Islander News Articles 3/15

Newsday: Greg Logan recaps the Islanders 2-1 loss Saturday afternoon in Boston with head coach Scott Gordon's comments.

Boston Globe: Fluto Shinzawa game coverage and live blog has a few words on Jackman vs Lucic.

Boston Herald: Coverage of Saturday's game with Providence Journal paper that covers Scott Gordon's old AHL team.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann's interview with prospect John Tavares where he talks about the Islanders among several subjects.

Edmonton Journal: Had Bill Guerin's comments on his trade from the Islanders and the time he was away from the team before he was sent to Pittsburgh.

Slam Sports: Steve Simmons has comments from John Tavares agent, Pat Grissom who says " I know (owner) Charles Wang is trying to get a new building and that his feeling is, it will be his way or the highway and that if it were Grissom, he would avoid Tampa, Atlanta and the Island at all costs but it's not his choice and his client respects the process and the league. "

NYI Fan Comments:
It's one thing when the Canadian shock jocks like Mr Simmons (who went in this direction a while back) push for things like this but obviously Tavares agent does not think his client should play for the Islanders or a few teams which could make negotiations hard not only now but when the time comes he is a free agent.

Daily News: Elliot Olshansky has an outstanding feature on Jacques Lamoureux, about his very tough fight to overcome depression and as a sophomore who leads the NCAA with 29 goals for the Air Force Academy is a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award this year.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's just a remarkable story and my thanks to Mr Olshansky for e-mailing it to me to post here for our readers. I know I'm rooting for Jacques Lamoureux to win the Hobey Baker and be signed by an NHL team if that's what he aspires to. I'm sure some folks remember what former Islander Claude LaPointe went through after he left the Islanders along with Shayne Corson who Islander fans will only remember from his famous fight with Eric Cairns.

Sarnia Observer: Dave Pual had a Saturday feature on Islander prospect Matt Martin who was the prospect on television between periods this week who plays for the Sarnia Sting with fellow draft picks Justin DiBenedetto and Mark Katic. Recap of Bridgeport's 6-3 loss at Hartford Saturday night which has the Sound Tigers trailing 3-2 at the end of the second period.

1. HFD Moore, (22) (Fahey), 1:04
1. HFD Sauer, (4) (Urquhart, Ouellette), 17:34
1. BRI Walter, (16) (Smith, Lee), 18:26 (PP)
1. BRI Walter, (17) (Lessard), 19:13
2. HFD Sauer, (5) (Denisov, Rissmiller), 15:10
3. BRI Lessard, (10) (Smith), 3:05 (PP)
3. HFD Weise, (8) (Moore, Sauer), 8:12
3. HFD Potter, (8) (Dupont, Parenteau), 19:03
3. HFD Dupont, (13) (Owens), 19:21

Kris Mayotte again started in goal for Bridgeport. Robin Figren did not make his AHL debut.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's coverage of Bridgeport's loss at Hartford Saturday with quotes from Ben Walter who had two goals and head coach Jack Capuano with blog entries here and a brief preview of Sunday's big game against the Bears in Hershey at 5pm here.

Hartford Courant: Covers the Wolfpack win on Saturday and had an article on the Boston Bruins win.

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Boston 2, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/14/2009 03:40:00 PM | Comment Here
Associated Press & Recaps New York's 2-1 loss to Boston Saturday afternoon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Last time the Islanders were in a 2-1 game at Boston in the third period, the Bruins put a physical beating all over the Islanders and simply dismantled them winning 7-2
in a game they were so badly outplayed overall it could have easily been double digits despite the close game in the third.

That game was a sixty minute mismatch.

Today's game seemed to pick up where that one left off for a while with the Bruins getting two very early goals, dominating play while the Islanders for a good half of the game generated nothing. Their first shift they even established a forecheck was at the beginning of the second period.

After that Islanders did a little better and got back in the game with some solid shifts but not the kind where they could test Tim Thomas or force him to make a quality save. Nielsen fell in a spot where he had a quality chance, Tambellini went wide and fell at a spot he needed to shoot, Okposo fanned on one. Hilbert had some outside shots but that was basically it aside from Streit's incredible goal where he undressed Chara like we saw in his Montreal highlight package.

Yann Danis was excellent and as poorly as the Islanders played early they kept the pressure off their goaltender aside from a third period powerplay where the Islander goaltender made some quality saves.

That five on three I would not have used Witt, you could see the Isles pressing for just one low percentage shot, standing still.

Aside from that not much else to write about this game. Boston after breaking their losing streak could have come in with a little confidence back and blown the Isles out but to their credit played them mostly even aside from that early stretch.

Was hoping for better but it was a winnable game.

Today's injury count was nine with Richard Park's return.

Chicago Tribune: Reports The Blackhawks practiced in Bensenville on Saturday afternoon. Forwards Martin Havlat, Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane all missed practice with injuries but could play against the Islanders Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that veteran Nikolai Khabibulin would be in goal against the Islanders for his first game since Feb. 11.

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New York at Boston 1pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/14/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here
Fox Previews New York at Boston Saturday at 1pm.

S Yelle Undisclosed injury day-to-day
M Sturm Left ACL, meniscus surgery IR

Stat Player Total
Points Marc Savard 73
Goals Phil Kessel 27
Assists Marc Savard 52
PIM Shawn Thornton 117
Plus/Minus Dennis Wideman 33
PP Goals Michael Ryder 8
SH Goals David Krejci 2

Phil Kessel scored twice and P.J. Axelsson added a goal and an assist as the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins got by the Ottawa Senators, 5-3, at TD Banknorth Garden. Aaron Ward and Chuck Kobasew also tallied for Boston, who now have two wins in the last seven contests, but remained points six ahead of New Jersey for top seed in the East. Tim Thomas stopped 25-of-28 shots for Boston.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Boston broke their losing streak against Ottawa who went to Boston with four straight wins. That's a very deep team that's mostly healthy that gave Scott Gordon's team a memorable beating in the third period last time the Isles were in Boston.

Islanders dominated but lost the Coliseum game afterward. Bruins close the curtain on the season 4/12.

