Hockey from the Blind Side, Blind Observations on Our Evening Chatting With Garth

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I finally have the chance to write some thoughts about the last show Gary and I did for sportsradiony.com on Sunday in which Garth Snow kindly spent 45 or so minutes chatting with us and answering a variety of questions. Once again, I was flattered and humbled that Mr. Snow chose to take time out of his schedule to allow us to ask him questions and give us his thoughts on a number of topics. I thought it was amazing enough that he came on once with us, so I was really impressed and thrilled for him to agree to join us again. And, on top of that, as Gary pointed out, there was no hesitation at all in his acceptance to Gary’s request either.

Remember, folks. Garth didn’t have to do the show. That is the first thing to consider. Regardless of the questions we asked him, he didn’t have to take the time to join us when he knew we were taking questions from fans. With the current climate among many Islander fans, he could have politely declined Gary’s request.

2014 NHL Playoffs Fandom, Or When Not Rooting For Your Favorite Team Is OK

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Islanders relieve Bridgeport Coach Scott Pellerin, return Thompson as Head Coach, take Page from Bruins

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On Friday, the Islanders announced the removal of Bridgeport Head Coach Scott Pellerin and replacing him with Assistant Coach Brent Thompson. Pellerin has led the Sound Tigers since the elevation of Thompson to the bench in Nassau. Thompson's return to Bridgeport signals a few things potentially. One: he becomes the presumptive guy to take over in the event that Jack Capuano is fired in season (on an interim basis at least), and that the Islanders will look to re-establish their system at Bridgeport.

Islanders : All Eyes On Reinhart and Pulock

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Correspondent Steve L (follow him on Twitter) is back with his second column exclusive to Islanders Insight as he had a chance to take a closer look at Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Pulock and assess their chances moving forward in the Isles organization.

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Sports Talk 1240 Show Link

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For the folks that did NOT get the chance to listen to the Interview John and I did with Islander GM Garth Snow, here is the link…

http://sportsradiony.com/audio/05042014-sportstalk1240/

Again – please let us know what you think…

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Garth Visits SportsTalk1240

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NHL: Stadium Series-Press ConferenceIslander GM Garth Snow has always been so hospitable to John and I when we do our show on SportsTalk1240. 

For the second time, he came on the show, and in this instance, spent 45 minutes with John and I – talking candidly about the state of the Islanders, what their hopes are, and the prospects for the upcoming season.

If you were unable to hear the show last night – the link to the Podcast will be on this post.  (As of 9AM – it is not available – should be here by early afternoon).

Update as of 11:11AM – the link to the page to download the MP3 is listed below.

Islanders Top Shelf: 5/5/14

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Gary & John Chat With Snow Tonight

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These two characters have Garth Snow as their guest tonight.

These two characters have Garth Snow as their guest tonight.

Tonight, Gary Harding and John Panarese will host New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow and will be taking your questions at 9:00pm. To hear the interview, just click on the link here.  

IIHF World Championship To Be Shown On NBCSN

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Just because a team is eliminated from National Hockey League playoff competition does not necessarily mean that all players from the roster get to enjoy a relaxing vacation and rest their weary bodies after a grueling 82 game regular season.

Some choose to accept invitations and represent their country in the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) world championship. It is a tremendous honor to be selected for one of the national squads competing for the glory that pride that come with taking home the prize.

Islanders Top Shelf : 5/4/14

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Garth 2.0 reloaded – sounds like a great movie title no? Snow will be on WGGB 1240AM radio this evening with Gary Harding and John Panarese to discuss the moves this off-season, both made and anticipated, and answer fan questions submitted. Be sure to check out the Islanders Insight twitter handle (@islesinsight) for more details this afternoon as we draw closer to the 9pm EST time slot alloted for the Islanders general manager. You will be able to  listen to the show live online right here.

New York Islanders Should Sign Ryan Callahan

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The New York Islanders have already started what should be an aggressive offseason by trading a 4th round pick to the Capitals for negotiating rights to goalie Jaroslav Halak, who is currently unsigned. If the Islanders sign Halak to a deal that would cross major need off their off-season list. Another need the Islanders have […]

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Reinhart Set For WHL Championship

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Will he win again?

Will he win again?

Islanders Top Shelf : 5/3/14

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Racism Rears its Ugly Head and Tarnishes Another Glorious Postseason

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If you believe racial tensions, bigotry, and divides have been resolved in this country and throughout the world, let the following be a reminder of that notion’s naivety.

Last night’s 4-3 victory by the Montreal Canadiens over the Boston Bruins in double overtime, at the hands of superstar defenseman PK Subban, was tarnished by racism.

And so once again, elements outside the game spoil the beauty of a game.

Isles University (bi-)Weekly - Episode 18, with BD Gallof.

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In this week's edition of Isles U (bi-)Weekly; we talk to BD Gallof, Isles Blogger extraordinaire, about the Jaroslav Halak trade, the Islanders offseason projections, ownership news, and other things, it was fun as always, as BD is great. After the BD interview, Toli and I talked some Defense development (time to Brent Burns a few of these guys), Isles playing in World Championships, the rest of the playoffs, including my irrational hatred of the Minnesota Wild's roster construction, which I dubbed "Irrational Hatred Weekly." More soon as we've moved to a bi-weekly schedule with the Isles in their offseason swing.

Isles University (bi-)Weekly - Episode 17

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Two week old Isles U (bi)-Weekly. Toli and I covered the beginnings of the playoffs and other things, such as the Isles need to give up the 5th overall pick this year to finish the Vanek deal (which has since been kept, but, yeah...This is more than two weeks old). We hope you enjoy, and I'll be posting this week's recording shortly.

Islanders acquire Rights to Jaroslav Halak...now, the Hard Part

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Yesterday afternoon, the Islanders announced that they acquired Goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals in exchange for the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 4th round Pick (previously attained for the pair of Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin). This affords the Islanders 2 months of exclusive negotiations with the impending UFA goalie.

Hockey from the Blind Side, The Playoffs, Halak is in the House, and Other Observations

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It has been a while. My apologies to my fellow Isles Talk writers and our readers. A cruise at the beginning of April, a business trip last week and just generally being busy has monopolized my time. Unfortunately, about four or five posts died in draft heaven since the beginning of the month as I just wasn’t able to complete my thoughts or write anything worth posting.

So, let me catch up with some Islander thoughts and some playoff observations. A lot of this will be me coming late to the table with, but so be it. There are a few points I want to make and a few thoughts I want to get off of my chest.

Brent Thompson Turns Back Clock – To Coach Sound Tigers

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The New York Islanders summer plans continue to take shape in the spring, as the team stays in the news cycle and starts to make changes resulting from a disappointing 2013-14 season.

Thompson To Coach Sound Tigers

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bstIslanders assistant coach Brent Thompson has agreed to become the head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers once again.

Thompson was head coach of the Sound Tigers in 2011-12 where Bridgeport went 41-26 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Rangers minor league team.

According to Art Staple of Newsday, former Sound Tigers head coach Scott Pellerin has left the organization.

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