Florida 6, New York 0: Lee Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/06/2008 04:40:00 PM | | 1 Comments
790 the ticket covers the Panthers on radio. This station seems to pick and choose what programming they go live with from it's website but the Florida Panthers radio station is advertising broadcasting this game live beginning with it's pregame at
7pm here for a 7:30 start.

Nothing made easy for our fans who want to listen to a game, not even by the team who should be telling us this information and making it as easy as possible to access it.

NHL.com has it's live gamecenter page which should have stats/gameplay and live tracker activated at gametime here.

I'm not doing a live blog tonight for anyone checking in again, my thanks for those who did stop in while I was doing a little unscheduled practice live-blogging the other day on my own.

Newsday: Adam Abramson has a brief blog update in the Islanders Newsday blog that Josh Bailey will play tonight while Mr Botta Point Blank has more details on the lineup with Scott Gordon not saying how far DiPietro will go in this game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Steve Zipay went all the way to Europe and is still blogging today, Greg Logan filed his previews from early last week or Moncton and took the weekend off while the Islanders played and we got no blog updates or new articles with no coverage from Boston.

Cheer up folks, cablevision allowed ITV to finally release the Devils game to the public. Why Mr Mears and Jaffe (Cablevision/Msg employee) are webcasting road games we cannot watch for days is pathetic, anyone notice the one Coliseum game has not been made available?

Panthers will be playing close to their regular lineup according to their news coverage today and only had twenty six roster players at this time.

39 Rick DiPietro
35 Joey MacDonald

38 Jack Hillen – 4 Brett Skinner
17 Thomas Pock - 44 Freddy Meyer
47 Chris Lee - 8 Bruno Gervais

11 Andy Hilbert – 12 Josh Bailey – 10 Richard Park
20 Sean Bergenheim - 93 Doug Weight - 13 Bill Guerin
15 Jeff Tambellini - 89 Mike Comrie - 21 Kyle Okposo
57 Blake Comeau - - 27 Jeremy Colliton - 49 Mitch Fritz

Final Florida 6, New York 0
Islanders website: Has the ugly recap of this game with Bill Guerin's comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not much good to write about this one, Islanders generated very little aside from the middle part of the second, powerplay went nowhere and the last five minutes sounded like the game from Tampa game where the Islanders were shorthanded and shots were beating DiPietro between the legs according to the telecast.

Worst of all Chris Lee was boarded and left on a stretcher, Isles website reports
Lee is conscious and has movement in all extremities. He has been taken to Broward County Hospital for further observation.

Just not the Islanders night but a lot of scratches against a club playing most of it's full squad for a third game in four days. I would be surprised if Bailey survives the next cut along with five or six players who dressed tonight.

A few poor angle pics are available of DiPietro's new mask.

Miami Herald: George Richard and Diana Moskovitz report Lee was placed in a neck brace and placed on a backboard, then taken off the ice on a stretcher that Sunrise Fire Rescue took Lee by ambulance to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with one Panthers doctor claiming Lee, ``never lost consciousness.''

According to the writers Islander spokesman Corey Witt said Lee was conscious and had motion. Accompanying him in the ambulance were head athletic Garrett Timms and public relations member Seth Sylvan. Further details about Lee's injury were not released and it is unclear if Lee will be released in time to make the team charter back to New York that was scheduled to leave about 11pm tonight.

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Islander News Articles 10/6

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/06/2008 03:10:00 AM | | | | | Comment Here
NY Times: Matt Higgins has the story of Brandon Sudgen's release from the Islanders with his story and comments along with those of Brendan Witt.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I think the bigger shock was the Times doing anything New York Islander releated in it's print edition if they cannot be bothered to cover the new coach being hired.

Of course best of luck to Brandon Sugden and his family. Classy work by the writer in Syracuse, Mr Botta in getting out his message for reinstatement, deputy comissioner Bill Daly, the teams changing their votes (the Rangers) to allow him to attend camp.

Sun-Sentinel: Steve Gorten previews a Panther club with twenty six roster players at this time and a lot of lingering injuries themselves as they play their only home preseason game tonight at BankAtlantic Center.

Miami Herald: George Richards also previews a Florida club with three players fighting for roster spots.

Delaware Online.com: Staff reports announce the Philadelphia Flyers have released former Islander Bryan Berard.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports on Bridgeport's final preseason game where head coach Jack Capuano discusses how he is trying to get the players used to Scott Gordon's overspeed system and how the process will go in terms of cuts and practice as he credited the extended roster that played several games in the last three days with a lot of lingering injuries and felt some players could make his squad.

Sean Bentivoglio is quoted in the article.

A second brief note is made on the number twelve as it relates to the club here.

Updated 6pm Monday:
Mr Fornabaio has the first wave of cuts from Bridgeport here and is waiting for the Islanders moves which are expected tomorrow.

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Quick Sunday Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/05/2008 10:22:00 PM | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan reports in the Islanders Newsday blog first round pick Josh Bailey will travel to Florida but is not expected to play as head coach Scott Gordon comments on this while the beat writer goes back to the third period against New Jersey where the club was badly out shot but the Islander coach liked where his team generated it's chances from.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I would have liked to read something from our beat writer from the Boston game. Seems Mr Logan held over the Devils third period back and fourth with Scott Gordon for filler in this blog entry but we still have nothing on a win Saturday against a team that made last years playoffs that iced most if not all of it's regular roster that told us nothing about Bill Guerin's debut or the club's effort.

Sound Tigers.com: Report Bridgeport lost on Sunday against Hartford 3-0 to wind up it's preseason, Peter Mannino was in goal for his second straight game.

Hartford Wolfpack.com: Also recaps the Wolfpack win in Cromwell Ct.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a recap in his blog with lineups/boxscore along with what's ahead for Monday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Bridgeport finishes it's short exhibition schedule 1-3 with a lot of fill in player and injuries. Win or lose I would not read much into it until the regulars are healthy.

