Islander News Articles 10/28

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2008 10:17:00 PM | | | | | 2 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan begins his coverage where he left off the last few days with his DiPietro speculation game as Bill Guerin and head coach Scott Gordon talked about his teams penalties and the opportunities for Joey MacDonald and Yann Danis.

MacDonald was disappointed his club did not get the bounces.

Greg Logan unfortunately struck again in the middle of the night on early Tuesday with another long blog in the Islanders Newsday space essentially complaining about the injury policy and Monday's release on DiPietro as we got more on his injury speculation game here even going back to how the goaltenders concussions were announced in 06-07.

Afterward our fans finally got a few words about the game with Scott Gordon's comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's kind of funny Mr Logan writes with all the focus on DiPietro’s injury there was no room in today’s newspaper for a few other interesting comments.

Doesn't he mean all of his focus on DiPietro's injury?

Considering how well some of the young players performed they deserved a few words in the paper but Mr Logan is very upset with the injury policy and our fans pay for that. I thought this was about the fans need to know but it's clearly about his need to know along with issues he has with DiPietro.

I guess our beat writer will not even let us know about the game very much as part of his next policy change, all in the name of our fans.

Sorry folks. I absolutely would like to take the coverage in another direction but this is where the articles go and I am not writing them.

It's absolutely not where I wish they would go either.

I'm as tired of Mr Logan's act with this as everyone else is by now and as I have written the Islanders are doing what a lot of pro teams do with the policy, there is nothing ground breaking with what the club is doing here.

At this point Mr Logan should have his editor talk for him and keep our fans out of the middle.

Days like this I would not mind one bit if Newsday went paid subscription only.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article was basically a blog reprint of the situation with Doug Weight and Brandon Sutter which head coach Scott Gordon also comments on.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann does what he does best and that's play the Islanders viability game once again telling us the club could be moving without a single word on the subject from anyone who would be involved in any such decision and that the days in the Islander-Ranger rivalry could be numbered. Bill Guerin comments on the loss along with a few softballs for Ranger coach Tom Renney.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Welcome to how the Newsday staff fights back and kicks a team when it's down. Not pretty or very professional from Mr Herrmann who always has his Ranger pomp poms out.

It's sad but this is what our coverage is these days. Not another goal from Mark Streit or a defense that is scoring goals with half the backline out or Scott Gordon's system producing chances we did not see last year along with a faster Islander team.

It's only been a few weeks since Mr Herrmann did his latest Islander viability dance which is into double-digits over the last year for almost any possible reason for him to bring it up. His act has gotten very old on this subject having to take an extra kick at the club and it's fans after a tough loss or when good news happens like Al Arbour night he makes it all about the club trying to sell tickets.

It's done to upset the fans and play for the worst.

I guess the young players like Kyle Okposo and how well they played last night just was not a story if he wanted to write about the future so much.

Newsday: Mr Herrmann's other article made sure to get the word fishing in the first sentence with regard to the Islanders new retro uniforms with Bob Nystrom and Josh Bailey praising the new look.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Those jersey's look fantastic, just make them the full time uniform starting next year along with bringing back the same in white.

NY Times: Lynn Zinser has the Ranger-centric article.

NY Post: Dan Martin's very limited space article was all about DiPietro and the clubs injuries with Bill Guerin's comments, nothing on the game beyond the score here. Larry Brooks of all people to point how out the Islanders were taking the play at the Rangers for a good part of the game here.

Daily News: Peter Botte had Bill Guerin's comments about the Islanders having to stay in their system and his quotes on DiPietro's absence.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Botte wins my personal pool of what writer would first mention the team in it's early seventies look could finish with a similar record.

AP: Ira Podell's recap of the game includes the Islanders announced that D Brendan Witt would miss three to four weeks with an undisclosed injury while the Canadian Press here reports Rick DiPietro incurred a lower body injury Saturday night unrelated to his previous injuries and is day to day pending additional assessment and treatment. Freddy Meyer sat out Monday due to an abdominal strain.

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Rangers 4, New York 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2008 09:54:00 PM | Comment Here
AP: Has the early recap of the Rangers 4-2 win against the Islanders Monday night.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not much to write tonight, more tomorrow.

Islanders did not get the breaks or finish the ones they did, MacDonald's first goal against was not a good one and deflected off Guerin but he more than made up for it, hopefully he did not get injured himself when he got hit.

The pk gave them a good chance going into the third killing off the five on three.

Okppso finally finished one and again just showed signs he is a player with excellent potential who had some great shifts. The Ranger trap is most dangerous and waits for chances or powerplays and that's what they got when Bergenheim and Weight went off.

Just too much working against this team right now with all these defenders and the starting goaltender out but again I see a group of players looking good in this system creating chances and looking better collectively then they did for a good part of last year.

Some good signs, not enough to win a sixty minute game. The Islander powerplay has to give them more. The hitting, fights favored the home team and they did a good job again sticking up for one another.

I sure hope we see the full roster at some point because in the standings it is as bad as it can get.

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New York vs Rangers 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2008 03:24:00 PM | | Comment Here

Islanders website: Released it's new/old third jersey with a 360 degree picture of Bill Guerin.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Looks very good with the white lettering and numbers.

Newsday: Apparently after Greg Logan could only manage going to Peter Botte of the Daily News to take a little dig on the club's injury policy in a blog about Doug Weight-Brandon Sutter among other things Jim Baumbach decided to help out Mr Logan here in a surprise middle of the day article that basically played doctor and ripped DiPietro's contract here and the decision behind it.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The problem Mr Logan/Newsday has with DiPietro and the Islanders is out of hand.

Mr Baumbach is way out of line here writing DiPietro is far from the best goalie in the league that he is now just known as an injury-prone one considering where DiPietro had this team last January in the standings but it does reflect how much this beatwriter/newspaper wants to run down this player over this injury policy and for other reasons that go back to last season.

When he won or made the all-star game these same reporters were nowhere to be found which is the rub in the reporting, no one even bothered writing when he got hurt in the skills-competition.

I saw the shock-jock game from Baumbach/someone coming a mile away and I suspect we will see more of the same from the usual Newsday suspects who are going to tear down DiPietro and the club every chance they can.

