Blog: Let’s Play Catch Up & Speculate

April 27, 2017

Since there hasn’t been much news on the Islanders front, I’m taking multiple stories from the last few weeks and putting it all on one piece. I’ll also add an interesting twist to the expansion draft for Islanders fans. Berube Not Returning This really isn’t a shock to me, but I did have higher hopes for him. He basically pulled a Kevin Poulin and failed to take the reins while…

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Blog: Islanders Will Need A ’13 Season With A Better ’94 Ending

February 6, 2017

With a run that I had hoped for (6-1-2 in their last 9), the New York Islanders look to be in the playoff race for the duration of the regular season, pending nothing tragic happens to their star players. As I continue to look at the standings, I can’t help but think back to the shortened season of 2013, where the Islanders found themselves without much help from their backup…

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Isles Lose To Wild; Halak Waived

December 30, 2016

Last nights game against the Minnesota Wild personified what this season has been like between the Islanders and goalie Jaroslav Halak. There were a few things to not like, but I’ll try to condense a short version because I’m sure it’s been drilled by other media outlets. First off, the Islanders are now 6-12-1 against teams in the top ten in the NHL. They have not yet recovered from losing…

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Blog: The Great Debate That Is Jaro Halak

September 26, 2016

With Team Europe making a stunning advancement into the World Cup Finals against everyone’s favorite Cup winner, Canada, there’s been a name floating around in the hockey media for all the right reasons, New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Halak, along with a group of Stanley Cup savvy veterans, have beaten teams like Team USA and recently just defeated Team Sweden to advance to the Cup final. Then there’s former…

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Berube Signs One Year Deal

July 5, 2016

Islanders Transaction: JF Berube has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. #isles — Shannon Hogan (@Shannon_Hogan) July 5, 2016 My take: If we’re not sending Pelech down to the minors, the remaining cap space is roughly $4,896,024 with Strome, Mayfield, Quine and Gibson left to sign. If the Isles elect to send him down, then we’re looking a little over 5.7 million in space. There are also three goalies…

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Islanders Qualify Six Players

June 28, 2016

From Art Staple at Newsday Deadline for RFAs to receive QOs is today. #Isles sent theirs out weeks ago — Strome, Prince, Mayfield, Berube, Gibson, Quine all received. — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 27, 2016 My Take: Not really surprised the Isles got this done early, although I was wondering if Gibson was going to be given an offer. So now that the younger players have at least been qualified,…

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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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Blog: Islanders Prevail; Lose Halak

March 9, 2016

The New York Islanders continued to keep the winning attitude alive but it came at a cost. They defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 2-1 and continue to climb in the standings. The Isles scored the 2 goals on the powerplay from Anders Lee and John Tavares. Those goals pushed the team into a tie for 10th place I the League. The penalty kill continued its mastery of…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Drop 3 out of 4 Points to Open the 2015-16 Season

It certainly was not the way Islander fans nor the New York Islanders would have wanted to open the new season. Frankly, I was quite disappointed and, to some degree, disgusted. After they played a pretty solid game for their home opener at the Barclays Center on Friday, they played a spectacularly bad game in Chicago last night to complete the home and home with the Black Hawks. The home…

October 11, 2015
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