Isles Talk Eastern Conference Preview

October 8, 2014

#488019167 / The final preseason write up is here as Isles Talk concludes with the Eastern Conference preview. As I did last year, I do things a little different. I will categorize teams into certain groups and make a quick analysis on each team. I have to admit, this one was tough to predict because it is wide open this year. Having said that, here are the teams in…


Islanders Need To Make The Right Choice

October 3, 2014

#484279683 / As this final pre-season game comes to a conclusion tonight in Bridgeport, the New York Islanders will be making tough player decisions that will undoubtedly make a few fans scratch their heads and probably lash out in utter frustration. Anything short of not trading Josh Bailey for a any kind of defenceman will be unacceptable. Well, you’re gonna burn me at the stake for this article. What…


Isles Talk 2014-15 Season Preview: Montreal Canadiens

October 2, 2014

#453865043 / Isles Talk continues it’s 2014-15 season preview of a team that made big strides last year by coming up two games short of a Stanley Cup appearance, the Montreal Canadiens. After sweeping the Tampa bay Lightning and beating out their biggest rival, the Boston Bruins in a seven game series, the Canadiens fell to the New York Rangers without their star goalie Carey Price who was injured…


Isles Talk 2014-15 Season Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

September 23, 2014

Isles Talk continues its season preview special with a team that really improved this past off-season, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last year was a phenomenal season for the Bolts, especially when you had Steven Stamkos out of the lineup for a good chunk of the season and Martin St. Louis asked for a trade. Through it all though, the Lightning made the playoffs thanks to the stellar goaltending of Ben Bishop….


Boyle To Give Isles Answer

June 10, 2014

From Art Staple of Newsday via Twitter George Bazos, Dan Boyle’s agent, says Boyle will let #Isles know by end of this week whether he’s interested in starting contract talks. My take: That would give Islanders General Manager Garth Snow 2 weeks to either get a contract done or trade his rights, say to Detroit or Tampa Bay (hint, hint) who are looking for the same kind of qualities from…


Free Agency: What Isles Can Take From Round 1

There are two facts about doing brackets for the NHL playoffs: First, I’m really good at picking the Eastern Conference as all the teams I had picked moved on. Second, I’m wretched at the Western Conference, as I had the Avs and Sharks in my Conference Finals with San Jose winning the Cup. Now that my humiliation is over, let’s see what Islanders fans can take from other teams losing early in the first round:…

May 1, 2014

Playoff Preview: Wednesday Night

The first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs begin tonight and to be honest, there’s nothing like it. For myself, it’s not just watching the best hockey, it’s also a chance to look at some future free agents who may have a good fit in with the Islanders. I’ll say this now, with the first three matchups this evening, I’m so far not impressed with the crop of free agents…

April 16, 2014

New Meaning to Extra Innings….

March 28, 2014

As Howie stated on the broadcast, Mike “Doc” Emrick calls the rounds of a shootout, “Innings”. Well – it took 13 of them to knock the Isles out last night in Tampa. Every time the Lightning scored in the first 12 rounds, the Isles would match it.  Then round 13 – Sami Salo gest a backhander by Evgeni Nabokov, and Johan Sundstrom was not able to match it – giving…


Road Warriors Continue To Get It Done

March 27, 2014

  13-4-1.  They are a team of “road warrior” mentality. Just like the team that used to play in the Atlantic League (with the Long Island Ducks), that played every game as a road contest.  For whatever reason, the team plays a simpler game away from Uniondale, and they win. Simple as that. Tonight – the Isles take on a Tampa team that is playing themselves into the playoffs right…


What Happened With Vanek’s Trade

While I can understand the frustration of the passionate fans of the Islanders, it appears that what Garth Snow was saying for his reasons of receiving such a low offer may have been justified. Let’s face it, the timing was horrible. The team was out of the playoffs, they loose their captain and star player in John Tavares for the rest of the season and because of what the Islanders gave up…

March 6, 2014