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Dominik

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A (mostly) unapologetic bigamist fan of two NHL teams, which fortunately never have anything to do with each other -- thus preventing really awkward moments at family functions.

It's complicated. And painful.

Dad - a Blues '67 fan - said: "Hey, we sent Bowman away. We sent Arbour away. Follow this team if you must, but keep an eye on Arbour's Islanders."

Confused but knowing not to cross my father, I did both. Addiction set in early. I've rooted for every Sutter except Darryl. The Milbury years nearly ended me. But they also gave me some perspective on how to truly enjoy this sport, one knifing at a time.

I'm still delicately rebuilding the Blues half of my soul after Bill Laurie dropped one last pile of Paige (Sports!) on it. These things take time.

A Fan Of...

  • NHL New York Islanders
  • Golf Foghorn Leghorn
  • Soccer Arsenal, mostly, but my football cup runneth over.
  • NASCAR The guy who turns right
  • Boxing Steve Webb
  • General Yep, St. Louis Blues, too
  • Tennis Federerererer
  • MMA The guy with the blood
  • Cycling Dope
  • Fantasy Darkness Before Dawn
  • Winter Olympics Money Is Not Our God
  • Figure Skating Slipstream
  • Wrestling $, 0, 36
  • Serie A Inter
  • La Liga Atlético
User Blog

Lee, Ness sign QOs. Poulin arbitration set

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Restricted free agents Anders Lee and Aaron Ness have accept their qualifying offers from the club, while Kevin Poulin's arbitration date is set, and Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas are the key remaining RFAs.

Blue/White Scrimmage [Game Thread of Projections]

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A parade of New York Islanders prospects, not all of them defensemen and obscure goalies, face off tonight in the annual Blue/White (and sometimes Orange) scrimmage. We watch, gawk and yearn.

AHL OT Rule Changes: Doom, or delight?

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The American Hockey League announced some rule changes for 2014-15, most significantly to how overtime will be handled, and the next question is how this experiment might alter your NHL viewing experience?

[Bits] Lies, likes and Frans disappearance

340

Ahead of tonight's Blue/White scrimmage, some New York Islanders news and poor coverage.

[Bits] Prospects arrive; Boyle's 'original' move

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The latest bits of New York Islanders and NHL news as the club begins its annual prospect mini-camp.

2014 Isles Mini-Camp, Scrimmage Rosters

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The following is the published roster for this week's New York Islanders prospect mini-camp, which runs through Sunday, July 13, with the annual Blue/White scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.

Poulin Files for Arbitration: What's he want?

49

A CBA-diving look at what Kevin Poulin might seek after filing for salary arbitration with the New York Islanders.

Free Agency Hangover: What deals you covet, mock?

292

After much of the dust has settled from the opening missiles of NHL free agency, we browse around the league to do something totally appropriate for this Independence Day weekend: Covet our neighbors' goods.

Kule-Grabs II: Now, where do all the forwards fit?

257

It didn't take long, after the New York Islanders signed Mikhail Grabovsky and Nikolai Kulemin, for the next question to emerge: Where does everyone fit in this crowded lineup?

And then this: Isles Sign Grabovski, Kulemin

The New York Islanders have signed forwards Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski to four-year contracts, for a reported $16.75 million and $20 million, respectively.

Depth Adds: Conacher, Skille, Mallrat

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With some new signings, a friendly reminder that the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport was very bad in 2013-14.

[Free Agency Thread 2]: Ex-Isles find new homes

The New York islanders addressed a couple of depth needs at the opening of free agency. But the big moves, and the big headlines, are laced with swings, misses and regrets from the Isles' recent past.

While Boyle chooses Rangers, Isles sign Brennan

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T.J. Brennan is an intriguing signing for the Islanders, as he was considered Toronto's top defenseman for their AHL affiliate, yet the Leafs never recalled him despite 72 points in 76 games.

Isles complete goalie tandem with Chad Johnson

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In signing former Bruins backup Chad Johnson, the Islanders fully address their longest-running unsettled position.

Live Stream: NHL Free Agent Coverage

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While it's happening, you can watch live "free agent frenzy" coverage from NHL rights holder Sportsnet.

Pre-FA Splash: Stars Trade for Jason Spezza

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Longtime Senator Jason Spezza was dealt to the Dallas Stars for Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015.

[Open Thread] NHL Free Agency Opens, You Decide

The NHL free agency period is officially upon us, with signings allowed to legally begin (wink wink) at noon today, July 1.

The Sad Myth of the Elusive Cap Space Trade

59

Every once in a while a Wisniewski or a Visnovsky shakes loose (Slavic roots not required), but in reality rewarding cap-space trades are rare.

Key RFAs qualified, but some will wander away

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The New York Islanders completed the standard and expected issue of qualifying offers to restricted free agents today, but that doesn't mean all of these youngsters will be back with the team.

Top 25U25: #2 - Brock Nelson preaches, you follow

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It wasn't gaudy numbers, sheltered minutes, nor unsustainable percentages that impressed in Brock Nelson's rookie season. It was his performance as a three-zone player in multiple roles on multiple lines. Wing, center, checker, scorer...bring it.

Top 25U25: Travis Hamonic leads D at #3

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Travis Hamonic has played 252 NHL games before age 24, and the Islanders have him locked up for another six years.

Top 25U25: At #4, Strome poised for breakout

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Ryan Strome's game has shown it is beginning to translate to the NHL level, as it did from juniors to the AHL.

Top 25U25: Love and fear for Calvin de Haan at #5

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Clavin de Haan as one of the top young Islanders? Enthusiasm tempered by wounds and fear.

Top 25U25: Griffin Reinhart nears liftoff at #6

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Whatever his offensive ceiling, Reinhart is going to be a large man in the NHL, and projects to at least be a minutes muncher who is above average defensively. He's an asset the Isles need.

Top 25U25: Pokka at #7, a name like a villain

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He's a PP QB, an excellent passer and set up man, but lacks that hard shot from the point that Pulock possess.

Top 25U25: #8 Anders Lee, power forward of dreams?

167

Anders Lee's exciting NHL debut at the end of 2012-13 was a cool story, but it masked some weaknesses. In 2013-14, Lee appeared to be making all the necessary adjustments to excel.

Top 25U25: Pulock, the other WHL meat at #9

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After four consecutive years holding a fifth-overall or better pick, the New York Islanders' reward for a 2013 playoff appearance was a 15th-overall selection in the NHL draft. They could have done worse than Ryan Pulock.

Top 25U25: #10 Go ahead & skip the Bailey thread

226

In all the six(!) years of Lighthouse Hockey discourse, there have certainly been more volatile and more nausea-inducing topics than the debate over Josh Bailey.

Top 25U25: At #11, Donovan shedding skin?

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At age 24 and due a qualifying offer, has Donovan established himself just in time?

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