2/26/08

2/26: New York vs Pittsburgh 7pm FSN

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2008 05:35:00 PM
Garth Snow will be in the broadcast booth with Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe during part of the first period of FSN’s broadcast tonight of the Islanders-Penguins game at the Coliseum.

Islanders website: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

New York Islander Fan Central Comments:
Trade deadline is past and a team that produced thirteen out of fourteen points before Saturday takes the ice tonight with Marc Andre Bergeron/Chris Simon gone and Jeff Tambellini/Rob Davison in the lineup.

Davison has been sitting in the press box since January and has not been in the AHL or injured and has played fifteen games this season so like Freddy Meyer will be hungry to show the Isles something.

Pens have been dominating without Crosby and Malkin leading the league in scoring but likely will not have Hossa, Dupuis or Hal Gill in the lineup tonight nor is Marc Andre Fleury expected to return according to his coach this morning.

Simply put Buffalo only got one point on the weekend, Rangers got four, Boston has games in hand and the Islanders have no time for anything but hard work and two points.

Win or lose tonight folks, the post game will be tomorrow morning after a long day.

Bergeron, Simon traded, Davison acquired

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2008 01:32:00 PM
Garth Snow's press conference after the trade deadline is posted on the blog sidebar for those wanting to hear what he had to say.

Islanders website: Has a post deadline Q & A with Garth Snow.


Islanders website: Reports the Islanders have acquired defenseman Rob Davison from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The 27-year old Davison, currently in his fifth NHL season, has played 15 games for the Sharks this season. In 176 career NHL games, the 6-3, 220-pound native of St. Catharines, ON has recorded two goals with 12 assists for 14 points. He is regarded as a tough and very reliable stay-at-home defenseman and high character player.

Yahoo Sports.com: Has a player profile of Rob Davison.

Sportsnet.ca: Has a full profile of Rob Dsvison.

Tsn.ca: Reports the Islanders traded Chris Simon to the Minnesota Wild for a sixth round draft pick.

Tsn.ca Reported the Islanders traded Marc-Andre Bergeron from the New York Islanders to the Anaheim Ducks for a third round draft pick.

Updated 4:30pm
Newsday: Greg Logan blogs on the Chris Simon-Bergeron trades. Davison will dress tonight on defense against Pittsburgh, Jeff Tambellini has been called up and the kid line will be reunited and Brendan Witt skated today and is hoping to be ready to return from the injury list by Saturday.

Islanders website: Has Garth Snow's comments on the trades of Marc Andre Bergeron and Chris Simom.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A lot to digest after a big day around the league and maybe a step backwards for the Islanders short-term as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Rangers, Devils added while Isles subtracted from the mix.

Isles have to beat these teams to make the playoffs, that's the schedule. Two of them improved significantly with Hossa in Pittsburgh and Prospal in Philadelphia.

Simon's departure has got to be a very bitter pill for Ted Nolan after he fought very hard to keep him and brought him here and he get's a fresh start with Sean Hill in another conference. I have mixed feelings here because you need someone to protect your players but the Isles desperately need Tambellini speed and offensive skill and the kid lined looked like a fourth line with Simon in that spot.

I think perhaps the fan opinion maybe had a hand here in Simon's departure, the Isles supported him enough to get back into the lineup, his career is in his own hands with a fresh start.

Garth Snow picked his posion with Simon and did the same with Bergeron's shot
shot vs his mistakes on defense. Isles also had too many defenders signed for next year and none of them right now are a number one defender with a big shot and great defensive ability.

That said Berard is going to have to be the offensive threat on a very shaky powerplay on the lowest scoring club in the league and stay healthy.

Trade market did not yield many first rounder, far deeper draft from other years and Satan had his no trade clause.

Isles keep a veteran mix into next summer signing Comrie that makes this different than last year with Comrie, Guerin, Sillinger and Hunter in place and Bergenheim, Comeau and Tambellini.

We'll see what happens but they had to keep the kids and the picks, last year Snow traded Milbury's past.

Islander/Sound Tiger Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2008 12:09:00 PM
Ct Post Michael Fornabaio reports in his blog all 24 (24!) guys are still here and practicing.

Note-Mr Fornabaio has had several updates today who apparently is doing some live blogging for the deadline that is also Islander centric.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Someone can be called up but if something were that close with a game tonight you would think that player would be at Isles gameday skate which is usually optional.

Sound Tigers have no game tonight.

Updated 12:50pm
Newsday: Greg Logan reports in his blog Satan attended an Islanders team meeting this morning but left the Coliseum without taking part in the optional skate. Fedotenko went on the ice and seemed. Agent Allan Walsh, who represents both players, said it’s “highly unlikely” that Fedotenko will receive a deadline-day reprieve with a contract extension. Mike Comrie talks about his contract extension and why he only resigned for a year.

Updated 2:30pm
Newsday: Greg Logan's blog has Ruslan Fedotenko's comments with a half hour to go.

Tuesday confirmed NHL Trades/Transactions

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2008 10:48:00 AM
10:50am
Tsn.ca: Reports
the New Jersey Devils have acquired defenceman Bryce Salvador from the St. Louis Blues for forward Cam Janssen. Salvador, 32, has 11 points and 43 penalty minutes in 56 games this season.

This thread will have all non-Islander moves updated through the day.
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Updated 11:15pm
Tsn.ca: Reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have trade forward Wade Belak to the Florida Panthers for a 2008 fifth round pick.here.
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Updated 11:30am



Tsn.ca reports Brian Campbell was traded to San Jose for Steve Bernier and a first round pick here.
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Updated 11:45am
Tsn.ca reports the Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to trade one of their 'Big Three' forwards, sending centre Brad Richards and goaltender Johan Holmqvist to the Dallas Stars for goalie Mike Smith, centre Jeff Halpern and winger Jussi Jokinen. here.
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Updated 11:52pm
Tsn.ca reports the Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a second-round draft pick. Huet, 32, has a 21-12-6 record and 2.56 goals-against average this season with a .916 save percentage. here.
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Updated 12:20pm
Tsn.ca reports the Colorado Avalanche have acquired defenceman Ruslan Salei from the Florida Panthers for defenceman Karlis Skrastins and a third-round draft pick here.

Tsn.ca reports The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Tuomo Ruutu to the Carolina Hurricanes for winger Andrew Ladd here.
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Updated 12:37pm
Ottawa Citizen: Reports Martin LaPointe was traded to Ottawa from the Chicago Black Hawks for a sixth round pick.
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Updated 1:05pm
Tsn.ca: Reports
The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded veteran defenceman Adam Foote to the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional 1st round pick.
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Updated 1:16pm:
Tsn.ca Reports
Columbus Blue Jackets have traded centre Sergei Fedorov to the Washington Capitals for blueline prospect Theo Ruth.
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Updated 1:43pm
Sportsnet: Reports Vancouver traded Matt Cooke to Washington for forward Matt Pettinger.
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Tsn.ca: Reports the The Atlanta Thrashers traded Marian Hossa and winger Pascal Dupuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospect Angelo Esposito, forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen and a first-round pick.

Other confirmed deals announced at deadline:
Rangers acquire Christian Backman from Blues for a fourth round draft pick.
Leafs trade Kilger to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday for a 2008 third round draft pick.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second-round pick in 2008 and a fifth round pick in 2009.

The San Jose Sharks announced Tuesday that the team has signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a one-year contract.

The Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes pulled off a multi-player deal with the Coyotes sending forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton and goaltender David Leneveu to the Rangers for forward Marcel Hossa and netminder Al Montoya.

The Detroit Red Wings added Brad Stuart from the Los Angeles Kings for a pair of draft picks.

Nashville Acquire Time (ET) Anaheim Acquire
F - BRANDON BOCHENSKI 4:30 PM FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS

Nashville Acquire Time (ET) Tampa Bay Acquire
F - JAN HLAVAC 3:49 PM 7TH ROUND PICK

Atlanta Acquire Time (ET) Washington Acquire
F - JOE MOTZKO 3:32 PM F - ALEX GIROUX

Anaheim Acquire Time (ET) Los Angeles Acquire
G - JEAN-SEBASTIEN AUBIN 3:25 PM 7TH ROUND PICK

Quick Blog Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2008 10:22:00 AM
I added team 1040 streaming audio to the trade center sidebar for anyone wishing to listen to the full-time trade deadline hockey coverage today, I'm not sure who the hosts are for the trade deadline.

I also added the streaming audio link to TSN's trade deadline full-time coverage for anyone who wants to hear Mike Milbury, John Ferguson Jr and the Tsn personalities live on the radio today as this is written.

