Rookie Camp Announced

September 9, 2014

With training camp closely upon us, the New York Islanders have announced their rookie camp will open up this Friday September12th-17th at Nassau Coliseum. The practices will be run by Bridgeport Sound Tigers Head Coach Brent Thompson Players include: Forwards:  Jason Clark, Sebastian Collberg, Victor Crus Rydberg, Michael Dal Colle, Connor Graham, Mike Halmo, Josh Ho-Sang,  Ross Johnston, Anders Lee, John Persson, Alan Quine, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom, Lukas Sutter Defense: Kyle Burroughs, Kevin…

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Some Islanders Return Early

September 5, 2014

Since it is September and just weeks away from the start of training camp, I just wanted to post a few tweets from the New York Islanders for your viewing pleasure. Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Eric Boulton, T.J. Brennan, Matt Martin, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Hickey, Andrey Pedan, Matt Carkner and Lukas Sutter are all at an informal skating practice at Ice Works. If they post any more, I will put…

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Sunday Times 8.31.14

In case anyone has missed them, here are a couple of interesting reads for your Sunday morning. Enjoy! CBS Sports talks about Core Values and building around John Tavares. Michael Fornabaio talks about the Bridgeport Sound Tigers schedule and how everything is happening in three’s. Why NHL Ice Girls do not pose an Issue to Alex Kuhlke Where’s the love for Rick DiPietro? Should there be more love for him? Eric…

August 31, 2014
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Do The Islanders Have Their Number 2?

August 28, 2014

For most of the summer I enjoy reading the playoff predictions by other major hockey websites, such as (for example) the NHL, TSN or the Sporting News for the entertainment value and because it does give me an idea of how I will “predict” come late September. I’ve also gone on and read many fans blogs and their playoff predictions and for the most part, except for the major hockey websites, many of…

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The Bridge Report: Why Re-Sign Poulin?

July 25, 2014

According to various websites, the New York Islanders have resigned restricted free agent goalie Kevin Poulin to a one year/two way deal. My take: Many fans were wondering why Poulin was even resigned to begin with. It’s true his overall record for the year was not good, posting a 11-16-1 record with a goals against average of 3.29 and a save percentage of .891. However, it was Poulin who got the…

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Mid Summer Thoughts: Development

This is usually the time of year when I not only look at this Islanders team as a whole, I look and try to figure out what direction or philosophy the Islanders will be taking this upcoming year. I begin to just look at the overall roster and possibly look for any moves that still need to be made before training camp, but to my delight, there really isn’t a move for Islanders General…

July 16, 2014
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Kabanov Bought Out

July 15, 2014

From Art Staple: Islanders have placed F Kirill Kabanov on unconditional waivers. My Take: He’ll be bought out of his final year of his entry-level contract. I did not put Kabanov on my Bridgeport “roster” as I wasn’t sure if he’d be back. Behavior issues plagued him, but when reading and talking to a few people, his dad (believed to be his agent) was an issue as well as he…

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Donovan & Gallant Remain Islanders

The New York Islanders have announced that defenseman Matt Donovan and forward Brett Gallant have accepted their qualifying offers. According to Cap Geek, Donovan’s one-year, two-way deal is worth $826,875, NHL level. If he is demoted, he will receive the same $65,000 in the AHL as he did in his previous contract. Gallant will make $75,000 in the AHL and $605,000 if he returns to the NHL.     My Take:…

July 15, 2014
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Prospects Converge At The Coliseum

July 8, 2014

The New York Islanders are holding their annual Prospects camp starting today and runs through the week with a Blue & White scrimmage Thursday night. Fans are invited to the scrimmage for a 10 ticket that will go towards charity. Get to see recent draft picks Michael dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang along with soon to be pro’s Griffin Reinhart & Ryan Pulock. After doing research on the draft, this…

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Should The Islanders Trade For A Defenceman?

July 6, 2014

Before the free agency season began, many fans already had a shopping list of positions the Islanders needed to target. A top line left winger for John Tavares a, top 4 defenceman and a starting goalie. The starting goalie was a given, but with the rest of the team, I wrote and responded on twitter by asking this question: Where are you putting them? There clearly wasn’t enough room unless the Islanders were going to…

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