New York On The Ice: Best Season In Generations

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/16/2019 05:48:00 AM | Comment Here

The title says it all, they were that good at their best.

To go from the most goals/against/shots against a year ago to this, almost understates how well this team, with a schedule since late Feb that was terrible played, it was the singular reason they did not hold first place.

Everyone bought in from day one, the character targeted so often in the past drafts lived up to their expectations. Someone found a way every game, it did not matter who.

Mayfield, Pelech contracts are downright steals. Toews was exactly as advertised which anyone who followed Bridgeport knew. Pulock's offense dropped, but his speed/skill moving puck carried team. Boychuk, until the end looked reborn/the system protected him, Leddy's speed/skill moving puck carried team also.

Forwards brought in/helped layer defense, stabilized penalty kill, and system gave goalies many 20-25 shot against games. The fourth line that used to be at best an even shift, got twenty out of Cizikas, Martin got his share, and Clutterbuck struggled but got a few. That line set the tempo, and won a lot of games outright.

For me the 2018-19 New York Islanders checked every box you have seen me write about here since 2007/earlier, almost to perfection.

Avoid regulation losing streaks...check...Build up record, get to eight over, then ten, twelve, fifteen, eighteen, twenty..check..check..check. Keep shots against down..massive check. Eighty two games, and no regulation losing streaks longer than two games...Unreal, and all 82 games were high pressure games/so many must keep pace games as Carolina, Montreal, Columbus, even Flyers until late just would not go away. 

Expected improvement, as soon as Trotz was hired, and playoff contention. Nothing like least goals/shots allowed.

They got two goalies coming off terrible years, and protected them very well. Lehner/Greiss deserve every accolade plus Jennings, and Vezina consideration.

We know the powerplay struggled badly, but on paper it was not far off from many other teams.

Had no doubt they could beat Pens if they caught them at the right time, they did. Game three was textbook, as NY got stronger, Pens were chasing them the entire third period.

The calls against Carolina spoke for themselves. I'm still bitter, and feel NY could easily be playing. NHL has had a poor playoff, with many horrendous calls, three calls played a big part in ending NYI season. Full marks to Carolina.

Lou Lamoriello can blame himself for the deadline, but it's not fair. Tavares lack of a return is a big factor, he finished higher than Toronto, who kicked him upstairs, and took two players/Pierre Greco from them.

Barry Trotz lived up to all my expectations, and more. He deserves Jack Adams by a mile, his press conferences were must see television, we all learned things, so did players.

It was the best season in generations (despite 101,100 point seasons recently), they deserved better, but all eight teams in this conference could have won the cup that qualified with Montreal.

I'm very proud, but this is a fan who still expects Stanley Cups every year.

5/6/19: Lamoriello-Trotz Comments

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/06/2019 07:34:00 PM | Comment Here

New York Eliminated

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/03/2019 09:36:00 PM | Comment Here

What do you want me to write?

Felt officiating decided first two games, and handed Canes the 2-1 goal in game three. But past that Aho made a great play to pick puck out of mid-air, and center it for the 3-2 goal, and we got the first big sign of trouble, what was expected. 14-2 Canes in shots, and closed out game easily.

Then, with Carolina getting healthy we all saw what I wrote about before the series, and why I felt Carolina could win in five, their speed/skill did to NY, what they did to Washington in Carolina, and what they did for months, just not losing, making it hell for NY to clinch a spot. Then they put up a never say die series with Caps where they just would not go away, even down in game seven in the third period. Look at that 4-1 goal, elevated pass, redirected out of mid-air, great play by Canes. Too bad Pelech put in 1-1 goal, but their skill forced that.

It was a bad match-up for NYI, my entries reflected my concern.

NY did what they could in the third down 4-1, could not break through, then a breakdown 5-1. Nelson made it 5-2 at the end.

The injuries/officiating helped Canes win at least 2/3 early games, game four after the first period, it was basically over. Their speed/skill was too much, the hole too deep, it was time for Carolina to show what they have done for months, and they did.

NY gave up no goals for 60 minutes of game one, the call against Lee was a joke, game two they allowed 18 shots, Towes did not kick the puck on goal.

More in the coming days, end of an excellent season. There was a lot to proud of here, but it should not have ended here, with officiating playing a major role. I'm bitter about how the officiating decided two games outright, and handed Carolina a big goal in game three where a player grabbed the puck, and carried it with a closed hand.

