New York Signs Johan Sundstrom

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/11/2012 04:28:00 PM |
Islanders website: announced that Johan Sundstrom, the second round, 50th overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

NYIFC Comments:
A nice early surprise signing if he comes to North America and potentially plays for a Sound Tiger team where fewer spots will be available everywhere if a lockout. Also it can potentially mean one of the restricted free agent wingers in Bridgeport will not be qualified.

Three of the Islanders eight selections in the 2011 draft have now been signed. 

New York/NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/08/2012 08:04:00 AM |
 New York Notables is something written here often about Islander or around the league items.

Ed Mangano's Arizona Plan For New York Islanders

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/05/2012 10:17:00 PM | | |
The New York Islanders/Charles Wang got one of those from Tom Suozzi around the time of the 2002 playoffs. 
Mr Mangano also posted this on the county's facebook page.

Mangano is also throwing Mets baseball around again, not New York Islander Hockey.

New York Notables: Looking Back Right or Wrong?

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/05/2012 02:39:00 PM |
Today is the day we go back, look at our speculation around the league, and see what we got right/wrong.

I write this with the disclaimer NYIFC did not go around the league much.

New York Islander Fan Central Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/04/2012 07:57:00 PM |

A quiet time for the New York Islanders, not at New York Islander Fan Central.

Here is a full list of the major changes with our fantastic new look & format for those interested.

Why New York Lost In 2011-12

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/01/2012 09:54:00 AM | Comment Here
In May 2011 New York Islander Fan Central did a two part feature on why New York Will Win/Lose in 2011-12. 

Our standard at the time of a winning or losing season was playoff qualification in 2011-12.

This blog in subsequent entries late in 2011-12, gave total support to Charles Wang because he signed all of Garth Snow's core players last summer long term.

We also had separate entries supporting Garth Snow, and endorsed the return of Jack Capuano as head coach.

Today we look at why the team lost.

The Next Kate Murray For Islanders? Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/28/2012 08:31:00 PM | Comment Here

This would be an image of Hofstra University President (since 2001) Stuart Rabinowitz hosting a fifty year celebration of Mets baseball in 2012 over several days, also having two hundred tickets available for free to students here.

The New York Islanders just celebrated their 40th anniversary, and had student discounts for countless years.

Let's meet the man who has (and will) play a huge role in determining if Albany assists Nassau County in any kind of public or private partnership with regard to the Nassau Coliseum as Stuart Rabinowitz was front/center when awards were announced last December here.

New York Signs John Persson To Entry Level Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/27/2012 08:49:00 PM | Comment Here
Red Deer Rebels: Official twitter feed reports New York has signed 2011 draft pick, John Persson to an entry level contract.

Red Deer Advocate has also linked to this information as the teams primary coverage.

NYIFC Comments:
Persson was signed in March to a Bridgeport ATO contract, participated in their playoffs, and played very well.

Signing him to an ELC was the next step for him to make a full time AHL/NHL jump, but it was not necessary until 5/31/2013.

New York Media Has Officially Proven NY Not A Major Hockey Market

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/27/2012 11:03:00 AM | Comment Here
A few words updating our Aug 2011 entry to surviving tabloid professional journalism.

Is this what we can expect when the New York Islanders make a deep run at a Stanley Cup hopefully in the very near future?

5/24/1980 New York Wins Stanley Cup

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/24/2012 12:01:00 AM | Comment Here

New York Islanders For Now A Time Of Meaningless Speculation

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/22/2012 03:06:00 PM | Comment Here
We know the 2012-13 New York Islanders have the following players locked in barring a trade in a sport with few major trades.

RFA Martin-Reasoner-Niederreiter

Also a decision has to play out with Parenteau.

We also know a lot of prospects who got a long look here need another chance from day one of camp because that's what development is.

Otherwise why draft/develop them?

Cizikas, Ullstrom, the many prospects in Bridgeport/college/juniors/2012 draft.

How do you go this far with Rhett Rahkshani after how he produced and not give him a full shot in the NHL?

On defense there are three key players signed, a lot of prospects who also did not look out of place at this level, along with decisions on Reese/other veterans.

Calvin deHaan played one game here, Mark Streit said he was ready to play at this level, how do you keep a first round pick in year four off the NHL roster?

I want to see former AHL all-star, Mark Katic get a full shot at this level because a year ago he had speed, and skill that stood out, if his shoulder goes again, so be it.

Anyone see anything so bad to suggest Donovan or Ness cannot play at this level?

This club could use Donovan's size badly on the backline.

In goal there are decisions to be made on Montoya, another on RFA Koskinen.

