Some quick notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/25/2008 04:29:00 PM | | | | |
To answer one e-mail, I can time-release blogs, this way the blog keeps updating with new articles.

Ct Post: Micheal Fornabaio blogged in more detail on the great game in Albany last night. He also looked at the report on Kim Johansson and indicated it could mean he's just released from Malmo, not necessarily signing with the Islanders or anyone. The bad news of the day is that former Islander coach Steve Stirling was reassigned and will no longer coach the Norfolk Admirals here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I may be the only one but I really liked Steve Stirling and felt he did a fantastic job here as a rookie coach getting a club without Yashin, Parrish and other injuries for long stretches in the second half to a ninety two point season and a playoff spot in 2004. He got a fifty point season out of Oleg Kvasha when he needed him to step up and play center. I really like Ted Nolan but what Stirling did his first year was far more impressive then what the Isles did the last two seasons because he had even less to work with.

I wish him luck in whatever he does, classy man who not only did a good job his first season but did a great job in Bridgeport leading the Sound Tigers to a Calder Cup Finals appearance in their first season.

In terms of Kim Johansson we just have to see how it plays out. As I indicated earlier he could be moving to another club in Europe or signing with the Isles. There is no rule that he cannot sign with a club in Europe for next season then do a deal with the Isles unless it's in the contract he must play for his new European club.

With a little more than a month left before he can re-enter the draft it is something that bears watching.

Point Blank: Mr Botta had a great blog the other day on draft rankings and how as fans sometimes we become experts based on one report we read one day. I used to be a lot more in tune with the draft and had a lot of great help back in the mailing list days as I had a poster named Kevin who just did these incredible breakdowns months before on the top one hundred prospects in detail. I do not have that anymore and usually rely on Kyle Woodlief who's work is amazing but like anyone his ratings can be far different than someone else.

That was one reason I did a poll on this now. I was hoping for some feedback to go with the voting and hoped I got the concensus top players correct. With this being such a great draft class some of those second rounders would be first rounders in a weaker class so it's the right time to do a lot of reading from whatever we can find.

International Ice Hockey Updated the rosters for team USA, Russia (no Igor Volkov) and Canada for the World Championships while Katie Strang at Newsday did a brief blog here with no new information whether Sean Bergenheim can play for Finland tomorrow vs Canada given his injury.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Given he was not announced as confirmed for Finland's roster I guess that's new information?

Canadian Had an interesting feature using their own standards to determine the value of all NHL players, teams vs salary and production this season.

Cape Brenton Post: T.J Coletto reports Islanders defenseman Aaron Johnson of Port Hawkesbury will be honored this coming Tuesday prior to a World Championship exhibition game between Team Norway and Team Slovenia.


  1. Gotta say: I liked Steve Stirling too. He's a good man. But he's better suited to the AHL where he can be a teacher/coach, rather than the NHL. But that being said, he's a class act, and his wife Cookie is a lovely, though fiesty, woman. She sat two rows away from me during his tenure with the Islanders.

  2. I would have loved to see Stirling at the NHL level with a team he had put together. The team given to him after the lockout was brutal and I don't think he got a fair shake that second year. Milbury qualifying a lot of mediocre players, losing his core veterans to UFA and signing players like Sopel while Niinimaa pouted was a very tough hand for any coach to play.

    Isles still like his assistant coach in Jack Capuano enough to have him coaching the Sound Tigers too.

    When your a quiet man like Steve Stirling without a proven track record it's easy to make him the scapegoat.

    His coaching job that first year to produce 91 points deserved Jack Adams votes. He had a first line of Kvasha-Weinhandl-Czerkawski and after Hunter had that knee on knee and lost his speed he still got them to a playoff spot and gave Tampa five very close games.

    Too bad they did not get more shots past Khabibulin that series because they had the better of the play until the second period of game five. Still Isles got it to ot.

    I'm surprised Tortarella kept his job but not Stirling.


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