Evgeni Nabokov may now be as important a piece to their short-term future as any other player on their roster.
Rick DiPietro is shrinking and sadly hobbling before our eyes as chronic injuries have basically made him barely a backup goalie if you judge him on stats and play alone, forgetting any contract. Yet the Islanders may very well get a window to send him on his way.
Unless Jack Capuano has a Scott Gordon-like meltdown or clashes with the Islanders’ brass, he will not be going anywhere. Those who are waiting for the axe to drop like it did last season will be waiting a while.
So it appears Al Montoya isn’t superhuman after all? The Islanders’ No. 1 goaltender — yes, now the team’s undisputed starter — hasn’t been too good of late and it has many people asking why. I think I know the answer.
No corner on the Islanders season has been turned just yet. However, being able to put on the brakes to this year’s losing streak is far different to last year’s spin out into oblivion. That is a clear step forward.
Inexplicably, we are 18 games into the season and the Islanders are once again the laughingstocks of the NHL. It’s simply unbelievable and inexcusable.
When the Islanders come up in conversation most people who have a clue about the NHL usually mention one of two things: rebuilding or no building. Jack Capuano appears to be just about winning.
If the New York Islanders’ play on the ice is as strong as their talk off it, maybe — just maybe — they will escape the cellar and make a long-awaited run at a playoff spot.
The words flowed like the lyrics of your favorite song. “I believe in this organization and this hockey team.” John Tavares issued that battle cry on Thursday right after signing a new six-year, $33-million extension with the Islanders.
The Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Blake Comeau. The contract is worth $2.5 million, according to the New York Post.
Panic, fear and hysteria are appropriate words to describe a good percentage of the Islanders’ fan base now that we are a week into free agency and just a fourth-line center and some prospects have been signed. All I can say is, relax people.
The New York Islanders traded negotiating rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, a day after acquiring the rights from the Vancouver Canucks.
Considering the Islanders have not been a very successful franchise the past few seasons, they find themselves in a pretty good spot heading into the offseason and free agency. But they still need a few pieces to go from also-ran to playoff contender.
Mike Bossy’s career was the stuff of make-believe, because when you are done assessing his statistics, trophies and all other accolades in between, one very important factor is sometimes lost in the shuffle. He was forced to leave the game he dominated at the age of 30.
After leaving the game at the conclusion of the ’86-’87 season, Islanders legend Mike Bossy began a strange journey that featured him trying a little bit of everything.
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