This is very much about their access and it's no holds-bar, the fans get caught in the middle and the media counts on the fans using that to rip the club.

Don't buy this spin folks, there are legitimate reasons to blame the club for things they have made mistakes about but this is not one of them. It all comes down to the media playing for the worst in the fans because they do not like a policy or a player.

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

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I'm sure our fans will get a look at what we hope are some version of the 1972 uniforms as the story line then becomes will this club finish where the 72 version finished in the standings?

No Martinek, Witt, Meyer or likely Sutton and DiPietro hurting or not playing.

I hate to spoil the party but no NHL team is going to play good hockey for very long with those kinds of injuries facing them. I think any game now is going to be tough for the veterans and kids who all have to be pressing and now do not have the best options on the ice in the positions they need to be in for the system to work.

We saw how tough it was to finish against Carolina and how easily they gave it back after they scored. Carolina missed some great chances too.

Tonight's game:
One team got a game to overtime on a bad goal Saturday in the final ten seconds, the other took sixty shots and missed a penalty shot in the last seconds.

One team plays a very tough trap to keep shots down for it's goaltender and comes in healthy with most of it's games scripted like chess. The other right now has no identity and fighting just to get it's bearings with injuries in a new system with it's depth stretched to the max and a lot of flaws in it's roster makeup along with a new coach just getting his first look at the league.

For the Islanders plan to have a chance, it's roster has to stay healthy. That has not happened which effects everything so no idea what to expect game by game.

We can only hope the fore checking keeps generating more chances as it has and the defense pinching keeps scoring. Tonight the Islanders have to get in the trenches and outwork the Ranger defense and play the game in their end of the ice, the kids need a big night resulting in a few goals so they get some confidence going.

Seven games is a long time without a goal from Nielsen, Tambellini, Okposo. Hopefully that line with Thompson, Park, Hilbert stay together and keep plugging so Sim and Bergenheim can play on lines more likely to score.

Anyone notice how many goals this defense has produced while in March a year ago after the Bergeron trade no defender could score?

There are signs some of this has been working, but the losses will cause a lot more frustration.

Another game, another opportunity to get something started, the point differential is already a big problem considering the early conference standings.

This comes down to what the Islanders can do here with what they have and the home ice disadvantage for both local teams is always a factor with so many opposing fans at the Coliseum and the Garden.

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Islanders Setting New Standards? Not even close

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2008 10:36:00 AM | | | 2 Comments
I thought we would have a little fun with the media game and point out a few other local examples that make the New York Islanders seem tame by comparison for anyone who thinks the Islanders are breaking barriers here or even coming close.

I wish I had video of this but I stumbled onto it that night on YES and it was better than the game. The audio does not do justice how upset the Yankee manager was on live television during a post-game interview about injuries.

I can give you Steve Stirling press conferences and game highlights from ITV as far back as 2005 but not a Yankee post game last month.

Mr Logan wants to talk about access and information he should start there because the New York Islanders at least give us that to make up for it's print media.

By all means listen to Yankee manager Joe Giradi pre and post game with it turning very ugly on live television last month here with the media calling the Yankee manager a liar according to Bob Raissman of the Daily News here afterward.

If that is not enough by all means listen to Laveranues Coles of the Jets only a few days ago:

I know it's easy for our fans to just get frustrated at the club and whenever anything happens it's time to use it as a referendum on everything back to 1983 but our club is hardly doing anything out of line here.

You know I agree with the New York Islanders the policy and why.
As for some of this stuff between Newsday, the Islanders and Mr Botta's blog I take no side whatsoever beyond our club receiving fair treatment from it's media.

I'm not doing this blog for access, scoops or page views and I do not play the bonds, ties or friendship game when it comes to my viewpoint.

I'm not writing to make a name for myself or pretend to pass my views off as part of the professional media or work in the sports media business.

In other words I do not have to do anything for anyone but my readers and that's provide an honest blog for you about our team whether the news is positive or negative.

All I ask in return from the media is to give our team and it's fans fair treatment because that's what they deserve, no more and no less.

I do not think that is asking a lot.

Thanks for reading.

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Islander News Articles 10/27

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/27/2008 07:37:00 AM | | | | | Comment Here
NY Post: Dan Martin has comments from Doug Weight who feels the Islanders are coming out of it's three game losing streak and that he can see the improvement while Bill Guerin called the loss inexcusable acknowledged the effort and play was better.

The early part of the article was Weight talking about playing one of his former teams.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This was the Ranger article in the paper today for those wondering that was basically all Islander including practice update from Sunday.

Newsday: Greg Logan's article is essentially a repeat of his Sunday afternoon blog as the beatwriters end game with the media policy and DiPietro's injury saga continues which for some reason now includes Mr Botta's Point Blank blog as a part of the story because he reported DiPietro will not play.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I feel bad for DiPietro in all this, he said himself this has become a distraction and he is correct. Bottom line is he has to do whatever it takes to return to full health for as long as it takes and follow the folks who make the medical decisions.

Beyond that he plays when he is ready whether it be tonight, next week, next month or next year.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's article has head coach Jack Capuano praising Tim Jackman's example he sets for the young players while Jeremy Colliton talks about how the team has to skate and be physical regardless of who it is along with some changes made to the forwards.

Watertown Daily Times: Max Delsignore has Bridgeport defenseman Chris Lee's comments on his overtime preseason goal and his concussion against Florida as he is expected to be cleared Monday to rejoin his Bridgeport teammates.

Apparently Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog is still playing the fan card for our benefit as the whining & complaining continues about the media policy as now we have to read about things regarding Mr Botta and their communication and not tonight's game here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Sad day when Dan Martin has more from the players on how they are getting better in this system then the person assigned to provide coverage cannot give it a rest. I guess now hockey takes a backseat?

Maybe Mr Logan would like to save some of this energy for getting our fans some television programming from his boss starting with a pre-game tonight if he wants to continue his writer for the fans act.

All he does is rally the fans against the club for a lot of other reasons that have nothing to do with the injury policy.

His complaining is now the biggest distraction of all but at least he is keeping up with Mr Zipay so I guess that's something?

I expect Mr Herrmann or someone from Newsday will have Mr Logan's back if this goes much further. All of this is very much about friendships, bond and ties along with access and has nothing to do with our fans and information.

