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Isles Seek Executive

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From Art Staple of Newsday:

Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have not said anything publicly during the Islanders’ dismal start to the owners’ first season in charge. But they have been busy.

Newsday has learned that Malkin and Ledecky have been meeting since the summer with a number of people in the hockey world, from former team chief officers to power agents to retired players, in hopes of finding a “big name” to step in and oversee the Isles’ operations.

Blog: Isles Late Bloomers Begin To Shine

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What a difference a week makes, especially when the New York Islanders win three in a row. The Islanders had to beat the Calgary Flames if they wanted to even dream about making the playoffs. It was a dream come true for them when they beat both the Penguins and Capitals Wednesday and yesterday, respectably. Hoping that the Islanders do not lose another three straight, you can make a string case that they will be in the playoff hunt well into January. Big sigh of relief. So let’s talk about a few players who all have some thing in common: Late bloomers. Two of them are having career years and give the Islanders a little more time to be patient before making any kind of moves(apparently), while one is having an identity crisis and the other is biding his time.

Pulock To Miss Game Against Flames

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From Brian Compton:

Blog: Playoff Run Begins Now For Islanders

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The New York Islanders have completed twenty games after losing to the San José Sharks yesterday by a score of 3-2. At this stage of the season, enough games have past that I take a much longer look at the point-pace of every Eastern Conference team and I can begin to see who should be in the playoffs and who I should be looking at for the draft lottery. If someone had told me that at the beginning of the season that the Islanders would be one of those early lottery teams, I would’ve taken that bet and lost a significant amount of money. To my jubilation no one thought the Islanders would be in a spot like this. No one. Had the Islanders suffered through a major plague and become decimated with injuries, sure there might be some heat taken off, but for a team that has lost one or two defenseman at a time, this rabbit hole goes down to a darker kind of wonderland. So before we get into the Islanders, let’s look at how the rest of the Eastern Conference looks.

Blog: California Dreamin For Isles

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With the Islanders at 5-8-4 and entering a three game California tour of Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles, the New York Islanders find themselves toying with the idea of not making the playoffs. In order for the Islanders to keep in the race, they’ll need to win at least 2 out of the next three and hope that teams like the Devils, Bruins, Senators and Panthers continue to either lose or struggle. Make no mistake, the Isles have until game 30 before I will officially declare them out of the playoffs, which would put them around Christmas time, but the Islanders need to rack up a few wins if they want to keep the season going.

Blog: Thoughts Through 13

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So after thirteen games, the New York Islanders are a little better than they were a few days ago. Every player save for Mathew Barzal now has a goal, but he’ll eventually get his chance, maybe. The goaltending gave up less than 3 goals and did not give up a goal with less than three minutes to play and the Islanders are now 1-0-2 in there last 3. So instead of writing with what’s wrong with them because I’ll let social media handle that, I’ll just go over what I see/hear/read from a distance two states away and give my take on a more positive twist. Here are my thoughts…..

Hamonic Out 4-6 Weeks; Decisions on Halak, Barzal May Speed Up

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New York Islanders Engulfed In Their Own Turmoil

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As the New York Islanders enter tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, drama has once again taken up occupancy in Brooklyn. The Isles are 3-5 in this early season and because of the slow start, many are blaming Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, Anders Lee and of course Islanders head coach Jack Capuano and Islanders general manager Garth Snow. I’m not here to defend anyone, but I believe there is a recurring issue that does not involve either coach or general manager. Here’s a few things that I’ve noticed during this short season:

Blog: Believe In The Potential, Not The Hype

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For years during the rebuild, the New York Islanders have struggled to find goaltending and depth. Three summers ago they signed Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal and he became the undisputed number one goalie. Last year, the Islanders signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year deal and he not only filled in admirably, he helped John Tavares and the Islanders advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. Before last season began, Halak was injured to start the season and the Islanders claimed J.F Berube, Calder Cup winner and former Los Angeles Kings prospect to fill in when necessary and winning half of his games last year. All three goalies are on the roster to start this season and it appears it will continue until it is necessary to make a change.

Thoughts Before The Sharks Game

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Heading into tonight’s game against the San José Sharks, I just wanted to bring up a few thoughts as the season gets longer and we start to see the team materialize so fans have an idea of what to expect in the upcoming games.

Josh Bailey looks different this year and that’s a good thing. Bailey played in over 23 minutes against Anaheim and was not a detriment on the ice. I noticed it in preseason and he looks good so far, but what I need to see out of Josh is a full season of this new determination and not a 5-7 game streak.

I still feel the goaltending is good, but I’ll be critical of Jaro Halak because his last game should’ve been a shutout. He and the defense need to communicate to figure out when the defense should get involved in blocking a shot or letting clearing a path so he can clearly see the puck and make the save. Having said that, he should be in net tonight against the Sharks.

Isles Lose & Need To Get On The Same Page

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The New York Islanders lost their second consecutive game and begin the young season 0-2-0 by losing to the Washington capitals 2-1. I did not see the game but you can see the highlights here:

I really can’t give you me take on the game either but the theme is still the same after two games: Not everyone are on the same page yet. Here’s a quote from Ryan Strome via the New York Islanders:

“There’s not a lot of time to think about it, we have to play tomorrow night,” Strome said. “It’s important that we get on the same page. For bits and pieces of these games we’ve had some guys going, some guys not going, we need all of our guys on the same page – 12 forwards, six D for 60 minutes and we’ll be fine. We have a good opportunity tomorrow at home.”

