New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/20/2011 10:08:00 PM | Comment Here

A few notables.

Mark Streit, or John Tavares, will likely be named Captain on Wednesday. Given press conference questions during signing on Tavares being named captain, I would bet all on Streit.

Horrible the loss of Mark Katic, this was a player who showed me a great deal with his skating and skill last year. This could well mean the end of his chance here.

I would absolutely go into the season with Wishart/deHaan. Of course, I expect many more defenders will be needed given the history.

Rhett Rahkshani's concussion is a huge deal, same for Mitchell Theoret. Reasoner not practicing yet not a concern with Ullstrom, Strome here for now. Indifferent on Pandolfo.

Completely expected holding back on Andrew MacDonald. I remember the six month articles last season.


New York Islander Fan Central | 9/15/2011 06:31:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Islanders website: Reported Josh Bailey signed a two year contract extension very early Friday morning.

Art Bidlevskii has been returned to his junior team early.

Matt Moulson is being sued for a June 2010 car accident above his insurance premium.

Sorry folks, due to family circumstances, there will be no NYIFC updates regardless in the immediate future.

Thank You For Understanding.

John Tavares Signs A Six Year Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/15/2011 01:48:00 PM | | Comment Here

Islanders website: Reported John Tavares signed a six year contract extension at a press conference.

“Over the past two years, John has shown a strong commitment to the Islanders organization and the Long Island community through his efforts both on and off the ice,” said General Manager Garth Snow. “He is a key component to the core of players we’ve decided to build this team around and we couldn’t be happier to ensure that he will be a New York Islander for years to come.”

“I’m thrilled to show the organization and loyal Islanders fans that I want nothing more than to win on Long Island,” Tavares said. “Charles and Garth have both shown a tremendous amount of loyalty towards me, and I look forward to honoring this long-term commitment. This is an exciting team to be a part of right now. We have a group that I feel will contend every year for a championship and I’m privileged to be a part of the Islanders’ future.”

NYIFC Comments:
Press conference ran for about fourteen minutes. Only Tavares, Snow taking questions, he was not named captain. Tavares was a bit nervous, but to be expected.

No questions were asked about Josh Bailey before they broke off for separate media scrums.

Obviously a great day for John Tavares and the New York Islanders.

New York Notables/Press Conference Thursday

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2011 04:21:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here

Islanders website: Announced Thursday's press conference will be live steamed at 1pm.

Islanders twitter feed announced there will be a 1pm Thursday press conference with General Manager, Garth Snow and John Tavares.

NYIFC Comments:
Contract, Captaincy or both? Obviously by Tavares recent comments, he has an interest in being named captain.

Despite what will likely be great news on Tavares, what's needed even more is an announcement on Josh Bailey.

Regardless of Bailey's comments he has a decision to make.

It could well come down to accept the qualifying offer or do not play. Hopefully it's more about trying to agree on something longer.

Still Big Questions On New York Youth Movement

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2011 06:32:00 AM | Comment Here

Trent Hunter: Has been invited to tryout for the Los Angles Kings. Bryan Trottier is involved with a group interested in purchasing the St Louis Blues here.
In February of 2010, New York Islander Fan Central, had a blog entry titled
NEW YORK YOUTH MOVEMENT A FAILURE, where we examined the teams past prospects.

In April 2010 that was followed up by an entry titled: State of New York Islander Prospects, which detailed the status of each prospect in the system.

Here we are in September of 2011, it's more than fair to write, despite some top prospects showing some promise, and other quality names in the system, the prospect base is still not there on many levels which is extending past Mike Milbury's tenure, with the teams highest drafted defender from 2001-2008, Dustin Kohn, signing with a team in Sweden this week.

The prospect picture beyond Mike Milbury, is starting to come into focus.

New York 7, Boston 2..Katic Dislocated Shoulder

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/13/2011 08:35:00 PM | | Comment Here

A lot of twitter updates on tonight's game at NYIFC.

Good news/bad news.

The bad news is Mark Katic dislocated his shoulder early, and it looks like a long-term injury. Katic, has had a history of shoulder issues here not only with Bridgeport but in Sarnia.

Mitchell Theoret, also left in third period.

The good news is a dominating win over Boston, totally different game tonight. Three fights in first five seconds, but New York was skating very well, sharp and simply were the better team.

New York Lose Rookie Game/Rakhshani/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/12/2011 09:04:00 PM | | Comment Here

New York lost it's opening rookie game to Boston 8-5 Monday night, it was a 3-3 game entering the third, before Boston made it 6-3 very quickly.

Islanders website: Jack Capuano/Calvin deHaan comment on loss, also ITV video from head coach here along with Strome, Niederreiter and Kabanov.

Rhett Rakhshani sustained a concussion in the first period, he had a concussion in January and missed five games (during his callup) so something to watch very closely.

Training Camp 2011 Opens For New York Rookies

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/10/2011 07:00:00 PM | | | | | 2 Comments

Islanders website: annouced both rookie games against Boston, Monday/Tuesday will be live streamed.

NYIFC Comments:
Vs Msg putting bringing their broadcast team to the prospects tournament and putting prospect games on live television. Nothing like having a partnership.

Islanders website: announced Saturday 9/10/11 that Brett Gallant and Benn Olson have agreed to professional tryout deals for training camp, while Art Bidlevskii has signed an amateur tryout contract. The club also announced that Kevin Poulin has been removed from injured reserve.

Islanders website: launched a site for rookie training camp which began Saturday with several daily updates.

Capuano, Strome, Niederreiter have ITV interviews.

NYIFC added this link to sidebar.

