Season #44 Begins For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/09/2015 06:04:00 AM | Be the first to comment!
Once again this site has set our fans up for the season to the best of my ability. Now hopefully it's time to just sit back & see how it plays out. There will be no entries for every win/losing streak, everyone knows the numbers/expectations/other subjects.

New York Notables/No More Hiding

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/07/2015 09:43:00 AM | Be the first to comment!
Barclay's Center/Nassau Coliseum? It's season #44 in New York.

Like last season there is no time for any distractions.
It's win or go home for this coach, and likely this general manager. Especially with a new majority ownership taking over. There are very high projections for this team, words mean nothing, only results.
Opening Night: 
Hopefully they can raise all the banners properly, do a decent tribute to Al Arbour, but I'm skeptical it will be controversy free while Mr Yormark does his Brooklynizing which has even gotten Bettman to ask him to tone things down.

I expect everything from the Hall Of Fame banner to the plaques in that building.
Obviously Dolan/Ranger media, cheap NYC sports editors love the Brooklyn branding wall, which is great for Mr Yormark despite this being only a New York franchise. The Islanders website seems staffed by Barclay's with hockey updates coming slower because they seem to have few website holdovers.

If there is any hope of any Islander regular season games ever being played in a Ratner renovated Coliseum, Dolan/NHL must approve, if it's rejected Ratner has to pay for that lost revenue. 

Daily News editor, Bill Price, did what he said after we spoke, the Islanders have a Daily News logo/section. I also suggested the Devils are represented which did not happened.
All I can write is a renovation that was expected to begin in mid-August, has not been announced well into October. There are deadlines, but renovation can mean doing the smallest things first.

Mangano, Rabinowitz at Hofstra are all getting exactly what they want on that property, no doubt Cuomo will approve funding for everything requested. 
Sound Tigers:
Their website does not list Jon Ledecky or Scott Malkin as owners. Wang is not breaking his professional-only team only lease at Webster Bank Arenaand it's been a long time since anyone saw Charles Wang/Bruce Ratner together anywhere.

Seems Wang again put money into upgrading WBA. 
Twin Rinks:
It seems the assets have been sold off,  and claims settled. Not sure what that means in terms of bonding issues or Wang getting control soon.  Nothing would shock me here if practices were shifted. 
Jiggs McDonald wrote in April when he visited Barclay's they were working on a scoreboard fix, I put a lot of stock in his comments, if it was attempted it was done to no publicity.

The one thing both sides needed to do was fill in those empty seats behind the net. Never happened, and the draft opts four rows behind the goals were not advertised for sale.

If anyone has noticed what Mr Yormark said on 6/30 to the WSJ about over 8,000 full season tickets sold are the exact same numbers being said now which would mean in a hundred days not one season ticket has been purchased.

It took two years to center the first Nassau Coliseum Skate-land scoreboard. 
No Hiding Come Monday Against Winnipeg:
I have big doubts the fans will be there starting Monday as we see the usual October, November, December Coliseum turnouts under 10,000.
On The Ice:
Wrote it before.......will again. This team could finish 1st overall or 30th overall.
This was a very bad preseason, one that raised significant questions. I wrote recently unless the team shows disturbing trends in preseason is not a big deal.

They showed awful trends across the board but never put their best team on the ice. That's contrary to Capuano's history as coach.

No one won a spot either besides Pulock, will he sit behind Brian Strait, and burn up eligibility?

Still it's not last preseason before the trades where they put mostly their best team on the ice at Webster Bank Arena, and the Bruins completely dismantled them 6-1. 

You play seven games, and are outplayed badly in all seven (with the games on the line & even the two games they hung on to win) against prospects that's not good.

The Caps, Flyers badly outplayed them, there were enough regulars dressed to take over the game with Michael Neuvirth ready to give up plenty of goals for the the Flyers.

The Caps announcers kept repeating how easily they were dominating both games, and noted the Islanders had regulars dressed, and barely applied any pressure.

All seven games this team regressed as they wore on, other teams built chemistry, and were having a good time. Washington barely broke a sweat, and this was an Islander team who just lost to them in a playoff series.

Over the years I cannot recall one NY Islanders camp the regulars did not dress together for a single game.

Bottom line these trends continue, there will be no hiding from a very early coaching change as in October, this core was mostly kept together.
Ok, they play Chicago who will have their home opener/rust out of the way, while the NY Islanders will not have let Tavares, Leddy, Boychuk, Hamonic dress for a game together in thirteen days.

Tavares-Okposo did not play one minute together. 

The full roster not dressing together at all for one single game.

Maybe they hit the ice, and start winning immediately, who knows?

I went to the hockey school which says that is not likely unless you build a little chemistry in preseason games, and play your regulars a game or two together but it's possible. 

Greiss got a two year contract, he comes in with a resume less than Johnson a year ago, but this is what he was signed to do, and there was competition for his services, so his job is to give this team a chance to win.

The goalie they took off waivers has zero NHL experience.

New York 23-Man Official Roster

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/06/2015 05:09:00 PM | Be the first to comment!

New York Claims Goaltender/23 Skaters

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/06/2015 02:18:00 PM |

NYIFC Comments:
This means Halak will go on IR, Williams goes to Bridgeport.

Berube would not be an improvement over Kevin Poulin, and has no NHL experience.
Bridgeport: Still has roster decisions, and too many extra players.

Roster Deadline 5pm Tuesday

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/05/2015 05:50:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
With the team at 24 skaters, one move needs to be made plus a decision is needed on Eric Boulton who cannot remain on a PTO. Obviously Halak on IR could be that move unless Williams is sent down. Petrov has a two-way contract, but if he wants to return home he would require the clubs permission to play for another team.

