Is Dan Boyle A Good Idea?

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Islanders Acquire Dan Boyle From Sharks

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The New York Islanders have made yet another impact move acquiring veteran defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Boyle, 37, is a restricted free agent this summer so the Islanders essentially acquired his negotiating rights as they did with goalie Jaroslav Halak […]

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DAN BOYLE NOW AN ISLANDER, sort of & Othere Stuff

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New, notes & thoughts.

A sales pitch here and there.  Just another Thursday in June.

Garth's At It Again: Islanders Acquire Rights To Dan Boyle

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It appears the New York Islanders would like to get all of their shopping done before July 1.

Combine: Dog & Pony Show? Notes & Rant

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And a really cool little video of stick-handling.

Sports Talk 1240 tonight – Sorry – but a Ranger theme

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sportstalk1240John and I hit the airwaves again on SPORTSTALK 1240.  Sorry Islander fans, but it is not solely an Islander show.  We have to talk about what is hot in New York Sports.

So tonight – we are going to talk about the Rangers.

Derek Wasiak – the host of the THE NEW YORK SPORTS EXCHANGE – and a passionate Rangers fan – will join us in the Studio to talk about the Stanley Cup Finals.  We will talk about how the Rangers got there, along with who they will be playing, as the BlackHawks/Kings game will be playing as we are on the air.

Snow Getting Ready For The Draft

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What will Garth do?

What will Garth do?

With the signing of 2012 sixth round pick Jesse Graham, the Islanders have all but loaded up their entire organization with players from the previous drafts. I know many fans want that illustrious top winger and defenseman added to the club, but like I have stated before, where are you putting them? There’s simply no room with the big club unless you’re sending Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start the season.

Congrats to the BlueShirts – Other thoughts

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Congrats to the Eastern Champs

Congrats to the Eastern Champs

As much as it will pain people in Islanders Country, I will pass congratulations to the New York Rangers for winning the Eastern Conference and moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals against the winner of the Kings/Blackhawks series.

Matt Moulson Would Be Good Back On Long Island For Islanders

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Many Islanders fans were disgruntled when the team traded Matt Moulson to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Thomas Vanek. Fans including myself knew the Islanders received the better player in Vanek, but it was hard to let a fan favorite in Moulson leave Long Island after being so successful with the team for so […]

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Pokka Signs With Isles

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Add another defenseman.

Add another defenseman.

From the New York Islanders:

The New York Islanders announced today that Ville Pokka has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

You Saw It Coming: Nilsson to Ak Bars

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Going the way of Sean Bergenheim, Anders Nilsson has chosen to sign elsewhere rather than sign a two way deal or play for Bridgeport next season.

Well, all I can say is .....

Come back when you have a better than 3.11 GAA Anders.

Islanders need the best goaltending they can get for next season if they intend on making the playoffs.

Isles News & My Rant

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Memorial Cup Champ!

Memorial Cup Champ!

Sorry folks, but I had to work a few weddings and I wanted to take the weekend off. I hope everyone enjoyed their time and once again, but never enough, thank you veterans!

Anders Nilsson Signs With (KHL) Ak-Bars

Islanderws University (Bi)Weekly: May 26th, 2014 (Or, I forgot what Episode it is)

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And we have another episode of the Podcast before I wildly take another bit of time off, because family vacations. Anyway, we talk a whole bunch of things. The audio kind of sucks, but I will fix it soon (ish). Enjoy!

Isles Sign Halak, keep 5th overall pick, Anders Nilsson leaves the fold. Thoughts on 5th overall, Again.

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As it so often does in the Hockey world, it started with a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie:

From there further confirmation about the Islanders signing Jaroslav Halak came from Arthur Staple:

Hockey from the Blind Side, Random Observations and Other Ramblings

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Yeah, it’s been a bit since my last post. I find myself apologizing to my colleagues and our readers quite a bit of late, but it has honestly been tough to write with my schedule. This week, I’m away for most of it, so I will not be writing until my return later in the week, at the very least. It’s nice to be really busy and to be making a little money, but my free time to write and even do a lot of research to put together a truly meaningful post that goes beyond “opinion” has been limited to almost nothing. This if frustrating, as I truly enjoy being a part of this blog, but I am hear and I do read every day.

So we come closer and closer to July 1 and free agency. Also, of course, the NHL draft. And, of course, we approach the Stanley Cup finals.

Year in Review. Thoughts from behind the Stove

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Well it really didn’t go as planned.  I expected to write at least one entry a week.  I mean its only writing. Well life got in the way and that didn’t happen.  I also expected to have a much more positive spin on things in Isles land. Well, that didn’t happen either.  Nor did a playoff appearance happen for the Isles.  So this will be my year end grades for the players.  My format will be a little different than most, but I believe you will all get the point.

Forwards: Overall as a group they are pushing a C- except for a few bright spots.

John Tavares, Kyle Okposo: A  Kyle came into his own as a true power forward and JT was JT, which is one of the top 5 players in the game. Come on Garth, get these guys a winger.

Matt Moulson:  B-  Fan favorite who started to show his warts towards the end of his tenure here. I’d welcome him back but not for the top line.

Jaroslav Halak Fills Major Hole For New York Islanders

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Islander fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the team signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a 4-year $18 million contract yesterday afternoon, three weeks after acquiring his rights from the Washington Capitals. General manager Garth Snow filled a huge need by locking up the 29-year-old goalie for the next four years. The signing crosses […]

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Halak'd Up: Islanders Sign Their Goalie to Four-Year Deal

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(Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today SPORT)

It was quiet...too quiet. For weeks, there was little more than silence coming out from the New York Islanders. On Thursday afternoon, that all changed.

Halak Signs for 4

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Per the Islanders website:

UNIONDALE, NY (May 22, 2014) – The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Jaroslav Halak has agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

Halak, 28, split his eighth National Hockey League season between the St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, compiling a 29-13-7 record in 52 games. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native was dealt from St. Louis to Buffalo for a package that included Ryan Miller and Steve Ott on March 1, 2014 and was then traded to Washington on March 5, 2014 before playing a game with the Sabres.

Halak Has Signed WithThe Islanders

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St. Louis to Washington to Uniondale.  Welcome Mr. Halak!

St. Louis to Washington to Uniondale. Welcome Mr. Halak!

From the New York Islanders:

TRANSACTION: Jaroslav Halak Agrees to Four-Year Deal

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