I'm kind of laughing at all of this folks and I hope you do also.

The New York Islanders are not breaking barriers or inventing rules here with it's policy and a lot of pro teams do the same thing as we saw with Joe Giradi on television late this season and Mr Coles just this week.

It's beyond comical a team beatwriter writer who did not once write about the team on his beat losing four hundred man games plus to injury a year ago or even bother blogging or writing when DiPietro got hurt in Atlanta all of a sudden is this fired up about the reporting of injuries?

All I know is I would like to get back to some actual hockey reporting.

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Islander Notables/DiPietro, Meyer, Sutter

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/26/2008 07:08:00 PM | | | 2 Comments
AP: Reports Rick DiPietro will see a doctor on Monday for an undisclosed injury and is questionable to play against Rangers, Yann Danis was recalled on an emergency basis. along with defenseman Brett Skinner.

Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islander Newsday blog confirmed through a team spokesman Rick DiPietro will undergo a doctor’s examination Monday.

Brett Skinner was recalled to replace Freddy Meyer who was injured in the Carolina game according the the beatwriter on an emergency basis along with Yann Danis.

Mr Logan also writes Newsday (I guess that means not Greg Logan) had questions for general manager Garth Snow who defended the NHL policy as a way to protect his players from being targeted by opponents citing league rules that permit teams to withhold detailed injury information, no quotes from the Islander general manager.

Mr Logan also noted many teams choose to provide specific injury information, including recovery timetables, but others do not.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What a shock the New York Islanders are the only sports team either way who take nothing less than an outright assault from their beatwriter among all the clubs who do not provide specific injury information which is the rub here for those who have not had enough of this yet.

Apparently the Islanders must do what the Cablevision-owned Newsday beatwriter wants or this is how he will report. Are fans of other clubs being put in the middle of this by their beatwriters?

Not a chance.

Aside from everything else I wrote about Mr Logan's coverage our fans need to understand this is the same Greg Logan who is employeed by a company that does not give our team a pre-game, did not show one preseason game or even allow live internet preseason coverage from camp.

They did not even give us live television coverage when Scott Gordon was hired.

Where was Greg Logan to complain about this for us being that he seems to be playing the fan card on the injuries and our need to know, he sure did not play the fan card on our television coverage or our pregame coverage?

But then Mr Logan would have to complain about his new employer and Cablevision/Msg policies which is never going to happen, Neil Best would not even touch that instead turning it around on the team.

You want to impress us Mr Logan being that this is all about our access to information blog and ask our fans what they wanted more, television coverage, preseason televised games, a pregame or specific injury reports?

I bet the television coverage wins hands down.

I know our fans complained about that, where we you aside from sitting on the sidelines in silence?

You did not even complain about the lack of live internet games by Cablevision in the preseason.

Finally for all the time Mr Logan and Newsday had full disclosure about injuries in the last year it's kind of ironic our beatwriter never wrote once the team on his beat led the National Hockey League in man games lost to injury with our four hundred.

Sure seems hypocritical to me but NYIFC is only a team-sponsored blog because it's linked to the blog box?
It just does not end with the injuries, now Freddy Meyer? No team can stay competitive with all of these players going out injured. I wonder if Scott Gordon is starting to regret what he signed on for here despite the real hockey story being how good his system has looked at times the last two games?

In an attempt to end the day on a good note AP: Brandon Sutter was released from a local hospital Sunday.

Mark Parrish should be reporting to Bridgeport today.

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Greg Logan goes off at Islanders Policy----again

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/26/2008 08:05:00 AM | 8 Comments
Newsday: Apparently Greg Logan decided to finally do some passionate hockey blogging about the Islanders like Steve Zipay does for his team several times a day.

Too bad it was not about the game, how the team played or to profile a player but what amounts to his latest public tantrum about club policy on injuries which began back in June when he found out Guerin-DiPietro had surgery.

His latest is DiPietro may not have been hurt but the team/Gordon/Snow did not want to talk about if he was pulled because the Witt injury was announced in the press box Thursday but not an injury to DiPietro.

Apparently Mr Logan now says he will make his own policy where he says he will insult the Islanders injury reports the way they insult his intelligence and of course played the fan card as if he does this for our benefit?

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I think it's time Greg Logan find another team to cover, his act has gotten old.

Mr Logan, the team does not trust you or Newsday's staff for their coverage of our team and I do not blame them. This goes back before the company that decided to regulate television coverage got control of Newsday.

Do not use our fans to act like your doing anything for us when you could not even come close to keeping up with Mr Zipay last year and wanted no part of DiPietro starting the all-star game while Zipay was live-blogging the young-star game for his readers.

If you were here for us we would have seen at least as many blogs and features as the other club in Newsday received last season.

You could not even bother blogging on DiPietro's injury at the skills competition and ignored the goaltender won six games in a row after the ASG.

You're all over DiPietro only when it's bad news and did not dare pull this on Guerin, Comrie, Sillinger, Satan or another veteran who also played hurt and struggled last year so do not mislead our fans claiming you treat everyone the same.

Not so, not even close.

DiPietro lost a member of his family and you turned it into a circus when he did not play, when he returned and struggled you wrote he was hard-headed on 3/20.

You ran to Nolan and made his contract public issue last season over gameday coverage and got everyone talking about it, not the Islanders. Following that you magnified an issue with Dubielewicz out of all proportion where Katie Strang covered a team event the next day and Nolan even said he did know there was a dispute.

You did a fine job stirring the pot on Snow-Nolan not being on the same page to where they finally decided to part company, sometimes all it takes is the media to push a bad relationship over the edge.

Receive any Thank You cards from Ted Nolan lately?

What happened the night in June after the team announced it's injury policy?

You hooked up with Marc Gandler and we saw false headlines the next day about Yashin that had to be retracted by your paper after an earlier mistake where your paper did a headline Nolan threated veterans with trades.

You did not even bother with a Bergenheim update when you had Gandler so please give everyone a break about what you are doing for our fans.

How many articles so far in the first seven games Bailey may not have been the right choice to stir up the public?

The New York Islanders do not trust you, don't ever play the card you are here for us because that is an outright lie.

