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Islanders News: Everyone loves New York's best team

Years, and a half-season of neglect, and then BOOM. Now they are media darlings. Kind of.

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Da media line up to give high-fives.
Da media line up to give high-fives.
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Are you prepared to get drunk off Islanders headlines? Because they are everywhere. It's as if this is the best team in the United States' largest market (although some still haven't gotten the memo).

Islanders Reads and Listens
  • Arthur Staple used the Isles off day to kindly answer fan questions. Like Lubo, and Jagr, and Boychuk, and Jagr, and Jagr, and... [LHH]
  • The Isles will have another "decades" night, this time honoring Ed Westfall, Gary Howatt, Butch Goring, Pierre Turgeon and Shawn Bates. Here are some of the clips and stories behind their place in Isles history. [LHH]
  • Why it's past time the Isles be considered contenders now (and lest you have Corsi concerns, why Travis Hamonic explains it's "not just throwing crappy shots on net.") [B/R]
  • The Isles prove their the best team in New York -- and maybe the East. [Sporting News]
  • No really, they are winning the battle for NYC. [Fresno Bee]
  • So they proved they "belong in the Metro" then. [Trentonian]
  • Erm, but the Rangers "might not even be the best team in their own market." [Sports on Earth]
  • I guess, to be fair, our own pre-Tuesday power rankings didn't get the memo either. [LHH]
  • It has all impressed Howie Rose, who calls this their best team in decades. [CBS NY]
  • It was cathartic and satisfying for fans, of course. [Altar of Bossy]
  • Isles Coat Drive: Bring three coats Monday, get tickets to a game in February.
Across the Sound
  • Matt Lashoff talks about joining the Sound Tigers after playing in Russia. [CT Post]
  • Practice updates from Bridgeport. [Soundin' Off]
  • Get to Know the Sound Tigers: Aaron Ness liked Brian Rafalski, and Kevin Poulin liked some goalie from Quebec. [Sound Tigers]
Beyond the Island
  • The Penguins claimed former Oiler and brief Predator Mark Arcobello off waivers. [PensBurgh]
  • Ryan Suter was suspended two games for Steve Downie-ing Steve Downie. [SB Nation]
  • The Wild goaltending has torched their season, so now they've acquired Devan Dubnyk. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • That's another notch in the Coyotes' tanking process. [Five for Howling]
  • But at least they'll wear '90s throwbacks March 5. [Sportsnet]
  • Peter Laviolette has done great things in Nashville. [NHL]
  • The Izod Center, the former Devils home that used to be called other things but is always the Meadowlands, will close. [NorthJersey]
  • Johnny Gaudreau wants to trademark 'Johnny Hockey.' For him, I mean. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Looking at the mammoth Ovechkin contract, seven years later. [Japers' Rink]
  • The NHL selected captains for the All-Star Games and ye gods they are boring. [BSH]
  • And finally, BOC's annual SBN Hockey potty mouth rankings (not for the faint of potty mouth) [BOC]