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Krug, Bruins Soar Past Jets to 4-1 Home-Ice Victory

Krug, Bruins Soar Past Jets to 4-1 Home-Ice Victory

BOSTON, MA– Following a rare, underwhelming home-ice performance in a New Year’s Eve loss at the hands of the New York Islanders, the Boston Bruins responded on Thursday evening by picking up a pair of key points in an overtime victory over Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators. Now in search of their second consecutive win [...]

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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 [...]

Bailey's Gym?

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Ninogate

Ninogate

Well, here’s something that falls into the newfound category “typically Islanders.” The agent for Nino Niederreiter publicly declared no confidence in Garth Snow or Jack Capuano, and said that he wanted his client traded. Then the fun began! The twitterverse exploded with fan outrage!  The message board (is there any message board worth reading other [...]

Gritty Mike Hartman scored 43 goals and amassed 1,388 penalty minutes and approximately 123 fighting majors in 397 regular season NHL games.

Mike Hartman, NHL Tough Guy, 1986-1994

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Mike Hartman was a resilient, keen, scrappy winger who played in 397 regular season NHL games during a career which spanned 1986-1994. At 6′ 1″, 190, Hartman once established the Buffalo Sabres’ team record for penalty minutes in one season (316). Selected in the seventh round, 131st overall, by the Buffalo [...]

Bruins Edge Jets for 2-1 Shootout Victory

Bruins Edge Jets for 2-1 Shootout Victory

BOSTON, MA-  In yet another edition of what’s become a great Boston hockey tradition, the Black and Gold were back on the ice Monday afternoon for a Martin Luther King Day matinee contest against the Winnipeg Jets. Much to the dismay of the sell-out crowd of 17, 565 at TD Garden, the unfortunate side effect [...]

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 [...]

We Are Not That Dumb

We Are Not That Dumb

  It can be assumed that the Isles and Garth Snow are on a strict budget.  Whether they say it or not, their actions support such.  However, since they constantly say the opposite, they should be held to their own words.  Garth consistently repeats, three times a year, once before free agency starts, again after [...]

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 [...]

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2013 NHL Season Preview: Part II: Eastern Conference Outlook

In part II of my 2013 NHL season preview, check out previews and predictions for the entire Eastern Conference. Part I –> Northeast Division Preview Part II –> Eastern Conference Preview Part III –> Hockey Independent Roundtable: Preseason Stanley Cup Predictions Part IV –> 2013 Boston Bruins Roster Predictions 1) New York Rangers – Even [...]

Jay Wells was the epitome of the ‘role player’, a proud participant who never quit or groused, a reliable, solid defensive defenseman. “In 18 years in the NHL, there were not all that many pats on the back,” says Wells. Courtesy photo

Jay Wells: Rugged Defenseman Reflects on Scrappy 18-Year NHL Career

By Brian D’Ambrosio Jay Wells selflessly battled numerous enforcers of substantial note: Bob Probert, Jay Miller, Dave Brown (a few times) and Marty McSorley, among the list. One of the game’s exemplary teammates, his career spanned from 1979 to 1997, a period in which Wells stood up to the roughest individuals to ever to patrol [...]