With 2012 behind us, it's time to take a look at what's ahead for the Islanders in the upcoming year. We've got seven burning questions that need to be, or are likely to be, addressed in the coming 12 months. First up though is one question about the NHL:


#7 - Will there be a 2012-13 season?The deadline for a new CBA has now been set at a little under two weeks from now on January 11th. Finally, mercifully, we'll have either a resolution one way or another.

The way it seems, with both sides inching ever closer to one another, we'll have a deal by then. Neither side is dumb enough to lose a season at this point (right? right?) and there's too much money out there to be made from a partial season for them to continue to sit on their hands. Whether the league caves or the players do is a tough question to answer -- my hunch is some sort but I think both sides know that not having a season is much worse than having a partial season, although a large amount of damage has already been done.

I think there will be hockey by the end of January. Whether or not fans come back is a whole other story.

#6 - What will the Isles do with Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky?Let's assume that we have a season that starts sometime in January; what happens to the Isles biggest pending unrestricted free agents in captain Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky? Will the team attempt to sign them or trade them?

For Visnovsky, I think it's a pretty simple answer that, if the Islanders are out of contention, they'll try and move him for whatever they can at the trade deadline. Judging by the fact that he filed a grievance over his trade to the Islanders, I think it's safe to say he's not thrilled about being here. Maybe he doesn't hate it but, you know, the grievance wasn't a great sign. Going by that logic, he'd be an awfully tough free agent to retain. If the team doesn't feel they need him on the ice, get what you can for him and move on.

With Streit, things get a bit more complicated. He's the team's captain until further notice, and I've always said it's tough to deal your captain especially when you're a team like the Islanders where the national media will take any excuse to jump on you. Streit and the Islanders have been a good fit and while it's clear that the captain has lost a couple of steps in recent years, he's still a good defender who can contribute at the NHL level on a team that has had a less than stellar blue line in recent years (or would you like Mike Mottau re-signed?).

For the Islanders, Streit is an interesting case. There are a lot of young blue liners in Bridgeport and elsewhere in the system that could be here in a year or two. A two-year deal for Streit could make a lot of sense to at the very least bridge the gap between Streit and some of those kids. Or, if the team feels those kids are banging on the door right here and now, they could move Streit during the season with the hope of having a Matt Donovan or Aaron Ness fill in the gaps. For my money, I'll take the 34-year old Streit on a new two-year deal but it's definitely a complex situation.

#5 - Will Jack Capuano be the team's coach in 2014?When the going got tough in 2011-12, the heat on coach Jack Capuano got turned up. Not only that, but when hockey returns he'll again be sharing the bench with the rumored coach in waiting in Doug Weight and Bridgeport stand-out Brent Thompson. Capuano doesn't have his predecessor's assistants on the bench with him anymore, but he also didn't get to pick his current assistants. It's an odd spot to be in and one worth watching in the new year.

#4 - Will the Islanders buyout Rick DiPietro?One of the topics on everyone's mind when it comes to the new CBA is the possibility of it containing an amnesty clause, which would allow teams to buy-out one player on their roster. Of course, due to his contract, the first name on Isles' roster that comes to mind is Rick DiPietro. But would the team actually do it?

It makes sense. DiPietro has played 47 games in the last four seasons and gets injured quite often. His cap space, if available, could be used to fund other players on the roster or grab some free agents. His contract is also immense and the Islanders could save a little bit of money paying him off now (it's assumed that these buyouts would payout less than the actual value of the contract).

But I'm not so sure it's that simple. Under the currently expired CBA, the Islanders have quite a bit of cap room and aren't desperate to get rid of his contract (maybe a new cap would be different). And if we're talking simply about the amount of dollars the team spends, well, you'll still be paying DiPietro to not play for the team. It would be a lump sum and a reduced rate of what is actually left on his contract, but this is a team that is supposedly losing $10 million per year playing at the Coliseum. Could they afford, or would they want to spend money on, a buyout on top of normal operation losses?

Furthermore, if the Islanders take DiPietro off the cap, they may still need to go sign someone else to reach the cap floor (or not, depending on how everything shakes out). Then things could end up sort of like the Brian Rolston situation, where Rolston's $5 million hit was necessary to help the team reach the cap floor. What's to keep the Islanders from holding onto DiPietro's $4.5 million hit to reach the cap floor then, once the team is breaking even or in the black at the Barclays Center and they don't need him to float the cap floor anymore, buying DiPietro out? Oh, and there's the whole allegedly solid relationship DiPietro has with Charles Wang. So that's a wildcard.

