Islander News Articles 2/15:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/14/2008 11:57:00 PM | | | | | | |
Newaday: Greg Logan's early article on the win against Toronto (without quotes)is about how the Islanders finally got the calls from the league's Toronto office located no more than 100 yards from Air Canada Centre with credit to the Bridgeport connection and their effort in the win.

Newsday: Greg Logan's article on the game from above (with quotes) had Rick DiPietro on how big the five on three penalty kill was and Fedotenko on how successful the powerplay was.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not a word in the newspaper from Ted Nolan, no second article? Funny how the goaltender felt sooner or later the Leafs would start getting the calls but to be fair Martink put the puck in the stands for the five on three.

Newsday: Greg Logan had an earlier blog on Andy Sutton and the defense.

Newsday: Neil Best has a full interview with the Isles' senior VP of sales marketing and operations, Chris Dey about the club's attendance disparity between weeknight's and weekends and the challenge to get corporations involved to increase the current subscriptions to 10,000 from 6,500.

Saturday and Monday are both expected to be sellouts according to this article.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Updated Friday 1pm:
Seems to me the title of this article was changed since it's release on Thursday night.

Ranger fan Neil Best calling the Islanders home a Mausoleum and bringing up the two Ranger games at the Coliseum boosting attendance?

Funny, but neither Ranger weeknight home game was a sellout earlier and the Devils have had these problems for years too, desite their success. Announced Msg sellouts also seem fabricated and have for years given the empty seats at Msg for games and easy access for Islander fans in the city to show up in big numbers for the head to head games.

Maybe I'm wrong but if Newsday dumped Ranger coverage and doubled up Islander coverage more people would become interested and purchase tickets, including corporations. Considering all the Islanders advertising in Newsday there is no excuse for even coverage with a team in the city given the media in Manhattan not extending the Isles the same courtesy in terms of print space with no blogs.

Neil Best? He lobbied long and hard for more Ranger radio reception in Eastern Long Island earlier this season here and never lifts a finger for the Islanders to get them more coverage. First he does an article on the television contract and writes without it we would not have a team today despite being around for over twenty four years without the current deal, now this?

Toronto Star National Post & Toronto Sun had the Leaf centric coverage.

Toronto Sun: Bill Lankhof had an article on Chris Simon with Ted Nolan and Rick DiPietro's comments not only on Simon but the Isles. Wade Belak defended Simon to a extent saying he contributes a lot while blaming the players on the other teams and no rules to police their actions.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Lankhof noted his trip to the Manitoba Youth Centre, but not Newsday?

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has an article on Kyle Okposo and how he has adjusted to the pro ranks with with Jack Capuano's comments on how well he has progressed.

Bridgeport recalled forward Justin Bourne from Utah.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Albany River Rats
WHEN — Tonight, 7
WHERE — Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
ON THE AIR — Webcast and B2 Networks Internet pay-per-view at www.soundtigers.com

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