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And, We’re Off – Isles Look To Progress

And, we’re off – both figuratively, and well, literally. With a good four day chunk of off-time for the boys in blue and orange, the team looks to build upon what it’s established.   Three games into the season… I’ll cut you off at the pass before the hate mail ...

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Let The Boy Grow – The Kieffer Bellows Situation

With the NHL pre-season coming to a close, it’s time to make assumptions and lose our minds over the NY Islanders personnel decisions. One such controversy, already, is the handling of Kieffer Bellows. Let the boy grow.   Closing ceremonies of the NHL pre-season is upon us, and I don’t ...

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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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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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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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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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Let The Fisherman Die

With a little over a month until training camps begin – all has been pretty quiet in Islanders’ land as of late regarding player personnel. With the coaching staff  being further solidified with the recent appointment of Piero Greco as head goaltending coach, and Mitch Korn coming aboard as Director ...

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To Sign Anders Lee Long-Term, Or Not

“He’s too slow…” “His production will take a hit once he hits 30 years old…” “He’ll break down.. They all break down…” The usual sentiments from the “experts” when they speak of your prototypical NHL calibre power-forward. And, well – It is hard to argue in certain cases. But when ...

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The Korn-ucopia of Goaltending

Mitch Korn… By all means, the only goaltending coach I’ve ever cared about in my 30-plus years of hockey fandom. The Bronx, New York native is described as a savant when it comes to the art of goaltending. His brilliance in teaching at the NHL level started in Buffalo in ...

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Is This What Optimism Feels Like?

For the first time in decades the Islanders are truly a relevant NHL franchise.  The dramatic culture change is the largest this organization has seen since the hiring of Mike Milbury.  These positive changes have created the most optimism we have seen the nineties.  Yes, there were a few glimmers of hope along ...

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