Developing Prospects Key For Isles Future

With the NHL now cancelling games up until October 24th, I think now is a good time to write why I believe a short lockout is beneficial, if not crucial to the Islanders as an organization. Don’t get me wrong, I want the NHL back in the worst way.  I’m just not in any hurry to see prospects like Nino Niederreiter and yes Travis Hamonic back in the NHL just…

October 4, 2012
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Looks like Grabs is going home

With some of the players are staying on Long Island during the lockout to be with their families, one of those guys is leaving on a jet plane. It seems that Michael Grabner is leaving for his home in Austria to play for his home town team.  The following is a tweet from him. Michael Grabner‏@grabs40 Gona miss the island but excited to get some games in with @ecvsv ..gotta…

October 4, 2012
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Hockey from the Blind Side, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Yeah, perhaps a bad reference to the song, but here we are with the lockout now a very say reality. It is reminding me far too much of 2004, and I must confess that I don’t like it at all. What is troubling me the most is that we have NHL players heading off to Europe to play hockey. This, as far as I am concerned, is not a good…

September 30, 2012
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JT – Going on a Swiss Holiday

Well – at least he knows someone there. John Tavares, according to reports from AP, has signed with the same Swiss club in Bern, that Islanders Captain Mark Streit plays for. The number one draft pick in 2009, and first time All-Star last season, is now among almost 100 players that are now in action in leagues all over the European continent. Tavares is now the fourth Islander to be…

September 28, 2012
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NHL Lockout Player Tracker

Here is a list of the players that are currently playing outside of North America. (table courtesy of the Fourth Period.) Date Player NHL Team New Team League Sept. 27 Dmitry Kulikov, D HC Lokomotiv KHL Sept. 27 Semyon Varlamov, G HC Lokomotiv KHL Sept. 27 Andrej Sekera, D HC Slovan Bratislava KHL Sept. 27 Philip Larsen, D Lukko SM-Liiga (Finland) Sept. 27 Mikkel Boedker, RW Lukko SM-Liiga (Finland) Sept….

September 27, 2012
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Another Team Leaves Brooklyn

And it is not the Dodgers. Here is the press release from the New York Islanders: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHL ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF REMAINING PRESEASON SCHEDULE Islanders Home Preseason Games At Barclays Center & Nassau Coliseum Cancelled UNIONDALE, NY (September 27, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the remaining preseason schedule. The League had previously cancelled all preseason games scheduled during the month of September….

September 27, 2012
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Are You Missing Hockey Yet

In 2004, this lockout was with a lot of fan fare.  It was one of a lot of talk, a great deal of rhetoric from both the players side, as well as the NHL.  It was outrage and extreme anger from the fans, as the number 4 sport in the US was closing its doors.  There were many that thought that the unhappiness from all sides, would make the two…

September 24, 2012
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Nothing new in Islander Country on Day 3

Day 3 – and no news is going on in Islander land. However, with many other teams, there is a lot of information going around to season ticket holders.  To find out more about these teams, click on this link here. All sides are definitely losing out when it comes to this lockout.  Even NBC, who signed a big deal with the NHL is going to lose a major piece…

September 18, 2012
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Lockout Day 1 – What to do now….

Well – I saw this tweet from Michael Grabner today, and I think the fans have the same feelings as well… Just waiting on the lockout to start..it’s kinda like waiting for Christmas but not as cheerful and without presents #nolockout #ThePlayers The ‘fun’ has begun. The numbers just do not matter to me.  Both sides make so much on this.  However, I think that in this case, management is just cutting…

September 16, 2012
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