We'll see if Lamoriello decides to return, he has nothing left to prove, and did a fantastic job. Trotz should win the Jack Adams easily.

Trotz 5/2 Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/02/2019 03:41:00 PM | Comment Here

Carolina Up 3-0

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/01/2019 09:52:00 PM | Comment Here

Getting Late Early. NY down 2-0.

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/28/2019 06:51:00 PM | Comment Here

Much better than expected, easily could have been 2-0 lead, but no calls/bad breaks. You allow no goals in sixty minutes, then 18 shots in game two, you have to be up 2-0. No hiding from what must happen in game three. Mrazek injured may be a break/but their other goalie got every break or made saves when team was not hitting post or empty net. Has not been Carolina skill/fest/never say die team expected that I felt would win in five.

But here it is Carolina up 2-0.

Trotz 4/27 Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/27/2019 07:13:00 PM |

Trotz 4/26 Update....

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/26/2019 01:05:00 PM |

Wrote my view on the series, really hope it comes out wrong, and Canes are tired/banged up or just happy to be here. First game will give us a good idea, but no hiding going down there, and likely needing to beat young speed/skill, and likely will take no soft goals by Lehner or Greiss.

New York vs Carolina. Be Very Afraid..

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/25/2019 12:01:00 AM | Comment Here

Happy for Barry Trotz, Washington needed his defense/teaching/staff against that team, they had inexperience behind bench, but players got their way. Enjoy the summer off.

What do I think about Carolina, they are a never say die team, that made qualifying a nightmare for the New York Islanders, and have young speed/skill that just does not quit. Any other team felt NYI had a great chance, this kind of team presents challenges that likely are beyond their abilities. NY has coaching experience, rest which makes game one a must, and home ice. Mrazek does not allow soft goals Lehner does.

I watched that series, and saw how Carolina kept pushing back, got one game in Washington to overtime, then came home, and over-whelmed Caps.

Almost never do movie references here but in Rocky II when it was said the man just kept coming after you, we don't need that kind of man in our lives. Now we got it, very skeptical NYI can beat them all the way, and you almost never see me project out games this way.

New York Schedule/Tavares Eliminated

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/24/2019 03:05:00 AM | Comment Here

Ok, we have a schedule, question is who/where. Carolina is the faster/more scary team with a never say die approach that should be familiar because they made qualifying hell for NYI, and would just not go away with a load of young talent/skill. Washington's got the experience/the Stanley Cup (we got coach) but we also have the one shutout down there, and the one in the garbage game for them to close the season.

I don't know, rules say in a series where home team wins every game, they usually win game 7, Carolina had their overtime game in Washington and lost, but you still have to play the game.

Gut tells me Carolina more dangerous/younger team with ton of chemistry vs Washington's mileage, but you also want home ice in NYC. We have no idea what NYI team we will see in round two, but they played 82 games, and never lost more than two in regulation, even with 7/10 day breaks.

Wanted arrogant Leafs, and their media out with Tavares, this one was personal after he not only walked but left NYI with no return because of his lies for two years. Thrilled it happened, and he only had one goal against a goalie.

Unbiased person who wrote entries here last season, spring, June/July had major questions about his skating, defense, impact on games in third period when he had to be the best player. Saw same thing on 3-1 goal that turned game, he lost puck, tried a poke check, slowed down and quit on Kuraly, you can see him coasting when the goal was scored, far behind. This was the movie I saw last season.

Gone Leafs sympathy for their media arrogance & disrespect for Lamoriello/NYI beating them out in regular season & playoffs.

And color me stunned at sales for Barclay's second round games selling so well, they won't sell outside Metro area for a franchise that drew 11,000 for Ottawa in first place in Nassau.

Some talks with Joe Tsai of Nets, a little NYC branding, and a renovation of some seats & I'm good where they are for twenty years at Barclay's where corporate money is with a city full of NYI fans already.

Uncharted Waters For New York/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/19/2019 03:50:00 AM | Comment Here

We all know what happened last time NY swept a team, we got a way to go for that, but what happened against Pens was special. That team is outstanding, and despite their ability to win 8/10 or lose 8/10 all season, NY got them out before things turned, and they did it in a way champions did, they gave Pens nothing. Murray had to be good or it would have been worse. Eberle was dominating, so was Nelson, and team defense.
What you aspire to is the team hitting it's best game in the playoffs, that's what happening with no real pressure on one player to carry them, with a defense that got stronger after game one. Anyone who watched this team all season knew what they had in Pulock, Pelech, Mayfield, and now Toews who may have saved last season, these guys are only getting better at this age, everyone bought in.

