Billy Smith

Patrick Ewing  (Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport)

Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 39-30

Moving on with our weekly rankings of the best local athletes of all time by uniform/jersey number, here are numbers 39-30.

10/15/2014

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Need To Make Strong Push For Tim Thomas

There is a goalie who is available who can step into Billy Smith’s long-empty shoes. His name is Tim Thomas.

07/03/2013

Rick DiPietro. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

DiPietro Officially Bought Out By Islanders After Clearing Waivers

New York will pay the 31-year-old goalie $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact.

07/03/2013

The New York Islanders celebrate a power-play goal by Mark Streit #2 (3rd from left). (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Have Opportunity To Make Name For Themselves Again

No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.

04/25/2013