FROM THE GM'S DESK, by Mike Milbury

Tuesday, 09.6.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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FROM THE GM\'S DESK, by Mike Milbury
Time to Drop the Puck

Bags are being packed amidst tons of new equipment. Equipment managers are working non-stop. The office staff is in a frenzy coordinating visas and travel arrangements for 50 or so players. Coliseum workers are busy painting and polishing hallways and locker rooms. All of that is being done in anticipation of -- at long last -- a hockey season. Hockey's back and it's about time.

Enough about a new CBA. Please go away, union/management talk.  Who cares about deadlines and legal threats? Give us a damn hockey game:  Passionate players skating ferociously into opponents. Big glove saves by athletic goaltenders. A blocked shot, a goal with 2 seconds to go in regulation for the win. YES!!

We're back as of this weekend with the start of rookie camp at Islanders Iceworks and then off to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia for a full week of training camp before we return for our first preseason game against the Rangers at the Coliseum on Sept. 20.

As usual, all 30 teams are pretty sure this is the year.  And for one amongst us, it will be true. For now, we're all allowed to dream, to anticipate that Stanley Cup parade. I missed it. I missed the stress. I missed the big wins and the tough losses.  And yes, I missed the players.

We're back in business and may we never have to go through a work stoppage again. We have made lots of changes in our office and playing personnel. We hope all of them will prove successful.

Come back and see us do our stuff. Check out Petteri, Robert and the rest of our top prospects at our open practice sessions at Islanders Iceworks this weekend.  See if you can make the time for our game at the Coliseum on Sept. 20.

We'd love to see you.  We missed you most of all.  Without the fans of Long Island, we can't make it happen.  You've waited long enough.  We will do anything we can to entertain you. Questions?  Give me a call.  See you soon.

Welcome Back!!!

Mike
September 6, 2005

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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