Islanders website reported the following: Louis Leblanc was placed on waivers. Mathew Barzal was returned to Seattle. Kirill Petrov was loaned to the Bridgeport. Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield and Adam Pelech were returned on loan to Bridgeport.

Islanders website: Also announced a mix of radio stations to cover the team including Hofstra again with Mr Yormark again spamming Brooklyn.  

NYIFC Comments: Obviously the team did not wish to spend the money or could not find one major station. I checked the teams website Sunday, saw the same stations (not in NYC) and waited in case links from last year were repeated by mistake. Hofstra on Sunday did not have games scheduled.

10/1 Mr Yormark Interview: Yes Network

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/01/2015 07:16:00 PM | Be the first to comment!

 NYIFC Comments:
I wish our fans were this motivated to blame Msg/Newsday for the lack of games/television/print coverage. Sadly many think it's the Islanders decision or the Devils to be hidden so less people want to purchase tickets.

My thoughts are Mr Yormark had good intentions with the goal horn, and deserved better but again as I have written many times, this is a NY team.

His counterparts doing his job in NYC/NJ & Long Island with Cosmos all market NYC.

You think Mr Yornark's counterpart with the Yankees (pick team) goes around calling them the Bronx (wherever) three times in every paragraph?

Also the official colors of Brooklyn are not black/white, to say they are is simply incorrect.

New York Islanders is the name of this team, and where the majority of the season tickets were on 7/26/11. 40 percent NYC/30 Nassau/30 Suffolk.

Mr Yormark correctly sounded a lot like my blog entries here for many years, calling out the people who talk a great game but do not buy tickets under any circumstances unless it's opening night or a playoff game.

I'm afraid the reality for everyone will be hitting home beginning with Winnipeg on a Monday afternoon in October.

It's the biggest reason things are where they are today, and why many of the things our fans wanted were never paid for.

Of course Barclay/Islanders deserve blame for seats not being filled in and available/advertised in lower level, they did a great job with the lockeroom.

More New York Transactions/Misc

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/29/2015 12:30:00 PM | | 2 Comments so far
Barzal stays over Dal Colle for now, but the roster suggests it will not stick without a trade.

This team is struggling, preseason rosters or not. Washington kept them back all night, and a 7th team in a row outplayed the NY Islanders with the game in the balance with nothing close to it's full lineup.

I cannot see a spot for Boulton where he get's an NHL deal but he keeps dressing. No issue with a Carkner-like AHL contract.
Everyone recalled on 9/28 was returned. Halak, Bernier, Hickey hurt or not skating.
Mr Yormark wants to impress us fill in those area's behind the defensive goal with seats on all the sides, the ones behind the goal installed are fantastic and not advertised.

26 days after promising a radio deal shortly, he has not announced one, so we go without in preseason.

I missed the classic goal horn from 1970's to 1997 and may be the only one who recorded it without announcers. Howard Milstein replaced it with a bad fake copy for a year.

No issue with one used 1999 to present but never wanted the original changed.

There are poor goal horns all over the NHL, what we got to see (of course not on television) was a clip which was a perfect match to a video I found from the MTA more not necessary Brooklyn branding.

New York Second Wave Of Cuts/Poulin Claimed By Tampa Bay

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/27/2015 12:43:00 PM | Be the first to comment!

So Beck goes from a 64 game player with Nashville, to Toronto (who signed him avoiding arbitration) to New York to Bridgeport?

Of the three goaltenders Garth Snow drafted in Poulin, Nilsson & Koskinen, only one is left for this season because he was qualified, as he plays in the KHL (Koskinen)  Greiss has a two year contract.

Of course you move Nilsson to get Nick Leddy.

I have big doubts Greiss is better than Poulin, who is only twenty five, and had a .940 save percentage in December last year on a terrible Bridgeport team. Having written that it's now Williams/Gibson unless Milner pushes out someone.

Williams played well in preseason, so did Gibson. 

Poulin rejected his qualifying offer, and obviously was not an easy signing.

With only two preseason games left, and frankly the alarming trend of this team being terrible in all six third periods this preseason it is not something that should not be fluffed off (as the opposing teams dominated even in NYI two wins) many players did not step up when games were on the line.

Sorry, but cannot simply keep writing it's only preseason when six games are played, and every time the Islanders are hanging on or simply dominated by the veterans/prospects of the opposition with the game on the line, it was not like they faced many starting goalies beyond Schneider.

It's time to show this team has a sixty minute game (and a dominating third period) in them against Washington with close to their full opening night lineup. 

New York Makes First Roster Moves

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/26/2015 12:14:00 PM | Be the first to comment! is streaming (radio webcast) the game in Halifax against Carolina at 5pm.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/25/2015 12:53:00 PM |
Not much to write.

New York will continue to play out it's preseason, things seem set (on paper for NHL roster beyond Beck, Petrov, Bernier) but if an upgrade is out there we will see.

Trading Grabovski's contract would make the most sense because he has not been used as a center here which is his career position, but there is likely little interest in his services at that price off two concussions.

Management wanted to use Nelson at his drafted position of center last season, it's Strome's drafted position, Nielsen is a center.

It would be fair to write management does not want Pulock, Mayfield or another young defender using up their eligibility sitting in New York as it worked out with Matt Donovan, but Bridgeport is packed with defenders.

I do see an ELC for Anthony Beauvillier given tradition here with top picks likely before he leaves NY.

What obvious is four goaltenders are not going to work for Bridgeport (Poulin, Gibson, Milner, Williams) & Missouri just signed a second ECHL goalie, and has a mostly filled out roster, something has to happen there.

For now let's just see where things stand after Monday's game in NY against Caps because that's when we'll hopefully see some big cuts, and regular season games lines put in place.

This is a roster with a 4th line which appears set in stone, but we all know the injuries will be coming.