It's been special, still not sold on Lehner full time because 82 games were played & two goalies were well protected by the system, and won Jennings together. Happy for Lehner off-ice, but this is an on-ice game.

Yes, had shades of Tavares-Capuano when a player grabbed the white board from Gomez, and drew up a play, a red-flag for me. For Lamoriello/Trotz, second round is expected, for older generation same, for many we know recent playoff history.

Not sure what's ahead. Carolina since December has been outstanding & did nothing but find ways to win, and seem to have an extra gear or three, and having fun. They are loaded with offense, and Waddell adding Niederreiter was a great move, & deHaan is playing again which is great news. That win here in January was memorable to me, they answered their questions in goal. I do think they are a tougher out than Washington, who escaped a game with an overtime win, and held on in game one.

Home is home. I want them in NYC for good because that's where the money/people are. Dolan's media wants Belmont for themselves, and will find tons of LI fans to push what they are selling for themselves. Their spin-doctors will come in and make it THE story-line because the hockey is a side-bar for them. They are not here to make our team more popular in NYC where we need to be for financial survival which the poor attendance in Nassau proved did not work.

On the ice this team has needed a break desperately since late February, hopefully it brings them what we saw in game three, 25 shots against, that's how they got here when they were allowing 20-25 shots. It went up fast as they played every other day and lived on road or played six in ten too often.

Like match-up against Caps who will be tired but with home ice, do not like facing Canes, who's early shot disparity finally paid off. And what Columbus did was no fluke at all, they got that break on coast when they were dead, Vancouver started a backup so they had the easiest game, then another break, and earned that spot over Montreal. That 4-0 win against NY is what they are doing now, and Tampa could not throw the switch, and just play at that level in must win games. Yes, want Tavares out with arrogant Leafs regardless, who have given Lamoriello/NY no credit for finishing ahead of them. It's a wonderful story, but they won't touch it up there because it makes Toronto look awful, and he cost NYI talent that may make the difference for years. Gillies was right on that.

Will do a better job here moving forward, the first round format did not work for me, even going dark on twitter did not help much avoiding social media, will come up with something in the middle & not make twitter account private for the rest of the season.

Really want a big playoff run in Bridgeport starting Friday, it's time for them up there, the people deserve the Calder Cup.

The team owes a reason why no Nystrom award after promising one in the first round, unless something up with Bob Nystrom personally, given his son's comments, don't see it that way, he was not happy so team promised award during playoffs, did not happen.

New York Sweep... Part II/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/17/2019 05:29:00 PM | Comment Here

The better team won, and did it in a way that was stunning, but not unexpected for a team with more points, that did not lose four straight all season.

Put together the twitter comments/left out media items for the most part.

Social media avoidance did not work given it's connected to all professional media, so moving forward will go back to what was done here all season.

New York Sweeps Pittsburgh !!!

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/16/2019 10:55:00 PM | Comment Here
Much more tomorrow, some twitter comments posted.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2019 07:42:00 AM | Comment Here

Ultimately the better team will likely win, games are won on ice, not social media. Time to sit back & enjoy the playoffs for both NY/Bridgeport. The plan is watch series, then when it's over write about it. If NYI advance will do the same thing for each round.

What I can write is based on both teams seasons. NY again on the same schedule with no breaks, playing every other day has to become the team they were when they were getting days off, allowing 20-25 shots, either that or we have to hope for the Penguins team that goes from first to last, with an ability to struggle badly on defense, and allow bad goals. The other version of Pens that can become unbeatable, could make it very tough on NY to go with Lehner's playoff inexperience/soft goals where they may well need a 1-0, 2-1 win.
The same will be done on twitter, which is now private as in the past.

4/8 Lou Lamoriello Audio

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2019 12:59:00 PM |

New York Wins 3-0 vs Caps/Rd One Home Ice vs Pens/Wins Jennings/Bridgeport Cliches Playoff Spot....

