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Episode 25: Staying The Course

A good pilot always stays on course, so I guess one can also say that about a general manager.

I know there’s a lot of you out there who are likely going to disagree with a lot of what I have to say this episode, but please give me a chance – hear me out.

This week has been a tough week. I’ve just gotten over being sick and obviously with then “ups” and downs of the trade deadline, it was an exhausting day trying to piece it all together. But it’s still fun in a sense, especially because I can vent here on the Podcast and on Twitter (which is kind of my favorite, next to here).

The Isles were in on Matt Duchene. But opted to not persue. He and everyone else went to Columbus.

The Isles were in on Mark Stone. But nope, did not persue. He went out to Vegas and got an 8 year extension to go along with it,

It was an exciting day, elsewhere – with 32 players moving today before the 3pm trade deadline. But the theme here was NO MOVES for the New York Islanders. And I’m OK with that. Here’s some of my tweets today to back this up:

I go into this in pretty good detail in the episode. I understand both sides – the need to make a move here down the stretch and also standing pat like Lou Lamoriello decided to do.

He owed this to the 23 guys in the locker room, and that could be a huge confidence boost moving forward.

Let me know what you think either on twitter or in the comments. I’ll be updating this post tomorrow with some more thoughts.

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Episode 24: Jillian Fisher Talks Isles

I’m often horrible when it comes to learning about new trends and talented people. I guess it’s part ignorance and part of my life where my free time doesn’t involve being online 24/7 (Yeah, who am I kidding….). But have you heard about Jillian Fisher? Have you heard the Islanders are first in the Metro?

Allow me to explain! But here’s one of her videos first!

Jillian is an extremely popular video blogger on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. She’s got this amazing sense of humor and the ability to nail down the little nuances and tics of individual fanbases due in part to her background in Anthropology. She goes into this a little bit and it’s pretty interesting, I mean I never really knew that the field extended into personalities like it does. You’ll see as you listen.

Throughout the episode Jill and I bounce back and forth between what she does in her videos, her background and career and even how she goes about with all her costume changes and editing. Naturally, we also talk about the New York Islanders and how a large chunk of the fanbase hammered her for some of the things she said, the same way we got Sean McIndoe and some other folks who cover hockey.

We also talk about the little ways she nails the Islanders fan base as a whole and how she figured us all out. Jill and I also go down many different forked paths in this little adventure, and eventually talk all Isles with what Uncle Lou will do and how one of the little statements in her videos is so true that it’s what we all say daily. I’ll let you listen for yourself.

Please follow her on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. This was probably one of the most fun episodes to date with one of the absolute funniest people I’ve met in a long time – thanks again Jillian!

You never know, I could just wind up with a cameo in a future video! As long as the Islanders are first in the Metro, that is!

Episode 23: Talking Isles Art and Hockey With Sean Connors

Back to back Islanders wins over the weekend, coupled with back to back episode releases by The Isles Faithful Podcast. What could be better? Not much I’d say – I mean maybe first place in the Conference, but the Isles are in first place in the Metropolitan Division, just in case you weren’t aware.

Episode 22 we had our what’s becoming a regular guest in JPinVA come on to talk some hockey – check it out if you missed it. This episode, we have Sean Connors stop by and talk about his amazing HAND DRAWN Islanders artwork. Sean and I speak about the history behind his artwork, how the MSG commercial came to be and some of the work he’s done in the past with some great stories added in.

As per the norm around here, we go into his Islanders fandom and what he’d like to see happen down the stretch, during the fast approaching trade deadline and of course, free agency come July.

But that’s not all, we also talk about how the team is currently finding success and their amazing lead on the Penguins, Blue Jackets and building lead on Trotz’s former team – the Washington Capitals as well. Truly amazing stuff.

If you haven’t seen Sean’s work, head on over to his Instagram account where he doesn’t nearly have enough followers (the same can go for his Twitter account too) and show him some love. His works are also available for purchase and you can even request specific players – it doesn’t come without a cost however due to the work involved. I know I plan on buying one in the near future – it’ll look great in the “Podcast Studio”!