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Roster Speculation/Sudgen Released

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/05/2008 11:39:00 AM | | Comment Here
One more preseason game on Monday, at this point unless Scott Gordon is playing for no injuries Monday in Florida we should see something close to his opening night lineup outside of perhaps giving Martinek-Witt another game off so that key pairing start the season healthy.

Fair to write it looks like we could have a few set lines on paper given the preseason so I'll do a little speculation.


Scott Gordon says for Bailey to make it he has to be on the top three lines, with Sillinger behind this group I see that as virtually impossible at this point unless there is another injury or someone sits down the middle for this to happen. Comrie has moved around a little but this seems to be where he fits best so if you want to play Bailey and move Comrie to the right someone out of Guerin, Okposo, Hunter, Park takes a seat.

Unless Comeau displaces a right wing on the top three lines I do not see a spot for Bergenheim on the left in the top three unless Tambellini slumps badly.

Fritz/Jackman have played the last two games if the club carries an enforcer or Rechlicz is called up.

Colliton is getting a lot of fourth line looks like they are trying to force things with the 2003 pick, this could be the last call for him because he's here and Hennigar (who's older/with Walter) did not even make it to New York. For Colliton to stay I would guess someone out of Park or Hilbert has to go.

Let me write again where does this go when Sillinger is ready and the group is healthy?

Backline you can pencil in Witt-Martinek as a lock, aside from that it seems wide open with Streit, Meyer in the mix with two other defenders. When Campoli-Sutton finally return if the group stays healthy this is a very deep defense in an organization where this defense history screams you can never have enough depth.

But like last year you cannot carry nine.

Even with the injuries Gervais is not getting on a combo with anyone you would project to start the season despite Chris Lee's goal unless Gordon pulls a shocker and Lee (or Skinner) stay which on paper seems impossible without a Hillen demotion which would be inevitable when Sutton/Campoli return.

Meyer has played with Streit and Pock, I just do not know how that ends up.
Hillen has played with Streit and Skinner.
Pock paired with Skinner and Meyer.

Seems a competition there as a new player gets aclimated while a college player with skill gets the full shot in camp.

My absolute guess is whatever we see Monday will decide things, my speculation for today is Gervais is on the outside looking in to start. Hillen does not require waivers, Pock does so in that event if it's close you play it safe and keep both or demote Hillen now and give Lee/Skinner the spot.

My projections:
Streit-Hillen Streit-Meyer
Gervais/Lee or Skinner

Soon as Campoli-Sutton are ready Hillen/Lee/Skinner go down or a trade is made.

Begs the question could Scott Gordon go eleven forwards, seven defenders?

And if you think that's easy good luck deciding on Danis/MacDonald because both have played very well. My guess here is MacDonald gets the spot because of the one-way contract and he was in the organization last season but neither seemed out of place
against two teams playing virtually their opening night rosters and facing heavy pressure stood up well.

I see no reason why there is any reason to push DiPietro early, both these goaltenders can hold the club in if they start with no rust on them to begin the season and have seen NHL action in their careers. The test for them will come later when DiPietro does finally play a big stretch of games and they have some rust from sitting and have to step in.

Good luck Garth Snow and Scott Gordon.

My inclination is someone is going to end up on waivers who was a regular here last season or Garth Snow is going to make a small deal.

Any questions now why this gm was not signing players many UFA this summer or bringing back his own UFA because it sure had nothing to do with the building.

All I can add accoring to Mr Botta's blog Brandon Sudgen was reportedly cut who sent him a classy e-mail thanking him and the fans.

Expect a ton of activity also on the Utah-Bridgeport-Odessa fronts also, some of those moves can give us an idea how things will go here.

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Islander News Articles 10/5

Newsday/AP: Has a recap from AP that list New York plays in Carolina on Monday, New York plays in Florida 10/6.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
If a actual game article is written the AP article link is usually replaced by the beatwriter article.

Boston Globe: Julian Benbow had Bruins coach Claude Julien's comments that Scott Gordon will make the Islanders competitive and the he's paid his dues and being rewarded for it.

Newsday: Cablevison's preview of New York hockey has the New York Islanders going one for one with the Cablevison owned team in a publication that should be all New York Islanders given the city coverage disparity, but I digress.

Most of this was put together during the week at practice or from Moncton.

Newsday: Mr Logan's first article is on the blend of old players and youth that figures out on paper this is still very much a veteran roster with nine key players ranging in age from thirty one to thirty seven. Bill Guerin feels the team is " way ahead " with comparisons to where they were last season and this club could go further than some teams he was on in Edmonton that had success. Brendan Witt cites the age of the veterans but praises Scott Gordon's system while the coach was " cautiously optimistic " but credits his players for being able to do things he was not sure they could or would want to do.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann has Bill Guerin and Doug Weight's comments (among other NHL players) about how the game has changed since the lockout ended.

Newsday: Arthur Staple's article is on the young players and what they have to do for New York to be in the playoff mix with Guerin, Gordon, Tambellini, Comeau, Nielsen and Okposo commenting about the clubs chances, what they can do and how they have gotten to this point in their careers.

Newsday: Greg Logan has his keys to the season which also included writing it was a country-club atmosphere under Ted Nolan which seems unfair given his absence and that management has never publicly been quoted as saying this along with DiPietro's health, powerplay, Gordon, older players among other keys with team statistical background and roster/schedule notables.

Newsday: Mr Logan's final preview article had an in-depth interview with defenseman Mark Streit who talks about the differences in Guy Carbonneau's defense-first system vs what Scott Gordon wants his defense to do as Streit again talks like a player who has a very good knowledge about how to create a quality shot and set up a player Mr Logan felt Marc Andre Bergeron did not have the ability to do.

