3/5/09

Islander News Articles 3/5

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/05/2009 04:02:00 AM
Islanders website release notes Tomas Pock also was activated off injured reserve with Nate Thompson. Mr Botta contradicts this and reports those players are not ready and Callahan-Hunter will play.

Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from Bill Guerin who did not know it was Pittsburgh who praised the Islanders and discussed the trade while general manager Garth Snow comments on the trade and the club's direction moving forward.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is why we need ITV conferences with the media, so we get the full story.

No surprise Greg Logan needed to stir up something writing Snow took issue with Guerin's notion there was a done deal by Saturday's game and that it was a weekend soap opera extended nearly five days.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Been quite a week for Greg Logan, he airs the dirty laundry with every anonymous quote he can print and keeps it part of every article with the coach, then he practically accuses the club of breaking league rules by implying an injury was false on Hunter Saturday who was wearing a cast at practice, now Snow takes issue with Guerin and it was a soap opera for five days?

Maybe this writer just looks for the negative slant on things.

Newsday: Anthony Rieber & Eden Laikin claims Charles Wang's Lighthouse group made a direct threat to relocate after 2015 that is tucked deep into the 6,000-page draft environmental impact statement submitted that the club will leave after 2015 if the Lighthouse is not approved.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
READ MY WORDS CAREFULLY....NOTHING CHANGED, WANG DID NOT SAY ANYTHING NEW, TWO PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR NEWSDAY FINALLY LOOKED AT WHAT WAS SUBMITTED AT THE MEETING IN THE DOCUMENTS AND PICKED TODAY TO MAKE IT A STORY.

NOTHING WAS TUCKED AWAY ANYWHERE.

THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER COULD NOT EVEN READ IT WELL ENOUGH TO TELL US THE CORRECT SECTION OF THE DOCUMENT.

ALL RIEBER-LAIKIN DID WAS LOOK AT SECTION 7.0 of the EIS here which has the following that everyone knew even before Newsday sat down with Charles Wang last week:

7.1 NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE
The no-action alternative assumes that the physical conditions on the subject property remain as they currently exist. However, as explained in Section 2.0, if the
transformation of the Coliseum is not accomplished, the New York Islanders and the
New York Dragons1 will cease to use this facility, and the existing lease, which expires in 2015, will not be renewed.


THAT'S THE ENTIRE BASIS FOR TODAY'S STORY YOU JUST READ WHICH IS NOTHING NEW.

Are they both for real or is this the latest Cablevision we want our three hundred million back for television rights article back so let's create some negative perception and play on their fans after a day they did little at the trade deadline?

This is even more lame than Ms Laikin claiming only Islander fans were at the meeting or interviewing three fans to create perception only hockey fans care about the project.

It's in one of the top spots in Newsday, if I recall the approval meeting was buried with some late articles released where Greg Logan even blogged to defend the staff for slow timing.

No kidding Mr Wang if he still owns the team six years from now can relocate and likely would sell to someone sooner if the Lighthouse is turned down in the next few months.

I read the report too released on Lighthouse website here (you really think Anthony Rieber read it all?) it discusses at length what the loss of the team would mean to the local economy. I did not see a threat of relocating but they will cease to use the Nassau Coliseum and not sign a new lease, the corresponding documents go on to explain what the loss of the Islanders (and Dragons) would mean to the region with plenty of financial estimates.

Bottom line this is simply Newsday stirring up the pot and playing on the fans, one writer does it on the lockeroom the other on the Lighthouse front.

Mr Botta must be very busy to not address this and only link to it while so far not following up his promise to address Greg Logan's locker-room anonymous quotes articles.

It's been busy, I suspect at some point he will but the silence is deafening or he simply does not want any part of it.

NY Post: Dan Martin's article has Guerin's comments from his Tsn interview and Garth Snow's comments on the trade deadline.

Daily News article was written on 3/4 and included with trade deadline coverage by Mr Botte.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette & Tribune Review: Have articles with comments from Bill Guerin but mostly about the Pens. Snow's Newsday comments praising his leadership are in one article.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has team President Howard Saffan's comments on Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau as paper transactions yesterday with several other current Islanders as the clear day list is set for release March 11th.

Nate Lawson comments about his new NHL contract which was signed before the trade deadline that replaces his AHL contract signed last summer. Lawson is leading the AHL in save percentage (.938) and sitting second in goals-against average (1.81).





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