2/25/08

Islander News Articles 2/26

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 11:14:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan reports according to an NHL source, the Islanders have made an offer to right wing Miroslav Satan in addition to their previous offers to centers Mike Comrie and Josef Vasicek. Ruslan Fedotenko's agent is engaged in discussions and has made it clear his client wants to stay, but it's doubtful that will lead to a contract before Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline. Forward Chris Simon also is headed to free agency without an offer.

Garth Snow's comments are included while Mr Logan has a lot of speculation across the board.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I think Comrie and Fedotenko's comments speak for themselves on the video. If Satan got an offer to resign we'll know soon enough and the silence could mean anything as we found out with Trent Hunter.

What we do know is going into Tuesday the clock is running on resigning these players or getting something for them. As Hossa and Richards go off the market it increases the value of the Islander forwards if Snow does want to make a deal.

No outright law here that says the Isles are not in the mix for Richards either. Prospal traded to Philadelphia and the Bolts wanting to dump that big salary after signing Dan Boyle could make him a target for Snow if the Isles can unload some salary the other way.

SooNews.ca: Craig Huckerby reports Ted Nolan will be the subject of a tv documentary Tuesday night on CBC Newsworld at 10pm. Ted Nolan: Behind The Bench follows Nolan's dramatic return to the game of hockey following his controversial departure eight years ago.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Hopefully the Isles can work something out so the fans here have some access to the program. Curiously quiet day for the Isles head coach who was on the ice at Iceworks.

Updated-Ted Nolan was interviewed on Msg Network Monday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Bridgeport just played three games in three days and rested Monday. The Isles play Tuesday night so if a few players are reported as not being at Sound Tigers practice tomorrow that's where we get an idea of what the Isles are trying to do if anything because they have no spare players in the NHL and have to have someone around just to have a complete roster.

Tsn.ca:Darren Dreger reported shortly after midnight Mike Comrie is close to signing a one year contract extension with the Isles.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's a new twist into this and maybe something both sides want. Garth Snow did about the balance about him being a first line center vs a second line center, a one year contract basically becomes a restart for him.

It also ties him to the club for as long as Bill Guerin's contract runs.

Newsday: Shaun Powell writes his first Islander-centric article of the hockey season to basically call the Coliseum a dump who had comments from Islanders senior vice president Chris Dey and compare it to Newark's Prudential Center and the ballparks rising for the Yankees and Mets.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I understand the Isles need to have this done for too many reasons to write in one blog posting, but Mr Powell goes a bit overboard. Does he write Madison Square Garden which is four years older than the Coliseum and the second oldest NHL facility is a dump?

The biggest problem with the current Nassau Coliseum is it's lease with Smg taking the parking, concessions and even a percentage of the gate. No massive renovation solves that problem.

Newsday: Steve Zipay reports the local television ratings for all winter teams and FSN in March will now be named Msg plus. Michael Bair, president of MSG Media, says the station wants to capitalize more than we have on the Islanders and Devils he concedes have undernourished on some level for a number of years.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Undernourished? More like left starving to death. The idea in buying the rights was to keep the Islanders and Devils coverage kept behind the scenes so the Garden could control it's competition, they pay big money for the priviledge. They want to enhance coverage put some exhibiton games on television and find space for some ITV programming.

Now the Isles who cannot get any games on Msg at all compared to the Devils have to be televised on a channel that's under the Garden's name? It just get's worse and worse folks.

Ironic how whenever the Garden has an update on it's programming rating numbers are released Mr Zipay takes the Garden's report and runs with it. Last time it was reported ratings were reported by Msg's pr department so why would this be any different?

I'm not accepting these ratings numbers as factual until an independant media source steps up and reports these numbers from Nielsen.

Even in that limited report Isles ratings are down since the last time they released the numbers. Funny how the Rangers are always bumped to Msg-2 or FSN for the Knicks, if they were really more popular that would not be happening.

NY Post: Tim Bontemps is the lastest assigned an Islander article with some mild speculation on Miroslav Satan as the Pens game is previewed. Michael Therrien said yesterday he wasn't sure when Fleury would start, because he has yet to practice with the team.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a few words of speculation in his blog on the trade deadline but nothing specific.

AHL.com: Kimber Auerbach had a full feature article on Kyle Okposo that is a must read.

Mark Everson from the Post does a trade deadline article with virtually nothing significant on the Isles to a point the Isles are not even in the headline and given a quick sentence of speculation. Daily News has no article from Peter Botte and only a short sentence of speculation in a Ranger centric coverage from John Dellapina.

Times/New York Sun had nothing or a an AP article.

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