Newsday: Johnette Howard's article is the lemon in the bunch that tried to compare the Islanders to teams in other sports never in the playoffs despite them being in a playoff spot four of the last six years which reflects how rarely she covers hockey these days. The rest was her opinion the prospects are not very good nor will any quality players sign here despite how quickly Martinek, Witt, Hunter resigned.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
All in all Mr Logan obviously had the best information, did the best job and should being the club beatwriter. His interviews with the prospects, Guerin and especially
Streit were outstanding and the new defender (as in his interview during the summer) sounds like a very smart hockey player who is like having another coach on the ice.

Okposo sounds like a young man who is driven to win now and help carry this team.

The time for talking is almost over, we will soon see who walks the walk in the games when they matter and hopefully Johnette Howard can find something baseball related to cover. Katie Strang should have gotten that feature based on how many times she picked up coverage in Mr Logan's absences regardless of content.

Sound Tigers website: Has a recap of Bridgeport's 4-3 win on Saturday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his blog reports Bridgeport won it's Saturday game 4-3 against Lowell with Jesse Joensuu playing well according to the beatwriter.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's 4-3 win against Lowell in Shelton with comments from
forward prospect Vladimir Nikiforov who talks about the speed at this level and that the soon to be twenty one year old would like to stay.

Mr Fornabaio also reports Bridgeport signed defenseman Andy Sertich to an AHL contract, supplanting the ECHL contract he had with Utah. Tomas Marcinko skated with the team for the first time at Saturday practice.

Bridgeport concludes it's preseason Sunday at 4:30pm when it faces Hartford
at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's feature is on Islanders 2005 second round selection Dustin Kohn with comments about what he did to improve off this ice this summer and more from head coach Jack Capuano and team captain Mark Wotton about his potential.

NYI Fan Central:
Current Poll extended into Tuesday after Islanders play against Florida which is when management in New York and Bridgeport will be making it's roster cuts for opening night.

More Sunday:

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New York 3, Boston 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/04/2008 05:51:00 PM | Comment Here

NHL.com has it's live game tracker with scoreboard and play by play game clock here along with gamesheet here.

Doug Weight has the Islander goal, Guerin and Weight make their debut together on a line with Jon Sim. Richard Park played.

Islanders have had some third period powerplays but not converting but adding to shots on goal which have them over thirty.

Sim has the third period goal for New York, Comrie hit open net after Isles killed a late penalty. Colliton penalty after goal in final seconds.

Joey MacDonald in goal, Danis backing up.

Boston's goal was off a five on three.


2nd Period 03:14 BOSPPG - Zdeno Chara, Slap Shot - Assists: Patrice Bergeron & Marc Savard 12:40

NYI PPG - Doug Weight, Snap Shot - Assists: Mark Streit & Jack Hillen

3rd Period 13:59 NYI Jon Sim, Tip-In - Assists: Thomas Pock & Bill Guerin

19:11 NYI Mike Comrie, Wrist Shot - Assists: Richard Park

Final shots: New York 36, Boston 29

Islanders website: Is providing period by period game updates while Mr Logan/anyone with Newsday is not blogging for this one unless you want to count the worthless Baumbach-Rieber content that are not game related who must be out of baseball-golf shock jock material.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's blog update has the early lineup for Bridgeport's game tonight in Shelton.

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New York at Boston 4pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/04/2008 07:24:00 AM | Comment Here
Bruins website: Announced today's game will be televised on NESN for those who have access to that station.

Boston Globe: Kevin Paul Dupont has a little state of the Bruins with back to back games Saturday and Sunday.

Bruins website radio coverage stations here if any radio/webcast coverage is also available for today's game.

My guess is in New York we are only going to get the John Bishop updates from the Bruins website here we had in Shelton and Moncton but this game is being played in whatever the Bruins are calling the home arena this year so I put up the radio sites just in case.

Boston travels to Washington for a game on Sunday to wrap it's preseason.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Only Newsday knows if they will be sending a reporter to Boston or Florida.

I do have to write for those who take ITV for granted with all these interviews, features and game highlights (for starters) how the Bruins version has virtually nothing from preseason. Not the teams fault Cablevision holding back TV or even webcast coverage when it's available to the club they have gone above and beyond for us to see it.

As for Saturday's game, I would guess if Weight, Guerin, Park or Bailey can play or targeting opening night we they will at this point or in Florida Monday. No law Sillinger could not be cleared either based on his earlier comments.

Okposo, Sim, if healthy should be back in the lineup today with Hillen, Sudgen, Streit, Meyer. Bridgeport has parts of three clubs in camp so we could even see another recall or two if the Isles run short.

Fair to write another game for Smith, Fritz, Lee, Jackman, Colliton and others to get a look and make an impression, points keep finding Trevor Smith on a roster not scoring in big numbers.

Andy Hilbert making a statement to keep his spot with hard work and a goal.

Does Rick DiPietro backup or does Danis backup what should be MacDonald's game? Have to think Danis made a good statement last night that he can play at this level but if MacDonald gets bombed, ejected or injured do you risk putting DiPietro into a live game before Monday by having him dress?

Scott Gordon coaches in the Bruins home arena after interviewing for the job last year, Boston's gm Peter Chiarelli showed a lot of class in letting him interview with Garth Snow with no strings after what he went through with Ottawa.

More at some point after the game, will likely not be available at 4pm Saturday.

Mr Botta's new show on Espn 1050 at 10am will have the Islander coach, some more on today's game and do a great job.

35 Joey MacDonald
34 Yann Danis

38 Jack Hillen - 2 Mark Streit
17 Thomas Pock - 44 Freddy Meyer
47 Chris Lee - 8 Bruno Gervais

16 Jon Sim - 93 Doug Weight - 13 Bill Guerin
57 Blake Comeau - 10 Richard Park - 21 Kyle Okposo
77 Trevor Smith - 89 Mike Comrie - 54 Kurtis McLean
49 Mitch Fritz - 27 Jeremy Colliton - 28 Tim Jackman

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Islander News Articles 10/4

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/03/2008 10:30:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here

Islanders website: Has a recap of the win against New Jersey with Scott Gordon's comments who credited his clubs five on five play, Yann Danis and Chris Lee also talk about the game.

