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Newsworthy: The Islanders-Sabres (Questionable) Trade

28 Oct
2012-13 Score - Matt Moulson

2012-13 Score – Matt Moulson

2012-13 Score - Thomas Vanek

2012-13 Score – Thomas Vanek

So, today, the New York Islanders made a very questionable trade.  They traded a soon-to-be 30-year-old scoring winger who wears number 26 who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year to the Buffalo Sabres for a soon-to-be 30-year-old scoring winger who wears number 26 who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

The scoring winger that they traded has 118 goals in 304 games since the start of the 2009-10 season.  The one that they are getting back has 110 goals in 280 games since the start of the 2009-10 season.

The main difference in the trade is that the New York Islanders also traded a first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015 along with Matt Moulson to acquire Thomas Vanek.  Vanek wasn’t going to stay in Buffalo, but I’d argue that there’s no way he’s going to stay on Long Island, either.  Or Brooklyn, in the non-hockey arena they’re going to be playing in soon.

To me, there is no way this trade makes sense for the Islanders.  In honour of this, I’d like to remind you that the New York Islanders have had some of the worst uniforms in NHL history.  See Miroslav Satan and Lubomir Visnovsky looking just absolutely ridiculous in the images below.  Yes, I’ve talked about this before.  I like picking on them.  They look stupid.  I’m not sorry.


2007-08 Upper Deck Artifacts - Miroslav Satan

2007-08 Upper Deck Artifacts – Miroslav Satan

2013-14 Score - Lubomir Visnovsky

2013-14 Score – Lubomir Visnovsky


Manly, Magical Mustaches – Bryan Trottier

6 Jan
1990-91 Pro Set - Bryan Trottier

1990-91 Pro Set – Bryan Trottier

So, the NHL lockout appears to be over.  I can’t begin to compose all my thoughts about that, so I am going to focus them instead on honouring one of the great players of the NHL’s past, from a time before The Lockout Era started.

Lots of people remember Bryan Trottier for his six 100-point seasons, his Art Ross Trophy win in 1979, his six Stanley Cups as a player, or for his assault on Brian Bellows with Kevin Stevens.

What he isn’t often remembered for is his mustache.  Trottier’s mustache was a staple of the New York Islanders’ success, and then it helped push Pittsburgh over the top in 1991 and 1992 as well.  You’ll notice the Islanders have been terrible since Trottier’s mustache left, and Pittsburgh almost lost their team when he left there.  These things are more than just a coincidence.  They are part of a Mustache Legacy.

Haircuts I Wish I Could Pull Off – The Ken Baumgartner

28 Jan

1991-92 O-Pee-Chee - Ken Baumgartner

This haircut is absolutely everything that hockey hair should be.  Short but still a bit of party in the front, trimmed cleanly on the sides, and flow in the back that is a perfect match for absolutely any helmet, particularly the Classic Jofa that Baumgartner sported during his career.  Call it a mullet, call it whatever you like, it belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Fantastic Fashions – Rick DiPietro’s Mask

25 Jan

2011-12 O-Pee-Chee - Rick DiPietro

Last night, the Leafs beat the Islanders for the second time in as many games.  So, I feel entitled to throw some more barbs at them, knock them down another peg or two.  Now, some might say that’s like throwing rocks at someone from a glass house, as I do in fact cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but I’m going to do it anyway.  I mean, come on, the Islanders have become such a laughingstock as an organization.  The way they look is just the tip of the iceberg.

This really is more about the New York Islanders than it is about Rick DiPietro.  It’s not Rick DiPietro’s fault that someone offered him financial security for the next fifteen years (15 years!) when he was already injury prone.  It’s not Rick DiPietro’s fault that the team around him is so awful.  It’s also not really even his fault that the building they play in might fall down.

What is Rick DiPietro’s fault is that during the 2010-11 season, he wore the debacle of a mask you see above in National Hockey League games.  The mask, belonging to Chris Osgood, made sense for old goalies like Osgood or Ken Wregget in 1987, but looked downright silly in 2011.  InGoal Magazine questions this decision perfectly in an article from last March.

Having to wear this mask – not sure I mentioned it, but the Islanders play in the NHL, not Sunday beer league in a small town – might have been some kind of payback.  Perhaps it was karma for being such a cocky youth that veteran teammates informed reporters that two seats were required for “Ricky” DiPietro, one for him, and one for his ego.

In closing, I have some news for you from every season since his 15 year contract was signed back in 2006: Rick DiPietro is currently out with an injury.  Shocking.

Fantastic Fashions – The New York Islanders… On Cardboard

7 Dec

I know I’ve picked on the aesthetics of the New York Islanders before, but I’ve been thinking about it, and I’m going to do it again – this time, with cardboard visual evidence.  I would say this will be the last time, but I refuse to make promises that I know I can’t keep.

In the beginning, they were blue, and they were orange.  They looked good, they had great players, they won Stanley Cups, and people cared.  They could even pull off some pretty bad helmet styles and get away with it.

1984-85 O-Pee-Chee - Pat LaFontaine

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee - Bryan Trottier

In 1995, it all fell apart for the Islanders.  They decided that Captain Highliner and teal were the future, so they changed their look.  It was not good.  It didn’t really even make sense.

1997-98 Donruss - Zigmund Palffy

1997-98 Donruss - Todd Bertuzzi

Everyone said they looked stupid, so they put the original logo back on.

1998-99 UD Choice - Trevor Linden

1998-99 UD Choice - Zdeno Chara

But everyone still said they looked stupid.

So, they went back to the original, only dark blue.  They promised no more goofy logos.  Things were good again – the terrible team and crumbling arena notwithstanding.

1999-00 Upper Deck - Olli Jokinen

1998-99 UD Gold Reserve - Mike Watt

Then, they decided that they needed to throw orange vomit at their fans, and that Alexei Yashin needed something flashier to wear – he was, after all, about to be paid by the organization for a full generation.

2007-08 UD Victory - Alexei Yashin

Everyone said they looked stupid.

When the NHL went to the Reebok Edge design, they decided that instead of fixing the orange problem, they should make it worse, so they went to this disaster of a colour-by-number children’s drawing.  They even made Doug Weight look like a dick, which is by all accounts, a difficult feat.

2008-09 Upper Deck - Doug Weight

2009-10 O-Pee-Chee - Trevor Smith

Everyone said they looked stupid.

When they were allowed to bring back a third jersey, they brought back the original blue uniform.  People liked it, it looked good, so they scrapped the colour-by-number and went back to the original blues and whites full time.  And they looked good.  They looked classic, they didn’t look embarrassing.  And there were rumours they might actually have a future with some kid named Tavares.

2011-12 Score - John Tavares

2011-12 O-Pee-Chee - Trent Hunter

And then they introduced us to this.

And, once again, everyone says they look stupid.

SIDE NOTE: Make sure you check out the Islanders section at www.nhluniforms.com for a season-by-season account of the Islanders looking terrible.

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