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Bruins Spoil Ference's Return with 4-0 Rout of Oilers

Bruins Spoil Ference’s Return with 4-0 Rout of Oilers

BOSTON, MA– Following an impressive four-game winning streak in which the team had outscored their opponents by a commanding 21-8 margin, the Boston Bruins saw their momentum snapped at the hands of a 4-1 home-ice defeat to the rival Montreal Canadiens on Thursday evening. On Saturday afternoon, the Black and Gold took to the ice again, [...]

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 [...]

Islander Fans - Masters of Gerrymandering

Islander Fans – Masters of Gerrymandering

There are many different fans in the sports world. Some root just for winners; we call them frontrunners, bandwagon fans, or just plain old jerks. Maybe they’re on to something, as they tend to end up watching excellence – or lots of free throws in the case of Miami Heat fans. Then there are fans [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Honey, I Lost the Kids - part one of two

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 [...]

Hockey Myths Exposed - Defensemen Need Time to Develop

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 [...]

Jim Agnew: Ex- NHL Tough Guy Turned Missoula, Montana Sheriff

Jim Agnew: Ex- NHL Tough Guy Turned Missoula, Montana Sheriff

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Jim Agnew is a man in uniform who is most deeply proud of being a wholehearted team player. These days, he buttons up a beige and brown shirt before excitedly starting his work time as a deputy sheriff in Missoula, Montana. In earlier years, he wore another type of distinguishing outfit, [...]

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 [...]

Destination Unknown, part 1

Destination Unknown, part 1

  When it comes to the Islanders, there are two storied histories. One is the epic run including 19 consecutive playoff series wins, something not done by the likes of Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Terry Bradshaw, or whatever teams you associate with winners. Speaking of associating with winners, one team that is universally not associated [...]

The Lamentation of the General Manager

The Lamentation of the General Manager

The lamentation of the general…manager.   In any sports organization, there are people whose job it is to overlook the daily grind of all levels of operation. And there are people whose job it is to create a long term vision for the organization so that prospects will develop in time to replace roster players. [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Hockey's Christmas: 10 Predictions For 2012 Free Agency

Hockey’s Christmas: 10 Predictions For 2012 Free Agency

In many ways, July 1 and the opening of unrestricted free agency is much like Christmas for hockey fans. Puck heads wake up early and rush to their living rooms early in the morning. But instead of checking underneath a Christmas tree, they’ll make a beeline straight towards the nearest computer. As the clock strikes [...]

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Final Wrap-Up

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Final Wrap-Up

  The Hockey Independent crew has come together again; this time to piece together a 2012 NHL Mock Draft for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and myself, Benjamin Woodward [...]