the playoffs for the…

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Thoughts Before The Sharks Game

October 18, 2016

Heading into tonight’s game against the San José Sharks, I just wanted to bring up a few thoughts as the season gets longer and we start to see the team materialize so fans have an idea of what to expect in the upcoming games. Josh Bailey looks different this year and that’s a good thing. Bailey played in over 23 minutes against Anaheim and was not a detriment on the…

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Isles Lose Season Opener To The Rangers

October 14, 2016

From the New York Islanders: On a night full of new faces and new line combinations, it was a pair of old running mates that accounted for the New York Islanders’ offense.  Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin mounted a comeback effort for the Islanders, but the effort of the energetic trio was not enough, as the Isles fell to the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden…

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Isles Talk Eastern Conference Predictions 2016-17

October 12, 2016

It’s that time again where I try to take some pride in making my Eastern Conference predictions and finding out in 6 months whether I know what I’m writing about. Again, it is my opinion and not of the entire staff here at Isles Talk. I have my usual criteria where I place each team into four different categories: 6 Core teams, 4 bubble teams, 3 sophomore teams and 3…

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