This one's really complicated and probably a bit easier to figure out once we know if there's an amnesty clause and, if there is one, what it looks like.

#3 - Are the Islanders going to start spending more money?So, now that the Islanders have a deal to move into the Barclays for 25 years, will they start spending like a team that is going to have more cash coming in? I don't think it will happen immediately, but think it will be a gradual push towards spending more money. The Islanders are still looking at about the same amount of money coming in until they actually get to Barclays. One thing they may want to do is spend a bit more now so that in 2015 when the team moves to Brooklyn, the team is a contender and capable of putting as many fans in as many seats as possible.

This is sort of what the Nets did leading up to their move to Brooklyn where the last couple years in New Jersey were bare-bones teams so they could make big free agent splashes right before coming to Brooklyn. The Nets created quite a buzz by signing Deron Williams and attempting to trade for Dwight Howard this past summer. I don't think the Islanders should pare down to any kind of 'bare bones' team -- they sort of are already not having made the playoffs since 2007 -- but they need to make sure that all of these prospects they've drafted recently are ready to step up and play big roles in the coming years. And yeah, signing some big free agent(s) right before the move isn't a bad idea either.

#2 - Will the Islanders make the playoffs?In a shortened season, it's going to be a crap-shoot for most teams to get into the playoffs. The NHL has had a lot of parity lately and with a shortened season, it allows for luck to play a bigger factor and gives the best and worst teams less of a chance to separate from the pack. The Islanders will certainly have a good chance to make the playoffs in a shortened season.

If we assume this season is cancelled and the team doesn't take the ice until October, it gets a bit more complicated. The team could very easily lose the services of Visnovsky, Streit and Evgeni Nabokov to free agency, creating a few gaps that will have to be filled by younger players. The key to the Islanders in this scenario and the coming years is going to hinge on how effective players like Ryan Strome, Nino Niederreiter, Aaron Ness, Matt Donovan, Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, David Ullstrom, Casey Cizikas, and many more are at the NHL level. If many of these draft picks turn into solid NHL players, the Islanders should have no problem competing for playoff spots year in and year out.

#1 - Are the Islanders going to buyout their lease at the Nassau Coliseum?Well, we left the most nebulous question of all for last. The Islanders should be making more money in Brooklyn at the Barclays than they are now at the Coliseum. There's no doubt about that. Whether or not the team thinks that sum is enough to off set the cost of paying off Nassau County to skip town early is a whole other question.

And yet another question is whether or not the lease can even be bought out. The cash strapped Nassau County might be interested in the proposition, but could it even be done? The Islanders' lease at the Coliseum is said to be "iron-clad" and requires that every Islander home game be played at Nassau Coliseum through 2015, part of John Pickett's 1985 re-negotiation of the lease.

Tags: Arena News, Islanders, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, mark streit, new year, News, Editorial Aside, questions, Rick DiPietro

Islanders interim coach Doug Weight watches Saturday's game against the Kings. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders interim coach Doug Weight watches Saturday's game against the Kings. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals, the second to break a tie in the third period as the Islanders rebounded to beat the Kings 4-2 Saturday at the Barclays Center.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look to make it three straight wins when they take on the Kings at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Kings lost to the Sharks, 3-2, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, as they wrapped up a seven-game homestand, going 3-4-0. L.A. now hits the road for nine of their next 10 games, with the lone home game on February 1 against Colorado.
  • The Islanders beat the Stars, 3-0, in Brooklyn on Thursday, picking up a win in Doug Weight's debut as the team's head coach. It was also their second consecutive shutout, the first time they've posted back-to-back shutouts since November 8 and 11, 2014.
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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Goaltender J-F Berube will start for the Islanders on Saturday against the Kings, while defenseman Johnny Boychuk and forwards Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck will sit. 

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are back for an emergency podcast after the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday. The guys talk about what led to the change, and their thoughts on Doug Weight taking over behind the bench. Later, Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet calls in to discuss the Capuano firing, Garth Snow and John Tavares' future with the organization, and the new owners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings are in pivotal portions of their schedule.

The Islanders are in the midst of playing six straight at home while the Kings are starting a five-game road trip.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

As if life being a fan of or covering the New York Islanders could ever be simple. Some adapt to change expertly, with the fluidity of water flowing out of a faucet. Others simply resist it, choosing instead to be the unmovable object - the rock, if you will, that if left in one spot too long, falls behind, growing moss while everything around it moves forward.

I have found that the simplest path is simply being adaptable. Adaptable to a changing environment, a changing world, family structure, work status or financial status. The more adaptable you are, the less prone you are to the stresses of change itself.

