6/3/08

New York Islander reporting: Fact vs Fiction

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/03/2008 02:19:00 PM
It's kind of funny reading through some of the few websites reporting on the Islanders off of one Newsday article as it hits sportsnet or other hockey websites around North America.

I almost feel like it's last July again as Newsday's speculation combined with a few comments from the general manager are spun in so many different directions things are almost completely distorted.

This is why other newspapers are needed so badly and why ITV is now so important to the franchise so fans get the full comments. We are practically down to Newsday being the only view point unless the club issues a release.

I cannot tell everyone how many game summaries I have read where only a part of what someone says is quoted and in the next paper you read more of what he had to say to go with the first part and it reads as something completely different.

Which leads us to the latest from Newsday where already we see fiction coming out of fact from other outlets which is no knock on Newsday but just that at times these things take on a life of their own.

Last summer all we read were the players left the Isles in an exodus as if Snow kept making offers down to the final seconds and no player would come back here under any circumstances. Never mind the fact the Isles made it clear last summer they had made final offers to their pending UFA and were moving on with the exception of Ryan Smyth and almost everyone who left said they wanted to sign here.

Here we are already and off the latest article I'm starting to read headlines:
" Islanders to jettison several veterans "
" Isles plan fresh start "

Isles only have about five unrestricted free agents. Only absolute written was the gm said he was going to qualify almost all of his RFA and mentioned them by name.

Where did Garth Snow say he will absolutely not bring back some of his UFA before or after July 1st? He said Dubie rejected his contract offer, the gm again brought up his conditioning and wished him luck which is a likely goodbye but there is no rule here that says Dubie & Snow can still get together on something.

This is what contract negotiations are, sometimes things change, others they do not but there is no absolute here until a player signs elsewhere.

Newsday had a few words from Trent Hunter about a week before he signed that came off as if he could have cared less about re-signing here. A few days later when the five year extension was announced both sides praised the other.

I hope our fans take a minute and separate the speculation from where things are, point being anything can happen. That's not a knock on any publication.

I know folks are not going to be doing cartwheels on this part but the Isles did resign Andy Hilbert after July 1st. Point being one of the pending UFA could be third on the Isles list if they cannot get someone from another club.

Good fact I can give you is Isles need to spend some money to get up to the bottom of the cap right now which means Snow may be able to overpend big to add a front line talent or lock up a Bergenheim-Comeau to a longer term deal.









2 comments:

  1. He better lock up Bergie to a long term deal, or he should worry about walking back to his car at night. he he he... Hey Billy. It's dee. I'm writing here because my emails always come back as being rejected spam. You said you'd be live blogging at the draft party? Does that mean we'll FINALLY get to say HI?? Let me know.
    dee

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  2. Hi Dee,

    First time I spoke with you I said
    that e-mail address is not one I use so everything will bounce back now. I have an e-mail address that I check for the hockey here almost every day and respond to promptly.

    nyifancentral@yahoo.com

    My live draft blog will be the same format many of the major websites are using where a chat box appears in the blog itself. Could go boom or bust but we'll see.

    Best example of what I'm doing would be to check what a live blog is for all the baseball games at Newsday.

    I'm not sure if I will be at the Coliseum for the draft party. It's only one Islander pick on a Friday night so once the Isles select that's it for day one unless they add another first rounder.

    This is going to be over within a half hour for the Isles once it starts.

    I wish it was the traditional Saturday afternoon format with a lot of picks day one or the entire draft day one.

    Saturday is the big day for me with the other nine picks. I schdeuled a second live blog that day too so if the Isles had a draft party for that I would most likely attend.

    Your blog is excellent, keep up the great work. Too bad were not blogging for a finals right now.

    I want Bergenheim signed too and hope they use that extra cap space to make it happen but Gandler is still his agent so there is no such thing as an easy negotiation.

    One of the players who held out with Bergenheim went to Europe after two years finally signed with Tampa a few weeks ago.



    Thanks,
    Bill
    nyifancentral@yahoo.com

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