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NHL Playoffs Halfway Through Round One : What Have We Learned?

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The NHL playoffs end with the most beautiful trophy in all of sports being presented to the victor. It is the primary reason players play with broken legs, punctured lungs, broken jaws, missing teeth and a variety of other maladies that would put the normal man on his couch with a warm blanket if not the hospital.

It is also the time of year when referees suddenly forget how to do their job at times and the league opens itself up for criticism in how it handles player safety issues. The players are so charged up and filled with emotion, respect for your fellow NHLPA brethren goes right out the window.

[Bits] Freshman yearbooks, Fleury's flashbacks, Finnish family fightin' words

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Just didn't get enough wood on it.

Another wild night in the NHL playoffs, including the return of Islanders Country's favorite post-season punching bag.

Addressing The New York Islanders’ Ownership Situation

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Charles Wang, the computer salesman-turned-billionare-turned-NHL owner, has had an interesting tenure thus far with his team, the New York Islanders. He came in as a man without any hockey knowledge (literally carrying his ‘Hockey For Dummies’ book), and purchased a portion of the team in 2000. Wang didn’t come to the Islanders alone, however, since his business partner Sanjay Kumar bought a stake of the team with him.

In the early years, Wang and Kumar were able to help put together a team that made the playoffs in four-of-five seasons between 2001-02 and 2006-07. (The 2004-05 season is, of course, excluded due to lockout that cancelled the NHL calendar that year).

Wednesday Playoff Thread: PIT-CBJ, ANA-DAL, STL-CHI

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Watch the hockey, or we'll buy this team.

Not sure how many of you folks desire a playoff watching thread (though it seems there is demand on the precise nights we don't post one), but here's a chat room for Wednesday night's game, with horrifyingly feature a Ducks lineup without Teemu Selanne (healthy scratch).

Pittsburgh - Columbus 7:00 PM ET      CBC,RDS,NBCSN,ROOT,FS-O
Anaheim - Dallas 8:00 PM ET              TSN,CNBC,RDS2,PRIME,FS-SW
St. Louis - Chicago 9:30 PM ET            CBC,RDS,NBCSN,FS-MW,CSN-CH


New York Islanders Sale Talks: Rich guy, not a scrivener, prefers not to

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"Instead, I think I'll have another cigar and crack open this '94 bottle of Port," he said, maybe.

When we last visited rumors and hearsay about potential bidders among the "multiple parties" who have expressed interest to Charles Wang about buying his beloved Islanders, we (and "we" are totally using the royal "we" here) wrote some pompous and preachy stuff about how to take each report with a grain of salt and a dash of amusement:

Zeitgeist: New NHL program allows sport fisherman to hunt, trap Matt Cooke

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In an effort to protect players, the NHL tries to curb a dangerous predator.

NEW YORK (Lighthouse Press) _ The National Hockey League is expected to unveil a controversial plan today that would allow professional fishermen to track down and trap dangerous Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke as a result of a vicious recent attack that has left hockey players, fans and tourists feeling threatened.

Islanders News: Wrapping up Bridgeport's injury- and callup-riddled season

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So many players used, so few goalies.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers held their debriefings and breakups this week, so Michael Fornabaio in the Connecticut Post has a wrap on their season: "The challenge all year for the Sound Tigers was to translate a young and ever-changing roster into a successful team." A total of 65 players were used, from all walks of hockey, with predictable team results

Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 4/23/14

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No major news regarding the New York Islanders has manifested recently, but their have been some activity for the playoff-less team. It was made official that the Islanders will be playing another pre-season game in the Barclays Center in the 2014-15 season.

The game is set to tae place on Friday September 26th, and the boys in blue and orange will be taking on a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils.

The view on Brooklyn Hockey wasn’t overwhelmingly positive a few months ago when the Islanders played their first game in their (nearly) new home. Fans had to deal with obstructed views at certain places in the seats, and many people felt commuting to the game was quite a hassle.