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Episode 22: Breaking It All Down

I have really dropped the ball this week, and for that I apologize. The nine day break aside, this last week I intended to record a few times, but I was exhausted – but enough of that.

The podcast is BACK folks, and it’s back in a big way. We recorded TODAY, we will be recording TOMORROW and again Tuesday and Wednesday next week. It’s going to be a test of my time magement skills for sure – but it’s exciting and worth it. You guys and your support are worth it as well!

Episode 22 features the great opinions by @JPinVA and we talk about everything that’s transpired over the last four games. (Hey did you know the Isles are in first place of the Metro?). JP and I also go into the power play, goaltending, defense – Hickey and Ladd close to returning and more.

We talk about Dal Colle, we talk about Barzal and some of the prospects down in Bridgeport. We also go into some talk about coaching again and how these Islanders are really doing all of the right things compared to last season and seasons before that. It’s really exciting, and it’s hard to control emotions.

I joked around on Twitter yesterday, even – how I am not really sure how to deal with all the positives around the team right now, it’s a pretty confusing sensation if we’re being honest.

I also had stumbled across this masterpiece yesterday as well – you should follow my advice and watch it!

I also have some HUGE podcast news!

Jillian Fisher who is an extremely popular and funny YouTuber is going to be on the show next week. You probably guessed that with the reference early in this episode. Check out her Twitter, Website and YouTube channel. Seriously do it right now.

I also have Twitter user SeanCon coming on – he’s the guy featured on the MSG Commercials drawing the awesome works on Islanders players. But, that’s not even all of it – I also have Mark Parrish coming back next week to talk about where the team is at this point. It’s an exciting time for sure.

JP and I also talk about the rapid approach of the trade deadline and what could happen with that and the eventual decisions with free agency as well. Give a listen and let me know what you think!

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Episode 19: Just One Shot With JPinVA

Hello and welcome Episode 19! This week I am joined by a co-host from Twitter @JPinVA – JP and I have gone back and forth with some spirited Islanders discussions over the last few months and it’s been some good talk. I wanted to have him on for several episodes now and we finally found a time that worked for both of us.

We discuss the winning streak the Islanders ended with a loss last week against Carolina, the struggle they had against St Louis and the Rangers, despite stealing wins in regulation and the play of the kids Ho-Sang, Toews and Dal Colle. We also go into some talk on what to do with Eberle, Lehner, Nelson and some other pending UFA’s and it Lou will do anything with trades down the stretch to the trade deadline. As the title suggests as well, we also reference the one shot/one goal from the game against the Rangers on Thursday and what it will take to play their best tomorrow against Tampa.

We also take some off your Twitter questions, speak in detail about what can help the power play, how Barry Trotz has transformed players like Barzal, Nelson and the defense in general into something we’ve not seen in ages. I also hint at an upcoming guest, and congratulate the Isles Meetup guys for the creation of their own website NYIMeetups.com – head on over there to check it out!

We will be back with Episode 20 either Monday or Tuesday! Stay tuned!

Episode 18: Barzal And Isles Going Streaking!

Happy New Year Isles Faithful! I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday break!

I know that I was extremely busy, I’ve been off since the Friday before Christmas, we did a lot of visiting and being visited by family. I also ate a ton of great food, maybe a little TOO much. I am certainly paying for that in the waist department -but back on that diet saddle we go.

For the first episode of 2019, I talk about the Islanders 8-1 stretch of games and discuss their five game winning streak. We catch up on how the kids are doing (Ho Sang, Dal Cole and Toews), the goaltending being off the charts (Lehner is 2.13 GAA and .929 SV%) and also the special teams starting to come around. Is there something or someone I am forgetting about? Oh yea, “The Kid Who Scores Hatty’s” – Mat Barzal.

Barzal is on a bit of a tear currently, with 8 goals 4 assists for 12 points in 9 games. During that span that, he is also a +5 and has amassed 34 shots, including 8 last night, 5 against Toronto and 7 back on 12/15 against Detroit, He’s really taken Barry Trotz’s criticism and critiquing to heart it seems. Am I still forgetting something? Oh that’s right – his natural hat trick against Tavares and the Maple Leafs. It was a sight to be seen, that 4-0 shutout masterpiece.