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/07/2019 04:37:00 AM | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments:
Filppula returns & has two goals, they earned 2nd seed with a nightmare schedule, almost never resting. Remarkable season to just keep earning points after years of writing how the key is avoiding regulation losing streaks....they did, never losing three straight in 82 games & still every game it felt like they had to win to match teams with them or chasing them in the standings. And here they are with the most remarkable turn around in a century for goals allowed, winning the William Jennings Trophy. This team bought in & everyone played their role to where someone was going to do something to help win. I knew they would be a better team & in the playoff mix as soon as they got Barry Trotz, that some players would take steps forward never seen before here, did not expect to lead NHL in least goals allowed. Remarkable accomplishment & to play almost every other day on almost no rest, and secure second was outstanding.

Ok, we got a playoff series with home ice vs Pens, and now we got Bridgeport in the playoffs.

It's New York vs Pittsburgh or Carolina. Home Ice TBD

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/04/2019 10:23:00 PM | Comment Here

They needed the win in regulation or overtime & faced a prospect who struggled badly & needed Saturday with nothing to play for so everyone possible could rest. The powerplay did nothing but go out & gave up a 3-1 immediately. Pens lose, Canes win, NY faces Carolina with home ice.

For New York Numbers Don't Lie

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/03/2019 03:05:00 AM | Comment Here

Starting with good news, Columbus off radar.

Either NY or Caps win division.

Bad news is Florida has been red-hot, they always go down there & it's a high-scoring game with high shots against, it's going to take something special to win there vs Luongo.

If NY wins/desperate Habs beat Caps in regulation, NY plays for division on Sat or clinch second seed/home ice.

Lose to Florida, it's 2-3-4 seed. Expect Carolina to beat Devils & Flyers, Canes would win ROW.

Goal differential between NY, Caps, Pens has NY a few behind or difference in one win, too close.

Personally, Canes have been best team for a while, head to head could be the toughest NYI match-up whether that be as a 1-2-3-4 seed.

Mason Jobst Two Year-Two Way ELC

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/02/2019 02:23:00 PM | Comment Here

Some clarification, this player is 25, so he can go UFA in two years after his 2-way deal expires.

Back To Work NY Final Numbers/Seeding/Lehner/Tavares/Gillies

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/02/2019 06:06:00 AM | Comment Here

As always, expect nothing to be easy or little scoreboard help, that's not been the trend in this conference vs west where a spot would have been clinched long ago as things turn to seeding.

We'll likely have a good idea when NY takes the ice against red-hot Florida. Sure it's easy to point to games like Detroit/Leafs or a few other games where points were lost, but here's reality.

Nassau Failed, and not just at the gate with few real sellouts/excuses for 11,000 at games, let's see some weeknight games in October-November, and give Barclay's Saturday games.

Robin Lehner is a nice man, sympathetic/rooting for him completely off-ice, but this is an on-ice result business.  Like what we see all around NHL the team needs a true #1 who can play 55-60 games, or what many top goalies do. Not a fan of his comments about Sabres or their media, he went there twice earlier, and had many nice things to say, this was just a distraction not needed which for me as a fan is somewhat of a red flag.  My honest impression of both goalies were their historic success was a by-product of a team buying into a system, no doubt it's been remarkable/special.

Ok, now they finally get a 2 day break, the road to the Stanley Cup goes through Barclay's which produced the better record/31 over since going there, but that's well down the road still. Those twelve points did not come from Nassau. Trotz was not thrilled with Nassau fans over booing.

Obviously, I stand with Gillies, who know's where this team would be with a good return for Tavares if he had been up-front/expressed doubts about staying.

Fritz 6-8 Weeks/Lamoriello/Trotz/Updated Numbers

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/31/2019 01:38:00 PM | Comment Here

x - New York Is IN 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs !!!

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/30/2019 09:41:00 PM | Comment Here

For today we forget the race ahead, and acknowledge a heck of an accomplishment. NY earned this in a conference filled with excellent teams. Everyone should be proud on this day.

More Work To Be Done For NY....But

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/29/2019 12:02:00 AM | Comment Here

The needle moved forward, with everything going against them.

Updated 3/30 before games: As for magic numbers-Montreal 2. (remember 2006-07 NYI faced a bad scenario & beat out Leafs/Habs) Worst case ROW/tied Columbus 4. Carolina 5. Pens 7. Caps need 5 to beat out NYI.

Other teams did not get one two day break from 3/1-4/2, and not first time 7 other teams in this division had it much easier in terms of rest.
One two day break from 3/1-4/2. Rangers just got 3 off days at home. 11 Ranger games this ssn at home playing teams who had a game the night before & traveled. 16/22 points.
DEC 2017. Seven teams with several breaks of 2-3-4 days off. Not NYI. Why?