You forgot to write Freddy Meyer was bone-headed for his turnover.

This is what happens folks when one media person covers a team and there is no one in the media to keep him honest. Mr Logan pulled this on the Jets or Coles this week after the Jet receiver was a lot less eloquent than the Islanders five other writers would have blistered Mr Logan because there is media competition with football.

Sorry to write I suspect folks who work well together will stick together here and justice by avalanche will be the rule. When a club is struggling it's very easy to play the fan card and gain support.

I suspect no team has less trust for it's beatwriter or it's local media than the New York Islanders, given I read these articles and post them I do not blame the club one bit.

If Greg Logan does not like it, feel free to put in for another team beat.

He comes off like the Islanders pull what the Knicks do clearing questions/interviews with security following them and even those writers did not go off this often about team/league policy.

But those writers still love the Knicks and that's the rub, for Greg Logan this is another assignment, nothing more.

Star-Tribune: Michael Russo did not take this kind of unprofessional tantrum when the Wild reported Marian Gaborik was out with his latest injury and listed it as lower body and the general manager did not want to talk. He did not go into a tirade about everyone can figure out where he has been injured.

I think it's time for a new beatwriter.

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Islander News Articles 10/26

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/25/2008 11:13:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Mr Logan in his game recap writes Rick DiPietro's turnover was " bone-headed " but did not go in the same direction with Freddy Meyer or other players made critical mistakes.

Head coach Scott Gordon could not talk about DiPietro's health citing the clubs injury policy only saying the goaltender was not pulled for his play. Doug Weight talked about his missed penalty shot and the terrible ice conditions while Rick DiPietro preferred not to talk about his injury until more is known and felt it's been too much of a distraction.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Hard-Headed last March, now Bone-Headed a week after returning?

Greg Logan obviously does not like DiPietro for reasons that go beyond the ice, this comes off as unprofessional combined with another statement about club policy.

If Mr Logan is going to write this about DiPietro he has to write the same thing about Meyer, Nielsen or Hillen for poor decisions, he went out of his way to point out crowd reaction when DiPietro did not return.

Scott Gordon seems to put distance between himself and club policy when he says this is what he is stuck with, not a good sign he is on board with management.

DiPietro was not carried off the ice and seemed ok on the bench, we'll see what happens from here regarding how much time he misses of if a goalie is recalled.

Newsday: Greg Logan's other article seemed pre-written with Mike Comrie's comments about the young players scoring struggles and what it takes to break out, gain confidence and win some home games. Scott Gordon talks about Tambellini and Nieslen having to be better but are getting this kind of opportunity for the first time.

NY Post: Dan Martin very limited space article has Rick DiPietro's comments on his turnover.

Daily News: Peter Botte's limited space article had more of the same from Rick DiPietro along with Doug Weight talking about his penalty shot.

Carolina News Observer: Chip Alexander's blog and game coverage here.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the recap of Bridgeport's 2-0 win at Worcester with comments from Peter Mannino, head coach Jack Capuano & Jeremy Colliton.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's post-game blog was about how the Sound Tigers looked the exact opposite as opposed to last night as the game progressed.

Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Has the Sharks coverage.

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Carolina 4, New York 3: DiPietro injury

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/25/2008 09:43:00 PM | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has the recap of the Islanders 4-3 loss Saturday to the Carolina Hurricanes where they took an all time franchise high sixty shots.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I could write a novel about this game, it had that much to offer again with signs this team is picking up this system in some areas while struggling with it at others. Carolina looked like a team waiting to lose for a good part of the night.

The Islanders defense is stepping in to create chances and it's forecheck again was very good and forced play.

Islanders had the shots, Carolina had the higher quality chances and they made the Islanders pay when they turned over the puck.

Apparently Rick DiPietro reinjured himself again, if I had to guess it was on the play Streit made a skate save as he dove across the crease.

Of course it has to be written DiPietro is still in training camp mode in terms of games having only started his first seven days ago. His giveaway was not good after the coach talked about letting his defense handle the puck the other day.

Cam Ward did not face many unstoppable shots or plays that created an open net chance aside from Okposo's chance in the first blocked by a defender. Unlike the Craig Anderson game last season Ward had to work for his win with a lot of scrambles in front of him.

Bill Guerin for his ten shots about five were the same low-percentage chances he took last year. Powerplay at times was erratic with a lot of outside shots or plays they were outnumbered on the puck, other times it looked solid with cross-ice passes for shots below the circle.

Freddy Meyer gave as good as got and more with a goal and assist said the other day at times this system is tough for him at times, in the second period we saw what he meant with a mistake he cannot make.

Same for Jack Hillen who did not have his man or Frans Nielsen who got beat on a faceoff and then did not get position against his man in front when DiPietro left a rebound.

Bill Guerin for his leadership cannot take the selfish penalty he took in the second period.

A lot of very good things here too, Thompson had has best game by a mile throwing a hit that led to a goal. Bergenheim again was making plays all night and dominating on his shorthanded goal and I love he drove the net and took out Ward. Park finally was put on the line with Thompson and Hilbert.

Doug Weight showed that's the kind of hit you give out to change momentum and draw a powerplay. Nielsen had a lot of chances, Hunter, Streit was bombing from everywhere and Campoli had a very nice play or two at the net.

It was far from all bad, some good signs but not enough and self-inflicted loss.

Nice play to draw a penalty shot, Weight did not do much with it.

Bottom line about as tough an October loss to absorbe as possible on a night this club badly needed points with all four clubs in divison earning at least one where they took sixty shots.

On the media end a little too much blame game from Billy Jaffe, first he questioned why Nielsen had six blocked shots against Dallas, said he has to make a play and not just shoot, but last week in Florida all I heard from him was the Islanders cannot pass up quality chances and have to shoot.

Live postgame with Gordon/DiPietro comments? Sorry, time for the Msg Saturday infomercial which no Islander fan should bother with until the coverage is equal.

No Martinek, Witt or DiPietro is too much to overcome.
Sound Reports Peter Mannino shut out Worcester 2-0 Saturday night. Tim Jackman and Sean Bentivoglio's short-handed goal was the difference.

