3/7/09

Islander News Articles 3/8

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/07/2009 08:33:00 PM
Islanders website: Announced late Saturday night they will play the Vancouver Canucks in a pre-season game in in Terrace, British Columbia, on September 14th with general manager Garth Snow's comments.

Terrace edged out more than 7,100 entries and joins previous Kraft Hockeyville winners Roberval, QC (2008); North Bay, ON (2007); and Salmon River, NS (2006).

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Those who recall the Islanders played in the North Bay game in 2007. I sure would like to see some local games announced around New York for this team.

Newsday: Greg Logan's game coverage Sean Bergenheim, Kyle Okopso, Brent Sutter recaps New York's 7-3 win against the Devils with Trent Hunter's season ending broken ankle here.

NY Post: Mark Everson's Devil centric article included one sentence from Scott Gordon to cover the Islanders side. Jay Greenberg showed up and did an article with the usual negative theme on the Devils.

No Islander centric coverage or article for their home game.

Newsday: Eden Laikin in an article on the Lighthouse specifics again claims Wang's threat to not sign a new lease is buried deep within a portion of the report that surfaced last week was a not-so-subtle ultimatum by Wang.

Town officials have until April 28 to decide whether answers are enough on the documents submitted by Lighthouse Group, and whether the plans are ready for state and county review.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Maybe Eden Laikin only read the documents last week but even hockey fans could go right to the Lighthouse site and read what was not buried deep within a portion of the report that was submitted at the meeting and is very misleading to be called an ultimatum.

I read this as soon as it was posted on the Lighthouse website, it was not discovered last week.

Daily News: Peter Botte's coverage had more Devils quotes and content while Bergenheim received a quick paragraph with nothing from head coach Scott Gordon.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Almost a waste of our time putting up the links to this content if the best we can get is a paragraph from the home team. At least when PA Sportsticker recap is there we actually receive a descent sized article.

Newark Star Ledger: Rich Chere's Devils coverage.

AHL.com: Recap of Bridgeport vs Philadelphia Saturday which the Sound Tigers won 3-2 in a shootout after coming back down 2-0 but went 0-10 with the man advantage.

2. PHI Matsumoto, (23) , 5:09 (SH)
2. PHI Ross, (22) (Sirianni, Kane), 10:37 (PP)
3. BRI Sim, (2) (Packard, Colliton), 7:29
3. BRI Haskins, (8) (MacDonald, Smith), 12:00

10 Tyler Haskins Goal
23 Trevor Smith No Goal
71 Kurtis McLean Goal
27 Junior Lessard Goal

Kris Mayotte is the new Bridgeport goaltender at this time. Apparently Nate Lawson is out of the lineup. Peter Mannino backed up.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game coverage of Bridgeport's shootout win against Philadelphia with blog entries.

Philadelphia Inq/Daily News: Likely last game update ever on the Phantoms who will leaving Philadelphia after this season.

Bridgeport plays at home against Hartford Sunday at 4pm.




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New York 7, New Jersey 3

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/07/2009 05:13:00 PM























NHL.com: Recaps New York's season high seven goals in their 7-3 win against the Devils Saturday afternoon with AP & Sports Network.com

Newark Star Ledger: Rich Chere had an early postgame with comments (that appear pregame) by head coach Brent Sutter in his report.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Best game of the year by a mile. All it takes it's some players with a little speed, chemistry and some offensive skill with hands who can finish.

That's a win against a first place team, second in two weeks. The competitive record since mid-January seems like no fluke at all with the team over five hundred and skating very well.

It comes with a big price being Trent Hunter lost for the year to a broken ankle, that's a huge loss to this roster.

They chased a hall of fame goaltender from the nets and it was not with poor goals or rebounds/lucky deflections. This was just solid offensive plays.

The centering passes, where the shots came from as players read off one another and the quick, crisp transition created the goals with a second period they were simply storming Brodeur. Billy Jaffe illustrated Jack Hillen holding the puck and making a quick pass up the middle to create a play that led to a chance, this is how they were creating for two periods.

Easily most impressive thing I saw this season from the club was that second period with Bailey finding Comeau, Iggulden finding Bergenheim and a lot of other plays in that stretch where they were coming in waves with quality chances as they just outskated the Devils who are a fast team with skill.

Joensuu again not only big but knowing when to make a play at the net.

Bergenhein's second goal he went to a high quality area off the wing and shot where you have to. Brodeur did not misplay anything, a better shot beat him.

Streit a fantastic play to find Tambellini for a breakaway goal. Okposo off the beautiful setup from Bailey and Nielsen for the a big powerplay goal, who had mostly a quiet game with Bailey who was not visible again at five on five.

Solid work again from the team defense, they were faced with some big scrambles and cleared the puck on a lot of Devil powerplays. Callahan aside from his delay of game late played well. Pock looked sharp, Gervais seems to be jumping into spots very well with some extra jump in his game. Martinek and Streit were excellent.

Joensuu dove early to block a chance.

They sat back too much in the third and MacDonald was excellent, Devils had some big chances in this game, that shot total for them was not misleading with a lot of big scrambles to go with their three goals that easily could have been six.

Jackman should have been called for interference on the first goal or Brodeur acted well. That penalty on Nielsen when he got hit on the visor was brutal.

Best day of the season for the New York Islanders, not the goals but how they scored those goals is what I looked for. They are skating well, hitting the openings and playing like a team with some bite to their game with a little size and skill mixed in.

Saw nothing from Iggulden that says his size, skill and scoring hands cannot help this team, same from Joensuu.

I'm thrilled with this game and it does not even have to do with the scoreboard, just the plays they created.

Congratulations to Bergenheim who took a heck of a shot with time expiring for his hat-trick and Mike Iggulden on his first two NHL points. I believe that's two goal and two assists for Tambellini this week.

Big game for Joey MacDonald, who deserved a star.

Was that a smile on Scott Gordon's face?

We'll see what they can do tomorrow with Phoenix, I enjoyed today.




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New Jersey at New York 2pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/07/2009 10:00:00 AM
I did not known until Friday afternoon the Islanders were playing a 2pm game Saturday against the Devils but this is a back to back weekend with the Coyotes coming in Sunday and one of the games Dick Ebersol took off the NBC schedule.

David Clarkson is the only player on the Devils injury list and is questionable for today. Earlier news articles has lineup changes for Brent Sutter who is here for his own Core of the Four weekend he was not part of a year ago.

Niclas Havelid makes his Devils debut, they coming in having won fifteen of nineteen and are only six points out of first place overall and 4-0 since Martin Brodeur returned.

Brent Sutter well remembers that 4-0 loss two weeks ago.

