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Give The Guy A Chance

Give The Guy A Chance

Once upon a time there was a little boy from Lycksele, Sweden. His name was David. He loved hockey so much, that was all he ever wanted to do in life. He played so much, he got pretty good! He got so good, he found himself ranked 6th for European skaters by Central Scouting. Boy, was [...]

NY ISLANDERS REPORT: Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

NY ISLANDERS REPORT: Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

  Where to even begin? Let’s do a quick review…   At the same time the Internet and fans were passing around Barroway items as being a done deal that would be announced right after the Stanley Cup finals, what they did not know was that Barroway was already out. He just didn’t know it [...]

The Character Test

The Character Test

In hockey circles, the Islanders are renown for some form of interesting character test that they administer to potential draft picks in order to gain an understanding of said players psyche. This test is obviously mysterious in both what it looks for regarding character, and what the expected outcomes are regarding talent. For instance, based [...]

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 [...]

Predators Sign Roy, Ribeiro, to One Year Deals

Predators Sign Roy, Ribeiro, to One Year Deals

The Nashville Predators have added to their depth at center by signing Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro to one year contracts. Roy was signed for $1 million and Ribeiro was signed for $1.05 million. Here is the Predators press release on the signing of Roy: Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced [...]

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 [...]

Thoughts on James Neal, Olli Jokinen, Anton Volchenkov, and Mike Fisher

Thoughts on James Neal, Olli Jokinen, Anton Volchenkov, and Mike Fisher

The dust has settled on the James Neal trade and the Predators activity in free agency. So what are we to make of all this? Neal, a second round draft choice by the Dallas Stars in the 2005 Entry Draft, made it to the NHL in the 2009 season, in which he played 78 games [...]

Backchecking: Isles Face Pressures Moving Into Offseason and Beyond

Backchecking: Isles Face Pressures Moving Into Offseason and Beyond

If you didn’t think Garth Snow was feeling the pressure of last year’s step backward, and this being the final year at  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum think again. While lots of Islander fans and pundits show there ire toward the embattled General Manager of the Islanders; assuming he is just in-ept and without a plan, [...]

Backchecking: Longing for the Island — Islanders Fill Holes, Remain Poor Destination for Free Agents

Backchecking: Longing for the Island — Islanders Fill Holes, Remain Poor Destination for Free Agents

As I watched the #isles twitter-sphere go nuts yesterday, my own frustration grew.  I can completely understand the anxiety of Islander fans and can even comprehend the amount of “hate” Islander fans hurl on there own team. Often times I find that “hate” misguided, while at other times it’s hard to celebrate my team out [...]

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 [...]

Predators Trade Hornqvist, Spaling to Penguins for James Neal

Predators Trade Hornqvist, Spaling to Penguins for James Neal

The Nashville Predators are a team that is need of consistent offense. They took a step to remedying that problem by acquiring James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. In Neal, the Predators pick up a player that has produced a point per game in two of his last three [...]

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 [...]

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Four summers ago, the New York Rangers metaphorically backed a Brinks truck up to  Newport Sports Management and unloaded a 9-year, $60-million contract to the most coveted free agent in 2011, Brad Richards. At the time, it seemed like a preposterous and pretty blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap – with $12 million each [...]

The End Of The Line

The End Of The Line

The New York Rangers’ unexpected march toward the Stanley Cup ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning on the east coast with a dramatic 3-2 double overtime loss in game 5 to the Los Angeles Kings. There’s no denying that the Kings were the stronger, more complete team, getting offense from everywhere in their [...]

Down, But Not Entirely Out

Down, But Not Entirely Out

Inside the New York Rangers’ “Hockey House” prior to game three of the Stanley Cup final, one wouldn’t have known that the home team was in a 2-0 hole as it prepared to host its first Final game in 20 years. On the first floor, fans were taking photos in mockups of players’ dressing room [...]