Garth Gets Sirius On XM

July 8, 2016

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow joined Steve Kouleas and Scott Laughlin from Sirius XM on Thursday afternoon. You can listen to it here: My Take: Garth is going to promote all the kids at this point. He has to. Whether they had a great camp or not, Snow must now promote his young professionals like Dal Colle and Ho-Sang. I’m very intrigued to see what Barzal can do…

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Blog: Ranking The Best Islanders Backup Goaltenders

June 2, 2016

Since I started blogging about the New York Islanders back in 2008, I always write at least one article a year stressing the importance of the backup goaltender for this organization. Around that same time I also began writing about the draft and covering it since the Islanders went into the rebuild and that I knew that it would another element for myself and prolong my writing about the Islanders…

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Ryan Strome – Will he be Possessed?

April 26, 2016

When I was a kid, I was a pitcher.  Our town had a “Little League” as well as another baseball organization for which I belonged to.  One year, they had a ‘exhibition’ matchup of our two leagues.  I was the starting pitcher that night (even then in the mid 1970s, having a lefty pitcher was a good thing), and I was at the mound.  There was going to be a…

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Are we Tired from Celebrating, Islander Nation? Yes! Yes! Yes!

April 25, 2016

You and me both… It took 2.3 decades to say this… Playoff Series win! Before I talk about anything else, let’s give extreme kudos to the Florida Panthers.  They played a fantastic series, one that was as statistically even as you can possibly get.  Shots, Hits, Faceoffs, just about everything you can imagine.  They left they hearts out on the ice, and that is exactly what I want in a…

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Hamonic out for Regular Season… Does Isles Nation Panic???

April 1, 2016

It is an extremely significant blow at the totally wrong time of the year.  For the second straight season, the Islanders lose mainstay defenseman Travis Hamonic with a LOWER BODY INJURY. There is no speculation of anytime after that, but this will be a bitter pill for Islander nation to swallow. On the good side, I was at Northwell Ice Rink this afternoon, and saw Jaro Halak working with the strength…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview

June 21, 2015

The end of the Stanley Cup playoffs means that the NHL draft is not too far away. To be specific, the draft is this coming Friday, June 26th in Sunrise Florida. In years past I have usually spent more time on the draft because the Islanders were usually picking in the top 7 of the first rounds, save for 2013. This year however is a completely different draft. As of…

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Blog: Q & A With Islanders GM Garth Snow

May 19, 2015

On May 18th 2015, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow sat down with the members of the Islanders Booster Club for a little Q & A session. The mood was light, the atmosphere was calm, and it felt like a family reunion with no yelling, screaming, or anything else that would ruin the occasion. Despite the early first round exit, the Islanders did record their first +100 point season…

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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…

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Islander Nation – The WORLD IS NOT ENDING….

December 24, 2014

Audio Commentary here…. Click on button to listen Seriously? You would think that right now – this team is 11-23 instead of 23-11. Granted, I was as shocked as many were about the ‘maintenance day’ move that the Isles made, but c’mon people, it is ONE game. Yes, Chad gave up 3, and his mediocrity continues, but the real truth to this loss was not the netminding.  It was the…

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