Newsday: Greg Logan had comments from Rick DiPietro after his first workout and a few words from Scott Gordon.

Note-Mr Logan had several blog updates during the game.

NY Post: Dan Martin has goaltender Rick DiPietro's comments after his first practice.

Newark Star Ledger: Rich Chere has several updates/articles on last nights game where the Isles defeated a Devils club that played most of it's full roster less Martin Brodeur.

Canadian Press: Has a long recap but no quotes at the time of this blog entry on Chris Lee's overtime goal to cap off his twenty eighth birthday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's coverage has an article on James Sixsmith with background on the forward who is trying to win a spot on the Sound Tigers with head coach Jack Capuano's comments on this and the loss to Hartford he was not behind the bench for in North Branford Friday.

Bridgeport plays at home at Shelton 7pm against Lowell on Saturday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio blogged on Bridgeport's 7-0 loss to Hartford to open the preseason on Friday.

Hartford Wolfpack Website: Has the early recap of this ugly loss.

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Live Blogging: New York 3, New Jersey 2 OT

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/03/2008 07:26:00 PM | Comment Here

A little unscheduled live blogging for anyone wishing to join in as I get in some game shape blogging during a game. (if there is such a thing?)

Call it underspeed.
Hilbert and McLean have New York goals, Trevor Smith two assist, Colliton assist.

Chris Lee had the game winning goal in overtime off a pass from Bergenheim with a thrid assist to Bruno Gervais.

Islanders badly outplayed and outshot in third against mostly full Devils team short Brodeur, Danis played well and held the Islanders in.

This will not be a forumla for wins that will work long-term or please Scott Gordon but they did hang in with half a roster against essentially a full roster.

Late second period penalties took whatever momentum Isles built and never really got going in third. Isles took the worst of the hits also in this one with Fritz looking to fight. Comrie took on Gionta. Witt got rocked by a Devil in the first.

Islanders website, Mr Logan, Mr Fornabaio providing game reports. Bridgeport lost big against Hartford in North Brandford (not Norfolk) for those scoring at home.

Articles tomorrow:
Games tomorrow:
New York at Boston 4pm (no live blogging)
Bridgeport plays third of four preseason games at Shelton Ct.

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New York at New Jersey 7pm Webcast

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/03/2008 03:26:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
WFAN2 web radiocast here this should be the correct webcast radio link for Friday's game against the Devils.

Working as of 7pm for those wishing to listen to game:

Devils website: Will again provide the only live streaming audio of this game on WFAN at 7pm. Islanders website here has a preview with head coach Scott Gordon's comments.

Newsday: Greg Logan has a blog update on Rick DiPietro's first practice with the goaltenders comments along with tonight's lineup against the Devils in Newark.

Mr Logan has the lines as follows:
Sean Bergenheim-Mike Comrie-Blake Comeau
Jeff Tambellini-Frans Nielsen-Trent Hunter
Trevor Smith-Andy Hilbert-Tim Jackman
Mitch Fritz-Jeremy Colliton-Kurtis McLean.

Radek Martinek-Brendan Witt
Bruno Gervais-Brett Skinner
Chris Lee-Thomas Pock.
Yann Danis is expected to play the entire game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
At this point if DiPietro has to play sparingly for a while as he works his way into game shape, whatever keeps him healthy is the right move. Obviously the holes in the preseason lineup are about three games in four days and some injuries. No Okposo, Bailey, Guerin, Weight, Sillinger, Park for starters.

The shifting of Blake Comeau to right wing is also notable.

Seems like Witt-Martinek are being asked to play a little extra or this should be it for them this preseason. Meyer-Streit-Hillen are among the players likely to stick not playing in this game.

A few words from Thomas Pock should be coming soon.

Sportsnet.ca: Mike Brophy list Ted Hunter as one of the players who hopes to prospect this season but feels his 03-04 season was a fluke.

Islanders website: Reports on the debut of a New York Hockey Radio show Saturday on Espn 1050 radio at 10:30 am which will be hosted by Mr Botta along with Don Le Greca.

Islanders head coach Scott Gordon will be a guest on the program tomorrow.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A weekly hockey show on Espn1050 will be good for the local fans and Mr Botta will do an excellent job.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio in his blog has Bridgeport's lineup tonight for it's preseason game in Northford and will have updates.

Islanders have a 4pm game Saturday, Bridgeport has an afternoon game Sunday so things will move very quickly.

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Bottom Line: New York still stuck in 07-08

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/03/2008 05:29:00 AM | Comment Here
Simply put the early schedule last season that had this club play three games in twenty days did not give them a three day break after Dec 26, 2007 the rest of the season aside from the all-star break.

A lot of players with a history of getting hurt could not hold up under that schedule and to this day the remaining roster is paying for it along with a combination of some new injuries combined with Scott Gordon's overspeed practices that is an adjustment.

Bottom Line: This club is still stuck partly because of last season and the new coach has already said he's never seen anything like it.

The New York Islanders will start 2008-09 in a week with players who at best if healthy will play games working their way back as if it's the first week of camp in terms of live game action and that's if they are not reinjured.

That also means some of them may not be sharp or completely set with Scott Gordon's systems or special teams.

That means like preseason games this team may have to play some regular season games in survival mode against clubs that cannot wait to get going with a returning staff they are used to.

This could make for a tough start for what already is a fragile group with new injuries coming from everywhere with Campoli, Sutton, Bailey as we see if Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger and others can even play.

These three games in four days are usually spent fine tuning, right now for Scott Gordon it's survival mode with the club unable to afford many more injuries.

Unlike the first weekend of last season which turned out to be an illusion we may have to wait to see the best of this club in 2008-09.