A Feel Good Islander Story

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Jake Lotocki of Winnipeg, MB with his gifts from the NY Islanders Booster Club

Jake Lotocki of Winnipeg, MB with his gifts from the NY Islanders Booster Club

Despite the tough season in Islander country, there was a story that despite what happened to start the story, a great ending came about.

In early March, the Islanders were playing at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, as they took on the Winnipeg Jets.  In the stands, an 11 year old young man named Jake Lotocki got his chance to see his team, the Islanders take on his home town team.  According to his mother, Sue, he has been an Islander fan since he was a very young boy.

New York Islanders Should Trade This Year’s 1st Rounder

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It’s a sight we have grown used to seeing: the New York Islanders are in control of yet another lottery pick in the NHL Entry Draft. The team currently holds the fifth overall selection in the first round of this year’s draft, a slot which is certainly desirable despite this year’s relatively weak draft class.

Class of 2014: Isles Season Review

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That's me after rereading my preseason predictions.

That’s me after rereading my preseason predictions.

On Braden Holtby: Should the New York Islanders take Washington's goalie...and goalie coach?

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Take the goalie, grab his coach just to be sure?

What really happened to Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby this year? And would the New York Islanders truly have interest in rescuing him?

The former is a question worth pursuing if the latter has any chance of happening.

[Late Bits] Return engagement at Barclays, Bad Cooke'in, Byng Watchers and Zubaz

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Quiet? No.

Playoff stuff, pre-season games, injuries, awards, poofy pants. Everything is happening.

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Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 4/21/14

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This isn’t quite as fun as last season.

At this time in 2013, the New York Islanders were making a push for the playoffs. This time around, the Islanders – and their fans – are sitting on the outside looking in. Don’t get me wrong – there has been some great hockey played since the start of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it’s not exactly what many Long Island hockey fans wanted, or expected, in October.

Next season – the last in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – is going to be a big one for this hockey team, and it all starts with the summer.

[Bits] Who's going to eat all this chocolate?

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Lightning crashing, Flyers fight back.

Hope everyone spent their Easter eating, enjoying family and watching ton(ne)s of playoff hockey.

Larry Brooks Has It All Wrong About The NHL Draft

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I don’t know if you have had a chance to read the latest piece of drivel written by unabashed Rangers homer Larry Brooks. The man has written some absolutely laughable articles in the past, but this may take the cake. We know he doesn’t root for the Islanders. It’s abundantly clear. But, this article may be his most ridiculous of all time.

In his column in Sunday’s Post, Brooks suggests penalizing teams that are perennially in the draft lottery. He believes that teams that finish in the lottery for 3 consecutive years should not be allowed to pick below 8th. If it becomes 5 years in a row, then that pick drops to no better than 11th.

Easter Hockey Bits: Bridgeport season ends without a goal

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Enjoy your holiday, if it's a holiday for you. But it's a day of hockey for everyone.

A few Islanders reads, plus an open thread for Sunday's playoff hockey:

What Islanders Should Do With 5th Overall Pick

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The New York Islanders were awarded the 5th pick in the 2014 NHL draft following Tuesday nights draft lottery. Coming into the lottery the Islanders had a slim 8.1% chance to land the first pick in the draft but instead received what they were projected, which was the 5th pick.  To complete the Thomas Vanek […]

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New York Islanders Sale Talks: Mysterious Billionaire Hockey Fan Might Decide to Bid after the Weekend

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I can't tell you how fun the next few years are going to be.

Back before we knew the New York Islanders were staying in New York but moving to Brooklyn, remember all the fun (but mostly angst) we had as different might-be, should-be, if-it-were-me reports bounced around from published media, message boards, and general hacks?

That's kind of what the sale of a sports franchise is like too. And that's how this is gonna go for the New York Islanders.

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild [Saturday playoff thread]

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Hockey, hockey, more hockey. As Bossy intended.

Saturday features three NHL playoff series playing their Games 2, with start times spanning from 3 p.m. EDT (Blues-Blackhawks) to 9 p.m. (Avalanche-Wild).

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