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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 [...]

Bruins Rout Sabres in Home Finale to Capture Presidents' Trophy

Bruins Rout Sabres in Home Finale to Capture Presidents’ Trophy

BOSTON, MA– For the final time of the 2013-14 NHL campaign, the Boston Bruins were on home-ice for a regular season game at TD Garden this Saturday afternoon. In town for a visit on “Fan Appreciation Night” was newly-promoted head coach Ted Nolan and his last-place Buffalo Sabres squad. Entering the day with the league’s worst [...]

Bruins Stay Hot at Home, Cruise to 4-1 Win Over Sabres

Bruins Stay Hot at Home, Cruise to 4-1 Win Over Sabres

BOSTON, MA – For the second time in the past three nights, the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres were on the ice against one another on Saturday evening at TD Garden. After coming up short in a 4-2 loss at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Thursday evening, the Bruins were looking to right the [...]

Fire Garth Snow

Fire Garth Snow

In watching yet another Islander season going to waste, there is plenty of finger pointing to do. Injuries are not going to be on that finger wagging list however. They’re part of every season, and frankly, the goaltending got BETTER after the injury to Evgeny Nabokov. No, the first person to get our “J’Accuse!” (Nous [...]

Two States of New York

Two States of New York

Ever wonder how someone who is completely incompetent keeps their job? Gosh, we do. A lot. Out loud. In fact, very recently someone lost their job who was part of the Islander family at one point in his career. That guy is Darcy Reiger. We’ve never been fans of Darcy Reiger. He has been the [...]

First Quarter Report Card

First Quarter Report Card

As teachers, it only makes sense that we give out quarterly report cards for the Islanders, so here goes! What a difference ten games make. If the season’s first ten games showed some promise, some arguable progress and mild success, then last ten games have shown disappointment, regression and failure. We will try to hold [...]

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 [...]

WHY VANEK?!?!?! Well, BD will tell you why....

WHY VANEK?!?!?! Well, BD will tell you why….

Special Comment by B.D. Gallof 10/28/2013   The NY Islanders went trick or treating early this year, landing impending UFA Thomas Vanek into their goodie bag, while giving up impending UFA Matt Moulson, a 1st rounder in 2014, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. Yes, there seem to be a bit of a emotional [...]

Snow vs. Torrey

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sabres Steal the Game, but Boston Wins the Night

Sabres Steal the Game, but Boston Wins the Night

BOSTON, MA – It was an emotional night at the TD Garden on Wednesday evening. One that the city of Boston will not soon forget. The game’s opening ceremony and video package, fittingly set to country music star Phillip Phillips’ “Home”, pulled at the heartstrings of everyone in attendance as images of Monday’s horrifying attack was [...]

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 [...]

Role Reversal: Third Period Collapse Dooms Bruins in 4-2 Loss to Sabres

Role Reversal: Third Period Collapse Dooms Bruins in 4-2 Loss to Sabres

On the quest to secure points in five consecutive games, the Boston Bruins met the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in a Friday night Northeast division showdown. However, in a massive role reversal, the Bruins were beaten at their own game by three third period goals from the Sabres. Entering Friday’s action as the [...]