Obviously regardless of what happens with DiPietro/Nabokov it seems obvious Poulin or Nilsson can come up and play well if needed.

Sure, a lot of players are available that their former teams will be glad to be rid of in a trade, how do they help the New York Islanders?

Yes, there will be a new draft class, also a free agent period where the risk/reward factor again is not good for a mediocre overall group of players.

Beyond that it's all a matter of meaningless speculation about a season that may well not even take place.

One thing I will write that is not speculation.
1. You stick to your plan if you are Garth Snow.
2. No such thing as having too many prospects.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/18/2012 04:57:00 AM | | Comment Here
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.
Followup On Botta/NY Times Tom Jolly Entry From April 2011:

Chris Botta ‏@ChrisBottaNHL
@TomJolly Thanks, Tom! Thank you for the opportunity @nytimessports I loved it and hope to finish strong until end of NYR season.

04/5/2011 A Jolly Good NY Times: Meet Chris Botta's New Bosses.

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.
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.

2004 Tax Exemptions For Coliseum Should Still Be A Still Viable Option For Mangano

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/17/2012 07:11:00 AM | Comment Here
No, this is not a 2012 news story or any kind of Coliseum update for the present.

NYIFC has a suggestion for Ed Mangano based on a 2004 article 9/24/2004 where Peter Schmitt (who's still the leading republican in Ed Mangano's administration) gave his views on financing a Coliseum renovation for Charles Wang (pre Scott Rechler) for the Lighthouse project.

Wang visited Schmitt, Jacobs and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi to explain his vision. He would not comment after those meetings.

While the financial details remain sketchy, Schmitt said the renovations at the Coliseum would be financed through the county Industrial Development Agency, which would result in state and local tax-exemptions for Wang. Schmitt said the state also would provide some financial assistance. is still an active website with Mangano's comments in 2012.

NYIFC Comments:
This begs the question why does Ed Mangano not make the same proposal right now to the Nassau IDA/New York State, where whoever owns the Islanders receives the tax exemptions, & whoever owns the team also agrees to the same rent/revenue split Wang signed up for last summer on a thirty year lease without development rights?
I highly suggest folks who wish to read old articles with original wording and an easy to use search engine (far superior to 2007-2012 NYIFC blogger tagging system) to check out our former mailing list Islanders-Sound Tigers from 2000-2006.

It's been a very easy way to hold everyone (starting with Charles Wang) to their original quoted comments.

New York Schedules 2012 Coliseum Draft Party

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/15/2012 03:07:00 PM | 1 Comments
Islanders website announced 5/15 the club will be hosting a draft party at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Matt Martin, Nino Niederreiter, Kevin Poulin, Ryan Strome, Casey Cizikas, Calvin de Haan will be in attendance.

Fans will also have the opportunity to interact with select Islanders alumni.

Duncan MacPherson Belongs In Islander Hall Of Fame

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/15/2012 01:08:00 PM | Comment Here Had a very interesting article about former 1984 Islander draft pick, Duncan MacPherson, an exchange with his mother, and a new book coming out about his tragic loss which went unsolved over fourteen years.

 Cold A Long Time: Is the name of the book, and has a website for better background detail.

 The favorable economics of ordering the book directly from the author enable the author to donate 25% of the proceeds to Lynda and Bob MacPherson, who spent most of their retirement savings on their long search for their son.

NYIFC Comments:
Duncan MacPherson never made it to the NHL, he was bought out by the Islanders, but now that the team has a hall of fame, he should absolutely be inducted into it.
Nino Niederreiter apparently sustained an ankle/foot injury at the World Championships which he played through during his recent game, and is now out. 

What's Next For New York With A Possible Lockout?

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/14/2012 09:39:00 PM | Comment Here
What's next for now is a quiet time for the New York Islanders heading into the 2012 draft, so far the World Championships are going well with no injuries.

The Coliseum media rhetoric will continue which means you should check the profile/background of the writer to see where that publication's own $ interest is. Many outlets are broke so they will take anyone who will write for free.

Charles Wang will likely not have anything to say unless there is a viable plan.  

Will there be a draft party, will Wang be at the teams draft table? 

On 5/11 Isles did announce a draft channel on ITV for 2012.

Recent history suggests no major trades by the Isles (or any team) during the draft weekend, perhaps an early deal to again secure exclusive negotiating rights with a pending UFA, but many times those deals do not lead to a contract. 

By the time we get to the draft, there will be qualifying offers to Matt Martin/Bridgeport players that turned out to an important moment from last summer.

After that it's free agency on 7/1 before the very real chance of another lockout, the top players will receive  massive front-loaded dollars in lockout protection money, many others will likely be waiting a long time for any contract.

