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…


Poulin, Carkner Resign; Isles Have Interest In Zidlicky

August 12, 2015

According to Newsday: the New York Islanders have resigned RFA goalie Kevin Poulin. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have also signed defenseman Matt Carkner to a two year AHL deal. My take: Poulin was going to play this year, but to have Stephon Williams backing him up and competing will be very interesting to see. Both goalies should be able to hold their own in this League and it appears the…


Blog: Lubo Out, Brock & Poulin Still Not Signed

July 29, 2015

From From Lubo himself: “Even before the start of the July transfer window (free agency), I have received a proposal for a contract extension from the Islanders management, but we disagreed. They took the younger players, so they decided to go a different route. The situation is now such that I’m waiting to offer. I had to help with the google translate, but unless there is a plague on…


Blog: Chad Johnson Could Use Some Help

February 7, 2015

After the acquisition and eventual signing of New York Islanders starting goalie Jaroslav Halak, the Islanders wasted no time in signing their backup Chad Johnson from the Boston Bruins to a two year contract. Even before the mega deals that got the Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuck, many Islanders fans were ecstatic at their new goalie tandem because it was better than the goalie carousel that had plagued…


The Bridge Report: Division Lead Within Reach

My first article for the Sound Tigers is extremely late and I do apologize, however it doesn’t mean I haven’t seen them in action. I’ve been able to catch a good portion of their season and have a few thoughts as the team embarks on taking first place in the Northeast Division. First off despite the record, the Sound Tigers are a work-in-progress. There are players who really have not…

November 11, 2014

The Bridge Report: Why Re-Sign Poulin?

July 25, 2014

According to various websites, the New York Islanders have resigned restricted free agent goalie Kevin Poulin to a one year/two way deal. My take: Many fans were wondering why Poulin was even resigned to begin with. It’s true his overall record for the year was not good, posting a 11-16-1 record with a goals against average of 3.29 and a save percentage of .891. However, it was Poulin who got the…


The Morning After The Frenzy

July 2, 2014

It’s been said that when you want to improve your organization, you build through the draft. When you want to improve from last season, you turn to Free Agency. Last year the Islanders ended up having to use three goalies because of injuries or just mediocre play. The Islanders were out of the hunt by Christmas because of the injuries to Evgeny Nabokov, Lubomir Visnovsky, Brian Strait, some shoddy offense and…


Analyzing The Draft

The second round came and went for the Islanders and they secured some long term player who, like many, still need time do develop, not to mention getting another “boom or bust pick” at number 200, but if patience is preached could bold very well for the Islanders. I’ll go each player right now.       Ilya Sorokin G: Folks, here is Kevin Poulin’s replacement in two years. The writing is…

June 29, 2014

Year in Review. Thoughts from behind the Stove

Well it really didn’t go as planned.  I expected to write at least one entry a week.  I mean its only writing. Well life got in the way and that didn’t happen.  I also expected to have a much more positive spin on things in Isles land. Well, that didn’t happen either.  Nor did a playoff appearance happen for the Isles.  So this will be my year end grades for…

May 24, 2014