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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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halakEureka – we have a goalie!

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

Isles Will Keep Pick

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Isles keep this years pick.

Isles keep this years pick.

The New York Islanders announced they will be keeping the 2014 first round (5th overall) pick. That means the Buffalo Sabres will receive the Islanders first round pick in 2015 to complete the Thomas Vanek deal.

My take: Well, looks like I’ll be doing a longer Islanders Draft Preview this year! The Islanders can go multiple routes with this pick. If they do decide to draft this year, it will be the best player available and probably a forward position that they need. They could package the pick in a trade, but we’ll get to that later.

Brock Nelson Continues To Shine & Other News

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Brock impressive in Worlds: Photo by G. Harding - Isles Talk

Brock impressive in Worlds: Photo by G. Harding – Isles Talk

Waiting for Halak

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Since May 1st, the Isles fans have had little to discuss but the possibility of signing this 29-year-old goaltender.

But I guess it's better than discussing the possible dissapointment of some Isles prospects.

It's only MAY.  I can't imagine what we're all going to be like come August!

The Bridge Report: Class of 2014 Review

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It's the fans turn to speak.

It’s the fans turn to speak.

Some would like to call themselves a cautious optimist when it comes to being an AHL fan, you never know what could happen with players being promoted, but if there were a description of a Bridgeport Sound Tigers fan, it’s this perfect quote from Mike Cresiski: 

A fan that knows the ins and outs of hockey, loves to see kids develop into NHL players and enjoys the close interaction with the team.

Deal or No Deal? And More

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Some news from around the net while I was away from my computer and a Congrats to Griffin Reinhart on his championship win.

Here's also hoping that Rob Schremp gets his championship ring back. 

Happy Monday!

Random Thoughts of The Past Week

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And then there were four.

And then there were four.

Getting away from the Islanders ownership for a moment (Probably two), I wanted to go over the teams that had ended their playoffs this past week and see how it affects the Islanders in some way, if any. But…..

Islanders Top Shelf : 5/18/14

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Another day, another rumor. Wait, that’s not how the line is supposed to go….Yesterday, Islanders country was rocked with what another set of ‘source’ detail revealed about the ongoing sale talks of the New York hockey team from Charles Wang to Andrew Barroway.

B.D Gallof, via Twitter, made the revelation about noon EST when he claimed his sources have told him that Barroway has promised the potential investors he has lined up the team will remain at or close to the cap floor, at least initially, to maximize return on their investment.

New York Islanders – A Franchise For Sale?

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It has been rumored that New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is listening to offers for a potential sale of the team. Today, Sports Business Journal columnist Chris Botta has reported that Wang and Philadelphia lawyer and hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway have an understanding with each other for Wang to sell the team to […]

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Islanders Top Shelf : 5/17/14

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images (4)Why is this man smiling? Consider this. You have owned a National Hockey League team for 14 years and done so with hockey being at the bottom of the priority list. Your business investment has not done well in total valuation or on year to year profit and loss statements due to a horrendous lease deal with your home arena. A Philadelphia lawyer desperate to get into the sports ownership business comes along and offers you more than the franchise is valued, giving you a chance to recoup some losses and get out before it turns your hair completely gray.

Islanders : Triantaphilisms – 10 Things I Think I Think 5/16/14

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Jack Capuano Isn’t Worst Case Scenario For New York Islanders

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Earlier this offseason,  the New York Islanders announced that embattled head coach Jack Capuano would be returning for yet another season as the head coach of the Islanders. This moves comes to many fans and critics of the team as a very questionable move by Islander GM Garth Snow. Capuano hasn’t exactly done much to […]

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