It's impossible to know what's going to play out in terms of assistant coaches, that will have to happen likely before August.

Will the Coliseum be hosting the Isles prospects this July for a mini-camp?

Bottom line we go through the motions, and see what plays out this summer between the NHL/NHLPA, expect the owners to be more divided than the players this time, expect Donald Fehr to want his baseball model ending any salary cap.

Expect Gary Bettman to reject that, but the BOG (Board of Governors or Owners) are the ones who make the decisions.

Any CBA with a cap ceiling above fifty million should be simply untenable for any NHL ownership, having written this still some corporate teams will take a higher cap because they are willing to write off red-ink via their corporations, and trade away front-loaded mistakes once the largest early portions of a contract are paid off.

This is what you saw with Ryan Smyth in Colorado as one of many examples. 

Whoever wrote/said many teams would gravitate to the cap ceiling got it right. The number went from 39 million to 64 in six years under the flawed principal revenue equals profit which is only spending more to lose more with a higher revenue figure.

Revenue is not profit, anyone can spend an extra forty million to generate an additional twenty million in revenue, but you just lost twenty million more getting to those numbers.

History shows the New York Islanders came out of both lockouts completely unprepared.

I remember the article where Mike Milbury qualified everyone when a settlement came, you could see a roster with many holes because of those decisions which led to the 2005-06 team that employed close to fifty players.

Does this mean Garth Snow's approach would be similar? No, because every lockout brings different rules, which leads to new concepts whether it be front-loading or something else.

For New York What's The Right Defender To Spend On?

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/13/2012 07:49:00 PM | Comment Here
As seen with Tomas Kaberle, James Wisniewski, and most UFA defenders, the production usually never lives up to the contract, especially when front-loaded.

Then there is Florida giving an over-35 contract to Ed Jovanovski (guaranteed money) sixteen million over four years.

The over 35 rule states that if a player signs a multi-year deal when the player is 35 or older, starting in the second year of the contract, that amount will count towards the team's salary cap regardless of whether the player is on the active roster or not. This is designed to keep teams from signing older players to lucrative front-loaded contracts, thus saving cap room, in which there is no expectation the player will actually play in the latter years.

This begs the question what's the right player to spend your money on in UFA?
1. Many UFA are players their former team cannot pay, do not want back at any price or have overpriced themselves for that franchise.
2. Many UFA are players frankly who played themselves off their former team.
3. Many UFA are players who have very limited options. 
4. The one or two top defenders will require front-loaded money (see Wisniewski) and not a smart option.

In other words give me the James Wisniewski who made three million here, not the one who signed for ten years massively front-loaded in Columbus. 

So What's The Answer For New York? 
Stick to the plan of developing. 

Boring answer but that's the best long-term guarantee of success. 

On defense this team has spent time and money on Ness, Donovan, deHaan, Wishart, Katic, along with their draft picks. Some of these players need their chance as MacDonald and Hamonic have received.

This blog has criticized Wishart not having a spot here from day one a year ago. 

This defense desperately needs size, scoring, skating, and physical players, a big part of this has to happen from within. 

Signing a mid-20's UFA defender from another organization may help or backfire, a trade for a quality defender means someone has to go of equal risk/value. Obviously signing the next Staios, Eaton, Jurcina or Mottau are not going to improve things because at best you carry one of them for depth.

The move to let go of Jack Hillen was a mistake that backfired based on who took his minutes here, that's the kind of mid-20's defender who may be worth a risk but Hillen's production was down in Nashville, and two goals does not give Mark Streit extra room to work with on a powerplay. 

Bottom line if there was an easy answer last years conference final's runner up would not have signed Bruno Gervais, MA Bergeron, then Matt Gilroy to improve their defense. Look at former Islander Andy Sutton, and the journey he has taken to be resigned in Edmonton?

Carolina's gm admitted a mistake in Kaberle.

No team signed Bryan McCabe.

Mike Komisarek looks like a nice local story until you see why he's struggled so badly for years, and why Monteal never looked back, while Toronto likely regrets his contact. 

There is no easy answer. 
I wish to clarify from my last entry that Charles Wang in 2009 saying the Isles watch every penny in operating the franchise should in no way translate to Garth Snow's comments about having no  restrictions on spending if he feels the right player is there to improve the team as Snow has maintained many times.

This blog immediately criticized Snow for using the rebuilding word on 2/3/2012 here , he will be given no pass here if not consistent with his words.

As seen with the offer Christian Ehrhoff, received last summer from the Islanders, which he praised at his press conference, the Isles (as all teams do) have a top number with where they want to go with a contract.

I found the old transcript here, but did not tag it well, so I re-posted the entire interview.