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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

Blue vs. Orange Scrimmage Details

Blue vs. Orange Scrimmage Details

The Islanders are holding an scrimmage that is open to the public Saturday morning at the Nassau Coliseum at 11am. Ticket are $10 and the game it self should be a lot of fun. I will be there tomorrow covering the event, and hope to provide updates via Twitter. My Twitter as always is @tonystabile. [...]

Round Table With Isles GM Garth Snow

Round Table With Isles GM Garth Snow

 When I read the email inviting me to a round table with Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, I have to admit, I checked to make sure it was really addressed to me. Garth, unlike longtime GM Mike Milbury, does not look to throw his mug in front of the camera every chance he gets. Actually, [...]

Training Camp...A Day At Iceworks

Training Camp…A Day At Iceworks

As I was on my way to cover my first training camp this morning, I tried to think about how the day would go and what I should expect. Watch some hockey, take some notes, get some quotes. Well, all three were true, but a little differently than I thought. First of all, when the [...]

Rookie Camp Starts...

Rookie Camp Starts…

Today starts Islanders Rookie Camp, and already we have our first Kirill Kabanov incident. Kabanov, who spent most of the summer bunking with former Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns, was late physicals and was held off the ice as punishment (as reported by Newsday’s Katie Strang and NYI Point Blank’s Chris Botta). It’s good to see [...]

Meet the Defense

Meet the Defense

Meet the Defense… After last season, General Manager Garth Snow could not have been happy with the performance of his defense. He lost Radek Martinek, one of his reliable defenseman to another season ending injury just 16 games into the season. It was the 4th time in his 8 seasons he failed to play in [...]

Checking Out The Fowards

Checking Out The Fowards

Heading into the 2010-2011 season, the forwards of the New York Islanders looks very similar to last year’s group. Though there have been few changes, the core of the forwards are now a year older, and are looking to take a step forward in their development.

Islanders Acquire Defenseman James Wisniewski

Islanders Acquire Defenseman James Wisniewski

On the eve before the MLB trading deadline 2 New York teams were busy, The Yankees and the Islanders. GM Garth Snow sent a conditional 3rd round draft choice in 2011 to the Anaheim Ducks for 26 year old defenseman James Wisniewski. Wisniewski, who has split his career between the Ducks and a the Chicago [...]

1st Round Recap

1st Round Recap

In what most would consider the strangest 1st round in quite some time, the 2010 NHL Entry draft got off to a bang only 3 picks into the first round. The Islanders, who owned the 5th overall pick, would have a selection of players they wouldn’t expect. The Columbus Blue Jackets blew everyone away by [...]

**LIVE BLOG** From the New York Islanders Draft Party

**LIVE BLOG** From the New York Islanders Draft Party

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Islanders Draft Party LIVE BLOG Friday 6:30pm

Islanders Draft Party LIVE BLOG Friday 6:30pm

Friday night I will be covering the NHL draft live from the New York Islanders Draft Party at the Nassau Coliseum for Hockey Independent. I figure to have a live chat going from about 6:30 until they kick us out of the building, which normally happens around the 20th pick or so. The Islanders have [...]

2010 Mock Draft

2010 Mock Draft

Here’s how I see things going down… 1. Edmonton – Taylor Hall LW – Edmonton, like the Islanders a year ago, are in a no lose situation. They will either pick the super talented Hall or the kid who compares to Steve Yzerman. I say they take the flashy Hall and never look back. 2. [...]

6 Picks In The Top 100

6 Picks In The Top 100

Rounds 2 and 3 The Islanders own 4 picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. As we saw last season with players like Landon Ferraro, Carl Klingberg, Jeremy Morin and Drew Shore players can sometimes slip from the end of the 1st round to the mid/late 2nd round. If you remember in 2008, Kirill Petrov, [...]

With the 5th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft...the Islanders select?

With the 5th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft…the Islanders select?

Well, as we learned last year there may be only 3 people who know the answer to that question. But that won’t stop us from breaking down who the Islanders may be interested in at #5. If you look at this draft, you’d have to assume that Edmonton and Boston will take Taylor Hall and [...]

Islanders First Quarter Report Card

Islanders First Quarter Report Card

By: Tony Stabile As the Islanders get ready to play their 21st game of the season tonight in Boston, it marks the close of the first quarter of the season. The team is over .500 at 7-6-7 and seems that someone forgot to tell these boys that they don’t have to play 65 minutes a [...]

After 4 Games...

After 4 Games…

After 4 games this is what I’ve learned about the Isles  Joel Rechlicz is the this year’s version of Mitch Fritz.   Last season, Scott Gordon stated he wasn’t going to carry a enforcer that can’t play a regular shift. So of course when Trent Hunter goes down, they bring up Joel Rechlicz. The Wrecker, will [...]

Isles Notes

Isles Notes

Just some thoughts on the latest happenings in Islanders Country   Leave it to the Islanders to screw up something as simple as Opening Night Introductions.   A lot can change during the course of 3 years I guess. On September 12th 2006 the Islanders signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a record 15 year $67.5 [...]