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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Blog: 10 Thoughts Before The Puck Drops

September 10, 2016

On behalf of myself, Gary, and John we’d like to welcome you back to another season of NHL hockey, and of course the New York Islanders. We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and hope that you are looking forward to another exciting season as much as we are. I know the regular season does not start for another month and training camp is even closer, but I wanted…

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Blog: Goodbye To The Old & Embrace The New

July 2, 2016

Well yesterday was quite the emotional roller coaster for many Islanders fans as they said goodbye to home-grown players Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen while welcoming veterans Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera to New York. Now many people have been analyzing if the Islanders have gotten equal value back by saying, for example, the Islanders made lateral moves, meaning the goals lost by the previous three may be…

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Blog: Who Will Replace The Goals?

June 29, 2016

As this week has become a whirlwind of stress for many Islanders fans as they’re saying goodbyes to Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin while hoping Frans Nielsen returns, there is also frustration about who the Islanders should sign this coming Friday. Many fans want the “Go-all-in” and sign a player like Steven Stamkos. I don’t blame them as he would give the Isles a Crosby-Malkin type of team and help…

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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: The Graduating Prospects

June 19, 2016

Usually around this time of year I am writing up different draft eligible player profiles for Isles Talk and by the morning of the draft, I’ll pick who I believe the Islanders will take. I got pretty good at it in recent years as I have predicted Ryan Pilon, Michael Dal Colle, Ryan Pulock, Griffin Reinhart, Calvin de Haan and I let my pit bull pick John Tavares. That prediction…

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Blog: Isles Take Game One In Tampa

April 28, 2016

The New York Islanders managed to keep their momentum going by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 last night in Tampa to take a 1-0 series lead. Shane Prince added two goals and John Tavares came up with the game winning goal again. Travis Hamonic scored his first career playoff goal while Ryan Strome returned to the lineup and assisted on both of Prince’s goals. Tampa Bay pressed in the…

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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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Blog: Islanders Facing Adversity & Are Better For It

January 18, 2016

Despite the season long laundry list of injuries, the inconsistent powerplay, the “enigma” that is Islanders captain John Tavares, a trade request, and everyone’s favorite whipping boy Brian Strait, the New York Islanders are in second place in the Metro Division and are tied for third in the Eastern Conference with a pace for 98 points. Now a few posts ago I thought the Islanders would eventually surpass the New…

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