4/15/09

Notables/Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/15/2009 05:03:00 PM
I posted two webcasted interviews today with general manager Garth Snow on Toronto Radio on Wednesday along with Mr Wang on WFAN in New York.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had the latest from Sound Tigers practice on Wednesday which includes Kyle Okposo going back to number twelve and Jack Capuano not naming his starter for Friday.

Tsn.ca: Darren Dreger reports Toronto General Manager Brian Burke contacted both the Islanders and Tampa Bay with regard to their number one picks on Wednesday with the writer throwing Luke Schenn who Garth Snow could have drafted outright last year into the discussion.

Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog confirms Team USA's report (see sidebar) Kyle Okposo will be playing for the US with a few words on Radek Martinek, Frans Nielsen and Sean Bergenheim who will not participate or who's status at this time is questionable because of injury.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

At this point you would be best served checking out IIHF.com as they release potential rosters for each country. For now we know Streit-Okposo-Gordon, Bergenheim usually participates but had to shut it down during last year's tournament.

It's also possible a prospect or two is named to a squad. There are no Islanders on team Canada's roster which was released.
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* I would list the odds of about a million to one Msg+ puts Bridgeport playoff games on television, even from the Coliseum.
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* Let the games begin in the media who say Snow should look to trade for immediately help vs those claiming keep the pick. I would venture to guess the Canadian media which does the bulk of these kinds of articles will be pushing to get Tavares or Hedman to a Canadian team.
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* Charles Wang defended Kate Murray on WFAN today in front of the Ranger fans who interviewed him for WFAN. I felt a lack of class was shown playing a KC song and guarantee if New Jersey songs were played in the early 80's when the Rangers were on the verge of relocation it would not have been met well. Aside from that it was very lighthearted on Wang's part who did touch a bit on his hockey team and the injuries/draft a bit but mostly more of the same on the Lighthouse.

I read nothing into this where he was dissatisfied with his general manager or his performance in any way.

The Coliseum is a dump? So is Msg, so was MapleLeaf Gardens and the Forum in Montreal and so is the building in Detroit that has problems selling out playoff games.
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* So according to Steve Zipay four writers and even Greg Logan will be covering Ranger hockey in Newsday who apparently is out of comp days. That's kind of the equivalent of a Manhattan paper adding five writers to New York Islander coverage if they made the playoffs when at best if the Isles qualified they would hardly receive any more than the brief home game article and no road coverage.

Unless Charles Wang bought the Daily News or NY Post.
Nothing like when a team buys a Newspaper to regulate coverage.

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* No shock at all Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish was fired as Oilers coach today here by former Islander Steve Tambellini who may have made this decision or Team President Kevin Lowe had a big part in it.

For my money I expect management/coaching changes coming in Florida, Ottawa, and I suspect Brent Sutter may decide to go back home. Apparently Brett Hull for now is bullet-proof in a co-gm role that would have eaten Garth Snow alive in the media if he made similar decisions.

I tend to expect changes behind Phoenix bench also and think without a deep playoff run the Dolan's will send Glen Sather into retirement.

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* I find it hard to believe if Ted Nolan wants to interview somewhere the Isles would not grant permission before his contract expires 7/1, if true that's a very poor reflection of Islander management.







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