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Summertime Slowdown: Catching up with Boston's Offseason Activity

Summertime Slowdown: Catching up with Boston’s Offseason Activity

– Good afternoon, Hockey Independent readers! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable start to your summers! While I’ve spent the bulk of this offseason visiting other parts of the country and exploring various opportunities, I’ve also taken a bit of a respite from writing to relax and recharge for the upcoming season. In the weeks [...]

Who's The Over/Under? Part I

Who’s The Over/Under? Part I

The Blackhawks organization is fresh off of wrapping up their 7th annual fan convention. I’m sure it was delightful. It was a great chance for the Hawks to show off those flashy new contracts that keep Kane and Toews in the Windy City for 8 more years . Also, it provided a warm welcome for [...]

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 [...]

Trade Proposal This: Who's On Their Way Out?

Trade Proposal This: Who’s On Their Way Out?

The Chicago Blackhawks are over the cap. This is a fact. Fans are waiting for a trade, even though, it may mean parting with a player that A) they like, B) is vital to this hockey team or C) all of the above. Chances are they will have to wait a little longer as the [...]

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 [...]

Predators Draft Analysis: Adding Some Potential Pop to the Offense

Predators Draft Analysis: Adding Some Potential Pop to the Offense

The recently completed NHL draft saw the Nashville Predators pick up some players that have the potential for high end offensive in the NHL. This is a bit of a departure from the tendency to draft grinders and gritty players in previous drafts. Perhaps General manager David Poile is serious about getting more offense out [...]

NY ISLANDERS DRAFT SERIES: The Curious Case of Josh Ho-Sang

NY ISLANDERS DRAFT SERIES: The Curious Case of Josh Ho-Sang

The curious case of Joshua Ho-Sang First the NY islanders took an unpredictable turn actually taking a predictable choice at number 5, with the offensively gifted and highly regarded Michael Dal Colle. More on that later. However, then they swept back into the top of the first round to collect what might be the most [...]

Rumours For Everyone

Rumours For Everyone

    While I was off getting married and enjoying my honeymoon with the new wife, a lot happened. The day before I flew overseas, the Hawks lost in the Conference Finals to the Kings. Then, via spotty wifi, I went on to read about how the Kings continued their run to win their 2nd [...]

NY ISLANDERS 2014-15 NHL Schedule

NY ISLANDERS 2014-15 NHL Schedule

Game Date Loc Opponent Count of Game 1 10/10/14 At Car Row Labels Home At Grand Total 2 10/11/14 Home Car Ana 1 1 2 3 10/14/14 At NYR Bos 1 2 3 4 10/16/14 Home SJS Buf 1 2 3 5 10/18/14 At Pit Cal 1 1 2 6 10/21/14 Home Tor Car 2 [...]

Charles wang game of thrones

NY ISLANDERS PRESENTS: Game of Owners

  According to a former NHL prospective stakeholder/owner: “The NHL is not sure that Charles Wang even wants to sell.”   The Red Herring VS The Mountain? Right now it is a perfect storm after a NY Islanders dismal season for fans to hear what they want to hear. The fan frustration and negativity is [...]

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

BOSTON – After falling flat in Monday’s Game 6 contest at the Bell Centre, losing by a visibly one-sided 4-0 score, the Boston Bruins returned home on Wednesday evening with one last chance to salvage their second-round series against the Canadiens. With each team having won three games, this epic clash between two Original Six rivals [...]

Third-Line Powers Bruins to 4-2 Game 5 Victory over Montreal

Third-Line Powers Bruins to 4-2 Game 5 Victory over Montreal

BOSTON – After salvaging a split of the two games in Montreal with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory on Thursday at the Bell Centre, the Boston Bruins returned home this weekend for a Saturday evening Game 5 tilt against the Canadiens. With each team taking one game in both Boston and Montreal, the second round series between [...]

Fast Feather Friday: Blackhawks Fans Unite

Fast Feather Friday: Blackhawks Fans Unite

Blackhawks fans, unite for what is to be a great game tonight vs. the Minnesota Wild. The 4th game of any series is usually a pivotal one. The Wild win tonight and it is “Even Steven”, heading back to Chi-town for a 6 game series at minimum. If your beloved Hawks win tonight, they have [...]

Wild Look for Deja Vu Cure

Wild Look for Deja Vu Cure

The Blackhawks are heading into Game #3 with some momentum after a 5-2 and 4-1 triumph in Chicago. It will be a different story in Minnesota’s barn tonight. It will be loud and the Wild will be angry. They are trying to shake this Deju Vu from last year’s post-season. Let’s head into the top [...]

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

BOSTON – Less than forty-eight hours after the visiting Canadiens had topped the Bruins in a thrilling double-overtime series opener on Thursday evening, the two teams were back on the ice at TD Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final set. With their backs against the wall as they were looking to avoid a prohibitive [...]

Hawks/Wild Rematch: Take a Jog With Me Down Memory Lane

Hawks/Wild Rematch: Take a Jog With Me Down Memory Lane

A lot of Hawks fans are salivating at the fact that their team drew the Wild in the 2nd round. “We killed these guys in 5 games last year, no problem”. Well let’s go on a journey to look at the Blackhawks vs. Wild first round playoff series from 2013. Is this the same Wild [...]

Carey Price The Difference-Maker as Habs Knock Off Bruins in Game 1

Carey Price The Difference-Maker as Habs Knock Off Bruins in Game 1

BOSTON – For the first time since their epic 2011 playoff battle that was decided in overtime of Game 7, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens hit the ice for a postseason match-up at TD Garden. In front of an extraordinarily raucous sellout crowd of 17, 565, the NHL’s two oldest rivals kicked off their Eastern Conference [...]

Summer of Aggression Begins on Long Island as NY Islanders Acquire Halak

Summer of Aggression Begins on Long Island as NY Islanders Acquire Halak

  Well it did not long since my piece two weeks ago where Garth Snow got started on what will be a summer of aggressive moves to correct the rebuild regression this past season.    For a fourth round pick, the Washington Capitols trades the Islanders the rights to Jaroslav Halak, who is an impending [...]

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

– After both teams quickly dispatched their opening round opponent in four and five games, respectively, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are set to meet in the postseason for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Having entered the series with each team playing their best hockey of the season, we could be [...]