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Dominik

  • joined Sep 25, 2008
  • last login Aug 29, 2014
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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

[Bits] You are disappoint.

197

Fresh previews of the Islanders, and a fresh look back at their disappointments.

13 draft picks, 84 feet, 1169 NHL GP

33

NHL teams keep drafting large men higher than they should, because the dreamed result if it pays off is just too juicy to resist.

Critical Thinking Cult: Don't fear the stat keeper

199

Rather than being wrapped up in some silly war among old school columnists and bloggers, analytics should just be seen as a newer, more accurate way to measure and understand longheld hockey...

[Bits] Trots joins Nolan; Subban talks Leafs

89

Bryan Trottier is set to join Ted Nolan in Buffalo, while P.K. Subban talks about whether he'd ever want to play in Toronto.

[Bits] Depth, loopyball and commercials

78

Thomas Hickey gets some sun, Casey Cizikas talks the old days, and the Islanders have depth so let's get the season started already.

Thank Bossy, John Tavares is no Ryan O'Reilly

54

The three-year contract drama with the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O'Reilly is a reminder of the anxiety the New York Islanders avoided with their best player.

For GMs and agents, it shouldn't be personal

62

Player agents have many tasks. Deciding which teams their clients should consider based on whether the GM is nice shouldn't be one of them.

[Bits] Cap teams won't play...yet

330

"Steal a gem from a cap-stressed team!" goes the cry in various corners of the Islanders fan universe. As usual, it may not be that easy.

GMs/coaches like options, players like continuity

131

The partnership between Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin raises a management question: On one hand, GMs like depth and options as a motivator for internal competition. On the other hand,...

Life after Wang: Or, why I don't bother

127

Would the New York Islanders be better off if and when Charles Wang sells the team? That depends on who buys it and what he does, silly.

Needs: Internal competition, physical defense?

226

The New York Islanders have created internal competition and an abundance of puck-moving defensemen. Will they suffer a lack of physicality?

[Bits] Strome's goal, Snow's summer, center galore

259

The Islanders, Canadiens and Blues all have the luxury of more centers than they know what to do with. This is a good problem.

[Bits] RFAs signed, Kabby not; retro thread tonigh

317

With RFAs signing left and right, lots of New York Islanders activity from what you might expect to have been a sleepy Tuesday in July.

Isles sign de Haan (3 years), Cizikas (2 years)

279

The New York Islanders signed restricted free agents Calvin de Haan (three years, $5.9 million), and Casey Cizikas (two years, $2 million), according to figures from Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Kabanov thanks fans, calls move his choice

46

In a Facebook post thanking fans and praising the Isles staff, Kirill Kabanov called his parting from the organization his choice.

BUYOUT: Isles, Kabanov to part

248

Kirill Kabanov has been placed on unconditional waivers by the New York Islanders, the first step on the way to a buyout by the club.

[Bits] Donovan, Gallant signed? Classic calls...

87

A little bit of this and a little bit of that from Islanders camp and around the NHL:

[Bits] Camp's over, Gophers enjoy

345

New York Islanders mini-camp is over, the World Cup is over, and now it's Monday. Hopefully you're on holiday. The rest of us poor saps will have to read things.

[Bits] Unless round is funny

96

New York Islanders prospect mini-camp, like the World Cup, ends on Sunday, beginning a summer of sadness.

Lee, Ness sign QOs. Poulin arbitration set

133

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...

Blue/White Scrimmage [Game Thread of Projections]

384

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?

66

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...

[Bits] Lies, likes and Frans disappearance

341

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

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

531

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

29

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...

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

147

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

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