1. Garth Snow and the New York Islanders at the Trade Deadline

    Garth Snow has only been in a genuinely competitive position at the trade deadline once before in his tenure as New York Islanders general manager. That was in 2007 when he acquired Ryan Smyth...

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  2. 2012 NHL Draft Preview: Making a List and Checking It Twice

    The scouting and hockey operations staffs of all thirty NHL teams are experiencing the most stressful few days of the year...

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  3. Ryan Smyth: Will New York Islanders Bring Back 'Captain Canada'?

    New York Islander and Edmonton Oiler fans all remember that moment in 2007 when the fates of the two franchises came together in one person: Ryan Alexander Gordon Smyth...

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  4. Garth Snow's Shopping List: Islander Deadline Trade Targets

    Butch Goring's acquisition by the New York Islanders in 1980 is generally seen as the most successful deadline deal in history since it led to the Islanders' run of five straight Cup Final appearances and four straight Stanley Cup wins...

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  5. John Tavares a Kidnap Victim?: Do the New York Islanders Need to Be Rescued?

    When West Wing character Matt Santos' presidential campaign starts to flounder, he looks to his vice-presidential candidate Leo McGarry to take over the campaign from McGarry's protege' Josh Lyman...

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  6. John Tavares Starring in '24': Making the Playoffs

    Most of us are familiar with the premise of the hit TV show "24." Kiefer Sutherland stars as Agent Jack Bauer...

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  7. John Tavares, Mark Streit, and the New York Islanders: Counting the Cost

    In the Bible, Jesus encourages His listeners to count the cost of following Him. John Tavares, Mark Streit and the New York Islanders seem to be learning a similar lesson about what it takes to win in the NHL ...

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  8. Rick Di Pietro and the New York Islanders: Is It Time To Part Company?

    On November 21, 2011, the whole hockey world tuned in to watch the New York Islanders . The last time the team received this much attention was in the aftermath of the infamous "brawlgame" on February 11, 2011...

    BC ISLEMAN Written by BC ISLEMAN about over 2 years ago 1,130 reads 24 comments

  9. John Tavares and the New York Islanders: Rebuilding a Dynasty

    Old-time Islanders fans like me are a spoiled bunch. Our team started out as the NHL 's laughingstock and made a serious run at the Cup just two years later...

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  10. 2011 NHL Draft: The Road to Minneapolis

    The Road to Minneapolis began long before anyone even knew it would end there. There were published reports about Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Adam Larsson (currently projected as No. 1 and No...

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  11. Mandi's Heroes: Plant Your Seed and Make the World Better

    Everyone in the hockey world and beyond has been moved by the courage and faith of Mandi Schwartz. Today, we learned with sadness of her passing. Her suffering, beyond what most of us can comprehend, is over...

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  12. 2011 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Garth Snow's Choice

    The summer of 2008 was less than three years ago. The big news at the time was then presidential candidate Barack Obama trying to convince Hillary Clinton to bow out gracefully before the Democratic convention...

    BC ISLEMAN Written by BC ISLEMAN about over 3 years ago 2,463 reads 9 comments

  13. Rick DiPietro: The Story Behind The Infamous Goalie Brawl

    The image is well known to any NHL fan by now. Rick DiPietro races up ice to answer a challenge from Penguin backup goaltender Brent Johnson. He is smiling and clearly eager to get physical...

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  14. Michael Grabner Comes of Age: Al Arbour Could Have Taught Him To Check

    A longstanding legend of the Islander dynasty era is that when Al Arbour was asked by Bill Torrey at the 1977 NHL Draft whether to select Mike Bossy, who had a reputation as a goal-scorer but supposedly avoided physical play, he said yes...

    BC ISLEMAN Written by BC ISLEMAN about over 3 years ago 946 reads 31 comments

  15. Breaking Down the Nabokov Claim: What Does It Say About Garth Snow?

    On last night's (January 22, 2011) edition of Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean seemed to prompt Mike Milbury to criticize New York Islander general manager Garth Snow for claiming free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov off waivers...

    BC ISLEMAN Written by BC ISLEMAN about over 3 years ago 1,536 reads 57 comments

  16. Ten Reasons For Islander Fans To Be Thankful This Holiday Season

    There has been a lot of gloom and doom talk in the media and among Islander fans about the team's future. To a certain extent, that is understandable. The team has had an unexpectedly bad season after a very promising start...

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  17. Garth's Goal: What It Will Take for New York Islanders To Make Playoffs

    NY Islander GM Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang want to fill some more seats in 2010-11 by securing a playoff berth for the team...

    BC ISLEMAN Written by BC ISLEMAN about 4 years ago 910 reads 19 comments

  18. Saving the Seventh Generation: The Shinnecock Casino

    UPDATE: The US government announced it was dismissing the Connecticut group's motion on October 1, 2010. This opens the door for the Shinnecock to begin planning casino sites...

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  19. Captain Nino? Will Nino Niederreiter Lead the New York Islanders One Day?

    On the first day of summer, 1991 on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, two of hockey's immortals took their place in the pantheon of the sport's heroes...

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  20. Be Careful What You Wish for: Understanding the Ilya Kovalchuk Saga

    Ilya Kovalchuk is a rare talent. There have been only a handful of players in the history of the NHL who could be counted on to score 40 or more goals every season. He is one of those few...

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  21. New York Islander Free Agent Targets

    After more than a year of anticipation, the draft is over. Wonder of wonders, we got Nino AND Kirill AND a blue chip power forward in Brock Nelson who is descended from hockey royalty...

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  22. Fasten Your Seat Belts, We May Encounter Kirill Kabanov

    So how do you analyze Kirill Kabanov? That's the dilemma. Nino? Easy, grandmother immigrant story, determined guy crossing barriers, overcoming obstacles, great country, great hockey player...

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  23. New York Islanders Draft Brock "Bloodlines" Nelson: Do You Believe In Miracles?

    If you believe the NHL's hype machine, Bobby Orr was the only hockey player who made history before 1984 and US Hockey has its roots in The (Gretzky) Trade...

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  24. New York Islanders Draft Swiss Star: Why Nino Niederreiter Will Be Great

    When my grandmother left the tiny northwestern Swiss hamlet of Niederbipp in 1899, she had a much more difficult journey than Nino Niederreiter did when he left his southeastern Swiss hometown of Chur 110 years later...

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  25. Heart of a Champion, Part 1: Ken Morrow

    (There will be many talented players chosen in this draft. A relative few will become regular NHL players. Fewer still will be known by that very special appellation: Champion...

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