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A Changing In The Guard

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charles-wangWell – the transition begins.

Here is the official notice from the Islanders Web Site:

UNIONDALE, NY (August 19, 2014) – The New York Islanders announced today that a group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London based investor Scott Malkin has reached a definitive agreement, subject to NHL approval, to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team. Under the terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and Governor of the Islanders, with the Ledecky/Malkin group transitioning to majority owner in two years.

Sunday Times 8.27.2014

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For your Sunday reading pleasure.

For your Sunday reading pleasure.

Islanders Point Blank talks about John Tavares and his rating on NHL 15

Dan Saraceni’s movie review of the Mighty Ducks 

Al Arbour Battles Dementia

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Thoughts are with him.

Thoughts are with him.

From WGR 550 in Buffalo

“We love the man. Today, he’s going through a little tough time with dementia right now,” Bryan Trottier

Why Charles Wang Should Sell The Islanders

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It's not like Charles shook Sinatra's hand right?

It’s not like Charles shook Sinatra’s hand right?

I’ve been reluctant to write about this, but for some odd reason, I feel compelled to do so once again. Andrew Barroway is suing New York Islanders owner Charles Wang for 10 million dollars because of they had a “Hand Shake” agreement that Wang would sell the New York Islanders for over 400 million dollars and then Wang backed away from the deal.  When was Charles ever quoted in saying he was selling the Islanders?

Changes to Isles Talk and other thoughts.

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It has been a long time since I wrote on this page…. Just a lot going on in my life, and it took away from the other things that I like to do (including this).

It was a decent summer in Islander country.  I am so glad that the goaltending situation was fixed.  I really believe that Halak and Johnson are a great tandem, and moved up into the top third in the league in that category, without even playing a game.  True, the defense that will be in front of them are not as good as the Blues and Bruins respectively, but the goaltending will make the defensemen better.  So for that – you have to be a little hopeful.

Getting Grabovski and Kulemin will surely help.  I believe that both of these gentlemen want a little bit of a reclamation to their respective careers, so getting this chance can only help.

Kevin Poulin Days Before Opening Night

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Who knows? Maybe we'll see a game or two from him on the Island

Who knows? Maybe we’ll see a game or two from him on the Island

Sunday Times: 8.10.14

Does Garth Snow’s Offseason Improvements Put Capuano On The Hot Seat? Isles Blog

Dan Petriw answers your questions in Isles Mailbag. HockeyBuzz

Top 5 Islanders Games Vs. Penguins

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This was a good time.

This was a good time.

Barroway Bows Out

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In this case, no news is bad news for some Isles fans.

In this case, no news is bad news for some Isles fans.

Newsday:

Negotiations to sell the Islanders to Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway have ceased, a person familiar with the discussions said Tuesday. Talks with Barroway are not expected to resume, the person said.

There is no indication if other potential buyers have emerged.

NHL: Isles Improve; Not A Playoff Team

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NHL's 30 in 30 started early for Islanders fans.

NHL’s 30 in 30 started early for Islanders fans.

The NHL came out with it’s 30 teams in 30 days segment for the month of August and the New York Islanders were first on their list. First, let me start off my saying I thoroughly enjoyed this piece and everyone should go read it and then come back here. I thought the top prospects page was pretty much spot on as well. Basically from what I got from the rest it were some of the usual questions entering the season:

 

 

 

It’s Time For The Rubber Match

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Let's really renew this rivalry. Photo Courtesy of NHL.com

Let’s really renew this rivalry. Photo Courtesy of NHL.com

April 24th, 1994

The Bridge Report: Why Re-Sign Poulin?

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Why resign Poulin?

Why resign Poulin?

According to various websites, the New York Islanders have resigned restricted free agent goalie Kevin Poulin to a one year/two way deal.

Isles Talk: Sunday Times

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For your Sunday reading pleasure.

For your Sunday reading pleasure.

Mid Summer Thoughts: Development

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Could he get the Griffin Reinhart treatment?

Could he get the Griffin Reinhart treatment?

Isles Ink de Haan & Cizikas To Contracts

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The negotiator does it again.

The negotiator does it again.

From various reports: The New York Islanders have signed center Casey Cizikas to a two year $2 million dollar contract & defenseman Calvin de Haan to a three year $5.9 million contract.

Kabanov Bought Out

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From Art Staple:

Islanders have placed F Kirill Kabanov on unconditional waivers.

Donovan & Gallant Remain Islanders

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Donovan must be ready.

Donovan must be ready.

The New York Islanders have announced that defenseman Matt Donovan and forward Brett Gallant have accepted their qualifying offers.

According to Cap Geek, Donovan’s one-year, two-way deal is worth $826,875, NHL level. If he is demoted, he will receive the same $65,000 in the AHL as he did in his previous contract. Gallant will make $75,000 in the AHL and $605,000 if he returns to the NHL.

 

 

Hockey from the Blind Side, Evaluating After the Smoke Has Cleared

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Are the Isles done with off season moves yet? I guess that is now the question that still is being bandied about in parts of Islander Country. Paul addressed this topic in a recent post, and I fall into his camp as far as believing that the Islanders could be very well set for what they have for next season, yet, at the same time, there are assets that can be dangled for a trade for that top 4 D-man.

I have been reading a lot about the minicamp and I am left with a lot of positive feelings from everything that has been reported. Basically, the Islanders are rich with good prospects, and that is going to make for healthy competition and options for Garth Snow and Jack Capuano. It is a strength that should not be overlooked or under appreciated either, folks.

Stephon Williams – Obtaining the Experience

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Stephon Williams taking a breather during Isles Mini-Camp

Stephon Williams taking a breather during Isles Mini-Camp

For most developing hockey players that have been drafted by an NHL team, the summer mini-camp is the place for them to show the powers that be – that they are improving and are worthy of the opportunity to grow and develop to be an eventual participant in the National Hockey League.  For 21 year old Stephon Williams, despite the fact of being drafted in the 2013 draft (4th round, 106th overall), this is his maiden voyage at camp.

Isles Mini Camp – Day 2 Part 1

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*** Just finished session one of the day – White Team practice. ***

Thoughts from camp

Scott Mayfield listening to instructions at camp

Scott Mayfield listening to instructions at camp

Got to talk to Scott Mayfield after practice.  He, being the ‘old guy’ here (his fourth), feels very comfortable in the setting.  He feels that his goal is to get some weight and speed.  He weighed in at 218, about 10 pounds more than he was during the season in Bridgeport.  He feels that there is a good program here to stress on the things he needs to work on before camp.

Prospects Converge At The Coliseum

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This guy will be there.

This guy will be there.

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