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Islanders Anxiety - Episode 203 - A Very Specific Type of Torture

There is such a select few people on this planet that are dealing with this very specific kind of anguish.

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Mike and Dan ramble and rant about a range of NHL topics, from strange playoff bedfellows to prospect coverage to old guy veneration.

With the Islanders’ offseason in a holding pattern, the hosts are forced to face a corporate-backed rival fanbase that only emerges when certain special conditions are met, and to rely on previous enemy teams to come through for them. Making matters worse is that the solid ice the Islanders once skated on has cracked and left everyone feeling uneasy.

In the second half, they discuss a few Islanders players getting a chance at the World Hockey Championships and how they might impact next season, either on the roster or as trade fodder. They also look at how their shallow prospect pool is all but ignored and how not all beloved veteran bargain free agents are created equal.

Remember: some articles aren’t worth getting mad about.

*-note that this episode was recorded prior to Game 7 between the Rangers and Hurricanes.


  • Congrats to Team Finland and Valtteri Filppula for winning gold at the World Championships. Mat Barzal was named Player of the Game for the gold medal game, despite Canada’s OT loss.
  • And congrats to the great Mark Streit on his induction to the IIHF Hall of Fame
  • wow. so special. especially for a guy who played for Ottawa and Dallas for 15 years.


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Theme song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek.

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