A Roster Merry-Go-Round

Here we are with a just a few games left before the Olympic Break and the Islanders roster is in a spin-cycle. As of today, Marty Biron has been sent down to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint that will last out for the weekend, Brendan Witt may be close to a return, and Trevor Gillies previously passed through waivers and has returned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Does this mean that Garth Snow has a few trades up his sleeves to free up some roster space with all this recent activity? Maybe.. Maybe not.. One thing is for certain, Garth will not make any deals that will stray away from the rebuild. However, that does not mean that your necessarily a safe bet to stay if your name is...
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The Isles Get Tougher...Right?

The Islanders have had Joel "The Wrecker" Rechlicz sitting in the minors but have felt that he needed time to develop his game, as an enforcer, in the AHL before he could be considered as a legitimate NHL fighter. Trevor Gillies, an AHL journeyman, has been playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season as well. Last year he played in 30 games with the Albany River Rats, unable to muster up any points but managing 125 PIMs. This year in Bridgeport he has one goal and 123 PIMs in 18 games played. At the age of 31, Garth Snow felt that he knows the game, and the dance, well enough to give him an NHL contract (two-way) that will last out until the end of the year. His Islander ...

From Four In A Row To Two In A Row

The Islanders had recent success against some of their more challenging opponents in the Red Wings, Sabres and Devils over the past week but have been unable to stay on board that train to the end of January. First they lost a tough one to the New Jersey Devils, and last night they were embarrassed by Alexander Semin and the Washington Capitals. It was a rough one to watch from the Blog Box as the Isles lost 7-2. Half of the crowd was on their way home mid-way through the third period, with many probably debating leaving after the first after being down 4-1 heading into the second period. The final goal of the first came from Alexander Semin, who had two goals on the night. He split t...

Isles Fall To Devils In First Loss At Home In Seven Games

At this point of the season, every game needs to be looked at as if it is a playoff game if the Islanders hope to make it passed 82 games for 2010. Last night the Devils came back with a point to prove; they are at the top of the standings in the East for a reason, and after being shutout by the Isles 4-0 last week, it had to be expected that they were going to come out strong looking for a win. The Islanders were in it until the third period, when a team that had played the night before, out-skated a rested Islanders line-up that should have been able to find a third goal but couldn't. It's a shame for a team that has played so well recently to let up late in a game when points are c...

Isles Win Four In A Row And Hamonic Visits The Coliseum

The Islanders hosted the 2nd placed New Jersey Devils today at the Nassau Coliseum and won a decisive 4-0 victory for Rick DiPietro's first shutout of the year in only his third game played, putting the Isles to 9-2-1 over their past 12 games. You can tell that the Isles 15-year man is regaining his confidence in net. At least twice he was seen catching the puck with his glove and throwing it to himself to bat it down the ice. Maybe he and Schremp work on that together in practice. All kidding aside, Rick played a very sound game and once again did not have to make many highlight reel saves. Although those are always fun to watch, it's not something people may want to see right no...

DP Shines In Return To Nassau Coliseum

Rick DiPietro made his first return on Coliseum ice last night against the Buffalo Sabres, the second placed team in the East with 64 points and a 29-11-6 record. It took Overtime and a shootout for a decision to be made, but DP shined in a 3-2 win and a shootout that lasted 8 rounds. It only took a matter of 20 seconds or so before Ricky made his first save of the game. The crowd immediately got behind him and started the DP chants, something he hasn't heard in what might feel like a life time. "It's good to get action early," Rick said in regards to stopping four shots early on in the first period. "Obviously it helps out when you got the D in front of you clearing pucks and cle...

Isles Younger Players Continue To Emerge

Anytime you win a game against an opponent by the score of 6-0, you will obviously have plenty of positives to talk about, but the most important part of this Isles win is that the younger players are owning the score sheet. Chris Osgood was forced to return in net at the Nassau Coliseum last night. He heard a few cheers from the crowd that remember him from his brief stint on Long Island, but that of course did not prevent the fans from treating him like any other goaltender with the "You Suck!" chants from behind the glass. The crowd also gave Kenny Jonsson a nice ovation as well, honoring him as one of the best defenseman to ever play for the Islanders. I caught him walking aro...

Chris Osgood and Kenny Jonsson Return To The Coliseum

Being that the Islanders are going to play host to the Detroit Red Wings tonight, I knew right away that Chris Osgood would be in the building. It was then posted on Twitter and Chris Botta's blog at Islanders Point Blank that Ozzie will not be the only former Islander returning to the Coliseum tonight. Kenny Jonsson will be in attendance as a fan to support his former team. In 2001-2002, Chris Osgood and Kenny Jonsson were two major components of the team that redefined the New York Islanders and put them back on the NHL map. In the prior season of 2000-2001, the Islanders finished dead last in the league. They rebounded the following year with the additions of Michael Peca, Chris Os...

It's Finally Happening: DP Is Returning In An Islanders Uniform

If this was to be written as a fairy tale, Rick DiPietro would be getting his first NHL start in over a year at the Nassau Coliseum, against the New York Rangers, on his birthday, in front of a sold-out crowd, in a shutout performance where he was named the first-star. Too bad we live in reality. But that doesn't mean a fairy tale ending is out of sight. Yes, DP will be standing between the pipes tonight. It won't be on a practice rink with Mike Dunham and it certainly won't be for a forty-minute stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It will be with the New York Islanders in Dallas, Texas as the team visits Mike Modano and the Stars. My curiosity to Islanders fan reactions will ...

Isles Avoid Snowballs, Robbie Schremp With The Goal of The Year?

Alright...it is a bold argument to make being that 2010 is just a wee seven days old, but if anyone saw Robbie Schremp's goal last night, they would understand why he might have a case for the best goal of 2010. Over the course of his young career, Schremp has had a very difficult time finding his way onto an NHL line-up. If you watch him play, it is evident that the kid has some great hands and the ability to be a real threat on the ice. His AHL stats support this theory, but his attitude has come into question at times which may have been the reason why he had such a hard time earning a chance to succeed with the Edmonton Oilers. It also may be why 29 other teams passed him up o...