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Islander News Articles 10/3

Newsday: Greg Logan has Josh Bailey's comments on signing with New York and elaborates a bit on when he got hurt in camp and what's ahead while general manager Garth Snow is asked about developing Bailey because several veterans are in the final year of their contract.

Windsor Star: Jim Parker has comments from Josh Bailey and Spitfire coach Bob Boughner on the Islander first round pick signing his first professional contract who credited his players hard work while Bailey talks about what he's going to do with that first check.

NY Post: Dan Martin's limited space article touches on Bailey's signing but also has head coach Scott Gordon's comments about Rick DiPietro possibility starting Monday against Florida and did confirm Andy Sutton had surgery but not details or timetable.

Note-The News had a small AP article on Bailey signing, if the Times posted a footnote in it's European Coverage-Ranger blog I did not bother looking.

Pioneer Press: John Shipley has comments from former Islander defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron who has had three fights in three exhibition games and sports two black eyes and about a dozen stitches on the bridge of his nose. He comments he was not really happy with the way everything went last year, and that it was just a weird year where he did not have any excitement in his game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Best of luck to Bergeron moving forward. Some of his bombs from the point produced a lot of big wins down the stretch in 2006-07 and last season. No way this club makes the playoffs in 06-07 without that shot and as poor as the powerplay was with him here the point produced virtually nothing down the stretch after he left when Richard Park and Miroslav Satan looking completely lost on the point.

Globe & Mail: Sean Gordon & David Shoalts with reports from Stephen Brunt and Allan Maki have an update detailing the Nashville Predators have
has defaulted on a $40-million loan that raises new questions about the franchise's viability.

NY Post: Justin Terranova has comments from former Islander commentator Joe Micheletti in a Ranger-centric interview where he is asked about the split between Garth Snow and Ted Nolan.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is on the Rechlicz brothers in Joel who is signed with the club to a three year contract with younger brother Marc skating with him against Albany in their exhibition opener.

Head coach Jack Capuano comments on both as Bridgeport is set to play out it's preseason with three games in three days starting Friday night at 7pm at Ice Pavilion against Hartford.

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Isles/NHL/Bridgeport Notables & Injury Policy

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/02/2008 05:53:00 PM | | | 2 Comments
Sportsnet.ca: Reports former Islander Brad Isbister despite being signed by Ottawa will not report to it's AHL affiliate in Binghampton as something is worked out where he can play in Europe or hook on with another club.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports in his blog some number changes and a few injury updates with when some cuts will be coming from Bridgeport.

A few words on the club's injury policy:
For a few days I kind of felt some of the same frustration as Mr Botta, Mr Logan and some of the folks blogging or writing on this and even felt this is not the playoffs and the club should not make it tough on the folks trying to get out information during the preseason.

After some thinking on this I have changed my mind and agree with the club policy.

I understand some of us are caught up in this and it's a tough go for Mr Botta and a few other folks but why should the New York Islanders do the print media any favors considering how poor our team coverage has been in the print media?

I thought back to when this was announced last summer and Greg Logan basically went off in print about it when Guerin/DiPietro had surgery. Same day he hooked up with Mr Gandler (who did not even get us a Bergenheim contract update) which produced an article about Yashin with an incorrect headline that got the club a ton of negative publicity with only a small retraction that even Cory Witt had a few words about after the damage was done along with the Nolan threatens veterans incorrect headline earlier and what seemed from here Mr Logan going all out to make the coaches contract an issue.

As Joe Giradi learned why say anything about injuries if the end result is more aggravation? He practically got into a verbal fight on television last week over an injury and for trying to give out details over the timeline.

My impression is the Islanders do not trust the media covering the club and given the local and national coverage last season it's hard to blame them so they are not going to go out of their way to make anyone's job easier or give out information when it just creates more problems by doing so.

Updated 8pm:
Newsday: Mr Logan has a blog update with head coach Scott Gordon's comments updating that DiPietro should see his first start in the final exhibition game against Florida, also Sean Bergenheim and Josh Bailey should be ready to play at some point in the new few days.

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New York Signs Josh Bailey for three years

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/02/2008 12:08:00 PM | | | 2 Comments

Newsday: Mr Logan is reporting in Newsday's blog an announcement is expected to come after practice on the Islanders regarding first round pick Josh Bailey which speculation suggest is the club signing him to an entry level contact. Mr Botta's Point Blank blog outright says he will be signed here as he blogged on weeks ago.

Mr Logan also had a few strong words on the teams injury policy.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
No small thing with a player signing his first professional contract, congratulations to Josh Bailey.

Now we see if he can do enough to stay here for year one, this buys the Islanders the first nine games after which time he goes back to Windsor or he stays in New York all season.

No middle ground on this beyond playing in the WJC, he cannot play for Bridgeport, for now I guess we wait and see if he is healthy enough to play some games.

Islanders website: Announce the signing of Josh Bailey to a three year entry level contract with his comments along with general manager Garth Snow and head coach Scott Gordon.

ITV has several inteviews including the press conference.

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Poll Update: Who should Snow/Gordon cut

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/02/2008 07:17:00 AM | Comment Here
The official return of our polls at NYIFC is off to a good start.

This weeks poll put you in the place of general manager Garth Snow and head coach Scott Gordon where you decide who you would cut if it were up to you.

The poll winds down around the time the club finishes up the preseason but already we have had one waiver pickup and the injuries adding up fast and furiously with some Bridgeport players recalled.

Joey MacDonald 13 (25%)
Yann Danis 19 (36%)

So far on the goaltending front Joey MacDonald has the edge on Yann Danis as to who stays but a lot of votes for both to go which I guess is a statement for Garth Snow to sign a veteran backup until DiPietro is completely ready to play without risking an injury.

Frans Nielsen 10 (19%)

Somewhat surprised after his four point game and a lot of good reviews even ten voters want Frans Nielsen and his four year contract to go down.

