Reinharts to Vancouver?

  Follow me @IanEsplen for Fun, Flames and all things NHL Draft   For most people that follow hockey watching the Stanley Cup playoffs is the climax of the NHL season. For me that climax happens at the NHL Draft where every fan base has hope for the next NHL season because of the moves their team makes. Last season we saw the Canucks and Senators make the biggest moves...
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Isles rookie Justin Johnson KO's John Scott much to the delight of everyone

Last night's game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders had little meaning in terms of significance for either side. The two teams had bad years (the Sabres worst in the NHL) and the meeting was the last on 2013-14 schedule for both.What Johnson lacks in size he certainly doesn't lack in confidence (photo via Islanders called up a ton...
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Isles have strong finish to disappointing season

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders finally found their stride, it just came way too late to salvage this non-playoff season.
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Capuano to remain coach of Islanders

Jack Capuano will return as coach of the New York Islanders next season, general manager Garth Snow said Monday according to Newsday. The Islanders ended the season winning three straight and going 8-2-2 over their last 12, but finished 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 34-37-11 record one season after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007. Capuano replaced...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jack Capuano Will Return Next Season as Islanders Head Coach

PHOTO COURTESY: JIM MCISAAC/NEWSDAY If Jack Capuano was worried about his job security, he got some reassuring news from Islanders owner Garth Snow this week. Snow told Arthur Staple of Newsday that Capuano will return next season for the Islanders.  The Islanders are currently 34-37-11 and are holding firm to last place in the Metropolitan Division. Garth Snow tells Newsday that...
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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...
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Islanders Rookie Justin Johnson KOs Sabres’ John Scott

New York Islanders rookie Justin Johnson stands only 6’0″ 220 lbs but he took on Buffalo Sabres John Scott (6’8″ 255 lbs) in his first NHL Regular Season fight. Giving up 8 inches and 35 lbs is no small task, but Johnson KO’d Scott with a solid one punch. Many people who hate Scott will be rejoicing over this. [Video via: Youtube] [GIF via: @PeteBlackburn] The post Islanders...
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Justin Johnson knocked out John Scott in fight (GIF)

The NHL season is just about over, but New York Islanders rookie Justin Johnson may have snuck in the knockout of the year on Sunday. The 33-year-old Johnson, who was appearing in just his second NHL game, landed a punch square to the face of Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott. As you can see, Scott […]
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Justin Johnson Knocks Out John Scott With Powerful Punch (Video)

John Scott is one of the toughest fighters in the NHL based on his incredible size (6-foot-8, 265 pounds) and overwhelming reach. Despite of all that, New York Islanders forward Justin Johnson, who was called up from the AHL to make his NHL debut in Sunday’s regular-season finale, dropped his gloves with Scott for a first-period fight. After the Sabres enforcer landed a few solid...
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Now What New York Islanders?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday, Jack Capuano said he wants to see a little more effort from the few veterans still left on the active roster for Sunday's season finale here. "I would hope they're aware," Capuano said of the evaluations he, his coaching staff and general manager Garth Snow are performing on what remains of the team that muddled through this...
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Islanders Rumor: Charles Wang continues to talk to one group about sale of club

The oft rumored potential for a sale of the New York Islanders seems to be more to the on side of the ledger as talks continue between current owner Charles Wang and Pennsylvania lawyer Andrew Barroway.Former Islanders public relations official Christopher Botta on is saying that they two sides are working from a franchise value of $370 million broken down...
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Islanders-Sabres Preview

The New York Islanders moved into playoff contention with a hot stretch in late December and January, only to suffer an untimely slump and a critical injury that contributed greatly to them missing the playoffs.
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Farewell to One More

Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)The ending for many of the prospects are going to speed up the deeper we get into the playoff season. Only 1 New York Ranger prospect but 3 New York Islander prospects played with 1 advancing, 1 holding on and 1 seeing his season come to an end. In Edmonton, Griffin Reinhart (NYI 2012 1st) and his Edmonton Oil Kings are heading to their 3rd straight...
Via The Prospect Park
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders 2, Canadiens 0: Evgeni Nabokov collects 59th shutout

