Blog: Welcome To The Trade Deadline Season

January 11, 2018

Welcome to the second half of the NHL hockey season folks! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, but there is a new season upon us. It’s called the NHL trade deadline. For me, the trade deadline season begins usually after the World Junior Championships and lasts up until the actual trade deadline date which is February 26th. This is also where you’ll start to begin to see teams…


Isles Talk Season in Review: A Year Of Transistion

April 11, 2017

Every franchise goes through a transitional period. Some start as a rebuilding team and after a few years, they begin to improve and reach another stage in the organizations development, such as just making it to the playoffs on a regular basis. Then another period occurs when the team makes the playoffs more often or wins the division or finally gets to another round. There’s another transitional period when as…


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…


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…


Hockey from the Blind Side, The Sting hasn’t Quite Left Me

Yes, the sting of having witnessed the New York Islanders eliminated from the 2016 playoffs a week ago still has not completely subsided in me as of yet. I don’t know exactly why, but I think this time was even sharper a hit to me than the game 7 lackluster effort that ended the Isles playoff run in the first round last season. I have been asked by a few…

May 15, 2016

Hockey from the Blind Side, Winning 2 Out of 3 Out West and Turning the Ship Around

The New York Islanders come back home after winning 2 out of 3 on the road. A lot of fans had their concerns about this road trip, and I won’t deny I was one of them. However, with a 4-2 win in San Jose and a 4-1 victory over the Ducks sandwiched around a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles, they have been playing much better. Realistically, they surely played well…

November 15, 2015

Hockey from the Blind Side, Good Teams Find Ways to Win Games

The New York Islanders managed to pull out a win last night against the Saint Louis Blues, despite not playing well most of the night and probably deserving to lose the game. If it wasn’t for the impressive goaltending of Thomas Greiss, in fact, they Isles most likely would have been beaten badly. It was, to me, not the way I had hoped they would come out after losing at…

October 25, 2015

Hockey from the Blind Side, Another Comeback Win for the Isles and 3 Wins in a Row This Week

The New York Islanders made it 3 wins in a row and 7 out of 8 points at the Barclays Center. In addition, they have scored 14 goals over that 3 game stretch with some secondary scoring returning to the lineup. Jaroslav Halak made his season debut last night as well after Thomas Greiss played quite well during the previous two wins. On Monday, the Islanders rebounded after a rough…

October 18, 2015

Blog: Islanders Will Turn Things Around

April 8, 2015

Many or all of the Islanders fans out there are pissed off with last night’s performance. If this is still the case, then allow me to be the calming influence. Even after last night’s game, I’m still confident that the Isles can pull through this. If you’re one of those fans that has season tickets and see no hope in sight, I would truly be indebted to you if you…


Would Any Isles Fan Have Expected This?

November 25, 2014

15-6… Best start in franchise history… Stellar offense… Best goaltending in the Pre-Groin pull Rico era… 2nd and 3rd year players making monster strides… With those types of statements you would normally be thinking Bruins, Hawks, Kings, Penguins… New York Islanders??? Yes!  Yes!  Yes! You are reading that right.  I guarantee, there are  a great number of people that drink the cool-aid, and would say they thought this would happen……