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Rick Dipietro, Islanders first overall draft pick, Islanders number one goaltender, and generally all around good guy. Islander Nation was all smiles when it was announced that Dipietro has been cleared to play. That smile, although splitting their faces from ear to ear, was tinged with a little bit of worry. Dipietro suffered 2 concussions within a week of each other...
#30 writes...

Business As Usual

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
I believe that some of us, as Sabre's fans, have been spoiled by the most exciting team in hockey and, quite possibly, all of sports. I actually heard some disgruntled people calling into the local radio sports-talk shows complaining about last night's Sabre's convincing 4-1 victory over the Long Islanders in game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter finals. Apparently, the...
erby writes...

My Take on DiPietro

Posted Saturday | Comments 3
Here are how the options stand. (1) DP stands on his head, steals a game for the Isles, and Ted Nolan comes out a hero. (2) DP stands on his head, but Sabres still overpower the Isles as a team, and it's a huge risk with little reward. (3) DP comes out rusty, Sabres run over the Isles, and it's a huge risk with NO reward. (4) DP gets hurt (long- or short- term) and Ted ...
First off, let me say that at the beginning of the season, I said that the Islanders would make the postseason, largely on the coaching of Ted Nolan. What can I say? I love the guy. He coaches a great style of hockey. He put together my favourite Sabres line of all-time in Ray, May and Barnaby the "dog line". Now, I have to question what Nolan, and Garth Snow are thi...
I guess Rick Dipietro was exactly what the doctor ordered after all. Coming off a 3 week hiatus, Dipietro backstopped the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Presidents Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres Saturday night. The entire team looked electrified by the return of Dipietro from the drop of the puck. The Islanders shook off game 1's timid attitude and explod...
#30 writes...

We Get By With A Little Help...

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Before I even get started, I just want to make clear that, even as a Sabre's fan, I feel the Isles got the shaft on wednesday night. Not once, either, but twice; of course, the obvious shaft was the "no-goal" call that, from what I saw immediately, should have been a goal. In all honesty, when they went to the phone, I was sure the referee's call was going to be reversed. ...
I spoke earlier of the kind of statement the Islanders could have made tonight by beating the Ottawa Senators. Well, they got the 'W' alright, mustering one hell of a collective effort all night long and pulling out a 3-2 shootout victory. But, in the end, the strongest statement of the evening was made by Mr. Rick DiPietro. So what if Andrej Meszaros scored a couple of...
Later today, I'll be taping a guest spot on The Hockey Ticket with Noah Borer on mvn.com. Noah had Steven Hindle, hockeybuzz's Capitals blogger, on a recent episode and his show is really beginning to take off. We'll be discussing all things Islanders, as well as my thoughts on the Tampa Bay Lightning (as hockeybuzz's official Lightning blogger.) I hope to avoid spendin...
Rob McGowan writes...

Happy New Year!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
For the first time in the New Year, the Islander's have [b][u][i]FINALLY[/i][/u][/b] won a home game. And despite all the talk of trading for the future and forgetting this season...I gotta say this win did feel good. And you know the Isles were feeling it too, watching Park celebrate after the final buzzer as if he had just scored his first NHL goal. It is pretty depre...
Rob McGowan writes...

