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IslesBeat Guide for the Thinking Fan: How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration in trades & free agency

IslesBeat Guide for the Thinking Fan: How player metrics and salary determine offseason consideration in trades & free agency B.D. Gallof 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 ... Read More »

IslesBeat’s Good Reads – Monday Morning Edition

The excellent Stu Hackel with a piece for the Hockey News on the NY Islanders unique deal with Barclays. In this is why, as I have said for months, that the business end/Barclays has NO say in the Hockey Operations nor will it have any effect or pressure on the team. Isles get guaranteed revenue.   THN has an excellent & ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Summer Observation – Something to Consider

Washington Capitals lose Green, Ward and Fehr. They sign Justin Williams and trade for Oshie. Now they might need to let Johansson walk as they face a likely big arbitration number for their goalie. This is because the Capitals face salary cap issues. They might trade for Bozak, who is a lot less of a player than Johannson.   Yet ... Read More »

Cantiague Park Deal Could Become A Political Quagmire

Newsday editorial today questions Ed Mangano & Charles Wang’s deal at Cantiague Park. Gist? Could violate New York State rules. Basically, Newsday cites New York State has strict rules on dedicated parkland used for private purposes. Newsday questions that this deal could be violation of those rules. The more each item becomes another complaint and hodge podge political issue, the ... Read More »

IslesBeat’s Good Reads – Blue and White Edition

The St. Louis Blues Tarasenko deal might just be another nail in the 5-6 million dollar fan fantasy contract for Kyle Okposo (who will also see a new contract in the 7 million per year range). However, Puck Daddy has a good piece on why Tarasenko’s contract is a bargain.  Why aren’t NHL stars scoring as much? Parity. Take a ... Read More »

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