For Scott Gordon's team the revolving lineup will likely continue through the weekend
with Bridgeport and the Islanders both playing. The injury reports have been incorrect with Pock and Thompson so until the game it's impossible to speculate how many will be out or called up at the last minute.

Will be interesting to see what the younger Islanders can do with a hot team locked in and playing very well vs a team on the playoff bubble that just made changes on Thursday. I want to see more of Joensuu, Rechlicz, Callahan and these kids.

Scott Gordon has declared Joey MacDonald will start in goal. No speculating which is a nice surprise that only took sixty odd games for him to stop guarding.

Newday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog served up a little pregame misery wondering why Jon Sim was demoted on his recent hot-streak (which continued in Bridgeport's win Friday) when he feels there are others more deserving to be demoted while he asked head coach Scott Gordon who told the beatwriter to ask general manager Garth Snow who explains why as the gm discussed his youth movement.

"For me, first and foremost, we get a chance to see some of our young players come up and play in the NHL," Snow said.

"Jesse Joensuu has played really well the last two games. Having that ability to see our young players is a big reason why we did it. Also Joel Rechlicz came up and played well in his first NHL game [Thursday against the Rangers when the enforcer was credited with an assist on Blake Comeau's goal]. You're going to see more and more young players as the season unwinds here. It will give us a good feel on where we stand with our young players."



NYI Fan Central Comments:

It's a more than fair question to ask but the usual negative them from Mr Logan that we do not see for the Cablevision owned team in their coverage. Sim's had a very tough two years here with the injury and from where I sit being misplayed by Scott Gordon to a large degree to where he did not find his game until recently and played very well beyond stats.

Having written that twenty nine other teams passed on him twice regardless of how he was playing. That's very disappointing but the biggest sign the Islanders did the right thing here for their team moving forward at this time who are have a lot of young left wings with Comeau, Bergenheim, Tambellini (with others in AHL) and should play their natural position with minutes greater than Sim at this point and have a balance between veteran and youth that at this time favors youth.

Maybe Hunter's injury changes that again.



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Islander News Articles 3/7

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/07/2009 04:43:00 AM
The game previews will be released at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Newsday: John Jeansonne covered practice and reported on all the changes this season/possible callups for Saturday as the Islanders took their team photo Friday. Head coach Scott Gordon did not feel it was a training camp atmosphere with all the turnover and credited Bridgeport playing the Islanders system to make the transition easy for everyone called up. Trent Hunter took what the coach called a " maintenance " day off Friday.

In the biggest shocker of the season head coach Scott Gordon according to John Jeansonne told the media Joey MacDonald would start Saturday in goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess the Devils can call off the emergency team meetings now that they know who is starting. Injury policy was a league-wide decision, but doing the articles daily here coaches all the time report who will start in advance. Scott Gordon has hidden this like it's a state secret from the media declaring before the season he would not reveal his starting goaltender.

Newsday: John Jeansonne's article was on how unsettling it can be for veteran players like Dean McAmmond and Bill Guerin to pick up and move during a season with McAmmond's story coming to the team he grew up rooting for. Head coach Scott Gordon praised the play of McAmmond and his faceoff ability while McAmmond discusses his future and what it's been like to play here so far.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Where I sit you can have Dean McAmmond or Nate Thompson next season and that's if Mike Sillinger retires.

NY Post: Dan Martin had a small update with Bruno Gervais comments on his scoring struggles, all the posts he had hit in recent weeks and his recent goal against Colorado and also covered the Devils side here.

Newark Star Ledger: Rich Chere has Devils head coach Brent Sutter's comments about the last time the Islanders defeated New Jersey while the writer reports Mike Rupp and Andy Greene will not play. Jay Pandolfo will remain in the lineup while defenseman Niclas Havelid will make his Devils' debut.

AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport defeated Binghampton 6-5
at Harbor Yard Friday night.

1. BNG Hamel, (22) (Lee, Mauldin), 1:01
1. BRI Haskins, (7) (Lee), 3:17 (SH)
1. BRI Colliton, (6) (Iggulden), 8:33
1. BNG Cavosie, (8) (Fata, Petruic), 17:22
2. BRI Lee, (4) (Haskins), 1:23
2. BNG Mauldin, (14) , 2:19 (PP)
2. BNG Petruic, (1) (Zubov, Smith), 12:33
2. BRI Smith, (26) (McLean, Walter), 16:53
3. BRI Sim, (1) (McLean, Lee), 7:42 (PP)
3. BRI Lessard, (7) (Haskins, Wotton), 19:00 (EN)
3. BNG Karlsson, (6) (Mauldin, Lee), 19:35 (PP)

Peter Mannino had twenty four saves in goal. Jon Sim his first AHL goal.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's 6-5 win against Binghampton where head coach Jack Capuano praised his defense along with Chris Lee while Tyler Haskins comments and previews Saturday's game at home against Philadelphia here.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's blog entry among several items (Dustin Kohn injury) speculates Islander prospect Robin Figren is in Bridgeport and if receives approval to play from his team in Sweden, he might actually play here more than previously thought.

Jesse Joensuu and Joe Callahan were already sent back to the Islanders in the latest paper transactions.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

For those who recall Figren signed a contract with the Islanders last summer but wanted to play in Sweden this year before coming over. This is a little different than an Jesse Joensuu without a contract last year sitting on the sidelines before Bridgeport's final games last season.

I'm not sure if he needs to sign an AHL contract being that he is Islander property already.

Press & Sun-Bulletin: Michael Fornabaio also provided coverage for the Senators with an article centric to their team in the loss.



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3/6/09

Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/06/2009 04:27:00 PM
Daily News: Elliot Olshansky's prospect features this week centers on Islanders goaltender Jase Weslosky

Also noted fellow prospect Shane Simms was named to the CCHA's Notable Performers list.

NY Times: Nathan Sandals has an article on the NCAA hockey tournament with a few words on Islander prospect Doug Rogers five game point streak.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has the latest from Friday's practice which includes comments from head coach Scott Gordon on Dean McAmmond and Jesse Joensuu.

Jon Sim is expected to make his Bridgeport debut tonight against Binghampton.

Fair to write if Sim produces as he did recently and still is placed on waivers, then demoted with all these injuries he is not a part of the clubs future regardless of his contract running another season.

I would expect a buyout in his future and a recall only for the final days of the regular season so some players can get ready for Bridgeport's playoffs.

Should be interesting if Sim is on off Bridgeport's clear-day list.






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Prospect Depth and the Infamous so-called Labels

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/06/2009 02:00:00 PM
You read a lot of stuff from folks who cover NHL teams who do not see the AHL players very much with only the franchise (ie: top overall picks) in the AHL considered players who will have a major impact when they are called up.