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New York vs Carolina Msg Plus 7pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/25/2008 02:03:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has the early preview for tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Roll the dice on the injuries with Sutton vs Pock/Hillen sitting. Bill Guerin just called a players-only meeting, the team has not been producing points at home and face a struggling opponent that just gave up four goals in the third against Pittsburgh with Cam Ward hardly dominating in net so far.

Standings do not lie folks with teams piling up the points and opening a significant lead even for October. Flyers just went ahead of the Islanders who now reside in the basement, with games against the trapping Rangers on Monday and fast-skilled Montreal along with a Flyer club that seems to be finally breaking out Islanders need to get something started at this point or things could go south quickly.

Updated 5pm:
Newsday: Mr Logan has two updates in the Islanders Newsday blog. One on Hillen/Pock starting tonight because Andy Sutton is still not quite ready and the other a lengthy one on the teams system and the time and patience it will take along with a lot of other items as related to the Dallas game along with a brief evaluation of the young players and the goal-tenders stickhandling.

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The Blogging vs Professional Media issue again

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/25/2008 07:56:00 AM | Comment Here
Sporting News: Craig Custance's blog entry had a lot more on the blogging vs professional media issue with Professional Hockey writers association President Kevin Allen, NHL's vice president of media relations Frank Brown while Mr Custance writes about the many markets where professional media coverage is declining.

Mr Custance article centers around why an Edmonton Oiler amateur blogger was removed from a press box recently because of a live chat.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
First off high marks to Kevin Allen for being consistent and writing exactly what he told me by telephone and in an exclusive interview that was released here last month.

Too many days I feel like I may be the only blogger in North America who understands the boundaries between professional media vs bloggers which is why you only see links to professional writers or team affiliated website employees in the daily news entries here.

For a new concept such as blogging NYIFC is very old fashion and conservative in how information is presented here. I think our way is the correct way even though it goes against the grain of what most bloggers do as those folks go for the page view with the funny picture with as much sensationalism as they can pack into an entry to keep you coming back for more.

I did one blog with funny pictures in about fifteen hundred entries since last summer and after it was released I felt a day later it was a mistake and not what NYIFC is supposed to be about, never again.

NYIFC goes out of it's way to make sure our readers only see what we consider professional hockey writers content as I have often blogged about standards and credentials used in making these decisions.

Mr Custance unfortunately even needed the amateur blogger here to fill out his story with most of those sites I almost never have linked to NYIFC main blog content at a point I was not sure if it was professional or not. One site was even removed from our page list this week entirely because of one bloggers outright lack of professionalism.

All I will write about the Oiler blog was good for Frank Brown pointing out a site/blog with profanity in it's content/reader responses has no place anywhere. First time in well over a decade I have agreed with Frank Brown on anything since he left the Daily News.

Regarding Mr Custance comments that hockey bloggers are quick to publicly attack traditional journalists about everything from the amount of coverage to perceived biases unfortunately the New York Islanders are fighting circumstances no other team in this league is fighting on virtually every possible media level.

I did not see Chicago, Tampa, St Louis, Rangers, Los Angeles and a lot of other clubs that have not even had the Islanders marginal success take anything close to what our team has in terms of media criticism as those clubs struggled for years with countless poor decisions.

I looked in the newspapers for those clubs along with the national media and did not find the same attacks we link to about the Islanders that have done a great job tarnishing our franchise and contributing to public perception and folks who purchase tickets to games.

This places NYIFC in the very unhappy position of having to constantly ask very tough questions of the media I only wish did not have to be written about so often.

Team officials now and in the past have asked some of these same questions as Cory Witt did this summer when the Newsday-Yashin retraction was buried in the paper after the damage was done and as Mr Botta did in April 2006 when he called out Alan Hahn and Newsday's overall coverage.

Mr Botta recently wrote our fans should ignore some of the blogs in Newsday.

I disagree with this because I do not feel our fans should settle for anything but the best of coverage determined on how the club performs, nothing less and certanily not misinformation from Johnette Howard that could not even be factually correct in it's basic content.

I also do not consider it an attack on the local media to question why the only paper with an Islander blog was outworked by the beatwriter covering the other team in the same paper last season by about a five to one ratio. The sports editor at Newsday Hank Winnicki should be the first one who saw this problem and attempted to make up the coverage gap the other papers are not giving the Islanders in the city.

Unfortunately I seem to be one of the only blogs asking these questions.

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Islander News Articles 10/25

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/24/2008 09:39:00 PM | | | | | | 2 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon and former Islander coach Peter Laviolette on their coaching philosophies and influence as they have both been part of the Providence Bruins.

Mr Logan has no update on injuries or lineup beyond speculation given club policy.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Given Mr Wang comments on Peter Laviolette a few years ago if the Canes fired him last summer I have little doubt he would have succeeded Ted Nolan unless that was a deal-breaker for Garth Snow coming back himself.

Of course we all know how that has to work. Gm has to hire his coach, not the other way around which is why the general manager's contract has to be the first story.

NY Post: Dan Martin has Trent Hunter's comments on the early success he has had in Scott Gordon's system despite the clubs overall struggles on offense.

: Chip Alexander reports Cam Ward is expected to start against New York on Saturday after the Canes gave up four goals in the third period against Pittsburgh and Peter Laviolette having a few words about his clubs uneven performances this season to date here.

New Glasgow News: Has a feature about Joey Mac Donald on being a full-time player in the NHL along with playing in New York as he also comments about playing with New Glasgow’s Jon Sim who resides about eight houses apart on the same street.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Impressive stuff from the New Glasgow News who even had Joey MacDonald comments about Martin Brodeur giving up six goals against the Flyers on Friday night. This was not some article from training camp that finally made a blurb in the sports section.

If everyone recalls Sim and MacDonald were among the players who were part of the play the pros charity event in August started by Jon Sim and Colin White of the Devils here.

In the no one can top this department:
Blues goalie Manny Legace tripped on the carpet VP pick Sarah Palin came out to drop the puck on Friday and had to leave his game after the first period with a hip injury here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Of course if this happened to the Islanders Charles Wang, Chris Dey and Rick DiPietro would never hear the end of it while the former golden personality of broadcasting John Davidson receives another pass along with Dave Checketts after Flyers chairman Ed Snider took a lot of criticism for having the VP nominee drop an earlier puck.