Isles Lose Season Opener To The Rangers

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From the New York Islanders:

On a night full of new faces and new line combinations, it was a pair of old running mates that accounted for the New York Islanders’ offense. 

Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin mounted a comeback effort for the Islanders, but the effort of the energetic trio was not enough, as the Isles fell to the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden on opening night. 

Isles Talk Eastern Conference Predictions 2016-17

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It’s that time again where I try to take some pride in making my Eastern Conference predictions and finding out in 6 months whether I know what I’m writing about. Again, it is my opinion and not of the entire staff here at Isles Talk. I have my usual criteria where I place each team into four different categories: 6 Core teams, 4 bubble teams, 3 sophomore teams and 3 lottery teams. I’ll give a description of each one and since this is a New York Islanders web page, I’ll save my analysis for them at the end. Now I have to admit, I’ve had a really difficult time putting certain teams in different categories. Some of the teams are obvious, but I’m going to be honest this looks like a 12 team race for the playoffs. Many of the bottom teams have improved over the last year or two and some just don’t deserve to be where I put them.

John Panarese – Islander Fan – Blind Hockey Fan – Great Fan

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Hockey From the Blind Side - Mr. John Panarese
Hockey From the Blind Side – Mr. John Panarese

As you all know – John Panarese has been writing with me for a long time.  John and I met many years ago when I was introduced to him via my old boss at Avis where I used to work.  John is his brother-in-law, and my old boss told me that I HAD to meet him, and I would be blown away by what he knows.

Seidenberg Signs With Islanders

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From the New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
Seidenberg, 35, scored 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 61 games with the Boston Bruins last season. It was the Schwenningen, Germany, native’s thirteenth National Hockey League season and seventh with the Bruins. Seidenberg won a Stanley Cup Championship with Boston in 2011.

Blog: The Great Debate That Is Jaro Halak

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With Team Europe making a stunning advancement into the World Cup Finals against everyone’s favorite Cup winner, Canada, there’s been a name floating around in the hockey media for all the right reasons, New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Halak, along with a group of Stanley Cup savvy veterans, have beaten teams like Team USA and recently just defeated Team Sweden to advance to the Cup final. Then there’s former Islanders Miro Satan comment about Halak’s performance:

Ryan Strome Signs With Islanders

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From the New York Islanders:

The New York Islanders announced today that Ryan Strome has agreed to terms on a two-year deal.
Strome, 23, scored 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 71 games last season with the Islanders. The Mississauga, ON, native added four points (one goal, three assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

My Take: The plus side to this is that he’s signed. According to Art Staple, it’s a two-year deal worth 5 million. That’s close to where I thought Strome would be, especially when I had him compared to Mika Zibanejad, who got a slightly higher contract from the Rangers. So now let’s enjoy watching the World Cup and let the real training camp begin. Let’s go!!!

Anders Lee: Fantasy Dark Horse

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From NHL.com:

Lee took a big step back from a goal-scoring standpoint in his second full NHL season; he had 15 on 183 SOG after having 25 on 197 SOG playing mostly with John Tavares as a rookie. Veteran Andrew Ladd has the inside track on the top-line LW spot after signing a seven-year contract with the Islanders, but Lee remains a threat to regain his old spot or build chemistry on a young second line with rookie Mathew Barzal and bounce-back hopeful Ryan Strome. Lee, who missed all 11 of New York’s postseason games because of a broken fibula, can return to the 20-goal realm and build on his strong category coverage (51 PIMs, 14 PPP) as long as he remains on the Islanders’ first power-play unit. 

Stat projection: 22 goals, 26 assists, plus-3, 46 PIMs, 16 PPP, 194 SOG

Blog: When Will Ryan Strome Sign?

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With the New York Islanders training camp approaching, the biggest cause for concern is unsigned, restricted free agent center Ryan Strome. There has been a team policy in place for over a decade that if restricted free agent players are not signed by the start of training camp, they will not be playing the season for the Islanders. This has happened to three notable players: Brad Isbister, Zdeno Chara, and Sean Bergenheim. The first two called then majority owner Charles Wang’s “bluff” and they did not start the season with the Isles because of their contract hold-outs. The reason why they were brought back during the season was because it was the first year it was implemented and Wang cut them a break. The same could not be said for Bergenheim, who spent the year over in Europe. The most recent player to cut it close was Brock Nelson last year when he signed at the start of camp. Does Strome really want to sit out? The obvious answer is no. So what’s the hold up?

Blog: Ladd & Strome Look To Have Bounce Back Years

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From NHL.com: David Satriano believes that both New York Islanders Andrew Ladd and Ryan Strome should have bounce back years this coming season and fans should look at putting them into their fantasy teams.

Andrew Ladd, LW, New York Islanders (ADP: 84.8; NHL.com: 90)
Ladd has provided underrated category coverage through the years, and has a chance to see an offensive boost after signing with the Islanders. He scored 25 goals between the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks last season, but took steps back in points (46), rating (minus-13), PIMs (45), PPP (14) and SOG (181) after finishing among the top 30 fantasy assets in 2014-15 (62 points, plus-9, 72 PIMs, 19 PPP, 224 SOG). Playing on the top line with elite center John Tavares and right wing PA Parenteau could mean big numbers across the board again for Ladd.

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