We truly have reached the dog days of the NHL calendar year: with the draft completed and the high profile free agents settling in with their new teams, there is still quite a ways to go before things pick up again in the hockey world. But even during this down period there are still a few important stories that are developing with regards to items like expansion, and so with that, let’s get to this edition of Potvin’d. Continue reading Potvin’d: July 26th Edition
New York Islanders fans have been experiencing a period of grief over the relocation of their team. After 43 years on Long Island, 4 Stanley Cups and countless memories the team will no longer call the Nassau Coliseum it’s home. Those feelings are bound to remain for the foreseeable future, especially come the start of the season in October. For the first time in their history, all of those cheers, the tears, the laughs, the yells, will be 26 miles westward. The team that represented Long Island has officially left the building. Continue reading The New York Islanders of Brooklyn; A Brief History of Sports in the Borough
We all know the history of the New York Islanders, but what if we know happened never actually did? What if Nystrom never scored that OT goal to clinch the first Cup? What if the Rangers had succeeded in their plan to financially make the Islanders existence untenable? What if the Fisherman sweaters had *gasp* been popular? The Darkest Timeline looks at these issues both important and ridiculous and asks the question; what if things had been different?
April 14th, 2009: The New York Islanders receive the 2nd overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, despite finishing dead last in the league standings. General Manager Garth Snow reportedly says, after receiving the news, “The results of this lottery just reaffirm our organization-wide commitment to making everything as difficult as possible for Islanders fans.”
Now that the book has been closed on the 2014/15 NHL season, and the Cup has been lifted and the draft results are in, our thoughts can shift toward…well, the 2015/16 season. The NHL this past week released the schedule for it’s upcoming slate of games, and so let’s take a look at what the New York Islanders can look forward to heading into their inaugural season in Brooklyn. Continue reading Looking at the 2015/16 Islanders Season
The Islanders came into the NHL Draft on Friday night without a pick in the first or second rounds before general manager, Garth Snow made a risky move to trade a top prospect and former lottery pick defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd picks. Continue reading Islanders Trade Up Twice Into First Round of NHL Draft