Or even better we read at best they are a second, third, fourth liner or a depth player based on stats or simply scouting going into their draft class.

I get it that folks have to fill space with articles, many have quotes from the people around these players talking about their ceiling while others do not.

The label is slapped on them and it's a tough thing to break because fans take it and run with it. I saw this game at Hockey's Future where folks were required to grade and give potential on players they would not know if they rang the front doorbell.

A lot of folks are very quick to slap a ceiling on a young players potential, usually at a point long before they have had a full development.

The odds are with the folks who say and write these things but it also has to be included a lot of franchise players come out of nowhere from not only the secondary rounds but the later rounds.

To a small degree we kind of saw this a few years ago with Blake Comeau when Ted Nolan recalled him briefly and felt he was the best prospect in Bridgeport at the time.

Third line ceiling, depth player at best, look at his numbers, only three goals for an AHL team......ect.

It's not that simple or very fair.

Comeau's numbers are not there yet on a team without a first line, let's not kid ourselves he will score twenty five goal next season but can anyone tell me in a few years he is not capable of producing that with some prime veteran scoring in the supporting cast?

Do players like Hillen, MacDonald, Joensuu look that overmatched so far that it's not possible they can play on a top line at some point in this league? Josh Bailey is doing it with mixed results and Okposo but those are top picks getting more of a chance on a struggling team that is now officially rebuilding.

Sometimes it does not work out, sometimes it takes too long (Tambellini) and sometimes it fails. (Weinhandl/Papineau)

Sometimes it's the wrong organization at the wrong time with too many veterans or not enough.

All I'm suggesting is enough labeling, lets see what some players can do.




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Charles Wang's Msg+ Interview Thursday

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/06/2009 07:14:00 AM








ABC.com: Charles Wang and Kate Murray also appeared in this brief and somewhat misleading video story filed.



NYI Fan Central Comments:

Here's what I got out of the too short interview:

1. It seems Mr Wang put a drop-dead date on this being approved by the time next season begins, that could make for a very quiet summer for the team in UFA and a huge distraction to start next season on the ice. That's a bit unfair and he can talk about seven years but in effect this proposal as it current stands has been with TOH for only a short time and there is a process.

2. If negotiations with the county begin on a lease (Mr Wang said Tom Suozzi will be having meetings on this next week) as the TOH still works to approve the project, Nassau could grant a lease or kill the entire thing voiding the Islander lease regardless of what TOH decides.

Or this could be done so quickly there is chance of ground-breaking this summer.

If Nassau County turns around and decides no lease that kills the entire project regardless of what TOH decides. That 16-2 vote for a approval included a few folks who said they would never give a developer a 99 year lease on that property even though they approved the first time and were on record if it comes back to them again for final approval, they will reject the agreement.

3. Praising elected officials only a few weeks ago than putting on the pressure could backfire on Charles Wang.

4. Until Scott Rechler speaks on this we only have half the story at best. This is the man behind the real estate development with a company that does this.

In terms of the hockey team this will come down to the best deal Charles Wang can make for himself if the project is not approved to recover his losses.

My big question if that happened will Mr Wang allow another local interest to purchase the club or he is going to settle things once and for all time?

I suspect if the dollars are right he would look out for the fans (that's why he bought the culb to begin with) but perhaps his frustration with Nassau/TOH changes that thinking so he can blame the politicians for the loss of the team.

Then there is the Gary Bettman factor who is selling Mr Wang's project as he should be but also sounds like a man who is tired of a in a building as outdated as Madison Square Garden....I mean Nassau Coliseum in his league.

You folks do know the Garden is older and just as outdated if not more than the Coliseum? I hope some of you do.

I may be in the minority on this but I suspect with the lease finally winding down and the Coliseum absolutely needing work someone will step up locally and purchase this team.

I do not subscribe to the thinking Charles Wang is the last owner standing for a team with a lease that should give any potential owner a chance to do anything he wants to renovate/replace the Coliseum on the existing land that may only be centric to the Coliseum which I suspect would be approved but a bad business deal for any incoming owner unless the club was self-sustaining?

When I listen/read Kate Murray's generous offers to expedite the Coliseum only renovation that's a joke. It's like letting someone redo your home on their own dime while they lose money to pay for it and receive nothing.

That's the insulting part of this.

Having written this Charles Wang, Scott Rechler and the folks with him came up with a beautiful plan to replace a parking lot. As I have written this is not replacing a park or suburbia.

If Nassau Country cannot upgrade it's own building or replace it this was the idea Mr Wang came up with so the building, the hockey team can be self-sustaining. Instead
of the events/concessions/parking like many other teams receive the Islanders owner gets revenue off the real-estate.

We'll see.



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3/5/09

Islander News Articles 3/6

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/05/2009 10:00:00 PM
Will fill in the blanks where I can tomorrow, but it may be later than usual.

Newsday: Greg Logan's early recap (without quotes) notes the Islanders outplayed the Rangers for most of the game but their inexperience caught up with them combined with a few mistakes. Head coach Scott Gordon praised his teams effort, Jack Hillen comments.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Only game all sesson I can recall Mr Logan getting quotes from the other coach, considering Kate Strang and Steve Zipay's Ranger centric articles the Islanders should have had a full article.

NY Post: May have Dan Martin's coverage but likely will go all Larry Brooks Ranger-centric with salesman Jay Greenberg's Ranger centric article.

Dan Martin was not dispatched the home team which is disgraceful if part time at best writer Greenberg was around who has been selling Msg teams more recently.

Daily News: Peter Botte's game coverage of the Rangers 4-2 win includes head coach Scott Gordon crediting his team's play, Blake Comeau and Trent Hunter also comment.

Old time Ranger guy Vic Ziegel was brought in to sell Sean Avery.

NY Times: Lynn Zinser's coverage was all Rangers/Avery centric.

Journal News: May assign road coverage.

NHL.com: Reports Bill Guerin had an assist and five shots on goal in Pittsburgh's forty plus shot win against Florida.

NHL.com: Reports Chris Campoli had his first goal for Ottawa, Mike Comrie had a goal and an assist in the Senators win Thursday.

Globe & Mail/several sources: Report former Islander-Sound Tiger Jeff Hamilton was signed by the Maple Leafs.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Jon Sim on what he can bring to the Sound Tigers along with head coach Jack Capuano as Friday's Bridgeport-Binghampton game is previewed along with the AHL notebook here.





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Rangers 4, New York 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/05/2009 08:47:00 PM


















NHL.com: Recaps the Rangers 4-2 win against the Islanders on Thursday night with sportsnetwork & AP coverage.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Congratulations to Jack Hillen on his first career goal and Andrew MacDonald on his first NHL point.

