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Ryan Welsh

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

The Court Keeps Its Jester

Whether you agree (somebody does) or disagree with the decision to keep Garth Snow as the General Manager of the Islanders, this organization proved once again they can’t get anything right.  They continue to be the laughing stock of the league.  The national media and fans continue to view this ...

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Why Doesn’t Anyone Talk

Silence is the only sound that comes out of the Islander organization.  While 30 other franchises handle their media obligation the Islanders treat them like an invading force.  Even with the Isles collapsing over the previous few weeks, the front office has maintained radio silence.  Yes, Doug Weight “talks” (or ...

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I Can’t Even Anymore

  I don’t even know what to say any more about the Islanders.  My original plan was to write about possible general managers for the Isles next season but what’s the point.  Most people feel like Garth Snow will be back and this team will continue to be business as ...

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Snow Was Right (Today)

Contrary to popular opinion, Garth Snow handled the deadline appropriately.  Do not misunderstand, this does not mean he gets a passing grade for the season. Just making the playoffs would not be enough to change the opinion of this team.  The fate of this team was sealed weeks ago.  A mere three weeks ...

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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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