Newsday: Erik Boland's article was on the improved defensive play with Ted Nolan's comments on how it has been a matter of simplifying things. Bryan Berard credited the unit's depth, increased confidence and feels they are back in the playoff mix.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps the Sound Tigers win against Hartford with Steve Regier's comments.
Hartford Coutant: Bruce Berlet recaps the Wolfpack's loss.
Point Blank: Chris Botta had a Sunday blog on the Islanders media access to the players and how they always make themselves available.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Agree with Mr Botta on the space being up to the editor not the beat writer which is a stance I have maintained all season but some things do go to the work of the beat writer.
Disagree on Mr Logan's/Newsday Islander blog being of such length it get's an automatic pass for being out blogged in the Islanders only newspaper by a good four to one ratio compared to the Ranger blog. That's one I suspect we will never agree on.
Mr Zipay built up his page as he promised his readers and reported a record high page hits while Mr Logan has done nothing for Islander fans and had not put links to Islander sites on his page.
I expect Mr Botta read Jay Greenberg's article today I discussed and made sure the fans know Rick DiPietro and the Islanders go out of their way at all times to accommodate the media which I have no doubt they do.
Mr Botta's criticism of Dan Martin's use of his space early this season speaks for itself when he goes out of his way to dispute attendance and a blog needs to be written to explain how a thousand kids could not attend at the last minute.
Sadly it seems no space will provided in the city papers for this team on a game in basis or blogs which should cost nothing but a little extra time. This goes on the sports editors also.
Having written that the Islanders themselves are not totally blameless in this.
The Long Island commentary about almost everything regarding this organization coming out of it's PR department is making it very easy for the New York City editors to overlook the club when they seem to be looking for an excuse not to cover the club going in.
Sometimes you have to reach out and let your fans know in New York City and the
tri-state area that this is New York Islander Country too. The strong Islander fan support at the Garden and in New Jersey speaks for itself.
NHL.com: Dan Rosen has a feature on Blake Comeau with praise from Ted Nolan, Bill Guerin and Tim Jackman.
Sports Illustrated.com: Darren Eliot looks at the Isles going into the trade deadline and asks can they make a run again. He feels this is a group defined by what they are rather than what they lack and with that kind of outlook and belief, anything is possible. Ted Nolan is quoted.