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The Character Test

The Character Test

In hockey circles, the Islanders are renown for some form of interesting character test that they administer to potential draft picks in order to gain an understanding of said players psyche. This test is obviously mysterious in both what it looks for regarding character, and what the expected outcomes are regarding talent. For instance, based [...]

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 [...]

Backchecking: Isles Face Pressures Moving Into Offseason and Beyond

Backchecking: Isles Face Pressures Moving Into Offseason and Beyond

If you didn’t think Garth Snow was feeling the pressure of last year’s step backward, and this being the final year at  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum think again. While lots of Islander fans and pundits show there ire toward the embattled General Manager of the Islanders; assuming he is just in-ept and without a plan, [...]

Backchecking: Longing for the Island — Islanders Fill Holes, Remain Poor Destination for Free Agents

Backchecking: Longing for the Island — Islanders Fill Holes, Remain Poor Destination for Free Agents

As I watched the #isles twitter-sphere go nuts yesterday, my own frustration grew.  I can completely understand the anxiety of Islander fans and can even comprehend the amount of “hate” Islander fans hurl on there own team. Often times I find that “hate” misguided, while at other times it’s hard to celebrate my team out [...]

The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm

A lot of Isles fans are praising our first two picks in this years’ draft.  It is always fun to get excited about something new, and obviously if you’re a fan of this team you have to take what you can get. However we are here, as always, to temper the celebration.  The Islanders need [...]

NY ISLANDERS DRAFT SERIES: The Curious Case of Josh Ho-Sang

NY ISLANDERS DRAFT SERIES: The Curious Case of Josh Ho-Sang

The curious case of Joshua Ho-Sang First the NY islanders took an unpredictable turn actually taking a predictable choice at number 5, with the offensively gifted and highly regarded Michael Dal Colle. More on that later. However, then they swept back into the top of the first round to collect what might be the most [...]

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NY ISLANDERS PRESENTS: Game of Owners

  According to a former NHL prospective stakeholder/owner: “The NHL is not sure that Charles Wang even wants to sell.”   The Red Herring VS The Mountain? Right now it is a perfect storm after a NY Islanders dismal season for fans to hear what they want to hear. The fan frustration and negativity is [...]

Summer of Aggression Begins on Long Island as NY Islanders Acquire Halak

Summer of Aggression Begins on Long Island as NY Islanders Acquire Halak

  Well it did not long since my piece two weeks ago where Garth Snow got started on what will be a summer of aggressive moves to correct the rebuild regression this past season.    For a fourth round pick, the Washington Capitols trades the Islanders the rights to Jaroslav Halak, who is an impending [...]

HERE COMES THE BOOM! Hyped Isles "Impending" Sale Doesn't Pass the Litmus Test

HERE COMES THE BOOM! Hyped Isles “Impending” Sale Doesn’t Pass the Litmus Test

  The Barroway “purchasing” the NY Islanders is one of the most hyped-up over spun stories with a lack of fact. That fans seem to be convinced that this purchase is happening is one of the most misguided disconnects between hope and fact I have seen in a while. Though the NHL have made it [...]

THE UPCOMING SUMMER OF ISLES FANS DISCONTENT: Expect Change, Read Why...

THE UPCOMING SUMMER OF ISLES FANS DISCONTENT: Expect Change, Read Why…

“Must be tough being Garth Snow right about now” NHL Source. And right they are. With a new regime possibly around the corner next season, GM Garth Snow has little time to show some success besides a deep prospect pool.

There Goes the Neighborhood...Team

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

It’s been a while since we’ve written, faithful readers. Largely because we wrote back in September about this season was going to pan out, with a highly on point degree of accuracy. We predicted injuries- specifically Evgeny Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky from overuse at their ages. We predicted the missing the playoffs that was inevitable [...]

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

I’m sure you all are thinking “Gee, what are these two going to say about the absolute disaster that Garth Snow delivered at the trade deadline?” And you want to know what? Garth Snow indeed delivered an absolute disaster at the trade deadline.   Let’s start with the player that Snow had to dangle- Thomas [...]

If an Islander Draft Pick is Any Good, it’s by ACCIDENT.

If an Islander Draft Pick is Any Good, it’s by ACCIDENT.

With the Olympics past us and the NHL getting back into full swing, our thoughts drifted from the stockpile of losses that the Islanders gathered headed into Olympic break and instead thought about some of the recent good times, like that three week span in which the Islanders actually won games consistently. And in being [...]

The Beers at Nassau Coliseum, like the team, SUCK

The Beers at Nassau Coliseum, like the team, SUCK

As you may or may not know, the writers of this blog drink beers. We are not the type of fans who sit back with a case of beer that comes in flimsy cans and just throw them back one after the other until there are a few dollars of empties sitting on the floor. [...]

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

Half Empty….that’s too optimistic. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, right? We mean, after the last ten games we had nowhere to go but up, right? Nope. Now, depending who you ask, the last ten games could be considered good or they could be considered bad. For example, if you ask coach [...]

Garth Snow is a disaster and should lose his job

Garth Snow is a disaster and should lose his job

Folks, we’ve made our disgust for Garth Snow and Charles Wang no secret. That fact that we’re seeing the fruits of the 7 year long Snow rebuild- and by fruits, we mean a 9 game losing streak and no help from his first round draft picks except in Minnesota- shows us that it’s high time [...]

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 [...]

Declaration of Incompetence

Declaration of Incompetence

IN CONGRESS, November 26, 2013. The unanimous Declaration of Islander fans, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the coaching staff which have connected them with constantly losing, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of [...]

Fire Jack Capuano

Fire Jack Capuano

With every rebuild, there are a few common occurrences. Primary in a rebuild are good draft picks, based on the lousy play of the rebuilding team. Trades also come into play, as those draft picks (or prospects) can acquire players that speed along a rebuild. When a rebuild gets to reality, teams become attractive to [...]

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 [...]