As Chris Botta talked about last night in his Point Blank blog here a lot of these trades hit the media in Canada sometimes before the players and even the Islanders can release the informaton because of the approval process in how deals are made.

I will be on Islesnation chatroom at times between 1-3pm and on the radio program at 3pm here for those interested in calling or listening in.

Thanks to everyone who visited NYI Fan Central yesterday. All time records across the board for a single day.

Islanders resign Mike Comrie

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2008 08:48:00 AM
Canadian press: Reports the New York Islanders have resigned Mike Comrie to a one-year contract at 4m.

Cbc.com: Confirms the story with Garth Snow's comments to Scott Morrison... "He has been everything we had hoped he would be,"

Islanders website: Confirms signings without contract details with Mike Comrie and Garth Snow's comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Little to add that I did not write in the news articles when Darren Dreger said it was likely to happen around midnight. He's now tied to Guerin and got a healthy raise for a one year extension and a year for both sides to see if this works long term.

Newsday: Greg Logan has more on the signing snd reports one source involved in several high-profile negotiations today suggested Snow’s moves to lock down key players might be laying the groundwork to become a buyer later today.

2/25/08

Islander News Articles 2/26

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 11:14:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan reports according to an NHL source, the Islanders have made an offer to right wing Miroslav Satan in addition to their previous offers to centers Mike Comrie and Josef Vasicek. Ruslan Fedotenko's agent is engaged in discussions and has made it clear his client wants to stay, but it's doubtful that will lead to a contract before Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline. Forward Chris Simon also is headed to free agency without an offer.

Garth Snow's comments are included while Mr Logan has a lot of speculation across the board.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I think Comrie and Fedotenko's comments speak for themselves on the video. If Satan got an offer to resign we'll know soon enough and the silence could mean anything as we found out with Trent Hunter.

What we do know is going into Tuesday the clock is running on resigning these players or getting something for them. As Hossa and Richards go off the market it increases the value of the Islander forwards if Snow does want to make a deal.

No outright law here that says the Isles are not in the mix for Richards either. Prospal traded to Philadelphia and the Bolts wanting to dump that big salary after signing Dan Boyle could make him a target for Snow if the Isles can unload some salary the other way.

SooNews.ca: Craig Huckerby reports Ted Nolan will be the subject of a tv documentary Tuesday night on CBC Newsworld at 10pm. Ted Nolan: Behind The Bench follows Nolan's dramatic return to the game of hockey following his controversial departure eight years ago.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Hopefully the Isles can work something out so the fans here have some access to the program. Curiously quiet day for the Isles head coach who was on the ice at Iceworks.

Updated-Ted Nolan was interviewed on Msg Network Monday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Bridgeport just played three games in three days and rested Monday. The Isles play Tuesday night so if a few players are reported as not being at Sound Tigers practice tomorrow that's where we get an idea of what the Isles are trying to do if anything because they have no spare players in the NHL and have to have someone around just to have a complete roster.

Tsn.ca:Darren Dreger reported shortly after midnight Mike Comrie is close to signing a one year contract extension with the Isles.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's a new twist into this and maybe something both sides want. Garth Snow did about the balance about him being a first line center vs a second line center, a one year contract basically becomes a restart for him.

It also ties him to the club for as long as Bill Guerin's contract runs.

Newsday: Shaun Powell writes his first Islander-centric article of the hockey season to basically call the Coliseum a dump who had comments from Islanders senior vice president Chris Dey and compare it to Newark's Prudential Center and the ballparks rising for the Yankees and Mets.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I understand the Isles need to have this done for too many reasons to write in one blog posting, but Mr Powell goes a bit overboard. Does he write Madison Square Garden which is four years older than the Coliseum and the second oldest NHL facility is a dump?

The biggest problem with the current Nassau Coliseum is it's lease with Smg taking the parking, concessions and even a percentage of the gate. No massive renovation solves that problem.

Newsday: Steve Zipay reports the local television ratings for all winter teams and FSN in March will now be named Msg plus. Michael Bair, president of MSG Media, says the station wants to capitalize more than we have on the Islanders and Devils he concedes have undernourished on some level for a number of years.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Undernourished? More like left starving to death. The idea in buying the rights was to keep the Islanders and Devils coverage kept behind the scenes so the Garden could control it's competition, they pay big money for the priviledge. They want to enhance coverage put some exhibiton games on television and find space for some ITV programming.

Now the Isles who cannot get any games on Msg at all compared to the Devils have to be televised on a channel that's under the Garden's name? It just get's worse and worse folks.

Ironic how whenever the Garden has an update on it's programming rating numbers are released Mr Zipay takes the Garden's report and runs with it. Last time it was reported ratings were reported by Msg's pr department so why would this be any different?

I'm not accepting these ratings numbers as factual until an independant media source steps up and reports these numbers from Nielsen.

Even in that limited report Isles ratings are down since the last time they released the numbers. Funny how the Rangers are always bumped to Msg-2 or FSN for the Knicks, if they were really more popular that would not be happening.

NY Post: Tim Bontemps is the lastest assigned an Islander article with some mild speculation on Miroslav Satan as the Pens game is previewed. Michael Therrien said yesterday he wasn't sure when Fleury would start, because he has yet to practice with the team.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a few words of speculation in his blog on the trade deadline but nothing specific.

AHL.com: Kimber Auerbach had a full feature article on Kyle Okposo that is a must read.

Mark Everson from the Post does a trade deadline article with virtually nothing significant on the Isles to a point the Isles are not even in the headline and given a quick sentence of speculation. Daily News has no article from Peter Botte and only a short sentence of speculation in a Ranger centric coverage from John Dellapina.

Times/New York Sun had nothing or a an AP article.

Islander/NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 02:59:00 PM
Islanders TV had full interviews with Ruslan Fedotenko and Mike Comrie on the team and the trade deadline today after practice which is now on the sidebar here for those interested.

It's best you click and listen to get your own impressions directly from them. Very good job on the interviews and the questions. Someone yelled out in the background Mike Comrie is going nowhere while he was doing his interview.

Steve Mears and Chris King also reported from Islanders practice at Iceworks for about seventeen minutes on ITV, all players practiced and a lot of things regarding the trade deadline were speculated on.

Brendan Witt walked around and Jon Sim skated on the side.

Fox Sports.com: Al Strachan had a very interesting article where he does a little creative accounting with his theory being that an accumulation of high draft picks guarantees the development of a powerhouse is simply unsupportable.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Strachan works for the Toronto Sun to the best of my knowledge and makes some good points here about smart drafting in the lower rounds being a major factor of a club's long-term success but he only needs to look at the Toronto Maple Leaf team he covers as proof you cannot continue to trade top picks for quick fixes or go for it at the deadline every year.

Monday NHL Confirmed Trades/Transactions

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 01:58:00 PM
Tsn.ca: Reports the Detroit Red Wings have signed right wing Darren McCarty to a one-year contract and assigned him to Grand Rapids on a 14-day conditioning loan.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Were off and running with the first transaction. Unless Peter Forsberg decides to change his mind and play for a club I'm not expecting any more moves along these lines.
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Updated 4:45 pm
Tsn.ca: Reports Peter Forsberg has signed with the Colorado Avalanche for the rest of this season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I had no idea when I mentioned him earlier today, I guess he changed his mind but it made me laugh.

Good news is we can stop hearing the reports on his injury, better news the league is a better place with him in it. Bad news we have to go through this again as soon as the summer.

All these news feeders all set up for trades and we get two signings......lol

Garth Snow, you go right ahead and sign Kenny Jonsson.
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Updated 9pm:
Tsn.ca: Reports the Flyers The Lightning have shipped forward Vaclav Prospal to the Philadelphia Flyers for defensemen Alexandre Picard and a second or third round draft pick in 2009.

If Philadelphia qualifies for the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals Tampa Bay will receive Philadelphia's second-round pick in 2009, and if they do not the Lightning will receive Calgary's third-round pick in 2009.
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Tsn.ca: Reports The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the 31-year old defensemen Dan Boyle to a six-year, $40 million dollar deal.

TSN has learned that the deal will pay Boyle $6.66 million per year for six years. The deal will include a no trade clause in the first four years and a modified no trade in years five and six.
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Tsn.ca: Reports the St. Louis Blues have signed the Barrett Jackman to a four year contract extension worth $14.4 million.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That noise you hear in the background is Brian Campbell's agent cheering.
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NYI Fan Central Trade Deadline Plan

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 10:25:00 AM




The final choices have been made and the plans for the deadline day coverage at New York Islander Fan Central are official. Let's hope the Isles do not mess with my page header and trade some of those players on the right side of the header.

