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New York Islanders 2013-14 Season Preview

Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 08:09 AM EDT - by Chris Blanchard -

Chris Blanchard is a Boston, MA native and a student at Davidson College. He began writing about hockey as a Boston Bruins featured columnist for Bleacher Report in the fall of 2012. He has been covering the NHL for XN Sports since May of 2013.


- Including Rick DiPietro in the 2013-2014 Season Preview is a waste of space and you really stretched it by also including Luongo in the upcoming season Preview. It is similarly strange that the season preview finds a way to include 4 players who are not on the team but doesn't find a way to include one mention of Cal Clutterbuck. - The Islanders have two seasons left in the Nassau Coliseum. Their lease expires at the end of the 2014-2015 season. - When you say, "they certainly don't look experienced enough to hoist the Cup" - That is based on last year. We will see about this year.


Thanks for catching that error, I meant to write penultimate instead of last. I think that it is fitting that the DiPietro buyout came in the same offseason as Tavares's ascension to captain. It's important to the narrative of the franchise. Though I apologize for reminding you of the Millbury era. I loved the Clutterbuck trade when it happened, and I think he adds a lot of grit to this team. I did sincerely intend to include him here, but this is already the longest team preview I've written this season. Clutterbuck is a nice complementary player, but I doubt he'll make a major individual impact.



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