Hamonic Trade Request: Personal Family Matter

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/19/2015 04:12:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
Islanders website: Has quotes from Travis Hamonic & teammates regarding his trade request. 

“The root of all this is a personal family matter of mine that I hold dear to my heart,” Hamonic said. “It has nothing to do with the organization or how I’ve been treated here for six years of playing and another two or three since I was drafted. I’ve honestly been treated like gold from the start.”

NHL.com: Hamonic had nothing but praise for management, Capuano commented, as did his teammates.

NYIFC Comments: 
What more can be written? A personal family matter is just that, it's not our business.

At at some point Snow will accommodate his request, or Hamonic will have to go home

He reported to camp, played the games, but sooner or later Snow will have to act at a disadvantage same as when Chris Campoli requested a trade.

How it was leaked in Canada was a disgrace, but that's par for the course.
The team will have to carry on which is why you develop a prospect system.

Hopefully a future return will help the organization or the money saved will help retain one of their many UFA players.

Seems for the moment Hamonic will continue to play games for the New York Islanders.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/12/2015 12:52:00 AM | Be the first to comment!
If you are asking if I have been surprised by anything that's happened the answer would be everything has happened exactly as expected from the Islanders attendance, to media game branding them, and how poor a job Mr Yormark, and his staff has done from day one along with our fans reactions.

He's great at signing sponsors/advertisers/booking events, he's a nightmare in the fans relations marketing department, anyone who followed the NJ Nets knew, same with his brother in Florida with the Panthers. 

Filling seats for Islander games anywhere in early months is beyond anyone or their marketing, we all knew that since 1989, and many teams have same issues (including Rangers, Devils, Bruins, Sabres, Wings) for openers with many others. (announced numbers not withstanding)

And last I checked the LIRR also runs from Manhattan to Barclay's for those release figures.

11/12: LI Herald had most detailed informaton on Coliseum but did not include D league basketball team since announced. 

NYIFC Comments:  
Now we know why that mid-August ground breaking took until a week past the contractual agreement date. Ratner had more unloading to do, which includes his majority stake in the Coliseum.

Basically he's renovating for someone else with a small stake which allows the lease to continue.

Either Nassau let Ratner/Prokhorov hold off acquiring an AHL team, or they signed a team for 2017-18, and it will remain under wraps until late in the 2016-17 AHL season.

For now the NBA will not let Prokhorov carry any more debt so the full sale of the Nets/Barclay's is on hold before Ratner can unload his stakes.

Ultimately Prokhorov is buying everything to keep it or sell it all to another party, given the constant flux of articles on him selling expect a sale of everything (including his stake in Coliseum) sooner or later.

We have no clue if Wang wants any part of this or his soon to be majority owners, their absence screams no.

What's Wang going to do in Bridgeport tell the fans happy 15th, we're leaving in two years? Bill Finch is out as Bridgeport's mayor which does not change his operating agreement until 2021 to put a pro hockey team in that building.

Wang's job as a grown up (which he used to ask of people) will be to run Iceworks/Twin Rinks/WBA when he's out of the majority owner business.

11/11: NY Post Mr Yormark basically feels Nets have been in existence only three years, and this is a transition year with rich praise for Msg/Knicks brand which has had many past years of empty seats, and a laughingstock for well over a decade beyond one year.

NYIFC Comments: 
The Nets moved into Barclay's having made the equivalent of three Vanek trades for several 1st round picks, to about 2018-19  where those players had the ability of Weight-Guerin when they signed here.

Mr Yormark sounds like a man who knows he needs Dolan/NHL permission for the NYI to have a second NHL home four times in regular season or may need a job at Chase Garden with Botta/ Jim Cerney at some future point when Prokhorov sells everything to a third party.

It's not going to help his resume making an enemy of Dolan.
I asked a question the other day where it's impossible to know the answer because our media is so flat out awful. Most do not report the Rangers practice travel miles from Greenburg to Chase Garden is almost the exact same distance for a daily commute from Iceworks to Barclays.

But only the Islanders home games is an all-day road trip? Enough former players lived in NYC when they played for NYI, Brian Rolston commuted from NJ after Trent Hunter trade.
Espn Ranger die-hard, Linda Cohn did a nice video. The Islanders/players thanks for their generous time was her going into ESPN studio to introduce her work with another pathetic Mausoleum crack, and how the Islanders could have moved to Portland.

Thanks for nothing. 

Never heard Portland, did Scott Burnside feed her that one or is Katie (Strang) Allen taking her usual shots from afar before she starts selling everything Mike Illitch continues taking from taxpayers in Detroit as positive?
And of course Howie Rose feels our team name should now be Brooklyn Islanders, while he covers Queens Mets, and our cups were not considered NY by some. (he means Ranger fans like him in media)

Like I wrote, expected all of it. 

Seriously can't this part time misery machine just take the winter off, or wait at home for Rosen's job?