Big changes to New York Islander Fan Central blog for the deadline. All of these features will be removed after it's over but I think we are setup very well to cover the deadline. As always all hockey comments are welcome on the blog and message board for those who would like to talk about whatever happens.


What's New?
**Countdown clock added with some bouncing things but color format works.
**Sportsnet trade tracker added to sidebar for announced trades.
**Poll closes at 3pm on sidebar Tuesday.
**NHL Trade Center added with direct links to the trade pages of the most reliable sites added.
**Islanders website crawler added to top of page for updates.
**Spector's Hockey crawler added to top of page for confirmed trades.
* TSN widget added to sidebar that includes NYI.com/NHL.com/Sportsnet.com updates.

**Removed after deadline

What's out?
*NHL scoreboard taken down for faster page loading.
* NYI Fan Central crawler taken down, feedburner for this blogs updates remains.

*Back on blog after deadline passes.

Here is the plan
Monday's format:
* I will have one blog for any incoming trades announced if any major deals are made Islanders or otherwise and add updates to the one blog posting.
* If nothing major happens I will do a Islanders/Sound Tigers/NHL notables late afternoon or early tonight when I can.
* Check blog feeders for all late night updates if you visit. Mr Logan had a blog after 10pm last night. Mr Botta, Mr Witt and Mr Fornabaio all could update at any time.

Islanders invited all blog box members to work from the Coliseum tomorrow starting at 11am so check their blogs for the latest word inside the Coliseum here.

My Format Tuesday will include the following:
* Daily articles to start coverage.
* Two blogs that will be updated constantly as all trades are confirmed, one for the Islanders, one for all other trades so keep checking back. Obviously the NHL blog will have the most updates.
* Isles centric blog will be added when/if they make a signing or trade, there is a chance we may not need one but if nothing happens I will do one blog with the Isles statement.

* Islander moves will have NYI Fan Central Comments, other trades will depend on time I have. At the end of that blog Isles statement will be posted.

* Islesnation chatroom 1pm-3pm but will be in and out.
* Islesnation talkshow 3pm-4-4:30pm here
* Isles vs Pens game preview posted 5pm/same for message board.
* Isles vs Pens recap 10pm or Wednesday morning.

Wednesday:
* Islesnation recap message and code to show for those who missed it.
* Daily Articles/game results/trade reaction from players ect.
* Poll results.
* Final trade deadline thoughts if time allows.(late afternoon)
* PM Isles/SoundTigers NHL notables if time allows. (late afternoon)
* Changes to roster/prospect sections on sidebar if time allows. (likely Thursday)

My thanks as always to Mr Prospects for the great job he does on the message board for everyone with game updates on Isles prospects in the system and my thanks to everyone for the great support this blog has received and of course the Islanders for including this blog on the website.

My trade deadline speculation

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 07:32:00 AM
Let me preface my speculation by writing any team can add almost any contract at this time of year. You are only paying for one month of salary in most contracts so even if you add an eight million dollar contract you are taking on 1/6th of that players cap hit.

You can move salary in the summer to pay for the player long term if he has a long term deal.

The no trade clause to me is the star of this trade deadline. It's amazing how many players on the trade block have this built into their contracts now and it is a major factor as the deadline approaches.

You go back a few years ago and even to last season and it was extremely rare to see so much speculation on players who now completely control their destiny. In the past this was almost unheard of.

Miroslav Satan got it put into his contract when Mike Milbury signed him after the lockout even though Buffalo bought him out, his agent knew.

Many of the key players available tomorrow have that option to turn down any trade they want. As fans it's funny how we demand loyalty from players but many Leaf fans want any return they can get for Mats Sundin because they cannot win with him and it's no lock he will play next year anywhere.

I'm almost shocked Jason Blake did not negotiate a no movement clause into his deal after the Leafs signed him day one of free agency but apparently he does not have one.

By contrast Mike Sillinger did not want to burden the Isles with one when he signed according to his recent comments and that is a man who has moved around more than anyone.

Another exception is former Islander Olli Jokinen who told us recently he asked to be traded from the Isles his one year in New York so don't count on him returning here if the Panthers do move him. Florida is in a desperate situation and it looks like Jacques Martin's mandate from ownership is to make the playoffs or he's gone and has permission to move Jokinen if he wants.

My guess is Martin does not move Jokinen, the Panthers do not make the playoffs and Martin is fired. They have not played well recently which is not their trademark for this time of year where they make a big underdog run.

Does Don Waddell move Marian Hossa to make up for the picks he traded away last season? I think so and I also believe Atlanta will not make the playoffs and fire Waddell.

Remember the Isles were reportedly interested in Eric Perrin last summer? He signed a two year 1.5m contract with Atlanta and could be someone Snow considers trading for.

Tampa Bay? Richard's controls his destiny and will pick and choose and my guess is he's gone by choice but for a small return so the Bolts save cap space. He's not a seven million dollar franchise player and Jay Feaster may pay for that deal with his job unless John Tortarella takes the hit. Dan Boyle could go either way but the money they save on Richards would help them keep Boyle if they want. I keep seeing Cory Stillman entering the mix for the Isles.

I have a hard time seeing Rob Blake moving East and will likely stick around in Los Angeles and veto any trade, same for Ed Jovanovski in Phoenix which only ups the market for Brian Campbell who I think will survive the deadline in Buffalo even if he's gone in the summer unless Darcy Regier chances his trends from the past.

Tsn.ca: Has an update on Alex Tanguay who has a no trade clause and a year left on his contract which could become a factor in a possible Islander trade.

Anyone else think Montreal is shopping for the final piece and is ready to make a big time run at a championship? I do.

I may be the only one but I see Boston become buyers, altering their mix which has worked and taking a step back. Sometimes you change chemistry and what overachieved on paper suddenly stops working.

We all know Garth Snow does not mind trading with Kevin Lowe or Paul Holmgren, some general managers do look to people they work well with at times. My guess is Garth Snow and Brian Burke are not the best of friends after some comments last season and it's hard to see one calling the other but this time of year anything is possible.

Of course Mr Burke and Kevin Lowe would make for great reality television if they got involved in a trade after last summer and you can add Darcy Regier to that mix with Philadelphia or Edmonton.

It's kind of funny Glen Sather only seems to talk with the Edmonton media about the Rangers. Hard to see them not adding a defender and moving some prospects or getting something for Montoya now that they have signed a goalie.

Good luck finding league sources talk about Lou Lamoriello's Devils beyond personal speculation or shaking up a team that's first in the conference. As usual the Devils made the experts look foolish and still have not learned with David Conte and that staff they are three steps ahead of everyone and the plan is to be better later than earlier. Brent Sutter looks smarter by the day and given his background comes from Al Arbour makes his team very dangerous moving forward.

You can bet the panic is on in Philadelphia with the injuries and this losing streak. No doubt Ed Snider is not going to go down without a fight after the money he has invested in Briere, that is a club that could move prospects and a first rounder at any time.

One final thing, it took a six game winning streak for the Isles to move from fourteenth to a point out of a playoff spot. Any club going on a big winning streak can enter the playoff mix and any team outside of the top three clubs going into a big losing streak can find themselves on the outside. The key is to get games to overtime and add points every game.

It should be a fun couple of days, only wish the league did not have games on the day of the trade deadline and just scheduled it on a Monday.

Islander News Articles 2/25

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2008 06:02:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan reports NHL sources say the Islanders are fielding offers for forwards Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko and Mike Comrie, all of whom are headed to free agency this summer and that the real offers start coming in today.

Garth Snow would like to sign Comrie by tomorrow if he agrees to fit in the salary slot for a second-line center. A lot more speculation here dominates the article with only one unnamed Western Conference personnel expert comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
At this point it's up to everyone to separate the fact from the fancy and as always, it is interesting how un-named NHL sources always seem to know the Isles business and talk to the local media which was the same back when Mike Milbury was general manager.

You do not see this as much with the Devils or Rangers.

We will get our answers today or tomorrow. With a game scheduled tomorrow night a sign to look for are possible call ups from Bridgeport in advance to replace traded players to fill a lineup.

