Oilers win NHL draft lottery, chance to select McDavid No. 1

  The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid with the top pick. The Oilers bucked the odds Saturday night after finishing 28th in the NHL standings. They had just an 11.5 percent chance to win the lottery. At 20 percent, the Buffalo Sabres had the best odds to win, followed by the Arizona Coyotes at 13.5 percent among...
Via AP on Fox
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Islanders To Tell Tales At Coliseum Event

As the final season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum comes to an end, Nassau County politicians and the fans are starting to realize that the Islanders are actually moving to Brooklyn. The Islanders franchise has done a great job welcoming back past legends such as Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Billy Smith, Bobby Nystrom and most recently Pat LaFontaine. For those...
Via Islanders Insight
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick DiPietro 'has a problem' with race baiting troll Stephen A. Smith's take on Chris Borland's retirement

Even when Stephen A. Smith quote/unquote "applauds Chris Borland's decision to retire" from the NFL after 1 season with the 49ers" -- he has to introduce race into the conversation because SAS is a race baiting troll who is good at getting folks talking about him. Former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is also doing a nice job of getting folks interested in what he says. But his method...
Via Bob's Blitz
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Isles goalie Rick DiPietro refuses to watch Mike Francesa

Former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro joined Michael Kay this week. The topic turned to Mike Francesa & Chris Mad Dog Russo. Of the former duo, DP stated:When I was with the Islanders interviewing with Mike & the Mad Dog, it was like they purposely mispronounced my name. And it was like they purposely pretended to not know who I was. Outside of the locker room doing the interview...
Via Bob's Blitz
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 35

Thirty-five days to go. 35. Trenta-cinque. The fact that I’ve done 65 of these is a tad mind-boggling. I mean, I’m a journalist. We don’t do numbers. I’m surprised I was able to successfully count down this far backwards. See? You learn new things every day about yourself. Just like I learned how the Islanders loved giving the number 35 to goalies in the ’90s and early...
Via Islanders Insight
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 39

Have your heads stopped spinning from yesterday’s trade deadline? Never would I think to have seen the Islanders so active. I’d say most fans are used to all the other teams wheeling and dealing while the Islanders would sit by the wayside and watch the fireworks. As fans say goodbye to one goalie today in Chad Johnson, we take a look at another goalie on our countdown. With...
Via Islanders Insight
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Reclaim Top Spot in Division

TONIGHT’S RECAP The New York Islanders reclaim the top spot in the Metropolitan Division by defeating the Calgary Flames 2-1. Jaroslav Halak set a franchise record by winning his 33rd contest of the season breaking a record he briefly shared with Billy Smith, Chris Osgood and Rick DiPietro. “He’s played unbelievable and he’s pretty well deserving of that record,” Travis...
Via Islanders Insight
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 2|20|15

The Islanders were impressive in a Coliseum showdown against the league’s best Nashville Predators last night, winning the contest by a score of 5-2. The Isles outshot Nashville 40-32, and for the corsi fans, out-attempted the Predators 68-63. New York’s defense was the story of the game, as Brian Strait, Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy combined for three of the team’s five goals...
Via Islanders Insight
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 52

Islanders fans can’t really be angry at anyone else besides their team. In a third period where they were absolutely out-worked, out-hustled and out-scored, the Islanders sent viewers a clear reminder that there is still much, much work to be done. Especially against veteran teams that have been in the big show before, like the Rangers. Who, and though it might bother some readers...
Via Islanders Insight
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 2/13/15

For the first time in his career, New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak is a 30-game winner. More impressively, Halak has accomplished the feat in record-breaking fashion. With his 32-save performance in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Halak, an offseason acquisition, became the fastest Islanders goalie to reach 30 wins in a season, accomplishing the milestone in...
Via Islanders Insight
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 60

It seems like we’re having more Buffalo-like weather today than Long Island weather. I woke up to my truck basically encased in a block of ice. Maybe that’s the Sabres way of gaining revenge on the Island for their home loss last night. Which leads me to this classic mantra. It doesn’t matter how ugly it is done. A win is a win. Even if two goals were allowed on 10 shots. With...
Via Islanders Insight
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red’s Rewind: Volume XII – Full Speed Ahead

Welcome to Red’s Rewind: a weekly look at the New York Islanders through the eyes of a redhead…   Looking Back Due to the NHL All-Star Weekend festivities, the Islanders had a very short week this week, only playing one game this past Monday. That one game made it a great week for the Isles, however, having beat the Flyers in their matinée at home by a score of 7-4. The...
Via Islanders Insight
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Bennett: All-Star In His Own Right