Trotz Update 3/28-Lehner Masterton/Wahlstrom Signed

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Ladd ACL-Season Over/Carpenter ELC

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Carpenter was at the Islanders prospect camp.
All charities requested by Torrey, Wang family will remain here. Anders Lee/Fenov scholarships were added & will remain a permanent fixture regardless of Lee's future beyond 7/1/19.

Still Nothing Changes For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/23/2019 05:40:00 PM | Comment Here
Most by now here have noticed my extremely conservative/measured tone on NYI playoffs chances, it's as simple as this: Still too many games to play even with the number of games remaining down to two weeks.
It's not west, or a thirty one team playoff format. It's a much greater accomplishment to qualify in this conference right now, there is still too much work to be done.

In the AHL Bridgeport has a little work left to do themselves.

Trotz 3/21 Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2019 01:15:00 PM | Comment Here

NY Signs Grant Hutton For 19-20/Bridgeport ATO

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2019 10:22:00 AM |

Bridgeport ATO signing for remainder of this season, not playoff eligible for Sound Tigers.

Nothing's Changed For NY/On All Fronts..Quips/Comebacks

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/19/2019 12:30:00 AM | Comment Here
The calendar continues clicking down the days, a lot of hockey to be played, nothing's changed. Keep winning & soon we can write something else on that front. Seeding will take to final days or even final game. Take things down to 2/3 game segments now. 1st in the division to 9th overall/playoff miss is not out of question. Someone's going to come close to winning out.
Trotz is going to do what he does with his lineup/injured/sick players, he knows best. I'm downplaying individual accomplishments for now, despite both goaltenders numbers/team defense.
Quips/Comebacks: It's funny to have twitter conversations with people who live in denial or sold themselves this Belmont lemon as all or nothing. I do get they want ANY resolution/arena at this point, even one that's doomed to fail, in a horrible location with no people, and of course many of them are young/clueless when another NHL teams newspaper with a huge vested interest are selling you something in a their newspaper like they did in 2011-2013.
Many people don't want facts, information is not their friend, they live in their bubble & that's the way it's going to stay. If you can't convince them the world is not flat in 2019, it's just not going to happen.
And of course it's priceless reading those people defend the awful Nassau attendance, or think announcing 11,000 people, who won't purchase $12 seats is some kind of viable alternative to support an 80 million dollar payroll & 120 million to operate a franchise in NY. It's that kind of denial that created these problems since 1989 & it's the same story/excuses since Arbour-Torrey were still working here. Wait until next fall & they actually have to go in October to Nassau.
Quip: Belmont is going to be great, wonderful, incredible.
Comeback: You don't know anything about it, who's paying, why there is no rail access until 2033, hundreds of millions to renovate LIRR or provide trains not available on overloaded tracks now, next to CIP (Cross Island Parkway) with the worst road access in NY beyond Jackie Robinson/Interboro. And this LI arena is partially on NYC border. So where's Wilpon's money? How come we have no answers/details to virtually anything within months of a so called ground breaking for an arena that will be operated by Dolan's Oakview/& his guy, Irving Azoff, who will have 110 acts or that this Belmont scheme (using NYI name to get a shovel in ground) is a competing arena to hurt Coliseum/Barclay's simply because Dolan lost bid in 2013 to Ratner for the Coliseum.
Quip: Cue gifs, it's going to be great.
Quip: We are a Long Island team.
Comeback: So why did Barclay's tie/outdraw LI fans the first two years not playing Saturdays? Where are those sellouts we were told about in Newsday that there are no tickets available in lower bowl almost a year ago, & few in the upper? Truth is there are thousands of empty seats, empty rows at top of building, $12 prices to see a first place team? For three years you lied to owners about how all the seats would be filled if they came home. There are only 13.9k now (down from 16.1k) & they were only really filled once to cyber-bully Tavares. Ticketmaster has thousands of available seats, other sites with seats under ten bucks.
