Garth Snow did the perfunctory interview on Monday, ten days before the draft with Cablevision's Newspaper. Snow, as usual, said a lot, but nothing all at which is completely appropriate for the circumstances.
In short, picture any possible scenario with the teams top pick according to Snow. Most of the top prospects will be coming to New York for interviews.
Even a fan blog could have speculated all those possible results.
Katie Strang had more rust on her reporting than Evgeny Nabokov in Slovakia.
Ms Strang had the following very sloppy errors:
1-That Ryan Jankowski was dismissed by the Islanders in September. In fact, he was hired by the Montreal Canadians on 7/27/2010 with twenty one year Ranger European scout, Christopher Rockstrom, which the team (or Newsday) did not even report when he was dismissed.
2-That the Islanders will be without Jankowski for the first time since 2007.
Jankowski was named Islanders Chief European Scout in 2003. He gave interviews in 2006 & December 2005.
Before that Jankowski worked one season in North America for the Islanders, starting his career scouting six seasons for the WHL Spokane Chiefs. He was also a video coordinator for Canadian Junior teams here.
3-Strang once again played the " bristled card " in what she reported was a phone interview about Snow's reaction to the size of scouting staff? We got the same bristled tag from Strang in April about DiPietro in what is becoming a familiar pattern.
If Ms Strang cannot report facts correctly her viewpoint of someone's reaction during a phone call must be questioned. Snow has responded many times on the clubs scouting staff.
Strang unfortunately did not get quotes (or a no comment) from Snow on qualifying the clubs restricted free agents/signing their own unrestricted free agents, or anything about Blake Kessel/Jason Gregiore.
For those speculating the Islanders had to give a qualifying offer to these players immediately upon turning professional, or the thirty day rule did not apply would not be correct. There is only one criteria for these players, the Blake Wheeler rule.
Yearly qualifying offers are for CHL prospects or players like Anders Nilsson received last summer with Casey Cizikas.
Gregoire is likely an UFA around 6/17, Kessel around 6/24 based on thirty day rule vs time-frame these stories broke in professional media.
The Islanders official radio station out of Hofstra started a weekly radio program in May. Chris King, who has done interviews with several of the players, Garth Snow, Mike Bossy, Barry Landers, who used to call the clubs games on radio long ago are also interviewed.
Islanders website: Has an archive of the weekly shows which started in May.
Great work and a weekly show with player/management comments is something of interest. Having written this another example the Islanders media does work well in getting out it's message because no one knows about it.
A weekly show is something the teams website should feature every single week, with times/upcoming guests and an archive easy to find.
I'll see what can be done here at NYIFC so you can directly access the weekly archive from here.
Times & Transcript: Has a complete interview with PA Parenteau at the annual Moncton Wildcats Golf tournament, which included Andrew MacDonald, Ted Nolan and Chico Resch.
NHLPA: Reported Mike Cammalleri, and former Islander, Chris Campoli, were named to the league's competition committee.
What's Mike Cammalleri going to do besides chop players from behind as his version of competition?
The NHL Finals will have a game seven. It's been a sad show reading the Boston and Vancouver media turn into glorified salesman/fans for the home teams papers and advertisers. Too many days off for a sport which will finish after basketball, who began a month later.
Tim Thomas has won me over, sloppy style and all.
Anything can happen in a game seven but each series has trends, this one has the 2002 Islanders-Leafs trend that the home team wins every game.
I do not see Boston breaking that trend in game seven.
Roberto Luongo could use some media relations lessons from Dwayne Roloson, I'm aware he praised Thomas also and not all he said was reported in every article.
Want to know what Larry Brooks sees when he looks in the mirror?
Milbury's inappropriate comments about the Sedins reflect many of the same things Brooks has written about European players, including Radek Martinek.
A few years ago when former Ranger goon, Ryan Hollweg, was pulling out Radek Martink's stitches here Brooks conduct was frankly pathetic after Martinek had a few postgame words.
Martinek's a classy man who has worked hard to interview in two languages, most NHL media have enough problems with one.
Milbury also drafted the Sedin's old line-mate in Mattias Weinhandl.
Now go cover baseball, Mr Brooks. The Post will not be sending you to game seven because it's too expensive and hockey is not relevant in baseball's largest market.
Like it or not, Mike Milbury's views will be center stage, not that of the NY Post or your views.
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