Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Okposo Assists in Isles Win

The preseason got off to a good start for Kyle and crew Tuesday night with a 2-1 overtime win against Boston. Kyle had a hand in the season's first goal, assisting on Jon Sim's 2nd period power play tally. Unfortunately, only a certain other team's game was televised in New York, so you'll have to settle for a text recap of the Islanders' tilt here.

From what we read, though, the energy was high, Coach Gordon was pleased, and Kyle made some scoring opportunities for himself. A good beginning for the boys.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hey, Hockey's Here!

Hockey is finally back! It's been 172 days since the Isles last took the ice for a (somewhat) meaningful NHL game, but that clock will be reset come Tuesday when they take on the Boston Bruins. Sure, we know you're probably hesitant to get excited over a preseason game, and perhaps your enthusiasm for the coming season has been tempered by some of the grim forecasts out there. But this will be our first look at the "New Islanders," if you will. Plus, talking hockey with your buddies and co-workers is certainly more fun than rehashing the latest baseball bullpen breakdown-du-jour, right?

The game will be played in Moncton, New Brunswick and apparently will not be aired on local television in New York. So, if you need something to pass the time with until the result and boxscore are posted, you can listen to Scott Gordon (courtesy of ITV). He certainly has some unique ideas; we'll leave it at that.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Botta Bing!

Training camp opens on Friday, and we promise we're going to have some real news and more frequent updates once the ball (puck?) gets rolling. Until then, we're pleased to report that our good friend, mentor, and Blogfather Chris Botta is officially back in the fold! While his many loyal readers have been checking his informative site all summer, he'll once again be featured as an Islanders blogger beginning September 25th.

This is great news, because as a former Islanders insider he has been able to bring the public stories and angles that you just will not find anywhere else. His league connections and status allow him to provide a unique insight into the workings of the organization, and moreover he conveys his thoughts clearly on even the toughest hockey subjects. For that, we say welcome back, Chris.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Not Necessarily (Islanders) News

Finally, the Brian McCabe-to-LI rumors can be put to bed. Clearly not part of "The Plan," McCabe was shipped elsewhere on Tuesday. We know Brian enjoyed his time as an Islander, and we wish him the best as he earns his pay playing for a different kind of New York crowd.