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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Conventional wisdom would dictate that it would be the team that has led in 50:03 minutes of Stanley Cup Final play would have a 2-0 series lead, as opposed to the team that has led for none. Conventional wisdom has flown out the window in this series. In an agonizing case of deja vu, the [...]

Rangers Need To "B" Better

Rangers Need To “B” Better

The day after the New York Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in game one of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Alain Vigneault put it quite simply: “One thing that’s evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do [...]

Well, Why Not?

Well, Why Not?

I really don’t know why they’re bothering to even drop the puck Wednesday night. After all, if the entire world is to be believed, Gary Bettman came out after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime Sunday night, congratulated both teams on a great series, then told Kings captain Dustin Brown to [...]

Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault might have had the quote of the evening in his postgame press conference following the Rangers’ 1-0 Eastern Conference-clinching win over the Montreal Canadiens, when a reporter asked him what his reaction would have been if, back in October, someone had told him they’d be in the Cup finals [...]

Suspension Of Disbelief

Suspension Of Disbelief

Sometimes, all it takes is one action to turn someone who was once so beloved into someone so hated. Once upon a time, Brandon Prust was a beloved New York Ranger. After delivering a late, high hit on Derek Stepan in the first period of the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens Thursday night, [...]

Feeling The Love

Feeling The Love

  When the New York Rangers take the ice for game three of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, it will have been eleven days since the last time they played in front of the he home crowd. That was Mother’s Day, game six of the Metropolitan Division Final against the [...]