He does nothing for our franchise while Goring does all the running around with Hogan. Rosen runs downstairs to interview the coach, has Rose been in a locker room the last ten years besides saying morning skates should be outlawed?

Hasn't he socked away enough cash from Msg since 1996?  He's no Bob Murphy, who was the Mets version of Jiggs McDonald.

Rose gives our franchise nothing, his only honest moment was in Atlanta long ago.

No, did not forget my question......

Here's my question:
Who is paying the Islanders (2031) Devils (2024) television contracts now that Altice is buying Cablevision?

My math says those numbers come to about six hundred million dollars, the Sabres rights expire in 2016.

That's not spare change for a company given a reputation for penny pinching, and demanded Newsday/News12/AMNY in the deal.

Does Altice even want to show sports on their version of Cablevison who those hockey deals were reportedly signed with?
Dolan's editorial board is too busy still being bitter they lost the bid for the Coliseum in 2013, to where everything is vetted with the most negative spin down to seat removal while Dolan get's his tax exemption check yearly & every penny of what he sold to Steiner Sports for the seats.

NYC made deals with teams/Steiner where both got portions/offset demolition costs while Bloomberg handed Yankees/Mets their taxpayer stadiums. 

Never mind Dolan bid less to renovate the Coliseum, and wanted a tax exemption/real estate control of entire HUB Ratner did not want.

Anyone telling you if this was Dolan's renovation  we would see the same negative coverage in his newspaper for now is flat out lying to you or clueless .......No other way to write that.

In all the years of their Newday ownership since 2008, I have never seen so many editorials based on one subject which has been worse than the campaign to defeat the 2011 referendum so they could bid.

From the IDA funding (both sides said they needed) to even Wang's short-lived Cantiague agreement where Newsday did not report NYI had a team store opened there in 2012, it's been one omission after another.

Randi Marshall would be praising an Msg-Live groundbreaking on Coliseum even over Wang-Rechler Lighthouse and how great it would be for Long Island. She used to go hunt for political contributions Wang made, while ignoring Dolan because they owned Newsday.

Wang opening Twin Rinks sure did not get a lot of media.
And many of our clueless fans continue boycotting since 1989, or demanding a move back to a 13,000 seat arena without luxury boxes so 11,000 can show up where they demand a 70 million dollar payroll, and 20 dollar ticket prices. Did they graduate from the Kate Murray university of business?
On The Ice:
They beat a San Jose team that was awful, and allowed two very soft goals or it's another 2-1 loss.

Sorry, but that's how I see it. 

My reasons for wanting Capuano's dismissal in May because of how fragile this team is in crunch time has not changed, and what was missing since day one of preseason in terms of being a tough team to play against remains absent.

A year older for the young players (including Leddy, Hamonic) has not been a year better. 

And the powerplay again is struggling with the five on five showing no sign of improving. 

I saw a few low shot/goals against games and was slightly encouraged, but the constant line changes to this day are obviously temporary as again Bailey (now Nelson) bounce from wing to wing.

Strome's hardly lighting up Bridgeport is his early return.

You want Capuano gone? Brent Thompson is 11-4, he'll become interim coach if things fall apart while the new majority owners decide regardless of how many good contracts Garth Snow signed if winning is how he must be judged after ten years?

Yes Snow/McPhee were player/agent, he was also Washington's gm when Mr Ledecky was co-owner.

Will end on a positive note, sometimes it just finally clicks. Look what Ottawa did last season with a very mediocre roster.

Strome Sent To Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/06/2015 06:06:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
NYIFC Comments:
Not going to lie, the thought crossed my mind this week. I thought perhaps he would no longer be eligible, but seeing sixteen goal Bernier looking good and needing games....no problem with this decision.

Nassau Coliseum Ground Breaking 11/5/15 10:30am

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/04/2015 03:30:00 PM | Be the first to comment!

New York Notables/Sticks & Pucks

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/30/2015 07:18:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
The 2015-16 New York Islanders have played ten games, and frankly could have lost nine of them in regulation with Winnipeg their only effort that looked like 2014-15.

6-2-2 looks like an illusion.

So far, it's not the dominating puck possession/fast skating/hardest working team they were to play against last season on terrible Coliseum ice. This is the opposite, and it does not seem like a developing strategy where they are trying to play Ranger like 2-1 low maintenance chess games with a five man goalie unit once they get any lead holding teams to under 25 shots with few quality chances.

And the Islanders had five players back against Carolina on the tying goal. Bailey not having the passing lane to a cutting forward.

Opposing teams now bring the game at NYI, outshooting/sometimes outhitting them and they seem much slower/easier to shut down for long stretches of games.

I would love to wave the pom poms, and sure things can (perhaps should) improve, but even in beating Calgary it was a 1-0 game into the third period against a reeling team who played a goaltender that had weak goals go through him. (like Coliseum win against Dallas)

The goaltenders (Greiss) have been the Islanders best players, but again Halak showing his lack of durability or someone who can shoulder the same work load Nabokov did in 2013 is a fair reason why other teams decided to let him go for another #1 goaltender despite some dominating play at times.

