PreGame: 12.9.14 Isles Take On The Wild

December 9, 2014

#479539829 / gettyimages.com The New York Islanders (19-8-0) will begin their first of three games against the Western Conference starting with the Minnesota Wild (14-10-1) tonight at 8pm in the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. The Islanders are coming off a poor penalty kill performance against the St. Louis Blues and lost 6-4. The Wild are also coming off a loss to the Anaheim Ducks 5-4. Couple of quotes from…

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How Today’s “Free Agency” Affects The Draft

Today is something new that it was mentioned but that most fans may not have remembered. Due to a new rule in the CBA, GM’s are allowed to talk to RFA’s and UFA’s starting now. This has never happened before and this is why the Islanders were so quick to try to move Dan Boyle for anything the last week or so.     From Michael Russo: “Please be advised…

June 25, 2014
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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
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Random Thoughts of The Past Week

Getting away from the Islanders ownership for a moment (Probably two), I wanted to go over the teams that had ended their playoffs this past week and see how it affects the Islanders in some way, if any. But….. Before I go any further I would like to point out (maybe gloat a little haha) that in October, I made one of two “Bold Predictions” that both Boston and Pittsburgh wouldn’t make…

May 18, 2014
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What did Garth Do.

Yesterday was the trade deadline and many Islander fans make it sound like it was October 25 1991 (Lafontaine for Turgeon) or April 25 1995 (the franchise ruining trade that this franchise hasn’t recovered from yet Turgeon for Muller) or even June 21 1999 ( Palffy for Ollie Joikinen) it gets worse ahh THE ONE June 24 2000 (Luongo for Oleg Kavasha) and according to delusional modern-day Isles fans October 27 2013…

March 6, 2014
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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
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Where I stand on Garth, Ownership and the Isles

Well, the deals are done and the smoke is clearing. There is, to say the least, no joy in Islanders Country …. I must confess that I am among those who sit here scratching my head and quite demoralized. This is Not the way I expected the season to go for the New York Islanders. This is Not where I thought we’d be at the trade deadline. I really believed…

March 6, 2014
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Vanek Traded To Montreal

March 5, 2014

Well, the deal everyone was anticipating is finally done: Thomas Vanek has been traded to Montreal for a second round in 2014 & a prospect. I will update the player later. In 47 games for the Islanders, Vanek had 44 points including 17 goals. My Take: I still think the Islanders are finalists on Vanek’s Free Agency list which will include Minnesota and another team come July 1st. He knows what’s…

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How Much Does Garth Get For Vanek?

March 5, 2014

  Yesterday, Garth Snow dealt Andrew MacDonald to Philly for a 3rd (2014) and 2nd (2014) along with Long Island native Matt Mangene (who will report to Bridgeport). I saw so many people going crazy with the move.  No matter what he would have obtained for him, Garth Snow was going to be a big target of criticism. GET OVER IT PEOPLE! It is my opinion that Garth got the…

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