Newsday: Greg Logan had a late blog on Bryan McCabe with all the twists and turns from most of the last year including the Sun article posted here last night where he said he did not want to be traded but would be interested if Cliff Fletcher approached him. His speculation is the Islanders would want the Leafs first rounder to take McCabe's contract.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's my price to add McCabe to the Islander roster and take the Leafs off the hook for his salary. I think Cliff Fletcher would get a lot of grief for trading a top ten pick for a franchise desperate for top draft picks and a rebuilding and doubt the Leafs will part with the pick under any circumstances.

Just remember this is the same Cliff Fletcher who gave the Islanders a first round pick with Kenny Jonsson a long time ago. It says a lot about McCabe if they go to that extreme to move him when a buyout is not part of a no-movement clause according to section 11.8 (b) of the CBA:

A no-move clause may prevent the involuntary relocation of a Player, whether by Trade, Loan or Waiver claim. A no-move clause, however, may not restrict the Club's buy-out and termination rights as set forth in this Agreement.

I also find it hard to see the Islanders having this many defenders under contract going into next season. McCabe, Witt and Sutton all take up over ten million of cap space and none of them are complete defenders who can be considered top two defenders. To do this leaves no space for a franchise defender to solve the problem and limits money to improve the offense with top six forwards.

Pittburgh Tribune Review: Rob Rossi reports Pens Goaltender would love to return from injury and start against the Islanders on Tuesday. He started five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and went 3-2-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and a
.950 save percentage

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That team has stepped up huge with Crosby and Fleury out, a ton of credit to the Pens who have proven they are far more than about one player and will be a very dangerous team down the stretch. Mike Terrien for all his critics pushes hard and gets results.

Espn.com: EJ Hradek obviously does not feel the way David Amber does about the Butch Goring trade but reviews some other past trades.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports on the Sound Tigers shootout loss to Albany with Mike Morrison and Jeff Tambellini's comments.

Micheal Haley got back into the lineup, replacing Justin Bourne. Jeff Dwyer and Andy Sertich were scratched again on defense. Walter was out, the team hopes for the last time, and Kip Brennan served the eighth game of his 15-game suspension.

The three papers covering the River Rats seemed to have provided AP/Staff reports on the game unless the Troy Record here has an update later.

Check back for more incoming updates:

2/24/08

Islander-Sound Tiger Sunday Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/24/2008 06:10:00 PM


The folks over at Islesnation.com here were kind enough to ask me on the program Tuesday at a special 3pm time this week for the trade deadline show they are having. My Thanks to Tony, Steven and Pete for the kind invitation once again. I will also be visiting their chatroom between 1-3pm when I can.




Best of all it looks like I will be appearing on the program with my old friend and HF co-mod Tom Liodice who does an excellent job with his blog called Tiger Tracks here that is a must read for our fans and featured at NYI Fan Central with outstanding game updates from Bridgeport and the Coliseum. Tom is also part of the Islanders blog box for those who do not know here.

Toronto Sun: Mike Zeisberger has Bryan McCabe's comments where he makes it perfectly clear he does not wish to be traded after talking it over with his wife but would consider it if Fletcher came to him with an offer.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Unless Mr Fletcher is allowed to include a number one pick with McCabe Isles should have no interest in a weak defender who is grossly overpaid.

AHL.com: Reports the Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost 2-1 in a shootout Sunday to the Albany at Harbor Yard.

Jeff Tambellini scored to tie the game in the third, Steve Regier assisted. Mike Morrison made twenty six saves.

That's 0-2-1 this weekend for Bridgeport and another big crowd at Harbor Yard.

New Poll: Final call you decide

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/24/2008 04:11:00 PM
NYI Fan Central trade deadline poll puts you on the hot-seat and the final decisions are now in your hands with the clock running.

This pressure packed poll ends at 3:50pm on Tuesday, shortly after the trade deadline ends and all late deals are filtering in.

I hope those who vote take the time to repond and tell us why you voted as you did and give us your plan.

Thank You and good luck.

Buyer
Seller
Both to a degree
Tambellini goes
Fedotenko goes
Satan goes after waiving NTC
Vasicek goes
Comrie goes
Stick with everyone, hope to resign them later
Anyone not resigned goes by Tuesday
Someone under contract is traded
Prospects are traded
Prospects go nowhere
Tired of waiting, go for it now
Stick to the plan, even if it means not winning now
Trade a top pick
Keep the top picks
Trade mid-late rounders for help
Stand pat and trade nothing Tuesday

Speculation on Isles at deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/24/2008 03:42:00 PM
This is a really tough call for me because the Islander management is hard to read but there are a few trends.

Seems the Isles committee would rather let someone walk away as opposed to overpaying to keep them, but that does not mean it will work like last year when the Isles were in sixth place, added two players and kept everyone until they signed with other clubs in July.

My speculation is we will see that with a few players, but not all of them.

I do not think they want that many open spots come July and want a core group in place for potential free agents who may want to sign.

We know the circumstances are not as good as a year ago when they were in sixth at the deadline and that may influence them to try and get something back for a veteran but it's hard to say what they are looking for and who they are willing to move but it all seems to start with Satan and Fedotenko.

I also do not see any special dispensation to Mike Milbury's former draft picks.

Here is how I see it:
Ruslan Fedotenko-Toughest call of the bunch given his playoff success and recent scoring outburst which has been critical in the winning streak. My guess is he stays and the Isles take their chances on signing him later unless the offer is too good to turn down.

Is he expecting the Isles to give him a contract for three million again given the inconsistent season he has had, even with injuries being a factor?

This would become Tambellini's spot if he's traded but it's fair to speculate if Fedotenko is moved the Isles see themselves as sellers because his current offensive play will be hard to replace on a roster that does not score enough unless the incoming return plays here now and can produce.

Miroslav Satan-For a trade to happen he must approve it and that's far from a given at this time. If he agrees to go the Isles lose a key player in terms of offensive production and leaves them with a line of Park, Bergenheim and no right wing in the organization who can replace his offensive skills. Blake Comeau does not look comfortable as a right winger even though he played the position as a prospect, Kyle Okposo is not that kind of right wing in terms of shooting skill.

Bill Guerin-With Sillinger now virtually un-tradable does this change the captain's status as someone who they do consider trading? I doubt it.

Josef Vasicek-Considering the injury to Sillinger who would take his spot?

Even if he cannot be resigned and seems too inconsistent to produce as a second line center he's getting the job done at present. If someone calls asking about him you have to listen, especially with Jeremy Colliton and Ben Walter deserving a full look and Frans Nielsen looking good.

Andy Hilbert-Has done a good job as a first line left wing and producing very well but was this a showcase and could he be a throw-in to a bigger trade? I think it's very possible.

Mike Comrie-I see Comrie as the players the Isles keep and will go until July to try and resign. I expect the Isles have made close to their best offer but do need him for the stretch unless he's traded for a center who can score.

Brendan Witt-You never know what offers are coming and if the right young players
with skill are offered how do you not take a chance here to improve your roster?

Richard Park-Unless another team wants him in a trade it's hard to see the Isles including him.

Sean Bergenheim-No doubt other teams will be interested but unless his agent is threatening another holdout or a great young player is part of the return I cannot see Bergenheim moved.

Blake Comeau-A great prospect would have to be part of the return and given the gm's comments on keeping the prospect's it tough to see any deal involving Comeau despite other clubs who will want him.

Frans Nielsen-Only seems to be getting better and not a player you throw into a deal unless a ton of potential comes the other way.

Jeff Tambellini-Teams will be asking for him, if Fedotenko, Bergenheim, Sim, Comeau are all left wings and in the teams plans how do you not listen? Of course how do you let him go without him playing fifty-sixty games at left wing in the NHL.

Chris Simon-Given his playoff experience and how popular he is with other clubs I can see the Islanders moving him and interest from a few gm's. Isles have done their part and beyond to support him but you always look to improve your team, but they do need someone to fill his role because the team has been bullied a few times.

Shawn Bates-He's the player you demand another club take back in a deal if you add salary.

Campoli-Gervais-All depends on the return but it has to be a great one, not for a defensive liability like McCabe who will eat cap space and likely not be as good as eiher one of these players in two years.

Radek Martinek-Teams would have to anti-up big time to take his cap friendly contract and strong defensive play.

Andy Sutton-His recent play and now his injury takes any possible trade off the table unless someone will take his contract to offset one the Isles add.

Jon Sim-Same as Sutton and Bates in that this is a contract you make another team take as filler if you take another club's big contract. Unwritten rule is it takes a year playing to fully recover and we have seen it with Peca, Martinek and Nokelainen.

Bryan Berard-Depth problems on defense make this a tough trade unless you add a defender you can play here now. This is a player who had to sign a tryout contract who will be available again in a few months.

