To kickoff our year-end posts here at Point Blank, I've compiled a list of the biggest stories on the Island this year. It was quite a year with the move to Brooklyn being announced, the lockout and much more. There's more to come in the next couple of days, but for now here's a quick look at everything that happened.
8 Kevin Poulin had a long shutout streak10 Mike Babcock got pissy about a timeout13 Rick DiPietro got hurt23 There was that whole thing about John Tavares not being a Top 25 player. Howie Rose voiced his concern.
28 John Tavares Played in the ASG, and Carey Price Tebowed on Him31 The Islanders decided to play a pre-season game in Brooklyn
FEBRUARY7 Frans Nielsen re-signed17 MSG and Time Warner finally came to an agreement so we could all watch the gate being left open
27 The Islanders traded Brian Rolston, after he went through waivers
MARCH15 Bruce Ratner showed up on an Isles telecast21 The Islanders re-signed Evgeni Nabokov24 The Coliseum had asbestos31 Mathematically eliminated from the playoffs
1 Jack Capuano decided he'd rather have 5 defenders on the ice10 The Frickin' Oilers won the draft lottery again16 The Islanders canned two assistant coaches23 Matt Moulson was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy
28 Kirill Kabanov won the Memorial Cup31 ABC7 thought the Islanders were in the Finals
JUNE22 Lubomir Visnovksy was traded to LI, then we thought he might not come. Griffin Reinhart was taken with the fourth pick.
25 The Islanders might have offered all of their draft picks to Columbus
27 Brent Thompson was named assistant coach
JULY1 The Islanders nabbed UFAs Matt Carkner, Brad Boyes, and Eric Boulton. PA Parenteau signed in Colorado.
18 Bridgeport hired Scott Pellerin23 Visnovsky filed a grievance about his trade to the Isles
1 Rick DiPietro was activated off IR and we found out ESPN would be doing a John Spano documentary3 Four developers lined up for Mangano's RFQ
7 Corey Trivino plead guilty9 We talked to Don Monti18 It was the summer of Visnovsky. In August, he crashed a Ferrari.
SEPTEMBER12 The Visnovsky trade was upheld16 Matt Martin signed up for four yearsLOCKOUT
28 JT91 and Mark Streit headed to Switzerland
OCTOBER1 Pat LaFontaine buying the Islanders, or something
2 The pre-season Barclays game didn't happen4 Michael Grabner headed home10 Rick DiPietro went to Germany22 Calvin de Haan got hurt again24 HELLO, BROOKLYN26 Kirill Kabanov's wrist got cut by a skate28 Some kids got crazy at the Coliseum
NOVEMBER 1 Hurricane Sandy12 A look at the Barclays18 Josh Bailey headed to Germany, Rick DiPietro didn't play19 Don Monti won the RFQ23 Matt Martin played for charity
DECEMBER17 ESPN wanted your help22 The Sound Tigers paid tribute to Sandy Hook28 John Tavares got bit