It appeared that this rainy Saturday would be nothing but a dreary day on Long Island with every resident hoping for a few rays of sunshine to brighten up the day. Well, the sun may not have appeared from behind the clouds, but things are certainly shining bright after the New York Islanders made some bold trades that have drastically improved their roster.
The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks.
Recently several news outlets reported that Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow would retain the team’s first round pick in the upcoming June draft, currently is slotted fifth overall (also known as the “New York Islander Honorary Slot”). In case you hibernated from November until March (or have done your best to suppress the disappointment of another Islander season), the Islanders are required to send Buffalo a first round pick either this year or next as a result of its Thomas Vanek acquisition.
Flyers fans know the same old story. By now, they are sick of it.
Goaltending ever since 1998 has been a nightmare. The revolving door includes John Vanbiesbrouck, Jeff Hackett, Roman Cechmanek, Brian Boucher (quite a few times), Robert Esche, Antero Niittymaki, Michael Leighton, Ilya Bryzgalov, and many, many more.
Merrick Madsen, drafted 162nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round, will look to put a stop to the carousel that has ruined careers at that position in this city. He had his chance to impress at the Flyers Development Camp a few weeks ago.
You may not have known who Dave Bolland was a few weeks ago but you probably found out about him shortly after he scored the game winning goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final this month.
Now he's a Toronto Maple Leaf.
The Leafs made another big splash in the trade market during the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday when they acquired Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks for three draft picks including a second round pick this year.
Bolland, 27, doesn't have the biggest frame but plays with a ton of grit. As TCL's Ron Guillet notes here, Bolland plays mostly "tough, defensive minutes." However he stil...
The summer of 1996 was a memorable one. Independence Day was due out in theaters on the fourth of July, the Spice Girls were driving parents of teenage girls insane, and the internet explosion was in full swing.
Washington Capitals fans had much more to be excited about than technological marvels and aliens attacking the White House. Their team had the number four overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, which was to be held June 26, 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Caps were coming off a 1995-96 season that saw them exit the playoffs in the first round to their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. Morale wasn’t necessarily low amongst Ca...
When you use the third overall pick -- an extremely rare occurrence for the Montreal Canadiens -- on a player who's already blown out his knee and missed an entire season of hockey before even reaching adult age, the conversation can only go one of two directions. Either people will be elated that a player is so talented he can overcome a major injury to be included in the top three players of his draft year, or that player will be considered a major risk for the team that ends up drafting him. When it comes to Alex Galchenyuk, that conversation seems to be leaning towards the former. Despite missing almost all ...
In this edition of The Couch - Erol Bal wraps up the 2011-2012 New York Islanders in a segment he loves to call - The Good The Bad and The Ugly. In true Sergio Leone fashion we break down the highs and lows of the season.