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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 10:  Lubomir Visnovsky #11 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

When it’s quiet, it’s pretty silent during the summer, but there was a little bit of news on the New York Islanders front yesterday.Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple took to Twitter yesterday and addressed a few topics.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|27|15

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New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

The Rangers dominated Game 6 in Tampa, beating the Lightning 7-3 in what became a blowout in the third period. The series is now tied at 3 games apiece, and a decisive Game 7 will be played on Friday in New York.

Bedgear Islanders Pillowcase Giveaway

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Bedgear produces some of the finest sleep materials ever made. I can attest to personally sleeping every night on a Bedgear ‘Dawn’ model pillow that has given me the best sleep I have had in some time. And for someone who is not used to sleeping soundly, that is certainly saying something.

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From the company’s website:

‘Islanders Like Me’ Music Video

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Otto Art Captures Islanders History

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Long Island born Branden Otto had a vision after graduating from Sayville high school and Hofstra University. He knew he was into art, knew he was good at it and decided to further his education at Adelphi University for art education.

In 2010, Otto Art was formed and is run by the entrepreneur out of his current home in Richmond, Virginia. Featuring all hand-made designs across a wide spectrum of memorabilia, Branden has taken the initiative this season with the closing of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to allow his fandom to bleed into his work.

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers - Game Five

The Rangers have now been put into a corner, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in yesterday’s Game 5. New York is now in a 3-2 series hole, and they must win out in order to play in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Neither team did much on offense last night, as the neither the Lightning nor Rangers managed 30 shots on goal. The game was relatively even in the sense of pressure, with both teams having their respective times of serious pressure. However, the Rangers failed to capitalized during their times of offensive pressure, which resulted in a loss for the home team.

Nassau Coliseum’s Greatest Moment: 27 to 23

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Nystrom Celebrates Winning Goal At Stanley Cup

Some moments win games, some moments win championships, but very few professional sports organizations have produced a moment that sports historians can qualify as a moment that influenced an entire culture.

The New York Islanders have.

It doesn’t matter how long ago it was or what exactly a crosstown rival is doing in the playoffs right now if you want to appreciate its significance.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 5/23/15

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I guess the New York Islanders were just not ready for prime time this season.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 5/22/15

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UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 11:  The New York Islanders take part in opening game festivities prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 11, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The finalists for the NHL’s General Manager of the Year award are to be announced tonight before Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals and I’m going to go out on a limb and predict one of them to be a polarizing figure (for the New York Islanders fanbase, anyways).

Dal Colle Looks To Add More Silverware

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Michael Dal Colle will only turn 19 years of age on June 20 of this year. He is already one of the most highly touted Islanders prospects to come along in quite some time, being selected in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

With three years of Ontario Hockey League play under his belt as a member of the Oshawa Generals, Dal Colle has amassed an amazing 96 goals and 140 assists in just 182 games.

This season, he led Oshawa to their first OHL championship since 1996-97 when they defeated Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters four games to one, tying for the team lead with eight goals and 23 assists in 21 playoff games.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|22|15- Coaching Edition

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Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders

All of the team’s coaching staff will be returning next season, which puts pressure on head coach Jack Capuano to perform. The Isles are undoubtedly on the rise, and if the team is not succeeding in the early stages of the 2015-16 season, the current head coach may very well find himself on a very short leash.

However, after the season the team just had, it is too early to declare that the Islanders are passing up on better coaching options?

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings yells to his players in the final minute of the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

“Wow,” is the only thought I had when the terms of Mike Babcock’s contract as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs were announced yesterday afternoon.

After much speculation as to whether or not Babcock would remain behind Detroit’s bench, where he has been the past 10 years, Babcock took a whopping eight-year, $50 million deal to coach Toronto in what is sure to be a game-changer for future coaches looking for jobs.

Kyle Okposo’s Future With Islanders To Be Decided

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on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Time flies, doesn’t it? It feels like just yesterday when the New York Islanders locked up Kyle Okposo to a five-year, $14 million contract extension following the 2010-11 season. Islanders fans were thrilled that Okposo, then 22, would be staying on Long Island for the next half-decade at seemingly great value.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|20|15

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John Spano, as many Islanders fans already know, is not one to always tell the truth. Spending nearly six years in prison after convincing banks a whopping 80 million dollars to purchase the Isles at the franchise’s lowest point, Spano has not been one to follow the law when it comes to economics.

You would think one would learn his or her lesson after spending serious time in prison, but Spano continued to commit acts of financial fraud. The former Isles “savior” pleaded guilty for accumulating up to 150,000 dollars for medical purchases for facilities in Ohio.

Islanders: Looking Ahead At Cap Situation

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General manager Garth Snow has done a marvelous job to this point managing the New York Islanders salary cap situation, signing many integral pieces to ‘cap-friendly’ long-term deals and locking up essential pieces to the future success of the franchise with the extensions given last season to Johnny Boychuk and

Blog: Q & A With Islanders GM Garth Snow

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On May 18th 2015, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow sat down with the members of the Islanders Booster Club for a little Q & A session. The mood was light, the atmosphere was calm, and it felt like a family reunion with no yelling, screaming, or anything else that would ruin the occasion. Despite the early first round exit, the Islanders did record their first +100 point season in 30 years, so there wasn’t much to nit pick about. I’m not going to run down the whole meeting because you should be a member of the booster club to get the full experience, but I will give Islanders fans a small glimpse as to what Snow has planned for this offseason. Fair warning, it may not be much.

Just a few ice chips:

Matt Donovan is now an unrestricted free agent and will be looking to play for another team

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|18|15 – Silver and Bronze

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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12:  Brock Nelson (R) of United States and Richard Panik (L) of Slovakia battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between United States and Slovakia at CEZ Arena on May 12, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

The 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships have ended, and it’s fair to say the New York Islanders were represented well.

Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Nikolay Kulemin each left Prague with medals yesterday. Team USA took home Bronze with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic. Russia exited the tournament with Silver, losing in the championship game, 6-1, to Team Canada.

Blog: Coming Of Age For Calvin de Haan

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During the New York Islanders rebuild if there was one player on defense where fans would scratch their heads and say “why him?” it’s defenseman Calvin de Haan. It was bad enough for fans at the 2008 draft where Islanders General Manager Garth Snow traded down several picks and selected Josh Bailey when winger Nikita Filatov was clearly available, but he made another bizarre move in 2009 by trading up for Calvin de Haan when they had a point-blank shot at Nick Leddy. Only the Detroit Red Wings had de Haan on their radar because the hope was he’d fall into their laps at number 30. If Detroit wanted him, that’s usually a big thing.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|17|15 The Dal Colle Edition

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Erie Otters v Oshawa Generals - Game Five

Although the start of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals has been the big news in the NHL this weekend, Islanders fans were given a pleasant reminder about the Isles’ bright future when Michael Dal Colle and the Oshawa Generals secured the Ontario Hockey League Championship on Friday night. The Generals will advance to the 2015 Memorial Cup which is set to begin next Friday.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|16|15 The Keep Your Enemies Closer Edition

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The NHL Eastern Conference Finals will begin today at 1:00 o’clock while the New York Islanders will remain at home to contemplate what could have been. And yes, to make matters worse, the series will feature the New York Rangers against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Most Islanders’ fans would rather not be watching, but should they be? Could a young Islanders team, and maybe even their fan base, be learning something from watching what a veteran Rangers team has been achieving in the NHL playoffs these last two seasons, even if it has not yet resulted in the Rangers hoisting a Stanley Cup?

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