Month: August 2018

The Isles Meetup: Talking Charlotte and Analytics TIF0004

In episode 4 we speak to Mike from @Islesmeetup_CLT and he tells us about his group down in North Carolina – its a rabid group of transplanted New Yorkers. They’ve sold 106 tickets to the Islanders-Canes home opener down there, hooked up with Yes Men Outfitters for a custom shirt for the occasion too.

We’re giving away one of those shirts here as well!

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I also speak a little about Trotz and Lamoriello recently brining up analytics which is on the heels of our episode with Reagan King of Corsisles.

We also take your Twitter questions again! Hope you enjoy it!

Contest Time! Win a Yes Men Outfitters T-Shirt!

Happy Friday Friends!

It’s been an exciting month here at The Isles Faithful. Our subscribers and listener stats are steadily growing as word spreads around. Feedback on Facebook and Twitter has been outstanding, everyone seems to enjoy contributing via Twitter with the Twitter Questions segment I have been doing each episode. I have an idea to take this further and ill be announcing that soon!

The Contest!

In the soon to be released Episode 4, I spoke to Islemeetup_CLT about their group meet at the Hurricanes home opener against the Islanders on October 4th. When we spoke to Devin from Yes Men Outfitters last week in Episode 3, he told us that he created a special shirt for the occasion. Well, I was able to secure one of these shirts to giveaway!

Here is the shirt (It’s pretty sweet if you ask me) – which will NOT be available for purchase and is exclusive to the Isles Meetup!

So what do you need to do?

  1. You need to follow us on Twitter
  2. You need to like our Facebook Page – The Isles Faithful
  3. You need to rate and review us on iTunes

All entries are weighted and will be kept track of via Rafflecopter. The contest runs from today 8/17 to next Friday 8/24.

Please enter via the widget below as your entries won’t be counted otherwise.

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The winner will be chosen at random and the standard contest rules apply. Yes Men Outfitters will ship you shirt close to the event in October.

Be sure to follow @islesmeetup_clt and @yesmenoutfitter on Twitter as well! Also checkout the IslesMeetupCLT Facebook page for more info on upcoming events!

Good luck and have fun!

The Fancy Podcast: Josh Ho-Sang Needs a Yes Men Oufitters Shirt TIF0003

In this week’s episode (episode number three!) we talk to Reagan King of and also Devin from Yes Men Outfitters.

Reagan (@ReaganKingIsles) tells us everything we need to know about fancy stats, we go into details on how stats are recorded, what they mean and some of the history behind the numbers. We also go into detail about what these different stat lines mean for individual players and how that could potentially land which players on what lines or how they could compliment each other. We do the same for the defense and go into some of the new stats recorded for goaltenders as well – something we both feel that Trotz, Korn and Greco will sort out as the season progresses.

Devin (@YesMenOutfitter) and I talk about his company – Yes Men Outfitters, how he started the company and what his plans are for it, how he came up with the name and what some of his products are like. We talk about the crazy demand of the Say My Name and Kid Who Won The Calder shirts. We also spoke about his plans to go down to Carolina to meet up with the group IslesMeetup_CLT for the Canes home opener against the Islanders. He’s even bringing some of his attire, and a special shirt as a giveaway for the trip! Tickets are going fast if you’re interested!

We also take your Twitter questions again, something that’s been a great time to date – it’s been a fun episode, let us know what you think in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter!



The Culture Club: Not Your Father’s Islanders TIF0002

The Culture Club

No – not the Boy George led band of the 1980’s and not even the awesome Club in Downtown Manhattan that bares the same name. We are talking about the culture club WITHIN the New York Islanders.

Let’s take it back a few months here.

Clean out Day, April 9th 2018 – An unshaven and honestly disheveled looking Garth Snow feebly addresses the media, Doug Weight, with a sour look on his face attempts to do the same. Jon Ledecky reads, angrily – from a pre-written letter claiming that ownership and the team has let fans down. This is months following a billboard that was erected in Brooklyn, begging for the GM to be fired.

It was just awkward, and honestly pretty confusing. It turns out, both Snow and Weight were lame ducks at that table that day in April.

Things would eventually progress pretty rapidly afterwards  – Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t be extended in Toronto. He winds up on Long Island, is named President of Hockey Operations and is given full autonomy by ownership.

Stop the presses! Autonomy! What’s that? Well, we would come to find out for sure.

Lou started doing Lou type things. Leaks, they stopped. The culture, well he took it straight on and in one swoop – out with the old. It’s what he does, right? Garth Snow and Doug Weight were removed as General Manager and Head Coach in the same afternoon on June 9th. Just like that, he ripped the bandaid off when nobody was even looking.

As we move forward, Lou stated he was going to hire “the best coach available” and all signs were pointing to coaches without jobs – nobody expected a coach playing for and ultimately winning the Stanley Cup to reach a contract impasse with his team, the Washington Capitals, right? No, I didn’t – you didn’t, but Lou probably knew something and Barry Trotz was signed to a contract with the Islanders on June 21st.

Just like that – the culture tide was changing.

Lou would then go and add Steve Pellegrini, formerly of the New Jersey Devils as Assistant GM.

Fire assistants Greg Cronin, Kelly Buchberger, and Luke Richardson – all Weight’s guys. Curiously he would leave the Bridgeport staff as untouched….

Hire long time Trotz Assistant Lane Lambert as well as John Gruden (who’s story is extremely interesting and worth a read, too).

And then, they would let go of Goaltending coach – Fred Brathwaite in order to hire former Toronto Marlies tendy coach – Piero Greco, and following that up with the goalie whisperer in Mitch Korn as Director of Goaltending. Keep in mind both of these goalie guys are fresh off winning their leagues respective championships.

So, to summarize – Every losing coach was canned and they brought in proven winners. Even Gruden has won at the levels he’s coached. We have Trotz and Lambert that will install their own systems and evaluate talent. We have Greco who will work with Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss and without a doubt work better numbers into their play. Gruden will work magic with the kids, or at least I assume that’s the hope.

In these sweeping changes, Lou Lamoriello has installed a system of accountability, proffessionalism and respect that the Islanders as an organization have not seen in a really long time. What they can do with the roster they have obviously remains to be seen, but the things coming out of the players mouths at this point have been really positive.

It makes for exciting offseason talk, at the very least.

I also took some Twitter questions for the podcast – just to try to involve some of you fine folks in the discussions. Let’s take a look!



Hope you all enjoyed Episode Two!