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Mathew Barzal Will Win the Calder Trophy

Mathew Barzal Will Win the Calder Trophy

January 14th, 2018 It is time for everyone who associates themselves with hockey to truly appreciate that the NHL's next superstar has revealed himself -- Mathew Barzal has arrived. The New York Islanders' forward just capped off his second five-point performance in his rookie season, joining Brian Trottier as the...
Kieffer Bellows - Islanders Prospect is the Real Deal

Kieffer Bellows - Islanders Prospect is the Real Deal

January 8th, 2018 Drafted as the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, New York Islanders' prospect Kieffer Bellows has the tools to become a future superstar for years to come. The Edina, Minnesota native is known for his goal scoring ability, as well as the physical presence he brings to the...

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November 6th, 2017
Islanders Goaltending

Through 13 games, the New York Islanders are 7-5-1, coming off a brutal loss in the last few minutes to the Washington Capitals. That 4-3 loss was highlighted by the poor play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who made only 15 saves on 19 shots in a game the Islanders dominated. It was the third game in a row that Halak started, but after this clunker, who can head coach Doug Weight trust in net? The Case for Halak Yes, Halak likely cost the Islanders at least a point against the Capitals on Thursday night. But, he's been the best goaltender on the team so far this season. After getting sent down last year and playing only 28 games in the NHL, many wondered if Halak's days as an Islander were numbered. Yet, he started this season on the Islanders roster and never looked back. Through his first eight starts, Halak carried a save percentage of .916 with a record of 5-2. With the Metropolitan Division looking mediocre thus far, every point matters and Weight is clearly riding the...
November 1st, 2017
Islanders Transactions

When the Islanders announced last week that they were demoting Josh Ho-Sang to their AHL-affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Isles fans took to social media (especially Twitter) to express their vehement opposition to the move.  A 21-game stint last season provided glimpses of Ho-Sang’s game-breaking and play-making ability. His assertive confidence (read: not overt cockiness) in interviews and on social media combined with his on-ice ability quickly made him a fan-favorite. Ho-Sang became semi-immortalized in Islanders fan’s minds from the night he was drafted in 2014, when GM Garth Snow defended taking the controversial forward with the 28th overall pick on live TV by saying, “He’ll fit right in, they sh*t on me too.” Because of the way he was drafted, the way Snow and the Islanders organization defended the pick, and in a very  real way because of how fans feel like the rest of the league views the Islanders as a shell of their former dynasty, the fan base has...
October 31st, 2017
Islanders History

When the New York Islanders faced the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, it gave them their first look at the expansion team. Although so far, the Golden Knights have not been your typical expansion team. With an 8-2-0 record, Vegas is off to the best start of any expansion team in NHL history. It has won five straight games which, according to Elias Sports Bureau matches the longest win streak by any team at any point during its inaugural NHL season. The 1926-27 New York Rangers and 1979-80 Edmonton Oilers also had five-game win streaks. During their inaugural season of 1972-73, the Islanders didn't win get their seventh win until their 55th game -- Feb. 6, 1973, a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Heck, the Washington Capitals only won eight games total in their inaugural season of 1974-75. James Neal has been leading the way for the Golden Knights, scoring a team-high seven goals. With goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm...
October 28th, 2017
New York Islanders

It's July 5, 2018. The nightmare was real. You woke up to see that yesterday's news was not fake. John Tavares has signed his next contract in the NHL, and it was not with the New York Islanders. What happens next? What can the franchise possibly do? Losing their heart and soul, captain—and with due respect to Pat LaFontaine, Pierre Turgeon, and Ziggy Palffy, the best player in the post-dynasty era—hurts. It hurts a lot. Let's be honest; it's a scenario that most Islanders fans don't allow themselves to play out even in their darkest of nightmares. It's certainly not a scenario that anyone within the organization is commenting on publicly. Chris Botta of SNY Islanders Point Blank wrote last week about views on the situation from outside the organization. Perhaps the only thing more alarming than the thought of Tavares leaving as a free agent is the thought that it's probably not outside of the realm of possibilities that the front office staff has absolutely no plan if...

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Top 10 Worst Mike Milbury Moves

With the trade deadline and expansion draft almost upon us and the rumors and discussions about who should be moved and who should be protected heating up, we wanted to share another one of the many great trade-related articles from The Hockey Writers Archives. Written by former THW... February 18th, 2017