Quip: Do you know how abused we have been for 20-30 years, what Milbury/Snow did to us?
Comeback: You stayed home for 30 years, even for Arbour-Torrey, voted down every arena plan, refused a penny of taxpayer support while you waved pom poms of all local teams who were handed taxpayer arena's? The same people stayed home and finished last even in playoff years. The only year they managed 21 sellouts was one Wang via Milbury spent money, and team improved. No one seemed damaged during sellouts at end of 2002, until Wang raised prices to the league avg. I get you love acting like problems began in 1995-96, but this team finished last with Torrey & Arbour, even in 92-93, when they went to semi-finals.
Quip: More gifs, we are LI only comments as they go back to discussing NJ football teams they love on LI or the city-based baseball teams.
Quip: Barclays is awful they should have fully renovated Coliseum.
Comeback: 2013 was not that long ago. All submitted bids were for the same renovation/downsized building & one was to demolish the Coliseum & put up a 5,000 seat building. Dolan's bid was for his AHL team to play there as anchor tenant with home Ranger preseason games, no one was dumb enough to fully renovated the Coliseum for Nassau to be their tenant. Dolan wanted more taxpayer money than Ratner. Nassau wanted someone to pay for their renovation. Dolan's Newsday people like Randi Marshall, Brodsky, Baumbach scared you with $58, then you voted no in 2011, and then he bid in 2013 to get the Coliseum & the entire hub for himself. This is all documented county information, including why he lost/Ratner won.
Quip: More gifs. Nassau is where we belong, Barclay's is not suited for an NHL team, it's terrible/awful.
Comeback: Nassau/Belmont equals bankruptcy, enough lies/excuses. We need a NYC home, grab an unobstructed seat, sit on the floor if necessary & give it a rest. We need a home where millions of people live, not in the middle of nowhere. 30 NHL teams agree with me/no one moves to a suburb you can't get to. Cue my images of empty seats in Nassau/reports of 4/5 playoff teams last in Nassau.
Quip: You are obsessed with Dolan and have an agenda.
Comeback: 130 other sports teams don't own their rivals television, newspaper coverage, and bid for the former home. I'm obsessed with team being here in a decade or less. NY is the right place to survive with the best rail/road access & the most people/corporate money to afford the payrolls necessary all of you cry for on 7/1. Not my fault Dolan owns Newsday/Msg/News12 bid to get Coliseum for himself, & has a biased paper that bleeds money to sell his narrative to gullible people while his television hid the games since 1998. When his paper ignores the billions going from Cuomo to Msg, and Newsday makes issue of Coliseum getting six million once, everyone should question that lack of objectivity. Dolan lost on LI at home, billionaires don't like losing & have giant ego's & his personal conduct speaks for itself, and he's fighting a competing arena to his in LA. He wants NHL map set back to 1971 & to put that cable money back in the bank he owes NYI.
Quip: What cable money/More gifs.
Comeback: Let grown-ups talk.
Quip: Baumbach is my voice for arena news.
Comeback: You mean the guy pretending to be a business expert, who's claim to fame was making a fool of himself & actually wrote Arbour's 740th win did not count in his book when he was pretending to be a sportswriter in 2007, who lasted about two weeks & another outlet in 2010, and then crawled back to Dolan? Even I had information here on Barclay's lease ten days before Baumbach in August 2016 because I asked Bloomberg writer about Prokhorov refinancing debt on Barclay's so he gave me the link.
Comeback: You got what you paid for & still won't support a first place team in March. Stop blaming owners, look in mirror. Newsday people & News12, people need their paychecks, and write what owner wants or someone else will be hired. Does not mean you should be buying what they are selling without real details.
Quip: Owners know what they are doing, why would they agree to these plans?
Comeback: Are you for real? Owners purchase teams without knowing a thing, rich people do that all the time, Wang, Milstein, Barroway, trophy purchases. 480 million for 80 percent of a team & 70 million a year on payroll is a ton of money to go build retain in the middle of nowhere with 24/7 rail that is at best decades away. Malkin's guy, Brian Garrison, compared Belmont Garden's to Rodeo Drive in LA, that's absurd.
Quip: More gifs.
Comment: Too bad they never put all that time drawing gifs into reading, they might have learned something.

