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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!

 

 

The Isles Faithful: Pilot Episode TIF0001

Show Notes:

Good evening. today is July 28th 2018 and welcome to the pilot episode of The Isles faithful Podcast!

I am your host, Michael Schuerlein – and you may know me best from my Twitter @islesblogger and my blog, www.islesblogger.com.

For those of you that may not know me, I have been blogging about the NHL and the New York Islanders since 2007. I was one of the founding members of the Islanders Blog Box and have experienced a fair share amount of stuff over the years.

I got into writing because of my love for automobiles believe it or not. I was a active member of a Ford Truck Enthusiast site, became a moderator and eventually a webmaster because I knew web design. The got purchased by a magazine, and I started writing because they asked me to cover the SEMA Show in Las Vegas my first year attending. What started as a 1000 word blurb, turned into the main feature of the magazine that month, and the rest was history. I wrote quite a bit for the magazine over the years before it ended sometime in 2009.

Fast forward a bit, I got involved with an automotive TV show that was a spin off of the magazine – which started as a Youtube Channel by my fiend Chris Duke. That little show is now shown across various media platforms across the world, has a large following across social media and is a real driving force behind why I still write. I was the social media manager for the show for two years too, before my wife and I had our daughter and had to take a step back.

Back to the Islanders and my blog – I have written for my own site, I was the featured columnist for The Bleacher Report for some time, I have collaborated with Lighthouse Hockey, Pucks on Broadway, Hockeybuzz, ESPN, Yahoo and even NHL.com. I’ve been on Islanders TV, Newsday, News 12 – and a variety of other places across the web. It’s been a fun ride.

I have always felt the drive to do MORE and The Isles Faithful is just that. My attempt to bring something completely different. When “he who shall not be named” penned his letter and spoke about the fans as The Isles Faithful – I knew I had a name.

I plan on brining you my hot takes (ha I’m only kidding…) I plan on bringing you my unique perspective – sprinkled in with opinion and stories from across the web in a way only I can provide. I’ll even have some special guests like I have over on my blog – which may or may not include current mainstream media, bloggers and past and present players. I know that’s a big reach – but I have big plans for this podcast.

I am aiming to stick around the 30 minute mark to start, but that is always subject to change.

This is The Isles Faithful Podcast, I’m Michael Schuerlein – thanks for listening!

Podcast Intro: Give a Listen

Hello Isles fans!

Been playing around with Garage Band and wanted to give a sneak peak at what the intro for the podcast sounds like so far. I posted recently that I paid a voice actor to lend voice to the intro to keep things professional sounding – I think it sounds good at this point. I have a few more ideas, but this is a starting point and obviously things could continue to evolve as we move along. I did submit a request to change my name pronunciation – as it was my fault I didn’t choose wisely phonetically….

I do have an awesome Isles chant/YES YES YES that @gwenisles sent me yesterday, but I’m not sure if it needs it or not. You be the judge, I have listened to about 20 different Podcast intros over the last week.

Give a listen below, let me know what you think!

 

I will most likely be recording episode one tonight, keep an eye out on Twitter, Instagram an our Facebook Page!