The Lucky 13?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Once again the Islanders sit in 11th place, nine points from last in the East, and only five points away from a playoff spot. Tonight they play a Flyers squad that has only won four games in their past ten, but holds onto that 8th seed in the east that the Islanders have set their desperate eyes on. All of this just leads me to one question. [b]Can anyone figure this te...
It's a huge question many fans have to ask themselves. Do we all want our team to be in the playoffs? Absolutely. What fan doesn't? Do we want our team to win and advance, and hopefully make it to the Cup Finals? Without question. Are these questions feeble-minded? Without a doubt. But how about this one...Does this team deserve to make the playoffs? Unfortunately, I do...
[i]"We ask him over and over again not to play the puck as much," Nolan said of DiPietro. "He's one of the best puck-handlers in the league, but you just can't overhandle it. When you overhandle it, you get yourself in trouble a little bit."[/i] Sounds like Ted Nolan is just a tad bit frustrated with DiPietro making mistakes handling the puck in consecutive games which ...
[i]Wade Dubielewicz gets the start tonight and Joey MacDonald has been recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. Rick DiPietro will have an MRI on his hip this afternoon and the Islanders expect to have results on Wednesday.[/i] -Taken from the Isles web-site Isn't that fantastic?! Our star-netminder that is here for another 13 years is having an MRI on...
Hockey has been one of the greatest things to ever enter my life. In most generations, kids get into hockey when they're young, very young. Sometimes even at the ages of five or six. I know a lot of people that have played hockey up through the years of middle school and then drop it like a bad habit. But the ones who continue on and play for their high school, play colleg...
[img:right]http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070408/capt.sge.nek63.080407234906.photo00.photo.default-512x379.jpg[/img] So the silence has been broken and Wade Dubielewicz has come out to say like many other players heading towards free agency, that Long Island is his home, he wants to stay and remain an Islander, and is happy playing for them. But when did he actu...
[img:right]http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070408/capt.sge.nek63.080407234906.photo00.photo.default-512x379.jpg[/img] So the silence has been broken and Wade Dubielewicz has come out to say like many other players heading towards free agency, that Long Island is his home, he wants to stay and remain an Islander, and is happy playing for them. But when did he actu...
From Notes & quotes: Goalie Rick DiPietro underwent treatment for his undisclosed injury yesterday but is expected to return to practice today ... Whom do we believe? The Isles? (Any reason to believe them?) or Newsday?
Last night's game against Ottawa started off with a fearful barrage of shots from the Sens. Almost 6 1/2 minutes in the Isles were being outshot 7-1, forcing Joey MacDonald to commit with some big saves to keep the game at a scoreless tie. At the end of the first the ice was tilted in the Senators favor. I looked up to the score board to see the Sens were not out-shooting ...
Inspired by Jason Blake's unmovable contract I thought I'd post the 5 Most untradeable contracts in the league. 5. Ryan Malone 4 more years @4.5 million- This was a toss up between him and Michael Ryder. Malone wins because his team is playing terrible. It doesn't matter if you're a playoff performer if you can't get your team to the playoffs. 4. Sean Avery 3 more y...
The Mismanagement of Rick DiPietro By: Steve Kotchek Complete and utter frustration and disgust is the only way I can describe the saga that is Rick DiPietro’s 2008-2009 season. At this point, we all know that him backing up Joey MacDonald for the first few games of the season was a desperate public relations stunt gone horribly wrong. Any player who can sit on a ben...
[img:left]http://images.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/sports/photos/2009/02/03/danis-yann-ap-090203.jpg&usg=AFQjCNF2jQ4J8TjnDJSvhyq6xgplJIE1fw[/img]Yann Danis came to an Islanders team that had two goalies signed with one-way contracts, one of which belonged to Rick DiPietro who is here for the next decade and then some. It was all but ...
For the overwhelming majority of the season the Islanders played their back-up and third string goaltenders, Joey MacDonald and Yann Danis. DP's injury forced him to pretty much sit out the entire season allowing these two net-minders to have a quality chance at proving themselves at the NHL level. But which one will be back next year to serve the role that was initially i...
With all the hype circulating around the draft, many, like myself, almost forgot that free agency was looming just a few days later. The Islanders were heading into July 1st with one real major concern, and that was finding a suitable back-up goaltender for Rick DiPietro. They did just that with Dwayne Roloson. At first I was unsure of how I felt with the signing. He's ...
