Notes from Ice Works

With the two pre-season games completed, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ended up at 1-1-0-0.  They defeated the Providence Bruins 3-1 in Marlborough, Mass, and were defeated last night by the Manchester Monarchs 2-0 at St. Anselm, NH. I went to practice, which was open to Islanders season ticket holders at IceWorks today.  The practice, as usual, was spirited, and much more intricate than any practice that I have seen of…

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Tavares Swiss Debut and Sound Tigers Miscellany

John Tavares got his Swiss career going yesterday for SC Bern.  Long story short, he was held off the scoresheet.  Game recap here.  Not sure if the translate feature works with the link that I included, but I’m sure your browser can handle it.  Those Bern uni’s are somethin’ huh?  Advertise much?  Sweet logo though with the bear and all. Anyone else getting ‘scatter brain’ trying to track all the…

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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…

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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…

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Thoughts from Sound Tigers Camp

The Sound Tigers were at IceWorks again today, as they prepare for their two pre-season games on Thursday and Friday.  The 90 minute practice was spirited and filled with a great deal of hitting and physical play. Despite the fact, that he was looking to secure a spot in the NHL this season, Matt Donovan is quite happy that he is here in Bridgeport for now.  “I am not having…

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Seven with Staley (segment 1: Dee Karl)

New site means new opportunities. I’ve been trying to think of something new and fresh that I can add to our already stellar stream of posts’ and information we here at islestalk.com share. What I came up with is Seven with Staley. I’ll be doing very simple and very quick interview type sessions with many different people all geared exclusively towards Islander hockey. I’ll be speaking with other bloggers, up…

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Could The Prodigal Son Come Home?

An interesting question, to say the least. According to an article in the New York Post, former Islander great Pat LaFontaine has been contacted by some European investors about purchasing the Islanders from Charles Wang. Wang has said that he would not allow his team to play at the Nassau Coliseum after the 2014-2015 season, has said that he could sell this team, if the price is right. According to…

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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…

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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…

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