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While playing with the Penguins, McClelland learned a number of tips on how to fight better from Paul Baxter, a fellow southpaw, who went on to become his adversary. McClelland had several highlight-reel bouts with the scrappy Flame, including a dominant knockout victory over his former mentor.

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

  By Brian D’Ambrosio, Kevin McClelland joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981 assuming that he would be a ‘mucker’ and a ‘grinder’. Two seasons later, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers and his role changed from ‘grinder’ to guardian. Overflowing with the skillful likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey, the team [...]

Devils Score Four On the Power Play, Snap Boston’s Four-Game Winning Streak

Devils Score Four On the Power Play, Snap Boston’s Four-Game Winning Streak

BOSTON, MA – Since a 3-2 Columbus Day matinee loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings nearly two weeks ago, the Boston Bruins have been playing their best hockey of the season, reeling off four consecutive victories. The most impressive of which coming this past Thursday evening, when a last second goal off the [...]

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

With the announcement of the “newcomers” that made the team, we felt that we needed to address the whys and hows of such, as well as the questions that are popping up as the new season approaches. By their standards, the Islanders certainly had a successful season last year. Ideally, this year should show more [...]

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The Five Stages of Grief over Kovalchuk’s Retirement

*This article is aimed to discuss the effects of Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement from the NHL as well as poke fun at some reactions I’ve read online. The satire comments are not my opinions but a combination of Twitter and forum reaction mixed with analysis. The hockey world stopped Thursday afternoon when the New Jersey Devils [...]

Hey fans- the joke's on us!

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 [...]

Clowe, Ryder, and Olesz join the Devils Army

Clowe, Ryder, and Olesz join the Devils Army

Well that escalated quickly. Day One of Free Agent Frenzy was maddening for sure. NHL general managers were not afraid to dish out the big bucks for their desired players. Even a big trade reminded us of how crazy this time of the year can get. (Seriously who is still shocked Bobby Ryan is now [...]

Well, That Was Fun. Now Back to Work!

Well, That Was Fun. Now Back to Work!

We know it’s been a while since we posted, but we wanted to bask in the rare light of an Islanders playoff appearance by taking in the games, atmosphere, and enjoyment that came with a series that ran one game longer than we predicted which included two embarrassing shutouts, yet somehow left Islander fans with the feeling that [...]

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) [...]

“I knew that if I played a tough game – and not many guys did – that would only help in their decision of whether or not to keep me,” says Odgers, who played 12 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Atlanta Thrashers. “So I erred on the side of scrapping more.”

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 [...]

We’re going outdoors? Devils-Rangers at Yankee Stadium

We’re going outdoors? Devils-Rangers at Yankee Stadium

  It’s a hard time to be a Devils fan right now. The team is currently on a ten game losing streak (0-6-4) plummeting them out of playoff contention baring a miraculous turnaround (and plenty of help). With the potential of missing the playoffs for the second time in three years, Devils Army is looking [...]

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 [...]

HOW Did We Get Here?

HOW Did We Get Here?

It all seems surreal. At the halfway point, the Islanders were playing one point better than our midterm predictions. The scorers were all pretty much on pace to hit the benchmarks we expected. Okposo we mentioned was failing in ways we never imagined, as was Hamonic. Roughly 12 games later, and they’re in 8th place, [...]

Rask, Jagr Lead B’s to 1-0 Shutout Win over New Jersey

Rask, Jagr Lead B’s to 1-0 Shutout Win over New Jersey

BOSTON, MA – Nearly 23 years after being drafted fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Jaromir Jagr was again stealing the headlines on Thursday evening. Two days after being acquired in a pre-deadline trade, No. 68 was making his Boston Bruins debut in front of a sellout crowd of 17, 565 [...]

Time for the War Face!

Is This Their War Face?

Before we take a look at are what may be considered success by some- and more of the same by others-  let us state this:  We very much want to see this team win.  We have been fans of this team for as long as we have been alive.  We have seen this team win, [...]

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 [...]

Devils continue to slide following 3-1 defeat to the Jets

Devils continue to slide following 3-1 defeat to the Jets

Tonight may have been one of the better games New Jersey has played in the last few weeks. They were competitive at both ends, controlled play, generating numerous chances on offense. Yet their inability to find the back of the net became their bane once again. Winnipeg Captain Andrew Ladd led the way for the [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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The Poni-Express returns to Newark; Zubrus out 2-8 Weeks

On Wednesday, the New Jersey Devils reacquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 7th-round pick in 2013 and a 4th-round pick in 2014. General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced the trade Wednesday night along with an update on Dainius Zubrus. The forward will undergo exploratory surgery on his wrist. He could [...]