Does Scott Gordon ride the hot goalie all the way through Sunday or does he put Peter Mannino who was on the ice for a good part of that third period after Joey MacDonald was very upset watching from the bench as Boston buried the Islanders?

Islanders have a few nice long breaks coming up, the pressure to stay in first with the Devils closing is all on the Bruins.

Boston now has Mark Recchi from Tampa Bay since the trade deadline, with them having a game in Pittsburgh do they play Tim Thomas or start Manny Fernandez against a team playing much better than their record?

With players like Lucic and Chara expect them to make it a physical game. I suspect Jackman and Rechlicz could be called on again.

Good test for the Islanders here, Boston now that they have a win should have their game working better.

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Younger players carrying this offense

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/14/2009 09:00:00 AM | Comment Here
We saw this (with a little less scoring) at the end of last season with Bergenheim, Comeau and Okposo the three best players most nights for Ted Nolan last March.

Now we are seeing it again but with Okposo four goals/no assits four games.
Sean Bergenheim before his injury putting together his career best streak.
Blake Comeau three goals, eleven assists since 2/18.
Frans Nielsen for his +2 on the season has a goal and three points in four games.
Josh Bailey, goal three assists in four games and great chances against Montreal.
Jeff Tambellini, two goals, three assist in five games.
Mike Iggulden, goal, four points in five games.
Jesse Joensuu/Kurtis McLean first career goals.

Unfortunately as expected:
Richard Park no goals/two assists since 1/3. (seventeen games)
Nate Thompson two goals, twenty nine games this season.
Andy Hilbert two goals, five assists since 12/23. (twenty three games)
Tim Jackman, four goals, two assists, minus nineteen since 11/8 callup where you do not get a minus for being on the ice killing penalty.

And for a second year in a row. (granted Nielsen was injured)
Trent Hunter, four goals, twelve assists assists since 12/4.

This is why you have to work in the prospects and cut down the veterans not producing. The goals this club is scoring lately are off knowing how to create offense.

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Islander News Articles 3/14

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/13/2009 11:37:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
I had time to do Saturday articles.

For those still scoring at home the Islanders tragic number is four to be officially eliminated from the NHL playoff race.

Unofficially that happened around mid December depending on your point of view.

Carolina 78 points
New York max points (14-0) 82 points.

That's points gained by Carolina or lost by New York which means it could happen on Saturday.

Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from head coach Scott Gordon that his team is no longer an easy two points and it does not matter who the opponent is. He goes on to say since getting rid of a couple of bad apples (as the beatwriter speculates Campoli-Comrie)at the trade deadline the chemistry is better as the team pulls together and plays with a purpose.

Kyle Okposo discusses the Canadians game and what the club must do on a game by game basis.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Campoli and Comrie never said anything directly to the media about the coach or the team, was it really necessary for Scott Gordon to go in that direction considering how he has his team playing?

It's going to be fun when the Islanders head to Ottawa and their media reports that quote next week.

Globe & Mail: Tim Wharnsby reports Jason Blake did not wish to speak with the media about his season-long streak without scoring despite six assists in his last ten games with head coach Ron Wilson's comments.

Chicago Tribune: Chris Kuc reports the Chicago Blackhawks lost to Columbus on home ice Friday 5-3 with former New York Islander x2 Wade Dubielewicz getting his first NHL win since returning to the NHL in only his third start with the Blue Jackets.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Imagine if Dubielewicz did clear waivers? He would have played three games during his first week here to warm up. Considering what Danis and MacDonald have done since things for now have worked out very well.

Dany Sabourin for those wondering started against Bridgeport tonight.

Congratulations to Wade Dubielewicz who I will be rooting for if the Jackets qualify for a playoff spot with Michael Peca and Raffi Torres.

National Post: Keith Howell reports Jordan Nolan was suspended on Friday for 20 games by the Ontario Hockey League after an altercation last weekend that left a Plymouth player with head injuries.

The league did not release any further details of the incident. Recaps Bridgeport's 3-2 shootout win against Springfield Friday night.

1. SPR Linglet, (5) (Stone, Chorney), 14:05 (PP)
2. BRI Lessard, (9) (Lee, Walter), 12:38 (PP)
3. BRI Sim, (6) (Joensuu, Colliton), 1:36
3. SPR Linglet, (6) (Brule, Young), 12:26

9 Ben Walter No Goal
23 Trevor Smith Goal
6 Jesse Joensuu No Goal
16 Jon Sim No Goal
27 Junior Lessard Goal

Kris Mayotte had twenty six saves in goal for Bridgeport with Mike Mole backing up.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's recap of Bridgeport's 3-2 shootout win and blog entry here which has head coach Jack Capuano's comments on Mike Mole and Robin Figren getting a game this weekend.

No callup to the Islanders at this time and according to an earlier update from Mr Fornabaio Kurtis McLean has an injury that is not day to day.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I expect they will not play shorthanded again. Either someone gets a callup or Richard Park is ready to play.

The Republican: Gary Brown recaps Bridgeport's 3-2 shootout win against the Falcons Friday.

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Islander Notables/Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/13/2009 04:04:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
No Saturday morning articles, will let feeders do the work that now include Sound Tiger game articles.

The Islander-Boston pregame will automatically post at 10am.

Boston Globe: Fluto Shinzawa in the Bruins blog reports Stephane Yelle made it through Friday's practice but was doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Islanders. If Yelle can't play, Byron Bitz would center the fourth line again. Yelle was one of the last players off the ice.

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien also praised Scott Gordon for doing a good job with a young tean.

Boston Bruins website: John Bishop had several updates on Friday's practice.

Daily News: Elliot Olshansky's feature is on Islander prospect Shane Simms with a few words in the summary on Blake Kessel.

* I did read the Daily News Story the other day on the Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows and the Islanders but did not post it here because we had this update back in early December Sports Business Journal where Don Muret in an article about the USTA putting a retractable roof on the Tennis Stadium in Flushing had comments from Danny Zausner, managing director of the U.S. Tennis Association who did a little speculation about the Islanders and Nets in a multipurpose facility that seats over twenty thousand.

Unless Charles Wang tells us he's willing to negotiate with Queens there is no story. This was nothing different than what was posted three months ago.

