Hockey Editorial

RFA Offer Sheets: It's not about the 'old boys'


It's in the name: Restricted free agency is "restricted." But that doesn't mean it's colluding GMs in the NHL's "old boys netowrk" that keeps players from changing teams.

Critical Thinking Cult: Don't fear the stat keeper


Rather than being wrapped up in some silly war among old school columnists and bloggers, analytics should just be seen as a newer, more accurate way to measure and understand longheld hockey...

Thank Bossy, John Tavares is no Ryan O'Reilly


The three-year contract drama with the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O'Reilly is a reminder of the anxiety the New York Islanders avoided with their best player.

For GMs and agents, it shouldn't be personal


Player agents have many tasks. Deciding which teams their clients should consider based on whether the GM is nice shouldn't be one of them.

GMs/coaches like options, players like continuity


The partnership between Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin raises a management question: On one hand, GMs like depth and options as a motivator for internal competition. On the other hand,...

Life after Wang: Or, why I don't bother


Would the New York Islanders be better off if and when Charles Wang sells the team? That depends on who buys it and what he does, silly.

Needs: Internal competition, physical defense?


The New York Islanders have created internal competition and an abundance of puck-moving defensemen. Will they suffer a lack of physicality?

The Sad Myth of the Elusive Cap Space Trade


Every once in a while a Wisniewski or a Visnovsky shakes loose (Slavic roots not required), but in reality rewarding cap-space trades are rare.

Dear Brett: Winning is the best marketing plan


Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark has a lot of ideas for marketing the Islanders. But the only one he needs is out of his hands. The best way - possibly the only way - to make the Islanders'...


One Man's Isles Fandom, and Anxiety over Brooklyn

For lots of longtime Islanders fans on Long Island, the pending move to Brooklyn represents a deep loss.


My Dream Islanders Offseason

What would you like to happen with the New York Islanders this summer?


Youth and Lord Stanley's Cup

Are stars like Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby and deep teams like the St. Louis Blues already too old to win a Stanley Cup?

This Philly Lawyer Wants Your Team


Having failed to land the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Barroway is reported to be after a purchase of the New York Islanders.

NHL Goals: What's a kicking motion? It depends.


Apparently the NHL governs "kick" goal reviews based on direction from general managers who don't even agree on the direction to give.

Dispatches from Rock Bottom: This is not it.


Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa thought Thursday's 6-1 loss to Dallas was his team's "rock bottom." Then Monday's loss to the Islanders happened. Let an Islanders fan tell you what "rock bottom" is.

Things Isles Fans Can Look For To Close 2013-14


A nice return at the trade deadline and the playoffs may be crossed off the list, but there still are a few things Islanders fans can hope for before the 2013-14 season ends.

Deadline Aftermath: Winners, losers, Kesler factor


In the aftermath, it looks like there were two major factors holding up deals at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, and Thomas Vanek was the lesser one.


The NHL Trade Deadline: Please Don't F*^k This Up

That is why this NHL Trade Deadline is so depressing for Islander Country. We are trading away what could have been.


Should we stop sending NHLers to Olympics?

It is an age-old question that is amped up a bit because of recent developments close to home, but now is as good a time as any debate this.

Snow's Olympic rant should please the NHL


New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow doesn't often rant for public consumption or go off on anyone on the record. But losing a franchise player can change a man.

On trade rumors and the GM-coach relationship


The most thankless position for a coach, other than trying to win with an unwinnable roster, is trying to win with a roster that has suddenly changed on him.


Snow's Sgt. Brody Method for Attracting UFAs

Nearly five years after getting Martin Biron to sign from Philadelphia, the notion of signing quality UFAs has become nothing more than an annual, improbable hope crushed each July.

Islanders Season Started and Ended vs Metropolitan


If you want an explanation as to why the Islanders will miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, you can start by looking at their performance inside the Metropolitan division.

Rangers Fans' Chants Fail to Make the Grade


When you loudly mock the opposing team, you want your barbs to sting. But Rangers fans' attempts just leave Islanders fans with puzzled looks on their faces.

On Faceoffs: Important, but still a coin flip


Faceoffs matter, but let's keep it in perspective.

Vanek Realistic on Extension Talks


Will a Thomas Vanek and the New York Islanders reach agreement on a contract extension? Maybe. Either way, he's not hiding from the question.

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