Blog: Two Questions To Be Answered

July 12, 2017

Since the NHL expansion draft, the New York Islanders have made some moves over the last few weeks to slightly show many fans that the time to go further than just the first round is now and that the salary cap is a key factor heading into this season. There were some moves that I was expecting and then their were some surprises. So since we’re now into the middle…


Pelech In For Hamonic

January 11, 2017

From Art Staple of Newsday: “He went down and played a game (in Bridgeport) last week, he’s had a lot of conditioning and a few good practices,” Jack Capuano said of Pelech, who was injured on Nov. 28 and hasn’t played for the Isles since. “He’s played with Leds before so we’ll put him in there. I liked his game a lot before he got hurt.” Jack Capuano My Take:…


Hamonic Out 4-6 Weeks; Decisions on Halak, Barzal May Speed Up

November 6, 2016

#Isles Injury Update: Travis Hamonic is out for 4-6 weeks (upper body). — New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 6, 2016 My take: Cue in Adam Pelech/Scott Mayfield? Part of me thinks Halak will be traded sooner rather than later now, and getting anything in return will be helpful. As for whom, it’s all up in the air. The goaltending needs balance and the Isles still need to make a decision…


Key to Game 1 – Stop the Triplets

April 27, 2016

Tonight is the start of the second round (doesn’t that have a great ring to it?) The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a great deal of time to relax and wait for the winner of the Isles/Panthers series.  They had a good 5 game victory against the Wings, with their top forward and top defensemen on the shelf. And with Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman still out of the lineup,…


For the Isles – What to do About Tampa?

April 25, 2016

It is so nice to get to talk about ROUND 2. When I last could talk about it – I wasn’t even 30 years old…. (Guess my age!?) Now – the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the horizon.  Games 1 and 2 will be in Tampa probably on Thursday and Saturday.  With Justin Bieber in concert at the Barclay’s, it would look like Monday and Thursday in Brooklyn.  For this…


Hamonic out for Regular Season… Does Isles Nation Panic???

April 1, 2016

It is an extremely significant blow at the totally wrong time of the year.  For the second straight season, the Islanders lose mainstay defenseman Travis Hamonic with a LOWER BODY INJURY. There is no speculation of anytime after that, but this will be a bitter pill for Islander nation to swallow. On the good side, I was at Northwell Ice Rink this afternoon, and saw Jaro Halak working with the strength…


Blog: What To Do With The Islanders

February 10, 2016 The Islanders continued their trend of driving fans crazy by winning in grand fashion in some games, while not showing up in others. What’s hockey without a little drama? With last nights win, the Islanders continue to be on pace to finish the season with 98 points. Playing the percentages, the Isles are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference and third in the Metropolitan division. The difference between 3rd…


Hockey from the Blind Side, Righting the Ship or Just More Inconsistency?

The New York Islanders had a pretty good week after the egg they dropped in Philadelphia last Saturday. Now having two of their best defensemen out of the lineup because of injury in Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic, they definitely are facing even more adversity on top of the lackluster play of the Flyer game. However, 5-2 and 3-1 victories Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Thursday against the…

January 17, 2016

Haunting Flashbacks & Lessons From Montreal

November 23, 2015

The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens concluded their season series with the Canadiens taking the final third game by a score of 4-2 and sweeping the regular season 3-0. For the Islanders, it was good to get these games over in November than have to play the Canadiens in March or April while still in the playoffs race. For Montreal, it’s more separation from other teams in their division…


Trading Hamonic Now Is Good For Isles

November 20, 2015

When news of the trade request by Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic broke a few days ago, I’m usually one for writing a rumor piece strictly because I love the entertainment value of talking about where certain players may go and for whom. This time however, I refrained from it because of the peculiar circumstances and who requested the trade. Travis Hamonic is a player very dear to the fans on…