NY Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/13/2019 06:50:00 AM | Comment Here

Not much to write, the drumbeat continues. The NY Islanders are not a western conference team that can have a bad week, or a long losing stream with a big cushion. A bad week means a wildcard, a bad ten days means 9th seed.
The team seems over the flu bug that went around since they went to Edmonton, but what Flyers did was no fluke, and teams are going to use that template to beat them. You got Trotz version they kept Columbus to outside/angles, vs Columbus side they dominated with a 66/30 shots attempted advantage, and held NY to 20 for game. The NYI numbers game is allowing 15-25 shots against & being hard to play against.
One two day break the rest of the season after Wednesday, they will mostly be on the road. Pick a player out of position between Beauvillier, Ladd, Komarov. Someone will play out of position with Boychuk out who's rarely played that side. Pulock played 25 minutes vs Columbus.
My impression is the top players are due to score some goals & will gain the confidence needed once that happens, they worked hard to get here, we'll see how it plays out. If they are not good enough & qualify, it will likely be over very fast.
I'm still guided by Trotz comments months ago his team is likely 1-2 years away from being a yearly contending team, and would likely not win in the playoffs.
All tributes to Mr Torrey will remain through the rest of this season, many have been added to the historical site.

Trotz 3/10 Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/10/2019 03:03:00 PM | Comment Here

No hiding from what they need to do. You can make the case Flyers 16-4, just picked up where they left off a week ago, but ultimately NY must play the game that got them to this point or it's not going to be a playoff team.

Welcome Home Bill Torrey

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2019 08:21:00 PM |

Love it. Did mention it with some images of a Torrey rink, next to Al Arbour, and drew up some photos after last May for the appropriate time. Without Bill Torrey, no one's here, it's that simple. Thought about him often since last May.

Playing Playoff Numbers For New York...

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2019 06:15:00 AM | Comment Here

We can debate what games they will lose/win & some wins/losses will be reversed. It's going to take this team getting their numbers game back with low shots against to stay where they are/make a run at first. 37 shots allowed/73 attempts by Ottawa (granted off coaching change/win) even with injuries/illness & Lehner hurt are not good signs.
What Flyers did here was no fluke last time, they went about 16-3 to get to this point. Scott Gordon will have them ready & they did everything short of coming back down 5-0 to Washington before losing 5-3.
For now Bill Torrey is finally honored, asked for 1980 home whites.

NY Notables/No Drama/Play Games/Then We'll Know

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/27/2019 09:40:00 AM | Comment Here
It's really that simple in the end, to make more or less of it does not make much sense. The management has spoken, now we see if they can continue to play the hockey that put them in this position to qualify for a playoff spot.
The rest is just a lot of noise (even from opposing fans at Nassau/nothing new) in terms of on the ice. Off ice is something different, but will try & keep things separate.

Updated/No Changes.....NY Trade Deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2019 04:52:00 AM | Comment Here
Not much to write, all indications are Lamoriello & Trotz feel they have enough/or don't want to break the chemistry. Someone has to sit for whoever comes here, and you could make the fair point #14 does not belong in top six, but Ladd is going to return, Dal Colle is a call away, & Ho-Sang's done enough to come up to right side. We'll see but it's another day that LI crew want NYC decisions/spending.
Smith was added to prospect site with his 2-way deal.

Islanders give Webster Bank Arena to Oakview

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2019 05:55:00 PM | Comment Here

The standing agreement through 2021 is the arena operator (now Oakview) is required to supply an AHL team or better, it no longer has to be the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Oakview can bring in Dolan's Wolfpack or any AHL team they want. As for the rest of this the Islanders can sign any long-term agreement they want with Oakview, but unless they make a new agreement with Bridgeport in 2021, it does not matter.

New York Notables.....

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/18/2019 03:41:00 AM | Comment Here
Let's begin here. I don't know.
What will Lamoriello do at the deadline? Will they win division? Even make playoffs? 7/8 points, between first-ninth, with Carolina/Pittsburgh & Philadelphia almost unbeatable. All I can write is what's been repeated often here. It's too early, too much hockey left to play.
Wish NYI had thirteen point edge they would have in 16 team playoff/west seed. They don't. Tampa is the only team that does.
One bad week, changes a lot, two bad weeks puts them outside. All the winning is helping them hold their spot, it's not doing anything to change the discussion in the other direction which we all want.
The schedule coming up gives them almost no two-day break after this.
I'm not of the mindset to make any changes because the chemistry here is special. They have an excellent defense that's only getting better/some players just starting, & prospects that under this coach/management will produce some star talent.
If they get injuries, think talent is here/Bridgeport, to make up for it. Ho-Sang when he's on can step in & help after his big weekend, guess Dal Colle will go back for Ladd/or not, he should not sit much longer.
Beyond that, play the games. Calgary x2, Toronto 2/28, & Washington on 3/1, will be very tough opposition, and no such thing as an easy night in this league vs anyone.
Boring but honest. Keep working.