It's only been one game, a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars, but the Islanders resolve will be tested more this weekend as they play their second and third games under new interim head coach Doug Weight. With the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers invading Barclays Center, another test in a challenging 2016-17 season awaits the team. How adaptable will they truly be?

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Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.


 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

It didn't take long for the puns to start via social media regarding Doug Weight and his head coaching debut for the New York Islanders as they prepared to take on the Stars in Brooklyn on Thursday night. 

Admittedly, I joined in leading up to faceoff and at select times throughout the game. After all, why should you have all the fun?

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(Bruce Fedyck)

Five things we learned from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on the Point Blank Podcast…

  • The Isles are looking to hire a President of Hockey Ops.
  • John Tavares definitely wants to stay in New York.
  • Garth Snow tried to make a big trade early in the season, but couldn't get it done.
  • Elliotte thinks Capuano will land another NHL head coaching job.
  • Elliotte thinks the Isles are "sleeping giants" with Ledecky and Malkin at the helm.

Click below to listen to the Podcast!

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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas Greiss recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Islanders won their first game under interim coach Doug Weight with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Thursday at the Barclays Center. 

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(Bruce Fedyck)

In the team's first game since the firing of Jack Capuano, the Islanders (17-17-8) will take on the Dallas Stars (19-19-8) in Brooklyn on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • The Stars scored a season-high seven goals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the Rangers 7-6, and snapping their two-game losing streak. The last time Dallas won a road game in which it allowed six or more markers was December 3, 1995 at Colorado (also won 7-6).
  • New York beat Boston, 4-0, in a matinee at TD Garden on Monday, finishing up its three-game road trip with a mark of 2-1-0 while scoring four or more goals in each tilt. The Isles have potted 4+ goals eight times in their last 11 contests -- tied for second most of any NHL club since December 20.
  • Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Stars and Isles in 2016-17. Including a 6-5 win at Barclays Center last season, New York is 3-0-0 in its last three home games against Dallas, scoring six or more goals in each victory.
  • Patrick Sharp scored twice Tuesday night, potting as many goals in that game as he did in his first 19 skates of the season. Including a marker and three helpers during his current three-game point streak against New York, Sharp has 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last nine games vs. the Islanders overall.
  • Nikolay Kulemin lit the lamp twice on Monday, recording his first multi-goal game of the season, and earning first-star accolades for the performance. Kulemin has six markers and three assists in 10 career skates against the Stars.
  • New York has not scored with the man-advantage in a season-high five straight games. Opponents have clicked on 44.8 percent (13/29) of their power-play play opportunities in the Stars' last nine contests (since December 31).

© 2017 by STATS.

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders hope Thursday night represents not just the start of a six-game homestand, but also the start of a new era.

The Islanders will play their first game under interim head coach Doug Weight on Thursday night, when they host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center. New York won its final game under Jack Capuano on Monday, when it blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0, while Dallas is coming off a wild 7-6 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Capuano was fired Tuesday, and while the timing of the dismissal might have been a bit of a surprise following one of the Islanders' most thorough wins of the season, the dropping of the ax has felt inevitable for months as New York (17-17-8) fell to the bottom of the Eastern Conference in frustrating fashion.

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(Brad Penner)

Brian Compton and Mike Carver will be hosting a Facebook Live edition of the Islanders Point Blank Podcast on Monday, Jan. 23 at 12:15 p.m.

Submit your questions in the comments section below and head here to like SNY on Facebook!

 

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(Winslow Townson)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Thursday night when the Islanders face the Stars, interim head coach Doug Weight said.

Johnny Boychuk is day-to-day due to an upper body injury and will be replaced by Scott Mayfield.

The rest of the lineup will be unchanged from Monday.

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Chaos can create opportunity, and that's exactly what a few New York Islanders players are hoping for in the wake of Jack Capuano's firing. 

Doug Weight's reign behind the bench started with his first practice on Wednesday, as he preached passion, identity and, wisely, less time spent in the Islanders' own zone. That all sounds great, but better than that, his new role stands to offer a reset of sorts for some players who had struggled in the waning days of the Capuano era.

Who could take this fresh start and run with it? Here are some candidates.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Brian Erni
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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Worcester Railers, who will begin play in the ECHL for the 2017-18 season, appear to have a tentative agreement in place to be the Islanders' ECHL affiliate, Bill Ballou of the Telegram & Gazette reports.

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(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight ran his first practice Wednesday, and he said he hopes that with accountability and some changes, the team can get back into the playoff picture. 