Freddy Meyer-Isles just extended his contract, he cleared waivers twice and is doing a good job.

Aaron Johnson-Depth issues and some good upside make this a player you consider trading if another team is interested if you acquire something to make your team better but it's hard to see huge demand for Johnson considering he was a free agent.

Wade Dubielewicz-Doubtful he will be in big demand.
Rick DiPietro-Not going anywhere.

Larry Brooks Islander bias old news

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/24/2008 12:27:00 PM
NY Post: Larry Brooks as usual shows up to write something on the Isles and even when he throws in some half-hearted praise about the DiPietro contract maybe being a good signing (after he gets in his shot at Charles Wang) or Trent Hunter's resigning while acknowledging the club's hard work and leadership under Ted Nolan and Bill Guerin only seems to be writing to make sure he gets his message out which is he considers the Islanders last in New York in terms of popularity and no one in New York notices or cares about the club and that they are not good enough to win.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Let's just call a spade a spade. The editors at the Post choose to treat the Islanders this way and are more of a New York franchise then the East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants or Jets and thousands of people care and notice and have since the team first appeared on WOR-9 in the 70's.

The lack of coverage is subjective, done by design and no doubt a few life-long Ranger fans who have enough problems getting any recognition for their own team in New York City who control the agenda behind the scenes at the Post, Times and Daily News want it this way. The space in the paper designated for hockey coverage today is extremely limited.

In other words the Rangers are just as invisible inside New York City and are desperate for coverage because they cannot compete with the major sports who dominate year round.

Bottom line, it's reflective of a few individuals regulating the limited space for hockey coverage, no more and no less. It has nothing to do with any teams popularity in a market.

Mr Brooks writes something once or twice a year on the Isles and there is always some kind of negative spin or outright insult thrown in there about the franchise because he cannot help himself as a life-long fan of an Islander rival and today is no different.

This former Devils employee also has no problem getting in his shots at his former employer.

Mr Brooks was stuck with the Islander beat when they did win the Stanley Cup which he does praise but never could personally accept as a New York Championship Franchise that won like his favorite team never could. He makes sure to keep the New York Islanders on the outside whenever the chance presents itself. His disgraceful conduct claiming Mike Bossy wanted money for a retirement ceremony where he had to issue a public retraction then not writing a word on the event speaks to his true agenda.

Mr Brooks finds it very comfortable doing all he can to distance the Islanders from being a New York franchise but the reality is he even acknowledges indirectly on occasion is how many Islander fans are inside the city limits and at Msg for games and have been for close to two decades and only serves to contradict himself.

They came out in big numbers in March 2000 to cheer a club dead last heading for their seventh straight year out of the playoffs at a time Larry Brooks called the Garden, Nassau Coliseum Mainland in an old article I posted on my Islanders-Sound Tigers mailing list.

At the time Mr Brooks wrote this Butch Goring was just fired as coach at the worst time in franchise history with no reason for any New York Islander fan to attend a game of a team destined to finish out of the playoffs for a seventh straight year but did in New York City and in substantial numbers.

No, in this 75th anniversary season the Rangers had to go even a step
farther and turn the Garden into Nassau Coliseum Mainland, as the
substantial number of Islander fans, who invaded Manhattan last night,
filled the arena with chants of "Let's Go Islanders!" as their team
whipped the heroic home boys by 5-2.


Devils have the same problem with Post beat writer Mark Everson, who has been known in New York circles as Mark Neverson for his gloom and doom on the Devils.

As for Larry Brooks:
What's the expression, a picture is worth a thousand words?






Does Mr Brooks really think all these Islander fans inside Msg cheering for the NEW YORK Islanders are only from Nassau County?

Another sad day from the very limited hockey department at the New York Post, your act has gotten very old Mr Brooks, save the
half-hearted complements because it's clear the insults are the real agenda behind them.

2/23/08

Islander News Articles 2/24:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2008 10:35:00 PM
Most of these articles were posted after the game Saturday so in effect even after a day game it will be the Sunday articles in the newspapers.

Newsday: Greg Logan has the recap of the Islanders loss to the Devils with Bill Guerin saying he wants the club to be a buyer but it's up to the general manager, that his team is in no position to take night's off as he went into detail about the mistakes made and how they approached a five on three power play against the Devils experience. Aaron Johnson talks about what he calls a misread on Zach Parise's goal and how the club played in the third period.

Newsday: Greg Logan has Ted Nolan's comments on Mike Sillinger's season ending surgery, Josef Vasicek said he has heard nothing about his contract status, Ruslan Fedotenko said he has no good or bad news, and no information at all. Miroslav Satan has not been asked to waive his no trade clause at this time.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It should be noted Newsday changes it's ap link to the writers actual game article as it's updated later on.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann has a feature on the core of the four weekend coming up March 1st/2nd with Mike Bossy & Butch Goring's comments. Mr Herrmann speculates the organization has hinted that this is the end of the major celebrations.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Seems to me that banner with Bob Bourne's name on it deserves a lot more company in the Islanders announced plans for a Hall of Fame last season.

All of the players part of that core of four who do not have their numbers officially retired should have their night as Bourne did.

Mr Wang's done far more than his part and made up for other owners mistakes, unfortunately there is more to do in that department and it needs to be done because it's the right thing to do. Cannot have Bob Bourne's name on a banner with the retired jersey's and not include the other players who's numbers are not retired.

How many times is Mark Hermann going to make sure to point out past alumni felt they were brought out as props and sent packing? Enough is enough. Let the players have their day and please ask some more hockey questions to these legendary players.

There is no way Mr Herrmann would go in that direction with Ed Giaconmin or Rod Gilbert.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell was allowed to cover the game from both sides which has Bill Guerin's comments on the Isles.

Newark Star Ledger & Bergen Record: Beat writer Tom Gulitti's blog also recaps the Devils win here.

Edmonton Journal: Jim Matheson has Garth Snow's comments on Mike Comrie that he looked for sixty points and is on pace for sixty points, who credited his grit and how he's helped the young players but is not sure he's a number one center but it depends on his own criteria.

Star Tribune: Michael Russo has former Islander Mark Parrish and his comments on how being traded for Roberto Luongo was not easy for him and what he was told by Panthers management beforehand.

Calgary Herald: George Johnson has a nice feature on Isles VP of communications Chris Botta.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is about the two fluke goals Hartford got and a disallowed goal that hit off Matt Keith's chest that was disallowed with Joey MacDonald and Jack Capuano's comments on the game.

Hartford Courant: Bruce Berlet's coverage of the Wolfpack.

Albany Times Union: Report Brandon Nolan wanted to play Saturday but the coach would not allow it, Ted Nolan was in attendance and apparently made the trip after the Devils game in Newark.

Hartford 5, Bridgeport 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2008 10:02:00 PM
AHL.com: Reports the Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost 5-2 at Hartford Saturday night. Steve Regier and Trevor Smith scored the goals.

Tambellini, Keith and Colliton had assists and each were minus two. Tim Jackman also had an assist.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a pregame blog on the fallout from Friday's loss and will likely have one to recap tonight's game.

Daily Gazette: Phil Janack prior to the Bridgeport-Albany game on Friday had a quick preview and reported he a chance to talk with Kyle Okposo before the game and the kid's talent on the ice is matched only by his maturity off of it.

Sound Tigers play Sunday at 4pm at Harbor Yard against Albany.

Final Poll Results:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2008 06:44:00 PM
Final poll results are in which was on the defense and what you would do.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Results:
Keep using Bridgeport callups 8 (27%)
Make a small deal to bring in a veteran 5 (17%)
Hang in until Witt, Gervais can play 12 (41%)
Make a big deal and get a top defender to help this group 4 (13%)

As we all know Isles hung in...

The big trade deadline poll will be posted on Sunday and will only run until the trade deadline on Tuesday at 3pm and puts you in the general managers chair with the clock running.

Mike Sillinger out for the season

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2008 05:17:00 PM
TSN.ca: Reports Mike Sillinger will have season ending hip surgery within the next week.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
As the article speculates it puts an end to Mike Sillinger being traded unless a team wants to take a chance on him being healthy for next season because he is signed.

The question here is you look at Sillinger's age and you have to wonder is he able to return from this and be productive?

It's also fair to write he did not have a productive statistical season overall.

