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Lets be honest, No one saw this coming. ESPN said they’d finish last, Same with NBC Sports. There wasn’t a lot of hope but here we are, at the all star break, and the New York Islanders are in sole possession of first place.
The boys are back and have a A LOT to talk about. They leadoff talking debating on if people should take athlete’s changing teams so personally. We will than be joined by an all time guest in Andy Graziano of WFAN to discuss John Tavares departure from the New York Islanders. We also talk about him about what now for the team. The boys will finally talk some NBA Free Agents as well as some baseball!
The date was December 10th 2005. The New York Islanders faced the Edmonton Oilers in what was a meaningless game in the grand scheme of things outside of the fact that it was former Isles captain Michael Peca’s first game back at the coliseum after he was traded during the offseason. For myself though, this game would unknowingly change my life. It was my first islander game, Rick Dipietro made 27 saves, Trent Hunter scored the game winning goal in the shootout and the Isles won 3-2. Since then the Islanders have been a huge part of my life and today they officially return to Nassau County, where they belong. Continue reading “We’re Baaaaaaaccckk”
Well, here it is, we made it. Everybody survived the dog days of summer. It’s officially the best time of the year. Just so everybody is aware, this article has NOTHING to do with Pumpkin anything. It has to do with my favorite time of the year.
The 2016-2017 season was one filled with high hopes and empty results for the New York Islanders. After winning their first playoff series in 23 years, expectations were high for the team to take the next step and seriously compete in the eastern conference. There was significant turnover in the roster as fan favorites Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin leaving for greener pastures(green being the operative word). They were set to be replaced by Veterans Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, PA Parenteau and youngsters Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier. The early struggles of Ladd and Chimera as questionable coaching and management decisions, like carrying 3 goalies and keeping Barzal with the team for a month and only playing him twice, lead the isles to dead last in the east. On January 17th Jack Capuano was fired and replaced by Doug Weight and turned the season around. The islanders went 24-14-4 under Weight and made a run at a playoff spot, only to fall 1 point short. An unfortunate ending to a seasons filled with regrets made this offseason a very intriguing one.