Jan 21, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing David Ullstrom (41) shoots and scores on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39) during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 8/13/2013

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With the news cycle continuing to be agonizingly slow, I feel it’s worth a comment on the strange situation that presented itself over the weekend in Pittsburgh.

To make things ultra clear and make sure there is absolutely no confusion, I am not a fan of Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby. While to acknowledge his supreme talent as arguably one of the best players in the world is common sense, that is where my respect for him starts and ends.

The drama unfolded when Crosby was shuffled to the front of the line at a local DMV to renew his drivers license and the patrons there who had to wait, some up to two hours, for service complained that his star status should not have been taken into account for special treatment.

So think of it this way if you will. What would a Long Island DMV look like if John Tavares just walked in and decided to stand on line. It would be pandemonium. I would call my friend, who would call his friend, who would then call his grandmother and so on and so on. You would turn a two hour visit into a four hour one and that is even if you are lucky enough to find the exit door.

Not to mention what the athlete would have to go through. I am not necessarily saying that what happened was right and that athletes should get preferential treatment wherever they go, but in this instance, I cannot find any fault in how both parties decided to alleviate any escalation in a government office.

Stay tuned today as we bring you game two of the ‘what-if’ series between the 1980 Islanders and the 1994 Rangers and Eric Bordin makes his return with a look at the 1974 team that turned the corner.

-Andy (@tazman19)

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  • I think that is something we all agree on Andrea. With the slow and steady rebuild taking shape last season, it only heightens expectations heading into 2013-14. That can either be a good thing or a very bad thing if not managed properly. :)
  •  Blaz echoes what we have been whining about for weeks now. There is just no news to report on so creativity has to take center stage at this point. That is how the Clutterbuck chronicles and What-If were born.
  • The Coliseum should be rocking on Saturday, October 5 when our boys in blue and orange take the ice to continue their acsention through the NHL.
  •  In time Mike W…there really is no rush at this point with nothing else going on. It would not surprise me at all if the ‘C’ were already stitched and all that remains is the official announcement.


Keep it tuned right here at Eyes On Isles as we continue to grind it out like 4th liners waiting for training camp to begin in September. In addition to what is coming up today, volume two of the well received Clutterbuck chronicles comes your way tomorrow and we could potentially have some very exciting news at the end of next week. As always, thanks for reading. 


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  • FitzWilly

    Hey Andy could not agree more
    i have a quick story to prove your point about JT
    My brother who is an avid hockey player, came acroos that situation with JT
    while playing in one of his summer leagues, he walks into the dressing room and low and behold, there is JT
    no one knew was coming, and no one even knew he was in this small northern ontario town
    He apparently has relatives up here, and one of them plays hockey with my brother
    I was soooooooooooo jealous
    I can only imagine what would have happened if the press would have got a hold of that info
    All my my brother could say about JT was WOW
    legs like tree-trunks lol
    he said it’s an experience he will never forget
    I tild him if it happens again, he better at least call me :)

    • Andy Graziano

      Haha – thanks Fitz. Always appreciate your comments.People can be annoyed all they want but given the situation that ‘could’ have unfolded, it really was a nothing story that everyone made a big deal out of.

      • FitzWilly

        would you wanna hang with Sidney for 2 hours in a line up lol
        one of us would prolly be leaving in an ambulance after i started calling him Sindy Crosby lol

        • Andy Graziano

          Well done my man….well done indeed! haha :p