Why Hasn’t Halak Signed?

May 15, 2014

It’s been a while since the Islanders announced that they had acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals. Many Islanders fans have been patiently waiting for Islanders General Manager Garth Snow to offer up a contract and get the whole signing process done and over with. So here are a few reasons, in my opinion, why Halak has not signed yet: First, have you noticed that there are also…

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Garth Snow & Free Agency

May 7, 2014

I had a few days to soak in and listen to Gary & Johns interview of Islanders General Manager Garth Snow and in particular, his view of this years upcoming free agency. Garth made it clear in his voice that he wasn’t impressed with the free agent pool and he shouldn’t be as free agency has turned from “buying your way to a Cup” to “What’s left in this scrap heap?” It’s…

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What Should Isles Do At Number 5?

The Islanders have retained the fifth overall pick in this years draft. They have the option on June 1st whether to keep the pick or give it to Buffalo to complete the Thomas Vanek trade. Craig Button, who has correctly picked former top 5 picks for the Islanders, selected Michael Dal Colle in his mock draft. My Take: In a previous Mock draft, Button believed the Isles will give up…

April 15, 2014
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Catching Up With News

April 15, 2014

Since Gary and John are going to be busy for a while (and rightfully so) I guess you’ll be stuck with me for a little while. Sorry. So let’s get caught up shall we? Capuano Is Back As Head Coach My take: I must say, being an Islanders fan I’m not really surprised by this move. I think with all the injuries that did occur this season and with John…

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Could Reinhart Be Had At #4

The Islanders have had a history of having brothers on the same Islanders team. In the 70’s you had the Potvin’s, the 80’s you had the Sutter’s, or at least two of them, and in the late 90’s you had Kenny and Jorgen Jonsson. Is it possible the Islanders could bring in Sam Reinhart, the number one (or two)  consensus pick and join him with his brother and 2012 first…

April 3, 2014
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The Bridge Report: Sundstrom Gets the Recall

From the New York Islanders: The New York Islanders announced today that Johan Sundstrom has been recalled under emergency conditions from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. Sundstrom, 21, has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 38 games this season with the Sound Tigers. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native scored 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games last year during his first season in North…

March 13, 2014
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With the 15th Pick, Islanders Select…..

June 28, 2013

Ryan Pulock. Why in the Hockey Gods would I pick another defenseman after what Garth Snow did last year? Because in three years time, there may not be a better offensive defenseman in this organization than Pulock. A great player on a bad team and with some international experience, he falls right where the Islanders and quite a few other would love to take him. From what I’ve been told…

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Draft Preview # 2: Valentin Zykov

Zykov comes in at Number 2 so far because if the Islanders were to trade down, they would probably get another pick, (second rounder), and then draft a player like Zykov. An under-the-radar threat, Zykov is an already built winger who uses his big size to his advantage when taking punishment in front of the net and in the corners. In other words, Matt Moulson, only bigger. Maybe Todd Bertuzzi?…

June 28, 2013
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Draft Preview #3: Alexander Wennberg

So, how many want a second line Center like a Frans Neilsen but with more of a goal scorers touch? Look no further than Alexander Wennberg. Again, I’ll be surprised if he stays this long in the draft, but by 15 he would be a steal. Probably the best two-way European in this draft and he can also play any forward position. Wennberg has already participated in 50 games of…

June 28, 2013
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Draft Preview #5: Adam Erne

Coming in at number 5 for the Isles Talk Preview is RW Adam Erne. Two words: Power Forward. He’s been moving up in my rankings because at the beginning of the season, he was marked to be a top 10 pick. Lofty expectations not being met by Erne and he has slowly dropped into the middle of the first round. But make no mistake, teams like Toronto or San Jose…

June 25, 2013
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