Weight took over Tuesday as the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano, who had been the team's head coach since Nov. 2010. Weight, who played for the Islanders for two-plus seasons at the end of his career, has been an assistant with the club for little more than five years. 

With the first half of the season all but over, Weight said there's plenty of urgency to get the ship turned around. 

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John Tavares, Doug Weight and Travis Hamonic discuss the firing of Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

Interim head coach Doug Weight, John Tavares, and Travis Hamonic react to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano...

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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Jack Capuano is out, and Doug Weight is in for the interim. But who will be the next permanent man behind the bench in Brooklyn? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

Alright, Andy. After 483 regular season games and three trips to the playoffs, the Jack Capuano era is over. It begs the question: Who will be the next permanent head coach of the New York Islanders? Is it safe to assume that it won't be Doug Weight.

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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andrew Ladd (upper) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower) are both day-to-day, while Travis Hamonic (knee) is week-to-week, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight told reporters on Wednesday.

Ladd missed Monday's game against the Bruins, but could be available for tomorrow's game against the Stars. Clutterbuck also missed Monday's game with what is being described as a minor injury.

Hamonic injured his knee on Jan. 7 against the Coyotes in a knee-on-knee collision, and was placed on IR last Thursday.

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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

And then there was one.

With the dismissal of Jack Capuano on Tuesday, the spotlight has officially shifted to the team's general manager. And while the seat under Garth Snow may have seemed hot before, the temperature is bound to be cranked up a few notches now that he has survived the third coaching change of his tenure.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Jason Chimera, Kyle Okposo, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

My SNY colleague, Brian Erni, and I once breached this topic in our Wednesday 'Shooting from Point Blank range' column about wanting your team to lose in a lost season. Wanting them to lose to get a better draft pick. Wanting them to lose to force a coaching change. For whatever reason, I had said then and still believe now that to be a crazy overreaction and even though one is obviously entitled to have it, I will never agree with it nor understand it. Well, same can be said of a player on such a team with a diverse and divided fanbase.

Of course, we're talking about none other than Josh Bailey, who has been the whipping boy of Islanders social media for almost as long as he has been a member of this organization, stretching way back to 2008-09, when Josh was a first round draft selection, 9th overall, and rushed into the NHL at 19 years of age for a team desperate for….well, anything.

Bailey has been the victim of severe over-expectations of what he brings to the rink from the fanbase and a victim of sub-par development after being thrust into the spotlight way too soon by the organization. But that hasn't deterred the Islanders winger from going out and just continuing to play his game, silencing what's being screamed from the stands or being 'written' on Twitter. 

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(Ed Mulholland)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

The Islanders, coming off a 4-0 win over the Bruins, fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday.

While the timing seems strange, it's a move that had been widely discussed in hockey circles and clamored for by an upset and disappointed fanbase, compounded by the team's 17-17-8 record after 42 games.

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(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano, the team announced Tuesday.

Doug Weight will serve as interim head coach.

"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," GM Garth Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Capuano, who was named interim head coach on Nov. 15, 2010 and had the interim tag removed on April 12, 2011, had a record of 227-191-64 with the Isles.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are a little more optimistic this week after a dominant performance in Boston. The guys discuss the impressive play of goaltender Thomas Greiss and captain John Tavares, and react to Larry Brooks' article on a trade proposal between Colorado and the Isles. Later, Islanders Point Blank senior columnist Andy Graziano calls in to talk about Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey...

*This podcast was recorded prior to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano*

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(Bob DeChiara)

Nikolay Kulemin is apparently a big fan of Martin Luther King day games.

The veteran winger notched a two-goal game in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was the second two-goal game of Kulemin's Islanders career. The other came on MLK Day in 2015.

Kulemin also shined in the possession game, with a team-high Individual 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage of 69 percent, and a +6 Corsi rating. (h/t on these tidbits to Eric Hornick).

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Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Ah, the adventure that is Joshua Ho-Sang continues in Bridgeport. After his much publicized incident in Islanders training camp when he overslept, leading to an unscheduled training session on the steps of Nassau Coliseum and a ticket home, it seemed Ho-Sang had gotten his act together and came in this year with renewed vigor and a willingness to prove his detractors wrong.

It doesn't appear to be working, as all Ho-Sang has done is give those who spoke out against his character more ammunition. A season that has seen him shoot too little (37 in 30 games) and defend with the enthusiasm of a Star Trek fan having to watch all the Star Wars films, his latest episode deals with that pesky detail of showing up on time for a game.

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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

With the Islanders struggling to get out of the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings, Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the Islanders and GM Garth Snow should look toward acquiring Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene to play alongside John Tavares.

