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Ryan Welsh

Old enough to remember Pierre Turgeon but not old enough to remember Bryan Trottier.

Garth Snow: The Cliff Notes

Starting with the 2001 NHL draft, the Islanders made plenty of franchised changing decisions.  This was the summer when the Islanders (and Charles Wang) decided they were done being a bottom of the league team and were going to make a splash.  They acquired Alexi Yashin and Michael Peca to ...

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Pyeongchang: A Missed Opportunity

Friday was the Opening of the Olympic Games in Korea, and a sobering reality that the NHL will not be participating in this year’s games. The US Olympic roster instead, will be headlined by former NHLers who could not make any NHL team, including defenseman not good enough to play ...

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The Race To Mediocrity

There is little debate about the makeup of the Eastern Conference playoffs.  The Metro division will have five teams, while the Atlantic will have only three.  The debate is, which five Metro teams will be playing games into April.  Currently all eight teams sit within ten points of each other ...

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Everybody Wants It, But How?

With the deal all but confirmed, the Islanders are coming back to play at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (NVMC).  Next year they will be playing 12 games in Uniondale with the option to add more the following seasons.  If the building does not prove to meet NHL (or the ...

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Waiting Is The Worst

There is little doubt, that like every other team in the league, the Islanders have been bit by the injury bug.  Without counting Josh Bailey, who returned to action Thursday night, the Isles are without five (Boychuck, deHaan, Cizikas, Ladd, Kulemin) players whom were expected to be major participants in ...

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Six of One; Half A Dozen Of The Other

After being pleasantly surprised throughout the first two months of the season, once the calendar turned to December the Isles have played like the team many experts thought they would.  The outstanding play of the top six forwards allowed the Islanders to rise towards the top of the Metro.  Outside ...

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The NHL Data Revolution Is Coming

During the Board of Governors meetings last week Gary Bettman brought up how the NHL is working on tracking players and equipment while on the ice, and hopes to have the technology in place by 2019.  This will open up the door for a true statistical revolution in hockey.  While ...

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My Comments to Empire State Development

With comments being open until 6pm Monday (as per Stafanie Dazio of Newsday) I took the opportunity to provide some comments on the Islanders bid to make Belmont their home. To Whom It May Concern First, I would like to thank you for taking the time to discuss this issue ...

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Obviously Everyone Likes OEL (and he’s the perfect fit)

It is being speculated that Oliver Eckman-Larsson will be on the trade block this winter.  Surprisingly there has been debate as to whether the Islanders need to look at acquiring the defenseman from Arizona.  As Larry Brooks brought up in his column, this is the time for the Isles to ...

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There Can’t Be A Moulson Reunion

Today the Buffalo Sabres placed former Islander Matt Moulson on waivers in hopes of reassignment.  Before any questions are asked, it does not make sense for the Islanders to claim Matt Moulson on waivers from the Buffalo Sabres.  While it would be a great story to bring back a fan ...

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