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The New York Islanders have been a huge part of my life since I was 7 years old, and during the past 27 years I have experience many ups and downs with this team. The back end of 4 straight Stanley Cups, the Drive for 5, the Easter Epic, trading of my heroes John Tonelli, and Kelly Hrudey. Mike Bossy's early retirement, Pat LaFontaine for Pierre Turgeon, Dale Hunter, David Volek, Ron Hextall, Al Arbour's retirement, Bill Torrey to Florida, Mike Milbury, John Spano, The Milstein's, Hoistgate, the sale to Charles Wang, Draft Day 2000, Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca, Milbury's "reassignement", 40 days of Neil Smith, Ted Nolan, The Lighthouse Project, Kate Murray, Scott Gordon, going from 5 to 7 to 9, Josh Bailey, John Tavares, Calvin deHaan, El Nino, the 2 Kirill's and hopefully.....much, much more. I have been an Islanders blogger for the past 3 years, starting on Myspace, then for IslesNation.com and currently for HockeyIndependent.com, and I have been selected to the 2010-2011 New York Islanders Blog Box. I am an IT Manager for a quite large facility working for a government agency. I am married for 7 years to an incredibly patient woman and am the proud father of a beautiful 1 year old daughter. Email: ajstabile@gmail.com Twitter: Twitter.com/tonystabile

Mock Draft 1.0

Mock Draft 1.0

Mock Draft 1.0 Here we go….1-10 Only…. 1. Edmonton Oilers – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C Red Deer (WHL)– RNH is the best player in the draft, and with the number 1 pick, you use that on the best player. It just so happens that Edmonton is in need of a Number one Center and RNH is [...]

Kabanov Turning a Corner?

Kabanov Turning a Corner?

Last June to the delight of Islanders fans, GM Garth Snow took a flier on a extremely talented but immature winger Kirill Kabanov. Kabanov showed in the days following the draft that he was a very charismatic and lovable kid. He was a joy to interview, he took fellow Russian Kirill Petrov (who doesn’t speak [...]

You Can Call Me Al! Goalie Making GM Snow Look Brilliant

You Can Call Me Al! Goalie Making GM Snow Look Brilliant

Could Al Montoya have walked into a better situation? After the Islanders were spurned by a whining Evgeni Nabokov. Then left in a lurch when oft-injured Rick DiPietro went down with a season ending injury (that’s as lightly as I could put it) and top prospect Kevin Poulin went down with a dislocated kneecap. As [...]

Islanders Deadline Should Be Quiet...Or Will It?

Islanders Deadline Should Be Quiet…Or Will It?

You know, every time I think it’s going to be a busy deadline, nothing….and everytime I think it’s not going to be busy it is (see Ryan Smyth). This year is more of the same. As we all know Garth Snow has been shopping defenseman Radek Martinek, and Center Rob Schremp. He’s been listening to [...]

Black Cloud Over Uniondale??

Black Cloud Over Uniondale??

The New York Islanders have had an amazing amount of misfortune this season. It’s simply unbelievable, if you think about it. If you put it on paper, it’s astounding. If you consider everything that has happened this season, starting with training camp all the way through to Kevin Poulin’s dislocated kneecap, it’s amazing the Islanders [...]

**BREAKING NEWS** Isles DiPietro Lost for 4-6 Weeks

**BREAKING NEWS** Isles DiPietro Lost for 4-6 Weeks

Another February, another Rick DiPietro injury debacle. Excuse me if I sound like a broken record, but Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will be shelved 4-6 weeks with facial fractures and knee swelling following his fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson. DiPietro, who was trying to stay healthy for an entire season, (that would have been [...]

Islanders Mid Season Grades

Islanders Mid Season Grades

Islanders Mid Season Grades The Islanders have endured a very disappointing first half. After losing 21 of 23, GM Garth Snow fired Head Coach Scott Gordon and replaced him with AHL coach Jack Capuano who has been able to relax things and there has been some improvement. The team has had some bright spots (the [...]

Islanders Deal Roloson, Acquire Defenseman Ty Wishart From Tampa Bay

Islanders Deal Roloson, Acquire Defenseman Ty Wishart From Tampa Bay

In what is turning out to be a very good week for Islanders and GM Garth Snow, the team traded 41 year old goaltender Dwayne Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 22 year old defenseman Ty Wishart. Wishart, a former 1st round pick was acquired by the Lightning from the San Jose Sharks for [...]