Andy Hilbert 29 (55%)

Not surprised so many have seen enough of Andy Hilbert but my guess is as long as there are injuries he has a spot.

Jeremy Colliton 22 (42%)

Jeremy Colliton was listed with the fourth line against NJ which is never a good sign and likely means as soon as some players get healthy he will be going back to Bridgeport which has to be considered a hit.

Tim Jackman 29 (55%)
Mitch Fritz 34 (65%)
Brandon Sudgen (tryout/release) 23 (44%)

I would guess from the voting most feel to this point the Islanders cannot afford an enforcer with limited skills but the publicity for Sudgen has made folks want to see more or have him signed. Jackman has AHL scoring ability but if there is a spot on this team I expect that role is a frequent scratch.

Richard Park 5 (9%)

I voted for Richard Park to be cut or placed on waivers. Isles cannot afford another winger who cannot score to hold back a prospect at this stage. I would give Colliton his spot and not look back even if it means a short-term hit with the penalty kill.

My guess is Park easily makes the roster with two years left on his contract.

Jack Hillen 11 (21%)

I guess the vote for Jack Hillen's departure will increase with a powerplay mistake that led to a goal against and Pock's acquisition but with Campoli and Sutton out for what seems a while that could be a mistake because we know the rest of this group is not going to score or prouduce offense with any consistency.

Bruno Gervais 3 (5%)

With the injuries I guess any questions on Gervais and his new contract going on waivers to be demoted are virtually over and never really began. No doubt he has a spot here even if it's in the stands when everyone is healthy.

Jeff Tambellini 10 (19%)

I guess the folks who agree with Ted Nolan or see him not producing chances would perfer Tambellini go on waivers or leave town. I do not see that happening under any circumstances because they want to know for sure and given Robert Nilsson and other prospects who left early it's impossible to blame them and goes against the youth movement Garth Snow is selling.

He got bounced around good by Holik last night.

Josh Bailey 25 (48%)

I guess a lot of folks have seen enough or read enough to think Bailey belongs back in Windsor at this age. Obviously not Garth Snow or Scott Gordon or he would be gone already, he does have to be signed to stay so this should get resolved quickly after the poll ends.

You can bet Bob Boughner and the folks in Windsor want him back ASAP.

Chris Lee 38 (73%)
Brett Skinner 39 (75%)

I do not know enough about Lee or Skinner to write they are depth defenders and even with the injuries are fill in players for the preseason, obviously many of the votes seem to reflect the same thing. Bridgeport seems to have two teams in their exhibition games so a lot of players down there.

Other 4 (7%)

Hate doing a poll where anyone votes for other, unless the folks who voted this way respond and have the names of who they want cut, I cannot do more than speculate Okposo, Comeau, Bergenheim or a veteran.

I guess that's everyone.

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Islander News Articles 10/2

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/01/2008 11:32:00 PM | | | | | 3 Comments

Newsday: Greg Logan has the game recap with head coach Scott Gordon's comments along with Kyle Okposo after New York's 3-0 loss to New Jersey.

Mr Logan also reported Scott Gordon announced goaltender Rick DiPietro will work out with the team Friday morning.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Anyone think of the club received better television and newspaper coverage more folks would be in the stands? I do.

What can I wrote folks beyond it's preseason and Scott Gordon has a lot of players who have not been able to play and who knows how limited they are in practices. I do not like the two shutouts and the Isles did win two games against clubs on the second of back to backs.

Have to produce regardless who dresses and not show obvious weaknesses beyond the roster.

As for the Devil game taking Bergenheim, Guerin, Weight, Sillinger, Park, Bailey, Campoli, Sutton and whoever else I missed out of this mix is not a small thing at all.

It does leave a new coach trying to fine tune his team in limbo as these games seem to be survival mode and not getting in geared up mode. Not good circumstances for anyone much less someone trying to prove himself at this level and sell his concepts to these players.

On the television front Msg finally showed the first report from Moncton tonight that was at least eight days old before the first game in Moncton was played. The Isles season preview show will be Friday at 6:30pm.

The Star-Ledger had a blog and a game article from former Daily News Islander beatwriter Colin Stephenson here and here where Martin Brodeur comments on how the Devils defense played tough against the Isles.

New York Islander Coverage?
Dan Martin's editor did not bother sending him after going to practice the other day while Mark Everson reported on the Devils. Daily News did a very small AP article.

Georgina Advocate: Jim Mason has an article on Brandon Sugden who feels he has a good chance to make the Islanders.

Sound Tigers.com: Has the recap with highlights of the loss in Albany.

Ct Post: Staff report had a recap of the game in Albany.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio has an article on Utah/Bridgeport/Islander goaltender from last year in Mike Mole.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a full blog update with head coach Jack Capuano's comments after the loss to Albany on Wednesday which also had Bryan Trottier behind Bridgeport's bench along with Pat Bingham and the full box score.

Side Note:
I did see Mark Herrmann's article on goaltending coach Mike Dunham playing golf, I just saw virtually no Islander content so I did not bother posting it here.

I'm a little surprised Garth Snow did not put in a bid on Tampa forward Michel Ouellet and his seventeen goals, perhaps if he hits recall waivers at 600k?

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New Jersey 3, New York 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/01/2008 08:40:00 PM | Comment Here
Devils website: On WFAN for those wishing to listen live.

NHL.com: Is providing a live tracker of tonight's game along with the Devils webcast.

New York allowed a first period goal with it's powerplay for New Jersey's first goal.

Newsday: Mr Logan is again providing blog updates after each period as is Mr Botta over at his Point Blank blog here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Only listening here and there, have been busy. Seems like a game last year with Islanders over matched toward the end with half a club playing and giving up a goal with the powerplay while creating very little. A few early fights but just as few quality chances for the home team.

Brodeur got his first preseason start.

Ct Post: Micheal Fornabaio is providing blog updates from Albany and also reports Trevor Smith was recalled by the Islanders.

