Isles Inch Closer

With All-Star weekend officially starting for the New York Islanders, it’s clear that they have made some significant progress in trying to get back into a playoff spot. Just a couple of ice chips for everyone to soak in: 1. The Isles are on pace for 89 points. Around the time the Isles had completed their 30th game, I was still convinced they could reach somewhere between 90-95 points. 2….

January 27, 2017
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Blog: Capuano Fired; Players Need To Respond

January 18, 2017

#Isles News: Jack Capuano has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach. Assistant GM Doug Weight will serve as interim Head Coach. — New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 17, 2017 Well the timing is certainly odd, but Islanders fans got what they wanted as news yesterday came out with the firing of head coach, Jack Capuano. Capuano leaves as the second winningest coach in Islanders history and has set…

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John Tavares Says He Staying……..Again

January 10, 2017

From Steve Marcus of Newsday: “I think for myself, I’ve always shown and talked about my commitment here,’’ “Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we’ve done. Obviously, this [low] point’s been disappointing.’’ “For myself, I know that I have not been to the level that I expect of myself and the standard that I want to be at,’’ he said. “[I] keep…

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Blog: Thoughts Through 13

November 9, 2016

So after thirteen games, the New York Islanders are a little better than they were a few days ago. Every player save for Mathew Barzal now has a goal, but he’ll eventually get his chance, maybe. The goaltending gave up less than 3 goals and did not give up a goal with less than three minutes to play and the Islanders are now 1-0-2 in there last 3. So instead…

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New York Islanders Engulfed In Their Own Turmoil

October 30, 2016

As the New York Islanders enter tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, drama has once again taken up occupancy in Brooklyn. The Isles are 3-5 in this early season and because of the slow start, many are blaming Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, Anders Lee and of course Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Islanders general manager Garth Snow. I’m not here to defend anyone, but I believe there is…

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Blog: When Will Ryan Strome Sign?

September 16, 2016

With the New York Islanders training camp approaching, the biggest cause for concern is unsigned, restricted free agent center Ryan Strome. There has been a team policy in place for over a decade that if restricted free agent players are not signed by the start of training camp, they will not be playing the season for the Islanders. This has happened to three notable players: Brad Isbister, Zdeno Chara, and…

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Blog: Ladd & Strome Look To Have Bounce Back Years

September 15, 2016

From NHL.com: David Satriano believes that both New York Islanders Andrew Ladd and Ryan Strome should have bounce back years this coming season and fans should look at putting them into their fantasy teams. Andrew Ladd, LW, New York Islanders (ADP: 84.8; NHL.com: 90) Ladd has provided underrated category coverage through the years, and has a chance to see an offensive boost after signing with the Islanders. He scored 25…

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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
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Hockey from the Blind Side, “You’re Never Out of a Fight”

If there is a simple reason why the New York Islanders are facing elimination Sunday afternoon when they travel to Tampa for the 5th game of this series, they need only look collectively in the mirror to find that reason. This series has become one of lost opportunities and one team cashing in on theirs like a playoff ready, battle tested team does in such situations. I really don’t like…

May 7, 2016
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