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Krejci Turns the Trick as Bruins Hammer Panthers

Krejci Turns the Trick as Bruins Hammer Panthers

BOSTON, MA – With the trade deadline looming tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM and rumors circulating across the league, the Boston Bruins were on the ice on Tuesday evening against old friend Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers. Earlier in the afternoon, it was the visiting Panthers and general manager Dale Tallon who made waves, dealing [...]

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 [...]

Bruins Snap Skid With 4-1 Victory Against Florida

Bruins Snap Skid With 4-1 Victory Against Florida

BOSTON, MA– After coming up short in four of their last five contests, the Boston Bruins were back on the TD Garden ice on Thursday evening with hopes of reversing their recent fortunes through a victory over the basement-dwelling Florida Panthers. Now, the obvious storyline many had in mind when circling this one on their calendars [...]

The Date Changes, but the theme Remains the Same

Snow vs. Torrey

Oh, no they didn’t. Yes, we did. How could you compare Garth Snow against Bill Torrey?   How could you? Torrey was “the Architect” that put together 5 straight cup appearances and 4 wins, for a record across all major sports 19 consecutive playoff series wins. Better than the Jordan Bulls, or the DiMaggio – [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Bruins End Skid with 3-0 Win Against Panthers

Bruins End Skid with 3-0 Win Against Panthers

BOSTON, MA – For the first time since Monday April the 8th, the Boston Bruins were able to collect two points in a game played at the TD Garden, skating away with a 3-0 home-ice victory over the last-place Florida Panthers. With an offense bolstered by goals from Jaromir Jagr and Dougie Hamilton, along with an empty [...]

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 [...]

Bruins Pull Away Late, Defeat Panthers 4-1

Bruins Pull Away Late, Defeat Panthers 4-1

BOSTON, MA – On Thursday evening, the Boston Bruins made their return to the ice of TD Garden for a showdown against the team currently slotted dead-last in the Eastern Conference, the injury-riddled Florida Panthers. Unfortunately for the 17,565 Black and Gold supporters — I’m guessing there weren’t many Florida fans making the trip — that [...]

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 [...]

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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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 [...]

Rink Recollections: Chris Tamer, NHL defenseman, 1993-2004

Rink Recollections: Chris Tamer, NHL defenseman, 1993-2004

By Brian D’Ambrosio Dearborn, Michigan native Chris Tamer grew up watching Bob Probert play hockey. Tamer even had a picture of the rugged Detroit Red Wings battler on his wall when he was attending college at the University of Michigan. It was the only photo on his wall, he says. Probert will always evoke memories [...]

Joined at the suck

Deep Six DP

This is the most obvious, to the point thing we’re ever going to write. The DP era has to end.   Not should end. Not must end. Those are thoughts, not actions.   Rick DiPietro is a good guy. He wanted to be an Islander for life. He signed a lifetime contract which, at the [...]

Fan Un-Appreciation

Fan Un-Appreciation

Lets start with some basic info. The “authors” of this blog are two former Islander ticket holders. Although we ended our tickets at different times and for different reasons, one thing both of us felt was the lack of appreciation by the Islanders team in taking care of their fans. As a season ticket holder, [...]

Destination Unknown, part four

Destination Unknown, part four

Part Four: The most important rebuild of all After covering all aspects of the Snow rebuild – the on ice acquisitions, the redevelopment of a minor league system, the new arena’s impact on free agency- there is one area that is in DIRE need to a rebuild, more than even the outdoor concession stands at [...]

Destination Unknown, Part 3

Destination Unknown, Part 3

Part Three: Free Agents aren’t actually Free Chronicling the failures of the Garth Snow regime takes time, energy, and ideally, beer. In fact, watching the Islanders play is best done through a haze of sudsy goodness. We suggest that if you’re looking for a Belgian Style ale that’s full of deliciousness, you’d be good to [...]

Opening Night Misery

Opening Night Misery

Opening Night Misery   Why does the NHL act like the NHL? Seriously, its a league that cost Teemu Selanne two full seasons of sharing an all time great career with fans. A league that did it’s best to prevent Martin Brodeur from becoming the Cy Young of goaltending wins. Its a league that has [...]

Hockey Independent Roundtable: Preseason Stanley Cup Predictions

Hockey Independent Roundtable: Preseason Stanley Cup Predictions

Hello everyone and welcome again to the Hockey Independent Roundtable. In today’s piece, five HI writers will provide you all with their early picks for the playoffs ad the Stanley Cup. This piece will double as Part III of my five-part 2013 NHL season preview. Part I –> Northeast Division Preview Part II –> Eastern [...]