1/27/09

Islander News Articles 1/28

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/27/2009 08:48:00 PM
I may let the feeders do the walking tomorrow, there is a pre-scheduled blog that will be automatically posted around 12:30pm.

Newsday: Greg Logan has Mark Streit's comments about his all-star experience and what it means to be recognized now as a defenseman vs a forward.

Mr Logan also reports Mike Sillinger had hip resurfacing surgery Monday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the Sound Tigers weekly, Bridgeport is off until Friday.






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Mike Sillinger's season over

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/27/2009 07:16:00 PM
Islanders website & AP & Newsday Islander blog/Mr Logan & Point Blank/Mr Botta: All report Mike Sillinger will undergo a second hip surgery and miss the remainder of the season.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

It's interesting Sillinger seemed very optimistic about being part of Islanders camp come the fall considering this and the fact he will be an unrestricted free agent on 7/1.

I just do not see it and hope it's not the end for him. Too good a player who has been such a class act for so many organizations.






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Tough Times for New York Islander fans

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/27/2009 12:21:00 PM
No pulling punches with this blog entry because even though many in the media go over the top with the assaults on our team, it's a very tough time to be a New York Islander fan right now.

Do I think this is a 30th place team that was supposed to lose? Absolutely not, the Islanders are where they are in the standings because of an absurd amount of injuries at all positions but this has been the hand dealt to them.

These next ten weeks is where we find out who the real die-hards are among the fans because over these next thirty-odd games you will be tested to the max.

Wins for many will not be a positive, fans want one of those top two picks as the payoff for this poor season and if I had to guess I would say everyone is all in on Taveres because they want a franchise offensive talent who the Isles at best will have a 1/4 chance at landing.

That means the prospects, veterans who are all fighting for jobs and careers can do well, but not too well. A reality check for everyone should be these players could care less about next season and want to win as many hockey games as possible right now. This starts with head coach Scott Gordon who I would guess is having the longest coaching year of his life in his NHL debut.

Gordon has another thirty plus games with an injured roster that is not scoring, too small and with a lot of basic flaws. The lack of size, scoring and toughness is dramatic vs many other NHL clubs. A lot of the frustration that boiled over at the end of last season against Ted Nolan will only be natural to surface again because these are people with a lot or pride who want to win.

However frustrated you may be as a fan, it's worse for the players.

It means some already very frustrated players because of the losing may have to sit so prospects can play.

This is also the background music Garth Snow will face come the trade deadline as he makes critical decisions who stays vs who goes while some will expect him to land first or even second rounders for fringe veterans which is a long shot, he also has the cap to deal with and some players with a NTC.

The undercurrent from the preseason game in KC will be non-stop in the media with any updated news, sooner if not already it will effect the players who will be asked the question more and more as we move ahead.

So what can we do? Watch the games, hope the team puts in a good effort and we see some real signs Okposo, Comeau, Bergenheim, Bailey, Tambellini, Nielsen and others will be ready to carry an offensive load for this team.

Bottom line is they have to, a foundation has to be built over these next thirty odd games with some groundwork for 09-10.

Make no mistake with a few players the clock is ticking very loud right now, they have to show more or someone needs to come up and get their opportunity. This is why you sign prospects.

Tough times, we'll get through them together.





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Islander News Articles 1/27

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/27/2009 03:04:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon on injured players who could play Thursday along with Andy Hilbert, Trent Hunter, who praised Frans Nielsen and Chris Campoli.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recapped the AHL all-star game on Monday.






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1/26/09

Islander-Sound Tiger Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/26/2009 08:11:00 PM
Islanders website: Reports the clubs injuries for the second time in about a week with Andy Hilbert expected to return against Atlanta.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not the man games lost to injury included I would have liked but it will have to do, obviously the club a long while back made a decision to fore go the league policy.

AHL.com: Is live updating the all-star game with Sound Tiger Andy MacDonald having an early assist.





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Islander News Articles 1/26

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/26/2009 12:38:00 AM
USA Today.com: A.J Perez has a feature on Islanders defenseman Mark Streit who talks about his all-star experience and that he never expected the Islanders to be a last place team.

AP: Mark Streit comments on the game and the naming of former teammate Alexei Kovalev being named MVP.

