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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 [...]

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 [...]

Ovechkin's Pair Leads Caps to 4-2 Win Against Bruins

Ovechkin’s Pair Leads Caps to 4-2 Win Against Bruins

BOSTON, MA– In action for the first time since returning from the NHL’s three-week schedule break for the Sochi Olympics, the Boston Bruins suffered a dissapointing 5-4 defeat at the hands of the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday evening in Western New York. Led by a trio of Olympic medalists; Tuukka Rask (Bronze), Loui Eriksson (Silver), [...]

Guess We Now Know Snow's Blueprint for 8th

Guess We Now Know Snow’s Blueprint for 8th

This is a piece that we’ve been dying to write, which is what happens when the “I told you so” stuff comes to life. Let’s take a review of the first day of unrestricted free agency and see what the Islanders situation looks like, with needs and how they were filled. Understand that this is [...]

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

By Brian D’Ambrosio It’s often said that simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. Jamie Huscroft’s formula as a hockey player was simple – and reliable. Play laboriously. Lead by example. Answer the bell. That recipe secured him a spot on the rosters of seven teams, guided him through three hundred and fifty two regular season National [...]

Too Many Rooks Spoil the Group?

Too Many Rooks Spoil the Group?

As we sit here at the dawn of summer, coming off a briefly extended but overall positive season, many writers, bloggers, and pundits have started to offer their ideas of what we will see next.  We’re no exception to that rule. There is a great chance that the forwards and defensemen currently on this team [...]

The Clock is Ticking

The Clock is Ticking

Time is both a wonderful gift and a fantastic curse. Think of those times in life where time seemed to stand still. Those tend to be moments where you really did not want to be there.   Think of those times in your life that went by way too fast. Maybe it was a first kiss, [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

With the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin just a few hours from now, four members of the Hockey Independent writing staff have come together to predict each and every first round series of this year’s postseason. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils),  Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) [...]

Rink Recollections: Jeff Odgers, NHL, 1991-2003

Rink Recollections: Jeff Odgers, NHL, 1991-2003

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He never took a game for granted –scared that his career could fade away at any moment.  Odgers scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster and he made sure he never provided his coaches with a sufficient reason to [...]

Can They Pull This Off?

Can They Pull This Off?

Here we stand, in relative disbelief. As previously noted, we expected this team to miss the playoffs by a fairly wide margin. We expected that 53 points made a playoff team, and we expected the Islanders to be limping in at the end at the 46 point level. So bully for them, they shut us [...]

Resurgent First Line Leads Bruins to 4-1 Win over Washington

Resurgent First Line Leads Bruins to 4-1 Win over Washington

BOSTON, MA — For the first time since Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last April, the Boston Bruins played host to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon for some pre-St. Patrick’s Day matinee action. Back on March 5, the Caps got the better of the B’s once again after [...]

Brendan Witt: A Life of Old-Time Hockey, New Beginnings

Brendan Witt: A Life of Old-Time Hockey, New Beginnings

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Brendan Witt knew one of the Philadelphia Flyers would approach. After all, the bruising fourth line tended to drop the gloves. Slightly after the six-minute mark of the first period, the “Dan Line” -consisting of Dan Kordic, Daniel Lacroix and Scott Daniels - hoped to send a message. “Philly put these guys [...]

GameDay: Bruins Visit Caps in Playoff Rematch at Verizon Center

GameDay: Bruins Visit Caps in Playoff Rematch at Verizon Center

Teams: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Records: Boston – 14-3-2 (30 Points) , Washington 8-11-1 (17 Points) Location: Verizon Center – Washington, DC Time:  7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  Montreal Canadiens 4 , Bruins 3 ……. Capitals 3 , Winnipeg Jets 0 Tonight’s Lineup (Subject To Change): FORWARDS: Marchand–Bergeron–Seguin Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Paille Pandolfo–Campbell–Thornton DEFENSE: Chara–Boychuk Hamilton-Seidenberg McQuaid-Ference GOALTENDER: Rask Khudobin [...]

EAST COAST BIAS Presents: NHL Goes To The OSCARS

EAST COAST BIAS Presents: NHL Goes To The OSCARS

Coming up soon will be a troupe of bloggers who are the creme of the NHL blogosphere to provide expertise, humor, observation and more. We are  coining the project: East Coast Bias. As a bit of a taster to the effort we present to you an image tribute for Oscar night…   PRESENTS   NHL [...]

Devils battle back to beat Capitals 3-2

Devils battle back to beat Capitals 3-2

Tonight the Devils found a way to win a sloppy hockey game. Special teams proved the difference for both teams. New Jersey’s penalty trouble in the second period allowed Washington to take control of the contest. Fortune turned against the Capitals in the third period as New Jersey found themselves with quality chances on the [...]

Honey, I Lost the Kids (part 2 of 2)

Honey, I Lost the Kids (part 2 of 2)

In the first part of this epic, we promised three pieces of evidence to explain how Garth Snow does things with the sole intention of job preservation. We pointed out how he is relatively awful at drafting in part one. Part two will speak to other shortcomings, starting here: Two- Garth Snow uses salary cap [...]

Honey, I Lost the Kids - part one of two

Honey, I Lost the Kids – part one of two

It’s almost like a reflex when you ask hockey fans about the best way to build a winner “It’s the draft!” Drafting allow you to develop players or trade for established ones. Since the Isles have had no playoffs since 07-08, they’ve been in rebuild mode. We’re going to look at this draft rebuild with [...]

Hockey Myths Exposed - Defensemen Need Time to Develop

Hockey Myths Exposed – Defensemen Need Time to Develop

Anyone who has watched more than a handful of hockey games gets serenaded with statements that are undisputed in the hockey world, but in reality it doesnt make a lot of sense. We’ve already disproved the myth that power forwards need years to develop in our article “Ninogate,” in which we use the “talent is [...]

Destination Unknown, part 1

Destination Unknown, part 1

  When it comes to the Islanders, there are two storied histories. One is the epic run including 19 consecutive playoff series wins, something not done by the likes of Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Terry Bradshaw, or whatever teams you associate with winners. Speaking of associating with winners, one team that is universally not associated [...]