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Mandi’s Heroes: Plant Your Seed and Make the World Better

April 4th, 2011
Everyone in the hockey world and beyond has been moved by the courage and faith of Mandi Schwartz.  Today, we learned with sadness of her passing. Her suffering, beyond what most of us can comprehend, is over. She was 23. Mandi played college hockey at Yale and her brother Jaden was a ...

Michael Grabner Comes of Age: Al Arbour Could Have Taught Him To Check

January 31st, 2011
A longstanding legend of the Islander dynasty era is that when Al Arbour was asked by Bill Torrey at the 1977 NHL Draft whether to select Mike Bossy, who had a reputation as a goal-scorer but supposedly avoided physical play, he said yes. "I can teach a player to check," ...

Ten Reasons For Islander Fans To Be Thankful This Holiday Season

December 24th, 2010
There has been a lot of gloom and doom talk in the media and among Islander fans about the team's future. To a certain extent, that is understandable. The team has had an unexpectedly bad season after a very promising start. Also, the Lighthouse project that was supposed to finance a ...

Garth’s Goal: What It Will Take for New York Islanders To Make Playoffs

July 21st, 2010
NY Islander GM Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang want to fill some more seats in 2010-11 by securing a playoff berth for the team. What will it take to achieve that goal?Begin Slideshow

Saving the Seventh Generation: The Shinnecock Casino

July 14th, 2010
[UPDATE: A Connecticut-based group--possibly representing Foxwoods Resorts--has filed a motion to prevent the federal recognition for the Shinnecock being granted. Thanks to NYI Fan Central for providing the link to the Newsday article. The article is worth reading and has some interesting comments--including a Shinnecock leader threatening to go to ...

Captain Nino? Will Nino Niederreiter Lead the New York Islanders One Day?

July 9th, 2010
On the first day of summer, 1991 on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, two of hockey's immortals took their place in the pantheon of the sport's heroes. Denis Potvin was probably the most complete defense man the sport has ever known. Mike Bossy was one of the ...

Be Careful What You Wish for: Understanding the Ilya Kovalchuk Saga

July 7th, 2010
Ilya Kovalchuk is a rare talent. There have been only a handful of players in the history of the NHL who could be counted on to score 40 or more goals every season. He is one of those few. But I do NOT want him on my team. My team is the ...

New York Islander Free Agent Targets

July 1st, 2010
After more than a year of anticipation, the draft is over. Wonder of wonders, we got Nino AND Kirill AND a blue chip power forward in Brock Nelson who is descended from hockey royalty. Would have liked for us to get a few other guys we could have gotten: Troy ...

Fasten Your Seat Belts, We May Encounter Kirill Kabanov

June 30th, 2010
So how do you analyze Kirill Kabanov? That's the dilemma. Nino? Easy, grandmother immigrant story, determined guy crossing barriers, overcoming obstacles, great country, great hockey player. No problem. Brock Nelson? Simple. New player for ignored team with dynastic history who has roots in US hockey's legendary but ignored past following bloodlines to become ...

New York Islanders Draft Brock “Bloodlines” Nelson: Do You Believe In Miracles?

June 29th, 2010
If you believe the NHL's hype machine, Bobby Orr was the only hockey player who made history before 1984 and US Hockey has its roots in The (Gretzky) Trade. The Islander Dynasty? Trivia! The Miracle on Ice of 1980 and the Forgotten Miracle of 1960? Who cares? Oh, you had a ...