* How nice of Newsday to do an Islander Insider for the first time in over a month.

I saw the article but just did not feel like posting it. At the very least Mr Logan owed our fans an explanation why our so called " expanded " coverage was cut for a web feature that does not appear in the print edition of the paper for weeks on end.

Meanwhile his counterpart is working as hard as he can for his beat with constant updates.

Maybe next time I will post it, if there is a next time.

* Looks like Dick Ebersol-Cablevision (James Dolan) & Comcast (Ed Snider)connection will be bullying hockey fans into watching their teams on NBC regardless of poor market ratings. Like the playoffs a few years ago the Rangers are producing lower ratings in New York than NASCAR & other sports here.

I wonder how much of that New York rating Islander and Devils fans should take credit for? I would bet at least 1/3. Good thing baseball has not started up.

When I see all the teams on Dick Ebersol's telecast, I will watch NBC. Until that point I have no use for NBC and hockey.

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Tired of Reading Isles must have Lighthouse

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/13/2009 12:52:00 PM | Comment Here
I understand the politicians in favor of the Lighthouse like Tom Suozzi saying it makes no sense for a Coliseum renovation without the Lighthouse included, it's part of the political game here to get the entire project approved.

I want the project approved also because it makes the most sense for Nassau County with no money to renovate or replace the building and it looks like a great plan that will turn an ugly parking lot into a destination spot.

This game has gone on for well over a decade from Tom Gulotta's days where talk led to absolutely nothing where he even mentioned the team failing on the ice as an excuse to bury any effort to upgrade the Coliseum. Howard Milstein for all he was not offered to build a brand new facility in full by itself and still it got shot down by Nassau County.

Ten years ago this coming August this game was going on here with talk of new Coliseum's and development that never happened.

Someone should issue an anniversary pin.

Having written this the New York Islanders have been in business for over thirty five years on that property, until Nassau County turned their lease with Smg into a nightmare that even takes a portion of their gate they were able to support the league's largest payroll. I'm not suggesting John Pickett made big profits owning the Islanders at one time but they were able to give Mike Bossy a long-term deal and Bryan Trottier a ten year contract in an era players did not move around much in free agency.

The idea the New York Islanders should not be there if the project is not approved absolutely makes no sense. If Kate Murray and Tom Suozzi want to impress us they both should be calling for the Smg lease to be condemned immediately so the primary tenant can make enough revenue to keep the team functioning now and in the future.

Neither one of them want to talk Smg or take that kind of public stance. Thanks to Charles Wang all litigation ended when he became owner.

As for the Lighthouse if the project is turned down and Mr Wang decides he's had enough and wants to sell the hockey team, I expect him to get the best deal for himself but I also expect him to look at local ownership first.

I get the impression (which may be part of lobbying for the project) that Mr
Wang feels he must be the final Islander owner unless the Lighthouse is approved or if he cannot make it work no one else will ever get that chance.

This idea the New York Islanders cannot survive without the Lighthouse is one I do not accept.

Condemn the Smg lease and make the team more profitable on it's own. Msg got it's forever tax exemptions to stay in business back in the 80's and that was in a building less than fifteen years old.

There is always something that can be done to make the team more financially viable, a lot of teams in this league lose money and lots of it. A few folks told me they cannot get a sponsor for the building because it violates an agreement, if the future of the facility depends on it that may have to change.

Just ease up on telling us the future of the team depends on the Lighthouse and as for Kate Murray stop throwing out ten year old recycled excuses that only buys you more time to avoid doing anything.

Nassau County has had well over a decade to get a stimulus package to replace their own building. To throw that out now as the latest wait and see plan is an insult unless the Lighthouse is included in that.

I don't think it was.

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Islander News Articles 3/13

Apparently Newsday is going to do an actual Islander Insider for the first time in about a month Friday.

Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap of the Islanders 3-2 overtime win.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

It should be noted Steve Zipay did an article and a blog packed with post-game commentary from the players.

Montreal Gazette: Pat Hickey recaps New York's 3-2 overtime win against the Canadians Thursday night notes Kyle Okposo scored in his fourth straight game with blog updates here.

Canadian Press: Has a recap that's a bit longer.

Chicago Tribune: Chris Kuc reports Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin could return from injury and start on Sunday against the Islanders.

USA Kevin Allen reports the leadership for Team USA Hockey met recently in Florida to discuss the 2010 Olympic roster as Mr Allen had some speculation on the roster. Toronto gm Brian Burke is the general manager for the squad.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Sound Tigers President Howard Saffan about the clear day list decisions and that Kyle Okposo will be going to the World Championships as Jamie Fraser being left off the roster is discussed with head coach Jack Capuano's comments.

Bridgeport is at Springfield Friday.

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New York 3, Montreal 2 Overtime

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/12/2009 08:33:00 PM | | Comment Here

Montreal Gazette: Recaps New York's 3-2 overtime win against the Canadians Thursday night.

Associated Press: Also recaps the game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Congratulations to Mike Iggulden on his first NHL goal.

Last year the Islanders played a game in Montreal, they were chasing the puck all day long with only Rick DiPietro holding them in before the Habs finally broke it open, afterward Red Fisher wrote DiPietro threw the puck down the ice at one point just to show his forwards this is how you need to move the puck crediting him holding them in.

I know the Canadians have been struggling and played without Kovalev, but this was all about what the Islanders did. They forced Carey Price to play outstanding or it would have been over in regulation.

Second best effort this season after the Devil win. I don't care about the goals but the skating, passing andn skills that created those plays. Isles just took over this game from Montreal and that's what's memorable.

Sure, it's great Okposo scored in overtime (he was outstanding all night) but how they dominated down the stretch was no fluke, they outskated and dominated a fast, skilled club.

It was very impressive top to bottom with a team short a man.

Considering how the first ten minutes went Islanders could have fallen behind 3-0 if not for Danis and a favorable review, turns out Montreal scored it's goal off a Martinek deflection on a bad angle shot.

After that Jackman drew a powerplay, Islanders started skating. Iggulden not only made the play against the boards but finished a perfect pass from Comeau to tie the game.

Second period was all Islanders, Price stopped Bailey's breakaway and the Islanders until the Canadian got on a late powerplay carried play.

