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Garth Snow Chooses to Fail at his Job

Garth Snow Chooses to Fail at his Job

As been noted throughout hockey and Islanders media, the Islanders have made their version of a splash this past month, signing 4 NHL caliber free agents and last month agreeing to terms with a goalie that saw free agency looming and decided to not test the waters. Sounds awesome, right?   Well, it is and [...]

The Jury is Still Out

The Jury is Still Out

Islander realists, your intrepid team is back with our analysis of the off season, so far. Going into the offseason, which typically starts in February for the Islanders in the Garth Snow regime, the Islanders had some pressing needs. These needs were in no particular order:   1st line offensive player 2nd line center Top [...]

The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm

A lot of Isles fans are praising our first two picks in this years’ draft.  It is always fun to get excited about something new, and obviously if you’re a fan of this team you have to take what you can get. However we are here, as always, to temper the celebration.  The Islanders need [...]

There Goes the Neighborhood...Team

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

It’s been a while since we’ve written, faithful readers. Largely because we wrote back in September about this season was going to pan out, with a highly on point degree of accuracy. We predicted injuries- specifically Evgeny Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky from overuse at their ages. We predicted the missing the playoffs that was inevitable [...]

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

I’m sure you all are thinking “Gee, what are these two going to say about the absolute disaster that Garth Snow delivered at the trade deadline?” And you want to know what? Garth Snow indeed delivered an absolute disaster at the trade deadline.   Let’s start with the player that Snow had to dangle- Thomas [...]

If an Islander Draft Pick is Any Good, it’s by ACCIDENT.

If an Islander Draft Pick is Any Good, it’s by ACCIDENT.

With the Olympics past us and the NHL getting back into full swing, our thoughts drifted from the stockpile of losses that the Islanders gathered headed into Olympic break and instead thought about some of the recent good times, like that three week span in which the Islanders actually won games consistently. And in being [...]

The Beers at Nassau Coliseum, like the team, SUCK

The Beers at Nassau Coliseum, like the team, SUCK

As you may or may not know, the writers of this blog drink beers. We are not the type of fans who sit back with a case of beer that comes in flimsy cans and just throw them back one after the other until there are a few dollars of empties sitting on the floor. [...]

Missed Opportunities

Missed Opportunities

A recent supermarket trip inspired today’s piece. One of your intrepid writers went shopping at a Uniondale supermarket wearing his gameday Islanders swag- an Islanders hat, and a hockey jersey. At least 3 employees shouted to me “Let’s go Islanders!” and 2 customers commented as well. None of them were white. Now, you may think [...]

It's all a Matter of Perspective

It’s all a Matter of Perspective

There are two sides to every story. There are often pros and cons to most scenarios. Some people see blue skies, while others look at the upcoming weather report anticipating a storm. The fact is that everyone sees things in a different light, so why should the recent play of The New York islanders be [...]

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

Half Empty….that’s too optimistic. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, right? We mean, after the last ten games we had nowhere to go but up, right? Nope. Now, depending who you ask, the last ten games could be considered good or they could be considered bad. For example, if you ask coach [...]

Garth Snow is a disaster and should lose his job

Garth Snow is a disaster and should lose his job

Folks, we’ve made our disgust for Garth Snow and Charles Wang no secret. That fact that we’re seeing the fruits of the 7 year long Snow rebuild- and by fruits, we mean a 9 game losing streak and no help from his first round draft picks except in Minnesota- shows us that it’s high time [...]

Fire Garth Snow

Fire Garth Snow

In watching yet another Islander season going to waste, there is plenty of finger pointing to do. Injuries are not going to be on that finger wagging list however. They’re part of every season, and frankly, the goaltending got BETTER after the injury to Evgeny Nabokov. No, the first person to get our “J’Accuse!” (Nous [...]

Declaration of Incompetence

Declaration of Incompetence

IN CONGRESS, November 26, 2013. The unanimous Declaration of Islander fans, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the coaching staff which have connected them with constantly losing, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of [...]

Fire Jack Capuano

Fire Jack Capuano

With every rebuild, there are a few common occurrences. Primary in a rebuild are good draft picks, based on the lousy play of the rebuilding team. Trades also come into play, as those draft picks (or prospects) can acquire players that speed along a rebuild. When a rebuild gets to reality, teams become attractive to [...]

Two States of New York

Two States of New York

Ever wonder how someone who is completely incompetent keeps their job? Gosh, we do. A lot. Out loud. In fact, very recently someone lost their job who was part of the Islander family at one point in his career. That guy is Darcy Reiger. We’ve never been fans of Darcy Reiger. He has been the [...]

First Quarter Report Card

First Quarter Report Card

As teachers, it only makes sense that we give out quarterly report cards for the Islanders, so here goes! What a difference ten games make. If the season’s first ten games showed some promise, some arguable progress and mild success, then last ten games have shown disappointment, regression and failure. We will try to hold [...]

One Eighth of the Way in...Pros and Cons

One Eighth of the Way in…Pros and Cons

We figure a nice recap every ten games would be a nice way to track the Isles “progress” over the course of the season. So far, sans for a couple players stats, it has been exactly as predicted; more of the same. The Isles are hovering around .500, and if the playoffs started this week, [...]

Think We Didn't See This Coming?

Think We Didn’t See This Coming?

So this is how it’s going to go going forward: the Islanders will play 500 hockey. They will have a hot streak at least once this season. They will have a cold streak at least once this season. At the end of the season, they are going to be a team around .500, battling for [...]

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

With the announcement of the “newcomers” that made the team, we felt that we needed to address the whys and hows of such, as well as the questions that are popping up as the new season approaches. By their standards, the Islanders certainly had a successful season last year. Ideally, this year should show more [...]

What to Expect?

What to Expect?

This is our second shot at divining the fate of our home team. With the exception of the team making the playoffs we did pretty well with our predictions last year, so we’re going to take another stab for this season.   How can we predict the season outcome when the roster isn’t even set, you’re [...]