June 23, 2010

We're back! Summer Notes

It’s been a while, but we have decided to bring this back now that we have all of the radio show/podcast things working and running smoothly. We didn’t neglect the blog, we were just trying to find the right time to incorporate it back into our plan and now that we have some down time after our first few months in our new studio with our own (working!) equipment, it has saved us a lot more time. We’re hoping this time around will be much better and easier. I know I’ve personally written for a college newspaper for a year, which can also go a long way in making this blog much more bearable for you guys.

Sean and I recently made a podcast that can be found here. In our latest recording we cover two hours worth of Islanders related news and rumors such as the Doug Weight re-signing, Garth Snow’s comments from his recent NHL Live appearance and address some of the rumors surrounding an Islanders partnership with Queens. We also discussed the Stanley Cup Finals, as well as rumors on some big name players who might be on the move and draft related news. It’s worth a listen (figures we’d say that). Be sure to download both parts as we had to split the show up.

Here’s what else we got in the works for you:

Next up: Obviously, the next big thing that we are planning to cover is the draft. We do plan on making a draft recap show as we have always done once everything is done this weekend. We’re planning to do a recording early next week. We’ll have more on that when we get closer to that time. Tomorrow, you can expect a little preview that I plan on writing with my predictions for the weekend (hint – Sean was surprised at how strongly I felt that Brett Connolly would be drafted 3rd overall by Florida, and yesterday’s trade of Nathan Horton to Boston helps my case, not that I’m getting my head in the clouds or anything, despite what Sean would say).

Free Agency Special: As we have done the last few years, we’ll also be doing our free agency special. This year, however, will be even better. We’ve extended the show by one hour as it will now run from 12PM-4PM to hopefully cover a good part of the rush of rumors and signings. For those of you who are able to, we really hope that you’ll be able to join us as we have a great group of guests for you to enjoy. So far, we have:

Chris Botta, of Islanders Point Blank and senior NHL writer for FanHouse
Kevin Allen, NHL writer for USA Today
Curtis Zupke, Anaheim Ducks beat writer for the Orange County Register
Michael Boone, writer for Habs Inside/Out for the Montreal Gazette
Dennis Vaske, former New York Islanders defenseman, 1990-1998
Andy Strickland, hockey analyst on 1380 ESPN in St. Louis and blogger for Hockey Buzz

Pretty good list, and we’re excited about speaking with all of them. We’ll be able to cover a couple of different angles here, such as free agency from a player’s perspective after a lengthy stay with one team, as well as professional views and rumors from around the league.

Notice that we’ve changed some of the links on the sidebar since you have last seen us. We’ll continue to do so over the next couple of weeks as we find sites that fans would be interested in.

Finally, if you wish to provide some input on anything, feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or send an e-mail to nyifyi@gmail.com (note that we did away with the separate e-mail addresses for each of us). We check that e-mail address frequently, so do not hesitate to send us anything. Also, for those of you with Facebook, please make sure you become a fan of ours, and for those of you on Twitter, follow us here.

That’s all for now, but remember to come back tomorrow as I will post my draft preview!


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