Columbus Dispatch: Tom Reed has an interview with former Islander goaltender x2 Wade Dubielewicz about his experience in Russia and a few words on the Islanders 2006-07 playoff run.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps the skills competition for the AHL and how Sound Tigers Mike Iggulden and Andrew MacDonald did.

AHL All-Star Game, today at Worcester, 7 p.m. (NESN, MSG Plus, www.ahllive.com





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1/25/09

East 12, West 11 shootout: Streit two assist:

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/25/2009 09:05:00 PM
















NHL.com: Reported Mark Streit lead all players at the all-star game during regulation for time on ice with over twenty one minutes.

(Chara/Komisarek led after overtime by a few seconds because of the first penalty call in about eight years during ot against the East)

Streit had two assist, one shot and was a plus three with 22:29 TOI.






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Sunday Notables/Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/25/2009 12:43:00 PM
Ct Post: Bridgeport lost in overtime at Portland after taking a 1-0 lead into the third. Sean Bentivoglio and head coach Jack Capuano commented who praised the teams effort.

Point Blank: Mr Botta had a few updates from Mark Streit who was not hurt after falling on his breakaway attempt in the skills competition Saturday.

* Passed on posting about the misrepresentations in Forbes and the LIBN on the Islanders but did sent David Reich-Hale the author of the LIBN article an e-mail to clarify his mistakes and omissions.

Forbes simply takes sports items this with no documentation and throws claims against the wall because teams do not supply them information. Other businesses are a different matter but Forbes has no place reporting on sports until teams and leagues decide to provide them actual numbers so they stop making estimates.

* No shock Larry Brooks had a cheap shot for Garth Snow and the Islanders, he's been overdue for a while now. Maybe Garth Snow should have put Islander training camp in NYC and really given Mr Brooks something to crow about.

Expanding the Islander fan base were some of the past reasons given for training camps in Lake Placid, Wheeling, Yarmouth, and Moncton.

Funny Larry Brooks did not write it was an insult to long suffering Ranger fans going to San Juan to play pre-season games in 2006 here which failed miserably here.

* Seems eliminating that highlight move goal competition from last year protected the goaltenders better this time. No way DiPietro has to go post to post on a wrap around which is how he got hurt.

I tend to agree with Gary Bettman if a player opts out of the ASG because of injury he should sit his next teams game unless he attends or at least represents his club off the ice.

That's a new rule that I did not know about.

The counter rule needing to be added to protect the players interest should be anyone who wants the time off all-star weekend must inform the league at the start of training camp. In that instance they should not have to miss any time when the season resumes.

Updated:
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog wonders if the urbanization of the area of the Coliseum is enough to make it worth keeping the Islanders as he writes " In the larger picture, 100 acres hardly compares to the downtown area of the major cities where most major-league franchises are located " as he introduced earlier articles and interviews as he gives us his view of Tim Leiweke with a few words from Kate Murray about local business reaction/concerns about the project.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's kind of funny every Sunday during football season we watch games from New Jersey which has no cityscape to identify the location to a point everyone simply calls the teams New York or they show the New York skyline.

That view from Queens and the Bronx for baseball has been less than flattering for a long time also looking out at a junk yard or what the Bronx looked like decades ago.

A lot of pro sports teams play outside their primary city area. The Caps played in Landover for a long time and I never saw the local media treat them like the media does our team slapping the LI label on every facet of the franchise.

The Islanders themselves are just as guilty of this far too often.

This all begs the question why would the Islanders need a signature shot and why not just show the Manhattan skyline. This is a New York based team even if some Ranger media likes to push them outside of that.

A lot of city-based teams move also, Mr Logan should know and have pointed out the Rangers in the early eighties were about to be one of the teams moved before NYC bailed out the Garden with it's tax exemptions because the building was not viable by itself.

Anything can happen here with this project, including Nassau County/Town of Hempstead getting the Islanders out of this Smg lease. That's the part of this the media folks stopped talking about (thanks to Charles Wang) with even part of the gate going to this company with parking, concessions for hockey games.

Lighthouse or no Lighthouse that is the primary reason Islander owners lose money operating this franchise. If the Lighthouse is the tradeoff to supplement that revenue for Charles Wang then it makes sense.

But there are a lot of alternatives.

I find it kind of funny a Long-Island based company that operates a Newspaper and sells it within NYC limits (for a time in NYC) fails to present content about it's primary sports team in the area exactly the same way to the New York readership?

