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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 [...]

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

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 [...]

Special Teams Leads Boston Past Tampa in 3-1 Season-Opening Victory

Special Teams Leads Boston Past Tampa in 3-1 Season-Opening Victory

BOSTON, MA — On Thursday evening, the Boston Bruins were back on the TD Garden ice for their first official game since last June’s unceremonious Game 6 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final. Now reinvigorated with a trio of fresh faces on the right side, the Black and Gold [...]

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 [...]

Draft Reactions and Reflections

Draft Reactions and Reflections

We figured it would be fun to write down our reactions to draft day, instead of reacting a day or so from now. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is what we thought while watching the draft. Reactions:   Ughhhhh……   Last year, Garth Snow offered the all of his draft selections for Ryan Murray, [...]

Jonathan Drouin Selected #3 Overall By The Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Drouin Selected #3 Overall By The Tampa Bay Lightning

With the third pick in the 2013 NHL draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected play-making forward Jonathan Drouin. The Colorado Avalanche selected center Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads with the first pick and the Florida Panthers took forward Aleksander Barkov from the Finnish Elite League with the second pick. While many had Seth Jones as their number one player, Drouin [...]

Breaking:  Lightning Will Buy Out Vincent Lecavalier

Breaking: Lightning Will Buy Out Vincent Lecavalier

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the team will use a compliance buyout on Vincent Lecavalier. “Vinny has been a significant reason for many of our past successes, including the 2004 Stanley Cup, and his contributions to the community are immeasurable,” said Yzerman. “The Lightning organization is indebted to Vinny; we thank him for [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Draft Preview

Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Draft Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning has six picks in the seven rounds of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30 in New Jersey. The Bolts will pick 3rd, 33rd, 124th, 154th, 184th and 186th. Tampa Bay doesn’t have a pick in the 3rd or 4th round due to the trade with Nashville that brought goalie Anders Lindback and the trade with the Blues that brought in B.J. [...]

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, [...]

The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

Josh Bailey was the first ever first round pick of Garth Snows master plan.  Even though there was a draft prior to the ’08 draft, and even though we are told Garth actually doesn’t draft, let’s just go with the premise that a rebuild started with Bailey.  One could argue that the Islanders made the [...]

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) [...]

The Malone Mess

The Malone Mess

After two consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman has some tough decisions to make in the upcoming off-season. Not the least of which is what to do with fan favorite Ryan Malone. “Bugsy” as he is affectionately referred to, has two more years left on a contract with [...]

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 [...]

Finding the Right Fit for the Bruins at the Trade Deadline

Finding the Right Fit for the Bruins at the Trade Deadline

As trade winds began to intensify late last week, mostly centered on the topic of Calgary Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla, Boston was buzzing at the possibility of the hometown B’s landing a superstar forward to add to their already strong mix of proven playoff veterans. With the deadline looming just one week from now on [...]

Hall Of Famer On A Hot Seat

Hall Of Famer On A Hot Seat

Steve Yzerman knew it, the players new it, the fans new it…everybody new it. After giving up four first period goals against Ottawa in a must win game on Saturday night, Guy Boucher’s tenure as Lightning coach was over. The loss to the Senators was the second straight lethargic game, mailed in by the players. Perhaps [...]

Lightning Fire Boucher

Lightning Fire Boucher

The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired coach Guy Boucher. GM Steve Yzerman announced the firing earlier this morning. Tampa Bay assistant coaches Dan LaCroix and Martin Raymond will coach the team tonight against Winnipeg. The Bolts are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with just 17 games remaining. The [...]

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 [...]

Bruins Rally Past Bolts for Sixth Consecutive Victory

Bruins Rally Past Bolts for Sixth Consecutive Victory

BOSTON, MA-  It was a clash of two squads seemingly headed in opposite directions on Saturday afternoon as the Tampa Bay Lightning, mired in a four-game losing streak, paid a visit to the red-hot Boston Bruins, winners of five consecutive contests. At first, it appeared as if the more desperate of the two teams would [...]