Patroit-News: Has an interview with new Sound Tigers Head Coach, Brent Thompson. Outlets: KHL team Lokomotiv announced Saturday the team will not participate in the Kontinental Hockey League during the 2011-12 season.

Tri-City Herald: reports a left wing named Adam Hughesman, of the Tri-City Americans is attending training camp on an invite and left Friday. confirmed this information.

Islanders twitter feed: Reported camp invite, Adam Hughesman, did not clear his physical and returned to junior.

Philly Sports Daily: has former Islander draft pick, Blake Kessel in Flyers camp on an invite.

Nothing reported on Shane Sims, Brian Day or Dustin Kohn.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/09/2011 08:30:00 PM | | | | | | | | | Comment Here

Obviously a very tough time for all hockey fans, reflecting on so many recent tragedies that also extend to events of 9/11.

Having written that hockey continues, some great news to start. Former Islander and Sound Tigers, Head Coach, Steve Stirling has returned to the ice for the Senators after his heart attack in June here.

Islanders website: reported Josh Bailey was in New York working out and made clear he wants to be a New York Islander, and expects a new contract to happen.

NYIFC Comments:
Ultimately this comes down to what Bailey's agent advises him and if the player wants to accept the Islanders offer and his agents advice. Says something so far again another quiet negotiation out of the media for Garth Snow.

That also extends to John Tavares comments about wanting to resign here. Curious he commented on captaincy, but only he knows how question was phrased. No matter how he answers that becomes a story.

KHL Team Plane Crash

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/07/2011 03:30:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here

Bloomberg News: Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, a team that is part of the 24-team Kontinental Hockey League, has a list of the players who were killed in a team airline crash, which includes former New York Islander, assistant coach, Brad McCrimmon, former players Josef Vasicek and Alexander Karpovtsev.

Islanders website: Released a statement. has comments from former Islander Alexei Yashin/Evgeny Nabokov.

NYIFC Comments:
Condolences to the people/families of those who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy. To the best of my knowledge, no current/former prospects of the Islander organization are on the reported list of those who perished.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/05/2011 04:44:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here

Nothing ground-breaking for this time, the good news is prospect camp opens Friday/Saturday. New York prospects play Boston's prospects at the Coliseum in eight days.

With that New York Notables.


New York Islander Fan Central | 9/01/2011 02:06:00 PM | Comment Here

A quiet period, so the correct time to get business out of the way.

The plan is for New York Islander Fan Central, to renew it's domain for the next calendar year.

Having written this, major changes are coming.

Blame For Islander's Ridiculous Injury Records? No

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/29/2011 07:42:00 AM | 2 Comments

Simply put when you lose 402, 582, over 600 man games/300 more in AHL last year, it might be easy to blame training staff or Islander doctors for the last four years.

Frankly speaking, hockey fans blogging are not medical experts, (neither are professional writers) no one should pretend to insult their readers otherwise.

Having written this, the Islander doctors/training staff cannot be blamed for what's transpired, it's painfully obvious when we have seen several players injured in games.

NYIFC is going to examine this topic.

Silly Season/Real Questions For New York Islander Fans

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/28/2011 07:02:00 PM | 3 Comments

I always consider this the silly season for New York Islander Fans/some media, who cannot name ten roster players, but pretend to play expert, with not one article pointing out the nine hundred plus man games lost combined between New York/Bridgeport.

Why do that when it's lazy/easier to discuss ten years ago or longer?

However let's ask a few common sense questions to clear the rhetoric.

Josh Bailey Mismanaged By New York?

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/25/2011 09:58:00 AM | Comment Here

Butch Goring was head coach of this franchise a little over a decade ago, what did he say on television, the first game after Bailey was recalled from Bridgeport last December, after dominating at the AHL level at center?

Bailey has to play center. How do you send someone down, have them do well, recall them, then change their position? (this criticism also extended to Comeau)

Goring was a hundred percent correct.

A Few Words From Garth Snow

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/24/2011 01:09:00 PM | | Comment Here

NY Post: General manager, Garth Snow, had a few comments regarding his team within the last day, where he spoke on a variety of subjects.

Five on Five Scoring Has To Be Consistent For Playoff Spot

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/23/2011 10:20:00 PM | Comment Here

No site anywhere quotes the injuries this team has sustained three of the last four years as often as NYIFC has.

It's done to drive home the fair point no team would be able to remain competitive under such circumstances.

Having written this NYIFC did not give the club a pass last season when the season fell apart because of injuries, it was only a part of the story.

Things fell apart after a 4-1-2 illusion of a start, which had Scott Gordon concerned at the signs his roster could not produce at five on five.

He was absolutely correct.

Professional NHL Sites Only For NYIFC Information

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/23/2011 06:36:00 AM | Comment Here

NYIFC Blog Entry 7/7/2010 " Source " Games Over At NYIFC & the title of this entry say it all.

NYIFC has no interest in posting anything regarding team information/news unless it's from a professional newspaper site or NHL official affiliated outlet.

If some professional NHL media are also lazy, or need to use these sites for their own page views, that is not our businesses. More and more the professional media has gotten sloppy in their research, or fail to do their own homework.

It's also painfully obvious no professional sports franchise in North America has a collective professional media worse than the New York Islanders.

NYIFC also has no interest in information without supporting direct quotes (not third-hand sourced based rumors) without official team confirmation to determine if information is correct.

Simply put, NYIFC, as always will set the highest standard. It's very easy when you write with no financial gain or interest in advertisers/page views.

Spots Open On 2011-12 New York Islanders? Few/None

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/22/2011 10:05:00 AM | 1 Comments

Very easy to speculate on job openings, however reality is until opening night, perhaps beyond, some spots will not be certain.

Having written that many spots on the 2011-12 New York Islanders are locked up barring injury.