I seem to be writing that a lot this year and that's the good news.

Bad news is Islanders did not win and cut the gap against Atlanta back down to a point so they could escape the NHL basement.

I guess for some that will be the silver lining.

Seemed like a lot like the last Islander-Ranger game at the Coliseum, Islanders fight from behind all night but for the most part out play the Rangers going into the third with a big shot advantage before experience takes over and they cannot score a big goal to tie the game or make a critical mistake as the Rangers outshoot them with the game on the line.

Okopso or Hilbert's breakaways go in or Bergenheim's post go in it's a different result, they got the chances, give credit to Lundqvist for keeping them in early.

Seems like the Islanders are the only team Chris Drury scores against.

Martinek led the Isles in shots with four through two periods.

Joel Rechlicz actually got a point? Comeau badly needed something to get him going, been way too long between goals or breakaways for him, tonight he got both and got an assist.

Hillen so far is not making me miss Chris Campoli, nice backhand and rush at the net that opened up Lundqvist between the pads. Not one of Danis best games but the mistakes in front of him were costly.

Too bad Bilbert and McAmmond collided and a bad bounce found Martinek off the boards that led to the 4-2 goal. Tambellini came close again after his goal the other night.

Hunter did not look ready or a bit slow.

Would like to see this game a year from now, the Islanders at full strength with something resembling a first line but I seem to write that after every Ranger game and a lot of other games.

Having written that the Rangers got the two points but for the most part just did not look like a very good team, it's the first game after their trades/waiver but it did not look that much different or better. A team with a first line that can finish is going to be a very tough opponent for them.

That's their problem, Islanders have a season to finish and prospects to develop.

Islanders should be able to break through against a bubble playoff team considering how well they have played Pittsburgh and the Devils last time out but not this year against the Rangers and seemingly not for way too long against Philadelphia.

Would love to see what these kids play like a year from now with a few top six forwards.

Their powerplay right now is giving them nothing, almost the reverse of earlier when most of the offense came with the powerplay.

I will give the Islanders some credit here, they had a lot of fight in them tonight with a very inexperienced team and if you did not know the names or the record you would think the Rangers at time were 30th.

As for March 2009, the New York Islanders simply are not that team.....yet.

They get another shot at the Devils on Saturday with I expect will be Mr Brodeur this time.

Not the most encouraging interview from Mr Wang before the game. I guess his personal deadline is the start of next season for approval, but the discussion was all over the place. Howie Rose had to ask too many questions in too quick an amount of time but did a solid job trying to ask what we would want to know.

That Newsday coverage sure is helping Ranger fans mock the Islanders arena problems, which is not a good thing......at all.




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Rangers at New York 7pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/05/2009 12:06:00 PM
Newsday: Neil Best reports Islanders owner Charles Wang will appear on the Islanders pregame with Howie Rose which will be repeated during the intermission.

Point Blank: Mr Botta contradicts the Islander announcement yesterday activating Pock-Thompson, reports Nate Thompson, Richard Park and Thomas Pock skated but are not ready.

Also included Trent Hunter is in, Joe Callahan has been recalled from Bridgeport and more players will be needed.

Updated 4:00pm

Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Joel Rechlicz was called up and will make his NHL debut.

Jesse Joensuu, Joe Callahan and Andy MacDonald were also recalled/paper transactions with them in the New York lineup tonight.
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Rangers come to the Coliseum with no reported injuries and a team on paper that is about as offensively challenged (if not more) than the Islanders despite it's recent win against a brutal Colorado team that was terrible on it's road-trip.

One team plays to stay in the playoff race, for the Islanders it's the latest exhibition game on the road to the lottery and next season regardless of final score which will likely not be a memorable game for the home team unless someone is injured/suspended.

One team comes in with several new players and minus some other players with some possible new spin on a mediocre season, the Islanders come in short Bill Guerin/Jon Sim and with whoever is called up (apparently now Pock-Thompson not ready) but could remain activated.

Antropov sounded like a man who wanted to be a Leaf for life and is very disappointed.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

On paper lately the Islanders have been the better team recently and are almost even in goals per game with the Rangers (without four hundred more games lost to injury) who are a chemistry experiment that could blow up on another team or themselves with Avery back (likely for tonight) and a coach who does not trap but has a team of players who have been in that system and are an offensively challenged roster.

Kalinin was playing better in the misleading plus/minus department but had only one powerplay point all season (no goals) for a club that needed powerplay help.

The trade deadline may or may not change this but for now the Rangers are different and the Islanders are offensively weaker for tonight minus Sim and Guerin. Okposo has to watch out for Avery who threw him down a few times last season.

Henrik Lundqvist without a trap limiting his workload/quality chances could have a problem under a system he has never faced at this level with a marginal defense that has not protected him as well as they did a year ago. The workload goes up dramatically now over a sixty minute game without the trap.

Rangers got a perfect break in the schedule for John Tortorella to have a mini-camp and give his team some of his concepts. No doubt with the pressure of the trade deadline over both teams the focus should be on hockey with no distractions.

Scott Gordon has his team playing good, competitive hockey. With three games in four days, how does he set up his goaltending by feel? Last time the situation merited MacDonald start based on his last game, Danis started and played well but let in a soft goal that decided the game.

This time Danis has two straight wins and momentum, coaching by feel from here says
Danis starts, but Scott Gordon makes that decision and has the pulse of his roster.

No Brendan Witt for this kind of game is a tough thing.

Islanders are not a good comeback team, Rangers under Renney did not give up the lead often and played for the extra point/shootout win which is really the only reason they are in a playoff spot at this time.

Fair to say Islanders are going to have to create a few early goals and see if the Rangers can handle the pressure by forcing them into some mistakes. Only pressure Islanders have is to work for roster spots next season, it's a good statement game but the chemistry of the recent strong play has been slightly altered again.

The powerplay has to start giving them some goals.

With changes for both sides, anything is possible.

I'm going to wait until this game is played before updating injury list, too many different stories.




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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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3/4/09

Final Review of Islanders Trade Deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/04/2009 04:17:00 PM
All in all Islanders did not have a lot of options with Bill Guerin in a trade deadline the salary cap absolutely was an issue for many teams.

Garth Snow was obligated to sit out Guerin if there was trade he wanted to make to improve his club whether it fell through or not and the player had his NTC.

Having written this other clubs did get second rounders for players with less career playoff cache than Bill Guerin and considering what Phoenix did with some marginal pending UFA it begs the question should Snow have gambled on altering his mix by trading a Martinek, Witt or even Hunter for some of the players the Coyotes received from Philadelphia and the Rangers?

