Tuesday One Liners

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report, * The Reimer signing has had collateral damage for Martin Brodeur because Mister Goalie has but one NHL team remaining that might sign him: Minnesota. * David Clarkson ranks among the Ten Most Likeable NHL Guys. That's why it's so tough putting the rap on him for his -- so far -- failure in Toronto. * You want other...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NHL draft preview: Breaking down the first five probable picks

Here's the conventional wisdom surrounding this year's NHL draft, which begins Friday in Philadelphia (Round 1): The five best players have already separated from the pack. However, the sequence of that quintet remains to be seen. No clear first overall pick has emerged. "To me, in watching the games and then talking to our scouts and what have you, to me it looks like...
Via Fox Sports South
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Tavares’ knee ‘back to normal,’ cleared for full activity

Some good news regarding the health of Islanders captain John Tavares — his recovery from a torn MCL and meniscus in his left knee is going along swimmingly. “Everything’s pretty much back to normal,” Tavares said, per Buffalo’s WGR550 radio. “I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the New York Islanders missed the playoffs

To say this year was a disappointment for the Islanders is to say last year was an amusement. The 2013 season was a full-on thrill in Uniondale, a heady reawakening of a franchise and a fanbase that culminated in the team’s first playoff appearance in seven years. Last year was as much an “amusement ride” as Japan’s Takabisha coaster. This year, then, was as much a disappointment...
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Cheers Up Fan Jake Lotocki, Proving That Sports Stars Can Be Role Models!

       It is hard nowadays to really admire athletes anymore. Some of them holding out because they demand a bigger or longer contract. Others not wanting to perform because they are experiencing turf toe. Thankfully New York Islanders Center John Tavares (who is out for the remainder of the season with an injury) gave me a breath of fresh air and reminded me that NOT ALL sports...
Via KC Sports Ninja
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares gives jersey to little Islanders fan mocked at MTS Centre

A Winnipeg Sun story about an 11-year-old hockey fan who was taunted at a Jets game last week has struck a chord with NHL star John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Jake Lotocki is an Islanders fan who attended last Tuesday’s Winnipeg-Islanders game wearing his Tavares jersey. But the experience turned ugly when he was jeered by several fans after the game, one getting in his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares gives mocked 11-year-old Islanders fan autographed jersey

A story from the Winnipeg Sun Monday, regarding 11-year-old Jake Lotocki being verbally harassed by Jets fans during the Jets-Islanders meeting March 4, caught the attention of none other than Islanders’ captain John Tavares. Lotocki, an Islanders fan since the age of two, attended the game with his mother, and was sporting his Tavares jersey. “Every time the Jets have played...
Via New York Sports-Kings
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: John Tavares Comes Through for 11-Year-Old

When Islanders Captain John Tavares heard the story of the kid in Winnipeg who was harassed repeatedly at the Isles vs. Jets game on Tuesday, March 4th, he knew something had to be done. No 11-year-old fan should have to take that sort of abuse just for being an Islanders fan, and especially not for just wearing a John Tavares jersey in Winnipeg. No, this wasn’t right. (The...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

No Tavares? No Problem! Anders Lee Helps Kyle Okposo Stay Hot

When John Tavares blew out his knee in Sochi the fantasy hockey gods mocked us and Kyle Okposo (3 A, 3 SOG, +1) might have died a little inside. We all knew that Thomas Vanek was on his way out the door after he turned down a sizeable, long term deal from the Isles and when he was shipped to the Habs at the deadline Okie and his owners had to wonder what the hell he’d be doing...
Via Razzball Hockey
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Review: Is *This* Rock Bottom?

Monday March 10: New York Islanders 7 - Vancouver Canucks 4 For only the third time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks surrendered seven goals in a period on Monday. Next to the 1983 and 1985 Edmonton Oilers, add the 2014 New York Islanders to the list—the ones without John Tavares or Thomas Vanek. It was quite a show. When I got to the rink last night...
Via HockeyBuzz
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

'NHL Revealed' makes its way to Sochi with unprecedented access

Eight days ago, John Tavares' hockey season ended in Sochi, Russia, and the NHL Revealed cameras were able to cover it. At the same time, on Long Island, the New York Islanders were finding out about Tavares -- far and away their best player -- going down for the rest of the year. NHL Revealed's cameras were able to cover it, too.  I've written about the show, which...
Via Awful Announcing
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Islanders: Assessing the damage of the Tavares injury

New York Islanders: Assessing the damage of the Tavares injuryThe last thing Islanders fans want to hear right now – after watching their team stumble through another season, after watching Thomas Vanek flee for greener pastures, after watching John Tavares crumble to the ice in another team’s jersey – is “look at the bright side.” But what other choice do they have? After...
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders' John Tavares escapes surgery; GM still unhappy

