Islander News Articles 2/17

Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon and goaltender Joey MacDonald.

Newsday: Mr Logan's second article is has Jeff Tambellini's comments along with Frans Nielsen while noting the Islanders struggles in the faceoff circle Monday afternoon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Tambellini seems like a very nice young man but let's not pull punches, we heard the same thing a year ago. He was doing better but Scott Gordon decided to sit him for Andy Hilbert/Mitch Fritz which is a terrible sign for a team in last place.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann's article partly is about Pens interim coach Dan Bylsma but mostly tries to compare the Penguins rebuild with the Islanders.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Throwaway article and worthless beyond Bylsma content. Pittsburgh won a league-wide lottery for Crosby (not by finishing last) and tried to buy half the league a few years ago in a move that looked very much like how Tampa built their team this summer when it fell apart in mid-season with Palffy, and LeClair on their last NHL legs.

There is no comparing this to an organization with 368 man games lost to injury that made four of six playoffs and were in contention last year.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dave Molinary's post game coverage and blog here.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Tricia Lafferty's game coverage of the Pens shootout loss.

NY Post: Dan Martin's coverage is almost all on goaltender Rick DiPietro.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Let's recap, the last few Friday-Saturdays/offdays the Post has two articles on the Islanders, game day we see one article that barely touches on the game. Not Dan Martin's doing but where is the common sense in this decision making?

Daily News: Peter Botte has goaltender Rick DiPietro's comments on his recovery and the last two years of injuries in a lengthy interview that takes up almost the entire game summary. Scott Gordon had a few words on Jeff Tambellini's shootout goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I wanted something different but Mr Botte's editor (same as Post) should have provided space for a second article combined with a full game story. Anyway important to post DiPietro's quotes.

Here was DiPietro's comments on being back at full strength next season:

"I don't see any way that I'm not, I'm not giving a definitive answer either way. I don't know what's going to happen. But so far, so good.

"I've seen quite a few doctors who are pretty positive about the future. That's the whole point of this season is to make sure I'm 100% and ready to fulfill my contract."

On his recent injuries:
"It's been terrible. In the summer when I got my knee cleaned up, I never thought it would cause such a problem. To look back and miss pretty much an entire season, it's brutal, Worst thing in the world you can do is sit in a rehab center and try to get healthy. Mentally, I can't take much more of this. It's just been a tough two years for everybody. I've never seen so many injuries, but there's nothing you can do."

NY Times: Dave Caldwell was sent to the Nassau Coliseum to cover Dan Bylsma's first game as interim head coach, former Islander Miroslav Satan who played here during his time as Steve Stirling's assistant coach also comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Nothing like that NY Times strategy of sending writers to local hockey games to cover the visiting team but not the home teams.

Espn/several sources: Pierre LeBrun has analysis on Atlanta trading former Islander Mathieu Schneider back to Montreal for a conditional draft pick Monday.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the Sound Tigers weekly which include comments from Jason Pitton on his season ending shoulder surgery. Also included is clear day for the AHL has been moved back to Wednesday, March 11, a week after NHL trade deadline as opposed to the usual day or two.

Will put additional news articles in later or tomorrow in this blog entry.

Bridgeport plays Tuesday again against Norfolk here along with Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.



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