New Jersey 4, New York 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2008 04:50:00 PM
Islanders website: Has Ted Nolan's comments who felt his team was not ready at the start in today's 4-2 loss against the Devils in Newark. Bill Guerin credited the Devils but felt his team did not show enough fight in this one and spoke about the playoff race and Ruslan Fedotenko had comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This trend all season of allowing goals with a powerplay have been killing them and it was again a big factor today. The biggest trend today was the Devils were simply the better team who took the game from the Islanders and had the better chances and outskated/outworked them with the game tied in the third.

Hilbert's goal got them going, Satan not finishing his breakaway was big and Brodeur made a big save on Bergenheim. Brodeur did not have to be great while DiPietro gave his team every chance to win. Parise ate up Johnson four on four on the game winner and Gionta beat Gervais for the 4-2 goal. New Jersey dominated the third and most of the first period.

Not going to be overcritical, this team has played a lot of hockey this week and it's been a tough grind and we all know they are playing with injuries. Devils had a nice break going into this game.

Considering Witt is out and Gervais just came back combined with all the minutes that have been on Meyer and Martinek this was expected considering how the Devils have been playing lately who just moved into first overall.

Updated 10pm:
Big picture it's a huge loss today with Boston, Rangers gaining two more points Saturday and the Flyers gaining a point with most teams having games in hand.

Anything less than 92 points (it could take more) I just do not see as enough. Five hundred hockey leaves the Isles with 87 points if they go 10-10 and now the Isles have only nineteen games left so they need to go 10-9 for 87 points.

Garth Snow, Ted Nolan and the hockey committee now have some decisions to make and we finally see what direction this club will take for the remainder of the season.

I expect some changes.

2/23: New York at New Jersey 1PM FSN

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/23/2008 12:10:00 AM
Islanders website: Has the preview of today's 1pm game in Newark against the Devils.

Devils only loss in five games was in a shootout to Atlanta, with two wins against Ottawa. Martin Brodeur is 7-2-2 this month without giving up more than three goals in a game. Patrik Elias has two goals and ten assists in 11 games this month.

Colin White is listed as day to day with an upper body injury as the only Devil regular injured.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Very tough game against a team playing some very good hockey who just dominated Carolina in their last game and take the ice after a few days off. Gervais returns to the Isles defense but it's going to take a much better effort than we saw against Tampa, Washington and San Jose to earn two points here in terms of skating and transition.

We all know the numbers this season against the Devils which no doubt will be a big motivational factor for New Jersey. Islanders need take one look at the standings with someone out of Rangers-Buffalo gaining two points Saturday and know they need a win to keep pace as teams have games in hand as their motivation.

2/22/08

Islander News Articles 2/23:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 09:23:00 PM
Newsday: Roderick Boone reports Drew Fata has been returned to Bridgeport and Bruno Gervais will make his return against the Devils Saturday while Rick DiPietro talks about how much fun it's been and that the club has a chance as long as they play solid hockey. Ted Nolan talks about the Devils being a big test while Freddy Meyer feels they have to bring their 'A' effort every game with every two points critical and that there is no letting up.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's great news Gervais is coming back. I was very impressed with Fata in his callup and he had an assist on the Isles only goal against Tampa and was on the ice in overtime against Washington. Johnson played a lot with Fata so where does Gervais slot with given Meyer and Martinek's chemistry?

AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers fired 43 shots at Michael Leighton of the Albany River Rats on the road but lost 4-1 Friday night. Jeff Tambellini had nine of the shots and was -3 in his return. Drew Fata was not listed in the lineup. Trevor Smith scored Bridgeport's goal, Dustin Kohn had an assist in his return to the lineup, Pascal Morency played.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Jack Capuano who felt some guys were interested in doing what they wanted to do but credited Tim Jackman for his ten shots because he listens. Jeff Tambellini felt his club did not get traffic in front of Albany's goaltender and was sloppy at best combined with the wingers needing to do a better job retrieving the puck. Scott Ford commented on leveling Brandon Nolan, who left bleeding and did not return.

UP NEXT - Today at Hartford, 7 p.m.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a pregame blog and confirmed the word is Fata will be back Saturday. He will also likely have a postgame to recap the loss.

Times Union: Has the Albany River Rats coverage.

Islanders resign Hunter for five years

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 08:33:00 PM




























Islanders website: Has the full details with Trent Hunter, Garth Snow, Rick DiPietro, Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger and Chris Campoli's comments.

Tsn.ca: Reports the Islanders have resigned forward Trent Hunter to a five-year extension worth $10 million.

Garth Snow's video comments have been placed on the sidebar who did a quick interview for ITV on the signing.

New York Islander Fan Central Comments:
Considering the rumors of at least a three million dollar contract last summer and some reports he could have been looking for 4m as Scott Hartnell around the time of his arbitration hearing that's a great signing for Garth Snow at 2m per year and clearly Hunter wanted to be a New York Islander long-term. Classy negotiations by both sides that stayed out of the press until a week ago and an article where Hunter did not give any impression that he wanted to be back but obviously did.

The scoring has not been there but no doubt he brings a lot to the table for this club and has since his debut in the 2002 playoffs, to me this is an outstanding job by the gm and the player here and he is on pace for his second best season in terms of points.

A lot of classy comments from his teammates across the board for a man who had been in this organization since the 2000 draft where he was traded here from Anaheim for a fourth round pick after being selected in the sixth round 150th overall in 1998.

He is the kind of player who you feel can be part of a cup winning team.

Highest marks to Charles Wang, Garth Snow, Ted Nolan, Trent Hunter and everyone involved in this signing.

Newsday: Greg Logan had a full article on the signing with Hunter's comments that he definitely wanted to stay here and that Garth Snow and his agent knew that and that he wanted a long term deal, Garth Snow and Rick DiPietro praised him.

Newsday: Mr Logan also looks like he added a blog on the signing or it's linked his blog to the newspaper article as he did for the Islander insider.

Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 03:21:00 PM


THN.Com: Features Rick DiPietro in it's goalie issue due out on March 4th. Some may recall Ken Campbell did an interview with the Islander goalie at the all-star weekend in Atlanta which Chris Botta at the time wrote about in his Point Blank blog here.







Espn.com: Today it's David Ember's turn to make fans turn away from Espn's hockey coverage as somehow the Butch Goring trade everyone mentions at every trade deadline to this day as the quintessential deadline deal he has ranked sixth.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
According to Mr Ember the Goring deal is not even the best deadline trade from 1980. The Kings trading a first round pick which became Phil Housley for Jerry Korab ranked two spots higher at fourth.

My math says a deal that helped produce four straight Stanley Cup is more valuable than a deal that produced no championships for Buffalo or Los Angeles.

Gadsdentimes.com: Sarah Larimer reports Steven Ross, a minority shareholder of the Isles in the nineties has agreed to purchase half the of the Miami Dolphins from owner Wayne Huizenga with an opportunity to become managing general partner in the future.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It should be noted Steve Ross and Dan Doctoroff who currently works for the Bloomberg Administration as deputy mayor joined with Howard Milstein and Steven Gluckstern in 1997 to buy the Islanders, for $195 million. Mr. Doctoroff and Mr. Ross each took a 5 percent stake in the team, but the group lost an estimated $40 million and sold the team in 2000 for $187.5 million according to a New York Times article by Charles Bagli in 2004 here.

Globe & Mail: Alan Maki's blog actually has an un-named NHL general manager quoted as saying you can live a little easier with the term if the money is right when talking about Rick DiPietro's contract.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Amazing how quickly we see contracts for similar money and far less years than DiPietro got. If he does play out the contract he absolutely will have left money on the table.

Finally, let's clear this up once and for all being I have done such a poor job with this.

Islanders won six in a row in 2003-04:
Dec. 21 at Washington Capitals W 5-4
Dec. 23 Philadelphia Flyers W 4-2
Dec. 26 at New Jersey Devils W 4-3 OT
Dec. 27 Toronto Maple Leafs W 3-1
Dec. 29 New Jersey Devils W 3-1
Dec. 31 at Pittsburgh Penguins W 6-1

Not to be confused with winning five in a row in 2002-03:
Dec. 23 Montreal Canadiens W 3-1
Dec. 28 Carolina Hurricanes W 3-0
Dec. 30 Florida Panthers W 2-1 OT
Dec. 31 at Buffalo Sabres W 1-0 OT
Jan. 3 Boston Bruins W 8-4

Let's hope the winning streak continues so if nothing else I can finally get this correct. I think my next potential error is the nine game streak after the Ken Baumgartner, Hubie McDonough trade for Miko Makela during the 89-90 season where the club went on an 18-3 run.

Of course my point was the club came through with a winning streak when they had to have it and are now back in realistic contention.