No site is providing a feed for this game nor is AHL.com/Sound Tigers website providing an in game scoreboard update. Bridgeport lost a 2-0 lead and trails 3-2 at the time of this blog posting.

At least no one had to worry about the song at the Coliseum after the goals.
3-0 Final.
Bridgeport lost 5-3.
More Thursday.

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10/1: New York vs New Jersey 7pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/01/2008 03:38:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has a preview for tonight's game against New Jersey at the Nassau Coliseum.

Newsday: Greg Logan's blog reports Josh Bailey sustained an injury in Moncton during camp and will not play, Kurtis McLean was recalled while Scott Gordon comments on Bailey's chances of making the club while he gives out some updates who who will play with four games coming up.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I would think if Bailey was hurt the club would not let him play any preseason games so this had to happen after the Flyer game in London but unless this team is desperate to have him make the club at all cost he likely has to head back to Windsor at some point but I'm guessing at how long he could be out like everyone.

This is Jeremy Colliton's chance to step up and he needs to make a big impression, all Islander fans should be rooting hard for this player drafted in 2003 to make this team after all that has been invested in him.

Islanders website announced it's roster for tonight:
34 Yann Danis
35 Joey MacDonald

2 Mark Streit
4 Brett Skinner
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
38 Jack Hillen
44 Freddy Meyer

7 Trent Hunter
15 Jeff Tambellini
16 Jon Sim
21 Kyle Okposo
27 Jeremy Colliton
28 Tim Jackman
49 Mitch Fritz
51 Frans Nielsen
54 Kurtis McLean
55 Brandon Sugden
57 Blake Comeau
89 Mike Comrie

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Kind of feels like we are back at the end of last season with the club trying to have enough healthy bodies to play. That's not how you prepare for a season or fine-tune anything but survive another day. Just makes things tougher for Scott Gordon as he tries to introduce his systems and concepts.

Also begs a fair question does it force Garth Snow into a trade at some point?

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio in his blog has the group of players who traveled to Albany for tonight's preseason opener for Bridgeport.

Devils website: Is advertising streaming audio of the Islanders home game, not the teams new radio network.

Msg+ is showing the Devils season preview with no live telecast afterward while the Dolan's spam the house team from Europe.

University of ND: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations reports Islander prospect Jason Gregoire was voted the league’s preseason co-rookie of the year.

Gazette On Line of Eastern Iowa: Mike Hlas has comments from Islanders captain Bill Guerin on the passing of actor Paul Newman and wonders if he or his family knew how popluar he was with hockey players because of the clut movie Slapshot he starred in?

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Islander News Articles 10/1

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/30/2008 10:53:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on forward Jeff Tambellini with comparisons to how things worked under Ted Nolan vs Scott Gordon as he the left wing praised Frans Nielsen for how well he has looked.

Mr Logan had more speculation on when Rick DiPietro could be cleared to play which could come by the weekend but given the clubs injury policy just does not know.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's up to the player to do well and make an impact so the coach can give him more minutes.

Bergenheim did this, so did Comeau and for now so has Kyle Okposo. Justin Papineau never did and to date two coaches who gave Tambellini games on the top lines were not impressed to this point.

Steve Stirling went all out in 03-04 to give Mattias Weinhandl a good look and moved players to off wings for him to be put in the best possible position to produce and failed. Even after leading his team in scoring during the lockout he did not come in and play well enough to be a top six forward. He was placed on waivers did not make an impact with Minnesota and has not played in the NHL since.

Sure Ted Nolan could have given Robert Nilsson a serious look to be fair all the way around but Tambellini had a month under Brad Shaw when he was acquired and a few weeks in the top six under Ted Nolan late.

Ct Post: Micheal Fornabaio recaps practice on Tuesday with head coach Jack Capuano's comments on the opportunity the players have along with a lot of players in on try-outs as the club heads to Albany for it's pre-season game Wednesday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio also has an article on Utah Grizzlies head coach, Kevin Colley and his assistant Jeff Dwyer.

CHL.com: Announced today that forward Mike Lesperance has been called up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from the clubs CHL affiliate in Odessa because of all the injuries.

Again here is Bridgeport's exhibition schedule with games beginning 10/1:
10/1: Bridgeport at Albany.
10/3: Bridgeport vs Hartford-Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, CT at 7 p.m.
10/4: Bridgeport vs Lowell Devils- The Rinks at Shelton at 7 p.m.
10/5: Bridgeport at Hartford-Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT at 4:30 p.m.
More Wednesday:

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New York Announces Roster Cuts

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/30/2008 06:14:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders website: Released an official list of the players sent to Bridgeport/Junior Hockey and who remains in New York for now with the official count down to thirty two.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I know the media did this but felt why not put the names and numbers to the rosters so you have one blog entry as a reference point.

If nothing else we can assign Thomas Pock # 17 because 22 was not going to be available, I will highlight the reported/speculated injured or injury list players.

New York Islanders Training Camp Roster
(as of 9/29/2008)

12 C Josh Bailey 6-1 188 L 10/2/1989
20 LW Sean Bergenheim 5-10 205 L 2/8/1984
27 C Jeremy Colliton 6-2 195 R 1/13/1985
57 RW Blake Comeau 6-1 207 R 2/18/1986
89 C Mike Comrie 5-10 185 L 9/11/1980
49 LW Mitch Fritz 6-7 242 L 11/24/1980
13 RW Bill Guerin 6-2 220 R 11/7/1970
11 LW Andy Hilbert 5-11 194 L 2/6/1981
7 RW Trent Hunter 6-3 210 R 7/5/1980
28 RW Tim Jackman 6-4 210 R 11/14/1981
51 C Frans Nielsen 5-11 172 L 4/24/1984
21 RW Kyle Okposo 6-1 200 R 4/16/1988
10 RW Richard Park 5-11 190 R 5/27/1976
18 C Mike Sillinger 5-11 198 R 6/29/1971
16 LW Jon Sim 5-10 195 L 9/29/1977
55 RW Brandon Sugden 6-4 231 R 6/23/1978
15 LW Jeff Tambellini 5-11 186 L 4/13/1984
93 C Doug Weight 5-11 196 L 1/21/1971