They sure have no problem marketing New Jersey football as New York City so why not a team called the New York Islanders that actually plays in New York?

Again this goes back to an old question, why has Newsday bent over backwards to present Ranger coverage at all in Long Island based Newsday?

Correction:
Someone named Matt Gagne wrote the Islanders game story after the win against Anaheim for the Daily News, not Peter Botte.





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1/24/09

Islander News Articles 1/24

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/24/2009 12:24:00 AM
AP: Has a few words from Islanders defenseman Mark Streit at the NHL all-star weekend.

NY Post: Dan Martin has a full interview with Mark Streit where he talks about making the all-star team and his first half of the season with the Islanders.

Toronto Sun: Joe Warmington has a great story about how Kurtis McLean's family got to New York on short notice to see him play his NHL debut against Washington.





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1/23/09

Portland 1, Bridgeport 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/23/2009 09:13:00 PM
AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport lost 1-0 in Portland against the Pirates on Friday.

Nate Lawson had twenty two saves and was second star. Hillen, McLean and Mannino all dressed for Bridgeport.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has postgame from head coach Jack Capuano who credited his goaltending but not his offense because they did not generate a forecheck until the second period and were in penalty trouble in the third which never allowed them to take momentum.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a live blog but apparently will not be in Portland until Saturday to cover the second game of this back to back against the Pirates.

Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram: Cover the Portland Pirates.





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Newsday Islander Insider

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/23/2009 07:24:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan had the Islanders Insider which was his own state of the team from owner to prospects by position with lot's of speculation on trades and how the players have performed along with what could be ahead this summer with the draft if the standings hold and the Islanders select in one of the top two spots if they finish 30th.

Head coach Scott Gordon was the only quote in the last paragraph.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Straight-forward and a solid review of the players in detail but aside from talking about every number possible Mr Logan did not bring up man games lost to injury which is the biggest number to define this season.

That should not have been left out.

What stood out beyond that was his speculation on whether Bailey would have been better off in juniors given his one goal in thirty odd games and that he introduced Columbus Marc Methot into the mix for a possible trade.






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Cablevision-Newsday era begins/NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/23/2009 02:54:00 PM
Something a few days old but very much related to the New York Islanders and that's the paper creating their perception and what motivates them.

Newsday: James Madore reports the circus at Cablevision owned Newsday has officially ended for now with a dispute between editor John Mancini/several editors and owner Cablevision Systems Corp over rumors about coverage of the lawsuit against Eddy Curry of the Knicks; Mancini declined to comment when asked whether Knick coverage sparked the dispute but did confirm threats of firing or quitting were involved after he returned to work with others who were absent for days.

NY Times & NY Post: Earlier has the articles without the spin from Newsday that tells a more complete story.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This can officially be bookmarked as the day Cablevision took full control of sports reporting at Newsday even though the sale closed last summer.

This is the same newspaper demanding transparency of the Islanders regarding it's Lighthouse Project, team and management contracts, injuries and creates virtually all perception of our franchise but when it involved the Knicks there is a problem for the papers ownership?

Where is Mr Baumbach, Rieber, Herrmann, Jeansonne, Staple, Zipay or Logan to jump all over Charles and James Dolan or to question this papers viability like they do with Charles Wang, Chris Dey or Garth Snow at every opportunity?

Funny how Neil Best did not touch this with a ten foot pole when he interviewed Msg President Michael Bair about Islander coverage.

Act as if does not apply when it comes to the owners of this paper apparently and that makes what they present about our team questionable.

More and more I am going to suggest to NYIFC readers look past the writer viewpoint and just go by what's quoted from players/team officials when I see something questionable about our team.

Tsn.ca/several sources: Report the NHLPA has elected not to re-open collective bargaining agreement meaning the current CBA will run for the next two seasons.

Tsn.ca: Also reports Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber cleared re-entry waivers for anyone wondering if Garth Snow might put in a claim for more depth.

Daily News: Eliot Olshansky has another excellent prospect review on David Toews and Blake Kessel that notes Shea Guthrie was this week's ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, scoring two goals in a win at Yale, then assisted on two more, including the game-winner against Brown University the following night.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Simply put another excellent article by Mr Olshansky that is given more space than the local game reports. The coverage varies from Islanders to Devils to Rangers but the quality and depth pf information is excellent.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio sets up Bridgeport's game tonight in Portland and reports Blake Comeau sent to the AHL
looks like a said paper transaction.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

I would be fascinated to read the explanation from the Islanders if Andy Hilbert being taken off injured reserve meant a Comeau demotion for real.





