Islanders Miss Out on $100,000 Charity Windfall

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Nick Ritchie

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Isles fans would love to have a Gillies style player once again.

Isles fans would love to have a Gillies style player once again.

If there was a big power forward who uses his size well, finishes his checks and probably get the crowd on their feet a few times, it’s Nick Ritchie. To add to that, some have said that his wrist shot is the best in this years draft. But like most power forwards, he’ll need some time before he’s fully to be unleashed in the NHL.

Name: Nick Ritchie

Position: Left Wing

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 218lbs

League: OHL

DOB: 12.5.1995

ISS: 10 CSS: 7

Isles Talk Draft Preview: Kasperi Kapanen

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Will he be as good as his dad?

Will he be as good as his dad?

If there’s one thing that fans will notice, it’s that there are certain last names are coming back to the NHL. Many former NHL players’ sons are now trying to make their own names for themselves. One of them in my top 10 draft preview this year is Kasperi Kapanen, son of Sami. The one thing Kapanen has over the other draft hopefuls is that he’s playing amongst men over in Europe.

Name: Kasperi Kapanen

Position: Right Wing

Height: 6′ 0″

Weight: 181lbs

League: Finland

DOB: 7.23.1996

ISS: 13 CSS: 1 (Europe)

Isles Talk Draft Preview: Jake Virtanen

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Could he be the next Kyle Okposo?

Could he be the next Kyle Okposo?

If the Islanders were to trade down, there are a few future gems that, if given the time to mature, would pay huge dividends down the road. One such person is right winger Jake Virtanen. A complete power forward, Virtanen can shoot the puck extremely hard, & is strong along the boards. He has great acceleration and speed for a power forward and can play the physical game. The question is: Can he be a top 6? Some have said that he’s got the potential, but some as of late believe that he may be better suited for the third line, two-way type.

 

New York Islanders Continue Busy Off-Season

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The New York Islanders continue to make headlines this offseason by making three moves Monday morning. The team announced Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum will be named assistant coaches and Doug Weight will be named the assistant general manager according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. In early May the Islanders announced assistant coach Brent Thompson […]

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Matt Donovan’s Future With New York Islanders

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Matt Donovan, the New York Islanders 4th round pick in the 2008 NHL draft, finally got his chance to play in the NHL this year. The defenseman was great in the minors totaling 118 points in 180 games and looked like he would be part of what already is a promising and young defensive core. […]

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World Cup fever? Win $500 bucks from RetailMeNot.com and Eyes On Isles

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FanSided and Eyes On Isles have teamed up with RetailMeNot.com to give away $500 bucks in honor of the 2014 World Cup To enter, simply like us on Facebook and sign up for our daily email newsletter, FanSided Daily. It is completely free and customizable to your unique rooting interest. Then earn additional entries by […]

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Isles Talk Draft Preview: Aaron Ekblad

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Ekblad is the top defenseman.

Ekblad is the top defenseman.

When you have to build a team from scratch, you have to have a solid foundation. Ekblad is a franchise defenceman who can log 25 minutes or more and play in all game situations.  The maturity at his age is way above most of the others.

Name: Aaron Ekblad

Position: Defense

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 216

League: OHL

DOB: 2.7.1996 (18)

ISS: 2 CSS: 2

Style Comparisons: Shea Weber

Season Totals: GP: 58 Goals: 23 Assists: 30 Points: 53

Isles Talk Draft Preview: The Players

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Who's your pick?

Who’s your pick?

Decades Later, Does Potvin Still Suck?

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HockeyBuzz.com - Dee Karl - Decades Later, Does Potvin Still Suck?

He really is a nice guy.  Who will never be forgotten.

The Bridge Report: A Night Out With Family

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Get to know the family.

Get to know the family.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Giving Thanks to My Dad

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It is Father’s Day weekend, and I wanted to take the opportunity to write something about my father. No, unfortunately, he will not be reading it, nor will he even be aware that I did so. He has a combination of Parkinson’s Disease and Senile Dementia, and, at this point, can hardly remember anything you tell him thirty seconds after you say it. Nevertheless, in no small way, I would not be writing on this blog or possess the knowledge and enthusiasm for the New York Islanders and the game of hockey without a lot of influence and help from him over the years.

First, though, let me take care of some “business”. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings and their fans for becoming the 2014 Stanley Cup champions. The Kings won game 5 in double overtime last night to defeat the Rangers 4 games to 1. I was in bed by the time that happened, as I simply was too tired to even last into the first overtime.

Small World: Stanley Cup Edition

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Congratulations to Jordan Nolan and the LA Kings on winning the Stanley Cup.  Nolan isn't just the son of Ex-Islander head coach Ted Nolan, he is also the cousin of one of my absolute favorite guitarists, Mato Nanji from Indiginous.

Now, who would have guessed that Joran Nolan's name would be on the Stanley Cup before Henrik Lundqvist's?  Nobody.  But that's the NHL.  You never know what will happen.

Preview-Leon Draisaitl

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Knowing that the NHL draft is coming up, the islanders better get their heads together and think of ways to build this team after a disappointing season.

After checking out who the Islanders are looking to draft and doing research on the players, I came to the conclusion that the Islanders should draft German player Leon Draisaitl.

Still No Decision From Boyle

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From Art Staple of Newsday via Twitter:

G. Bazos, Dan Boyle’s agent, said that Boyle still hasn’t made a decision on whether to negotiate with . “We have no real timetable.”

Boyle To Give Isles Answer

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isleslogoFrom Art Staple of Newsday via Twitter

George Bazos, Dan Boyle’s agent, says Boyle will let know by end of this week whether he’s interested in starting contract talks.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Dan Boyle and Other Catching Up

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I am, as usual, catching up here. I wanted to take a few moments to comment on the radio show Gary and I did for
Sports Radio New York
last Sunday. The focus, as I believe Gary had indicated, was actually on the New York Rangers, instead of our usual focus of the Isles. It is, though, supposed to be a show about all New York sports, so we have to give our cross-town rivals some air time.

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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HockeyBuzz.com - Dee Karl - DAN BOYLE NOW AN ISLANDER, sort of & Stuff

New, notes & thoughts.

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

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