Before everyone jumps on me all at once to kick the crap out of me for providing false hope in regards to the Isles actually making the post-season, let me just say I don't see it happening either. This is just a thought that maybe Garth has higher expectations for this team, or maybe he's just doing some smart planning ahead. I'd also like to say yes, I am well aware ...
I can't remember the last time the Islanders had their first game of the season be their home opener. If my memory serves me correctly, they usually started on the road, but tonight they have the privilege of opening up in front of their home town fans. Lucky for us we get to watch them start against the defending Stanley Cup champs. The lines are predicted as follows:...
The Islanders finished the month of November with a 6-6-2 record, bringing them to an overall record of 10-10-7 with 27 points at 11th place, just one point out of the final playoff spot. I’m sure many fans would agree that if anyone said over the summer that the Islanders would be a .500 team on the cusp of a playoff berth by the start of December that they would have t...
Rick DiPietro will be playing in net for a professional hockey team for the first time in over a year this coming Saturday for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. All I have to say is ...FINALLY! It's been a long time since Isles fans have seen Ricky on the ice in game action. Since his absence began, Joey MacDonald, Yann Danis, and the newly acquired pair of Dwayne Roloson an...
Last night the Islanders lost 4-0 to a team that had played the night before and did not return until very early Saturday morning after their flight back from New Jersey. It was also a showdown of Victor Hedman vs. John Tavares, two draft picks that that will be debated for many years to come. It would only be fitting for Hedman to score his first NHL goal when he woul...
The laundry list of Islanders problems can start at the top of a 12-story building and flow all the way down to the pavement at Charles Wang's feet. It can start from way back when the Islanders chose to trade away players such as McCabe, Chara and the first-round pick that turned into Spezza, to the constant Lighthouse debacles. This team has been struggling for what ...
Turco finally showed up (I Think),but this time it was for the last 5 minutes of the game.. The guys from the Islanders TV (MSG) nailed it on the head- Turco is feeling the pressure of a contract season,and he has ZERO confidence..heck Robidas made better saves in the last few minutes. Rick DiPietro made his first star since Jan 2,2008 and he looked like he did way ba...
Being that the Islanders are going to play host to the Detroit Red Wings tonight, I knew right away that Chris Osgood would be in the building. It was then posted on Twitter and Chris Botta's blog at Islanders Point Blank that Ozzie will not be the only former Islander returning to the Coliseum tonight. Kenny Jonsson will be in attendance as a fan to support his former tea...
Buffalo (29-11-5) at Islanders (20-19-8) With a 7-1-2 record, the Sabres headed onto Long Island looking to win their second of seventh game on the road trip. The Islanders came in having won their last two, including a convincing 6-0 win over Detroit. Rick DiPietro started in net for the first time in over a year at Nassau Coliseum. There no surprise seeing Ryan Mil...
Rick DiPietro made his first return on Coliseum ice last night against the Buffalo Sabres, the second placed team in the East with 64 points and a 29-11-6 record. It took Overtime and a shootout for a decision to be made, but DP shined in a 3-2 win and a shootout that lasted 8 rounds. It only took a matter of 20 seconds or so before Ricky made his first save of the gam...
The Islanders hosted the 2nd placed New Jersey Devils today at the Nassau Coliseum and won a decisive 4-0 victory for Rick DiPietro's first shutout of the year in only his third game played, putting the Isles to 9-2-1 over their past 12 games. You can tell that the Isles 15-year man is regaining his confidence in net. At least twice he was seen catching the puck with h...
At this point of the season, every game needs to be looked at as if it is a playoff game if the Islanders hope to make it passed 82 games for 2010. Last night the Devils came back with a point to prove; they are at the top of the standings in the East for a reason, and after being shutout by the Isles 4-0 last week, it had to be expected that they were going to come out st...
Seven losses in a row, folks. That's how many consecutive games the Islanders have surrendered to their opponents in a stretch where they have only scored nine goals. Secondary scoring has always been an issue with this team, but when the top guys of Tavares, Okposo and Moulson aren't getting the job done, and Josh Bailey is on the Injured Reserve, this team will really st...
Rob McGowan writes...