I'm not considering the trade for Jokinen, that was a financial deal the Coyotes had to make. I'm talking Upshall, Dawes, Prucha.

Numbers don't lie on Guerin's recent play but it looked like Snow he dealt from a position of weakness after he sat out and got less than one would expect for a player who was worth a first rounder two years ago who led a poor offensive club in scoring.

Overall the first rounder was the prize coming out of this deadline in the Campoli deal.

Moving forward this means Witt, Martinek should be part of the team. Doug Weight I thought could be in play but now he has no playoff prospects and should be in no rush to return to the lineup. If he does resign it will likely be without Guerin if he decides to continue his career at all.

Only big loser on this day for the Islanders was Jon Sim, who cleared waivers despite his recent play and was sent to Bridgeport. Obviously Nate Thompson is Scott Gordon's player, he seems bullet-proof and will be in the lineup as long as he is healthy.

I suspect Jon Sim is heading for buyout country this summer if his recent play was not enough to keep his roster spot.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has the highlights of Garth Snow's press conference with the media.




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Islanders trade Guerin for conditional pick to Pens

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/04/2009 10:17:00 AM







Updated 12:05:

The wavier claim list was announced from Tuesday, Jon Sim was not mentioned at all Miroslav Satan was not claimed. A few waivers were claimed, none by Garth Snow.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders blog at Newsday has more speculation on Bill Guerin while Trent Hunter comments on the leadership or young players on the roster while Doug Weight speaks about his relationship with general manager Garth Snow and what's ahead for him.

Hunter's comments were from Tuesday's optional practice.

Also included is another link to live video coverage.

Sportnet feed is only for Canada, but their widget is tracking live trades.


Updated 2:45pm
Islanders website: Has details of Guerin to Pittsburgh for conditional 5th that at best can become a third round pick.


Updated 3:00pm

Mr Botta reported Sim was sent to Bridgeport and Nate Thompson was activated.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog looks at the Guerin trade and has some classy words about him and noted the trade conditions are as follows:

The Islanders get Tampa Bay's fifth round pick from Pittsburgh for Bill Guerin. If the Penguins make the playofss, the Isles get the Penguins' fourth-round pick. If the Pens win a round and Guerin plays at least 50 percent of the games, then, the Isles get Pitt's third-round pick. That's it.


Newsday: Mr Logan also had Bill Guerin's comments from his Tsn interview upon being traded to Pittsburgh and confirmed Mr Botta's report of Sim to Bridgeport.

Daily News: Peter Botte has Bill Guerin's Tsn interview and an article on the trade deadline for New York with Sim-Thompson exchange.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Even considering the market Garth Snow did not do very well here based on how a few second rounders got passed around for plays like Recchi or the players from the Leafs.

Of course the cap prevented a lot of deals.

Best of luck to Bill Guerin moving forward.

Thanks to everyone on the live chat, nice job.








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Islander News Articles 3/4-TRADE DEADLINE

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/04/2009 04:42:00 AM
Added in Tsn rss feed even if we get a few non-hockey stories. Once deadline heats up it will be all hockey trades.

Live Radio links added to a second spot with coverage usually starting around 9am.

Tsn.ca: Had a staff 2am update on some of the potential players to be traded that did not include any New York Islanders.

Newsday: Greg Logan/Katie Strang report on the trade deadline with more speculation about on Bill Guerin's destination who the beatwriter says contact has been very limited with while Doug Weight had the following from the Islanders optional practice Monday:

"I don't want to speak for Billy. It's been a crazy year. The last 72 hours, the situation kind of spun out of control a little bit with him and it's unfortunate.

"Everyone's trying to do the right thing and he's stuck at home and that stinks. But Billy's professional and we'll all get through it and Wednesday, we'll find out what team and what destination we're all gonna be whether it's here or somewhere else."


If the Islanders can't complete a deal for Guerin, his return could be awkward?
"It's strange right now but it'll take all of 10 minutes," Weight said of the adjustment. "He's easy to get along with and he's got the respect of everyone in the room. It wouldn't be a problem at all."

Also reported Trent Hunter has a walking cast on his left ankle, but he said it's not broken.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess that means the Islanders did not lie and violate league policy Saturday when Hunter took warmups and they reported an injury, right Mr Logan?

For myself, Garth Snow has an obligation to improve his hockey team, if Bill Guerin being traded or sat is part of this to help improve his roster.

It's also Garth Snow's job to listen to all offers or he would not be doing his job properly.

Doug Weight is correct that's it's been a crazy year for the Islanders, however considering his earlier praise for Gordon, how he was traded and then a healthy scratch for Anaheim last season with the media writing him off, why did he give what bordered on ultimatums (to me) a few times in the media about his playing time?

Did he do that to Brian Burke or their head coach last year when he was on their fourth line or outright benched?

I have no doubt Weight will be classy and professional (as Guerin will) but those comments a while ago took me aback. He can say whatever he likes but the Islanders may have helped extend his career and were very classy about his honoring him when he hit a thousand points. Scott Gordon gave him a role here few teams would have and Weight's repaid them with some very good production.

Giving him that spot on the left powerplay point was a big reason Chris Campoli was not on that side with Mark Streit last fall before Kyle Okposo starting playing that side on the powerplay.

Sure, it's been a terrible year in terms of the standings. Everyone should be very frustrated about that or they would not be the right players to turn it around moving forward.

Newsday: Mike Casey in Newsday's hockey blog (written at times by Mark Herrmann) reports the following players were scrachted Tuesday.

Florida's Nick Boynton, Atlanta's Eric Perrin (waivers), Columbus' Michael Peca and Tampa Bay's Marek Malik and Mark Recchi.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Casey incorrectly reported Hagman was a healthy scratch but corrected himself than wrote Guerin sat out the last three games when he only sat twice so caveat emptor with a lot of stuff written even by the media at this time because everyone is rushing or over-speculating and in this case making outright sloppy mistakes.

Columbus Dispatch/several outlets: Tom Reed and Aaron Portzline also reported Michael Peca was injured in a recent game so Mr Casey got that wrong also.

Even I knew that one a few days ago.

NY Post: Dan Martin writes the trade deadline is now a " fiasco " for the Islanders as he repeated Doug Weight's comments to Newsday in an article on Bill Guerin.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's 3-1 loss at home to Norfolk with Trevor Smith, head coach Jack Capauno and goaltender Peter Mannino with blog coverage here.

Mr Fornabaio also reported it was not clear if winger Jesse Joensuu would stay in Bridgeport or return to New York but was in Bridgeport on tuesday. Goalie Nathan Lawson sat out with a sore shoulder.

