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Moving Forward: The Isles Will Have Decisions To Make

The Islanders might not have signed any additional forwards (aside from Kirill Petrov) this off-season, but there is certainly going to be a log jam at that position as the organization prepares for training camp.

You have your obvious two on the top line between Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. The third member of that line remains to be seen, a problem that has lingered since last season and must be remedied this year.

Whom Will Garth Snow Be Targeting? Isles Free Agent Talk

Today is Canada Day, which marks the opening day of free agency in the National Hockey League – a day that captures the attention of every hockey fan that hopes their team will improve their roster the easiest way possible.

However, this year comes with a twist for Islanders country. In previous years, fans were desperately hoping that Garth Snow would be signing a slew of top players. This year, the Islanders have a team comprised of both veterans and young players that is on the rise looking to fill a few holes. With that being said, they are some important holes that must be filled with the right players.

The top line will still continue to boast John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, the latter being the recent subject of trade rumors. Since Okposo was not moved at the draft, it looks as if he will be staying in an orange and blue sweater for at least one more season.

Despite Turnaround Season, Snow Misses Nomination For GM Of The Year

The New York Islanders finished last place in their division six out of the last eight seasons. However, the Isles finished this season with 101 points, third place in the Metropolitan Division, a Hart trophy finalist named John Tavares, and a physically brutal first round playoff exit that lasted seven games against the Washington Capitals.

Despite this drastic change, GM Garth Snow is not a finalist for this year’s General Manager of the Year award.

Isles Shutout Sabres, Inch Closer To Playoff Berth

The New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Saturday night for their second to last home game of the regular season at Nassau Coliseum. In honor of the fact that the Islanders will soon be leaving Nassau County for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the franchise dedicated this evening’s game to a few select players that have played major roles for this team over the past four decades.

Such players included Ed Westfall, Gary Howatt, Bobby Nystrom, Butch Goring, Ken Morrow, Pierre Turgeon, Steve Webb, Eric Cairns and Shawn Bates.

Each player was honored with a video tribute highlighting their contributions to the franchise during their respective decades.

Blackhawks wash away Islanders; head to NYC to face Rangers

The Blackhawks are 5-0-1 in March (8-1-1 in their past ten) and have outscored opponents 19-8 in the past six games.

Patrick Kane who?

Corey Crawford has gone .961 sv% in March. The top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp is suddenly on fire. The power play is scoring, the penalty kill has been doing its thing.

The switch, as they say, has been flipped.

Chicago didn't steamroll the Islanders, but they played a very solid game against one of the best teams in the East. Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy were out for the Isles due to injuries. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals apiece.

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Jack's Gettin' Jack: Will Capuano Earn Coach of the Year Honors?

The Jack Adams award is given out each year to the coach who is judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success in the National Hockey League. If you were to ask Isles fans about Jack Capuano’s name being thrown into the list of candidates for the award a year ago, you would have received plenty of laughs.

Despite being the next winningest coach for the Islanders after Al Arbour, Capuano had drawn the ire of the Islanders faithful for his inability to provide Nassau Coliseum ice with a winning hockey team after making the playoffs the year before.

But considering the success of the Islanders this season, it would be inconsiderate of the league to not take a look at Capuano when deciding who should be nominated for the award.

Cappy's Battle Level All Star Weekend

At the end of the first half of the season (technically more), the New York Islanders have secured second place in the entire Eastern Conference, first place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 31-14-1 & 63 points. Here at TCL, the Cappy's encapsulate what has gotten the Islanders to this point, and what will drive them towards future success & hopefully a long Stanley Cup run.

The Isles Need To Fix The Top Line

Despite the recent success of the Islanders, there is still a major hole that needs to be filled within the team’s lineup.

John Tavares and Kyle Okposo have been the undisputed top two forwards on this team for the past year. Currently, Tavares and Okposo are tied for the team lead in points with 24 each in 27 games played. However, the third member of the top line is not even close.

Where Will Grabner Fit With The Isles?

Michael Grabner has been activated off the injured reserve and is close to making his debut in the Islanders line-up this season. He was seen this morning practicing with Frans Nielsen and Mikhail Grabovski, although it has yet to be confirmed if this is the line he will be playing with tomorrow night when they visit the Ottawa Senators for the second half of a home-and-home match-up.

Where Grabner would fit has come into question, given that the current line-up has done very well this season (18-7-0).

Isles Defeat Devils 3-1 In Front of Sold Out Crowd

The New York Islanders played in a packed house filled with two fan bases that were seething with animosity towards one another. In previous years, a visiting division rival fan base would overtake the Coliseum and diminish most “Let’s Go Islanders” chants.

Not this year.

On a night where the team was honoring Islanders legend, Denis Potvin, Isles fans quickly extinguished the chants from New Jersey fans and drowned out their support (as well as throw in many other chants as well) with ease as the home team fought for a 3-1 victory in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum crowd.