Stan Fischler

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Isles Have What It Takes To Knock Off Penguins

The New York Islanders know all about the “difficult” and the “impossible.” While constructing a 103-point regular season record, they surpassed weekly challenges throughout the 82-game marathon. Cynics waited for them to fold; but they never did. [MSG Networks To Air Extensive Coverage of Isles First Round Series] As coach Barry Trotz often said, “We […]

Fischler: Trotz Is Like The Winston Churchill of Hockey

Isles Get Their Trotz

With Lou Lamoriello already in the fold and Barry Trotz the latest to sign a contract, the Islanders have completed two-thirds of their personnel hat-trick. Completion, of course, will depend on whether the new Lou-Barry duet can persuade John Tavares to remain with the club as captain. That decision will likely come soon; around the July […]

Best Rangers Rookie Seasons

No team was more devastated by World War II armed forces enlistments than the New York Rangers. After finishing first in 1941-42, the Blueshirts missed the postseason for five straight years. Ever worse, many of the pre-war stars had lost their speed and were mere shades of their former selves. As a result, the Rangers […]