14 D Chris Campoli 5-11 190 L 7/9/1984
8 D Bruno Gervais 6-0 188 R 10/3/1984
38 D Jack Hillen 5-11 200 L 1/24/1986
47 D Chris Lee 6-0 185 L 10/3/1980
24 D Radek Martinek 6-1 203 R 8/31/1976
44 D Freddy Meyer 5-10 192 L 1/4/1981
17 D Thomas Pock 6-1 210 L 12/2/1981
4 D Brett Skinner 6-1 183 L 6/28/1983
2 D Mark Streit 6-0 197 L 12/11/1977
25 D Andy Sutton 6-6 245 L 3/10/1975
32 D Brendan WItt 6-2 223 L 2/20/1975

34 G Yann Danis 6-0 181 L 6/21/1981
39 G Rick DiPietro 6-1 210 R 9/19/1981
35 G Joey MacDonald 6-0 197 L 2/7/1980

The Islanders have posted a countdown clock for the release of it's third jersey which is in another thirty two days.

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Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/30/2008 03:21:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
Globe & Mail : William Houston has an update on more dwindling hockey coverage in Newspapers around the league which include comments from sports editor Tom Jolly at the NY Times about local coverage.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is the same NY Times that went into see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil mode last year that announced it would cover Islander news in it's blog but now has taken that part out of it's advertisement covering European hockey more than New York hockey that sent Dave Caldwell to cover about two games but did features out of the Coliseum on Asian coverage of games and removal of goal judges?

Why did they bother heading to Bridgeport to cover Kyle Okposo's debut but not the games?

Lynn Zinser had no problem reporting Pat Lafontaine has to sit in a designated section last year from her blog at Msg when Anaheim visited the Coliseum to stir up something that did not even make it into Newsday even though Mr Wang and Lafontaine were on the ice together at Al Arbour night.

I'm no fan of Tim Panaccio's hockey writing but this is the trend in hockey coverage unless a newspaper owns a club and has a vested interest or needs a buildings co-tenant.

Without the Knicks who are the media meal ticket out of Msg the Ranger limited coverage would take a major hit and has already on a lot of levels.

CBC.ca: Reports goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin cleared waivers on Tuesday.

Note-To this point there have been no reported claims of any other waivers among the countless players listed in the last few days beyond Thomas Pock.

Ithaca Journal: Has more on Mike Iggluden clearing waivers and reports he has a foot injury but does not know the severity and links to Newsday's article/blog as he has been sent to Bridgeport.

CBC.com: Reports Roberto Luongo has been named the new captain of the Vancouver Canucks but because of league rules cannot wear the letter to take part in faceoff ceremonies.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's a first and could well be the beginning of a new trend where goalies are named captain but do not wear the letter or do the ceremonial things on ice that come with the position.

Fair to speculate Rick DiPietro and a few other goalies read this and the light blub went on or they felt, thanks but no thanks.

A bit silly to me, if a club wants to name a goaltender captain and put a letter on the jersey they should have every right to do so.

National Post/Several Outlets: Report Jeff O'Neill has been cut by the Carolina Hurricanes.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Sometimes clubs do this early so they can hook on elsewhere but impossible to know but O'Neill is only thirty two.

Updated 6pm:
Newsday: Greg Logan's blog update has Scott Gordon's comments on when Rick DiPietro could see live game action so all Mr Logan can add is his own speculation.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio updates the injury situation in Bridgeport as the Sound Tigers will have some games coming up with head coach Jack Capuano's comments.

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A Few Tough Questions for New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/30/2008 02:22:00 PM | Comment Here
A short while back I wrote about trends regarding this year's Islander team during preseason and at the time felt as long as they are competitive in games which they have been there are no problems that cannot be fixed.

I'm finding a disconcerting trend that goes beyond this.

This year's camp and preseason has introduced a new element or two into that mix that is a cause for concern with it's injuries that are at a point where our new coach plays preseason games in survival mode in the hope no one else gets injured.

Meanwhile other clubs are getting ready now to ice it's final opening night lineup and fine tune the roster which puts Scott Gordon at a disadvantage heading into the opener.

We have a starting goaltender who from all accounts has not faced any live shots in practice since March yet who was targeted a few days ago to play the final preseason games?

Reportedly we have about ten players or more on the current injured list or banged up to a degree with the new coach complaining about the players from last year not used to this training routine at high speed to withstand these drills and has never seen this many injuries which has to inhibit the job he is trying to do.

This is a rookie head coach with enough working against him already.

It should also be noted Scott Gordon said the first weekend he did not want to practice special teams until more of the core players returned when in fact his core is reducing so if this is being practiced it will not be his first string players.

I also have to write I think it's a bit of a reach to put this on Ted Nolan's training last year because the club only brought in a few players while giving the returning prospects a longer look.

Over the course of a career most players will work with over ten head coaches and countless assistants, players get injured in games which applies to Campoli and maybe a few others. If Andy Sutton is injured it's not because of Ted Nolan or Scott Gordon, it's because that's his history.

Bottom line this group has to get a little chemistry going and a core group healthy and working together daily. It's not going to happen if they patch things together just in time for the opener.

Teams doing that usually get their heads handed to them and look disorganized come opening night and a step behind.

And no, they cannot rush anyone who is not ready.

Tomorrow's only preseason home game will be about survival, not showcasing the best possible lineup.

That is not good and a major question, one that forces Scott Gordon to make sure his remaining core stay healthy by not playing some of them.

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Rico and Tambellini visit Cablevision

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/30/2008 11:16:00 AM | Comment Here

New York Islander Fan Central also has a special video of what really happened.

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