New York Playoff Update/Quick Comment

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/15/2019 06:41:00 PM | Comment Here

Not on board with this, but not my decision. For whatever my thoughts about Nassau County, and it's failings for decades due to apathetic fans, you don't take a team out of a building for almost 70 days, then expect them to just pick things up, and call it home ice advantage. Same reason if team was playing all it's game at Barclay's, you don't move them back to Nassau, and stop your own momentum.

Ok, now we know, if they qualify, the NHL spoke loud & clear. Nassau is not suitable. They never should have set such a schedule to vacate Barclay's for this duration. Laura Curran, should have knocked off her cyber-bully act with Bettman & paid up the difference, who no doubt is very unhappy with Nassau having tickets available on gamedays & Cuomo should have had his check book out like he does for Dolan if he wanted playoffs in Nassau to pay the difference in revenue.

Just makes me think more & more Belmont is only about what Azoff/Dolan want for the 110 days Oakview will have it's acts & NYI will be the 41-day hidden tenant once we are done being used as pawns to get a shovel in the ground.

Quick Comment: If Marc Berner at the Horse Racing Journal wants to do his act on me, could care less. But there are these things called facts/research. All Coliseum bids were for a massively downsized renovation, including Dolan's, who's bid was for his AHL team playing there for good. As for his concrete in the toilet stories, produce some images or stick to the horses.

And there is that inconvenient thing called the lease which says 10 luxury boxes or combined suites & specific language who pays for plumbing during the entire lease duration.

Lamoriello's History/Looking Ahead Pt II

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/13/2019 06:46:00 PM | Comment Here

Not much to write since last update, beyond Flyers/Panthers not much changed, NY playing numbers, even doing above expectations but east owns west. Still driven by Trotz comments earlier team was year or two away from being top of conference team yearly & likely would not win in playoffs. Sorry, don't expect chemistry changes unless things dramatically change, this group gave up their offense & bought in, an outsider facing UFA likely will not. The magic number is 43 to qualify vs Carolina, still too much hockey to play, and you leave that defense alone for a good three years.
How Lamoriello worked with Leafs in a playoff run. Don't expect much.

Looking Ahead For NY

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/31/2019 06:35:00 AM | Comment Here

Trades/big moves? Many more quality UFA than in past years, franchise set on defense with prospects coming & players signed to 3-4 year deals. Not much playoff depth in Bridgeport that can step into top six and produce. Lamoriello will do what Snow did, wait on his UFA & take his chances with 7/1, and the same will happen with the other playoff teams with UFA. Ladd/Hickey & his other NHL depth, with so many games ahead they may need everyone to take some games off.

If they qualify home rink? As much as they need to be in NYC, they set this schedule, and took Barclay's out of the mix, and made it a lame duck since 2017. Can't have a team go from 2/16 into April & change rinks again, but for now it does seem a league decision & a bad one because this fan base needs months to buy tickets. Anyone thinking 14-16k people are going to purchase tickets last minute on no notice don't understand how this tiny fan base works, some of them will never go to Barclay's, and Dolan's media has AP in on the act selling failed Nassau & their Belmont Arena scheme with Azoff, despite past games in NYC outperforming announced Nassau attendance on the same days.

1/21/19 Lamoriello Spot On...Nothing's Been Accomplished

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2019 08:42:00 PM |

I don't care what some shock jock who knows nothing about being part of any team, but their own, and is so insecure, has to write his name in big print before his article to market himself. You kind of laugh at that but it is notable Lamorielo ignored NY Post (who ignored covering a first place team Sunday) & the Dolan's newspaper, and called Toronto. Tons more competition among few media ego's left, fighting for few jobs left, than on the ice.

The Calm Continues vs Ducks.

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2019 06:06:00 PM | Comment Here
Every team in a playoff spot got a big fat regulation loss since Sat, Washington lost in Chicago Sunday. Ducks had two wins after losing 12 straight, and were in a playoff spot. They beat NYI earlier this year.

New York 2, Washington 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2019 10:38:00 PM | Comment Here
Enjoy the win, we all know where it places them on 1/18/19. Tough work just getting started. You know how the math works, get to ten over, then push to fifteen, then twenty, that's how you get in the playoffs, and work toward where you want to be seeded. For now, it's game 47.

Barry Trotz Media Conferences-Must Watch

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2019 06:28:00 PM | Comment Here