I thought Bailey had one of his best games of the season.

Tambellini a beautiful play at the net early in the second where Jackman drew his second powerplay for the Isles.

Welcome to the NHL Joel Rechlicz, he sure did not lose his first fight, welcome to your first NHL KO for Tim Jackman who buried Gregory Stewart.

Nielsen was outstanding in this game, he finally got rewarded with another goal against Montreal. When Nielsen and Comeau have their passing game going they are creating all over the ice.

Streit had a big game against his former club and hit the crossbar just before Nielsen deflected in the 2-1 goal.

High marks to Nate Thomspon, he won some huge faceoffs shorthanded and the pk did a great job down two man, too bad Thompson did not get it all the way deep on the final clear but his play shorthanded was excellent.

Danis did not have to be the best goaltender tonight but he was very sharp early and it was great to see him win against his former team in front of his family.

The result tonight was great, how they got that result tonight after the first ten minutes is what I will remember most.

Anyone really think considering how Boston has played lately the Islanders are not going to be in Saturday's game given how they have worked?

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New York at Montreal 7:30pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/12/2009 02:00:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Nate Thompson will play tonight against the Canadians with the center's comments.

Updated 6:30pm

Newsday: Mr Logan now reports Kurtis McLean sustained a leg injury during a pre-game soccer game. There is no timetable for his recovery.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

For those scoring at home put tonight's man-games lost to injury at nine/make that now ten.

Fox Sports: Has the preview for tonight's Islander-Montreal game.

03/10/09 Francis Bouillon Groin IR. Out indefinitely
02/09/09 Guillaume Latendresse Shoulder Out until at least mid-March
03/09/09 Robert Lang Achilles IR. Likely out for the season
03/05/09 Georges Laraque Back Out indefinitely

Name G A P
A Markov 9 41 50
A Kovalev 16 31 47
A Kostitsyn 23 16 39
S Koivu 11 25 36
T Plekanec 18 18 36
A Tanguay 10 17 27

Who would have thought in mid-March both the Islanders and Canadians leading scorers would both be defenders with Markov and Streit who no doubt will not be hearing the cheers he heard all-star weekend in a very important game for the Canadians and new gm/coach Bob Gainey.

Mathieu Schneider is also back with the Canadians so that adds to an offense that also has former Islander Roman Hamrlik.

Carey Price starts against the Islanders. Koivu had a big game in the comeback ot win against Edmonton.

Islanders have a win at Montreal in the infamous Ryan O'Byrne game and a blown lead at the Coliseum in a game they were well ahead long ago. Islanders obviously are a very different team from the last time they have met but have played almost every game competitive.

Isles are out of the Eastern Time Zone only for the Sunday game in Chicago with a big break coming up after Sunday.

Need to generate far more quality chances than they did Tuesday against a goaltender waiting to get beat in Martin Gerber Tuesday.

Canadians have another game against the Islanders in April at the Coliseum.

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Okposo not on Sound Tigers playoff roster

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/12/2009 01:29:00 PM | | | Comment Here
So the team President says one thing about Okposo playing in Bridgeport's playoffs and when the list is released he is not on it? I'm not sure what to make of this unless he wants to play for team USA at the World Championships which Mr Fornabaio touches on here.

All I do know what was reported 3/5 is not what happened.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the following from Sound Tigers team President Howard Saffan on 3/5:

The Islanders made standout youngsters Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau eligible Wednesday to play for the Sound Tigers in the AHL playoffs.

"It was a very easy decision," Bridgeport president Howard Saffan said. "There's nothing like playoff experience."

Okposo hasn't played in Bridgeport yet this season; Comeau has been in the NHL since December. But both were eligible to be assigned to Bridgeport without clearing waivers.

"Kyle Okposo is an Islander and a Sound Tiger," Saffan said. "He's a leader. He's one of the leaders of our young stars. On Long Island, you can see lots and lots of Sound Tigers at this point. It's a natural fit." Has the Sound Tiger clear day roster. Each Clear Day roster consists of a maximum of 22 players. According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2008-09 AHL regular season and in the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.

Nathan Lawson (G)
Peter Mannino (G)
Sean Bentivoglio
Joe Callahan
Jeremy Colliton
Blake Comeau
Jon Gleed
Micheal Haley
Tyler Haskins
Jack Hillen
Mike Iggulden
Jesse Joensuu
Dustin Kohn
Chris Lee
Junior Lessar
Andrew MacDonald
Tomas Marcinko
Kurtis McLean
Jon Sim
Trevor Smith
Ben Walter
Mark Wotton

NYI Fan Central Comments:

For those who think it's as easy at Okposo finishing the World Championships and playing games for Bridgeport think again.

Only way he can participate is if they have enough injuries/suspensions to where an emergency move is necessary to fill out a lineup. Once the player on the clear-day list can return that player is automatically activated and the emergency recall is not eligible..

This is why clear day is a big day in the AHL calender and why this is newsworthy today.

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Islander News Articles 3/11

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/11/2009 09:55:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Note-Game preview will post at 2pm tomorrow. There is a good chance I will not have a post-game afterward until Friday if at all.

Newsday: Greg Logan's article has comments from goaltender Yann Danis who will start in his hometown against his former team. Head coach Scott Gordon praised Danis play and talked about his goaltending moving forward.

Montreal Gazette: Pat Hickey reports Carey Price will start against New York on Thursday as he recalled Wednesday's practice.

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Bergenheim, MacDonald out, Mannino recalled

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/11/2009 07:38:00 PM | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog among several items reports Sean Bergenheim was returned to New York to be re-evaluated and goaltender Joey MacDonald will likely be joining him on the injured list with a knee injury suffered in the Toronto game. Peter Mannino has been recalled while Richard Park and Nate Thompson are on the road trip and again took part in the full practice and could be activated.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports despite this being clear day in the AHL (roster of those eligible for playoffs) the Sound Tigers have made no trades and none of the pro-tryout players were converted to full AHL contracts so they could be placed on the list. Robin Figren was assigned to Bridgeport by the Islanders is not eligible for the playoffs but can play in games down the stretch or just work out with the team.

