Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) in front of Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (51) and New York Islanders right wing Colin McDonald (13) during the second period of an NHL game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/3/2013

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Yesterday the nation celebrated the unofficial end of summer as Labor Day came and went with more clouds than sun but not nearly enough to dampen the spirits of tons of thousands of people who held what could be their last barbecues of the season.

For hockey fans however, they had reason to celebrate things much more important than burgers, hot dogs and <gulp> beer……HOCKEY.

This month marks the start of the 2013-14 season with training camps opening around the league and exhibition play beginning in earnest.

Rumors began swirling late last night about the New York Islanders plans for camp when News 12 commented that it is set to begin next Thursday, September 12 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and not Iceworks in Syosset. The story continued, saying it would be only that day in Brooklyn, followed by a return to Long Island for the duration.

I can report that this media outlet has not received any official word from the club and neither have any of our sources. When the team is prepared to make the news official, you will hear it directly or indirectly from us here at Eyes On Isles.

With that out of the way, let’s lace up our skates and take a spin on the newly laid down ice surface and see what transpired in the league September 2….

  • Corey Crawford has signed a 6 year, 36mm dollar extension with the Chicago Blachawks.
  • Dynamo Moscow’s Andrey Safranov said last week that he would look into bringing Alex Ovechkin to Russia.
  • According to the Denver Post, the recent trade speculation surrounding Paul Stastny is false.
  • Washington Coach Adam Oates is likely to deploy new center Mikhail Grabovski in a more offensive and dynamic role than he was used during his final season in Toronto.
-Andy (@tazman19)


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  • Wow that is some statement Michael and not that it has hit the Eyes pages,we are going to hold you to it! haha (Ps – I would also, in a heartbeat)
  • Looks like section 329 are in rare pre-season form as they prepare for the home opener on October 5 against the Blue Jackets.
  • Willhoft explains that only the rich are not feeling the effect of the NHLs marketing. What is funny is people will pay and that generally drives the bottom line cost to the consumer. The demand will far outweigh the supply. More than likely, I will be warm and cozy on my couch.
  • Don’t forget, if you are in the area, to come and meet Colin McDonald on Wednesday at the Coliseum team store. If you do, I am sure he will speak to Cal and Mr.Clutterbuck will be very, very upset.

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  • LIslanders

    Hey Isles fans – Check out this farcical nonsense being espoused by some of Boston’s finest D-bags:


    • Andy Graziano

      Thanks for the link LI – I had seen this earlier but dismissed it as comical drivel really. For one thing, it’s very poorly written, something we pride ourselves on here at Eyes On Isles. Secondly, there is no basis for his claims and they really don’t make any logical sense. Blaming Wang for media streaming? Calling Isles a ‘goon’ organization? Ummmm….ok

      Now in the possibility this is a parody or post in jest, for which he did not preface, then I accept it at face value.

      If it truly was meant to be serious, then I don’t know what to offer the author except for some links to Mike Willhoft’s many excellently written pieces here on our very pages so he could learn to write more professionally.

      • LIslanders

        Yes, I believe that it is meant to be funny since it shows “Funny stuff” (in grey) right above the heading, but funny to whom? Boston fans? Apparently at the expense of the Islanders and their fans.
        As Islander fans we have had more than our fair share of being made fun of, and quite frankly, that does not somehow make it appropriate for it to be thought of as OK to continue that way “just because they want to” or can.

        With respect to the topic of goons, it is remarkable that someone from Boston would choose to throw stones at a team, even in jest, that always prides it self on hard work, grit & determination (and not bullying), while yet be cognizant that Boston has had their own contributions to hockey in the goon department.
        Selective amnesia I guess.

        Many times people make comments and say they are kidding, but yet at the same time know full well that they ALSO do so WHILE getting their point across. But it’s somehow supposed to be viewed as “OK” all because they are allegedly “joking”. I’m sorry but I’m not buying into the supposed premise of “just being funny” on the topic of goons when they choose to disregard their own goonery.

        How’s this – For (some) Boston fans to choose to “poke fun” at the Islanders in such a ridiculous manner, only shows how oblivious and obnoxious they are to the truth, and in that regard are only becoming more like some Ranger, Pittsburgh or Flyer fans. All they need to add to that is arrogance and brashness and the stereotype will be complete. But don’t take me seriously because I’m just kidding after all.