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New York Islanders Must Get Off the (Salary) Floor…With Ilya Kovalchuk?

July 3rd, 2010
In yesterday's post I talked about wanting to see the Islanders spend a little above the salary floor. Then I thought, "That's easy for you to say, Mr. Moneybags, spending Charles Wang's hard-earned cash like that." So I decided to crunch the numbers and try to determine how much ...

NHL Free Agency: New York Islanders Avoiding the Frenzy

July 2nd, 2010
While the rest of the free world stands vigil awaiting the decision made by LeBron James as to where to next collect his basketball millions, NHL fans themselves are geared up for the silly season. The free agency period began July 1, and there was a landslide of activity ...

New York Islanders Roll the Dice with Kirill Kabanov and Nino Niederreiter

June 28th, 2010
Steals? Risks? Gambles? We won't know for some time whether the moves the New York Islanders made at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will help or hurt the team, but we do know one thing for sure: They lead the league in guys named "Kirill." Two years after ...

Meet Me at the …Place…Somewhere on Long Island … Maybe

June 15th, 2010
I've been trying to generate some feelings—vitriol, despair, disgust, frustration—over the latest developments concerning the Lighthouse, but I just can't do it. It's like trying to light a fire with a wet match and a cinder block. I'm done. We heard from Chris Botta at Fanhouse that ...

Queens For the New York Islanders? It Beats Kansas City

May 12th, 2010
Charles Wang has said all along that he was going to keep his options open. So to hear that Wang has been in discussions with Jeff Wilpon of the New York Mets about moving the team to a new arena in the vicinity of Citi Field should surprise exactly no ...

Why the New York Islanders Could Benefit from Long Island Casino Proposal

April 28th, 2010
Long Islanders love their casinos. We fly to Vegas (cheap, one-way flights from Islip!), drive to Atlantic City (or take the bus—it's practically free!), or head up to Connecticut for Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods (high-speed passenger ferries from Orient Point!). It's all very convenient and loads of fun. ...

Charles Wang’s Islanders: A Tale of Two Teams

April 6th, 2010
Last summer I was at a birthday party at a friend's house when I ran into a mutual friend who had formerly worked for the Islanders. We talked about the draft, John Tavares, and what the future held. He felt the hockey operations were in good hands. Garth Snow, ...

Charles Wang Loses His Gamble on Rick DiPietro

March 30th, 2010
I have a friend who is a gambler. In addition to college and pro football and basketball, he's been known to put money on U.S. Open women's semifinal matches. That's hardcore. Like most gamblers, he'll tell you all about his winnings—the three-team parlays and the close covers—and then ...

Colin Campbell: Asleep at the switch

March 16th, 2010
You know the guy at work who does nothing but convert oxygen to carbon dioxide? We all know a guy like this. The guy who has somehow been able to hold down a job despite little to no evidence of productivity? The guy who displays no aptitude or discernible skills ...

Islanders’ final 20: What do we want?

March 2nd, 2010
The Olympics are over, Canada got its gold medal, and the Russian president is about to roll some heads. But there's no time to bask in the Olympic glow (or, if you're Team USA, wallow in the disappointment). The stretch run for the NHL season is here, and the trade ...