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Islanders Anxiety - Episode 59 - No Neck but a Big Brain

Fifth time’s the charm.

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It took five tries, but Mike and Dan finally get a podcast in the books about the Islanders’ first three games under Barry Trotz. They talk about the night and day differences between last season and this one, and the good, bad and getting better of the small sample of games.

They also discuss the end of the Jan Kovar experiment, the attendance at Barclays Center, a new job for former Islanders head coach Doug Weight, the stupidity of the NHL’s schedule makers and sing about the greatness of Mathew Barzal.

I don’t know what’s up with my Skype recording app, but we ran through these topics two and a half times, with two more attempts scuttled after just a few minutes. So if we sound a little rushed or off, it’s because we’re trying to remember the points were already made, maybe even a day earlier.

I eventually returned to our original method and it got the job done. Thankfully, the Islanders have this ridiculous schedule, which allowed us an extra day to record.

It was not fun. But we got it done and, as always, we sincerely thank you for listening and hanging with us for a little while.


  • Arthur Staple’s article about Jan Kovar’s too short time with the Islanders [The Athletic]
  • This week’s closing theme music is Joy Division - Love Will Tears Us Apart 8-bit by Omnigrad.
  • Here’s that three-hour long highlight video of the Islanders’ 2006-07 season that Mike mentioned. Grab some snacks and watch it.
  • Crime is the disease... he’s the cure. Sylvester Stallone Adam Pelech is... Cobra.

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