Month: September 2018

Episode 8: Preseason Updates and Isles Meetup Philly

Two episodes this week! The floodgates have opened!

In this episode, I talk about some of the preseason moves the Islanders have made, roster cuts and give my opinions on everything that’s transpired so far. We speak about how players have played, the PTO given to Luca Sbisa and the controversial fourth line of Komarov, Filppula and Kuhnhackl, the defense, goaltending and how new systems can effect everything.

We also talk to Brett Kahn from @IslesMeetup_PHL and speak about the new group down there in Philly and what their plans are moving forward. Could there be another T-Shirt giveaway? Perhaps.

Also, check out the picture of Brett’s father that we spoke about during the episode:

This goes along with our on going series of Isles Meetup Groups – you can find those episodes here and here.

We also take your Twitter questions again, which proves to be a fantastic feature week after week. You guys literally blow me away with the questions, so keep it up. I really want to fire up this plan with the Discord channel as soon as possible, maybe next week sometime before the season starts.

If you stick it out to the very end of the episode, theres a special announcement that I am excited about – let me know what you think!

Thanks as always and we’ll see you in Episode 9!

Episode 7: Talking Belmont and The Coliseum With Jim Baumbach

Welcome back to another episode of The Isles Faithful Podcast!

In this episode, our 7th episode already – we talk to Jim Baumbach of New York’s Newsday as he has been covering the New York Islanders arena stories since the very beginning. Jim and I actually go way back to 2007, back to my time when I covered the Islanders on a regular basis over on my blog www.islesblogger.com.

Jim goes into detail on the NEW arena set to be built in Belmont, right on the border of New York City and Long Island’s Nassau County. The difference this time is that there is state land involved. The similarities involve heaps of opposition to the project, plus the literal red tape that comes with mega projects.

We also go into Transportation, other projects around the New York Area and some of the nuances involved with the Islanders playing parts of the next three seasons at their OLD home in Uniondale at Nassau Coliseum.

This type of talk isn’t for everyone, but it’s an important on-going story that seems never-ending for the New York Islanders and Islanders fans.

Please give Jim Baumbach a follow on Twitter, if you’re not already. You can also find his articles on Newsday’s website.

Thanks as always and we’ll see you in Episode 8!

Episode 6: Talking Robin Lehner with Joe Yerdon of The Athletic

This week, we were blown away with a bombshell by new Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner. Turns out, the last few years he has been suffering through an addiction, and mental illness. This all came out yesterday, in a story he wrote himself for The Athletic.

It’s worth a read, and – there’s no paywall for the article. It’s so important that they have chosen to make it free for everyone.

Mental illness is no joke, neither is addiction. Lehner does a fantastic job of speaking of all these things in this letter and I truly believe this revelation and the treatments he’s been through will make him a better person, father, husband and athlete. Which is why I asked my good friend and Buffalo Sabres writer for The Athletic, Joe Yerdon (@joeyerdon) to join me this week.

Lehner previously played for the Sabres and was known for his outbursts, his fiery personality and for his at times, stellar play. Joe goes into detail about the type of guy Robin is and what Isles fans should expect out of him as a goaltender and a person. He also speaks about his history of dealing with Robin during his time with the Sabres.

I also take your Twitter questions again them this week, and I have a small announcement as well – I have created a Discord Channel. This will be used to dedicate an entire episode, maybe once a month to YOU GUYS, Islanders Fans. The channel name is The Isles Faithful, it’s not quite live yet so keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook for news on this.

Discord is like a chatroom, it’s also like a party line Skype. I can pick on people to speak and we’ll record the show like that if theres enough interest. It’s shaping up to be a lot of fun, at least that’s the hope anyway!

Enjoy Episode 6 and we’ll speak to you next week in Episode 7.

Episode 5: Going Beyond With Steve Wood and Isles Meetup Tampa TIF0005

September is HERE!

That means that NHL camps are just about to start, the weather is beginning to turn around and Pumpkin Spice is about to be everywhere and in every product.

With hockey just about back, we are going to be cranking up our coverage and it starts with Episode 5!

This week, we sat down with Former AHL Defenseman Steve Wood, whom I have known for 5 years now. Steve played in the Flyers organization and eventually wound up in Bridgeport for 12 games playing for Jack Capuano. You think that I would know Steve through my time covering hockey, but no – we met in Florida which you’ll hear about in the interview.

Steve tells us what life is like as a professional athlete, what it’s like to come up through the high school and prep school ranks and eventually the collegiate level as well. He references a letter he wrote when he was 7 years old and what it’s like to follow your dreams. We then talk about his latest venture, a program called Go Beyond the Ice. It’s probably the most in depth interview to date and is chock full of stories.

We also continue to look at all the Isles Meetup groups on the heels of Episode 4 when we sat down with Isles Meetup Charlotte, this time we sit with Kevin Carney of Isles Meetup Tampa (@islesmeetup_tpa).

Kevin is just starting out his group down in Tampa but goes into his former life on Long Island (New Jersey, and Charlotte) and how he came to know Mike from Islesmeetup_CLT, his Islanders fandom and what his plans are for the group. Be sure to check that out as well.

As always, we take your twitter questions again as well!

Thanks as always and we’ll see you in Episode 6!