Last weekend before the NHL Draft, I spoke with Chris Botta at a Sports Management Worldwide conference about the Islanders' upcoming move to Brooklyn. While cities like Seattle were potential destinations for the Isles, they decided to re-locate to the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in an attempt to keep their fans from Long Island.
Botta, a former PR executive and blogger for the Islanders, told me just how many fans he thinks will make the trip to Brooklyn from out on the Island, as well as how crucial John Tavares is to this transformation. How long will it be until #91 wins a Hart Trophy?
After only 12 goals, in the prior 3 games, Game 4’s 11-goal overtime thriller may have launched this Stanley Cup Finals into history. In what NBC Sports Network’s Ross Thaler called an “unpredictable” series on Saturday, he chimed in on One on One, to talk the rejuvenation of the ‘Hawks offense, a potential bounce back of Tuukka Rask, and much more.
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Another hockey season has reached its climax. Through two games, everyone can agree that these finals have everything the league needed. Two remarkably balanced teams have slugged through three rounds to reach the top of the mountain, and they are going punch for punch in a heavyweight fight worthy of an Original Six matchup.
And to think, we were hours away from no season at all.
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Jesse Spector (@JesseSpector), hockey writer for Sporting News, stopped by One on One today to discuss Saturday night’s Game 2 matchup between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. The conversation ranged from discussing Game 1, analyzing both teams’ strengths, and determining who might come away with victory in tonight’s game and in the series.
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Mike "Doc" Emrick voice of the NHL on NBC and proud WFUV member joined Nolan Silbernagel and Matt Sinise to give his take on the NHL Conference finals. He breaks down diffrent aspects of the matchups between LA and Chicago as well as the keys to the Boston- Pittsburgh series. Doc explains why he expects both finals to be drawn out battles and disscusses which teams he thinks will prevail.
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Another year without a Stanley Cup for the Rangers is in the books. This season the Garden faithful had their sky high expectations dashed by a team that never seemed to find its groove. Should that underachievement result in a change in leadership?
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