At this time the beatwriter was not given the list that will include some current Islanders like Kyle Okposo which team President Howard Saffan commented on recently.

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Seems Kate Murray opposes Lighthouse

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/11/2009 12:55:00 PM | Comment Here
Newsday: Eden Laikin reports Town of Hempstead Kate Murray Tuesday called on Nassau County to seek federal stimulus money to launch the renovation of the county-owned Coliseum, saying the project would create valuable jobs, stimulate the local economy and keep the Islanders here.

Mr Murray also states the work could begin soon because the renovation requires a less extensive state environmental review than the Lighthouse project.

Tom Suozzi in the article made it clear the stimulus would not make sense without the Lighthouse project and is already in negotiations with Mr Wang-Rechler on a lease to expedite things (or get Mr Wang's lease voided if he fails to negotiate one with the developers) while Mr Wang's comments from last weeks tv interview they need an answer by the start of next hockey season are included in their letter.

Mr Wang-Rechler responded with the following:
"We are very concerned that the Supervisor's letter is . . . another way to create a political "puck" - moving this worthwhile project from political party to political party."

Newsday: Elizabeth Moore's article indicates Nassau County is behind the project whether stimulus money is included or not that is mostly about transportation plans that have been looked about for over a decade.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Obviously for Kate Murray to make such a statement undercuts Mr Wang-Mr Rechler's Lighthouse Project entirely and is the most clear sign to date she does not want it built.

This is something Nassau/TOH could have requested a decade ago but the intent seems clear, keep the political game going for years hoping for stimulus money comes but keeping control of revenue to be made off the Coliseum property while the hockey team and it's owner sits in limbo losing money with no future revenue stream given building and Smg lease.

I seriously doubt Ms Murray made this statement to help Mr Wang-Rechler get extra money to renovate the Coliseum for themselves and control the building in the future while they build the Lighthouse.

That statement screams thanks but no thanks on the Lighthouse, we'll renovate our own building someday and keep rights to the property to make even more money someday.

Reads kind of what we have been hearing for well over a decade.

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Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/11/2009 12:00:00 PM | Comment Here
* Seems Newsday (and the marginal city coverage) is playing the win and you lose John Tavares card more and more as a sidebar to games. I think everyone understands this already but it's never been the lock many made it seem to be with a club that has been playing five hundred now since mid-January with virtually every game a competitive one regardless who dresses.

Ask me on 4/1 if the Islanders will finish 30th and then again after they are done playing Tampa Bay. Look out for Colorado too because that was the worst team I have seen this year, they could free fall down as the Isles did.

* What a shock another Toronto news article on the Lighthouse where almost everything written is wrong beyond an old Wang quote in Newsday. I guess this what happens when a story has gotten passed and reinterpreted about ten other times.

* Has Eden Laikin finished reading the documents submitted on the Lighthouse by Mr Wang-Mr Rechler or waiting to spring some more not so well hidden items about the club threatening not to sign a new lease?

I had no problem with Ms Laikin or Newsday writing about this but to state that it was well-hidden and that Newsday discovered it buried in the reports is an outright lie. I went to the Lighthouse website myself and read this the day after the meeting and I had no idea what I was looking for. The Lighthouse website even set up separate pdf files since by section so everyone could read it easier.

The idea this was hidden or buried is just a lie that makes me question Ms Laikin and begs the question where is Mark Harrington who for years covered this process from a business standpoint?

What's Charles Wang or Chris Dey going to do who apparently added or were forced to add Newsday ads to the club website and game coverage? I suspect nothing.

Funny I never see Islander upcoming games advertised during Msg-Knicks telecasts?

* I'm disappointed Mr Botta did not address Greg Logan's anonymous quotes articles with veterans critical of Scott Gordon. I know he's in the middle between the team that could cut his access or his friend in Greg Logan with a staff that would be quick to remind us Mr Botta has a team sponsored blog if he did refute Mr Logan or question why he's writing public anonymous quotes (for a second year) on a team with limited media coverage and few player features.

I felt Mr Botta needed to take a stand and confirm or deny, he wrote in his blog he would but maybe his entry with Brendan Witt's comments was kind of his way of doing it without getting involved all the way.

Funny thing is Jon Sim got more coverage from Greg Logan about his demotion than he received since he signed here which says a lot about the beat writers coverage. I wonder what the reaction would have been if Mr Botta pointed that out.

* Anyone think the Newsday staff/local media would have been as generous to Sean Avery if Garth Snow claimed him? I guess this means if Snow did resign Alexei Yashin last summer the media would have been just as open-minded pointing out they needed a productive center who was a big part of four playoff teams in five years that will not make the playoffs in two seasons since he was bought out.

* Wonder how Mark Streit feels about Guy Charboneau being fired by the Canadians and Bob Gainey behind the Hab bench?

* Article out of National Post had Brent Sutter's comments he is year to year coaching the Devils and does miss home. Reminded me of Al Arbour late in his first run as coach saying he would go year to year. I guess all that was written about not wanting to leave home was true a few years ago.

* Nothing like NBC-Dick Ebersol-Msg connection giving hockey fans a steady diet of Ranger hockey. Just remember Islander-Devils fans help those local ratings which will be marginal nationally regardless who is scheduled to play.

Ebersol will never allow the Devils or Islanders on that station for a regular season game. Comcast Flyers also have a big stake in this which is why Ed Snider's team has to appear.

* It's been about six weeks, does DiPietro need more surgery putting 09-10 in doubt or can he start working toward a return?

* Funny how all those years the Islanders finished eighth all we read from the media was why bother making the playoffs and to do a full rebuild? It's early but we sure are not seeing that for a team with 400 less man game lost than the Islanders and about the same goals per game.

Someone told me the Rangers are down to three players (it's four) from their 2005-06 roster that supposedly was the beginning of their prospect rebuild. I wonder if Garth Snow's eventual rebuild will wind up the same way given the Islanders have six players left from their 2005-06 roster. (depending on whether you count late season deadline trade for Tambellini)

Trent Hunter, Radek Martinek, Rick DiPietro, Jeff Tambellini, Bergenheim, Gervais.
Colton Orr, Blair Betts, Henrik Lundqvist, Michal Rozsival.

Frans Nielsen is from the 2002 draft.

