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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Best of the "System"

The Best of the “System”

Usually, we pee on everything Garth Snow does. Today, we plan on praising this loser. Understand that as of this writing, Snow tails Milbury by both three drafts and by three playoff appearances. Chew on that for a bit. So understand when we say that Snow’s drafts are awful, there’s a very real and direct [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Roberto Luongo? Where’d We Hear That One Before?

Roberto Luongo? Where’d We Hear That One Before?

For those who faithfully read this blog, you may recall our article from May 23, 2013 titled “Well, that was fun. Now back to work!” The piece identified holes that the Islanders have in their 8th seeded team and a roadmap on how to improve the team at each position in which we saw deficits. [...]

Brad Richards' Possible Buyout Should Grab Islanders' Attention

Brad Richards’ Possible Buyout Should Grab Islanders’ Attention

  It has been a little while, Hockey Independent. I’ve been keepingbusy as of late, and I guess I’ve been a little too busy for my own good. I’ve missed talking with all of you, so I’m back, and I want to hear what you all have to say. You know that I don’t normally [...]

Here are your 2013-2014 New York Islanders!

Here are your 2013-2014 New York Islanders!

With the trade deadline over, fans can complain or cheer the Islanders easily predicted lack of involvement.  Regardless of your opinion on whether or not the Isles should have done something, this is now the team they will go to battle with for the remaining 12 games.  The talk has no shifted to playoffs and [...]

The Invisible Guests

The Invisible Guests

“Charles Wang and Garth Snow were sleeping upstairs, pretending that Jack can make players care!” OK, so it’s not as good as King Diamond, but we’re trying to make a point in stealing a line from his song, “The Invisible Guests,” because if there is a team with invisible guests, it’s the Islanders. Check out [...]

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 [...]

SPECIAL COMMENT: Sleepless in Bridgeport As Nino's Agent Asks For Trade

SPECIAL COMMENT: Sleepless in Bridgeport As Nino’s Agent Asks For Trade

  What if someone you never saw do much in the NHL, someone who was finally properly developing in the AHL, and he and his agent were trying to strong-arm Garth Snow to get up into NHL or get traded?   Sleepless in Bridgeport… A Special Comment by B.D. Gallof   It was a quiet [...]

15 Predictions for the New York Islanders in 2013

15 Predictions for the New York Islanders in 2013

NHL hockey is a back in less than twenty-four hours! It’s a shame that we had to be saying that, but I’m also really happy to be saying that. Anyways, the New York Islanders will be at the Coliseum tomorrow night. They will be facing-off against the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the New Jersey Devils, [...]

The Bridgeport Decision: Who Made The Cut?

The Bridgeport Decision: Who Made The Cut?

Finally! The Islanders’  48-game 2013 schedule has been released, and although it may be tough, I’m going to try make it to as many games (4) as I can before I leave for vacation on February 9th. Some notables in the schedule: -The Islanders play their first two games at home, and then take off [...]

Strome May Stick With, Visnovsky May Stick Up NY Islanders

Strome May Stick With, Visnovsky May Stick Up NY Islanders

  EXCERPT from my piece on CBS New York: According to Arthur Staple over at Newsday, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart will be camp invites. Back in the summer, the Islanders’ development camp perception was that Strome needed another year before being NHL ready. His professional career, however, might begin sooner. His play in the [...]

The Islanders Are Back! What Can We Expect in 2013?

The Islanders Are Back! What Can We Expect in 2013?

That happy feeling we all got after the NHL announced they had a deal for a new CBA has not worn off. Today’s a great day, and I didn’t have to do a single thing to make it that way. It’s just nice looking forward to hockey again. It’s nice being able to talk about [...]

Nino is Not JT's Wingman

Nino is Not JT’s Wingman

The New York Islanders have a bright future ahead of them. Loaded with prospects, Islanders’ fans know there will be changes to come over the next few years, and the team we see now isn’t going to be the same team we see when the organization brings hockey to Brooklyn in 2015. Speculation on who [...]

The Islanders' Baby Big-Three Have Set The Ice On Fire

The Islanders’ Baby Big-Three Have Set The Ice On Fire

Although there may not be NHL hockey at the moment, the New York Islanders future is finally coming together. Over the past few years, Islanders fans have been told to wait, and that the team is in full rebuild mode. Obviously, we wanted to win, but with the roster the Islanders have been putting on [...]

No Need To Jump The Gun On Nino Niederreiter

No Need To Jump The Gun On Nino Niederreiter

How was that for some hockey this weekend? The 2012-13 NHL Season did not start as it was supposed to, but there sure was a lot of hockey to watch. I watched a total of six games from Friday night to Saturday night, and I loved every second of it. Let’s see. I got to [...]