“It’s a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don’t want to pay when our best player gets hurt.” - New York Islanders' GM Garth SnowSo Garth, don't hold back, how do you really feel about NHL players participating in the Olympics?Snow let those words off the chain after being made aware that his team captain, John Tavares, had torn...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs-Islanders Preview

As the New York Islanders begin to move on without their top player, the Toronto Maple Leafs and their Olympic star look to pick up where they left off before the break. Minus star John Tavares, the lowly Islanders attempt to cool off Phil Kessel and surging Toronto with a rare home win Thursday night. With the third-fewest points in the Eastern Conference, New York (22-30-8) already...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Won’t Need Surgery, Says He’d Compete In Olympics Again

Many will use the season-ending injury New York Islanders star John Tavares suffered last week as proof of why the NHL should stop sending its players to the Olympics. Islanders general manager Garth Snow already has. But Tavares, who announced Tuesday that his partially torn MCL will not require surgery, said he would do it all again if given the chance. “For me as a player, I...
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

8-year-old Islanders fan pens heartwarming and inspirational letter to John Tavares (photo)

A very young New York Islanders fan — “long-suffering” could be used as that is often the condition of Islanders fans, but hey, she’s only 8 — wrote a touching letter to team superstar John Tavares, wishing him well and hoping he gets better soon after suffering an injury while representing Canada in the Winter […]The post 8-year-old Islanders fan pens heartwarming and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares will not need surgery on MCL, defends Olympics

John Tavares hurt his MCL during the 2014 Winter Olympics. While Tavares will miss the rest of the season he will not have require surgery which means he should return for next season healthy and ready to go. Tavares had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the New York Islanders this season and his injury was not well received by general manager Garth Snow. “Are the IIHF or...
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

John Tavares Won’t Need Surgery On Injured Knee

New York Islanders fans got a bit of good news on Tuesday morning when captain John Tavares revealed that he wouldn’t need surgery to repair the injured knee that he hurt while playing for Team Canada in Sochi. Tavares, 23, sustained a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his knee on February 2oth after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda: via @CJZero Though...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: No Surgery For JT

During today's post Olympics media deal with Captain John Tavares, he said he will NOT need surgery to repair his knee and expects only a rehab of eight weeks. Although Art Staple of Newsday added the "eight to TWELVE" weeks just to be on the safe side. JT said he had the same injury, on the same knee, in Juniors and responded well to rehab. Guess he forgets he...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

8-year-old girl writes heartwarming letter to Islanders' John Tavares

This is a touching reminder of how a sports star can connect with a fanbase in a powerful fashion. John Tavares means a lot to New York Islanders fans (trust me I would know, I am wearing this shirt while typing this). He has absolutely revitalized a franchise once left for dead. Despite a disappointing season, Tavares’ injury, and ineptitude in the front office Islander fans continue...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders place Tavares on injured reserve

The New York Islanders on Monday placed top-line center John Tavares on injured reserve. Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament and meniscus tear in his left knee sustained during Canada's quarterfinal game against Latvia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "You feel bad for him, especially how much he was looking forward to it before...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Petriw: All Hands on Deck

With the Olympic break behind us now and the news of John Tavares breaking the hearts of Islanders fans everywhere the team will return to action on Thursday at the Nassau Veteran’s memorial Coliseum as they square off with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team that takes the ice on Thursday will look drastically different as numerous roster moves will occur before then. It...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the League: Tavares' injury, results at the Olympics, final Stadium Series game

Image courtesy of NHL.SI.comAlthough it was another week without NHL action, there is plenty to talk about in the hockey world, as Canada claimed gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics over Sweden and Finland claimed bronze over the U.S.A. On top of the games’ outcomes, there was a significant injury to one of the NHL’s superstars and an issue of partying with a nation that features...
Via Flyerdelphia
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: The Flame Is Extinguished

Well, that was beautiful Sochi. Great job, considering how many things could have gone really wrong, it really was a spectacular Olympics. Even the 7 am hockey games weren't so bad and NBC's coverage on line and with so many channels gave us plenty to watch. It also gave John Tavares a Gold Medal to come home with. I'll reserve my comments about that for now. ...
Via HockeyBuzz
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic hockey takes heavy injury toll

The worst fears of NHL general managers came true. The intense Olympic hockey competition produced some notable casualties.The Blues got their nine players back from Sochi in one piece, but some Eastern Conference teams weren’t as fortunate. Here is the injury rundown:John Tavares, C, Islanders: The NHL’s third-leading scorer suffered a season-ending knee injury playing for Canada...
Via Fox - The Hockey Guy
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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