Trevor Smith had Bridgeport's goal.

Norfolk Virginian Pilot: Paul White likely was not dispatched for the trip to Bridgeport but here is the link to Admirals coverage.





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No Trade Clauses Updated

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/04/2009 03:55:00 AM
Quick review of all players with NTC (no trade clauses) for those who see a name in the endless rumors/speculation.

Vinnie LeCavalier signed an 11-year, $86.5 million contract extension that commences next season, but his no-trade clause in the new contract doesn't take effect until July 1 this summer. So there is, technically, nothing to prevent the Lightning, if they so choose, from trading Lecavalier before the March 4 trade deadline despite ownership assurances he will not be dealt.

Here is a list of the rest of the players with NTC.
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ANAHEIM DUCKS
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G
Todd Marchant, C
Teemu Selanne, RW

ATLANTA THRASHERS
Ron Hainsey, D
Slava Kozlov, LW

BOSTON BRUINS
P.J. Axelsson, RW/LW
Zdeno Chara, D
Marc Savard, C
Marco Sturm, LW

BUFFALO SABRES
Ryan Miller, G

CALGARY FLAMES
Adrian Aucoin, D
Jarome Iginla, RW
Miikka Kiprusoff, G
Robyn Regehr, D

CAROLINA HURRICANES
Scott Walker, RW
Niclas Wallin, D

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Brian Campbell, D

COLORADO AVALANCHE
Adam Foote, D
Scott Hannan, D
Milan Hejduk, RW
John-Michael Liles, D
Ryan Smyth, LW

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Mike Commodore, D
Fredrik Modin, LW
DALLAS STARS
Sean Avery, RW
Jere Lehtinen, RW/LW
Mike Modano, C
Brendan Morrow, RW
Brad Richards, C
Darryl Sydor D
Marty Turco, G
Sergei Zubov, D

DETROIT RED WINGS
Dan Cleary, RW
Pavel Datsyuk, C
Kris Draper, C
Marian Hossa, RW
Nicklas Lidstrom, D
Brian Rafalski, D
Brad Stuart, D

EDMONTON OILERS
Sheldon Souray, D
Lubomir Visnovsky, D

FLORIDA PANTHERS
Keith Ballard, D
Bryan McCabe, D
Tomas Vokoun, G

LOS ANGELES KINGS
Michal Handzus,C

MINNESOTA WILD
Niklas Backstrom, G

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Roman Hamrlik, D
Saku Koivu, C
Georges Laraque, RW
Andrei Markov, D
Alex Tanguay, LW/RW

NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Jason Arnott, C
J.P. Dumont, RW
David Legwand, C

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Marty Brodeur, G
Patrik Elias, LW
Jamie Langenbrunner, RW
Jay Pandolfo, RW
Brian Rolston, RW
Colin White, D

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Bill Guerin, RW

RANGERS
Chris Drury, C
Scott Gomez, C
Markus Naslund, RW
Wade Redden, D
Michal Rozsival, D

OTTAWA SENATORS
Daniel Alfredsson, RW
Mike Fisher, RW
Dany Heatley, RW
Filip Kuba, D
Chris Phillips, D

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Martin Biron, G
Daniel Briere, C
Simon Gagne, LW/RW
Scott Hartnell, RW
Kimmo Timonen, D

PHOENIX COYOTES
Shane Doan, RW
Ed Jovanovski, D

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Sergei Gonchar, D
Brook Orpik, D

SAN JOSE SHARKS
Dan Boyle, D
Mike Greir, RW
Joe Thornton, C
Patrick Marleau, C
Evgeni Nabokov, G

ST. LOUIS BLUES
Eric Brewer, D
Barret Jackman, D
Paul Kariya, LW
Keith Tkachuk, C/RW

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Martin St. Louis

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Niklas Hagman, RW/LW
Tomas Kaberle, D
Pavel Kubina, D

VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Roberto Luongo, G
Mattias Ohlund, D
Sami Salo, D
Mats Sundin, C
Willie Mitchell, D

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Michael Nylander, C




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3/3/09

Quick Update on Guerin...( 5pm) " Deal not dead "

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/03/2009 04:59:00 PM
I'm sure many have read this earlier today but it does have his agents comments.

Espn.com: Pierre Lebrun has comments from Bill Guerin's agent, Bob Murray Tuesday on his client's trade status.

"There's nothing new at this point," Guerin's agent Bob Murray told ESPN.com on Tuesday morning. "I spoke with [Isles GM] Garth [Snow] early evening yesterday. Hopefully we'll know more today.

"Bill is pretty frustrated. He's in limbo and is anxious to get this resolved for him and his family."

According to Mr LeBrun, Guerin accepted the mystery team in question Sunday; but, in the interim, the Isles still haven't been able to pull off the transaction. It could be because the team in question has cap issues and needs to move a body to accommodate Guerin, who will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 and is earning $4.5 million this season.

Updated 5:00pm
Espn.com: Pierre Lebrun's blog had the following late afternoon on Guerin's trade status among several rumors.

Bill Guerin was still in limbo late Tuesday afternoon, but apparently the deal the New York Islanders have been working on since Saturday was not yet toast.

"It's not dead," a source close to the situation said around 4 p.m. ET.




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Waiver Update: Sim, Satan Included

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/03/2009 01:22:00 PM
Took waivers off the other entry and created a fresh one, teams are trying to clear space for trades. Snow controls the first claim if there is someone he wants or in this case wants to move.

Newsday: Mr Logan reports Jon Sim has been placed on NHL waivers Tuesday which Mr Botta also reported earlier here.

Mr Logan also adds:
Scott Gordon offered a terse answer on if he has spoken with Sim as he did Bergenheim, saying they met at the start of the season and he would keep the conversation private and even though one might read the move as symptomatic of an attempt to purge the locker room of unhappy veterans. Fans just have to hope the club still is making decisions based on hockey reasons and not personality conflicts.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Or it's simply possible Scott Gordon's response is a personality conflict with Greg Logan who is making every move into a public problem between player/coach and is getting a little tired of being asked about it?

Gordon was upset recently with the media asking him about blown leads, cannot put that on the player-coach relationship.
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Tsn.ca: Bob McKenzie reports Sean Avery was claimed on re-entry waivers by the Rangers.

Let the Cablevision/Newsday spin-doctoring begin based on what John Tortorella said, which I suspect will not get the play Gordon-Guerin got.

I wanted the Islanders to take a chance, looks like a lot of team are betting against him, hard to blame them.