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1/22/09

Islander News Articles 1/23

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/22/2009 08:43:00 PM
Newsday: Eden Laiken has the latest on the back and fourth between the Town of Hempstead with their representative Hempstead Town Attorney Joseph Ra this time doing the mantra that the process would go quickly if the Isles would simply renovate while Paul Lancey on the Lighhouse side maintains that is not economically feasible for the area for them just to do a renovation.

Chief Deputy County Executive Marilyn Gottlieb (Tom Suozzi/Nassau side who approved project) voice support for the project given revenue it would create.

Islanders owner Charles Wang had no comment.

Newsday: Neil Best trots out Michael Bair, President of Msg to make a case why their corporation would strongly want the Islanders to stay here despite the enormous television rights fees they have to pay the club until 2030 as Mr Best talks about ratings for a team Msg/Cablevision puts on secondary networks to drive down ratings and regulate fan interest.

"We consider each of the teams [we carry] of equal value. We don't distinguish between the teams.


NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is the same Msg President Michael Bair who a few months ago tried to make a case why the Devils receive a pregame and the Islanders do not? Lets put fifty Islander games on Msg with weekly programming and specials and then hide the Cablevision owned club on Msg+2 (with poor picture/no HD at times) for fifty plus games a year and then keep them off television all summer and preseason for a decade and then we will get an honest view of the ratings for the Islanders or who has the most fans.

They are now paid all this money to control interest and perception, so are the Devils, when the Islanders signed this deal in the eighties, Cablevision did not own another NHL club.

What is Michael Bair going to say, the teams primary television carrier that now also owns their primary newspaper wants them to move so they can save hundreds of millions? That would officially end all Newsday credibility in their reporting which has been questionable at times even before Cablevision got on board with a staff of former Ranger beatwriters and admitted fans on the staff writing about the club and creating perception which includes Neil Best.

Far too much of it overtly negative which we did not see the years the Rangers were the biggest disgrace in the NHL going on a decade or for the Knicks of several seasons who have fit every criteria of a laughingstock.

NHL.com: Brian Compton has an excellent feature on Clark Gillies where he talks about his NHL debut for New York in Montreal against the Canadians as well as his Islander career.

Espn: Scott Burnside has a wide range of topics among which is the Islanders arena situation where Gary Bettman says he hopes no one is taking Charles Wang for granted.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Burnside as usual has the glass half empty on the team and makes a mistake on the arena lease which he writes expires on July 31, 2015 but would be voided per the Memorandum of Understanding immediately if the project is not approved but does not include the Smg lease which if I'm correct runs until 2014 which is why there has been so much past talk of buying out the league before Mr Wang bought the club.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio previews Bridgeport's doubleheader Friday and Saturday in Portland against the Pirates.

Kurtis McLean, Jack Hillen and Peter Mannino were sent back to Bridgeport.





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Katic & DiBenedetto named OHL All-Stars

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/22/2009 07:00:00 PM
OHL.com & Sarnia Observer: Report Islander prospects Justin DiBenedetto and Mark Katic are among the forty Ontario Hockey League players that will take part in the 2009 Subway OHL All-Star Classic slated February 4th in Windsor.

DiBenedetto is third in the OHL with 61 points, including 30 goals. Katic is 11th among defense in scoring and is on pace this season to set career highs in every offensive category.






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Some Quick Hits/State of NYIFC address

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/22/2009 11:53:00 AM







* At best token coverage here this weekend for the ASG and the Sound Tigers.

Doing a year-round blog like this does not allow for many breaks and with the Islanders off for eight days it's a good time to recharge the batteries.

* Along those lines will we see a double-standard in Newsday coverage sending a writer to cover Cablevision's goaltender at the ASG considering a year ago the Islanders goaltending starting the game did not mandate a writer be sent or a blog be written, even after DiPietro sustained an injury in the skills competition?

* Someone is going to have to tell me why Cablevision owned Newsday would not want the Islanders to move so they can save hundreds of millions on the television contract and market the teams they own even more than they do already on Long Island?

