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What To Watch For: Islanders Training Camp Edition by Rob Taub

It’s been an emotion-filled summer, but the 2018-19 season is finally ready to kick off for the New York Islanders. The Isles will open training camp tomorrow morning for the first time without John Tavares and under the new regime of general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Barry Trotz. ...

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Rulings And Numbers And Hairs, Oh My

Like it or not, Lou’s Rules are in full-effect. Joy-O’-Joy. With the majority of players beginning to report for training camp, the season is finally within spitting distance. And, unless you’ve been living under a rock as of late, or have decided to just avoid all news Isles related altogether ...

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Bellows Ready To Breakthrough

“There were situations last season where he wouldn’t go three or four games without a goal, but he always focused on getting chances and doing the right things.” That’s how Mike Johnston described the kind of player Kieffer Bellows is when it comes to adversity. Johnston, was Bellows head coach ...

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Allow me to introduce you to Uncle Leo Komarov

Four years, at a $3 million annual average salary, bringing the total payout to $12 million. For, um…Leo…Komarov?! I’ll spare you the responses from the majority of people who inhabit hash-tag “Isles” on Twitter – but if you’ve participated at some-point, you can use your imagination on what was said ...

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PTIsles: Episode 50 – Preview SZN w/ Brian Compton

In the latest edition of PTIsles, Joe Buono (@IslesBlog) and James Duffy (@TwoTurtleDuffs) talk with Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) following his 31 in 31 preview for NHL.com Topics Discussed Brian comments about the end of the Isle Seat Podcast The team finding their new identity Defense and Goaltending challenges to start ...

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Wilde Card In The Mix

When draft night arrived two months ago, Bode Wilde was one of the premier defensemen expected to be a top selection. As the first ten picks were announced on that Friday evening, the thought was that he would hear his name called at least before the 15th overall pick — ...

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The Curious Case of Valtteri Filppula

With training camp finally starting to come into view, let’s continue to take a look at another one of the new Islanders acquired by the newly minted Lou Lamoriello. At T-minus one-hour plus of the “Post Pajama Boy Defection” aka PPBD (ok, that acronym doesn’t exist), Lou Lamoriello went ahead ...

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New Culture, Accountability, Captaincy, Breakout Players for the Islanders

Well, here we are just 51 (Frans Nielsen) days from the puck to drop on the 2018-19 season. The offseason was interesting for sure, to say the least. Don’t worry this isn’t another article about pajama boy because we are all sick of hearing about him (except leafs fans of ...

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Death-Metal & Neck Tattoos – Getting To Know Robin Lehner

Death-metal, neck tattoos and brash. At six-foot four inches, 245 pounds…Athletic, flexible, and super competitive. The “new” prototypical goaltender attributes that any general manager would salivate over. Only 27 years old,  he possesses these dream characteristics. Let’s get to know Robin Lehner. In his 219 games played in the NHL, ...

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PTIsles: Episode 49 – Maven’s Ravin’ w/ Stan Fischler

In the latest edition of PTIsles, Joe Buono (@IslesBlog) and James Duffy (@TwoTurtleDuffs) welcome hockey historian, author and 40 year fixture on Islanders’ telecasts, “The Maven” Stan Fischer (@StanFischler) to the podcast. Topics discussed: Lou Lamoriello’s track record of success Barry Trotz’s winning system comes to Long Island Reflection on ...

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