Newsday: Greg Logan has a late blog interview with defenseman Brendan Witt where he says he was surprised because most teams do not make a decision on resigning until Christmas when they know where the club is going and the trade market is explored. In addition Witt acknowledges Garth Snow always complimented the way he played and appreciates the general manager and owner agreeing to resign him because it shows a lot of loyalty which he felt you do not find in major league sports and that he's honored by the clubs commitment.
With regard to his injury Witt says he has been working out since May, he’s running again and back to normal. On the clubs direction he was pleased with the addition of Streit and Weight and again credited the club's commitment to getting a solid defenseman who will contribute offense and feels Doug Weight will help the young kids develop.
On the players lost to free agency with their scoring Witt felt it's going to be interesting as he credited Okposo's late season play but that the club still may still be trying to add a couple of players before camp.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Fantastic job by Brendan Witt and like the Streit interview the player was quoted a lot which we do not see enough of during the season. It's great to have a player like that here and more proof this talk about players not wanting to be here is just a lot of poor coverage.
Sure was interesting not reading the words Ted Nolan in there at that part where Mr Logan wrote Snow and Wang have come to understand his passion for winning and his commitment to the team very well indeed.
So where do I go from here being that two responses did not like when I held Mr Logan under the microscope recently?
Do I just write good interview and credit him for his blanket praise of Brendan Witt and hold back what I also got from reading this or do what I promised when I started this blog and put the hockey writers under the spotlight and ask questions?
Sorry, I'm going to do what I promised when I started this blog.
To me it seems like Mr Logan had to take a little dig at singling out Rick DiPietro for taking the bows with the goal scorers after wins. Was it necessary to phrase it that way because DiPietro also was around after losses?
One thing for sure I can write is Brendan Witt does not fly under the radar for being a defensive defender because the same thing happened with Jonsson, Martinek, Aucoin, Hamrlik and everyone else who was on the backline. Some of those players made the all-star team. Witt could have been an all-star last season but had no local media hyping his play so he did not get any consideration.
He easily could have gone over DiPietro.
Islanders website: Announced an open house this coming Saturday at 10am with Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau comments they will be on hand.
NY Times: Jeff Z. Klein in the Times hockey blog links to reports from Russia Tuesday’s Sovietskiy Sport with KHL president and Gazprom export CEO Alexander Medvedev's comments he wants the Columbus Blue Jackets to compensate CSKA Moscow for Nikita Filatov and pay at least a half a million dollars or he will not be issued a transfer card.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess Josh Bailey is looking a lot better after this. The new Russian league and the transfer agreement are almost becoming like another work stoppage in terms of players being shut out of playing where they want.
NY Times: Joshua Robinson has more on the sale of the Dragons.