Blog: Depth Over Trade Deadline

March 1, 2015

As the trade deadline approaches, many Islanders fans would love to see defenseman Johnny Boychuk sign a long term deal. I myself have suggested getting a two-way face off specialist to improve on a team that values puck possession. Some would also like to see the Islanders make a move to improve the special teams, especially the penalty kill that continues to plague the Islanders, such as their 5-3 loss…

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The Bridge Report: Division Lead Within Reach

My first article for the Sound Tigers is extremely late and I do apologize, however it doesn’t mean I haven’t seen them in action. I’ve been able to catch a good portion of their season and have a few thoughts as the team embarks on taking first place in the Northeast Division. First off despite the record, the Sound Tigers are a work-in-progress. There are players who really have not…

November 11, 2014
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Reinhart Sent Down

October 16, 2014

#Isles activate Calvin de Haan off IR, send Griffin Reinhart to Bridgeport. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 16, 2014 My take: Bridgeport just got better with the addition of Reinhart. I am also wondering, with Colin McDonald still in the press box and Michael Grabner to return in a few weeks, where does this leave Ryan Strome? Will he be the next victim (see Lee, Reinhart) of the numbers game,…

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Isles Look To Go 4-0

October 16, 2014

My take: Two undefeated teams go at it tonight at 7:00pm at the Nassau Coliseum. In my opinion, the key for an Isles victory will be staying out of the penalty box. San Jose usually has a very good power play unit, but are only 13% with the man advantage. The last thing the Isles want to do is reignite that part of their arsenal. They’re a fast team and…

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And Then There Were 31

October 4, 2014

#480094261 / gettyimages.com #Isles made 16 cuts, 11 non-waivers: Collberg, Gallant, Halmo, Mouillierat, Persson, Quine, Sundstrom, Mayfield, Pedan, Pelech, Pokka. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 4, 2014 At noon, 5 #Isles cuts go on waivers: K. Poulin, D. Leggio, H. Zolnierczyk, J. Skille, A. Ness. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 4, 2014 Now 30 players left with #Isles — technically 31, Ness practicing with big club since 4 D still…

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Islanders Need To Make The Right Choice

October 3, 2014

#484279683 / gettyimages.com As this final pre-season game comes to a conclusion tonight in Bridgeport, the New York Islanders will be making tough player decisions that will undoubtedly make a few fans scratch their heads and probably lash out in utter frustration. Anything short of not trading Josh Bailey for a any kind of defenceman will be unacceptable. Well, you’re gonna burn me at the stake for this article. What…

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Isles v Bruins Preview

October 3, 2014

#465519509 / gettyimages.com The New York Islanders take on the Boston Bruins at a sold out Webster Bank Arena for the Isles final preseason game. The Islanders are coming off a shoot out loss to the New Jersey Devils last night. Yes you read that correctly. Here was Jack Capuano after the game: Despite all the drama of who makes the team and the concern over the defense the Islanders…

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Hello Brooklyn!

September 27, 2014

The Islanders were at the Barclays Center yesterday for their exhibition game against the New Jersey Devils. Isles Talk was there as I came in from Pennsylvania to see the game and take in the Barclays experience. I go to at least 7-10 Islanders games a year while visiting the Prudential Center on occasion. I usually take the Tappan Zee Bridge and eventually get to the Throgs Neck and Long Island,…

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Isles “Mindset” Entering Training Camp

As the Islanders officially embark on there final season at Nassau Coliseum, there has not been a more important training camp in recent memory this one. Rebuilding the organization via the draft was completed this past summer with the selection of Josh Ho-Sang.  This summer saw the goaltending and team depth completed through free agency. There are still some questions, but the answers will be coming in a short few weeks with the completion…

September 19, 2014
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