Islanders to Mark the Passing of Al Arbour

Islanders legendary coach Al Arbour passed away one year ago toady at the age of 82. The Islanders skipper is most remembered for leading the team through its glory years of four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980’s. A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Aug. 29, at the Islanders’ practice facility, Northwell Health […]


Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: When Goalies Steal More Than A Game

On August 15, a goalkeeper in Manitoba earned his way onto the #1 position on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s depth chart. At approximately 3:30 am, two suspects broke into a beer store and grabbed some cases of suds. The first man was wearing mitts/gloves, a large coat, ball cap and had his face covered. The […]


Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Staple Q&A, Burke Interview

Arthur Staple recently did a Q&A on Twitter and touched on some topics Islander fans have burning questions about. Lighthouse Hockey did a great roundup, so I won’t go into a ton of detail here. Questions dealt with Ryan Strome’s contract, Mikhail Grabovski’s future, goaltending, and, of course, Barclays. CBS New York‘s article on Brendan […]

Ray "Chicken Parm" Ferraro

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Sound Tigers Schedule Released, Ledecky Talks Barclays, Chicken Parm

One of the new Islanders majority owners, Jon Ledecky, has been vocal since the ownership transfer at the beginning of July. Recently, Ledecky called into the NHL Network to talk about the Islanders as well as his niece, gold medalist Katie Ledecky. “Barclays Center is a first class facility, and it’s our home,” Ledecky said. “Barclays Center management […]


Islanders Featured in NHL.COM’s 30 in 30

The Islanders were the subject of’s 30 in 30 yesterday. In the piece Brian Compton offered reasons for optimism as well as raised some points of concern pertaining to Isles’ roster and their ability to at least duplicate their success after a second consecutive 100 point season in 2015-2016. Outside of the steady presence […]

Can P.A. help fill the gap left by the Islanders lost to free agency?

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Mind the Gap

ESPN, and later Islanders Point Blank, tackled the burning question of the free agents brought in by Garth Snow, which include Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera, and P.A. Parenteau – will these new players fill the offensive gap left by Kyle Okposo, (not so much) Matt Martin, and Frans Nielsen? The average age of the three […]


Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Vesey Wants to Sign in the East

There is no one specific favorite to land college free agent Jimmy Vesey. The Harvard graduate’s agent said yesterday he “is a good bet to pick an Eastern Conference team when he makes his decision as a free agent this week”.  Various reports were out yesterday speculating on the Rangers, Blackhawks, Bruins, Flyers and even Maple […]

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 3: Jimmy Vesey #19 of the Harvard Crimson skates against the Boston University Terriers during NCAA hockey in the semifinals of the annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament at TD Garden on February 3, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Terriers won 3-2 in double overtime. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: New Play-By-Play Voice And Vesey Watch

Amid all the commotion and movement that occurs during an NHL offseason, one thing was left unsettled; who would be the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the New York Islanders? All rumors were put to rest yesterday when MSG Networks announced that former Utica Comets play-by-play man, Brendan Burke, was filling the vacancy for the […]

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Islanders Announce Brendan Burke As New Play by Play Man

After the unexpected departure of long-time play-by-play man Howie Rose, the Islanders had the arduous task of replacing him with someone new. The Islanders would need a guy who the fans could warm to, and would get equally as excited as Howie and Jiggs McDonald, the two most recognizable named in Islanders broadcast history. Today, […]

2001-2002 Islanders broke the 1993 playoff drought on April 6 2002

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The “Other” 1993 Playoff Drought

Many Islander fans my age have a similar favorite moment – the Shawn Bates penalty shot. While that gives me chills to watch Every. Single. Time. one of my favorite moments took place a little more than three weeks earlier, mostly because I was there, but also because it set the stage for Bates moment […]

Will the Islanders move from Barclays?

Cutting Through the Noise on a Potential Islanders Move

Over the last little while, there have been a handful of reports with sources saying “the Islanders are in talks with ____ to move from Barclays to _____.” With all of this information floating around, we thought it would be nice to lay it all out for you to read, with some additional comments from reporters. Before […]

Will Travis Hamonic become an Alternate Captain this season?

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Sound Tigers Get a New Voice, Alternate Captain Questions, ’96 World Cup

Islanders Point Blank’s Brian Erni published an article this morning posing the Alternate Captain question for the upcoming season, something I personally hadn’t considered until reading the article. I agree with what Brian concludes – Travis Hamonic will most likely get an ‘A’ as he’s donned it before. The others, Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk, and […]


Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Is This Josh Bailey’s Year?

Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Matt Martin were all drafted by the New York Islanders before 2009—the start of the John Tavares era. While those three skaters were mainstays in the Islanders’ lineup for more than half a decade, only one forward drafted by the Islanders remains on their roster prior to the Tavares selection; […]

Jack Capuano

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The Jack Capuano Conundrum Continues

In yesterday’s Top Shelf, I linked to The Score’s coach’s ranking, which places Jack Capuano at number 17. Today, as I searched for links for this very post, I saw to conflicting headlines: “Capuano ranked high” and “Capuano ranked in bottom half.” Everyone is entitled to their opinion (yeah yeah, America is great), but the […]