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12/06/07 - Free Fall

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Well, the Islanders are doing... terribly. Go figure the last game I can see on TV this year is another depressing loss to the B's. Anyway, I wanted to quickly assure everyone that I'm still here -- working through the last weeks of the Fall semester -- and I'm now working on a collaborative piece with other NHL bloggers. It should be ready soon, so check back sometime next week for the scoop.

11/10/07 - Ketchup

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Hey. It's been a while, I know, but it's also been a hectic few weeks (combined with a few stretches of no Islanders games). In any case, things are looking up for the Islanders lately, who stand tonight with the 2nd best winning percentage in the East.

Today, the Islanders re-acquired defenseman Freddy Meyer, which is by all accounts a great move. Letting him go wasn't the plan back in October; the roster conflict necessitated his move to the Sound Tigers, but having a one-way contract, Freddy needed to be put on waivers first. If he's nothing else, he is even more gritty depth and insurance against further injury. I doubt that he is going to be traded, as well.

Additionally, it looks like Bryan Berard is just days away from returning to the lineup, which should help pull the powerplay back up to the top of the league (he left with 4 points, and 2 game-winning goals in just 5 games).

10/14/07 - Week Two

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An interesting week, indeed. Following up a gritty win against the Rangers was an embarrassing loss in Toronto, and a tough loss in Philly. But we should have known what was coming, playing in Toronto after last season. (Unsportsmanlike on Comrie? Are you serious?)

Anyway... while parts of the team preformed well, namely Bryan Berard and the 3rd and 4th lines, the Comrie-Guerin-Fedotenko top line has seemingly fallen asleep. If the team is going to be successful regularly, it is going to have to rely on this line for at least one or two points per game. Obviously, it's a lot to ask of a single line, but in all honesty, they have the skills to do it. And the way the defense is shooting, it won't take a whole lot more to take the pressure off of DiPietro and Dubielewicz. Let's not forget that the Isles bought-out Yashin because he was inconsistent; what the team needs is a reliably producing first line.

10/09/07 - Week One

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After three games, the Islanders stand with a 2-1 record against the Rangers tomorrow night. This nationally televised game will surely be every bit as exciting as the preseason brawl that occurred just over two weeks ago.

With that said, the Islanders have been playing very well as a team, and the new top line of Guerin, Comrie, and Fedotenko has proved to be among the league's most effective over these past games.

Despite yesterday's loss to the Capitals, I've really liked what the Islanders have put out there thus far. And with today's addition of Bryan Berard to the formal lineup, things can only get more interesting. It's unfortunate to see Freddy Meyer go (waivers to PHX), but you gotta do what's best for the team, and Berard can clearly run our powerplay most effectively. Not to mention that the Isles have the best PP in the league thus far, as well.

9/17/07 - It Begins

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Thanks to the wonder of the internet, hockey fans everywhere were able to view tonight's preseason match between the Islanders and the Thrashers in North Bay, Ontario.

Now, if only they would make that sort of thing possible on nightly basis... wait.

Today also marked the launch of the NHL's new online TV service, powered by NHL Center Ice. For $150, even a castaway (ha) like myself could watch the games live. This could be huge. But then again, $150 is a lot to a college budget. For now, we'll see what happens.

Moving along. The gap in posts. A combination of lack-of-news and the bustle of move-in and classes has kept me from posting for a little less than a month. A quick recap, for continuity's sake:

I bought 2

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I bought 2 packs of 06-07 Black Daimond and got SHUT OUT! Not a single insert! Ouch.

Redemptions

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A few months ago, I bought a box of 2001-2002 SPX and got a redemption card. Luckily, UD still sent me a Scott Clemenson RC in return for the rookie redemption. I don't the redemption idea. Especially because with older cards, the redemptions may not still be redeemable. Anyone have that problem?

Sorting the Cards

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Well, I just finished going through a box of 2007-2008 SP Authentic and got a few nice cards. I pulled a signed Brent SeaBrook FW RC, Brian McGrattan FW RC, and Alexander Radulov signed FW RC. I would say that although they are nice cards, I was a little disappointed that i didn't get a big time pull. Anyone get a great pull from a 2007-2008 SP Authentic? Til Next Time....

8/26/07 - The Case for Bergeron

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Early this week, it became apparent that the Islanders will have defenseman Bryan Berard try-out at training camp this year. Berard, who will be testing his injury-prone back and poor eyesight for a shot at a job, would be expected to fill the role of offensive defenseman with his powerful shot and offensive skill. But can too many cooks ruin a power play unit? Let's not forget one of the scoring defensemen we already have.