I guess it depends on whether you believe what's written in the papers, for myself I just look at the quotes these days.

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Islander News Articles 3/11

Scott Gordon did not seem to like being asked about tanking in his press conference.

Newsday: Greg Logan's game coverage of Islanders 3-2 overtime loss at Toronto Tuesday night with comments from Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit.

Toronto Sun & The Star & Globe & Mail with
National Post covers the Toronto Maple Leafs on their overtime win.

Sun Media: Eric McRae has Mike Bossy's comments on why he hit so often with his shot vs today's players among several subjects.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dave Molinary reports Miroslav Satan has not reported to the AHL and could face suspension.

Globe & Mail: Tim Wharnsby on Tuesday had an article on Mike Iggulden about the last time he played at Air Canada Center as he comments about the Islanders. Brendan Witt had pregame comments on Nicklas Hagman and his suspension. Islander prospect Rob Hennigar was ECHL player of the week ending 3/8 with eight assists and 10 points in four games as the Grizzlies picked up road wins at Ontario and Phoenix. He leads the ECHL in March with eight assists and 12 points and is tied for the lead with four goals in five games. Bridgeport 2-1 win at Lowell Tuesday night.

1. LOW Ruggeri, (1) (Bergfors, Tallackson), 8:42
2. BRI Sim, (5) (MacDonald, Colliton), 16:20
3. BRI Lessard, (8) (Wotton, Colliton), 17:40

Peter Mannino had thirty saves in goal.
Jon Sim had his fifth goal for Bridgeport.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has coverage of Bridgeport's 2-1 win at Lowell Tuesday with comments from goaltender Peter Mannino, Junior Lessard and head coach Jack Capuano with blog entries here.

Lowell Sun: Has Devils coverage of their loss on home ice.

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Toronto 3, New York 2 Overtime

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/10/2009 10:11:00 PM | Comment Here Recaps New York's 3-2 overtime loss against Toronto Tuesday night.

In overtime Streit's pass did not find Tambellini, Toronto got the pressure, the Islanders started scrambling and Mikhail Grabovski took advantage.

Who was that mad-man fighting in Bruno Gervais uniform? He did well for himself, landed one and got the take down.

Bad news was Bergenheim going off with an injury, he was not even hit, just skating.

Not a classic game at all but given some past nights in Toronto it was one of the better ones by the New York Islanders. I think Streit turning over the puck for Mitchell shorthanded chance and losing control on a breakaway would best reflect how things went for a good part of the game or pick McAmmond coming in alone in the third shorthanded before he lost the puck.

Toronto is good at getting games to overtime or at least going into the deadline.

Not sure what happened on the 2-2 goal. Martinek's pass deflected off Comeau's skate and went right to Ponikarovsky who is not the player you want to give the puck to with his nineteen goals who went top-shelf. Toronto was better after that goal but did not have anything sustained most of the night.

Islanders for the most part controlled play/skating for the first two periods but did not test Martin Gerber with quality chances, Leafs got little also at MacDonald even after the opening goal beat him which was a screen or one he did not play well that handcuffed him.

Leafs had nothing sustained until that third period powerplay, MacDonald was solid in that stretch.

Kyle Okposo for a right wing is doing everything coming off left wing. He is just like Jason Blake in 2002-03 where every shift he winds up on the left side or drifts to a side where he is obviously more comfortable, I never see him shoot off right wing or even create many plays from his natural side anymore. Second period he took a backhand on right wing and he was pulled down which drew the first powerplay.

Second powerplay he drew was coming down middle-left. Third was coming off left wing. Heck of an effort to keep drawing powerplays, not a night the refs were letting them play.

Mark Streit got his shots, Gerber made a few saves but Isles did not create great chances with the many advantage or the kind where a shooter was facing an open net or a shot he had no time to react on.

Bailey, Nielsen, Bergenheim again getting involved. Mike Iggulden looks sold and is not shy about taking his shot.

Not too physical early besides Jackman getting hit very hard and Leafs crashing the net when they could.

Gerber did not have Comeau's shot for the 2-1 goal.

Incidental or not Jason Blake had been hitting/bumping Islander goaltenders.

McLean-McAmmond-Jackman as a line with Rechlicz spotted? I guess McLean and Rechlicz depart for Thompson-Park when they return.

Mark Streit giving up the puck three times or four if you count the game winner? He did have a very nice hit just as Jackman got into his fight.

I did not notice Luke Schenn until he took a third period shot which is a good thing for a defender.

Nice job bringing in the Sarnia prospects (Katic, DiBenedetto, Matt Martin) to watch the game. Katic has to be signed by 6/1 or he can re-enter the draft.

Considering both teams are post-trade deadline and out of contention when you look back at the road record an ot-loss in Buffalo was the best they could do until they won at Atlanta.

Montreal will be a team under some major pressure to win Thursday who had to comeback to win against Edmonton to overtime on home ice tonight, that should give them a lot of momentum.

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New York at Toronto 7:30pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/10/2009 02:00:00 PM | Comment Here Reports Joel Rechlicz was recalled for tonight's game against Toronto.

Fox Sports: Has the latest on the Toronto Maple Leafs who come in off a loss to Ottawa with former Islander Jason Blake having six shots in the 2-1 loss.

03/09/2009 TOR 1 @ OTT 2
03/07/2009 EDM 4 @ TOR 1
03/05/2009 TOR 2 @ WSH 1
03/03/2009 NJD 3 @ TOR 2
02/28/2009 TOR 4 @ OTT 3

Updated Player Pos Injury Expected Return
03/08/09 Jonas Frogren D Lower body Questionable for March 9 at Ottawa
03/08/09 Niklas Hagman RW Head Questionable for March 9 at Ottawa
03/08/09 Tomas Kaberle D Hand Questionable for March 9 at Ottawa
03/04/09 Vesa Toskala G Hip/groin IR. Out for the season
03/08/09 Mike Van Ryn D Out for season.
01/05/09 Jamie Heward D Concussion IR. Out indefinitely
01/28/09 Olaf Kolzig G Arm IR Out for the season

All questionable players did not dress against Ottawa on Monday. Van Ryn's season is officially over according to the Toronto Sun.

