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Moulson and Tavares are New York’s dynamic duo

Aug 26, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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Last season the rest of the league and many fans got to know what Islanders fans have been getting used to the last few seasons.

The duo of John Tavares and Matt Moulson were one of the league’s top scoring duos last season and the company they kept is pretty lofty.

The pair of Islanders forwards combined for 91 points last season, including 43 goals. That point total put them in position with some of the best last season:

  1. Martin St. LouisSteven Stamkos — 117
  2. Sidney CrosbyChris Kunitz — 108
  3. Alex OvechkinMike Ribeiro — 105
  4. Patrick KaneJonathan Toews — 103
  5. Henrik ZetterbergPavel Datsyuk — 97
  6. Eric StaalAlexander Semin — 97
  7. Phil KesselNazem Kadri — 96
  8. Jakub VoracekClaude Giroux — 93
  9. Tavares-Moulson — 91
  10. Taylor HallSam Gagner — 88

That’s pretty lofty company with the likes of Crosby, Ovechkin, Kane, Toews, Datsyuk, and Giroux involved. After all, Tavares and Moulson aren’t household names quite yet, but maybe they ought to be.

Ever since joining the Islanders back in 2009-2010 as a free agent from Los Angeles, Moulson has scored 30 goals in every full season. His 15 goals last year put him on pace to do it again if not for the lockout. A multiple-time 30-goal scorer would have to be a superstar by now, right? Not so.

Tavares, meanwhile, has the No. 1 overall draft pick pedigree. The 2009 top choice has improved in each season and was a Hart Trophy finalist. At 22 years old, he’s poised to be the new captain of the team and will likely push for an Art Ross Trophy this season given his yearly improvements.

With these two leading the way, the Islanders’ future is indeed bright and with Moulson providing the veteran leadership as a 29-year-old, things are looking great for fans on the Island and in Brooklyn for years to come.

  1. multiplemiggs - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    DYNASTY

    • islesjb - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      dude… stop with that. I’m excited for this team as well but the Isles just made the playoffs for this first time since 07 and still haven’t won a playoff series in 2 decades. Let’s win a playoff series first before you start talking about another dynasty.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Besides, There is a team already at the top that from all indications will stay there for a few years.

  2. fansinceshea - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    They ARE household names on Long Island !!
    P.S. I also hate the dynasty word. The days of dynasties are gone.Let’s get real and hope for the best

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      House hold names in Ontario too. Toronto would love to have these two local guys on the Leafs. Islanders are looking good.

  3. jernster21 - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Kinda hard to believe that they didn’t want to keep Parenteau around if it only took 4m a year to do so. Oh well, their loss, the Avs’ gain. No mention of Moulson becoming a UFA after next season either – hard to believe they’re going to pony up the cash to pay him if they were low balling PA (I think I’ve read he was getting offered somewhere in the 3.5-3.6 a year range). Tavares’ cap hit is only 5.5 – a thirty goal scorer could easily get that elsewhere if he tests free agent waters with the potential of an increased salary cap.

    • Alex M. Silverman - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      There’s no way in hell the Isles let Moulson walk, Jernster. Yes, the Isles should’ve kept Parenteau around, but they thought he was a one-year wonder which, at the time, seemed like a distinct possibility. Moulson is now a consistent 30-goal scorer and, more importantly, the perfect linemate for Tavares. I know the Isles aren’t exactly throwing cash around, but they’ll pay up for Moulson.

    • bcisleman - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      PA is a bit overrated IMHO. NG on D or special teams and he’ll often stop skating. 4 mil was too much. PA certainly didn’t deserve to be paid more than Matt. Matt and JT are best buds. They feed off each other. He’ll be extended before the season ends.

  4. multiplemiggs - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    thats right thats why I am saying it bc we were the last american team with a dynasty. Dont tell me to stop anything this is the problem with u isles fans this is why rags fans walk all over us. Get off ur computer and go to a game for once.

    • islesjb - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      don’t see what going to games has to do with anything and I’m not getting into a pissing contest about how many games I go to. Again, don’t know where you’re coming from in terms of “rags fans walking all over” isles fans. Real Islander fans appreciate the dynasty for what it was; one of the greatest runs any team has ever gone in professional sports. They also understand that it was three decades ago and that there is no reason to start obnoxiously rubbing it other people’s faces just because the Isles made the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.

      You and your garbage are a complete misrepresentation of Islanders fans as a whole.

  5. RoseTintedVisor - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Jernster, PA got the boot because he’s not accountable for his defensive lapses, same with Boyes. A cadaver would produce with Tavares.
    Stop touting the AVs, who are a dumpster fire.

    If Snow wants a guy to stay? He stays. Tavares, Nielsen, Hamonic, Bailey, Okposo, Grabner all llocked up. Even Lubo and Nabby who didnt want to report? Stayed.

    • jernster21 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Pretty sure leaving as a UFA doesn’t qualify as “getting the boot” from a team that has ranked in the bottom 3 for attendance the last 8 years and play in a crap hole arena. So if you want to talk about the Avs being a dumpster fire, keep competing against the Phoenix Coyotes for attendance bottom dwellers.

      • RoseTintedVisor - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        We’ll be back in the playoffs again this year. You won’t be., again And we have a new arena next year. By all means, continue digging, you Avs homer.

    • Alex M. Silverman - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      I agree that if Snow wants a guy to stay, he’ll stay, but as an Isles fan I would’ve liked to see them keep Parenteau around.

    • bcisleman - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Corollary to that: Snow never overpays and he usually assesses correctly. See Blake, Jason.

  6. multiplemiggs - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Paranteau also got the boot bc Wang wasnt gonna pay him $4.5million a year too lol

  7. girouxed - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Those jerseys are sweet. Excited for these dudes!!

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