Nothing like bonds, friendships to influence sports journalism double-standards.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the recap of Bridgeport's loss with comments from head coach Jack Capuano on his clubs puck-management/turnovers and Tim Jackman with a post-game blog here.

I am not seeing the Pirates coverage in the publication that covered them last season here.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio previews Saturday's game at Worcester Sharks.

WHEN -- Tonight, 7:05
WHERE -- DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.
ON THE AIR -- Webcast and Internet pay-per-view at
RECORDS THROUGH THURSDAY -- Bridgeport 4-1-0-1; Worcester 2-2-0-0

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Portland 4, Bridgeport 3

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/24/2008 09:11:00 PM | Comment Here Reports Bridgeport gave up a 3-1 lead in Portland and lost to the Pirates 4-3 Friday night.

Mike Iggulden, Andrew MacDonald and Jackman scored for Bridgeport.

Yann Danis was in goal for the Sound Tigers.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio blogged on the game with lines and updates that are different than what had with Comeau on the left or the right wing depending what you read along with a post-game blog

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Bridgeport has this trend last year of losing games that had a lead in, Portland did not turn the game with powerplay goals. If anything Bridgeport went 2-8 with the man advantage.

MacDonald has been piling up the points on the backline for Bridgeport while second rounder Dustin Kohn has not.

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Quick Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/24/2008 07:10:00 PM | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog gives his perspective on the early success of Luke Schenn and some of the players the club did not select in June. He noted it will take years before a final judgement can be made but it would be a lot easier to take if the Isles had Schenn to mold as a future cornerstone on defense if the growth process is going to be as painful as it has been through the first six games.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Am I missing something here because I have to ask has the growth process been that painful after only six games where it time to question taking Luke Schenn or anyone over what the club did?

When Bailey gets healthy I expect he will get a chance to play, Garth Snow and Ryan Jankowski apparently targeted scoring over defense and Schenn is advertised as a defensive defender.

Was that absolutely necessary today by Mr Logan or just time to take a kick at the team when it's down to stir up the fans a little more?

This beatwriter sure does not help put fans in the seats. Bell has an article on Islander prospect Justin DiBendetto along with comments from fellow prospect Mark Katic on his great start for Sarnia.

Something that does deserve some very fair criticism is Blake Comeau playing all four games in his return to Bridgeport as a right wing when last year he was most effective in the NHL as a left wing.

Ted Nolan shifted him to the right for a while and for about three weeks he immediately stopped creating chances or looked visible until he was moved back to the left wing.

Jason Pitton, Sean Bentivoglio and Jesse Joensuu were the three left wings along with Mitch Fritz.

Not looking good for a return to New York as a right wing as long as Guerin is on the roster with Okposo and Hunter locked into spots.

This seems like a mistake.

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Some folks only see the final score

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/24/2008 06:34:00 PM | 3 Comments
You read some of the stuff in the professional media and it's kind of comical that some think the Islanders played that poorly against Dallas last night.

I'm not going to write and tell everyone the Islanders played great but it was not bad as Greg Logan and a few others made it out to be.

The Buffalo game the Islanders were horrible in every area, against Dallas it was a different story. Scott Gordon had it correct when he noted the forecheck, the chances the defense created.

I watched the play closely, if you did also I think you saw some of the same things Gordon was talking about.

As for the scoreboard for those who want to write the score was closer than the play again did not tell the entire story.

Richard Park scores on his breakaway it's a two goal swing because Dallas does not go down and finish a play for the 2-0 goal where Pock lost his man. They score on those goal post during the five on three or Turco does not make an incredible save on Weight or Sim's wrap-around chance goes in it's a completely different game.

As I wrote last night, Dallas also made some very good plays knocking a clearing attempt out of mid-air by Gervais and going in to score. Dallas was due to break out after the Devils game where they had chances and did not finish. The Isles pk was a disappointment because not clearing the puck all the way down on the first goal did not allow the penalty killers to change.

The media wants no part in mentioning the loss of Martink here which is a huge factor, they only notice him when it's time to write about how under-rated he is.

Of course the DiPietro contract/personality club will not think twice to blame the goaltender for the loss, despite him having no chance on any of the five goals. At least Dan Martin got that correct when he noted no goaltender would have had a chance.

I just hope some folks watched the game and got beyond the final score.

In the long run all folks will remember is the final score and that is all that counts but if we are breaking down a game there is more too it than that.

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Islander News Articles 10/24

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/23/2008 11:55:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon, Freddy Meyer who felt there are going to be some glitches when guys 'double-think' as opposed to reacting with this system. A team meeting was held afterward which Mr Logan says Bill Guerin described as typical.

Newsday: Jim Baumbach does what baseball writers do and that's go all out on the Tampa Bay Ray angle (see Johnette Howard recently) somehow trying to compare a hockey team that made four of the last six playoffs with a baseball team that never made a playoff until now (after doing the attendance/Coliseum dance) to make his point about an Islander youth movement in the long run.

Mr Baumbach also reported Bill Guerin called a players only meeting and speculated Guerin and Doug Weight are not here for a youth movement.

Daily News: Peter Botte made sure to point out attendance first and after quoting Bill Guerin on the special teams and Scott Gordon on the team play did not even know Wade Dubielewicz is no longer on the club or that's what folks were chanting?

NY Post : Dan Martin's game recap has Bill Guerin's comments on the pressure the penalty kill was under along with Scott Gordon who defended his goaltenders play.

Dallas Morning News: Has the Stars coverage along with Star-Telegram Tracy Myers article.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's update is on defenseman Chris Lee who is ready to return after his pre-season concussion against Florida in the Islanders final preseason game.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio also has a preview for Friday's game.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Portland Pirates
WHEN -- Tonight, 7
WHERE -- Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
ON THE AIR -- Webcast and Internet pay-per-view at

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Dallas 5, New York 3

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/23/2008 11:15:00 PM | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has the recap of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars.

Associated Press: Has the recap of tonight's 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What can I write? You almost expect another injury to a defender going into these games now because this is what the track record of this group is. Spin the wheel with Witt.

4-6 weeks, a few months or the grand prize?