Isles Trade Wisniewski to Montreal

Isles Trade Wisniewski to Montreal

The New York Islanders, playing their best hockey in 2 months, traded defenseman James Wisniewski to the Montreal Canadians this afternoon for a 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th round selection. More to come as I am completely dumbfounded by this move at this time. Updated 5:35 I understand Garth Snow making this move [...]

Fixing This Disaster

Fixing This Disaster

8 ways to fix the unmitigated disaster that is the 2010 New York Islanders. In the midst of one of the worst streaks in team history, there is no denying, the Islanders organization is a disaster. Top to bottom, there is no other way to put it. The owner is under fire due to a [...]

Are The Islanders a Sinking Ship?

Are The Islanders a Sinking Ship?

As I first wrote about on November 8th, with the Islanders situation spiraling out of control, GM Garth Snow removed Head Coach Scott Gordon and replaced him with Bridgeport Coach Jack Capuano this morning. It was by no means a surprise as the Islanders are in the midst of a 10 game winless streak and [...]

**BREAKING NEWS** Isles Replace Gordon

**BREAKING NEWS** Isles Replace Gordon

GM Garth Snow has fired Head Coach Scott Gordon and replaced him with Bridgeport Head Coach Jack Capuano on in interm basis. Gordon will remain with the orgainzation in a “advisor” role to Snow for the remainder of the season. More later as I have a lot to say about this topic. 11:09 – Isles [...]

Better Effort, Same Results

Better Effort, Same Results

Walking from the Press Box to the Islanders locker room Saturday night following the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Flyers (their 7th in a row), I turned to Gary Harding of EyesonIsles.com and said “ this is not going to be pleasant”. As we reached the tunnel that leads to the locker room, the doors [...]

What Happened??

What Happened??

Two weeks ago, he young Islanders were being talked about as the “real deal” and “a team to pay attention too”. That was Friday Oct. 22nd, the next night they went out and played a sloppy game against the Florida Panthers (a team they can never seem to beat). They then played a pair of [...]

Sitting Atop the Conference

Sitting Atop the Conference

Not since the 2001-2002 season, have the Islanders started a season like this. Gaining points in 6 of the team’s first 7 games has the Islanders in first place in the Eastern Conference and the surprising part is, they’re doing it without their top defenseman and top all around forward. Last night the Islanders played [...]

Tavares, Wisniewski and Ricky's Return

Tavares, Wisniewski and Ricky’s Return

The first 17 minutes of the Islanders first period of the 2010-2011 season saw their first power play, their first goal against and their first line center on the ice. John Tavares who suffered what the Islanders termed a “mild concussion” (not that’s there is anything mild about concussions) and did not return. With Mark [...]

Islanders Enter 2010 Season With Questions

Islanders Enter 2010 Season With Questions

As the Islanders begin the 2010-2011 season they enter with more questions then GM Garth Snow would have anticipated. With devastating training camp injuries to the 2 most important players on the team, Scott Gordon now has the challenge of figuring out who his number 1 defenseman and top forward will be. Mark Streit will [...]

Islanders Claim Michael Grabner Off Waivers

Islanders Claim Michael Grabner Off Waivers

Last season the Islanders grabbed talented forward Rob Schremp off waivers right before the start of the season. Today they grabbed an even more talented player off waivers. The Islanders have claimed RW Michael Grabner off waivers from the Florida Panthers. Grabner could be a steal as he is a highly regarded prospect who was [...]

**Breaking News** Kyle Okposo Out Indefinitely

**Breaking News** Kyle Okposo Out Indefinitely

If Sunday’s news about Mark Streit wasn’t bad enough, the Islanders now have lost their second Alternate Captain this week to shoulder surgery. The team announced that Kyle Okposo will require surgery and is out indefinitely. Losing Okposo is a huge blow as he plays in every situation and is a leader on the bench [...]

**BREAKING NEWS ** Mark Streit Out 6 Months with Shoulder Surgery

**BREAKING NEWS ** Mark Streit Out 6 Months with Shoulder Surgery

As first reported by Katie Strang of Newsday, Islanders defenseman Mark Streit has a torn labrum, and rotator cuff and will miss at least 6 months. Meaning the Islanders would have to make the playoffs for Streit to see the ice again. Streit was injured during yesterday’s scrimmage in the 3rd period. When we saw [...]