New York New ECHL Affiliate Possible In Worcester Railers

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2017 11:11:00 PM | | on Worcester Railers joining ECHL, and NYI possible involvement sending officials, with agreement possible in three weeks with team leaving Missouri.

 The team hopes to have an NHL affiliation in place well before it can sign free agents and that could happen as soon as three weeks from now, according to Rucker. Signs point to the Railers having a tentative agreement in place with the New York Islanders, whose AHL affiliate is a relatively short drive away in Bridgeport.

"We have no comment," Rucker said, "other than to say that the Railers are interested in doing business with people who want to do business with us and nothing has been signed yet."

The Islanders have shown substantial interest, going as far as sending a contingent of executives from their player development department up to Worcester to talk with Railers officials and look at the DCU Center last autumn.

The Islanders are affiliated with Missouri of the ECHL, but that's not a good geographical mix and Missouri has also gotten some St. Louis Blues prospects this year. However, the Islanders just fired head coach Jack Capuano and the franchise could be on the verge of a reorganization.

NYIFC Comments:
This is a new franchise that wants to get up and running quickly, the Blues being a part of the Missouri Mavericks affiliation with Islanders is only natural for them, the Islanders agreement expires there at the end of this season.

This would remove any chance of the Islanders putting an ECHL team in Nassau Coliseum or Webster Bank Arena doing Prokhorov-Ratner no favors with Ratner's agreement to supply an AHL team.

1/18/17 Garth Snow Interview

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2017 05:01:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders website: Doug Weight, players made their first comments on the coaching change, and what's ahead.

Snow Might Have To Stay Regardless

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2017 12:55:00 AM | Comment Here
The man who put together the team has to go if he said he's a hundred percent accountable,  he fired the coach. Ok. Weight is interim, Snow should not get another full-time hire (regardless of who) and should be sent packing ASAP.

He's had his chance.

Our fans will accept nothing less, to write otherwise is folly.

But someone has to write it. Who's coming here to replace Snow as Alt-Gov, President, GM? Who's signing up to come here for maybe one or two years? How can Ledecky-Malkin hire anyone (President/gm) without a lease agreement long-term first? Same for Tavares resigning on 7/1/17?

It's promises Ledecky-Malkin cannot make to anyone unless they sign up knowing a relocation could be part of it, along with another sale. 

Lease negotiations begin at the end of this season, not now. They conclude 12/31/17, opt out notice deadline is 1/30/18.

If Prokhorov delivers a lease opt-out notice on 1/30/18 or the Islander owners decide the lease does not work for them, and the team has to relocate to Quebec by the end of next season or the one after, why would anyone want to waste two years on a lame-duck franchise as coach or gm?

I get you want your changes tomorrow or day season concludes, but without a lease agreement, and a home to play in long-term that's not happening unless it's an interim hire who knows the job may be temporary.

And it's not as easy as blaming  Ledecky-Malkin for keeping Snow. It's Prokhorov's building, his call for an owner with the lowest NBA payroll, who may well not want any part of giving a 41 day tenant any money.

Snow might be here in the caretaker role until a lease is decided or an opt-out is delivered, or until they relocate. Another sale could happen if owning this team elsewhere does not work for Malkin-Ledecky.

Sure they could replace Snow in-house with an interim like Kenny Morrow, Chris Lamoriello or Snow's assistant Kerry Gwydir you are talking three jobs, but already you have the assistant gm as interim head coach.

Jack Capuano has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach. Assistant GM Doug Weight will serve as interim Head Coach.

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2017 03:12:00 PM | | Comment Here
Islanders website:
 "The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward." 

 "It's an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans," Capuano said. "I'd like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I'd also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work."
NYIFC Comments: 
Despite writing it had to happen often back to last season (likely before) the man was part of this orgnization since 2005 so it's not happy news, I have no doubt he was well-likely among his players past & present.

Not the first time a team has won a game, and dismissed a coach, the man had a big smile on his face in the post-game vs Boston which seemed kind of odd.

We'll see if Snow follows which would be around 11 year anniversary of Milbury's resignation. Weight stepping in as interim gives him a look as a head coach.

Problem With NY Game Discovered

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/15/2017 01:32:00 PM | Comment Here
With the exception of the three Tampa games, they have had a chance to win every game in the third period, and sure 14-1-1 at home red-hot Carolina with Mayfield/Pelech struggling is a heavy lift.

But watching that game seemed a pattern.

I do not see these problems as fixable, and it's why teams like Montreal and many others when they are on their game, take over in third period when points are on the table, and why the Islanders are allowing so many shots every game which is more a fact now then a trend which we saw in Dec 2015.

Sure this team has some goal scorers, and work hard which keeps them in practically every game, and many nights we see them  beat teams not at their best, struggling to put two passes together which slows them down or have shaky goaltending, but an easy night is extremely rare for this team.

