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50 in 50 for Mike Bossy

50 in 50 for Mike Bossy

September 21st, 2018 Mike Bossy Joins the NHL 50 in 50 Club On January 24, 1981, New York Islanders’ winger Mike Bossy became the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of a season. The original feat was accomplished by Maurice “the Rocket” Richard, thirty-six years earlier, in the...
New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Preview

New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Preview

September 19th, 2018 If the New York Islanders are going to accomplish anything this season, they will have to do it as underdogs. They failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and after John Tavares' departure for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the odds are against the Islanders to return...

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August 26th, 2018
New York Islanders

The New York Islanders last took the ice on April 7 in Detroit to conclude their 2017-18 season, and a lot has happened since. Through the long offseason, the franchise and their fans have experienced several ups and downs, from bringing in Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello to losing their franchise player, John Tavares. On Tuesday, a tweet followed up by a post in The Athletic, reminds us that the puck is close to dropping as a group of Islanders have begun to gather at Northwell Health Ice Center (the Isles' practice facility) for informal skates. https://twitter.com/StapeAthletic/status/1031954404147167232 Among those back on Long Island, preparing for the 2018-19 season are Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Thomas Hickey, and Thomas Greiss. One of the newest Islanders, Robin Lehner, has also been taking part in these skates as has Matt Martin, who is returning to the team that drafted him 148th in 2008 after spending the last two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ryan...
August 20th, 2018
Islanders History

When Bill Torrey sat down for what was supposed to be a five-minute interview, it didn't go as scripted. You see, Mr. Torrey always had stories to tell, ranging from his time with his first team, the Oakland Seals, or his last and longest-tenured team, the Florida Panthers. But, the best stories - the ones most people wanted to hear - were from his 20 years and four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders. Now, those stories will have to be retold by others. On May 2, 2018, Torrey, the Islanders' first general manager, passed away at the age of 83. Bill Torrey - The Builder When Bill Torrey joined the Islanders in February 1972, the team was your prototypical startup, with an eager fan base, zero expectations, and a small staff. In fact, he was the first hire by then-owner Roy Boe. Unlike today's Vegas Golden Knights, that first season was what you'd expect from a new franchise - forgettable. But for year number two, the man who became known as "The Architect", made a move that...
August 19th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

The relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders may be more strained than ever before after the most recent offseason thanks to a number of individual decisions by players and management. Most notably, former Islanders’ captain John Tavares joined the Maple Leafs on a seven-year deal, while former Maple Leafs’ general manager Lou Lamoriello decided to leave the Leafs in favour of the GM job with the Isles. Related: Should Islanders' Fans Temper Tavares Frustrations? Now, the two teams who’ve engaged in five trades since January 1999, will have more to discuss if they ever sit down at the table together again. That said, we’re here to look at the five most recent deals between these two clubs which - aside from the most recent deal involving Matt Martin - takes us back to Sept. 17, 2015. Maple Leafs Move Matt Martin With the direction the team was heading over the next number of years, the Maple Leafs decided on July 3, 2018, that it was time to...
August 14th, 2018
New York Islanders

At the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the New York Islanders took the opportunity to see how their two first-round picks from the 2015 draft would perform at the NHL level. Mathew Barzal, drafted 16th, and Anthony Beauvillier, drafted 28th, were both 19 years old at the time. Barzal was slightly favored to make the team, although both played well enough in training camp to make fringe veteran players nervous about losing their roster spots. In the end, it was Beauvillier who impressed the coaching staff enough to stick around and he rewarded them with a respectable rookie season, playing in 66 games and scoring 24 points. Barzal had trouble finding his footing and was only able to get on the ice for two games. His only contribution to the scoresheet was three minor penalties, including one for touching the puck before leaving the penalty box. After spending a few days in the press box, he was returned to his junior team to play out his season there. He may have been...