Of course the city papers do not seem so obligated despite how many appearances the club makes in schools in Queens.
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I guess you can call this a mini State of NYIFC address which I did a year ago September.

* It's been a while since I have written this but I want to make clear to my readers that this is not an insider blog in any way. I express my comments on a lot of subjects but that does not mean what it is correct nor does it make me any kind of authority about anything. Sometimes I am wrong but I think I try to be fair above all.

This is also not some kind of media only blog that questions or praises writers, NYIFC covers all things Islanders as does the prospect blog linked to this page.

NYIFC also has no interest in scoops, page views or plays the sensationalism game.

I could care less about any of that nor am I here to make a new career for myself and as always prefer to be dead last with information so what you read here is correct or comes from credible media sources.

I have not decided on the future of NYIFC beyond this season. I have told a few folks I'm at the point where I would be considered a senior citizen for something like blogging. I have written about hockey for a long time and looking at other things I wish to do next.

Finally, I would like to thank all the folks who do visit, e-mails or respond, it's been an amazing experience regardless what I decide moving forward.








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1/21/09

Islander News Articles 1/22

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2009 10:06:00 PM
Associated Press & Sports Network: Had the recaps of New York's 2-1 win against Anaheim.

Newsday: Greg Logan recaps the Islanders 2-1 win against Anaheim with comments from head coach Scott Gordon about his goaltender, Yann Danis.

Newsday: Mr Logan has more from Scott Gordon on the state of the Islanders goaltending, specifically Yann Danis while Doug Weight skated with his comments.

Daily News : Peter Botte's coverage of the Islanders 2-1 win against Anaheim with Scott Gordon and Yann Danis comments.

NY Post: Dan Martin's short space has a few words from Yann Danis and Frans Nielsen.

Orange County Register: Dan Wood game coverage with staff writer Curtis Zupke's blog here.

WHEC.com:Robin De Wind has a feature on former Islander Steve Webb a member of Student Athlete Leadership Program as he visited Eastridge High School.

Windsor Star: Jim Parker reports Islander prospect Josh Bailey will be with his old team this weekend and drop the puck for Friday's game.

AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport won in Albany on Wednesday 4-2. Nate Lawson had twenty one saves for Bridgeport.

1. BRI Iggulden, (18) (Joensuu, Marcinko), 0:56
1. ALB Dwyer, (10) (Samson, Helminen), 4:44
1. BRI Sixsmith, (1) (MacDonald, Nikiforov), 9:45
3. BRI Smith, (21) (Lee, Walter), 4:51
3. ALB Rodney, (1) (Flood, Blanchard), 16:37
3. BRI Pitton, (2) (Haskins), 18:15 (SH)

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game coverage and blog here.

Albany Times Union: Pete Dougherty has a game article and the coaches video for the paper.

Troy Record: Also has coverage of Bridgeport's win.

Sorry folks but Thursday will be a very busy day, not sure I will fill in any more articles.







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New York 2, Anaheim 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2009 08:43:00 PM
















First period:

Comeau great play to strip the puck and feed Comrie, Streit had a wide open Gervais on the delay penalty the play drew.

Okposo makes Scott Gordon look good (and me not so good) drilling a shot past Anaheim goaltender J.S Giguere for the opening goal but he did not have his post on a shot without much of a screen.

Streit makes great play against four players, Guiere kicks a rebound to Blake Comeau who misses a wide open the net or had his shot redirected.

Comrie missed an easy chance to clear, Anaheim took the puck and almost scored a goal and drew a penalty as the Islanders struggled.

Islanders lose faceoff, Witt block, Martinek penalty. Okposo on pk.
Danis save on Pronger point shot.

Danis again gave up rebounds.

Nielsen to Kurtis McLean for a shot that beats Giguere for his first NHL goals.
(who is immediately pulled and furious)
Jack Hillen's second NHL point who beat two forwards moving puck, first point of this season.

Nice save off Hedican by Danis.

Witt delay of game putting puck in stands.

End first.

Not a bad period by a lot of open point shots by Anaheim, a lot of down-low play where they tried using size to crash Denis crease. Islanders seemed to have the goals but not a lot of chances.
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Second period:

Niedermayer robbed by Danis after he beat Richard Park. Anaheim had pressure.

