5/18/12

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/18/2012 04:57:00 AM
I found it fascinating former assistant gm, Gordie Clark, had a mild shot at the Isles (I guess Mike Milbury) for one reason why he left long ago in 2012?

But of course we have the past articles/comments to fact check.

In June 2001, Milbury gave him the additional assignment of heading the Sound Tigers operation here after already having the title of Assistant GM of the New York Islanders.

In July 2000, Clark's review of many former draft picks was dead wrong here.

In 1999 (guess who) praised Clark and the staff for the draft here with a ton of terrible choices, who then correctly praised Clark for Martinek here & made sure we knew Clark was the one who traded a top prospect for Adrian Aucoin here.

For those on Cody Rosen watch hourly, we did discover the original article where the Isles exchanged 9th round picks over dinner reservations here.

The best ninth round pick story is an Islander one. A few years ago
at the one in Boston, Harry Sinden had a dinner to go to so Gordie
Clark agreed to swap ninth round picks the next year so Sinden could
leave early.


Clark did leave the organization days prior to the 2002 draft, over money and philosophy, and it was not pretty here.

Clark said he was "looking for more of a commitment" and cited a "difference of philosophy."

And as it played out, Larry Brooks that summer took a cheap shot at the Isles for the dismissal, and I believe that article included a shouting match between Clark/Wang, after years of Brooks criticizing the clubs choices before he signed with Cablevision on 9/11/2002.

Mike Milbury got his final contract extension six days later here.
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NYIFC Comments:
Staged stories indeed. Funny a Dolan employee gone since June of 2002 had a comment on the Isles as former assistant gm, and the same day more cheap shots calling on current assistant gm, Doug Weight, not to become a sycophant as current assistant gm?

Truly sad.
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Charles Wang was in NYC for Smile Train on Wednesday while Dolan's paper was writing about how Mangano needs to borrow money to pay him (and others) past refund tax money from 2006-07.

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