8/25/07 - A New Look

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Hey all, sorry for the brief period of downtime as I fixed the blog template. But as you can see, I've finally got the colors working better, and added a new background image! Please, if you have a second, give me some feedback on the poll to the right! Or, if you really have some great ideas, criticism, or otherwise interesting words to get out, leave a comment.

Thanks,
-Andy

8/17/07 - Sizes, Prices, and Cut

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Since yesterday, many questions have come up regarding the new RBK Edge uniform for our Isles. The Islanders' order form was oddly vague, and offered little as far as choice and quality.

It also appears that the uniforms being pre-ordered by the Islanders are the replica cut, and even customized for $210, are not the same as those featured by the team.

8/16/07 - New Uniforms Unveiled

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Put this one to bed, folks. After months of speculation, nerves, and flying rumors, the Islanders today unveiled their official RBK Edge uniforms for next season. And let me say, they are very sharp indeed.

1st Blog

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Hello All,

Well, this is my first blog. Welcome!!! It's 2 am and I'm frustrated that hockey cards are so expensive nowadays. Do you think we can bring back the 25 cent packs? Please let me know your thoughts!

8/15/07 - Isles add Vasicek, Depth

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It wouldn't be late summer if you could actually recognize the Islanders team, would it? But as I like to look at it, change is good. And as for a team that lost nearly all of their top players in July, we'll take all the depth we can find.

Today, the Islanders signed depth forward Josef Vasicek. At 26, the large-framed center brings a lot to the defensive end of the forwards. From how he is described, he is another classic 'Nolan-type' player.

8/13/07 - Back in Business

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Hey all,
I'm back at the helm, with a freshly tuned computer and a fresh look at the Islanders community. The summer is beginning to wind down, and as any good hockey fan knows, that means things are just getting started for another year.

But it also means that I'll soon be returning to Boston... a place where there are no Islanders, only Bruins. But that's only going to redouble my efforts here. After all, following the team from afar is what I do; it's why I'm writing here.

Though this week brought some Islanders news I couldn't be here to cover, there will assuredly be plenty more as this summer ends, as training camp begins, and right through until the drop of the puck on October 5th.

8/04/07 - Downtime

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Due to computer repair and a short time spent away from home, Islanders Castaway will be unattended for a little over one week. Apart from (very) major developments, there will be a lull in updates until next Monday at the earliest.

You can find all the latest Islanders related news, rumors, and discussion from any of the fine sites in IslesNet, located on the right-hand side of this page.

As always, thanks for reading!

8/03/07 - Hunter Gets a Raise

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Though not the full asking price for Trent, an arbitrator ruled that Trent Hunter's salary for 2007-08 will rise to $1.55M. As expected, the Islanders accepted the ruling. I couldn't put it better than Garth himself:

"Letting Trent go was never a consideration for us," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "He's an important piece to our team; that was never up for debate. We're glad he'll be in an Islanders uniform in September."

He really is the future of this team, on and off the ice. Can't wait to see what he does in the upcoming season. He is on track to have a career year, being an UFA next summer.

8/01/07 - Hunter at Arbitration

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Today, clutch forward Trent Hunter and the Islanders made their cases in front of an NHL arbritator. There is no news regarding the meeting or its outcome, but there will surely be some details.

Check back here often, as well as all the sites in IslesNet for the lastest updates on the case; they may come as early as tonight.

UPDATE 9:10PM:

7/28/07 - Isles Uniforms '08 III (Update)

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Thanks to an alert Islanders fan at Islanders Country forums, we now have another look at the new RBK uniforms for next year.

This photo is from Stony Brook University, where there was an Islanders moon-bounce set up as a promotion at the SBU Film Festival.

Hey, it's Yashin! Not sure when this was painted, but it can be assumed that (based on more recent accounts of the uniforms) it was after the buy-out and the order was simply not updated/changed.

7/26/07 - Islanders Uniforms '08... Again

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There's been a recent lull in Islanders news, so now might be a good time to discuss what's new with the uniform redesign for the Isles.

Before all else, let's just acknowledge that nobody really knows what is going on in the Islanders camp, and that everything we know is based on a leaked photo, and dozens of rumors and other conjecture.

Here is the infamous leaked photograph:


We know for sure that the photo was taken with a cell phone, and that the uniforms pictured are real. But real doesn't mean final. Many have noted the various other uniforms hanging up in the photograph, and expect that this one is most likely a prototype.

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