Islanders line with Martinek-Witt-Bailey-Guerin-Park pinned. Anaheim after chance another big save by Danis.

Islanders look short-handed at even strength and having problems clearing.

Pucks squirts out for Isles odd-man rush, save off Sim-Jackman.

Bailey turnover almost cost them. Line with Park-Bailey-Guerin mostly outworked.

Anaheim dominating, Danis holding them in for first eight minutes.

Too many men against Islanders, Thompson fails to clear, all Danis/crossbar as Anaheim has done everything but finish.

Jonas Hiller is the new Anaheim goaltender who had faced about one shot in the second.

Another Islander penalty on Sim, redirection off post.

Ryan beats Brendan Witt, redirected pp goal 2-1 game, too easy.

Nielsen finds Kurtis McLean who redirects puck out of mid-air for a very good save.

Islanders survive second period outshot 19-5 in second.

No way they keep lead if the ice stays this tilted.
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Third period:

Took about four minutes of center ice play before Anaheim started getting chances, Streit broke up a chance.

Islanders thirteen shots and little pressure since the first and nothing sustained.

Eighteen minutes with no shots on goal.

Park-Guerin-Bailey pinned in again.

Anaheim seems to have four men in center ice waiting to hit the Islanders who are outnumbered, Nielsen breaks through for another pass to McLean that he dove to redirect over the net.

Two Islander shots wide, two Ducks collide at center ice but not getting much sustained pressure with eight minutes left.

Islanders forecheck a little and take an offensive zone penalty by Richard Park.

Here comes Thompson-Jackman who may have cleared one for an actual shot on goal or the first one in twenty six minutes.

Islanders kill penalty without pressure on Danis.
Hold that, huge scramble and pressure off final faceoff, puck somehow does not go in.

Nielsen and Park some sustained time in Duck end, shots wide.

Tambellini/Comeau-Jackman-Thompson the forwards out for extra long shift with goalie pulled for Anaheim. Danis stopped another point shot and held.

Thompson on the ice after timeout with Jackman and Park.
No Okposo, Comeau, Bailey, Nielsen. Puck cleared into Duck bench.

Ducks ice puck with 3.3 second left.

New York wins it's first game in 2009, Yann Danis his first NHL win since 2005.
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Summary:
Islanders played a team that skated last night that has lost five of seven, no way they should have been outplayed and outskated this badly regardless of end result,
especially the way the game started with a 2-0 lead.

It should have given them some confidence.

Anaheim takes more penalties than any club in the NHL, did Islanders draw one powerplay after the first?

Without Danis it could easily have been a blowout going into the third and he stole the two points for his club. Ducks like the Devils seem to have a big team that can skate and just manhandled the Islanders who are such a smaller club. Ducks ran out of gas a little in the third but Islanders generated nothing on offense.

Worst overall game on the homestand (or right there with the Devil game effort) and they win?

Go figure.

J.S Giguere starts the All-Star game and lets in some soft goals, Yann Danis steals the show. Islanders on defense dug in well getting excellent effort from all six on the backline in the third allowing only nine shots and few dangerous chances in the final twenty minutes.

Scott Gordon just called it skating against twenty Zdeno Chara's and he was dead on.

Not a good win at all but we'll take any at this point, should not have been this tough.
















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Anaheim at New York 7pm Msg+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2009 01:34:00 PM
Sports Network: Previews tonight's game against Anaheim.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to get the start tonight. The Ducks have lost three of their last four games and are just 1-2-0 so far on a five-game road trip.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A year ago the Islanders went into Boston against a team that had lost big the previous game, the Islander players quoted talked of the break, a Boston veteran talked about how bad they wanted this game.

Boston won 4-1 here.

It will be interesting to see which team is more desperate to win a game tonight and have something to feel good about entering the break. The Islanders have been competitive but they cannot finish.

Who's due to score? Everyone.

A year ago Doug Weight scored a goal in an ugly Ducks win.

I know I'm looking forward to a break.

Updated:
Scott Gordon's pre-game press conference with the media is on the sidebar. Greg Logan about five minute in tried to trap the coach into making it about if DiPietro has been resistant to sitting.





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Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2009 12:57:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan reports the Islanders passed on selecting Edmonton goaltender Dany Sabourin on waivers, reports an NHL source says MacDonald is progressing faster than expected and Danis has a .929 save percentage since he has gotten a chance to play on a regular basis.