Leafs made the following moves at the trade deadline:
1. Forward Nik Antropov to the Rangers for a second round pick.

2. Traded forward Dominic Moore to the Buffalo Sabres for Carolina’s second round draft pick in 2009.

3. Toronto obtained goaltender Olaf Kolzig, defencemen Jamie Heward and Andy Rogers and a fourth round draft pick in 2009 from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenceman Richard Petiot.

4. The Maple Leafs claimed goaltender Martin Gerber off waivers from the Senators and defenceman Erik Reitz from the Rangers.

Martin Gerber starts in goal. Former Islander Jeff Hamilton played against Ottawa on Monday and had a point.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

For the Islanders side we see what the kids minus Joensuu can do on the road vs Toronto where they have had some very poor games and a pathetic overall road record despite how competitive they have been. Rechlicz is likely in to help in the physical department in case the Leafs target Brendan Witt.

Of course the Leafs have been terrible but one thing that seems to happen when the Islanders go there is they play a very poor game. Jason Blake has been producing for them.

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Realistic Expectations Prospects vs Veterans

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/10/2009 10:10:00 AM | Comment Here
What I have been seeing lately is exactly what I have been writing about this season.

No knock on a Nate Thompson, Richard Park, Andy Hilbert or even a Tim Jackman, all of them as I have written several times do something positive. (and in many cases a lot more than one thing to contribute to winning a hockey game)

Having written this you cannot teach hands, skill and offensive ability with even a little size mixed in and on a team that does not score that's a problem. I'm well aware Mike Iggulden, Kurtis McLean have played for other organizations with limited production.

Jesse Joensuu is a prospect, he showed about what you would expect from a second rounder and maybe a little more.

Can these players do it on a sustained basis in the NHL? Maybe, maybe not.

Point is it's time to find out because more prospects are getting closer and the skating and offense looks better than before. I'm well aware Andy Hilbert found Okposo for his goal Sunday, but what if a prospect who can skate and check like Hilbert with twenty goal potential was with Okposo?

What I do know is you cannot play a lot of depth players who have been in the NHL
for a good five years or more on and off and expect five-ten goal scorers to all start giving you twenty goals. It simply does not work like that.

You combine that with playing prospects and a lot of veterans with the injuries and you can see why it was not working.

Call me skeptical but I bet this team falls off when Park and Thompson return from what we have seen lately. They will both work with all they have but they lack the passing skills and offensive ability to create the kind of goals or offensive chances
we saw against the Devils and if they do produce it will not be the same, it will be more throw it at the net and bang in the rebound type of goals or a broken play.

Even with the injuries and trades of veterans the Islanders still had four other teams with a younger average age dressing against Phoenix on Sunday, does it mean dump all the veterans? No.

Does it mean make a choice between Park or Hilbert, between Thompson and Jackman or between Sutton, Witt, Meyer & Pock?

Moving forward yes it absolutely does and it's goes beyond names.

Fair or not some of these defenders carry a long history of being injured, when your top six play zero games healthy it's time for changes.

Overall you cannot have a team this small or this slow, the balance needs to be improved through the roster and you see it all the time with the larger teams that come in and take the body or have some players that can skate with finishing skills.

I know there is pressure on young players to work hard/win games now and future roster spots to win. If they do make next year's team the pressure only goes up when they are in a real playoff race where every point counts.

It will be different if a Jesse Joensuu wins a roster spot next year than it is now, the expectations will be much higher in games with a lot more on the line.

Scott Gordon recently said Sean Bergenheim should not be thinking about his numbers before he started scoring but he knows his age and expectations of his production do matter more at this point in his career than it may be for a Josh Bailey or even a Kyle Okposo.

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John Tavares on being drafted by New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/09/2009 09:41:00 PM | | Comment Here
I'm going to let the feeders do the walking on Tuesday's News articles. Toronto focus will be on their Monday game against Ottawa. Apparently Pierre LeBrun heard some of those rumors (that seemed to come out of Canada) about John Tavares not wanting to come to New York and play for the Islanders and asked him about them Monday in an article on his scoring record.

Tavares comments that he has met with an Islander scout last week and had this to say:

"It's not true at all," Tavares said. "Wherever I'm selected, 100 percent I'm going to be going there. If it is the New York Islanders, of course I'm going to go. I think they've got a lot of good prospects and there's some good things happening there. Obviously, they're looking to get a new arena, which is always exciting. And it's a team with great tradition and history." Has a very good feature on Bridgeport catching Hershey despite being down thirteen points in the standings with an 11-1-0-3 mark over the last month as they eye their first division title since their inaugural 2001-02 season and first playoff birth in two years.

Bridgeport will play eight of its last 11 on home ice, where it is 22-6-1-3 this season.

Sound Tigers play Lowell on Tuesday.

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Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/09/2009 02:22:00 PM | | | | Comment Here Dan Rosen has a feature on Kyle Okposo with comments from head coach Scott Gordon and Blake Comeau.

Ottawa Citizen: Alan Panzeri reports Martin Gerber will start against the Islanders Tuesday night while Curtis Joseph plays tonight against Ottawa. Scott Burnside in an NHL-centric article praised the Islanders recent play.

Islanders website: Recaps the Islanders recent home stand with comments from Scott Gordon and Josh Bailey.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Almost seems like the teams website is trying to make up for the lack of newspaper coverage with some recent features, first on Bergenheim, now today?

Anyone else notice has more features on Islander players than Newsday has this season?

Don't want to beat up Newsday (as usual) but if the beatwriter can get us the anonymous quotes and tell us Jon Sim is not getting a fair deal with Mark Herrmann writing the coach did not treat Bill Guerin fair, doesn't the paper have an obligation to do player features? Reports Jesse Joensuu and Joe Callahan were assigned to Bridgeport on Monday.

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Islander New Articles 3/9

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2009 06:27:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
Will fill in the blanks Monday if available.

Newsday: John Jeansonne recaps New York's 3-2 win against Phoenix with comments from head coach Scott Gordon, Yann Danis and Josh Bailey for a team 9-2-2 in their last thirteen home games.