USA - (DP + KO)

Posted Tuesday | Comments 10
I purposely did not put an "equals" sign at the end of that equation for two reasons. One - I was never good at math and definitely do not plan on solving it or using any algorithm's where I can substitute numbers to come up with an answer; Two - because the end result is yet to be determined, and although DP and KO are not part of this year's winter Olympics, I still hope...
Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely with swelling of his left knee and was unable to practice this morning at Syosset as a result. Check out my article at The Hockey Writers to read up all about it! http://thehockeywriters.com/rick-is-out-once-again/ Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/RoMac76
Rob McGowan writes...

Isles Hockey Is Do Or Die

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
In an hour the Islanders will be hosting the Boston Bruins, the seventh placed team in the East that sit seven points ahead of the orange and blue. The Isles are only six points out of the playoff race but only have 18 games remaining, including this afternoon's tilt. Here's the long and short of it: If they play today's game the way they played the Atlanta Thrashers T...
Hockey players are some of the most athletic, flexible and well-built athletes in professional sports. Not only are they trained in strength and endurance, but they also have to have the ability to skate; a skill that is not easy to acquire. Think about it: hockey players add the skills they develop with their hands to the use of a hockey stick, and then combine speed, agi...
Check out my seasonal review for the New York Islanders at The Hockey Writers! http://thehockeywriters.com/2010-islanders-seasonal-review/ -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Rob McGowan writes...

Between The Pipes

Posted Monday | Comments 4
Dwayne Roloson answered any question that lingered about who would be the Isles starter by the end of the 2009-2010 season. During last year's off-season, the Islanders signed Roly to a two-year deal to be Rick DiPietro's 1-A back-up that could handle a heavy work load if he were to injure himself for the umpteenth time. However it became clear that Rick wouldn't be ready ...
As we sit here waiting for the Kovalchuk sweepstakes to end, the rumors continue to circulate the NHL. Once he is signed, the dominoes are expected to begin falling. Teams will be trading and signing free agents again, filling up the roster with any unused cap space. For now, General Managers are sitting still, waiting for someone to sign the Russian forward. How much i...
Check out my post at The Checking Line discussing Rick DiPietro's next step in his road to recovery with the New York Islanders! Please register and leave comments! http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/dipietro-shoulders-weight-next-season Also be sure to check out the article on the front page of the New York Islanders official web-site dis...
Rob McGowan writes...

NYI 2011: A Playoff Team?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 11
New post up over at The Hockey Writers looking for YOUR predictions as the Islanders head into the 2011 season. Will they make the playoffs? Will they get better production from their offense? What are your thoughts on Rick DiPietro continuing his come back? http://thehockeywriters.com/nyi-2011-a-playoff-team/ Leave comments under the blog, they are always appreciate...
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the New York Islanders as they search for the fifth straight win to open the season. The Islanders are searching for their first road win of the season and hope to earn it tonight by crashing the Leafs winning party. Tyler Bozak, who took a Phil Kessel puck to the face at practice yesterday, seems to be fine and will be...
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line as I take a look at the Isles goaltending situation and whether or not Rick should play the last game on their current west coast road trip! http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/when-does-gordon-bring-back-dp Register and leave comments at The Checking Line!! -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitt...
Check out my recent post at The Hockey Writers as Kevin Poulin makes his NHL debut with Rick DiPietro sidelined with another injury http://bit.ly/e2gq1o -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
NYI247 writes...

NYI This might sting a little

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
So after listening to all the feedback from last nights game I have thought long and hard about what I would say on here today. I realize a little extra caution is necessary since I am the new kid on the block. So allow me to express my opinion and not use a single vulgar word in the process.......this time. I am as big of an Islanders fan as anyone out there. I am a...
Check out my latest post at The Hockey Writers, taking a look at Rick DiPietro's season thus far... http://thehockeywriters.com/?p=24101 -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
NYI247 writes...