Quick poll update

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 02:11:00 PM
The latest poll results are in with a day remaining which asked what the club should do in terms of the defense with all the injuries?

Of course if I wrote the word " Make " as opposed to " Made " it might have helped if I spelled it properly but I suspect everyone got the point.

Once polls are entered blogger does not allow us to change any wording to correct a spelling error, I did not want to delete the poll and make anyone vote a second time.

I suspect the winning streak with Meyer, Martinek, Bergeron, Berard, Johnson and now Drew Fata have played into the voting as it should.

Current results:
Keep using Bridgeport callups 7 (28%)
Make a small deal to bring in a veteran 5 (20%)
Hang in until Witt, Gervais can play 11 (44%)
Make a big deal and get a top defender to help this group 2 (8%)

Eighteen of twenty five votes to stick with Bridgeport callus or hang in until Witt/Gervais return.

I felt a lateral move and trading a pick had to happen. I tend to feel the same way because one injury to anyone and they are already approaching the second tier of defenders left in Bridgeport. I cannot see this group staying healthy long-term given the injury history to Berard, Meyer or Martinek and even if they keep doing the job the club needs some depth to finish the season and perhaps survive a deep playoff run.

One thing for sure is they will not be getting back Campoli and an injury like Sutton's is one he may have problems returning from.

Thanks again for taking the time to vote.

A few words on trade deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 01:43:00 PM
Not a big fan of Lyle Richardson/Spector Hockey aka Fox Sports but for now added the site as a crawler for the trade deadline because he is a member of the media.

He does stick to the rumors from credible media sources only format and compiles the daily articles from several publications in one message for the most part.

If I see his site get away from that in the next few days I will drop the crawler from this blog.

My advice here is to take all rumors from the newspapers for what they are and ignore anything not in a newspaper unless it's written by a confirmed media source.

In my experience at times like this a lot of folks love to break the news and mistakes are made. Media folks speculation is far different from quotes they get from team officials that they write articles around.

I do not want to put too many crawlers up, just the ones that get us confirmed trades from reliable/credible media sources. If I find more of them that I feel can help I will take down the feed to my blog for a few hours Tuesday so more information reaches the blog for everyone quicker.

Of course this blog already has a lot of feeders set up from media sources all around the league so I suggest checking the news section of the page at the bottom at all times. That also includes Bridgeport, San Antonio where we can see what could happen just by players recalled.

A look at Isles and playoff picture

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 12:09:00 PM
Eastern Conference
1 OTTAWA* 61 76
2 NEW JERSEY* 61 75
3 CAROLINA* 64 67
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4 PITTSBURGH 61 75
5 MONTREAL 62 75
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6 BOSTON 60 68
7 BUFFALO 61 68
8 NY RANGERS 62 68
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9 NY ISLANDERS 62 67
10 PHILADELPHIA 61 66
11 WASHINGTON 61 63
12 ATLANTA 62 62
13 FLORIDA 63 61

We all know very well the standings change quickly but even with the Isles winning six in a row there is a lot of work to do moving forward if this team wants to earn a playoff spot and they will not have games in hand to do it with and no head to head games with Buffalo or Boston.

At this time they are still on the outside and the clubs in front of them/behind them all have the ability to go on a big winning or losing streak.

In the event of a tie-breaker in posts/wins Boston owns head to head with the Isles with Buffalo it get's more complex with both teams splitting the season series. The four remaining games with the Rangers will determine the tie breaker but for now Isles lead 3-1 in that series.

For those needing a refresher on tie-breakers:
2. The greater number of games won.
3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
4. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.


We all know the Isles are the among the lowest scoring club's in the league and will be a minus in the differential department, they currently stand at minus twenty two, only Atlanta is worse among the current bubble teams.

For now it's time to separate the division leaders with Pittsburgh and Montreal from the bubble playoff teams until someone closes the seven point gap with them. For now I'm keeping Tampa and Toronto outside the mix of bubble teams until they break into the top thirteen.

Thing have changed quickly and will be changing quickly the rest of the way.

With that let's take a quick look at all the bubble teams:

Boston-I suspect the Bruins to be a buyer given how they have hung in all year with injuries and a team that has a strong chemistry. This club has the survival skills to not only keep their playoff seed but also go on a big winning streak that has helped them get past a losing streak. Their last game against Florida tells Boston's story this season and there is little to suggest a collapse is coming.

Buffalo-This is still a club with a lot of key players that won a President's Trophy last year. With Vanek, Connolly it's hard to see them go back into the tailspin that they just got out of. I expect this team will do something with Brian Campbell if he is not signed but also have enough talent to move up quickly. Lindy Ruff a year ago had a lot of injuries and still got his team to first overall that last month.

Rangers-They play the trap and the percentages of outshooting teams by a good
ten-fifteen shots per game and have enough scoring depth and I expect that will be the plan the rest of the way. They also have the cap space to go in any direction they want in terms of adding someone. Clearly the trap is effecting the scoring by design and this is a team that has had winning streaks and some losing streaks. Isles two games in early March will likely play a big part in who is chasing who and if those April games will matter by that point.

Islanders-On paper the scoring and defense say no chance, but at this point it's time to acknowledge this club is capable of anything and somewhat of a weaker version of Boston but also have strong survival skills in games. Hopefully the trade deadline brings some depth to help them fight off any more losing streaks. Nolan and DiPietro are a hard combination to beat behind the bench and in goal and I do not see that changing. Any team that can pull off a streak like this with it's back against the wall and the deadline coming has to be taken very seriously because they have earned the right to stay together.

Carolina-Have to include a first place team that could drop into second with any losing streak. Isles control the tie-breaker head to head with Carolina with five points. They have the speed and skills but seem to be lacking any killer instinct in terms of opening up a lead in it's division. Of course if Carolina does play anyone as a division winner, they have home ice.

Philadelphia-Hard to see Philadelphia not making a deal with all the money they invested given it's losing streak and even with some teams up against the cap it's not hard to add rentals who are free agents because most of their salary is already paid for the year. I do not think they have the goaltending and no doubt Gagne's injury is huge but I suspect once they win a game they will win a bunch.

Just remember folks it took a six game winning streak by the Isles and a nine game losing streak for the Flyers to inch past them for a day. Head to head Flyers have the edge but the four games in March should decide that. The freefall can continue but they have the depth unlike last year.

Washington-Isles control the tie-breaker and you hope it's only one club from the Southeast that qualifies but this is a very good team that seems to have it's best hockey still in front of it and got red-hot just to get where they are now. They could easily win the division. Kolzig despite the Islander game had been very good. Caps could be buyers at the deadline.

Atlanta-Thrashers hold a 2-1 edge on the Isles with a game left and need a win in regulation to control tiebreaker. Thrashers have been an up and down team but when good have been very good. Hard to say where they will go at the deadline but do not have the ability to be buyers like last year.

Florida-Despite a good year this is the point where the Panthers usually make their unexpected playoff charge and unlike other years are likely to be buyers after years of being bystanders. Zednik will be out for a while and they need more depth. Panthers control the head to head tie-breaker with the Isles. That written this club unlike last year has a goaltender who is outstanding in Vokoun.

Newsday's Islander Insider

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 10:17:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan has the weekly Islanders Insider on the trade deadline with Garth Snow and Ted Nolan's comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Again my advice here is to read the article and draw your own conclusions between speculation and the actual quotes but among the highlights:

* The article has the gm's comments that a Ryan Smyth type of move won't happen this year because he wants to keep his first round pick and in general, the top prospects who remain in the organization are ones he declined to part with last year.

* The Isles gm talked about the value of cap space and that if other teams want that space you better give a good asset for it and of the long term plan to win the Stanley Cup.

* He made it clear he will not mortgage the future to try to get a quick fix.

* Asked about the progress of negotiations with his pending free agents:
We've made offers. That's as far as I'll go.

* Satan has a no trade clause and Dallas as been in the rumors but has built a home here. The gm declined comments on possible offers he has received.

* Ted Nolan supports his gm and feels he has to build this team and make the best decisions not only for the short term, but for the long-term success of the team. You can bring a young kid in who can do equally as well as a veteran can when the subject of trading someone to create a spot for Tambellini came up.

* The Islander coach also feels his job is to make sure we get these guys focused on trying to win right now and that they will try to win with who they have.

* Miroslav Satan admitted that his no trade clause and being unrestricted with the deadline has served as a powerful motivating force but talked about how well the club has played.

* Blake Comeau talked about the hit by San Jose's Douglas Murray.

