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Give The Guy A Chance

Give The Guy A Chance

Once upon a time there was a little boy from Lycksele, Sweden. His name was David. He loved hockey so much, that was all he ever wanted to do in life. He played so much, he got pretty good! He got so good, he found himself ranked 6th for European skaters by Central Scouting. Boy, was [...]

NY ISLANDERS REPORT: Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

NY ISLANDERS REPORT: Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

  Where to even begin? Let’s do a quick review…   At the same time the Internet and fans were passing around Barroway items as being a done deal that would be announced right after the Stanley Cup finals, what they did not know was that Barroway was already out. He just didn’t know it [...]

Who's The Over/Under? Part II

Who’s The Over/Under? Part II

Now that the potential Overachiever has been presented and you all of course agree with my team of Morin-Rasmussen-Versteeg-Rundblad-Cumsikey-Crawford, let’s move on to Part II. The following list is the potential underachievers that could struggle with the Hawks this season. A lot of factors can be worked in here as this list is a combination [...]

Summertime Slowdown: Catching up with Boston's Offseason Activity

Summertime Slowdown: Catching up with Boston’s Offseason Activity

– Good afternoon, Hockey Independent readers! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable start to your summers! While I’ve spent the bulk of this offseason visiting other parts of the country and exploring various opportunities, I’ve also taken a bit of a respite from writing to relax and recharge for the upcoming season. In the weeks [...]

Who's The Over/Under? Part I

Who’s The Over/Under? Part I

The Blackhawks organization is fresh off of wrapping up their 7th annual fan convention. I’m sure it was delightful. It was a great chance for the Hawks to show off those flashy new contracts that keep Kane and Toews in the Windy City for 8 more years . Also, it provided a warm welcome for [...]

Trade Proposal This: Who's On Their Way Out?

Trade Proposal This: Who’s On Their Way Out?

The Chicago Blackhawks are over the cap. This is a fact. Fans are waiting for a trade, even though, it may mean parting with a player that A) they like, B) is vital to this hockey team or C) all of the above. Chances are they will have to wait a little longer as the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rumours For Everyone

Rumours For Everyone

    While I was off getting married and enjoying my honeymoon with the new wife, a lot happened. The day before I flew overseas, the Hawks lost in the Conference Finals to the Kings. Then, via spotty wifi, I went on to read about how the Kings continued their run to win their 2nd [...]

NY ISLANDERS 2014-15 NHL Schedule

NY ISLANDERS 2014-15 NHL Schedule

Game Date Loc Opponent Count of Game 1 10/10/14 At Car Row Labels Home At Grand Total 2 10/11/14 Home Car Ana 1 1 2 3 10/14/14 At NYR Bos 1 2 3 4 10/16/14 Home SJS Buf 1 2 3 5 10/18/14 At Pit Cal 1 1 2 6 10/21/14 Home Tor Car 2 [...]

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Four summers ago, the New York Rangers metaphorically backed a Brinks truck up to  Newport Sports Management and unloaded a 9-year, $60-million contract to the most coveted free agent in 2011, Brad Richards. At the time, it seemed like a preposterous and pretty blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap – with $12 million each [...]

The End Of The Line

The End Of The Line

The New York Rangers’ unexpected march toward the Stanley Cup ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning on the east coast with a dramatic 3-2 double overtime loss in game 5 to the Los Angeles Kings. There’s no denying that the Kings were the stronger, more complete team, getting offense from everywhere in their [...]

Down, But Not Entirely Out

Down, But Not Entirely Out

Inside the New York Rangers’ “Hockey House” prior to game three of the Stanley Cup final, one wouldn’t have known that the home team was in a 2-0 hole as it prepared to host its first Final game in 20 years. On the first floor, fans were taking photos in mockups of players’ dressing room [...]

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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 [...]

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Conventional wisdom would dictate that it would be the team that has led in 50:03 minutes of Stanley Cup Final play would have a 2-0 series lead, as opposed to the team that has led for none. Conventional wisdom has flown out the window in this series. In an agonizing case of deja vu, the [...]

Rangers Need To "B" Better

Rangers Need To “B” Better

The day after the New York Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in game one of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Alain Vigneault put it quite simply: “One thing that’s evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do [...]

Well, Why Not?

Well, Why Not?

I really don’t know why they’re bothering to even drop the puck Wednesday night. After all, if the entire world is to be believed, Gary Bettman came out after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime Sunday night, congratulated both teams on a great series, then told Kings captain Dustin Brown to [...]

Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault might have had the quote of the evening in his postgame press conference following the Rangers’ 1-0 Eastern Conference-clinching win over the Montreal Canadiens, when a reporter asked him what his reaction would have been if, back in October, someone had told him they’d be in the Cup finals [...]

Suspension Of Disbelief

Suspension Of Disbelief

Sometimes, all it takes is one action to turn someone who was once so beloved into someone so hated. Once upon a time, Brandon Prust was a beloved New York Ranger. After delivering a late, high hit on Derek Stepan in the first period of the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens Thursday night, [...]