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New York Islanders Should Sign a Seventh Defenceman

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Team depth is extremely important in today’s NHL. Injuries and suspensions are a huge factor and teams have to prepare for the worst. The Islanders are no exception. Their insurance behind the crease is in the form of veteran backup Tomas Greiss, who is more than ready to step up whenever Jaroslav Halak goes down. […]

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Islanders Over/Under: Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic

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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Al Arbour Tribute Day 3: 9|2|15

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UNITED STATES - MAY 17:  Hockey: Stanley Cup finals, New York Islanders coach Al Arbour on bench with team during game vs Philadelphia Flyers, Uniondale, NY 5/17/1980  (Photo by George Tiedemann/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)  (SetNumber: X24518)

Our week long “Top Shelf” tribute for Al Arbour moves in to its third day here at Islanders Insight. Today we finally get a chance to look at a team that brought home a Stanley Cup, the 1981-82 New York Islanders.

New York Islanders Say Farewell to Ice Girls

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According to Sports Illustrated, the New York Islanders will be leaving more than just Long Island behind as they move into Barclays Centre for the upcoming season. To the surprise of many, the Islanders will be scrapping the Ice Girls, a staple for games at the Nassau Coliseum since 2001. Instead, the team will use a co-ed […]

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Eastern Conference Preseason Rankings: By The Numbers

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Welcome to September everyone! The month where, when you’re a hockey fan, you want to skip like Thanksgiving and move right into Christmas, or in this case the month of October. What September does give hockey fans are training camps and preseason games to watch as a teaser, a chance to start predicting where your favorite team will finish a the end of the season or determine how much blood pressure medication they’ll need to get them through a possible rough season. So I usually do my regular season predictions a day or two before the regular season begins, but I always do a preseason look at the teams before they even hit the ice in September. This is where I find my dark horses, my possible basement dwellers and so on. Now I must reiterate that this is strictly by the numbers. I’ll take the last three years of each season of the players and then for every team I take 12 forwards, 7 defenseman and 2 goalies.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Al Arbour Tribute Day 2: 9|1|15

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UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 02:  Hall of Famer and former head coach of the New York Islanders Al Arbour watches the islanders practice before a press conference on November 2, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Arbour signed a one game contract and will coach his 1,500th game for the Islanders on November 3, 2007 against the Pittsburgh Penquins.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

We continue our week long tribute to Al Arbour here at Islanders Insight in our Top Shelf segment. Each day we are looking at a special strategy or quote from Al that played a significant role in leading one of his Islanders’ teams to victory.

Today’s team is the 1992-93 New York Islanders.

Islanders Cover All Bases With Twin Rinks Acquisition

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In a story published today on, New York Islanders outgoing owner Charles Wang purchased the bankrupt facility at Eisenhower Park, Twin Rinks, for 8 million dollars in upfront cash. This includes a 30 year licensing agreement with the county.

But what does it mean for the team and its deal with Cantiague Park that was negotiated earlier in the summer?

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Al Arbour Tribute Day 1: 8|31|15

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New York Islanders head coach Al Arbour (center, in suit) stands on the bench to watch a home game at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, New York, May 1982. Arbour is flanked by Islanders players (from left) Bob Bourne, Bob Nystrom, Stefan Persson, Denis Potvin, and Roland Melanson. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

For the next five days we will be honoring Al Arbour with each edition of our “Top Shelf” segment here at Islanders Insight. By now, you are well aware that the Islanders’ legendary coach passed away on Friday at age 82 after suffering from dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

How will we be honoring “Radar” here at Insight?

The Passing Of A Legend

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There’s so much to say in such a small venue of space for me to get in everything I would like to write about Al Arbour. In my humble opinion he’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest New York coach ever. Some will argue a few Yankees or the NFL Giants coaches like Joe Torre, Casey Stengel or Bill Parcells, but Arbour did it in a sport most New Yorkers do not care enough about. He helped bring back hockey to New York and ignited one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. If Arbour had won for the New York Rangers as he did for the Islanders, there would be a huge memorial service in Madison Square Garden yesterday. Be as it may the entire hockey community has delivered their heart felt condolences to the Islanders organization, it’s fans and of course to Arbour’s family.

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Billboards & More Arbour 8/30/2015

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Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

Last two days of August. Training camp is approaching and fast. The team will report for physicals on Thursday, September 17 and are in the process of making their way back to Long Island to complete their summer training.

In Brooklyn, where the Islanders will begin the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center, billboards have started appearing as part of the marketing campaign to drive customers into the seats. The below image is from the NY Daily News article covering the push.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|29|15

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UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Former head coach Al Arbour of the New York Islanders watches a banner rise to the rafters honoring his 1,500th game coached with the team after coaching a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 3, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It is hard to imagine – especially today – that a head coach of a professional team would be loved by every player he coached but that is part of the legacy Al Arbour will leave behind.

Islanders Legendary Coach Al Arbour Dies

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MONTREAL, CANADA - CIRCA 1970:  Head Coach Al Arbour of the New York Islanders follows the action from the bench Circa 1970 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders confirmed the passing of their legendary coach Al Arbour today. He was 82 years old and had been battling a long illness.

“Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League,” Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said. “The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name, thanks in large part to Al’s incredible efforts.”

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|28|15

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New York Islanders Media Day

All is quiet on the Islanders’ front, with nothing new happening after the buzz of the Ice Girls leaving from yesterday. Hockey news is where it typically is during August, and although the lull will be coming to an end soon, it has been a grueling process.

We are 42 days away from Opening Night in Brooklyn, and inching closer and closer to training camp. There is a visible light at the end of the offseason tunnel, and with training camp and preseason coming, that should make the last bit of waiting much, much easier.

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Reviewing Islanders Alternate Jersey Concepts

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 04:  Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders in action against the Buffalo Sabres on April 4, 2015 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 3-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images)

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|27|15 – The Ice Girls Edition

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NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The Puck Returns Edition: 8/26/15

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Boston Bruins v New York Islanders

Islanders Over/Under: Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy

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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Boulton Doesn’t Bolt Edition: 8/25/15

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07:  Ryan White #25 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Boulton #36 of the New York Islanders fight in the first period on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

New York Islanders By the Numbers: Who Wore It Best?

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Players participate in the 2015 New York Islanders Blue & White Rookie Scrimmage & Skills Competition at the Barclays Center on July 8, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Over/Under: Martin, Cizikas, Clutterbuck, Grabner

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NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins

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