Lou Lamoriello and the 2020 Offseason Conundrum

Early September is a weird time of year for hockey fans. We're far removed from the excitement of July 1 and still a month from seeing the Islanders step on the ice. However, it leaves plenty of time to speculate and forecast on this season and years to come. This article is going to focus … Continue reading Lou Lamoriello and the 2020 Offseason Conundrum

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Jason Zucker Provides the Islanders with an Enticing Trade Option

As the end of August approaches, many Islanders fans are pretty disappointed with the offseason Lou Lamoriello has put together. Missed free agents and trade targets at arguably low prices (Nikita Gusev, Phil Kessel, Jimmy Vesey, etc.) have left the Islanders little options to bolster their roster. With a near-replica of a team that was … Continue reading Jason Zucker Provides the Islanders with an Enticing Trade Option

Islanders Acquire Valuable Depth in Derick Brassard Signing

It was clear after the Islanders were eliminated from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs that third line center Valterri Filppula would not return to the team.  What wasn't clear was who would replace him. The Islanders were 22nd in NHL GF/GP last season, the second lowest among playoff teams.  Dallas was the other team, finishing … Continue reading Islanders Acquire Valuable Depth in Derick Brassard Signing

My Way Too Early Season Predictions

At around this time last season, the Islanders were pronounced dead by almost everybody. They had just lost their franchise player and only made a few small, subtle moves to try to add depth. But the Islanders would go on and over-achieve their way into the second seed in the Metropolitan Division and a second … Continue reading My Way Too Early Season Predictions

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Everyone has heard of the expression take "one step forward, and two steps back" including Lou Lamoriello and the Islanders. But the expression may be more than literary. The 2018-19 season for the Islanders was one that will stick out in recent memory. The team had a remarkable season finishing with 103 points, returned to … Continue reading One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Success Means More to the Islanders Now More Then Ever

The year is 1983 and the New York Islanders are on the brink of clinching their fourth straight Stanley Cup. If you went around the NHL and asked every player if they would like to play on the Islanders over any other team, yeses would reign supreme. Now things are different. The Islanders for the … Continue reading Success Means More to the Islanders Now More Then Ever

7 Thoughts: Free Agency Took An Interesting, Unexpected Turn

1. The Islanders need to have one arena to call home and not two. Not only is it weird for the fans and the players, but it hurts the Islanders appeal for free agents, and that was seen with Panarin signing with the Rangers. The appeal of Manhattan and the city drove him to leave … Continue reading 7 Thoughts: Free Agency Took An Interesting, Unexpected Turn

Artemi Panarin’s Free Agency Decision Has Enormous Implications

It is time. July 1 is here. The NHL has its eyes set on where free agent Artemi Panarin will land. The leading teams that are in the mix seem to be the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, and New York Islanders, with the Islanders actually emerging as the favorite. But could Panarin's decision on … Continue reading Artemi Panarin’s Free Agency Decision Has Enormous Implications

What’s the Plan For the Islanders Second Line Center?

As we near the NHL Draft and free agency, the Islanders fan base doesn’t have a clear picture of GM Lou Lamoriello’s plan for the short-term future. Most called this season an evaluation year for the Islanders, as no one could have predicted what direction the Islanders were headed 11 months ago. Rather shockingly, the … Continue reading What’s the Plan For the Islanders Second Line Center?

Expect Lamoriello to be Very Active During the NHL Draft

The NHL Draft is set to get underway with the first round on Thursday night, beginning at 8pm ET. The Islanders currently hold the 23rd overall pick in the first round. While there is a possibility that the Islanders stay put with it and make the pick, there is also a possibility that Lou Lamoriello … Continue reading Expect Lamoriello to be Very Active During the NHL Draft