These things sometimes happen: A playoff-bound team has a kinda-need-but-don't-really-need-to-win game against a non-playoff team with lots of young job-chasers who have nothing to lose. Playoff team comes out flat, gets worse during the second period, suffers a break that puts them behind and voila: They never climb back, so the New York Islanders shut out the Montreal Canadiens...
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WATCH: Islanders' Sundstrom hospitalized after brutal hit

Montreal Canadiens’ Douglas Murray is no stranger to aggressive hockey. Back on April 1, Murray elbowed Lightening defenseman Michael Kostka, giving Kostka a concussion, and was suspended for three games. Murray returned to the ice  Thursday against the Islanders and once again, injured another player. Midway through the second period, Murray drove Johan Sundstrom face first into...
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New York Islanders' Rookie Johan Sundstrom taken to hospital after hit from Canadiens' Douglas Murray

On April 1st, Montreal Canadiens' defenseman Douglas Murray elbowed Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka in the head, concussing him. Murray was suspended for three games for the dangerous play. Murray returned to action for the Canadiens tonight only to injure another player.This time, New York Islanders rookie center Johan Sundstrom was Murray's victim. Midway...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Nabokov earns shutout as Isles top Canadiens 2-0

MONTREAL (AP) Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals late in the second period as the New York Islanders topped the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Thursday night.
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mac Attack

Mackenzie Skapski (Calgary Herald)A kind of busy night for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects with 5 key games going on with a variety of results. The star on Wednesday was goalie Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) of the Kootenay Ice as the young goalie earned his game's 2nd star with a 39 save effort leading his Kootenay Ice to a 3-1 win over the Medicine Hat...
Via The Prospect Park
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Senators eliminated from playoffs despite win over Islanders

The Senators’ playoff hopes are no longer on life support. The plug was pulled Tuesday night. The two points and the goals by captain Jason Spezza in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the Nassau County Coliseum turned out to be meaningless as Ottawa was officially eliminated. The Senators, who had been barely alive for weeks, were put to rest when Detroit and Columbus...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A Little Of Everything

We had some fun on Tuesday evening as we had a little of everything involving the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects. A single overtime game that ended a series, a double overtime game which got a team back into the series, a regulation game which regain home ice and a regulation game that basically said "it is a matter of time."When Troy Donnay (NYR 2013 UFA...
Via The Prospect Park
9 days ago  |  Discuss

NY Cops & Firefighters Clear Benches in Brawl During Charity Hockey Game (Video)

I guess the heroes of NYC had some steam to blow off. According to the New York Daily News, the NYPD and NYFD got into a bench-clearing brawl during their annual charity hockey game at the home of the New York Islanders, the Nassau Coliseum. During the second period, with the score tied 3-3, players from both sides began pairing up to fight and that’s when the benches emptied...
Via BlackSportsOnline
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Capitals Tom Wilson destroys Isles Mike Halmo

As the season winds down in the NHL, the one thing that fans in Washington D.C. have learned is that Tom Wilson will fight anyone at anytime. Last night against the Islanders was no different. After laying down a heavy hit, Islanders Mike Halmo took exception and came to his teammates defense. Tom Wilson isn’t a small guy, Halmo however skated into a huge mismatch. One can only...
Via DC Sports-Kings
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Surprise Surprise

McKenzie Skapski (Kootenay Ice)Three games on the schedule for Saturday night as the second round of playoffs is spread out all over the calendar so 2 New York Ranger and 2 New York Islander prospects saw action. The biggest surprise of the night was former Hartford Wolfpack coach and current Kootenay Ice coach Ryan McGill going back to Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) as his starting...
Via The Prospect Park
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Bailey, Islanders finishing up strong

The Islanders are 5-0-1 in their last six games, and although most observers would agree it is too little, too late, at least the alternative scenario for a team out of the playoffs seems to have been avoided. "Certainly, packing it in wasn't an option," Josh Bailey said. "We weren't going to let that happen, [Jack Capuano] wasn't a coach to let it happen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Grasshopper and the Pebble

Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings)Back in the 1970's there was a show on the air called "Kung Fu" and it was a cult favorite because how would the student ever prove himself to the "master"? The answer was when the "student" could grab the pebble away from the "master's" hand. So what does this have to do with anything prospect hockey...
Via The Prospect Park
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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