NYI DiPietro out 4-6 weeks

Posted Friday | Comments 3
The word is spreading like a wild fire, Rick DiPietro's selfish flashy play once again bites the Islanders in the butt and this time the pain will last 4-6 weeks. I can't say I am all that unhappy, I am glad Poulin should get the nod as starter. I have been following the blogs, tweets, and other forums and people seemed to have mixed reviews on the fight the other ...
Head over to The Checking Line as I report about Rick DiPietro's latest injury and the questions it creates for the goaltender's future for this season and the one that follows http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/isles-between-pipes -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Rob McGowan writes...

Ring Around The Goalie

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Head over to The Checking Line for my latest post as the Islanders have acquired Al Montoya from the Phoenix Coyotes in the absence of Rick DiPietro and Kevin Poulin http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/ring-around-goalie -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Head over to The Checking Line for my latest piece as Rick DiPietro will likely be starting one of the next two games for the New York Islanders http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/dipietro-ready-return-line -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line as DiPietro made his return to action as the Islanders downed the Panthers 4-3 in the shootout! http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/isles-tame-panthers-shootout-win -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line as the Islanders lost a hard fought battle last night to the Philadelphia Flyers http://bit.ly/ekBdp8 Also, The Checking Line is working on putting together a team of Isles writers. So far, I am the only Islanders blogger on the site so I am looking to see if anyone else would consider joining our team. Send me a messag...
The Islanders season has sadly come to an end, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism heading into next season...and concerns as well. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/isles-2011-end-year-review -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
With Jhonas Enroth signed the Buffalo Sabres should have their first steady backup since Martin Biron and Ryan Miller split the twine post lockout. Gone are the days of Brodeur, Fuhr, Belfour, or Kipprusoff playing 70-75 games a year. Recent history has shown goaltenders wearing down over the course of the season and faltering in the post-season. In fact only 3 goalies ...
Rob McGowan takes a look at the current goalie rotation that is currently plaguing the Isles ability to win hockey games. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/montoya-minutes-al-needs-play Follow us on twitter @TCLIsles (twitter.com/TCLIsles) and like our Facebook page with all of our Islanders blogs and more! www.facebook.com/TCLIsles ...
Rob McGowan provides the post-game report at The Checking Line as the Islanders were victimized in an effortless 6-0 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Boston Bruins. http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/their-worst-game-season-isles-lose-6-0-bruins -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM http://twitter....
Al Montoya has been playing excellent lately, making himself the team's number one goaltender. But with Rick DiPietro's contract keeping him here for many more years to come, how long will Montoya's run last? http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/have-isles-become-montoyas-team -Rob McGowan http://twitter.com/IslesRM http://twitter.com/TCLI...
Rick DiPietro was sent home for medical evaluations, despite already being on the Injured Reserve, before the Islanders began their road trip last night in Carolina. Click the link below to read more at The Checking Line - Isles Edition. http://islanders.thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/dipietro-salt-open-wound -Rob McGowan http://twitter.com/...
I’ve had this rattling around in my head the past few weeks, and just haven’t had the time to sit down and put it together. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m “signing” a long-term “contract” of my own when I get married next week. There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the length of contracts in the NHL, and it’s even a focal point in the current CBA ...
Well this is more like it! A lot more of what I expected out of the Habs this year, building a lead through two periods and blowing it in the third. I know it’s a pessimistic point of view, but one thing I’ve learned from Les Habitants is to never count your chickens before they hatch. My one key to this game was to shutdown Tavares and Moulson, the only offensive punc...
Did you know that $24 Million dollars can buy you a gently used 2007 Gulfstream G450 private jet, or Katherine Hepburn’s oceanfront estate in Connecticut (if you were willing to negotiate a bit), or even the Archduke Joseph 76 carat, D color, flawless diamond (Sotheby’s estimate $15 - $25 Million $U.S.)? And $24 Million can also buy Charles Wang his freedom from not...
Apparently the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders are talking trades. The Islanders have inquired about Roberto Luongo and are interested in the following type of deal. The New York Islanders would move Rick DiPietro and possibly Evgeni Nabokov and some sort of prospect and draft pick for Roberto Luongo. TSNBobMcKenzie: "It’s believed NYI would, under right cir...

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