Good luck to Avery.
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Tsn.ca: Reports Miroslav Satan, Brendan Morrison Gary Roberts, Martin Gerber, Brenden Bell, Aaron Voros, Erik Reitz, Eric Perrin, Craig Adams have also been placed on waivers.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
For those who recall Snow was interested in Perrin a few years ago, Satan's been scoring a little lately but I guess the Pens have had enough or want to save space for someone better.



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NYIFC Trade Deadline Speculation:

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/03/2009 12:15:00 PM
For now Wednesday's chat is still on at 1pm. We seem to have enough crawls, feeds and links so you miss nothing visiting here.

Everyone of course is welcome, just keep it classy and to hockey as we did last year.

Best live radio links for those without XM or NHL network are on the sidebar and those shows have trade deadline talk starting early tomorrow.

Cannot promise I will be here for live blogging until tomorrow morning.

One thing I think everyone can agree on is it's fantastic the Islanders do not have to play a hockey game Wednesday. Why the league/nhlpa cannot find two days off in there for the trade deadline I will never know.
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I expect a veteran or two could go and maybe a final call is made on Tambellini or even Comeau but between NTC, large long-term contracts for teams trying to gain cap space and Garth Snow no doubt looking to beef up his draft picks/prospect pool, I'm kind of expecting a quiet day for our team.

This is the kind of day you deal the equivalent of Mark Parrish and receive someone's Jeff Tambellini if you are out of contention and celebrate if you can unload Kvasha for any pick.

Look to the clubs Snow deals with frequently sometimes this comes down to how some gm's negotiate with one another.

A lot of this is trends too. How many times does Garth Snow or the pro scouts watch teams they are done playing?

The new CBA did change this league beyond front-loaded deals, NTC, NVC & a hard cap simply makes some clubs limited players at the deadline. Cannot buy your way out of trouble all the way with long-term cap hits come July 1st so you have to pick spots.

Sooner or later you have to sit one out. The days of 80m dollar payrolls and corporate clubs absorbing huge losses for an advantage are no longer possible unless they just keep buying players out or going with re-entry waivers.

For the Islanders they cannot play to the cap financially and have Yashin's hit going up soon. What big bucks they can offer will have to come in the summer unless Snow can get a signed deal from a pending UFA beforehand.

That's asking a lot as we read about last year when a player had to decide on coming here and consent to a trade within an hour.

Maybe a prospect, a Rob Davison type to backstop the defense unless Meyer, Sutton, Pock will play again but not much else.

Guerin will do what he wants if presented with something. He may be gone, he might even decide to stay and simply go UFA in the summer or even resign. I think Doug Weight will have the greater value with of course Witt if the right offer comes.

If I'm Garth Snow I'm absolutely listening to offers for Trent Hunter, he simply is not a consistent enough scorer for all the things he does, maybe it's time to admit since that knee on knee long ago we have never seen the same player even during his best streaks.

How many playoff teams in this league are going to put Guerin or Weight in their top six at this point in his career? What Bruce Boudreau in Washington said is going to apply to a lot of winning teams which is no knock on Guerin-Weight but you don't break up a winning chemistry for thirty eight year old players.

Guerin was a playoff rental for San Jose before he came here two years ago for a first round pick, did not work out very well statistically.

Does Sim's recent play get him traded or waived) or a full time spot again?
McAmmond has his two goals and looked good, who knows?
I have no doubt teams will call about Radek Martinek.
For me, it's Park or Hilbert, not both. Bergenheim's shorthanded play recently makes me think Park is more expendable.

Seems like Nate Thompson is simply going to keep his spot regardless of what he does statistically which for now only seems faceoff related. He cannot have any real trade value after being claimed off waivers.

I do believe Snow might have to take back a few players to stay above the cap if he trades multiple veterans and keep his team in Bridgeport closing on first place with enough depth together.

I have little doubt Walter, Colliton are in play as fillers to deals, maybe even Dustin Kohn. If I'm in Snow's spot Meyer's roster spot is in play.

If I'm gm I want more size, speed and scoring skill in whatever players I get back in trades I wish to keep beyond this season.

This is also the week I would not be shocked if Joel Rechlicz gets his first NHL look but that's after the deadline.

One more day we get all our answers, I expect a mostly quiet day and some more draft picks.

Last year was a different landscape, the Islanders were at a point they were in contention and kept things together.



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Recent record reflects more competitive team

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/03/2009 10:00:00 AM
From 11/29-1/17: (or day Guerin-Weight praised Scott Gordon in Boston) 5-17-3
From 1/19/to 3/2: 8-7-3

Nothing to throw a parade about in a league where five hundred borders on a lottery pick but obvious for over a month the Islanders have stopped their free fall despite the never ending injuries here.


More importantly:

Five of the seven losses were one goal games or an open net scored against with a lot of kids and roster turnover.

Other than the recent Flyer loss with self-inflicted breakdowns in a 2-1 game during the third period or Carolina game which was not a good effort, I would submit they have done a good job all things considered.

We'll see what comes next but obviously Scott Gordon has them playing competitive hockey.

For those looking at some comparison to last season after the six game Feb winning streak which ended 2/23/08 they finished 5-13-2 from that point.

I pushed it back a week from last season because technically speaking the Isles would be at or close to their 2/23/08 point in their season last year which started and finished a week earlier.

Of course that team finished three games under with the bulk of injuries in March.
This team is deep into double-digits under five hundred and already surpassed last seasons final total of 402 man games lost.






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3/2/09

Islander News Articles 3/3

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/02/2009 10:33:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan's game coverage has comments from Jon Sim, Jesse Joensuu and Bruno Gervais.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article was more speculation on Guerin & Doug Weight with head coach Scott Gordon again commenting on the beatwriter's Saturday article that he does not think Mr Logan's report tells the full story and maintained he has no problems with Guerin staying here as he had no objection with the decision for him to sit out pending a possible trade.

The coach speculated the comments may have been from players no longer here like Campoli, Comrie as sour grapes and maintained he has continued to talk with his captain since the Canadian trip (Jan) several times and has no problem with him and it could be from other areas.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

I wonder how some players feel about this all getting into the paper, causing somewhat of a distraction or if they felt this would go on the record anonymously and if they want to continue to speak with Greg Logan/Newsday?

One thing for sure is Mr Logan is getting max play out of this. The silence from Mr Botta is deafening as he is clearly in the middle in terms of confirming or denying which may have someone unhappy with him in the end but he did get Brendan Witt's comments who made it clear he has no problem with Scott Gordon Point Blank and felt what was reported in the paper should stay in the room.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
As always, visit Mr Botta's blog for the full article he produced.

