Draft Preview: What Can Cup Champs Teach Us About Drafting

As I watched last nights insomniac game between the Chicago Blackhawks & Boston Bruins, I started looking at all the players on each team and realized how little some of the rosters had changed since each team won their respective championships a few years back. Chicago had a debacle the summer after their Cup win, losing players to free agency because paperwork was not properly filled out, but Chicago stuck…

June 13, 2013

Mark Streit Traded To Philly

The New York Islanders have stated that former Islanders captain Mark Striet was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 4th round pick in the 2014 draft and forward Shane Harper. Just when I finish with a write up on building a team through the draft, the Islanders do this. Great move on Snow’s part getting something from a player who was not going to resign with the Islanders. I…

June 12, 2013

Isles May Look To Improve From Within

As Arthur Staple has pointed out on Newsday that the Islanders are pretty set in their decisions with the three big unrestricted free agents: Brad Boys, Evgeni  Nabokov and now former Islanders captain, Mark Streit as it has been stated that Boyes and Striet will not resign and that there’s a good chance Nabokov will resign before July 5th. So, with that knowledge, especially coming from Staple, we can do…

June 5, 2013

Islanders Season Review & Beyond

Before the great staff here at Isles Talk in the coming days dissect the individual players that made the 2012-2013 New York Islanders, I wanted to first take a short look back at the organization as a whole and reminisce for a brief moment while at the same time look forward towards the future of this franchise and it’s minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Now I know this…

May 23, 2013

There’s A Change In The Wind

You could see it last night after John Tavares scored the eventual game winner in the 6-4 wild win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it could be Casey Cizikas’ goal that put the exclamation point on a very real trend, the momentum of the series is now in favor of the Islanders. It wasn’t bad enough that Tavares scored that goal, but the Islanders did something to the Penguins that,…

May 8, 2013

Goaltending Wins The Cup

I am a firm believer in that title, always have and many agree. As I’ve talked to a few Penguins fans here in Pa both sides tend to agree on the same point: whichever goaltender gets hot from here on out will win this series. But for the Islanders, I believe the mental aspect of Nabokov’s game is not in question. What we’ve seen from the defense of the Islanders…

May 7, 2013

Learning Curve Not Over Yet

Entering these playoffs, many had suggested that this could be a short second season for the New York Islanders. Most “experts,” those same experts who had predicted 14th or 15th in the Conference again for the Islanders, had the Pens winning this series 4 games to 1. Now let me be clear, Pittsburgh has every reason to be Stanley Cup bound. They have a deep, talented team that added the…

May 4, 2013

Trilogy Part 3: Playoff Prediction? I Don’t Know!!

Would anyone expect anything else from me here this year. You shouldn’t. But, before I move on and before you read anymore of my piece, you need to read my colleague Toby Smith’s playoff write up here on Isles Talk. One of the best playoff previews I’ve read by far this year. So go ahead I’ll wait………. back? thank God. Okay here we go.  As I’ve stated before, this is…

May 1, 2013