Physically they have never been a big team in that department, and the Matt Martin inflated hit totals read well but did not tell the story of the games they did win because they created chances based on hitting which also seem down but asking a Jason Chimera (despite the two goals) to change positions and score when as a left wing his production was spotty is also another very heavy lift.

The answer long-term is more speed, Beauvillier, Prince, Strome, get the other team on the defensive/running around in their end, even if not on Tavares line who's doing great with Lee (who they should let skate more and not just plant himself in front of goal like Mark Parrish), but has a RW with five goals (one ot/one powerplay) despite playing his best hockey on pace for over 50 points.

This plan went bust fast under Brad Shaw, and Ted Nolan sent Nilsson away from day one of 2006 camp forever, but for a few games in late 2005-06 Jeff Tambellini & Robert Nilsson were flying around Alexei Yashin as their wingers, and had teams backing up.

That's the kind of balance these lines need in the speed department to push back and take over games in third periods. 

500/501 Hat-Trick For Tavares

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Kenneth "Jiggs" McDonald 50th Honored

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/11/2017 11:37:00 AM | Comment Here
Not being described as final game calling NYI, but pre-game ceremony.
Hall of Fame banner not at Barclay's with #18 already honored.

One Year Later Only Standings Changed

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2017 06:38:00 AM | Comment Here
Decided to go back and looked at some old entries from last season, not a lot has changed beyond the team hovering around eight over vs now, expected a collapse given schedule ahead combined with allowing too many goals. (and blowing leads)

I wanted Cronin to replace Capuano in January 2016.

So I thought it was time to go back and post the shots against from last season for those claiming the loss of Frans (-16) Nielsen past his final even strength goal with Islanders in regular season 12/28/15 and what I wrote back a year ago.

I remembered those games with all the high shots against when Nielsen, Okposo, Martin, Strait, Zidlicky Bernier, Boulton, Grabovski were here. Pelech made his cameo vs Ladd, Chimera, Beauvillier, Seidenberg now at +17 to no media coverage.  Prince & Quine did not arrive until trade deadline, April.

This was written & on twitter, the shots against were about the same as Dec 2015.

The tweet above was from games played 1/3/16 vs Dallas back to 12/2/15 vs Rangers.

NYI after 40 games in 2015-16 allowed four more shots than they allowed through 36 games this season:
1197/40 games 2015-16
1193/36 games 2016-17
1036/36 games 2015-16

Some will recall a few wins like 47 shots allowed against Nashville where the Predators left Barclay's wondering how they lost, and losing 5-1 to Florida allowing only 16 shots is not a good game so there were games where shots against did not matter.

My point even back to one year ago (backed by stats) is this team gave up tons of shots, and plenty of leads.

This year has been more of the same. Last year against Columbus, Jenner's goal in final seconds did not count, NY won another game they were frankly dominated last season.

Halak Reports To Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/03/2017 11:47:00 AM |

New York Places Halak On Waivers (Cleared 12/31) Snow Comments

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  Islanders website: Snow had some additional comments on Halak/goaltending situation.

NYIFC Comments: 
Halak is the best goaltender in the organization by a mile. Greiss despite his strong play is a career backup, and Berube was risked to waivers for Jonas Enroth, who is also now on another NHL team.

Halak came to New York in August for a clinic in Long Island City, went to the World Cup Of Hockey, and was the tournaments true MVP, who almost carried them to a title, he was dominating.

He came to what was left of Islander training camp (with team Europe backup, Greiss) at that level.

The issue should have been decided at that point with Berube going on waivers to play in Bridgeport, despite Gibson, Williams, McAdam signed there. 

Sorry, but Capuano went well past his not commenting on goaltender mantra vs Wild to throw Halak under the bus. He won the five of six games, and beat Pittsburgh, Rangers, Washington, with solid goaltending  facing 30-40 shots all season on average  in front of a team that cannot play in the third period without giving up goals or a push from the opposition.

Forgive me for laughing but before the Caps win Monday, Halak, sat for thirteen days, he's not going to get to any level sitting.

On the flip side management had every right after Halak's injuries/surgery to give Berube NHL money, and have insurance in case he got hurt again in a career where he has not proven durable or has been traded at times he was starting/winning. Berube knew exactly what he signed up for here (NHL money-one way contract) and could have refused to sign, to go earn AHL money elsewhere.

Sorry, but no good answer here. Berube is not Martin Jones in terms of prospect potential, and needed more work when the Kings risked waivers, and now needs much more at AHL level. Kevin Poulin was claimed by Tampa, but already signed here so it was not like Snow went looking to upgrade his backup goalie spot.

Not sure if another team claims Halak, given his cap-hit, and another year on contract, which means McAdam with his 7-0 start, Williams go back to Missouri, or Chris Gibson leaves when he's finally healthy.

Halak's the New York Islanders best goaltender, the shots against this team is facing is not on the goaltending, and sure Halak struggled vs the Wild, but enough to be placed on waivers after sitting for 13 days (before beating Caps) splitting the net with two other goaltenders? No.