Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Billboards & More Arbour 8/30/2015

Last two days of August. Training camp is approaching and fast. The team will report for physicals on Thursday, September 17 and are in the process of making their way back to Long Island to complete their summer training. In Brooklyn, where the Islanders will begin the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center, […]

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Former head coach Al Arbour of the New York Islanders watches a banner rise to the rafters honoring his 1,500th game coached with the team after coaching a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 3, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|29|15

It is hard to imagine – especially today – that a head coach of a professional team would be loved by every player he coached but that is part of the legacy Al Arbour will leave behind. “Al was a tremendous mentor, on and off the ice,” Denis Potvin said on a conference call. “There […]

MONTREAL, CANADA - CIRCA 1970:  Head Coach Al Arbour of the New York Islanders follows the action from the bench Circa 1970 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

Islanders Legendary Coach Al Arbour Dies

The New York Islanders confirmed the passing of their legendary coach Al Arbour today. He was 82 years old and had been battling a long illness. “Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League,” Islanders president […]

New York Islanders Media Day

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|28|15

All is quiet on the Islanders’ front, with nothing new happening after the buzz of the Ice Girls leaving from yesterday. Hockey news is where it typically is during August, and although the lull will be coming to an end soon, it has been a grueling process. We are 42 days away from Opening Night […]

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 04:  Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders in action against the Buffalo Sabres on April 4, 2015 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 3-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images)

Reviewing Islanders Alternate Jersey Concepts

With little-to-no Islanders news circulating recently, Newsday’s Arthur Staple drummed up some commotion after revealing the Isles will unveil their new Brooklyn inspired alternate jersey. And, since many have asked, I’ve heard Barclays Center/

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|27|15 – The Ice Girls Edition

As Islanders Point Blank reported a short while ago, the Ice Girls may not make the trip to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season, or any other season at that matter. According to a source close to the organization, a co-ed team will come out to clean ice shavings during TV timeouts. The concept of Ice […]

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The Puck Returns Edition: 8/26/15

If you’re a parent, you’ve been there. You’re looking for something valuable and you can’t find it. It could be your wallet, a ring, cell phone or your car keys.In addition to all the places you may have left it you also have to consider where your kid may have put your treasured item. If […]

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Islanders Over/Under: Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy

First line: Tavares, Okposo, Lee Line two: Strome, Nelson, Bailey Third line: Nielsen, Grabovski, Kulemin The final group: Martin, Cizikas, Clutterbuck, Grabner Continuing August’s over/under series, we take a look at the first pairing of defenseman, Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. That tandem is a near certain combination come October, and after a great first […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07:  Ryan White #25 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Boulton #36 of the New York Islanders fight in the first period on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Boulton Doesn’t Bolt Edition: 8/25/15

Yesterday, the New York Islanders announced they have invited 39-year-old forward Eric Boulton to camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO). Some thought Boulton had seen his last game with the Isles, but he will have a chance to earn a roster spot with the club. Boulton will join Matt Carkner, Parker Milner and Tyler Barnes who […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Players participate in the 2015 New York Islanders Blue & White Rookie Scrimmage & Skills Competition at the Barclays Center on July 8, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Islanders By the Numbers: Who Wore It Best?

The Islanders have had quite the history in their 43 years of existence. Some years have been incredible, while some others have been, well, not so memorable. But, with each year, the guys put up stats that add to the legacy of the number they wear on their back. Some numbers have a tremendous history, […]

NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins

Islanders Over/Under: Martin, Cizikas, Clutterbuck, Grabner

Part four of our over/under series continues with a look at the final Islanders forwards from last season – three of which are very likely to have spots and one who will have to fight extremely hard in training camp to earn minutes. Up next are the defenseman and goaltending as we get closer and closer […]

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 21: Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at the Prudential Center on March 21, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Almost There Edition: 8/22/15

We are now 26 days from the Islanders having to report to Long Island for training camp physicals and 48 days from the opening game at Barclays Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. Hockey is coming. And not a moment too soon. The weather will turn more crisp, trees will being to change color and John […]

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: Two ice resurfacing machines do their job between the first and second periods of the game between the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. This is the last regular season game to be played in the building as it stands now. The team will relocate to the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City starting in the 2015-16 season.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|21|15

Things are quiet on Long Island, as nothing is new other than…oh yeah this — a lawsuit over a Coliseum sublease. Although we are nearing the end of the dormant period of the offseason, it still lingers, and I speak for all hockey fans here: October cannot come soon enough. The lull in news has […]

St Louis Blues v New York Islanders

Islanders Over/Under: Nielsen, Grabovski, Kulemin

Our August over/under series continues as we plow through the Islanders top 13 forwards and discuss whether they can surpass or will underwhelm across a statistical category. First three: Tavares, Okposo, Lee Round two: Strome, Nelson, Bailey Frans Nielsen: Over/Under 45 points Over: A reasonable expectation of about a point every two games shouldn’t be […]

BRIDGEPORT, CT - OCTOBER 16:  A referee restrains Eric Godard #49 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers during the game against the Albany River Rats on October 16, 2004 at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  The Sound Tigers defeated the River Rats 4-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|20|15 – The Jersey Addition

Jersey advertisements long been looked at as an imminent, yet slow approaching alternative for the NHL to use. The “threat”, which once was nothing but a distant thought, became legitimized after the American Hockey League began to integrate ads on their jerseys. And with Adidas replacing Reebok as makers of jerseys beginning in 2017, ads […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Players participate in the 2015 New York Islanders Blue & White Rookie Scrimmage & Skills Competition at the Barclays Center on July 8, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|19|15

After a successful 2014-15 season, one would expect ticket prices to increase for the New York Islanders. The team was as competitive as it has been since the beginning of the 2000’s, and was playing at a level that brought fans in on a nightly basis. The Isles were in high demand, and people were […]

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders

Islanders Over/Under: Strome, Nelson, Bailey

We continue our August over/under series with a look at the next trio of Islanders forwards. Give us your thoughts in the comment section below. Ryan Strome : Over/Under 65 points Over: At 22 years of age and after dominating the American Hockey League to the tune of 56 points in 47 games, Strome made the […]


Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The Leddy Edition 8/18/15

A year ago, your average hockey fan may not have even known Nick Leddy played in the NHL. He was a young defenseman coming off a season where he was buried on a championship caliber Chicago Blackhawks roster, struggling to get the playing time (16:22 ATOI/PG) and recognition he deserved. A lot can change in […]

Erie Otters v Oshawa Generals - Game Five

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: The Future Is Bright Edition: 8/17/15

Islanders’ fans were reminded of the depth the organization has when ESPN’s Corey Pronman released his Top 100 Prospects for the 2015-16 season. Six Islanders’ draft picks made the list and the article served as a nice tribute to Garth Snow and how he has handled the last two NHL Entry Drafts. Center Mathew Barzal […]

NHL: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Full Nelson Edition: 8/15/2015

It was just over a month ago, when I was fully 100% confident of the Islanders signing Brock Nelson to a contract extension. The restricted free agent had played out the terms of his previous deal and needed to put pen to paper with general manager Garth Snow on a new, fresh deal. After Anders […]