Islander News Articles 3/14

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/14/2008 01:15:00 PM | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on Blake Comeau getting powerplay play time with Ted Nolan's comments.

Newsday: Greg Logan's Islander Insider is on the club perhaps calling up Kyle Okposo by Tuesday, the Islanders staking their claim to a possible outdoor game at Yankee Stadium and more on Rick DiPietro's stick handling. Bill Guerin talks about the powerplay, Brendan Witt talks about his efforts with his family to fight cancer and his injury. Chris Pronger vs Chris Simon is brought up and Bob McKenzie defends Pronger because the video footage is not good despite Kessler saying he got his calf with the stomp.

Garth Snow, Ted Nolan, Rick DiPietro comment on several items.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Seems to me it's a terrible decision if Okposo is called up when he's needed in Bridgeport for their playoff chase. The idea from this point forward should be to make sure one team gets into the playoffs and in this case that's the Sound Tigers.

Kyle Okposo does not need an NHL cameo as much as the Islanders need him to experience a playoff series. It's also been a long and tough season for Okposo, he does not need any more changes and distractions. What he does need to do is continue to play in Bridgeport and after the Islanders season ends have Tambellini, Comeau go back to the AHL and help that group have a long playoff run.

Sound Tigers have a very tough April schedule that ends much later than the Isles schedule.

Not much to say about the outdoor game that I did not write the other day. If the team were marketed as New York they would not have to sell themselves like this now and should be the team regardless of who the opposition is. Dan Rosen has a feature article on Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt and his work off the ice to help children.

Star Phoenix:Cory Wolfe has a full feature on Islander goaltender Billy Smith who will play in a legends game tonight on a bunch of subjects.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports on Kip Brennan suspension ending which will make him available to play Saturday as well as all the roster changes for tonight's game. Jeremy Colliton is back with the Sound Tigers.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

WHEN — Tonight, 7:30
WHERE — Arena at Harbor Yard
ON THE AIR — No radio; Webcast and B2 Networks Internet pay-per-view at


  1. I'm actually in favour of bringing KO up for a stint at the end of the season. Give him a taste of the bigs so he has some context. Besides, half the people he'll likely be forming a core with are already up now anyway...

    I also think some of the remaining games against teams in the tight playoff hunt will be a good, intense experience down the stretch, esp any Philly or Ranger games.

    Personally, I want him competing against the and playing with the best players possible, and that isn't in the AHL (although I certainly understand the argument about some PO experience, even if it's the AHL).

  2. Hi Jkp,

    How will you feel if his callup stint cost him a chance to play in the AHL playoffs for an extended run?

    Truthfully Trevor Smith is the player who deserves the callup over Okposo, he's been excellent but he stays in the AHL?

    Also painfully obvious this is about the Islanders playing Okposo just enough NHL games so that his contract does not count for this year. Seems more like a publicity move to recall him now when it would be much better if he got his first Islander game in camp next fall.

    Way this is going to work out Okposo will wind up at the World Championships because he will have no playoff games.


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