Islanders 7 Maple Leafs 4 – And We’re Off (To Boston)

Before we break down some of the plus and minus’ of tonight’s Islanders 7-4 win over the Leafs; be honest, you were a little bit nervous there when John Tavares went into the boards headfirst thanks to Dion Phaneuf. Is it me, or did JT have some snot in the general area of his nose when the cameras went to the bench following Dion’s hit? Thought so. He looked OK…

January 24, 2013

O Captain! My Captain!

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way”. — General George Patton Based on how the Islanders roster is shaping up for the shortened 2012-13 season since the CBA was ratified, it is looking more and more as though it could be a ‘long’ short season for the local squad.  By choosing to keep Nino Niederreiter and Matt Donovan in Bridgeport, it appears management is committed to further…

January 14, 2013

Lubomir Visnovsky Decides to Stay in KHL. But Not Without a Fight.

As reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday on Twitter, Lubo wants to stay in the KHL and play for HC Slovan Bratislava, his ‘home team’. Interestingly though, Deputy Commissioner Billy Daly of the NHL, wants to put up a fight on behalf of the Isles and the league.  Daly reached out to the KHL to figure things out. Listen, I’d have no problem with him staying if he was signed…

January 7, 2013

CBA Tentative Agreement Reached

Well Islander County, according to the likes of the Darren Dreger’s, Jesse Spector’s, and Pierre Lebrun’s of the world; a verbal agreement on terms of a new CBA are in place. This comes after an estimated 15 hour negotiating session that began on Saturday into wee hours of Sunday morning that was guided in part by a federal mediator. If you followed on Twitter, check your timeline, some comical stuff…

January 6, 2013

The Last Waltz

Holy crap.  The Twitter lit up like a dry Christmas tree this morning at about 10AM with news of a refreshed CBA proposal from the owners.  Apparently the previous one was not “the best one that the players would see” after all as Commissioner Bettman so firmly had stated.  The dance continues. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly’s statement at about noon Friday reads as: “In light of media reports this morning,…

December 28, 2012

Hockey With A (Heavy) Heart: Hurricane Sandy Relief Open Skate

Foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day.  As a former jarhead (once a jarhead, always a jarhead), it was special to be at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum today.  But today wasn’t about veterans as much as it was about helping our neighbors.  Good stuff.  Semper Fidelis. I never wrote and posted a reaction to the Islanders announcing their move to Brooklyn in 2015.  I am a fickle sort of fellow to say the…

November 12, 2012

Sound Tigers vs. Whale: Mr. Smith Goes to Bridgeport

FINAL THOUGHTS:  Well, keeping up with the updates on this thread from yesterday’s Sound Tigers comeback win over the Whale as my kids grew increasingly fidgety became impossible.  It was more of an experiment than anything.  I do want to mention that the team looks exceptionally ready to compete for a top playoff spot this year in the AHL.  As tempted as I am to wish for Nieddereiter, Nelson, Cizikas,…

November 11, 2012