12/15/08

Islander News Articles 12/16

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/15/2008 10:39:00 PM
Mr Botta earlier Monday with Islanders website confirmed an injury to Nate Thompson of two-four weeks with a fractured ankle, while Josh Bailey is now day to day.

Newsday: John Jeansonne has head coach Scott Gordon's on the Islanders injuries and what they have meant to what he calls an offensively challenged roster already with comments from Kyle Okposo and Mike Comrie.

NY Post: Dan Martin has Scott Gordon on DiPietro traveling to Minnesota and Mike Comrie on injuries.

Mr Martin also reports as many as three callups could be made for tonight's game.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

I think this goes beyond normal team injuries when we see players expected out weeks come back early and get reinjured or others projected out for a day or two all of a sudden are downgraded to a month or longer.

Gervais went from healthy to a few days to off the radar entirely. Okposo went from a few days to a few weeks to an additional four-six weeks to where he is back at practice?

Now DiPietro goes from Monday to Friday? How many times can Nate Thompson have ankle problems before it's time to ask questions?

Josh Bailey is on his third injury if he sits tonight.

Not blaming anyone but I have never seen such a thing on any NHL club to this degree and there have been Islander seasons when they go through fifty players.

Just not like this where injury prognosis change as quick as the temperature.

Washington Post: Tarik El-Bashir has updates from Washington's practice on Monday.

Washington Times: Corey Masisak reports the following on the Caps:

*Nicklas Backstrom is fine and will play tomorrow.

*Alex Ovechkin and Alexnader Semin were just taking the day off and will play tomorrow.

*Jose Theodore will not make the trip to New York, Brent Johnson will start in net. Simeon Varlamov will back him up.

*Sergei Fedorov will not make the trip.

*Tyler Sloan will make the trip but he is not sure if he will be able to play.

*Both Tomas Fleischmann and Eric Fehr will make the trip, but their availability is also in question.

*John Erskine and Chris Clark did not practice.

Sarina Observer: Dave Borody reports Islander prospects Matt Martin & Justin DiBennedetto could be on the trade block for the struggling Sting and that defenseman Mark Katic could return to the OHL next season for his fifth year, but word has it the New York Islanders will sign him after this season and he will turn pro next year.

The Star.com: Rick Westhead reports when word got out Kirill Petrov was content to play for a one million-plus salary and stay near his family in Russia, his stock plummeted allowing the Islanders to select him in the third round.

Columbus Dispatch: Tom Reed reports Islander head coach Scott Gordon is not a proponent of the three-point format for NHL games awarding an additional point for a skills competition like a shootout according to the reporter.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's update is a feature on Sound Tigers winger Trevor Smith with comments from head coach Jack Capuano.






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2 comments:

  1. 1) Come on you know better than to ask the franchise about injuries. LOL Its none of our business.
    2) Actually the team the Isles play tonight have had as much if not more of an injury issue this season. The difference is they have the organizational depth to sustain them and replace them (at least temporarily) without going into a tail spin.

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  2. Hi Faux,

    1. The Islanders apparently decided not to stick with league policy (which did nothing but upset Msg/Cablevision/Newsday) and bring a ton of negative publicity.

    I cannot defend the change but it sure seems they were bullied out of it by the local paper like no other club in hockey.

    They started getting a pregame the same week the policy was changed but for what that is worth but who knows?

    You know I followed the criticism and reporting of injuries in other markets.

    It's none of our business unless the club wants to tell us something, then league policy mandates they cannot mislead anyone with what they report.

    2. Obviously Caps have organizational depth, just as important the key prospects and franchise talents like Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin are healthy.

    I would speculate no other club has had near what the Isles have gone through top to bottom with only about five regulars playing every game but I could be wrong.

    Thanks, Happy Holidays.

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