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John Tavares Set For Breakout Year

Saying that John Tavares will have a breakout season when he recently became a Hart Trophy finalist and has scored 249 points in 291 played NHL games in just four seasons might sound a bit ridiculous. But it very well may be true (Photo credit: theseoduke/Flickr).

Tavares was just one point shy in each of the past two seasons from establishing himself as an official point-per-game player (47 in 48 games in 2013, 81 in 82 games in 2012). He also has only eclipsed the 30 goal mark once, scoring 31 in 2012 with a whopping 50 assists to go along with his scoring touch.

With all of that being said, it is very possible that John Tavares still has not reached his full potential.

Where Are They Now? John Tonelli

This week we look back at a key member of the Islanders team who won 4 straight Stanley Cups in the 1980’s and that is John Tonelli.

Where Are They Now? Shawn Bates

This week we look back at another member of the 2001-2002 Islanders #17 Shawn Bates. Fans will remember Bates for one memorable goal in the 2002 playoffs against Toronto in Game 4 at Nassau Coliseum.

Are The New York Islanders Still A Playoff Team?

There are a lot of questions surrounding the New York Islanders as they head into next season. The biggest one will be whether or not they are capable of making the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The NHL Facebook page recently asked this same question, and many fans were either skeptical, positive or found the idea downright absurd (and these weren't just Rangers fans).

Despite an intense, hard fought playoff series with a very inexperienced roster against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that has been one of the most dominant forces of the league for the past few years, many critics are still not convinced that the New York Islanders are a guaranteed playoff team.

And they shouldn't be.

Where Are They Now? Steve Webb

I am proud to reinstall the Where Are They Now section to The Checking Line. Every Thursday from now until the NHL season begins I will give Islanders fans an in depth look at what some of their favorite former Islanders are up to now.

One-on-One With Cal Clutterbuck

At this year's 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders traded Nino Niederreiter, one of their top prospects, to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a draft pick and Cal Clutterbuck; a 5'11" and 213 pound forward that is known for delivering devastating body checks and sticking up for his teammates (Photo credit: SWP2011/Flickr).

He has also been able to contribute offensively over the years, scoring 15 goals in 2012 and 19 goals in 2011.

Clutterbuck called me this afternoon to discuss the trade from Minnesota, his previous ties to the Islanders, what fans can expect out of him on a nightly basis and more.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano Chooses Forest City Ratner Companies to Redevelop Nassau Coliseum

The future of Nassau Coliseum after the Islanders lease expires in 2015 has been decided by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. In a press conference on Thursday morning in Mineola, the County Executive announced that Forest City Ratner Companies has been chosen to redevelop the Coliseum.

"Flight Plan" Webisode to be Debuted on Flyers Website

The Philadelphia Flyers is looking to expand the coverage it gives to the fans leading into the 2013-14 season.

The Flyers will be debuting a new webisode series titled "Flight Plan" on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. The pilot episode, titled "War Room" will air August 6 at 7PM on the website.

"War Room" will be centered around a meeting that was held 48 hours before the NHL Draft back in June.

Meet John Santamaria

Hello everyone, this is an introduction from the newest writer to The Checking Line- Isles Edition. My name is John Santamaria, I am a recent graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a degree in Communication Arts. I currently still attend school there pursuing my Master’s Degree in Communication Arts which I will complete in May 2014. My dream job is to one day become a play by play broadcaster.

I am very excited to be a part of this great team of writers covering the NHL and the New York Islanders and I am looking forward to the upcoming season especially with this new position.

The Isles' New Top Line Winger

The New York Islanders once again will be looking for a new winger on the top line to play with John Tavares and Matt Moulson. It has been a continuous up and down process that has seen several players come and go, and new faces will be looking to fill that void once again as the 2013-2014 season approaches (bridgetds/Flickr).

Moulson and Tavares found chemistry from the very beginning, as they were long-time friends prior to joining the Islanders line-up. But finding a third member to join their two-man wolf pack hasn't been an easy solution.