Part of this trade, Brooks writes, should include defenseman Nick Leddy. Leddy fits the criteria of a top-four defenseman that Colorado is seeking and does not have a large cap hit that would slow down trade talks.

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Carolina scored three unanswered goals to close out the second period and three more in the third in a 7-4 win over the Islanders Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.  

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(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders visit Carolina Saturday a night after scoring five goals in a win at Florida.

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders laid an egg on Wednesday in Brooklyn, losing to the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in a totally uninspired effort. Last night, they took the rematch in Sunrise, 5-2, led by John Tavares' hat trick. 

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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Friday night was their best game of the season, a reprieve in a campaign that has been full of let downs.

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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders captain John Tavares pushed his career point total over 500 with his sixth career hat trick in New York's win over the Panthers on Friday night. 

Coming into the game with 498 career points, Tavares tallied one goal in the first period and two in the third to finish the day at 501 points, good for 10th on the Islanders' all-time list. 

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(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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 (Brad Penner - USA Today)
(Brad Penner - USA Today)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Friday night against the Panthers, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Anthony Beauvillier will be in for Shane Prince and the Islanders will also roll out two new lines.

Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome will skate on one of the new lines, with Alan Quine, Beauvillier, and Jason Chimera on the other.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders have placed D Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Jan. 7) due to a lower-body injury.

Scott Mayfield has been recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Hamonic's place on the roster.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that Hamonic was expected to miss "a couple of games."

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 (Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Images)
(Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Jiggs McDonald, former lead play-by-play man for the Islanders, called Wednesday night's game against the Panthers on MSG Plus and was honored by the team in a pregame ceremony for his 50 years of NHL broadcasts.  

McDonald started with the Islanders in 1980 and was the team's primary TV voice for 15 seasons. 

On Wednesday before the start of the first period, McDonald was honored a bronze microphone, a customized jersey and he dropped the ceremonial first puck. 

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 5:47 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jared McCann
  • 10:47 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

Second Period 

  • 1:09 FLA Jason Demers; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen

Recap: NEW YORK (AP) Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Florida Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.


Next Game: The Islanders finish off a home-and-home series with the Panthers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center. 

Tags: Florida Panthers

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers beat the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on Monday night, winning their season-high third straight road game by a combined score of 9-2. Monday night's shutout was Florida's first in the last 77 games (dating to January 23 last season).
  • New York lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, garnering a point in its third straight tilt, and for the sixth time in the last seven games overall (4-1-2 record). The Islanders have eight overtime/shootout losses in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in hockey.
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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (72) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Islanders 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV: 

The Islanders are guilty of a crime. The charge: The misuse of Anthony Beauvillier.

Once again, Beauvillier will sit and watch from afar, as Jack Capuano announced he'd be sticking with the same lineup for Wednesday's game against the Panthers. Beauvillier has not played a game since the calendar turned to 2017, and has appeared in 26 of the team's 38 games (68 percent).

What is this organization thinking? That's the line that keeps racing through my head, along with others that are littered with words that SNY probably wouldn't take too kindly to be dropping in this space. What is the point of carrying the 19-year-old for an entire season, burning a year of his entry-level contract in the process, to have him watch from the press box

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Travis Hamonic will miss "a couple of games" due to his lower-body injury, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Greiss will be in net when the Isles face the Panthers.

Hamonic played in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but he missed Monday's practice with a

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are at a loss for words (not really) after two more losses -- this time to the league's two worst teams. The guys talk about John Tavares' All-Star Game selection and the team's plan for the trade deadline. Later, former Islander goaltender Jamie McLennan calls in to explain why JT won't end up in Toronto and what Garth Snow did wrong last offseason.

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New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas after scoring during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders believe a turnaround to their season has to "start now" as they sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.

Speaking to News 12 Long Island on Monday, via Newsday, the Islanders believe there is a lot of hockey to be played, however as they rank 28th in the league, it is likely too late. That said, the players' expected "never-say-die" attitude is admirable.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Travis Hamonic is day-to-day due to a lower-body injury and will likely not play Wednesday night, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Tuesday.

Adam Pelech, who was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Jan. 5, "is going to get a chance," according to Capuano.

Pelech had been activated off injured reserve and loaned to Bridgeport late last month.

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 (Russell LaBounty)
(Russell LaBounty)

Islanders forward John Tavares will represent New York at the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 at the Staples Center.

Tavares, 26, leads the Islanders with 27 points, while his 11 goals and 16 assists rank second on the team.

Tavares will make his fourth All-Star game appearance, having been selected to the game in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Josh Bailey
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