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The NY Islanders Are Staring Into The Abyss – What Is Staring Back?

“We just aren’t getting any puck luck right now.”– Jack Capuano after a 4-1 loss versus the Flyers.   The lack of progress of Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, and Brock Nelson might be the swan song of this season if the Islanders are not careful. Last summer, the Isles brass made two important decisions. One paid off handsomely: Signing Greiss as their backup goaltender. Their other decision might wash all that success away: they felt that the next step for their kids would be enough of a difference on offense. Now as we all careen through March, the Islanders are slumping, looking for offense. Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, and just lately, Anders Lee, are nowhere to be found. In theory and NHL practice, it is proper to assume that 2 or 1 of the 3 would step-up and improve this year whi...
IslesBeat Examines The Kyle Okposo Situation And Why He Is Difficult To Trade
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IslesBeat Examines The Kyle Okposo Situation And Why He Is Difficult To Trade

We wrote before about the deep thinking the NY Islanders have to do on Kyle Okposo this season. Let us now go one step further and list out the difficulties to this situation and why this will likely remain something pending for the rest of the season. If you have been following my tweets this past summer, then nobody should be surprised that Anders Lee and John Tavares are being used together. Anders Lee is a rising young player. We have seen both Josh Bailey and also Ryan Strome with them thus far. My money is still on Josh Bailey as the left wing. However, they are certainly looking at different options.  Meanwhile, Kyle Okposo has been paired with Fran Nielsen thus far in preseason. They are players in their contract year who have a mounting incentive for output a...
IslesBeat Guide for the Thinking Fan: How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration for the Isles defense
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IslesBeat Guide for the Thinking Fan: How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration for the Isles defense

Part 2: The Islanders Defensemen In part 1 we used War-on-Ice metrics to capture a summary/overall view of forwards total contribution to their team in their Goals Against Replacement (GAR). If you missed that piece, click here.  GAR uses key quantitative metrics including, face-offs, penalties drawn/taken, shot metrics in variable game situations to calculate how many goals a player’s efforts would contribute to a team versus a replacement level player. In that, we can apply that every 6 GAR should equal 1 win. Then we need to look at salary as it relates to GAR. GAR and wins really relate to salary differential and give you insight to how many teams evaluate players in trades and also free agents. So let’s look at the top GAR for Defenseman based on la...
IslesBeat Guide for the Thinking Fan: How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration in trades & free agency
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IslesBeat Guide for the Thinking Fan: How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration in trades & free agency

Part 1: The Islanders Forwards The baseball sabermetric folks created Wins Above Replacement (WAR) so they could get a summary/overall view of a player’s total contributions to their team. But how does that equate to hockey? War-on-Ice has done amazing work in trying to capture a summary/overall view for hockey players in their Goals Against Replacement, or GAR, metric. War-on-Ice’s metric is one of the best around for really capturing what teams use as metrics to evaluate players. GAR uses key quantitative metrics including, face-offs, penalties drawn/taken, shot metrics in variable game situations to calculate how many goals a player’s efforts would contribute to a team versus a replacement level player. In that, we can apply that eve...
The Kyle Okposo Conundrum
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The Kyle Okposo Conundrum

Ryan Kesler, a very good but not elite player, just got a 6-year extension from the Ducks that averages 6.875 million per year. Kesler hasn’t scored over 70 points since the 2010-2011 season. Maybe they are apples to oranges, but the writing is on the wall that the Isles have a lot of thinking on tap because KO might be looking north of 7 million per year. There is a big decision coming up for the Islanders in regard to Kyle Okposo…. who was well on his way to over 70pts last season before being injured. This decision for the Islanders is really a series of questions that will await an answer as it goes around and around…. THE KYLE OKPOSO CONUNDRUM 1. Is Kyle Okposo worth 7+mil for 6-7 yrs in terms of absolute value and in terms of the Islanders impending salary/cap situati...
Fear and Loathing in Long Island
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Fear and Loathing in Long Island

April 2007 / Buffalo Sabres vs NY Islanders playoffs Beasts. Everywhere. It's a good thing I have my trusty guide with me. We step out of our vehicle and onto the dilapidated lot in Uniondale, Long Island. Nassau Coliseum stands like some archaic ruin, except the ancient Roman and Greek ruins are far better managed. My guide carries our hidden snacks and drinks in her deep-pocketed coat. The rain bleats down like the hammer of Colin Campbell on hockey infractions. Even the parking lot emanates some sort of undercurrent of menace. Something lies beneath the surface, under the shoddy gravel and potholes, but I'm not quite sure what it is. As we enter the hockey building, it is clear I've fallen within the digital ether and landed square into a jungle of beasts. The air at the entrance...