Looking Back to the Prelude to, and the John Tavares Era

The story of the New York Islanders is a long and complicated one.  It's the story of a team that has experienced both greatness and failure.  It has a great beginning; an expansion team in suburban Long Island enters the League, and within ten years rises to the top and wins the Stanley Cup four …

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Islanders, Fans Asking “Now What?” After Tavares Departure

What happened today has never happened before in the National Hockey League.  A player of superstar caliber abandoned the team that drafted him in free agency to return to his hometown to play for his boyhood team.  The Islanders and their fans were on the receiving end of this embarrassing piece of news today as …

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Stars Aligning for a Potential Repeat of June 29th, 2016

Where were you when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon?  Where were you when the USA beat Russia in 1980?  Where were you when Tyree made the helmet catch?  Where were you when Gretzky was traded?  Where were you when OJ Simpson drove his Ford Bronco down Los Angeles' freeways?  Where were you when JFK …

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Who Wants John Tavares and What do They Have to Offer?

On Monday, two of the frontrunners to sign pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares made their pitches to the superstar center.  These two teams, the Maple Leafs and Islanders, represent two opposite markets, symbolic of the spectrum of teams that seek Tavares' services.  It was reported on Draft day that about six teams would present …

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Amidst Tremendous Fault Placed on Isles and Management, Psychology may have Contributed to Abysmal Season

Social Psychologists refer to the fundamental attribution error as the tendency for humans to, when failing, attribute their shortcomings to external factors instead of internal ones.  For example, a student who fails a math test may attribute his failure to the extreme difficulty of the test, while in fact, he may not have studied so …

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A Goaltender’s Perspective on the Islanders Defense

If you thought the New York Islanders defense couldn't possibly get any worse, think again.  Not only are the Isles last in the league in terms of goals against per game, they're also allowing the most shots per game, over 36 to be exact.  The Islanders hardly allow under 30 shots against, and strangely enough, …

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A Year After He’s Hired, Should Weight be on the Hot Seat?

Last night, I was at the Isles vs. Devils game and I saw firsthand the defensive woes of our team.  Since opening night, the fact that this team is not as defensively responsible as it has been in previous years is not a secret.  The Islanders currently sit last in the league in goals allowed.  …

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New York Islanders Goaltending: Solutions for a 45-Year Struggle

Jaroslav Halak is one of the top five goaltenders in New York Islanders history; that's a fact. Just look at the numbers. He owns the highest recorded save percentage of any Islander to play at least 20 games for the franchise. Believe it or not, Thomas Greiss is right behind Halak too. Only Wade Dubielewitz …

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