Gearing Up For The Draft

If you haven't bought your tickets, now is the time...the Islanders draft party is set for this Friday at the Nassau Coliseum with the 5th overall selection solely in Garth Snow's hands. Yours truly, (as usual every year) will be unable to attend due to work obligations...but here is a brief primer of the scenario's that I think might go down on draft day. In order... 1) Rick DiPietro is traded to Edmonton for their first overall pick. HA! No, I'm not that crazy. But it was worth a shot. Speaking of goalies, I don't see the Isles drafting any this year. If they do, it will probably be with their later picks as they are pretty stocked with Koskinen and Poulin developing nice and...
Grinder Threads

Between The Pipes

Dwayne Roloson answered any question that lingered about who would be the Isles starter by the end of the 2009-2010 season. During last year's off-season, the Islanders signed Roly to a two-year deal to be Rick DiPietro's 1-A back-up that could handle a heavy work load if he were to injure himself for the umpteenth time. However it became clear that Rick wouldn't be ready once Martin Biron was signed to a one-year deal. By season's end, fans had their answers; Dwayne Roloson will continue to wear an Isles jersey after surviving the waiting game called the trade deadline; Martin Biron will find a new home by the start of the 2011 season; Rick DiPietro is still rehabilitating. So prett...

Catching Up With Kyle Okposo

As promised, today I interviewed Kyle Okposo over the phone to talk about the World Championships, the Stanley Cup Finals, and more! Check it out here! http://thehockeywriters.com/one-on-one-with-kyle-okposo/ -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM

Time To Play Catch Up

Hey everyone, remember me? Yes, it has been almost a month since I've posted a blog. I got very busy with finals around the end of May. But I will also admit that I have been enjoying some time off to myself to relax a little after completing my first semester of Graduate school. For those interested, I got a 4.0. It has been relatively quiet in Islander country lately; otherwise I would've jumped off my lazy ass and written something. Hamonic has been signed as well as Poulin and Ullstrom. These contracts were expected and weren't very noteworthy besides the fact that every fan can now get excited about Hamonic possibly joining the Islanders right out of camp - this is one blogger that ...

Should the Isles Bring Back Doug Weight?

Doug Weight is the current captain of the New York Islanders, but for how long? Weight appeared in only 36 games this year due to injuries to his shoulder that eventually forced him into shutdown mode since his ailments required surgery. In that short time-frame, he scored 1 goal and 16 assists for 17 points. Despite having a solid outing on offense the year before, the Isles mainly brought him back to Captain a young team that could benefit from his leadership. He is a first-class act and understood that his job was to serve as a mentor for this team. An example of his professionalism was demonstrated when he came on to the ice after the last home game of the season to thank the cro...

Isles Key RFA's: What Will Snow Do?

Yes, I am FULLY aware that the playoffs are going on right now. About every other blogger on this site is having a field day with playoff blogs - and I don't blame them. Whether or not their respective teams are in it, they are doing a great job providing their perspectives on the most exciting time of the year for the NHL. I am still rooting for the Hawks, Kings, Coyotes, Avs, Devils, Caps, Sens and Sabres - although I did not pick my favorites to win each series. And I have to say, yesterday I got a kick out of Adrian Aucoin telling Mike Milbury that he feels like he's back with the Islanders with the way he's been playing. Adrian has been missed greatly over the past few years, as...

Islanders Stand Still At 5th Pick

Fingers were crossed and prayers to the hockey Gods were made, but it all came down to the luck of the draw - something the Islanders did not have land in their favor. The draft lottery was conducted last night and the Isles went in with the 5th worst record in the NHL. That gave them an 8.1% chance of moving up to grab the first overall pick. Instead, they ended up standing still with the 5th selection; not the best-case scenario, but it certainly was not the worst as there was a slim potential of them moving back to 6th. The Islanders faithful can scratch Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall off of their list of hopeful draft picks. There is no way that either one of them will be around at num...

Final Islanders Game Thoughts

Head over to The Hockey Writers to see my blog about the last Islanders home game of the season with a few quotes and opinions about the direction of this young hockey team! http://thehockeywriters.c...a-bright-future-in-sight/ -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM

Live Blog: Isles vs. Pens 4/11/2010

Hey everyone! Tuning in here live from the Blog Box at section 201 at Nassau Coliseum for the last Islander game of the year. My Internet successfully connected on the first attempt - that means this evening's game is bound to be a good one. The Blog Box gathered earlier this afternoon for a little get-together for food, drinks and good laughs as this is our last time spent together in the 2009-2010 year. We were treated to chicken, broccoli and cheese, potatoes and some good snacks. We also weren't alone as the Pittsburgh Penguins were just outside of the family room we were in; Fleury, Guerin, Crosby, Malkin, Fedotenko, Kennedy and many others were playing soccer for a little pre-game ...

Micheal Haley To Make NHL Debut

Many of you probably looked at the headline and said, "Uh, who?" But many Islander fans know plenty about Michael Haley and are very excited to see him dress in an Islanders uniform for the first time when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center. Haley is a pugilist at 5'11 and 198 pounds that loves to drop the gloves, sticks up for his teammates and leaves everything he has on the ice after every shift. He's a gritty 24 year old that has managed to put up 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 65 games played in his third season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He has also racked up 196 penalty minutes. Fans have been dying for the Islanders to get t...