Did not look good but he went off on his own.

No team can sustain these kind of injuries to a Witt or Martinek and expect to win a lot of games in a row.

As for the game itself, this was not the Buffalo game where the Islanders simply got nothing going and Lalime could have taken a seat, first shift Islanders got some good chances and were strong on the forecheck on a lot of shifts and you could see a little bit of the system coming through in how they were forechecking and the defense jumping in. If the Islanders did not come out against a team playing it's third game in four nights that were just shutout I would be somewhat more encouraged by the chances they created but that was a club that had to be a little fragile that had some significant injuries of their own.

Dallas looked like a team due to breakout and frankly made some good plays for their goals. I cannot blame DiPietro or the defense for any of those goals against but the defense at other times let the Star forwards get behind them. Without DiPietro it could have been worse.

Campoli played about as well as you can ask for someone in his first game, Streit had a nice play for his goal.

What was the game changer for me? 1-0 Comrie makes a great play to send a forward in alone and Turco makes the save. If this were Tambellini, Nielsen, or Okposo I could accept not scoring there because the club is giving it's young players ice-time but having Richard Park in that spot expecting to give this club an offensive lift is just not something that is not going to happen enough to merit him in that spot.

Last year should have taught Garth Snow this, Park is not the right player for that role and neither is Andy Hilbert. I have no idea what Nate Thompson is here for because he looks slow or invisible and seems to hold down his line. At 3-0 that is when I want to see Thompson send a physical message.

Dallas came right down and scored and to me that set up what happened the rest of the game, have to finish that chance.

Bergenheim was outstanding all night and if this does get him off the fourth line I have no idea what will, what a nice touch pass to Guerin with a bouncing puck, the best player on that line with Guerin and Weight.

They really called Bergenheim for a rough on that last play with Avery? Islanders pk was not very good tonight but again Dallas made plays. I guess it's easy to blame Tomas Pock for Krystofer Barch's defelection goal but that's just a good play by Barch, Pock had his man and was pushing him to the angle.

The second goal was poor coverage by Pock on a play that was not an odd-man rush, the third was just a good play to knock a puck out of mid-air on a Gervais clearing attempt.

I know the Islanders did everything but score with their second period powerplay but far too many outside chances, Hunter was outnumbered 2-1 on one clear with a five on three man advantage. Tambellini and Nielsen were not as involved in this game as they needed to be.

First Dallas goal one Islander had a chance to clear all the way down the ice and with time only flipped it to center so they could not make a change.

We move on to Saturday, regulation losses in this league are killers in the long-run and other clubs are piling up the points with every other game a three point game.

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New York vs Dallas 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/23/2008 08:55:00 AM | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Has the pregame for tonight's game against the Dallas Stars.

Dallas comes in playing it's third game in four nights, New York needs a good effort here with the upcoming schedule anything but easy. Only lineup suspense should revolve around Chris Campoli.

Islanders have to start banking points in a conference most games early have been three point games with even the Flyers getting a high scoring game to overtime against San Jose last night. DiPietro gets his first home start and hopefully Avery does not go after the goaltender.

No excuses for any rust here, Islanders should come out wanting to send a message to their coach, the fans and take the play at Dallas team who came in off a brutal effort against New Jersey where Marty Turco was pulled.

This is why changes were made, I expect a sixty minute effort and a breakout game by some players.

On a media note Msg+ had five people involved in telecasting last night's Devil game
(Ken Daneyko, Steve Cangialosi, Stan Fischler, Doc Emrick and Chico Resch with a full pre and postgame with lockeroom interviews. C.J Papa has to do his interviews on the ice as Deb Placey did as if the clock was running before they had to get off the air.

Newsday: Greg Logan reports in the Islanders Newsday blog Chris Campoli will return tonight and wear a visor for the first time in his career. Andy Sutton could play as early as Saturday and Mike Sillinger is getting close to a full practice with the team.

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Islander News Articles 10/23

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/22/2008 09:08:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan has the latest on Chris Campoli who could return against Dallas with the defenders comments on his injury and adapting to head coach Scott Gordon's system as the coach talked about his play in training camp.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Does Gordon go to Campoli over Weight on his powerplay? The speculation game begins on whether Jack Hillen goes to Bridgeport or does Tomas Pock takes a seat in the stands because he does have to clear waivers.

Islanders never seem to have this problem linger very long for the wrong reasons.

Does this slightly bring into play Mark Streit seeing a shift or two at forward or at least a reduction in his minutes if the club continues to struggle in games with it's offense?

What would you do if it were up to you?

NY Post: Dan Martin is permitted a postage stamp sized preview with Chris Campoli's comments while Larry Brooks was allowed space to do a second article on the Devils game.

Dallas Morning News: Mike Heika previews tonight's game and has the Stars injuries.

The Star:Sunaya Sapurji has a feature article on Islander prospect Justin DiBenedetto with comments from Sarnia coach Dave MacQueen.

London Free Press: Steve Buffery reports former Islander Jason Blake could be taking a few shifts on the fourth line or even a seat on the stands for Ryan Hollweg as the former forty goal scorer comments.

Tampa Tribune: Reports Brian Lawton who was hired as vice president of hockey operations since June 25th for the Lightning has finally been named as the clubs general manager.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Can you imagine if Charles Wang did this? Maybe Tampa should just keep signing players so no one notices here as Damian Cristodero in the St Petersberg Times reports.

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Poll Update/Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/22/2008 02:56:00 PM | Comment Here
This weeks poll asks do you agree with Scott Gordon's coaching so far?

So far it's obviously early but I have read a few comments from Scott Gordon about things he has never seen before or this is how they do it here or words to that effect, this does not reflect someone who is a partner and exactly on the same page with Garth Snow.

That part of the poll is a split but these are very small things the media is upset about who are going to constantly make it a part of the daily questions for the coach as he is pressed for answers.

Scott Gordon is also dealing with a little more media than he had in Providence.

Only the coach and general manager know where they stand on Blake Comeau in Bridgeport and Nate Thompson claimed on waivers but it's obvious Scott Gordon wanted Nate Thompson.

Blake Comeau does not play Thompson's position so it's not directly related, the fighting element only came into play for Thompson in the Buffalo game so far.

