Summary: Islanders Anxiety is a podcast from SB Nation blog Lighthouse Hockey in which writers discuss their fears and worries about the New York Islanders. No matter how well or how poorly the Islanders are playing, we'll find something to fret about.
Mike and Dan record a ragged, punky podcast just at the start of a busy week in the offseason for the NHL and the Islanders. They talk about the reported expansion draft deal with the Vegas Golden Knights, what Sunday's protection list means and what impact the draft will have on the Islanders going forward. They also take a minute to talk about some pet peeves, Travis Hamonic's language skills and Mike's star-making cameo appearance on the upcoming ESPN 30-for-30 film about Mike & The Mad Dog. Then his Skype cuts out and we end. Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.
The NHL playoffs are set, and the Islanders are among the teams that won’t be participating. Mike and Dan kick around possible front office and coaching changes, much of which was rendered moot by this morning’s announcement that the Islanders would be retaining the services of Doug Weight for next season. Nevertheless, they also discuss Garth Snow’s future, the danger of being a “Do Something Guy” and why the Islanders should avoid former Kings GM Dean Lombardi like he’s carrying a deadly virus. Thanks again to IrishMarineMP for his very kind iTunes review and for their service. We all wish we could record more often but life usually intrudes. Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.
The Islanders have stumbled badly over the last few games and enter the final week of the season a handful of points out of the playoffs. With that in mind, Mike and Dan talk about the team's slim hopes and the devastating injury to captain John Tavares that could derail literally everything including the franchise's future. They also discuss the role of Islanders management moving forward, Mike critiques the "new" Nassau Coliseum and Dan tells his sad tale of meeting Tavares and completely freezing up in the great man's presence. Thanks again to Stonehand CO for the very kind iTunes review and sticking with the Islanders and NHL all these years. Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.
As the Islanders enter the final crucial stretch of their season, Mike and Dan discuss what energetic young forward Joshua Ho-Sang has brought to the team as well as their own evolution from their early season depression to the excitement of a run for the playoffs. They also debate whether or not the team will bite the bullet and recall goalie Jaroslav Halak from the AHL and how the three goalie rotation has affected (or maybe ruined) J-F Berube's career. Check out Mike's new podcast, "Long Distance Fanatics," in which he interviews an Islanders fan from the UK and asks, "why them?" (http://www.lighthousehockey.com/2017/3/14/14903220/new-york-islanders-long-distance-fanatics-jon-from-the-uk) Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.
Mike and Dan prepare for the NHL trade deadline by talking about all of the players they don't expect the Islanders acquire because of what they would cost. They also finally discuss the changes in the team under new coach Doug Weight, bemoan the lack of "caretaker coaches" in American sports and pay tribute to the late, great actor and director Bill Paxton. No reviews read today but thanks to those that have left us messages on Sound Cloud and elsewhere. Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.
Mike and Dan boil over as more Islanders arena drama obscures the good run the team is on under interim coach Doug Weight. They discuss the recent reports about Barclays Center's finances, the chances of the team relocating, the letter asking them to come to Hartford and the many, many, many distrustful, duplicitous political animals that helped to put the team in this situation and who now want to flip the script. REMEMBER: Whatever happens, read beyond the headlines. Thanks to Sound Cloud user(s) The B'town Groove Corps for the kind words. Glad we can bring the dysfunction and dirty politics of Nassau County right to your door, wherever it is. Special opening theme : "Our House (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) [Tribute to Madness]" by 8 Bit Universe, available at YouTube. Regular Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.
Moments after the Metropolitan Division's win at the 2017 NHL All Star Game, Mike and Dan talk about John Tavares’ place among the stars, the Islanders recent coaching change from Jack Capuano to Doug Weight and the under-the-radar brilliance of Thomas Greiss. They also discuss the many, many, many, many, many, many times that Tavares has reiterated his desire to remain an Islander and how no one seems to really listen to what he's saying. Please visit the Lighthouse Hockey Shirt Store to buy our specially designed shirts and donate to the Center for Dementia Research. Do it while the team is winning and you’re feeling the blue and orange blood in your veins. Theme Song: "Sports" by Josh Spacek, available at the FreeMusicArchive.org.