NY Post: Dan Martin's coverage has some of the same comments from Scott Gordon on Bill Guerin but added Garth Snow did not speak to other teams without Guerin's approval. Jon Sim comments on the teams play, defended Guerin as a " good guy " and that the team would have to be professional if he does return to play.

The coach also maintained the importance is on the younger players making progress and that it works out well for everyone else with Guerin or whoever having an opportunity to win a Stanley Cup.

Daily News: Peter Botte's limited space only has room for Jon Sim's quotes about Guerin as he speculated about possible trades and had no comments or game recap beyond light attendance, who scored and Hunter's late injury that forced him out.

Daily News: Thomas Zambito did receive about the same space for a sports section article on the latest legal update concerning former Islander execs Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Nothing from Joensuu, Danis, they deserve better. So does the team the way it has played.

Denver Post: Teri Frei recaps Colorado's loss on Monday but had a full interview with Ryan Smyth Monday here.

"You see the banners and the history the Islanders have had," Smyth said, gesturing at the huge pictures of Islanders past and present and the Stanley Cup flags hanging from the rafters. "There's just something special with what went on."

"It was an emotional time," he said. "I didn't think a trade would ever happen out of Ed-monton, but it did. The Islanders welcomed me with open arms, treated me with a great deal of respect. I have nothing but great things to say about that organization. "We made the playoffs, we got beat out in the first round, but the ownership — Mr. (Charles) Wang — was nice, and was nice about having me and we sat down and chatted for a while. Garth Snow was fresh at being a general manager in the league and he treated not only me but the whole team really well."

Smyth said he did feel a twinge of regret for not re-signing with the Islanders "because they gave up quite a bit to have me. I think overall, it was tough for me to make a quick decision about something that involved not just me, but my whole family. They made offers right up to July 1, and they were right in the mix, too, when we finally made our decision to come to Colorado. I have a great deal of respect for how they treated me in those two months."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Funny how Mark Herrmann did not write all of that in his no top players will sign here article when he only printed a few words from Smyth. Not like Smyth was obligated to throw that kind of praise around about a team he only played a month or so for two years ago.

Metro News.ca: Perry Lefko has an interview with Mike Sillinger about all the times he has been traded in his career but had nothing about his future playing status or the current team.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Funny thing is Sillinger has not been part of the NHL trade deadline for a long time now, maybe by default because of his injuries but he will finish his entire three year contract and talked like a man who will be in Saskatoon this fall.

USA Today.com: Mike Brehm reports Yann Danis ended January with three consecutive wins, and his play in February earned him USA TODAY's Clutch Goalie title for that month. The computerized formula factors in shutout time, saves, penalty kills and the amount of time playing in a tie game to figure out who's best when the score is tight.

His comments are from the Islanders website in the article.

Harvard Crimson: Jake Fisher has a feature on Islander prospect co-captain Doug Rogers who is credited as a major reason for the Harvard's success. The 6’1, 195-pound center has recorded a point in each of the last five games and leads Harvard with four goals in that stretch.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabio's previews Tuesday's home game against Norfolk and has the Sound Tigers weekly here which happen to include some Jesse Joensuu comments pre-callup.



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New York 4, Colorado 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/02/2009 08:02:00 PM

















NHL.com: Recaps New York's 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche Monday night with Associated Press.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I had fun watching that game.

Jesse Joensuu's first goal in his first NHL game !!
He was noticeable beyond his goal and a 6'4 player is needed in this lineup, but I suspect he will be going back with a nice puck as a souvenir.

Kurtis McLean scored in his second NHL game for those wondering, this could go back as far as Palffy in 1995. Hunter did not score in his 2002 playoff debut in the first game if I'm correct.

Bruno Gervais his first goal since the playoffs, he was getting close with all those goal posts, that was a nice read to rush the net on the 3-1 goal.

Joe Callahan had his first NHL point.

Sure did look like an AHL lineup tonight which I guess is a good thing for Scott Gordon, they came out, skated very well and took the play at Colorado for a good part of the game who looked as poor as their recent play indicates.

His veterans produced too, very solid effort across the board.

Colorado looked like the Islanders during their free-fall at it's worst, a team playing like something is going to happen to cost them the game. It reminded me a little of the Islander club I saw at times on the West coast, only the Islanders competed better for a good part of most of those contests but it seemed a matter of when before something would go wrong.

With Smyth, Hedjuk, Svatos and Liles among others that should not be happening, they are not nearly as banged up as the Islanders and have more front end talent.

I wonder if Jon Sim was one of those anonymous veterans because he's been this teams best offensive players now for a week and Scott Gordon is giving him minutes, three assist game. It's not pretty but he is getting the kind of goals he scores with hard work and some bounces for his best stretch in two full seasons.

Dean McAmmond his second goal as an Islander after only three in Ottawa.

Andrew Raycroft, did what he does, a matter of when before a shot or two beats him.

Bergenheim a good early rush at the net but needed to shoot.

Still looking for more from Comeau but a little more involved. Okposo's shift by shift game has dropped lately, not generating as he was a while back but he got a little better as the game progressed.

Ryan Smyth was one of Colorado's better looking players with Svatos, they had a nice powerplay setup to beat Danis and almost a second before he beat Danis who did not have his post on the 3-2 goal. Forgot how Smyth played without his leg injury that he had here most of the time, he skated well. Their powerplay worked hard, overall they are just a team not playing very well as a unit.

Danis again was sharp and got a second straight game, he did not react well on the Colorado 2-3 goal but made a great save with the goalie pulled.

Bailey just does not look very involved out there, a second period powerplay, he got pinned, lost the puck, third peroid powerplay when the Isles were getting chances he again turned it over when the puck got to him.

World-class play by Streit to skate into the Colorado zone, find Tambellini who got the puck in his wheelhouse and made a pefect shot inside the post for the 4-2 goal.

Islanders took the play and the momentum back after that with some good shifts in Colorado's zone while the Avs seemed to wait for a turnover/odd-man rush. Defense got in the lanes and made plays to clear the puck, solid efforts on the backline across the board also.

Was that Joensuu who was robbed alone by Raycroft?
It was....

They closed this game very well.

Good night, impressive stuff from a team with only one five goal game. (against a goaltender)

That was Charles Wang smiling in his box with Gary Bettman during the third.

Now we see what the trade deadline brings. Niclas Havelid will be making another trip to the Coliseum, this time with the New Jersey Devils after Atlanta traded him tonight.

Maybe the media will actually write about the game, the team on the ice sure deserved it after this one.

That would be a story in itself.

Islanders website: The class of Charles Wang once again for those who did attend tonight's game or could not make it.

That's another hit takes out of his pocket. I will not shill for him or use this blog for ticket sales, but I do point out when the right thing is done.




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