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Blog: Isles Damned If They Win, Damned If They Lose

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Pelech In For Hamonic

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From Art Staple of Newsday:

“He went down and played a game (in Bridgeport) last week, he’s had a lot of conditioning and a few good practices,” Jack Capuano said of Pelech, who was injured on Nov. 28 and hasn’t played for the Isles since. “He’s played with Leds before so we’ll put him in there. I liked his game a lot before he got hurt.” Jack Capuano

My Take: I’m interested to see the chemistry between Pelech and Leddy as well. It’s time to see what the Isles really have in Pelech and it would certainly make the trade deadline more dramatized if Pelech meets or exceeds expectations, especially if the Isles can’t rack up points. The rumor is Hamonic is to be out for the next four games, so keep an eye on Pelech.


John Tavares Says He Staying……..Again

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From Steve Marcus of Newsday:

“I think for myself, I’ve always shown and talked about my commitment here,’’

“Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we’ve done. Obviously, this [low] point’s been disappointing.’’

“For myself, I know that I have not been to the level that I expect of myself and the standard that I want to be at,’’ he said. “[I] keep trying to improve and get better. I need to be counted on more, to be more of a difference-maker.’’

“I think I’ve stated enough how much I enjoy being here.’’

John Tavares

Islanders Prospects Getting Extra Experience

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For Vande Sompel, this is more of a home-coming as it is some extra playoff experience as the London Knights are looking to win the OHL once again. The soon to be 20-year-old has had some impressive numbers and should be called upon to be in Bridgeport’s lineup next year.

Islanders Were Well Represented

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If you missed the World Junior Championships last night in Montreal, you missed what may have been the greatest junior game….ever. In a hard fought battle, the United States came out victorious over Canada 5-4 in a shootout. There were two prospects who were in this game and represented the possible future of the New York Islanders: USA’s Kieffer Bellows and Canada’s Mathew Barzal. Who did I pick to win?

Isles Recall Pelech

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Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Matt Duchene & Gabriel Landeskog

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For the sake of his job and any hopes the New York Islanders might have of making the playoffs, Garth Snow should be inquiring about Duchene or Landeskog.

The club currently sits with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, a year after reaching the second round of the playoffs. This past year the Islanders watched as last season’s second- and third-highest scorers – Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen – elected to go elsewhere.

Given that Andrew Ladd has also disappointed since signing as a free agent, the team could use more offensive help. As collateral, this past summer Travis Hamonic made headlines after reportedly requesting a trade.

Hamonic has since rescinded the request, but should talks between the two clubs take place, he could be a part of a package going back to Colorado.

Gary & John Talk With Sound Tigers Voice Alan Fuehring

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Sports Talk 1240 radio hosts & Isles Talk alumni Gary Harding and John Panarese sat down with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play-by-play announcer Alan Fuehring. They discussed the new goalie situation, how Bracken Kearns and Scott Mayfield are looked upon as leaders on the team, how Ryan Pulock has been playing since coming back from injuries and the rest of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The guys also talk about the Islanders and what they need to do away from the Barclays Center. Here are a few ice chips from the show:

John: What is your opinion of Michael Dal Colle?

Alan: I’ve been really impressed on how he’s played. He brings a lot of energy to the line up, shows he a 5th overall pick, his shot is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Blog: Isles Have A Perect Storm Approaching

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To all the Islanders fans, I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve. I wish nothing but the best for you as we embark into 2017. It’s a new year and it just quite possibly be a new season of sorts for the New York Islanders. New York responded well after sending former starting goalie, Jaroslav Halak, to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL as they beat Winnipeg Jets yesterday with a convincing 6-2 win. Thomas Greiss started in net and earned his ninth win of the season. He will now resume the number one goalie position for the foreseeable future and the timing could not be any better. As a matter of fact, the entire Islanders team coming together looks like a perfect storm about ready to blow.

Isles Lose To Wild; Halak Waived

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Last nights game against the Minnesota Wild personified what this season has been like between the Islanders and goalie Jaroslav Halak. There were a few things to not like, but I’ll try to condense a short version because I’m sure it’s been drilled by other media outlets. First off, the Islanders are now 6-12-1 against teams in the top ten in the NHL. They have not yet recovered from losing all 4 games this season to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Had the Isles won this game against the Wild, it paints a better picture. On a bright note, the offense is now on pace for 235 goals which beats out last years team. Make no mistake, last nights game was sloppy but winnable. Here are a few tweets that I retweeted to emphasize parts of the game:

Isles Talk Investment: Buy, Sell or Hold on Jack Capuano

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I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and the small break from hockey. So now I’m going to take you from being cheer and merry to whatever mood you’re in when you read the words, Jack Capuano. Just from the title alone, I’ll get yelled at by someone, somewhere. Why in the world would I even think about wanting to keep him as a coach at this point? Three reasons: First: my personal, hockey opinion of him does not matter because the Islanders will do what they want. Second, I wrote back in early 2014 that the Islanders should have relieved him of his duties and he’s still here. From a writers point of view, I learned my lesson to just write as I hear or see. Finally, in order for a coach to be relieved of his duties, he needs to either lose the locker room and/or have different philosophical views of the team moving forward. So let’s see if it’s time to buy (keep), sell (fire) or hold on to Jack Capuano.

Blog: Too Little, Too Late

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The one line that sent chills down my spine which clearly represented this New York Islanders season was said by their play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke at the last moments of the Isles losing to the Ottawa Senators was this: “Too little, too late.” As the Islanders completed their 31st game of this NHL season, it’s a harsh reality and a harder pill to swallow when I begin, with confidence, “eliminating” teams from the playoff race even after thirty games. Yes, it is possible after thirty games to do so and while this may seem like a “DUH!!” moment for some of the long, and still suffering Islanders fans, I do take into account the math part and less of the emotional. This is not baseball. This is not calculate how many points behind a playoff team, divide by two and that’s how many games back your team is. They play the percentages. Just because there’s roughly 50 games left doesn’t mean your team is still in it.

Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Isles & Bruins In Talks About Spooner; Kulemin

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From Joe Haggerty of

The 23-year-old Spooner was mentioned casually a few months ago as possible fodder in a Jacob Trouba deal with the Winnipeg Jets, but that deal never really materialized prior to the Jets signing their young, frontline D-man to a two-year deal. The Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks have all expressed interest in Spooner, per one hockey source, as it appears that things simply aren’t going to work out for him in Boston. 

Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Duchene, Landeskog, Duclair, Yakupov

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Since it’s a slow night, I’d figure I take a look around the internet to see any possible trade rumors involving the Islanders. There really isn’t anything concrete or anything of substance, but I’ll just have some fun and this is strictly for entertainment, I have no confirmation on anything here, pure speculation.

From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:

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…..

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