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How Losing John Tavares Hurts the Islanders

How Losing John Tavares Hurts the Islanders

July 14th, 2018 It has been nearly a two weeks since the start of free agency. July 1 was the day that the New York Islanders lost John Tavares, their captain and star player for the last nine years, to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Over the course of the last two weeks, Islander fans have been sharing their feelings...
Islanders' Important Games in 2018-19

Islanders' Important Games in 2018-19

July 12th, 2018 The 2018-19 season will be a different one for the New York Islanders. For one, they'll be splitting their home games between two arenas. The Islanders have also already brought in six new players but have lost seven. Regardless of how the team does this upcoming season, here are 10 games to look...

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June 17th, 2018
NHL Coaching

Two weeks ago, Lou Lamoriello, the New York Islanders' president of hockey operations and general manager, relieved Doug Weight of his coaching duties. Weight, along with former general manager Garth Snow, will remain within the organization but Weight's days as the team's head coach are over. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the season-and-a-half Weight was the head coach for the Isles, but, as Lamoriello says, a "culture change" was needed. The Islanders are reportedly looking to have a new head coach by the 2018 NHL Entry Draft which begins this Friday in Dallas, Texas. On Jan. 16, 2017, the New York Islanders defeated the Bruins 4-0 in Boston, and, for the first time in a while, they were back at NHL .500 with a 17-17-8 record. The following day the Islanders announced that they had fired their head coach of seven seasons, Jack Capuano, and named assistant coach Doug Weight the interim head coach. At the time of the firing, the Islanders were 28th in the NHL,...
June 11th, 2018
Islanders Management

A week after relieving head coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow of their duties, Lou Lamoriello hopes to have a new head coach before the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Lamoriello, already the team’s president of hockey operations, has assumed Snow’s role as general manager. According to Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank, Lamoriello is hoping to have a new bench boss by the middle of next week. The reasons for the rush are understandable. Knowing who will coach the Islanders will be important for John Tavares, their captain and pending unrestricted free agent. In addition, knowing the coach’s style and the type of players he likes will impact how Lamoriello approaches trades and free agency. Who Could Lamoriello Bring In? Botta reported that legendary defenseman Scott Stevens is in the mix for a coaching position. Stevens played in 1,635 regular-season NHL games, recording 169 goals and 908 points over a 21-season career. The 54-year-old won three Stanley Cups with...
June 6th, 2018
NHL Rumors

In today's Rumor Rundown we look at the fallout from the Garth Snow and Doug Weight firings on Long Island, what's happening with Jacob Trouba in Winnipeg and if the New Jersey Devils would actually consider bringing back Ilya Kovalchuk. Tavares Staying or Going? There is a mixed reaction as it pertains to John Tavares when looking at the firings of Garth Snow and Doug Weight from the Islanders organization. Some are suggesting that this is the writing on the wall teams needed to know that Tavares won't be sticking with the franchise. Others have suggested the pending unrestricted free agent is actually on board with new GM Lou Lamoriello's plan and that it might not be a coincidence that only after meeting with Tavares did Lamoriello give Snow and Weight the heave-ho. The question becomes now, does Tavares think the direction the team will head under Lamarielo is better than it would have been under Snow? And, can the new President and GM hire a coach Tavares respects as...
May 15th, 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, 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 would...

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Top 10 Worst Mike Milbury Moves

  Many might remember Mike Milbury as the hockey player who jumped into the MSG stands and beat a fan with his own shoe. Others might remember Milbury for his many controversies on and off the ice, but New York Islanders fans are imprinted with other not-so-fond memories of their former... February 18th, 2017