Blog: Goodbye To The Old & Embrace The New

July 2, 2016

Well yesterday was quite the emotional roller coaster for many Islanders fans as they said goodbye to home-grown players Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen while welcoming veterans Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera to New York. Now many people have been analyzing if the Islanders have gotten equal value back by saying, for example, the Islanders made lateral moves, meaning the goals lost by the previous three may be…


Isles Sign Ladd To 7 Year Deal

July 1, 2016

Andrew Ladd has signed with the #Isles for seven years and $5.5 million per, as @andystrickland had first — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 1, 2016 My Take: Andrew Ladd is a bridge from Thomas Vanek to Kieffer Bellows and not a replacement for Kyle Okposo as he played right ring and this signing is for the left wing side. The right side currently belongs to Ryan Strome and he must…


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…


Islanders Qualify Six Players

June 28, 2016

From Art Staple at Newsday Deadline for RFAs to receive QOs is today. #Isles sent theirs out weeks ago — Strome, Prince, Mayfield, Berube, Gibson, Quine all received. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 27, 2016 My Take: Not really surprised the Isles got this done early, although I was wondering if Gibson was going to be given an offer. So now that the younger players have at least been qualified,…


Zidlicky Joins Isles

September 18, 2015

#Isles have signed D Marek Zidlicky to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Will be in camp tomorrow. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) September 19, 2015 Zidlicky base $1.5M. Bonuses for GP, PTS and playoff rounds won. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 19, 2015 Well, that can take care of Pulock and Mayfield as they will most definitely be call ups this year. Zidlicky should be paired with Hickey and may see…


Blog: Lubo Out, Brock & Poulin Still Not Signed

July 29, 2015

From From Lubo himself: “Even before the start of the July transfer window (free agency), I have received a proposal for a contract extension from the Islanders management, but we disagreed. They took the younger players, so they decided to go a different route. The situation is now such that I’m waiting to offer. I had to help with the google translate, but unless there is a plague on…


Blog: Q & A With Islanders GM Garth Snow

May 19, 2015

On May 18th 2015, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow sat down with the members of the Islanders Booster Club for a little Q & A session. The mood was light, the atmosphere was calm, and it felt like a family reunion with no yelling, screaming, or anything else that would ruin the occasion. Despite the early first round exit, the Islanders did record their first +100 point season…


Right Place, Right Time For Brennan

September 2, 2014

If there was a player who has gone completely under the radar or has been written off by many this season, its newly signed New York Islander T.J. Brennan. As New York Islanders fans patiently await training camp to begin, they’re slowly losing their patience/mind with Garth Snow in getting that coveted top 4 defenceman like Indiana Jones was attempting to get the Lost Arc. As the season gets closer, there…


Isles Ink de Haan & Cizikas To Contracts

July 15, 2014

From various reports: The New York Islanders have signed center Casey Cizikas to a two year $2 million dollar contract & defenseman Calvin de Haan to a three year $5.9 million contract. My take: Solid signings and if de Haan can stay healthy, as he should, this is just about as good as Snow can get as a GM other than the Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hamonic & John Tavares deals. All the…