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Written by Christian A. | 12 September 2009

If you were hoping to see John Tavares in an Islanders Jersey Mondaynight in Terrace, BC Monday he wont playing. According to Newsday and Islanders Point Blank the number one draft pick wont be playing in Monday nights game and the team never intendedfor him to play in the first place. Definitely a disappointment for all the fans in Terrace and the fans who will be tuning in on NHL Network, CBC, and MSG Plus.

The Kraft Hockeyville Game will Air on timed Delay Monday on MSG Plus at 10:30 for all the fans on the Island who dont get NHL network, who will also be airing the game live.

Speaking of the Kraft Hockeyville Game, for any fans looking for all around coverage of this exciting event check out Greatest Hockey Legends.com for coverage all weekend on the event. Along with the great coverage the site features great articles about past and present stars and stories from around the NHL and this weekend they have some great stuff on our beloved New York Islanders.


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Written by Christian A. | 10 September 2009

That's right in less than 5 days we will finally get to see John Tavares skate for the first in full Islanders attirein a real game situation. The superstar hopeful will most likely take the ice Monday night in terrace, British Columbia along with the rest of the Islander squad marking the end of a long off season that started way back in April and seemed to last an eternity after the Islanders drafted John Tavares. Last week players started coming back to the island and skating at Ice Works in preparation for the start of training camp and most, presumable all are extremely excited to be back to work and for the start of this season. This team of young guns full of potential are all aiming high, especially recently signed rookie Matt Martin who had a break out season with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL last season. Martin told both beat writer Katie Strang and NYI Point Blank's Chris Botta that hes is aiming to play in the NHL this season for the Islanders. Martin told Katie Strang "I want to aim as high as I can. The team is rebuilding, so if you are really impressive in camp, anything can happen. I don't want to be unrealistic and say I think I should be a full-time NHL'er, but I think if I have a really good camp I could get some games up there and show them what I can do." If Martin shows he has what it takes I have no doubt the Islanders wouldn't hesitate to call him up.

On the Tavares side of things, John arrived on the Island last Saturday to much less publicized event and starting to learn his way around Long Island only getting stopped once to take pictures. "It'll be nice to just be myself, learn my way around the team, and just focus on hockey" Tavares told Newsday beat writer Katie Strang. Tavares will no doubt enjoy being in the shadows alittle bit here on the Islanders and be able to fully focus on hockey with out all the media pressure like he faced back in Canada.

The start of this season has been anticipated by every Islander fan world wide since drafting John Tavares, the biggest name to wear an isles uniform in a very long time. This young team has allot of potential and has shown in the past that they can stay competitive. This season will most likely not be a playoff run and once again end at regular seasons end but will most likely not be a last place finish this year. So fans start breaking out those jerseys and GET READY FOR SOME HOCKEY CAUSE ITS A COMIN!

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Written by Eric Ritter | 03 September 2009

September 10th the Phoenix Coyotes summer bidding war will finally come to an end when the sales auction takes place and the team is given to its new owner.

Can we just give a team to Balsillie already?  The NHL obviously is against him owning a team, and that's why the Penguins are still in Pittsburgh and the Predators are still in Nashville.  But what's the problem, can't we just get this over with?

Phoenix has accomplished next to nothing since moving to the desert, and they aren't likely to break out with a deep playoff run any time soon.  The Coyotes were 28th in attendance last year, and even if the team winds up staying in Glendale, does anyone really think their attendance will get better after this wild summer?

Five of the six Canadian based franchises finished in the top eight in attendance last year, so it's quite obvious that Canadians love their hockey and would be willing to support another team.  Granted, you can point to the Phoenix franchise itself, which once resided in Winnepeg before moving south, out of Canada, as a failed Canadian market.  But Hamilton fans likely would show up in great numbers, supporting and keeping a team in their city.

I think it is quite plainly conflict of interest for a league to own one of its own operating teams.  Granted, Gary Bettman wouldn't become GM of the team and make roster decisions, but it hardly seems fair, or logical, for a league to own its own club.

To the credit of the NHL, they have said they'd only own it a year while searching for a capable owner who would keep the team in Phoenix.  However, Balsillie and his legal group are trying to claim that the NHL will look for new owners that may relocate the team to a city the NHL is more interested in, perhaps Kansas City or Las Vegas; non-Canadian markets.

With the start of the preseason only a few weeks away, and the regular season less than a month away, it seems unlikely that the Coyotes would start the season in any city outside of Glendale.  Balsillie did say he wouldn't object to moving the franchise in the middle of the season, however, that's absurd, and something more likely to be seen in a AAA league.

The few diehard fans that are in Phoenix should be allowed to have one last full season to enjoy, but the logical move is then for the team to be moved to a better market, like Hamilton.  More fans, more tickets sold, more revenues, you get the picture.  I get that coming out of the lockout the league said they were dedicated to their 30 markets, and that five years later a team relocates, but common sense has to come in to play at some point.

Let Balsillie have the team, let them move.  I know there's going to be a fight between the league and the Toronto Maple Leafs if Balsillie is allowed to move the team to Hamilton, but that's another road to cross when the time comes.

Let the Coyotes play in Phoenix this year, then in the 2010 offseason, relocate them to Hamilton.  Divisonal solution?  Keep Hamilton in the West, but take them out of the Pacific and put them in the Northwest, so they're with the other three Canadian teams.  Then move the Avalanche from the Northwest to the Pacific, and there you go.

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Written by Eric Ritter | 02 September 2009

Hey everybody, Eric Ritter here.  I just wanted to drop by and leave a short line to say that I'm excited to be a part of the Bloguin network and to be a part of the new Islanders Hockey blog.  I look forward to supplying the great Islanders fans with news from around the NHL this season and I hope that you all find what I have to say interesting and informative.  Here's to a great season! no comments

Written by Christian A. | 02 September 2009

Islander fans finaly got news today that gives them hope that owner Charles Wang's Oct. 3 deadline could be met with a decision on the Lighthouse Project. The Town announced a date of September 22, which is coincedentaly the same date as the Isles exhibition game in Kansas city (an event Charles Wang is planning to attend). Interesting to see where he will be that day and as always everyone needs to show up to support this crucial project that will effect the fate of not only the Islanders but Long Island as a whole.

In other news the Isles pre-season opener will be televised live on MSG Plus against the Canucks. This game will mark the first time John Tavares suits up in full Islanders gear in a game against another team. This makes this pre-season game an extreamly interesting one to tune into. Deffenetly the best Birthday present i could ask for, the return of hockey.

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Written by Christian A. | 29 August 2009

Welcome to the Islanders Hockey Blog, first off id like to welcome the regular readers from Islanders Crazy to the new site. I'm extremely excited to have joined the Bloguin Network and once again would like to thank Dave and the entire Bloguin team for doing such an amazing job on my site and for all their help during the set up. Islanders Hockey Blog will provide the same great Isles Coverage along with new NHL coverage which will be handled by Eric Ritter who has recently Joined the blog. His NHL insight will give readers a broader view of hockey along with the Islanders material i provide and soon hope to have a few more bloggers on board. So Expect videos, insight pictures and much more as Islanders Hockey Blog enters its first full season. we're sort of like Kyle Okposo, got the call up late in the season and then stay with the big club the following season. Hopefully we have just as good of a first full year as he had. So for Eric Ritter and myself i would like to welcome everyone to the Islanders Hockey Blog. no comments