Short Blog Q & A: The Day After

April 10, 2017

As the Islanders clean out their lockers today there are a few questions that fans want answered heading into this offseason. So before the season in review comes out, let’s answer a few of those questions. ****These answers are my own opinion and does not reflect Isles Talk’s overall view**** Does Garth Snow return as GM? Yes Will John Tavares sign with the Islanders? Yes Will the Islanders come out…


Is It Time To Panic?

January 4, 2016

With news that New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk will be out for the next 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury, fans are wondering if it’s time to hit the panic button? Not at all. The Islanders are literally half way through their season and are now third in the Eastern Conference. Should they be concerned? Absolutely! Losing Johnny Boychuk is similar to losing Travis Hamonic in last years playoffs,…


Lot’s Of Questions For Isles Garth Snow

September 13, 2015

We’re just a week away before the Isles preseason games commence. There are still a few loose ends to tie up in terms of the makeup of the team, so let’s take a look at what may happen. Plus or minus Michael Dal Colle plays nine games in? For me this is a big question. Let’s go with the positive and say he shines and he’s making it difficult for…


Blog: Coming Of Age For Calvin de Haan

May 17, 2015

During the New York Islanders rebuild if there was one player on defense where fans would scratch their heads and say “why him?” it’s defenseman Calvin de Haan. It was bad enough for fans at the 2008 draft where Islanders General Manager Garth Snow traded down several picks and selected Josh Bailey when winger Nikita Filatov was clearly available, but he made another bizarre move in 2009 by trading up…


Blog: Islanders Options At The Trade Deadline

February 25, 2015

With the trade deadline coming up in the beginning of March, many New York Islanders fans are hoping Islanders General Manager Garth Snow pulls the trigger on a move that could help with the special teams or possibly another backup for Jaroslav Halak. So before I talk about as to who is available and what it would take to get them, let’s take a look at what the Islanders have…


Hockey from the Blind Side, The Islanders give up Another 3 Goal Lead in the Third, but Manage to Win in OT

December 30, 2014

Audio Commentary here…. Click on button to listen The New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals at the old barn last night 4-3 in Overtime on a Johnny Boychuk power play goal. It gave the Isles a tie for the lead in the Metro Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lost to the Devils last night. Unfortunately, however, it was another case of the Islanders taking a big lead that…


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,…


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…


Isles Ink de Haan & Cizikas To Contracts

July 15, 2014

From various reports: The New York Islanders have signed center Casey Cizikas to a two year $2 million dollar contract & defenseman Calvin de Haan to a three year $5.9 million contract. My take: Solid signings and if de Haan can stay healthy, as he should, this is just about as good as Snow can get as a GM other than the Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hamonic & John Tavares deals. All the…