You won’t find his name in the National Hockey League record book but if you walk around Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum or any other NHL venue most people would be aware of the prominent photographer, Bruce Bennett of Old Bethpage, Long Island. Starting out, Bruce was happy to receive a press pass and be able to get into games for free but after shooting 5,086 Hockey games...
Via Islanders Insight
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Halfway Home: ‘Insight’ into the Isles at the Break

So we’ve arrived to the official halfway mark of the 2014-15 hockey season and the New York Islanders are playing well, with areas in need of improvement, of course, but, nonetheless, surpassing past years and the shortcomings that accompanied them. Thus, in the spirit of analysis and retrospection,  I’ve asked the entire Isles Insight team to share with me and you, the reader...
Via Islanders Insight
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 Players Who Had Failed NHL Careers After Spectacular WJC Performances

Ah, the World Juniors, the one time a year that the hockey world gathers around their TV’s to curse at some 18 and 19-year-old kids they likely have never heard of prior. Each year, the tournament features stars of the future, unknown hidden gems and for some, a last good chance at playing at a high level of competition. But just because you have a good tournament doesn’t mean...
Via The Hockey House
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick DiPietro joins ESPN-NY radio

You know what they say, if you can't play it, talk it! #159922718 / gettyimages.com Rick DiPietro, the former first overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 2000 Entry Draft, and owner of perhaps the most infamous contract - a 15 year $67.5M pact starting in 2006-'07 - has been out of the NHL since 2013, but in the ESPN-NY radio booth since August 11th.At the behest of friend...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Islanders News: Rick DiPietro Goes Behind The Mic

If Rick DiPietro's newest career gets him as hurt as often as he was in the NHL, something's very wrong. #162223480 / gettyimages.comNewsday's Neil Best reports the oft-injured goaltender has found himself a new home as a talk-radio host with ESPN New York's Alan Hahn. DiPietro and Hahn had worked previously a couple of times, when the former first overall pick from the 2000 draft...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Wang to sell Islanders

It’s over. Sound the bells and let the villagers know it’s safe to come out: the witch is finally dead. Okay, calling him a witch might be a little on the strong side, but Charles Wang hasn’t exactly been the most endearing person in the world since taking over as owner of the New York Islanders way back in 2000. The embattled owner has finally sold the team. Former Washington...
Via Sports-Glory
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Metropolitan Division Draft Steals

As the draft enters into the later rounds and Saturday afternoon drags on, teams are looking for some diamonds in the rough and that their scouts have done their homework in picking out late bloomers. All 30 teams are hoping these late picks will turn out like Andrew Shaw, a fifth round pick by the Blackhawks in 2011. Or maybe a Henrik Lundqvist, who was drafted 205th overall in...
Via Beyond The Benches
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick DiPietro, Alexei Yashin Headline Worst Moves Made By Islanders (Photos)

The New York Islanders are definitely not a hockey organization known for making the best trades to improve their team. In fact, the team’s trade history probably reads like a horror story to its fans. From the organization’s most recent blunder with Thomas Vanek, to infamous, big-money deals that didn’t work out, the Islanders would probably lose if they played a game against...
Via NESN.com
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard Among Top NHL Goalies From Hockey East (Gallery)

The Hockey East Association is widely regarded as the most competitive league in college hockey. Containing the likes of perennial NCAA championship contender Boston College, as well as a slew of other talented teams like Northeastern, Providence and UMass Lowell, it’s not surprising that Hockey East produces many talented players that go on to continue their careers in the NHL...
Via NESN.com
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders: The Rivalry by @ChicksDigHockey

What makes a true hockey rivalry (not one manufactured for TV)? The more bitter the hockey rivalry, the better. There has to be bad blood; the kind that comes from blood spilled and championships lost. There has to be a deep-seated hate that makes losing hurt the most. The Pens and Isles have such a history. I went back as far as 1975 to look at this rivalry. The two teams faced...
Via PensInitiative
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick DiPietro Released By Checkers After Zero Wins by   Steven Ellis

The AHL’s Charlotte Checkers have released goaltender Rick DiPietro from his PTO contract. Yup, things just keep getting worse for the guy. In five games with the Checkers, DiPietro posted a 5.18 goals against average and .846 save-percentage. Oh, and he didn’t actually record a win, but his goaltending partner, John Muse, did go on to post two shutouts and [...]
Via The Hockey House
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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