Many Questions Remain As Isles Take On New Owners

The New York Islanders have been sold by current owner Charles Wang to an investment group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner, Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin. Ledecky and Malkin have only purchased a minority stake of the team, leaving Wang in charge for the next two years.

Once the next two years pass, Ledecky and Malkin will become the full owners of the New York Islanders (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).

Grinder Threads

Orchestrating a Symphony in Uniondale

Without question the Islanders have made strides this offseason by revamping their roster in a very good way. However it remains to be seen if they will have the proper guidance to reach the potential that they now have on paper.

One Year At TCL Isles For John Santamaria

It has been one year since I joined The Checking Line-Isles Edition. I wanted to take a trip down memory lane as I present my Top 10 TCL Highlights from the past year writing for this website.

Nassau Coliseum: The Beginning of the End

For years, fans had been clamoring for Charles Wang, the owner of the New York Islanders, to find a new home for the only professional sports team that exists on Long Island (Photo credit: michele cat/Flickr).

The Lighthouse Project came and went. The August 1st referendum came and failed. There were the ridiculous rumors of Kansas City, Ontario, and other places that never came to fruition. But one thing was certain: the New York Islanders were not going to be playing in the current Nassau Coliseum a day past the 2015 lease expiration date.

Swinging for the Fences on Defense

We’re several weeks past the onslaught of free agency madness, still more than a month away from training camp, and right smack in the middle of the dog days of summer with the NHL. The Islanders, after the acquisitions this off-season of Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, and Nikolai Kulemin, have addressed many of the holes that have plagued them in recent years.

All except one. (Photo Credit: flickr/ Chiefx70)

Vanek Has To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

The former Buffalo Sabre, New York Islander, Montreal Canadien and current Minnesota Wild winger, is reportedly in some hot water with the U.S. Federal Government. According to an NBC affiliate in Rochester, Vanek was summoned to the Federal Court House in Western New York because of his “involvement” in money laundering and illegal gambling activity charges stemming from The Marina Restaurant and Bar in Rochester, NY.

Filling The Gap On The Top Line

As of now, the New York Islanders do not have a forward that is undeniably the top line winger to play alongside of Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Last year, the Islanders started the season with Matt Moulson on JT’s wing, who was soon exchanged for Thomas Vanek.

Both Moulson and Vanek fit perfectly on the top line. But with Moulson staying in Buffalo and Vanek currently preparing to wear a Minnesota Wild jersey in 2015, the top spot is once again vacated.

The Sutter Legacy Continues

The New York Islanders used their final pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft to select the 4th Sutter to become a part of their organization, Red Deer Rebels center Lukas Sutter.

2014 NHL Draft: Day 1 Report

The NHL Entry Draft began last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA at the home of the Flyers. Day 1 featured only the 1st round and a lot of hype was going into the evening.

TCL Isles Round Table Discussion: The Islanders 1st Round 5th Overall Pick

The NHL offseason is officially underway for the New York Islanders. The focus now shifts to the NHL entry draft and I've summoned some of the TCL Isles staff to weigh in on what the Islanders should do with this year’s selection.