Point Blank: Mr Botta among several subjects reports the Islanders will likely keep the same lineup tonight with McLean, Hillen, Mannino and has a few words on Joey MacDonald.

USA Today: Kevin Allen in his blog reports on the goaltending situation for team USA next year at the Olympics and that DiPietro's absence this year gives Team USA officials only about an eight week window next season to decide if he can play.





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Islander News Articles 1/21

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2009 07:17:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan has more from the Islanders doctor, Elliott Hershman, associate team orthopedist in a conference call with reporters on the goaltenders condition.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann suggests the Islanders should start looking at a new plan for a goaltender if they don't want many more seasons to be brutal, taking a dig about the club drafting a goaltender with their first round pick and wonders why the Islanders have been determined to build completely around DiPietro?


NYI Fan Central Comments:

As expected the usual digs and cracks from Mr Logan/Mr Herrmann, covering DiPietro at the the all-star game? No, kicking the player when he's down, absolutely.

Sure seems about his personality and his contract for them which should have nothing to do with any of this.

Who knew Greg Logan missed his calling second-guessing the doctor because he dressed earlier. I guess Mr Logan was on vacation too much to see how durable DiPietro has been throught his career to write seeing is believing when it comes to the goaltender playing, that's not fair for a goaltender who played sixty plus games the last two seasons he was healthy and returned in the 2007 playoffs.

Mark Herrmann's was classless with a dig at drafting a goaltender with the first pick this summer and that the Islanders should scout young goalies as well as it has scouted Midwest and western cities for preseason games/training camp but the poor coverage Islander fans come to expect from writers with an agenda against a player and a franchise.

You would think for all that thunder he would know about Mannino or Ridderwall which is about as deep as most clubs goaltending pool with a franchise goaltender.

For a man who has been writing about hockey on and off since the eighties it's scary Mark Herrmann's hockey sense is so poor.

You look around the league at the level of backup goaltending combined with ignoring the strong play of Joey MacDonald and it makes you wonder where Mark Herrmann is coming from considering he interviewed Scott Clemmensen and knows how much the Devils current backup has bounced around.

I guess this is the Islanders thanks for not sticking to league policy and trying to give the media more information regarding injuries. Greg Logan, Mark Herrmann and the Newsday staff acted more immature and unprofessional than anything they can throw at DiPietro when they did not get their information earlier.

You would never know a year ago from either of them DiPietro was named the all-star starter or had his team in a playoff spot or won six straight after the ASG playing hurt.

Which is exactly the way they prefer it remain.

NY Post: Dan Martin's article mostly has the Islanders press release.

Newsday: Peter Botte also opens with a dig at the goaltenders contract excluding he has a longer term contract at a salary far below the average for star players and goaltenders before he second-guesses the doctor for clearing him to dress in October.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell also reports on the announcement of DiPietro's season ending injury.

Globe & Mail: David Shoalts has more on the Lighthouse/Nassau Coliseum situation but nothing new from the last week.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

According to the comments from the writer Kate Murray made these comments yesterday which means 1/21, but nothing in Newsday from here.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Terence Moore has a very good article on Thrashers coach John Anderson, how outspoken he has been and adjusted to being in a losing situation with the Thrashers.

Bridgeport plays in Albany tonight at 7:30pm.





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1/20/09

Rick DiPietro confirmed out for at least this year

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 05:59:00 PM
Islanders website: Reports goaltender Rick DiPietro will be shut down for the season with his comments and those of general manager Garth Snow.

"This has been one of the most frustrating situations I have ever had to deal with, but this is the right decision for me and the team," said DiPietro. "I am confident this will allow me to make a complete recovery, be ready in plenty of time for next season and compete to my highest ability for many years to come. I’d like to thank Islanders fans for their patience and I look forward to playing in front of them next season."

"After extensive consultation we feel this decision is in the best interest for Rick and the team," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. "This will allow Rick ample time to make a full recovery for next year. There has been no discussion of this being a career-threatening injury and we expect Rick to make a full recovery."


Newsday: Greg Logan reports associate team orthopedist Elliott Hershman comments that continued swelling in DiPietro's surgically repaired left knee is the source of the problem and will rest for the next 6-8 weeks. At that point, a decision will be made regarding the next step.