* Mr Logan speculated about Brad Richard and Bryan McCabe but felt it would take the Leafs first rounder to be included for the Isles to make such a trade with Toronto.

* A team meeting in Minnesota accounts for the improved defensive play.

2/21/08

Islander News Articles 2/22:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2008 11:39:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan's recap has Ted Nolan on the difference in his goaltenders play which he felt was the breaks as he talked about Ovechkin's shots which hit the post, Miroslav Satan on the great play Sean Bergenheim made to find him for the game winning goal, Rick DiPietro on the win and the play where Vincent LaCavalier's shot hit the left post as he fell on it in the crease.

Newsday: Greg Logan's second article is on the fans reaction to Chris Simon's return with his comments.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell was assigned a rare Coliseum visit to apparently cover Chris Simon's return with his comments as well as Ted Nolan on his return and what he brings to the lineup. Rick DiPietro was quoted about the game.

Daily News: Peter Botte's limited space article has Ted Nolan's comments on the fans reaction to Simon's return and Rick DiPietro on how this team finds ways to win.

NY Post: Dan Martin had Chris Simon's comments that he intends to win back the fans with Rick DiPietro and Ted Nolan's comments supporting him with a few words on the win thrown in.

Tampa Tribune:Erik Erlendsson provides not only the Tampa Coverage but had a live blog from the Coliseum listing all the scouts at this game among several items with DiPietro's success against Tampa part of the coverage here.

St Pete Times Forum: Has the Lightning coverage.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has Steve Regier's comments on how the club is sticking up for one another with Kip Brennan suspended, Jeremy Colliton talked about how this team is doing winning things and that they are playing for one another.

Ben Walter's subluxed right shoulder showed no tears and is day to day but out for the weekend. Pascal Morency (neck) and Dustin Kohn (shoulder) are expected to play this weekend.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Albany River Rats
WHEN — Tonight, 7
WHERE — Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
ON THE AIR — Webcast and B2 Networks Internet pay-per-view at www.soundtigers.com

New York 1, Tampa Bay 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2008 07:51:00 PM


















Could be the last time we see Miroslav Satan celebrate a goal in an Islander uniform at the Nassau Coliseum?

Islanders website: Jason Lockhart has the recap of tonight's 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Ted Nolan's comments who credited his club's will and their attention to detail as the difference along with earning their breaks. Rick DiPietro talked about the hard work leading to results while Miroslav Satan felt neither team had fresh legs but it was a patient game and his team is very happy with the two points.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Felt like an early season win where you wonder about the offense and flow from the game but you have to give the club credit for three wins in four days and now six overall because it's been a heck of a stretch. I want to see the quickness and extra step that we saw for the first three games of the winning streak but they have really gone all out as a team to get back into contention and they have gotten the scoring when they need it.

DiPietro was locked in and was outstanding when he had to be and you could see it the last three games in his quick and sharp reactions and did tonight with some saves where his glove snapped up a few chances by Tampa.

This defense just keeps stepping up at a point you expect them to collapse with the names back there but they have shown the chemistry and worked very well as a unit. Fata got an assist on Satan's goal and again this group did outstanding overall.

Cannot praise this group enough, especially Meyer and Martinek again with huge minutes. Berard continued and did a solid job after he looked hurt briefly.

Isles played a descent first period but most of the shots were from the angles, the penalty by Comeau for delay of game and the call on Fata where the Lightning player fell on his own did the job shorthanded did the job. DiPietro again looked sharp.

Tampa had the best chance off an Islander turnover but the Isles had the most shots and Guerin almost got his shot past Kari Ramo. Isles shots were more quantity than quality but they did win the puck in the neutral zone and gain the zone.

Fan reaction to Simon speaks for itself as does Comeau continuing to play the right side where he does not look as confident. That line seems to be used more like a traditional fourth line now as the Isles look like they are struggling to get high quality chances and have not looked like a team with a lot of extra energy the last three games, of course it is three games in four days and four in six.

Isles pp and a Guerin mistake almost cost them and gave the Bolts a little life, Isles power play did not look sharp again.

Berard found Comrie who's shot hit outside the post in what looked like Isles best chance besides the goal but continued. Tampa Bay made their share of turnovers, Isles defense doing a solid job keeping the pressure down for the first half of the second period.

DiPietro a big save with the mask on Dan Boyle, Isles offensive zone penalty.
Isles outshooting Tampa but Bolts had the better second period chances. Satan's wrist shot was a beauty but what a play by Bergenheim to find him.

Seemed like a very quick whistle on that disallowed goal for the Isles.

Would be interesting to see O'Brien and John Tortarella in the lockeroom after this game.

Folks may see five wins and eleven out of twelve points. I see Buffalo, Boston and the Rangers adding points so the Isles must keep winning and do likewise or it's not going to happen for them in terms of a playoff spot.

Islanders did pass the Flyers tonight who lost to San Jose and are officially out of the Atlantic basement and only one point behind the Rangers for third. Pittsburg, Buffalo, Boston among others added to their point total tonight.

But they have put themselves in position once again and it's been very impressive.

This team has made it very tough on Garth Snow moving forward and that's a very good thing. A well deserved day off tomorrow for New York before an early game in Newark Saturday against the Devils.

Icegirls should save that for Henrik Lundqvist.

DiPietro's been coming close to the flag all season when he charges out after being announced as a star and it brushed him a few times.

Garth Snow quotes

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2008 05:40:00 PM
NHL.com: Dan Rosen did a full interview with general manager Garth Snow where he talks about youth movements, makes the point he wants to win and that his team can contend right now among several things.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good article outside or writing Hunter is restricted and once again here you have to read it and draw your own conclusions as to what you think of the general manager's comments and where he will take the club on Tuesday.

Espn: Scott Burnside last night during the Caps game had a few words from Garth Snow in a breakdown of several teams where he speculates Snow is expected to be more cautious, likely moving Miroslav Satan, who could be an unrestricted free agent, and Mike Comrie if he cannot sign Comrie to a contract extension before Tuesday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The value in Mr Burnside's article is he seems to have printed a few more words from Garth Snow than Mr Rosen did on one subject. If you read Mr Rosen's article he only writes the part about how the decisions are tough.

"I don't think any one game determines your season," Snow said. "That's why you obviously follow your team. It's not just one game.

2/21: New York vs Tampa Bay 7pm FSN

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2008 04:29:00 PM
Islanders website: Has the preview of tonight's game against Tampa Bay.

Newsday: Greg Logan updates Newsday's blog and reports on Tambellini's demotion/Simon back in the lineup. Mr Logan speculates Nolan has been a strong Comeau backer this season, and he has praised the intelligent play of Nielsen as fourth-line center, however he remains lukewarm to Tambellini but notes it might not be long before Tambellini rejoins the Isles if they move a veteran forward at Tuesday's trade deadline.

The Lightning had earned points in five straight games (4-0-1) before losing 4-3 in overtime to Buffalo on Wednesday night. With less than 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation, Tampa Bay's Johan Holmqvist gave up goals 36 seconds apart to Thomas Vanek, who completed the hat trick 2:25 into the extra session.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
01/17/2008 Ryan Craig C Knee IR. Out for the season
02/20/08 Brad Lukowich D Hernia IR. Out until mid-March
01/31/08 Tim Taylor C Hip Out until at least early March

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Fair to say we are going to see a very desperate Tampa Bay club tonight that has been playing very well and will come in angry after losing a point to Buffalo last night with a lead late in the third period. Were at the point where Tampa has to approach this as their playoffs and there are a lot of elements left here that have won a championship. John Tortarella will no doubt be all over his team and push for their best tonight which can work both ways.

Bolts have too much speed and skill to take lightly and for the Isles to have a chance here they must be far better in terms of offensive jump and taking the pressure off the defense than they have shown in the last two games. They have to put Tampa on the defensive with their skating and grind out chances in the offensive zone and force them into mistakes.

To expect Meyer, Martinek and this group on defense to play those kind of minutes again tonight is asking an awful lot against a team loaded with speed and skill. Isles must outwork Tampa's defense and force mistakes. I suspect both teams will be a bit on the tired side after traveling but Tampa comes in desperate and with four straight wins and position to win against Buffalo have been doing well recently.

We need to see an effort like the Atlanta game here. For the Isles a five game winning streak has elevated them to tenth and a win out of a playoff spot but they have to continue to add points here.

I'm not sure if I will have a recap tonight or tomorrow morning, win or lose.

DiPietro's movement and play has been very strong the last two games. I do not see a change in goal for New York.

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