Devon Toews has looked like an absolute bright spot on the back end, including his overtime heroics last night against the Chicago Blackhawks! He picked a heck of a time to score his first NHL goal, it’s going to be one he’s not going to forget anytime soon. The Isles are 5-0 with him (and Baby Stape, Congrats Art!) in the lineup, the Isles are also 8-1 with Josh Ho Sang in the lineup as well – two young guys who have really done great things for the make up of this squad.

Also in this episode we take some of your Twitter questions again, discussing what – if anything Lou Lamoriello will do down the stretch with trades and contract offerings to his pending unrestricted and restricted free agents. Off topic, I also discuss my recent purchase of Bauer Supreme 2s ice hockey skates as I have been shopping around since my MLX skates broke last month, special thanks go out to Bauer here for steering me in the right direction!

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Thanks for listening and we will see you in Episode 19!

Episode 13: Throwing Shade on Nick Leddy

It’s been a bit since we’ve last spoken and a lot has transpired in that time. The Islanders would go on a five game win streak and catapult to the top of the Metro Division, but would eventually lose in a shootout to the Montreal Canadiens and last night in regulation to the Lightning. They have a respectable record of 6-2-2 over the last ten games and 8-5-2 so far this season, still in first place in the Metro division.

That’s not to say it’s been all roses during that time either, because there have been warts.

Those warts have names, too – and the biggest one is Nick Leddy. I really dislike throwing shade or too much negativity on one player, but in this case it’s pretty warranted. The defense has been pretty mediocre in terms of the Islanders – Boychuk, Leddy, Hickey, Pulock, Pelech – and by association Sbisa.

The standout, though – again, is Leddy. He’s become a turnover machine, hasn’t contributed much offensively and yet still remains on the Islanders top power play unit. You have to scratch your head there.

In this episode we go over all of the stats from our elite wingers in Josh Bailey and Anders Lee. We praise Brock Nelson (YES WE DO!) and talk about Barzal’s struggles. We go in depth about the Defense and even include a clip from an appearance on The Secondary Assist podcast with Shane Blackburn and Andy Graziano as well.

We also talk about some of @reagankingisles latest fancy stat work this episode as well, always an interesting topic.

Hope you enjoy it, let us know what you think.

Episode 12: Remembering Charles Wang

It’s been a tough week in Isles country, there’s not many ways to sugarcoat it.

It started last weekend with a tough loss to San Jose, the last of the West Coast trip. That game was a tough, physical grind that saw the real Sharks team that many thought they would be when the Islanders shut them out a week prior. It had everything, physicality, drama, fighting, ejections – the whole nine.

By the time the Islanders woke up on Sunday, they – along with everyone else learned that former Islanders owner Charles B. Wang had passed away after a battle with lung cancer, he was 74.

Somber notes from teams, officials and current and former players around the league began to trickle in, moments of silence would be had by all local teams – it was pretty special to see then impact this man had outside of the Islanders organization. By the time the Isles hosted the Panthers on Wednesday in Brooklyn, they had announced they would honor the former owners memory the rest of the season with a CBW patch on their jersey. MSG had a brilliant video montage on the Islanders telecast, the Islanders held a moment of silence prior to the game and coincidentally, I had a ticket to this game – so I got to see it first hand.

In Episode 12, we share stories of our run-ins with Charles Wang – a man that really loved his New York Islanders, fans and Long Island in general. We hear from fans on Twitter, on Reddit and from an old friend in Dee Karl (@7thwoman). It was great hearing all these stories that prove someone who’s affluent, could be an everyday Joe who wasn’t just defined by his bank account.

We offer our sincerest apologies to all of his wife, children, his extended family and friends during this difficult time. I was lucky enough to know Charles a little, and he was a true gentleman and a great owner – he will be missed.

We also talk about the two recent losses the Isles have suffered, what to expect this weekend and take a few Twitter questions regarding the roster.

See you in Episode 13.

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.