Since there is no ligament damage, Hershman said reconstructive surgery won't be necessary, however further surgery on the meniscus remains a possibility.

The most optimistic prognosis is that DiPietro will be ready when training camp opens in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sept. 12. At this time the injury is not considered career-threatening at this time but he needs to be monitored.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The most optimistic prognosis is he is ready for camp? That means he will likely be in the same situation he was this fall.

That also means Garth Snow has to upgrade his goaltending for the long-term at some point.

DiPietro is a world-class goaltender, they have to do whatever it takes for him to return to full health and look out for his career.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has more insights from the doctor about the injury.

Tsn.ca: Reports goaltender Dany Sabourin was placed on waivers Tuesday by Edmonton.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Waivers work by NHL standings in reverse, Garth Snow has first chance if he wants to claim him which I would think he would unless he would prefer Mannino play or wants to do better with the break coming and make a trade.





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New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 03:08:00 PM
Columbus Dispatch: Adam Portzline reports Columbus goaltender Pascal LeClaire will have surgery on his ankle and miss the remainder of the season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That means Wade Dubielewicz will not be going back on waivers at this time unless the Jackets decide another goaltender is best for the backup role which is not going to happen.

Media Blog: Corey Witt reports Mark Streit will be in the hardest shot competition in the skills tournament all-star weekend.

Newsday: John Jeansonne has more of the page view game with KC speculation, but no comments from anyone of note with knowledge of what's going on.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Which begs the question why did he even bother unless it was another kick to stir folks up.








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Is Scott Gordon too unconventional for NHL?

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 09:32:00 AM




















I more than understand the tough circumstances Scott Gordon has had to deal with from virtually day one of camp this year. This man came here without an assistant of his own or a long-time associate and had to teach his assistants with his players.

At his press conference he talked about the Stanley Cup and winning now, he was questioned by some in the media for it, he sounded very much like a man with all the answers as camp opened full of confidence.

To his credit Bill Guerin and Doug Weight have praised this coach top to bottom.

Having written this I wonder if this coach from his system (which he said he made adjustments) is the right one for this level?

He's made a few glaring mistakes in games adjusting, the Frans Nielsen non-response against Mike Mottau/Devils was unconventional and brutal. He played Okposo on left wing and still has him there on the powerplay, he demoted Comeau and in effect Nate Thompson took his roster spot if not his position. The third period leads lost are a big part of the story too in terms of in-game strategy.

A few postgames he has seemed out of focus with some comments, not remembering plays for goals or one long five minute answer after a game to where the person afterward said they forgot the question the coach had spoken for so long. He was tough on Yann Danis yesterday like he has not been on other players who have made repeated mistakes at least in print and Danis deserved some criticism but so did the team defense for all the odd-man rushes and breakaways Danis stopped.

Not to hit this very hard but to date he has not singled out other players this way when some deserved it.

On the prospect front I do not see anything better or worse from Blake Comeau from a year ago, I expected improvement and the same goes for Bergenheim. Frans Nielsen was playing fantastic before his injury. Tambellini is getting more adjusted every game with slow progress. Early season projections were Okposo should have more goals and point than he has, Scott Gordon admitted a mistake making him a left wing.

If Nate Thompson and Tim Jackman are here because this coach wants them to become NHL talents who can score that's not likely and a bad gamble, it's like trying to force a top six spot on Richard Park who is doing a very good job but his career record does not lie.

I get it with all these injuries, it's beyond comical and like nothing I have ever seen in my time as a fan and has made for a lost season.

I cannot imagine how frustrated management and Scott Gordon must feel.

Last year's team was in the lottery and three games under five hundred, the 05-06 season was four games under.

The 2008-09 are SEVENTEEN GAMES UNDER FIVE HUNDRED. In a league where you pick up points in eight or nine games just by losing this is beyond brutal, a yet they are almost never blown out of contests.

They have been more than competitive even without scoring lately which begs the question how come they cannot win a few games?

Bill Torrey fired his first coach (Phil Goyette) in 72-73 and did not keep Earl Ingarfield. My speculation is because of what happened with Ted Nolan, Garth Snow does not have the same luxury, nor should he.

I could be dead wrong but I cannot shake this feeling Scott Gordon is not the right long-term coach, it goes beyond the record.

So many in the AHL and NHL praised his hiring.

I sure hope I am wrong.






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