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The New York Islanders Standing Pat at the Trade Deadline Is the Right Move

March 26th, 2013
The New York Islanders will most likely not make any significant transactions at the trade deadline this season. For once, I actually agree with this course of inaction. The Islanders are in a transitional phase at the moment. They are on the cusp of becoming a playoff team with 17 games left ...

NY Islanders: A Fans First Look at the Barclay’s Center in All of Its Glory

March 1st, 2013
In attending last night's latest Islander loss in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs, it suddenly dawned on me while I was sitting in Nassau Coliseum that the place is all used up. It's finished. Its time has passed. Granted, a winning franchise would make the place feel ...

New York Islanders: Offense Wakes Up, Though Rick DiPietro Is Concussed

October 14th, 2011
The Islanders' season is three games old, and this season already is different from the past few years in quite a few ways. First of all, the Islanders came into this season with a positive on-ice outlook for the first time in many years. That in and of itself ...

NHL Power Rankings: The 50 Greatest Players in Hockey’s History

March 14th, 2011
Its a debate that has raged for years and will continue to rage long after this column.Who are the greatest hockey players in the history of the great sport of hockey?With this list, I tried to be a fair as possible in considering every aspect I possibly could. Taking into account ...

The Bad Guys: Ranking the 10 Most Hated Players in the NHL

March 4th, 2011
As long as there has been an NHL, there have been agitators, crybabies, divers, cheap shot artists and guys that just have trouble controlling themselves from raining hurt down on opposing players. Who are the worst of the worst? Some of the biggest names in the hated department have retired recently, Chris ...

New York Islanders’ Optimism Is Real for a Change

March 4th, 2011
There are 17 games left in the regular season for the Islanders. Are the playoffs impossible? No. Probable? No. Couple that with the fact that there are five teams to leap frog over it is safe to say that the Islanders will look to play spoiler and win as many games as possible ...

New York Islanders: With Do-or-Die December Over, What’s Next?

December 31st, 2010
December is almost over. The Islanders are 5-7-1 in December, far below what they needed to be to return to any semblance of a playoff race. There is one game left tonight in Detroit. Win or lose, December has not been good enough. The Islanders front office has seemingly written ...

New York Islanders’ Season Goes From Bad To Worse

December 14th, 2010
This was the year the Islanders were supposed to take a step forward. Instead, they have taken 2 steps back. Maybe 3. Granted no one can predict injury but what has happened this season is like a kick in the rear after someone burned your house down and shot your ...

Jack Capuano’s Mixed Results and New York Islanders’ Attendance

November 29th, 2010
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has coached five games for the team this season, and while the effort has been there for the most part, the results have been mixed. The Islanders are injury-riddled, with Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo, Milan Jurcina, Andrew MacDonald and Jack Hillen out right ...

New York Islanders: Scott Gordon is Fall Guy—For Now

November 16th, 2010
The Islanders fired coach Scott Gordon on Monday. I only ask one question: what difference is this going to make? Does Jack Capuano, his replacement, have a magic wand that is going to heal the Islanders' injury problems? Is he going to make Rick DiPietro regain the ability to stop a ...