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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The All Aboard Edition 8/4/15

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The LIRR and Barclays announced yesterday that two additional eastbound trains will leave the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn twenty minutes after weekday home games this season. The lines will run to Farmingdale and Babylon. Fans needing all other lines will have to transfer at Jamaica.

Two additional west bound trains will be available on days of weekend home games for eastern Long Island as well.

Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormank announced last week that an announcement regarding train services to Barclays for Long Island fans was imminent.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Eric Boulton

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07:  Ryan White #25 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Boulton #36 of the New York Islanders fight in the first period on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Eric Boulton

Season: 10 GP – 2 G – 0 A – 2 PTS — 30 PIM — -1

Career: 648 GP – 31 G – 48 A – 79 PTS — 1,419 PIM — -35

Contract: UFA

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Home is Where Your Banners Are Edition 08/03/2015

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UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 05:  A general view prior to the removal of the rink from the Nassau Coliseum on May 5, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders have played their last game at the Nassau Coliseum and will begin to play at the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City next season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In June, the Barclays Center announced the Islanders would not be bringing all their championship banners with them when they moved into their new arena next fall. The four Stanley Cup banners, the individual retirement number banners, the Arbour and Torrey banners will make it, but not the others.

The Bridge Report: What To Do With Grabner, Petrov

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With the month of August already here, it gets to be very quite when it comes to New York Islanders news, but that doesn’t mean Islanders fans don’t have time to analyze their team and begin making their predictions for the upcoming season. One prediction that has been analyzed quite a bit is the roster spots of Michael Grabner and Kirill Petrov. The Islanders are full and there doesn’t appear to be a spot available except for the press box at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Will the Islanders repeat last year and run with a full (humor) 15 forwards, 10 defenseman and 2 goalies?

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Not A Creature Was Stirring 8/2/2015

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SYOSSET, NY - JULY 15: Coach Jack Capuano of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, a New York Islanders affiliate, gives drill instructions during a mini camp at Iceworks July 15, 2008 in Syosset, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There is a lot going on in the world of sports but none of it involves the National Hockey League or New York Islanders as we are into the dog days of the hockey news cycle, August.

It’s time to get reacquainted with the family, finish up those outdoor projects or just sit back and relax pool side with a tasty beverage. Because before you know it, September 17 will be here and the Islanders will be taking the ice for the start of training camp.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: August It Is 8/01/2015

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 12:  A general view of the media interview area at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 12, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders will vacate the arena at the end of this season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The good news is that it’s now August 1st, meaning that the start of training camp is a mere six weeks away. The bad news is that it’s August 1st, meaning that the news cycle really, really slows to a crawl as players and management all vie to squeeze in their last four weeks of family time prior to embarking on another long NHL season.

We’ll do what we can to help you get through the malaise that is sure to set in. We can get through this….together.

What The County Lease Completed Means To The Islanders

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Like it or not, the lease between the New York Islanders and Nassau County is done and over with today. You can point fingers anywhere you want, but you have to go all the way back to Kate Murray’s predecessors of the Dynasty years politicians if you’re gonna start somewhere first. You can blame her all you want, it hasn’t meant much to the politicians the last 40 years and it won’t mean much if she’s re-elected. For Islanders fans, it’s time to embrace Brooklyn for better or worse. For the Islanders organization, the bittersweet farewell to Nassau can only be put into one word after the nonsense they’ve had to endure:

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Handing Over the Keys (7/31/15)

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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Handing Over the Keys

The Islanders lease with the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum officially ends today. A bitter, drawn out divorce that has led the team to new pastures in Brooklyn. However, a tradition was born during the last season at the Coliseum, which will continue in Brooklyn, at least in EA Sports NHL 16.

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Insight’s Andy Graziano gives Nick Leddy a report card

Islanders Summer Report Card: Nick Leddy

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Nick Leddy

Season: 78 GP – 10 G – 27 A – 37 PTS — 14 PIM — +18

Career: 336 GP – 30 G – 100 A – 130 PTS — 48 PIM — +28

Contract: 5.500M cap hit through 2019-20.

Islanders, Barclays Featured In NHL16 Beta Video

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Personally, I have been purchasing the NHL series of video games from EA Sports since 1991, when the original was released for the Sega Genesis, featuring Los Angeles Kings goaltender Kelly Hrudey on the cover.

After the abomination that was last year’s version, the development team at EA has been hard at work trying to improve and add features that were inexplicably left out of the previous iteration of the game, such as EASHL.

Just Take My Money

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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Throwback Thursday (7/30/15)

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at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Throwback Thursday

 

Islanders Summer Report Card: Thomas Hickey

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Thomas Hickey

Season: 81 GP – 2 G – 20 A – 22 PTS — 26 PIM — -12

Career: 202 GP – 7 G – 41 A – 48 PTS — 68 PIM — +2

Contract: $2.2 MM cap hit through 2017-18 (UFA)

Blog: Lubo Out, Brock & Poulin Still Not Signed

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From Sport.cask.sk: From Lubo himself: “Even before the start of the July transfer window (free agency), I have received a proposal for a contract extension from the Islanders management, but we disagreed. They took the younger players, so they decided to go a different route. The situation is now such that I’m waiting to offer.

I had to help with the google translate, but unless there is a plague on the Islanders defense, Lubo probably doesn’t return. He goes on to say that he’d prefer the NHL, but he wouldn’t mind playing in Europe. His health is also a concern so if he continues to be in pain he said he would probably retire. Good luck Lubo.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: No News is Good News, Right? (7/29/15)

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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: No News is Good News

Every time there’s a trade, especially in the Metropolitan Division, Islander fans get in a tizzy. Most years, this would be understandable. This offseason is different – the coaches and management are showing faith in their roster and you should, too. While there’s still time for General Manager Garth Snow to make a move or two, we won’t have any idea until after Arthur Staple tweets it. Guessing will drive you crazy, so too will negative feelings about the upcoming season because Snow didn’t do much during free agency.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Isles Make Prime Time (7/28/15)

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UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait #37 celebrates a goal with New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen #51 against the Nashville Predators during their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 19, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Isles Make Prime Time

Though the Islanders did play on NBCSN twice last year, they were not on the schedule when it was released at this time last year. For the upcoming season, the Islanders will be on national television for the following games:

Islanders Summer Report Card: Colin McDonald

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NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 11:  Colin McDonald #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 11, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-2 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Colin McDonald

Season: 18 GP – 2 G – 6 A – 8 PTS — 0 PIM — -3

Career: 140 GP – 18 G – 26 A – 44 PTS — 66 PIM — minus-25

Islanders To Play On National TV This Year

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Islanders On NBCSN Five Times For 2015-16

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When NBCSN releasing their 2015-16 broadcast schedule for the upcoming season is news that gets fans really talking and interacting on social media, you know that things are extremely quiet in terms of hockey journalism.

It’s too early for season predictions. Too early to pick a speculative Stanley Cup champion. Too early to make fantasy picks. Too early to project lines or starting rosters. And it’s not even August yet.

But, things will turn soon enough and September will be here before you know it, with the Islanders likely to begin training camp on the 17th of the month leading into their first season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Groggy Monday Edition (7/27/15)

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UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 05:  A general view prior to the removal of the rink from the Nassau Coliseum on May 5, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders have played their last game at the Nassau Coliseum and will begin to play at the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City next season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

All is quiet on the western front. Ok, so it’s just quiet in the NHL. It’s the middle of summer for Pete’s sake! It’s also Monday. So grab your favorite cup of coffee and let’s look at what’s going on in the hockey world.

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