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Daniel Friedman

Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins gestures from the bench in third-period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on April 10, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Friedman: Predicting The 1st Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 16, and despite the new format, you can expect the same fast-paced, exciting hockey you crave this time of year.

04/14/2014

An exterior view of the Nassau Coliseum (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Better Get It Right For Fans Before Bolting Coliseum

It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.

04/10/2014

Islanders forward Ryan Strome. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Not Nearly The Trainwreck Everyone Thought Without Tavares

When John Tavares went down for the season no one thought the Islanders would be remotely watchable, let alone competitive. However, just the opposite has occurred.

04/04/2014

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang back in 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Friedman: Wang Selling Islanders Has Been Inevitable For Quite Some Time

Whether it happens now or in two years, it is going to happen. A change of ownership isn’t a pipe dream. It’s an inevitability, and it has been for quite a while. It makes complete sense, from a number of different perspectives.

03/28/2014

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Friedman: A Realistic Guide To Fixing The Islanders

I don’t need to sit here and tell you about everything that’s gone wrong with the Islanders this season, but I will tell you this: By no means is this team completely lost.

03/20/2014

Islanders forward Anders Lee, right, works the boards against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 27, 2014. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Season May Be Lost, But Islanders’ Lee Has Been Found

The Islanders’ Anders Lee has played 11 games in the NHL. He has cracked the scoresheet in all but three, and has 12 points overall. He might very well be just what this transitioning franchise needs.

03/17/2014

Islanders GM Garth Snow

Friedman: How And Why The Islanders Failed On Trade Deadline Day

For a franchise that’s had several low points over the past two decades, March 5, 2014, might’ve been the lowest from an emotional perspective.

03/06/2014

Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs braces for a shot as Andrew MacDonald #47 of the New York Islanders misses the rebound during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: It’s Gut-Check Time For The Tavares-Less Islanders

Whether it’s the younger players fighting for roster spots or the role players looking to show some pride, I think this team will show a ton of heart the rest of the way.

02/28/2014

(L-R) P.K. Subban #76 and John Tavares #91 of Team Canada practice on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Arena on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: John Tavares, Islanders’ Olympians Looking Forward

John Tavares knows a thing or two about playing on the international stage. The 23-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario has represented Canada in seven tournaments since 2006 and has put together an impressive portfolio.

02/12/2014

Fans react to the first goal of the game by Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils against the New York Rangers during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Look To Regroup For Stadium Showdown With Rangers

On Wednesday, New York’s Islanders and Rangers will be at Yankee Stadium to partake in what has become the NHL’s modern marvel — the outdoor hockey game.

01/29/2014

Islanders captain John Tavares and other members of his line celebrate their second-period goal against the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Jan. 16, 2014. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Are Not Great, But Are Quietly Getting Their Act In Gear

The Islanders have many problems, but they’ve shown over the last month that when they are good, they are very good.

01/17/2014

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Led By Strome, Islanders’ Reinforcements Are Stepping Up

Ryan Strome should’ve been an Islander in October, but he’s here now and he’s making a difference. And he’s not the only reason the team’s been better of late.

01/10/2014

Kyle Okposo scores the game-winning goal in overtime against Chicago on January 2, 2014. The Islanders defeated the Blackhawks 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Kyle Okposo Is Team USA’s Loss, Islanders’ Gain

What’s done is done. Kyle Okposo isn’t going to Sochi and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. That being said, it’s a blessing in disguise as far as the Islanders are concerned.

01/03/2014

The New York Islanders skate off of the ice after losing to the Anaheim Ducks at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 21, 2013. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Friedman: Will The Real New York Islanders Please Stand Up?

We know who the real New York Islanders are, but can they play like ‘em? We’re going to find out.

12/27/2013

Michael Grabner (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Maintaining Status Quo At Their Own Expense

We know the Islanders want to succeed, but they need to start winning games. That’s all that matters now. Moral victories don’t get you points in the standings. Actual victories do.

12/20/2013

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