Bergenheim has not been played with the right players for the best chance of him succeeding or is seeing many minutes but that will change as he is moved from line to line.

I agree for the most part this is all about the early ups and downs and not having Radek Martinek is a huge loss.

Results to date:
Too early 22 (51%)
Yes 10 (23%)
No 3 (6%)
Not seeing Comeau in Bridgeport a plan? 8 (18%)
Why is a waiver pick in Thompson here? 7 (16%)
Have to play someone who can skate/fight in Thompson 5 (11%)
With injuries he is doing great 2 (4%)
Bergenheim needs to be on a scoring line 9 (20%)
Normal ups and downs so far that go beyond coaching 8 (18%)
Working relationship with Snow will help players 4 (9%)
Snow and Gordon not on same page 4 (9%)
Other 0 (0%)

Quick Hit:
Always fun reading Newsday reporter Mark Herrmann hold the party line on hyping the latest Ranger flavor of the month but of course now that Avery he no longer wears a Ranger jersey we see him not hold back on pointing out his downside when he simply could have done an article on Aaron Voros here.

When was the last time Mr Herrmann did an article like this on the Islanders? Not a Cablevision issue, Mr Herrmann always has had the glass filled for the Rangers and empty for the Islanders.

Phil Mushnick of the Post did a nice job calling Trautwig on the double-standard here Mark Herrmann is no different.

And of course now that Ryan Hollewig is a former Ranger according to Mr Herrmann his hits from behind are now a trademark here.

NYI Fan Central Update:
Two of the new blogs added to the Islanders blog box does not have a specific writer
or Islander-centric content only so I pulled them from our blog box widget feeder.

Both those blogs were on the sidebar to link to anyway before joining the teams blog box program so for now I will leave them there.
For the record folks as long as Yahoo sports is going to give us coverage from at best a fringe blogger attempting to pass himself off as professional media and then not display professionalism, it's time to say goodbye to Yahoo's Islander feeder and that kind of worthless content.

Please spend some money Yahoo and add a professional hockey writer or just cut the coverage.

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Training Camp II: Overspeed vs Scoring

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/22/2008 02:12:00 PM | Comment Here
Somewhat interesting reading Doug Weight and Scott Gordon's comments on the Islanders system as the new Islander coach is finally getting a chance for a short training camp with most of his core forwards healthy.

Gordon feels if all five players are not on the same page it simply is not going to work and the players performance has not been consistent with regard to an aggressive fore check.

Doug Weight feels maybe there is too much talking about the system but the players have to be great at it to get results and if they are not sticking together as a five-man unit, they will get picked apart.

From where I'm watching any time this team starts taking penalties it's very tough for them to start their offense, that happened in preseason also.

Scott Gordon is also finding out the speed at this level is not the same as the speed in the AHL and against some teams the Islanders are not fast enough or skilled enough to get in a position to start and maintain an aggressive forecheck.

I wonder if after the coach changed his mind on playing a forward on the point and using Weight if that changes when Campoli returns?

Florida on Saturday played an agressive forecheck, it kept the Islanders on the defensive for too much of the game, against Buffalo they were shorthanded early and never got it's offense started.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens from here with players who have their version of an aggressive forecheck vs Gordon's way.

Good news? Islanders were a pass/play short of a few open net chances on Vokoun and did win a few pucks in the Panthers zone.

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Bridgeport Signs Mark Parrish to Tryout Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/22/2008 01:31:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan reports in the Islanders Newsday blog Mark Parrish has been signed to a Sound Tigers tryout contract for twenty five games. Head coach Scott Gordon comments Parrish would have to be a far better than a young player for him to take a roster spot from someone.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Tryout contract means just that folks which is a long way from signing a contract to play for the Islanders in the NHL.

I suspect part of this is a former teammate who is now general manager giving another former teammate a chance to continue his career somewhere.

Dave Scatchard got a short tryout with Hartford last year, like Brandon Sugden this is a chance for Parrish to keep playing and maybe earn a contract with the Islanders or another club.

For the Bridgeport/Islanders side of things this is very curious move with a surplus of players in Bridgeport. Garth Snow signed Joel Rechlicz to a three year contract and was sent to Utah, this will take a roster spot from a right wing in Bridgeport.

For Mark Parrish a major reality check as to how far his stock has fallen in NHL circles after he was released by Minnesota and turned down a tryout with his former coach in Peter Laviolette in Carolina less than a month ago here.

If it did come to Parrish resigning here we know what the right side looks like in Guerin, Okposo, Hunter, and whoever is on right wing between Nate Thompson, Richard Park or Andy Hilbert.

I suspect for Parrish to earn an Islander contract he has to beat out a veteran, not a young player unless management is talking about an Okposo demotion which seems unlikely.

Parrish's tryout contract runs until 12/21-12/26 games for Bridgeport depending on when it officially begins.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Mark Parrish on why he decided to sign a tryout contract with the Sound Tigers who plans to arrive Sunday in Bridgeport and practice Monday as Jack Capuano talks about his experience with Parrish on the 2005-06 Islanders when he was an assistant coach.

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Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/19/2008 07:48:00 PM | | | | 3 Comments
Newsday: Greg Logan has an update in the Islanders Newsday blog on how Rick DiPietro played along with comments from the goaltender and head coach Scott Gordon as the beatwriter also looked back to his first start since last March.

Mr Logan also reported Mitch Fritz was returned to Bridgeport with a preview of his Monday article about the teams scoring struggles which will feature comments from Doug Weight and Mark Streit.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Very old and tired for me to keep writing this but if Mr Logan is going to make a point statistically speaking that DiPietro lost seven of his final eight games giving up at least three goals he also has to include that 1-0 game was the tail end of a six game winning streak.

He also has to tell the readers many of those games afterward he held the Islanders in almost single-handed starting with the very next game in New Jersey where he faced more than forty shots and had the game tied in the third before the Islanders defense made some fatal mistakes in front of him.

Often there are more than statistics that indicates what happened in a game. Many times a goalie can allow a lot of goals and play great which is a point Mr Logan never made regarding DiPietro's performance in the second half last year.

Of course Mr Logan is correct yesterday was encourging however not for the goals against but how he reacted as the game wore on.

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