2012 Year In Review — Looking Back at Lockouts, Brooklyn and More

Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:

To kickoff our year-end posts here at Point Blank, I’ve compiled a list of the biggest stories on the Island this year. It was quite a year with the move to Brooklyn being announced, the lockout and much more. There’s more to come in the next couple of days, but for now here’s a quick look at everything that happened.

JANUARY
8 Kevin Poulin had a long shutout streak
10 Mike Babcock got pissy about a timeout
13 Rick DiPietro got hurt
23 There was that whole thing about John Tavares not being a Top 25 player. Howie Rose voiced his concern.
28 John Tavares Played in the ASG, and Carey Price Tebowed on Him
31 The Islanders decided to play a pre-season game in Brooklyn

FEBRUARY
7 Frans Nielsen re-signed
17 MSG and Time Warner finally came to an agreement so we could all watch the gate being left open
27 The Islanders traded Brian Rolston, after he went through waivers

MARCH
15 Bruce Ratner showed up on an Isles telecast
21 The Islanders re-signed Evgeni Nabokov
24 The Coliseum had asbestos
31 Mathematically eliminated from the playoffs

APRIL
1 Jack Capuano decided he’d rather have 5 defenders on the ice
10 The Frickin’ Oilers won the draft lottery again
16 The Islanders canned two assistant coaches
23 Matt Moulson was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy

MAY
28 Kirill Kabanov won the Memorial Cup
31 ABC7 thought the Islanders were in the Finals

JUNE
22 Lubomir Visnovksy was traded to LI, then we thought he might not come. Griffin Reinhart was taken with the fourth pick.
25 The Islanders might have offered all of their draft picks to Columbus
27 Brent Thompson was named assistant coach

JULY
1 The Islanders nabbed UFAs Matt Carkner, Brad Boyes, and Eric Boulton. PA Parenteau signed in Colorado.
18 Bridgeport hired Scott Pellerin
23 Visnovsky filed a grievance about his trade to the Isles

AUGUST
1 Rick DiPietro was activated off IR and we found out ESPN would be doing a John Spano documentary
3 Four developers lined up for Mangano’s RFQ
7 Corey Trivino plead guilty
9 We talked to Don Monti
18 It was the summer of Visnovsky. In August, he crashed a Ferrari.

SEPTEMBER
12 The Visnovsky trade was upheld
16 Matt Martin signed up for four years
LOCKOUT
28 JT91 and Mark Streit headed to Switzerland

OCTOBER
1 Pat LaFontaine buying the Islanders, or something
2 The pre-season Barclays game didn’t happen
4 Michael Grabner headed home
10 Rick DiPietro went to Germany
22 Calvin de Haan got hurt again
24 HELLO, BROOKLYN
26 Kirill Kabanov’s wrist got cut by a skate
28 Some kids got crazy at the Coliseum

NOVEMBER
1 Hurricane Sandy
12 A look at the Barclays
18 Josh Bailey headed to Germany, Rick DiPietro didn’t play
19 Don Monti won the RFQ
23 Matt Martin played for charity

DECEMBER
17 ESPN wanted your help
22 The Sound Tigers paid tribute to Sandy Hook
28 John Tavares got bit