Team Cablevision got a live game blog on the Newsday website, blog updates from Katie Strang and Steve Zipay for the game and an extra article. Mark Herrmann writing from Toronto (baseball) reminded Islander fans in a brief update they now only trail Tampa Bay by four points and could lose Johathan Tavares.

No blog updates in the Islander Newsday space today which apparently now is advertising it's Newspaper during games and on the teams website. Steve Zipay worked on his off-day last week according to the paper.

NY Post Dan Martin with comments from Yann Danis, Scott Gordon and Coyote coach Wayne Gretzky & Daily News.

Arizona Republic/AP: Covers the Coyotes. Jon Sim has two goals in Bridgeport's 6-3 win against Hartford Sunday at Harbor Yard.

1. BRI Sim, (3) (Lessard, Lee), 2:09 (PP)
1. HFD Pyatt, (15) (Parenteau), 13:06 (PP)
2. BRI Colliton, (7) (Sim, Mannino), 10:33 (PP)
2. BRI Sim, (4) , 14:51
3. BRI Colliton, (8) (Lee, Smith), 0:41
3. BRI Smith, (27) (Colliton), 3:31
3. HFD Rissmiller, (8) (Parenteau), 12:02
3. HFD Ouellette, (12) (Owens), 12:37 (SH)
3. BRI Haskins, (9) (MacDonald), 19:47 (EN)

Peter Mannino started in goal (21 saves) for Bridgeport who drew close to 14,000 this weekend for games.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game coverage of Bridgport's win against Hartford and blog.

Hartford Courant: Covers the Wolfpack.

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New York 3, Phoenix 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2009 05:59:00 PM | | Comment Here

Associated Press: Recaps New York's 3-2 win against Phoenix on Sunday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Josh Bailey's first goal at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Mike Iggulden another point.

The kids keep rolling with Tambellini crashing the net for a goal, Okposo scoring a beauty on the best play of the day and Josh Bailey getting a nice rebound with an open net.

Not a classic for the Islanders (three games in four days) who started the game very well against Josh Tordjman but tailed off quickly after making him work early.

Coyotes has the extra step, took the body very well but the Islanders defense despite letting up forty shots did not put Danis into a position where he had to make many great saves which he did on Ed Jovanovski. You could make a point the Devils had far more pressure yesterday but the Coyotes had more zone time in the offensive end but generated fewer quality chances.

The goal Phoenix scored for the lead was a two on three where it looked like Bailey and Gervais got crossed up, other than that they did a very good job killing the five on three and the other Phoenix powerplays.

Second period Islanders got it going after Tambellini's goal and started putting the pressure on more which led to the Bailey, Okposo goals.

On this day the Isles got the video reviews but Hilbert (who was rocked a few times) knocked the net off before the puck crossed the line and no way did Tambellini knock in the puck by batting in in with his hand or a high stick.

Usual standout game from Streit who was shooting early, Callahan just eats minutes and plays mistake free. Pock does not look out of place.

Three games in four days no team is going to have the jump they did on Saturday but they kept up and at times carried play, for Iggulden it was three games in three days.

Solid win again against a team that scored five goals against the last time, Upshall looked very good getting a chance. Not sure why a rookie started for Phoenix but he played well enough.

Now we see what they can do on the road. 4-1-1 at home in six games is excellent for any team in this league.

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Phoenix at New York 3pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here
Arizona Republic: Don Bickley has blog updates on the Coyotes but did the paper did not have a writer at their recent loss in Buffalo on Friday.

Arizona Republic: Jim Gintonio also has blog coverage.

B. Prust RW Mar 1, 2009 Day-to-Day Concussion.

03/06/2009 PHX 1 @ BUF 5
03/05/2009 PHX 2 @ BOS 1
02/28/2009 STL 3 @ PHX 1
02/26/2009 PHX 1 @ NSH 4
02/24/2009 PHX 1 @ STL 2

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Phoenix only has one win in five games but it was against the Boston Bruins.

Coyotes played and defeated the Islanders in January on Doug Weight's 1000th career point night and the game Josh Bailey scored his first NHL goal in a 5-4 loss.

Both teams have made some major changes since obviously with the Coyotes trading Olli Jokinen to Phoenix while Don Maloney robbed Glen Sather blind getting Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes for a defender with one powerplay point all season with a big contract.

Sing no sad songs for the Coyotes, they come in with these players including Scott Upshall from Philadelphia, center Matthew Lombardi, right wing Brandon Prust to go with Dimitri Kalinin, add to that their strong roster with Shane Doan, Peter Mueller, Ed Javanovski, prospect Mikkel Boedker who the Islanders traded down from to draft Josh Bailey who has ten goals.

Phoenix comes in nine points out of a playoff spot in 14th place so obviously it's as close to a must game as a team can play without facing elimination.

Ilya Bryzgalov has started fifty four games, even with a game in Detroit on Tuesday I expect he will play this critical game. Mikael Tellqvist did start in the 5-4 win
against the Islanders.

Updated-Phoenix will start a rookie in goal.

Phoenix goes from Buffalo to New York for today's game than Detroit and right back to New Jersey for a game with the Devils before heading home in a strange scheduling quirk.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

For the Islanders I expect we will see Nate Thompson, Richard Park return or a callup from Bridgeport to take Trent Hunter's spot. In terms of the right side Bridgeport on Saturday had Joel Rechlicz, Junior Lessard & Tomas Marcinko.

It should be noted Kurtis McLean was called up as a right wing earlier and scored for the Islanders was listed as a center for Bridgeport Saturday.

Of course there is Jon Sim who is playing left wing for Bridgeport.

Sound Tigers play at home against Hartford at 4pm Sunday to close out it's three game weekend.


Mr Botta at Point Blank reported Kurtis McLean was recalled for Trent Hunter, no media confirmation at this time.

If he plays this likely means Thompson still not ready or they will carry an extra forward on the trip. Put the man games lost for Sunday at eight unless Thompson does return.

Islanders go on a road-trip after today, which will include Brendan Witt who's suspension ends after Sunday.

This could be it for the city media coverage with the club's next home game March 25th. This is a six game trip with a four day break in between and a three day break at the end of the trip. Islanders will finally play their first road game against Carolina on March 20th.

Six home games left after today.

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