Lee, Strome, Nelson have hardly improved, and regressed offensively. Grabovski looks like a career center finally playing his natural position. Seems everyone but UFA Okposo plays right wing next to Tavares.

Hamonic-deHaan look very beatable too often. Strait-Zidlicky are very mistake prone. Leddy's shots are being deflected in but he has not been visible enough and Boychuk does not look like a top pairing defender capable of producing consistent offense making seven million this season.

It's not the loss of rarely healthy Visnovsky or Donovan who was glued to the stands on defense. Strait played 52 games last season, and all seven playoff games a year ago on a team with 101 points.

The core forwards are unchanged besides being a year older. Given the home record for years it's not the commute because this has been a better road team for years, and other teams have players commuting/staying in hotels at home on game days with their practice facility as far away as Barclay's is from Iceworks.

Our players are accustomed to playing in front of empty seats at home.

My impression about the special teams are despite numbers, it's also an illusion after ten games or other teams issues.

Ok, that's what I can write about ten games, sorry if it's not positive despite 6-2-2.

It can turn around but there is no hiding from 0-4 Devils, now 5-4-1 playing low shot against games, who can score, skate, playing an up-tempo game this team has not shown since last season.

A lot of hard working, good, fast teams will be playing the NYI soon.

There has to be a big improvement, and it has nothing to do with where they play, game-day routines or how many empty seats at Barclay's vs empty an Coliseum seats since 1989.


For what it's worth Richard Brodsky of Newsday told me on twitter 10/29 Nassau would consider asbestos air testing, and other things as Ratner doing construction on the Nassau Coliseum which would mean he's honoring his lease.

He had no answers for an anchor AHL team tenant being announced as NEC Ratner promised before a ground breaking/construction.

If all this happens and Prokhorov does purchase rights to most of NEC Ratner Coliseum stakes and the agreement with Nassau County, it makes one wonder why Bruce Ratner wanted to bid on the Coliseum renovation in the first place even back to the planning stage before bids were taken?

Ratner was a majority owner of the Nets for close to a decade before he sold eighty percent to Prokhorov, he currently owns a majority stake in Barclay's so it's not like he was in these projects short-term, he did countless interviews on video in front of audiences that were posted here.

Does this have anything to do with the Islanders playing home games in NYC or it's three owners? No.

Does this have anything to do with the Islanders lease in NYC until 2040/revenue or television contract to play in NYC until 2031? No.

Is it going to change the Nets guaranteed television money and new contract with YES Network which could pay them 40 million a year to continue playing at Barclay's? No. 

Twin Rinks NY Islanders Pro Shop Opened

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2015 08:09:00 PM |
I have been following the Twin Rinks proceedings, obviously the bonding issues were settled to where Wang could complete his purchase, and open a pro shop plus put the Islander logo on the marquee. The question is does John Ledecky/Scott Malkin want the team to practice there next season when they are majority owners?

If Wang wants to change practice routine to this facility from Iceworks, obviously he can, same as he intended to do with Cantiague Park on 12/31/15. Seems some Islander branding has happened.

Remember the postings early in summer here about changes at Iceworks, Bob Thornton?

Seems Miro Satan will be there too, expect Radek Martinek if he still lives here. 

This was on Twin Rinks Facebook page last week 10/21/15:
Twin Rinks will host the Elite Hockey Group clinic every Friday 5:45-6:45pm. $40 cash or check for elite level Midgets, Bantams, Peewees and Squirts. Coaches include: Bob Thornton, Miro Satan, Eric Conway and Alexis Moed.

Michael Picker New President In Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2015 01:55:00 PM | | Be the first to comment!

 “Michael has done an incredible job running the front office for the Islanders,” Islanders Owner Charles Wang said.  “I have worked closely with Michael for almost 33 years and know he will do a great job with the Bridgeport operation.  Michael was involved with the purchase of the Sound Tigers and, through his work with the Islanders, is quite familiar with the operation and the employees in Bridgeport.  I look forward to a vibrant and active Arena.” 

NYIFC Comments:
This was reported back when Howard Saffan left.

Mr Picker will also run arena for Mr Wang under lease until 2021. 

New York Signs Anthony Beauvillier

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/23/2015 01:57:00 PM | Be the first to comment!

NYIFC Comments: 
Given the history with late 1st rounders (Ho-Sang/Nelson) about on par to see him signed to an ELC at this point. Expected him signed before he left New York because he seemed to have a good camp. 

Coliseum Construction/AHL Team Deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/21/2015 08:28:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
Long Island Association: Copied Dolan's Newsday (Altice sale will close in 2016) back in April. This was followed up on several times here already. If the reporting was accurate, it's deadline time.

New York Islander Fanbase Demographics Vote

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/19/2015 05:08:00 PM | Be the first to comment!