Lou Lamoriello Perfectly Combining Luck and Skill

Luck and skill are two very different things. Lou Lamoriello has both. After leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs in early 2018, Lamoriello has show a keen ability to acquire talent while getting lucky along the way. It all started with Barry Trotz. Trotz had just won a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals and was … Continue reading Lou Lamoriello Perfectly Combining Luck and Skill

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Andrew Ladd Struggling To Revive NHL Career

Three years ago, Andrew Ladd was signed to be the wing-man for John Tavares. But now, Ladd is no longer a wing-man to anybody in the NHL. Signing one of the many bad contracts during what was considered the worst free agency year ever in the NHL, Ladd's $5.5 million salary now sits in Bridgeport … Continue reading Andrew Ladd Struggling To Revive NHL Career

The Lasting Mark of Garth Snow: The Andrew Ladd Contract

An exciting, hard-nosed Islanders team emerged from the ashes of what was the John Tavares-less squad last year. The surprise playoff berth was welcome to Islander fans as the team, under new management, soared to great heights and proved many doubters wrong. The cherries on the top were sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs … Continue reading The Lasting Mark of Garth Snow: The Andrew Ladd Contract

Devon Toews is Playing Like a Seasoned Veteran

When Devon Toews was called up on December 19th, many Islander fans felt that it was the beginning of the youth movement. At the time, both Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle had played with the Islanders, and Toews seemed to be the next man up. Toews was expected to make the team out of … Continue reading Devon Toews is Playing Like a Seasoned Veteran

The Late Charles Wang Leaves Behind an Important Legacy in Isles’ History

The Islanders never had the largest fanbase.  Nevertheless, at least from what I've seen throughout the years I've supported this team, we tend to be a very passionate one.  Sometimes, that passion leads us to say things that may be overly drastic and uncalled for.  The late Charles Wang owned the Islanders during some of … Continue reading The Late Charles Wang Leaves Behind an Important Legacy in Isles’ History

Islanders 2018 Offseason Recap

Man plans and God laughs.  Recently, I looked back on the first post on Drive4Five, one in which I tried to orchestrate the perfect offseason for the New York Islanders.  It's been over a year now, and things have changed, drastically.  With the regular season now hours away, it's worth looking back on one of … Continue reading Islanders 2018 Offseason Recap

The Uncertainty of the New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are a team of many uncertainties. The team had an interesting off-season with major losses and gains. The gains include mostly front office changes such as the firings of Garth Snow and Doug Weight, and the hirings of Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz. The loses include #91 and Calvin de Hann. Front Office and Coaching … Continue reading The Uncertainty of the New York Islanders

Message to Jon Ledecky: Pick it Up, Or Shut Up

Let's go back in time to the 2017-2018 regular season. It's March 3rd, and the Islanders are playing the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center. Now this is the time in which the Islanders are right in the middle of their collapse. The Islanders are about to lose their fifth game in a row, but somebody … Continue reading Message to Jon Ledecky: Pick it Up, Or Shut Up

Hiring Lou Lamoriello is a Must for the Isles

The New York Islanders have a really good opportunity to boost their front office. Lou Lamoriello was stripped of his GM title in Toronto and named a Senior Advisor. It has been reported that Lamoriello would much rather a GM job somewhere else. Enter the New York Islanders. As reported by many, the Isles seem … Continue reading Hiring Lou Lamoriello is a Must for the Isles