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Dominik

  • joined Sep 25, 2008
  • last login Jul 10, 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] Tavares skates; Nelson scores; Game 7

223

Brock Nelson scores a pair for the U.S. at the World Championship in Belarus.

[Bits] Bile for Bylsma; Loserhood for Lucic

404

Dan Bylsma is suddenly stupid and mean, because that's what happens to even Stanley Cup-winning NHL coaches.

[Bits] MVP Reinhart to Memorial Cup, not to Oilers

440

New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart's Oil Kings won Game 7 in Portland to take the championship and reserve a Memorial Cup birth, and he was named MVP of the series.

[Bits] IIHF march, playoffs extend, hit of year

172

It's a Saturday, both series last night were extended, and the other two continue tonight. (No afternoon games.) But if you're jonesing for daytime hockey, the U.S. plays Switzerland at the World Championship at 1:30 p.m. EDT (NBCSN).

IIHF WC: Nelson, McDonald pile on Belarus

40

With bravery and patriotic fervor, the heroic Americans have defeated the hosts.

[Bits] Generalisimo Halak Still Unsigned

276

Hockey news ranging from the Stanley Cup playoffs to the present.

[Bits] Coach & AHL moves; NBC bingo; dumping dump

263

Everything you need to read to get through your miserable little day.

Ducks vs. Kings Poll [+ weekend playoff thread]

15

It's hockey in Southern California. Winner gets new implants.

[Bits] Thompson, Halak, McPhee post-mortem

346

Some this and that to read about the Isles, the playoffs, and other teams on the outside.

Rangers vs. Penguins [Playoff polls + thread]

38

Nothing good can happen here.

Pellerin out, Thompson back to Bridgeport

59

The New York Islanders have let go of Scott Pellerin as head coach of their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and will return Brent Thompson to the role.

[Bits] Halak reactions; Vanek struggling?

370

The New York Islanders have acquired Jaroslav Halak and look to ink him to a deal, solving a long-term issue for the club.

What will it take to sign Halak?

160

Initial speculation puts Jaroslav Halak's asking price to sign with the New York Islanders at around $4 million annually for three to five years, but it's likely to go higher than that.

Playoff Poll + Rd. 1 Results: Bruins vs. Habs

6

The second round of the NHL playoffs begin tonight, with two rested traditional rivals ready to go at it yet again.

[Bits] Nilsson's complaint; Game 7 hangovers

624

Wednesday night in the NHL playoffs had everything, with the first Game 7 tripleheader since 2003 featuring a whole lot of ex-Islanders.

Hockey! Triple Game 7 [open thread]

154

Hockey hockey hockey hockey. Gimme ALL the overtimes, please.

[Bits] Reinhart's value; GM shuffle; Games 7, baby

273

There is some kind of echo chamber in Edmonton where the press sees a lot of Griffin Reinhart with the Oil Kings and not a lot of good defensemen with the Oilers and yada yada yada the Oilers should totally trade for that guy.

Leduc Signs ELC; Pokka Next?

248

The New York Islanders have announced agreement with 6'6 defenseman Loic Leduc, their 2012 fourth-round (103rd overall) draft pick out of the QMJHL, on a three-year entry level contract (ELC).

[Bits] Habs on Vanek; Reinhart on healthy playoffs

164

Montreal Canadiens forwards discuss adjusting to playing with Thomas Vanek on their top line.

[Bits + Playoff Thread] Jesse-vu, Caps firings

161

The New York Islanders review their favorite moments of the season, Oilers fans review why they have Jesse Joensuu, and the Capitals' review determines George McPhee and Adam Oates should be fired.

Revisiting Isles vs. Pens 2013: That one issue

79

The Columbus Blue Jackets have pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins to a best-of-three situation, which shouldn't be a surprise. It's also reminiscent of where the New York Islanders were in 2013, albeit with one key difference.

Buy Us: Revenue sharing softens Isles losses

52

The two-front effort to drum up buyers and increase the price for the New York Islanders appears to be growing.

[Bits] Nelson love; Stockton sweep; Bettman talk

172

Starting you off this morning: Sale-schmail, TV for the Isles pups at the IIHF WC, and at least one Isles team is in the playoffs and doing well.

Bettman: Lots of people want the Isles, but...

49

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman re-iterated that owner Charles Wang has received "lots of interest" for his Brooklyn-bound club, "but he hasn't made a firm decision to sell."

Thursday Playoff Thread

28

We watch hockey, because we paid Dolan. {-Wrangler}

[Wednesday Playoff Thread]

33

We watch hockey, because we can.

Isles Sale Rumors: Rich guy mulls, prefers not to

59

The latest story in an entertaining saga has a mysterious Syracuse billionaire mulling, then deciding against, an opportunity to pursue the New York Islanders

[Bits] Bridgeport season in review

73

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers held their debriefings and breakups this week, with a lot of New York Islanders prospects determined to get stronger and adapt to the speed of the pros.

The case for Braden Holtby...and his old coach?

75

What really happened to Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby this year? And would the New York Islanders truly have interest in rescuing him?

[Bits] Bridgeport finale; Easter hockey thread

80

A few Islanders reads, plus an open thread for Sunday's playoff hockey.

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