Month: December 2018

Episode 17: With Barzal, Ho-Sang and Toews, The Future Is Now!

This is it! This is the moment many of us have been waiting for!

Young stars, stud players if you will, are going to be flush in the New York Islanders lineup. Mat Barzal, the former rookie of the year has been a staple over and a breath of fresh air over the last year and a half has recently been joined by fellow puck possession wizard in Josh Ho-Sang. But wait, there’s more – Devon Toews has been recalled to replace the injured Thomas Hickey. Yes, you’re reading that right. We talk about all this and more, in Episode 17 – so read on.

My example of a GREAT power play

Ive said pretty extensively on Twitter over the last few weeks, that I feel both Barzal and Ho-Sang are “drivers” in that they dictate pace of play with puck possession and zone entries. We know what we have in Barzal, and he’s come around in Trotz’s system as of late. With Ho-Sang, he’s struggled to elevate his play in a way to earn the trust of the new management – but he earned his chance now and he’s running with it. Trotz recently changed his tune from “no pressure to insert in lineup” to “I see no reason to take him out of the lineup” and that’s fantastic news. Ho-Sang was rewarded with a goal this week in Arizona for his efforts and if you look at his fancy stats – the numbers say he’s doing a great job. The second power play unit has also benefitted from his style of play – you have two guys (at even strength as well) that draw players to them and it opens up room for everyone else, plus they can both thread the needle like nobody else on the team, outside maybe Eberle.

With Thomas Hickey out with a suspected concussion (which is a shame, I love what Hickey brings and I hope he’s not injured too bad) – Devon Toews has been recalled. I joked in this episode that it’s a Christmas Miracle! Fans and experts alike have been waiting for this defenseman to draw into the lineup for quite some time – and you have this Tweet from Newsday’s Andrew Gross as a meter for how we ALL FEEL!

A bold statement, right?

I also go into some more ranting about the mostly stationary, but improving power play, which involves mostly the adding of Ho-Sang and I took a few Twitter questions from the most faithful Isles Faithful listeners!

Holiday season reminders! Kings Coast Coffee – it’s amazing! Go buy some and use the code ISLES for 10% off your entire order. I just ordered $70 worth of coffee and mugs as a gift for my wife – good thing she doesn’t read this space.

That’s not the only DISCOUNT CODE we have for you either, head on over to my buddy Devin’s (@YesMenOutfitter) site Yes Men Outfitters for some sweet Isles swag and use the code FAITHFUL10 for 10% off your order as well. He’s got a lot of great new designs he’s pumping out – be sure to fill someone stocking, or even your own just like me!

I finally met Devin last weekend at the Coliseum, such a solid dude and he’s doing really great things with his trips and tailgates – I don’t know how he finds the time to do everything he does! I am off for Christmas and New Years (11 days total) so I am planning on recording a few times and maybe a recap of the best episodes so far, but if we don’t speak before then have a very safe and Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday!

Episode 16: Talking Power Outage And More with Arthur Staple

I have been going on, and on, and on – for what seems like weeks now about this power-less power play of the New York Islanders. It didn’t seem like long ago that we had a fantastic power play, but horrendous everything else….but such is life around here in Islanders country, right?

We have top notch coaching now, we have top notch management and ownership. We’re about to have a state-of-the-art arena, which feels really strange to type – but it’s true. Why can’t we have a well playing team under these new and awesome coaches, that INCLUDES a proper power play? Arthur Staple of The Athletic joins me on The Isles Faithful Podcast this week to find out, or at least discuss some of the possible reasons why the power is out.

We also go into some defensive talk, praising Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, we speak about the offensive powerhouse of Scott Mayfield under Barry Trotz and the solid play of Thomas Hickey as well. We touch on some of the offensive strengths and weaknesses, discuss what moves Lou Lamoriello can make or not make to bolster the teams needs and go into some possible moves that’ll finally see Josh Ho-Sang called up from the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

We literally touched on a ton of great topics that’ll be sure to wet your whistle in a variety of areas.

Have a listen and let us know what you think!

Be sure to follow Arthur on Twitter if you’re not already doing so – he’s one of the best in Isles Twitter for sure. Head on over to The Athletic as well as they’re running some great deals for you to subscrive and enjoy a bunch of great writers covering every sport there is – including all of the major area sports teams!

Episode 15: Talking With Nick Hirshon, Author of We Want Fish Sticks

We are back with another episode, Episode 15 – and this time we sat down for a chat with the Author of the soon-to-be-released book “We Want Fishsticks”, Nick Hirshon.

Before I get into the book talk, I offer a rundown of all the games over the Thanksgiving break and some hard hitting analysis as always. I got pretty amped up this week, as the Islanders powerplay is fair to middling – to say the least.

Nick isn’t just an author, he’s a college professor who wrote his college thesis on – the Islanders, but he’s also obviously a huge New York Islanders fan. I reached out to Nick after seeing some promo work on his book via Twitter and we got to talking. Obviously, I invited him here and thankfully he obliged.

Like all my guests, we talked about current and past Islanders related topics, the vintage Fisherman jersey we have all come to know and love (well, some of us anyway) and even about arenas and ownership. It was a conversation I thoroughly enjoyed and as it turned out, I learned quite a bit about a few things. Did you know that the fisherman on the crest is modeled after one of the Baymen out here in East Hampton? I didn’t know that. In fact, Nick and I talked about all that after recording, in an unfortunate twist of fate – because I am related to one of the oldest fishing families on the east end.

Nick did a lot of the research for his book, and the fishermen – right here in my local library. He will be out here again in January for a book signing and we have plans to meet up in person. I’m looking forward to it.

Another quick coincidence – the Islanders, today actually, posted that the fisherman jersey is available for purchase and customization RIGHT NOW via their online store. It’s something I will be jumping on as well.

Nick’s book “We Want Fish Sticks – The Bizarre And Infamous Rebranding of The New York Islanders” is available tomorrow, December 1st everywhere books are sold – Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @NickHirshon for all the latest! Here’s a list of signings as well, if you want to meet the author and get a book signed:

Book Talk & Signing — Saturday, December 8, at 3 p.m.
Queens Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks, Queens
Details: https://bit.ly/2K7o1le

Book Signing — Saturday, December 29, at 6:30 p.m.*
Offside Tavern, 137 W. 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, Manhattan
*Signing will continue throughout televised coverage of the Islanders’ away game against John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs

Book Signing — Thursday, January 10, at 4 p.m.*
Gerry Cosby & Co., 11 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue) between 31st and 32nd Streets, Manhattan
*Signing will precede the Islanders-Rangers game at nearby Madison Square Garden, just one block away.

Book Talk & Signing — Saturday, January 26, at 1 p.m.
East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton, Long Island
Details: https://bit.ly/2DmbyJb

Also, I spoke about my experience with the coffee sent over by Wayne from Kings Coast Coffee – it’s amazing! Go buy some and use the code ISLES for 10% off your entire order. Great for the Holiday season!

That’s not the only DISCOUNT CODE we have for you either, head on over to my buddy Devin’s (@YesMenOutfitter) site Yes Men Outfitters for some sweet Isles swag and use the code FAITHFUL10 for 10% off your order as well. He’s got a lot of great new designs he’s pumping out – be sure to fill someone stocking, or even your own just like me!