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.
Jaroslav Halak is a clear cut NHL all-star. If you tuned into the NHL All-Star weekend, you would have noticed that John Tavares (arguably the MVP of the game last night despite the hometown guy taking the honors) was not the only Islanders player representing the blue and orange.
Halak has gone 25-9-0 this year in 34 games played this season to go along with a 2.41 GAA and .910 save percentage. Halak’s numbers are excellent, and he has been nothing short of spectacular for the New York Islanders this season.
Chad Johnson, who was supposed to be Halak’s co-star between the pipes, has appeared more like a stunt double; he’s only played when Halak’s needed a rest and has dealt with some ugly situations.
The New York Islanders begin their 2014-15 season tonight against their Metropolitan Division rival, Carolina Hurricanes, in the first of a back to back home-and-home. Tonight’s contest ends the 6 month slumber for Islander fans and begins the 43rd, and final, season of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. But tonight isn’t about that. Tonight is about the present and the commencement of New York Islanders quest for a 5th Stanley Cup Championship.
In honor of the men’s hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics getting underway, today we look back at a legend of the New York Islanders. He was also part of the 1980 United States Miracle on Ice team and that is Ken Morrow.
Today we profile an individual who had a very successful career in the NHL and could very well become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a two time Stanley Cup champion and former Islanders captain Bill Guerin.
Okay, someone has to say it: the Philadelphia Flyers are building wrong.
Going back through the last five Stanley Cup winners (2009-13) and the Flyers Eastern Conference Champion team in 2010, there is a huge discrepancy when comparing the make-up of those teams to the Flyers of 2013.
The winning teams being talked about are the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks, 2010-11 Boston Bruins, 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, and 2012-13 Blackhawks.
(Photo: Chicago's Patrick Kane just realizes he scored the game-winning goal of Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, beating the Flyers.)
Going into this season the New York Islanders are in a very unique position compared to what they have been in the past. They are a team that is confident having come off of an unexpected and impressive playoff appearance last year. They have organizational depth that has built up nicely from sticking to their rebuilding plan and drafting well. To supplement that, they have made smart signings and waiver additions that both have and are looking to make an impact in the NHL. With the majority of the roster already set, it will be these players that are fighting to stay in the bottom lines that could ultimately have the biggest impact on how the Islanders do this season.
Fred Shero, perhaps the most decorated coach in the Philadelphia Flyers' history, was announced as an inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category on Tuesday.
Shero led the Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, as well as a Finals appearance in 1976. He holds the Flyers record for games coached, wins, and winning percentage.
"I am thrilled to hear that Fred Shero was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame," Flyers' Chairman Ed Snider said. "It's a great day for the Philadelphia Flyers."
Shero's name will always be synonymous with the era of the Broad Street Bullies, and his magical quote "Win today and we walk together forever." His leadership paved the way for the Flyers to be the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. "The Fog" coached the Flyers for seven seasons between 1971 to 1978.
Philadelphia Flyers' General Manager Paul Holmgren released a statement today confirming that they will use one of their two compliance buyouts on forward Danny Briere, ending his tenure with the team after six seasons.
The team will have to pay Briere $833,333 for the next four years as per the compliance buyout rules in the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement. His cap hit of $6.5 million will not count against the salary cap this season.
"This was a very difficult decision to make as Danny has been a very good player for us over the past six years," Holmgren said in his statement. Holmgren informed Briere a week ago that he would be bought out, the forward said in a press conference today.