Islanders Top Shelf : 8/9/2014

Posted on Aug 9 2014 - 7:55am by Andy Graziano


The New York Islanders have had many a legend play for their hockey club during their hey day of the early 1980s, when they went on to win 4 straight Stanley Cup championships and make 5 consecutive trips to the final.

Of those who donned the orange and blue, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Billy Smith and Bob Nystrom have had their numbers lifted to the rafters, retiring them from use on the current squad.

There is also an Islanders hall of fame, represented by players such as Pat Flatley, Bob Bourne, Ed Westfall, Ken Morrow and legendary coach Al Arbour in addition to the names above.

So where is John Tonelli in all of this? Conspicuously absent is where.

That is not good enough for long time passionate Islanders fan Thomas Henderson, who wrote an excellently worded article on the Islanders former star and is starting a petition to get the number 27 to join the ranks high above the Coliseum ice and in the future, Barclays Center.

In August, we usually struggle to find relevant links and information to keep fans interested as we await the beginning of training camp, still six weeks away.

But this was truly an outstanding find. Give it a read and sign the petition. The voice in professional sports of the fan sometimes can be louder than you think.



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Andy Graziano

Andy Graziano

Founder / Editor-in-chief at Islanders Insight
Andy lives in central New Jersey with his wife of 24 years and 2 children. He is a credentialed member of the New York Islanders media and founder of Islanders Insight. He played and coached the great game of hockey for over 35 years and has written for The Hockey Writers as well as Fansided.
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  • wannabe D&C podcast intern

    great read. since ive got a case of the august boredom, i wanted to ask a question slightly relevant to one of the previous discussions i was apart of, relating to our defensive prospects. out of who we have now, which do you think we will end up keeping and who do you think will be traded? obviously we all know that we are bursting at the seams with defenseman, and not all of the will make the cut, so who do you think will be shipped off the island? i already know who i wanna keep and have established my opinion, so i wanted to hear some of your input. the only thing im scared of is if we trade loic leduc and he becomes Zdeno Chara all over again.

    • Andy Graziano

      In my opinion, I still think the Isles are looking to add, believe it or not. Chicago has to move someone and sources I talked to have said Stan Bowman might opt to move Nick Leddy instead of Johnny Oduya. Leddy has tremendous playoff experience for someone so young and is a good puck mover. As far as who gets shipped away, I can see Matt Donovan possibly being used for trade bait (as much as that pains me) and possibly even Scott Mayfield. There are not many untouchables in my mind on the roster.