A Time Of Going Through The Motions For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/16/2012 01:09:00 PM |
Until there is a signed CBA, going through the motions hangs over everything this franchise does beyond an agreement for a new arena like all other teams.

It's not impossible Bettman/Fehr could agree to keep playing this season under their summer terms, anything is possible, however not likely based on history given many owners have to be be saved from themselves once again in current market. 

No interest in sourced based rumors regarding the CBA. When Bettman, Fehr, Daly tell us specific agreed to terms, we can discuss it here, not before.

Do not expect a signed CBA by 9/15 or a full season so forget NHL preseason games anywhere. 

Going Through the Motions Of Preparing 2012-13 Season:
Some things the Isles do or fail to do will have later consequences, many depend on what their roster players decide to do.  Historically the New York Islanders came out of two lockouts painfully unprepared, and iced poor teams in shortened seasons. Bridgeport will have to hire a coach unless they promote from within because the AHL will not have a lockout, this means some potential Islanders in Cizikas, Ullstrom, deHaan, Donovan, Ness,  or others will have to report/play.

Will Joensuu take an AHL contract with Bridgeport or stay in Europe during a lockout with his one way deal? 

For now Lubomir Visnovsky is deciding what to do with his KHL offer, he may wait until September 15th or simply decide to report to a KHL camp in August. Visnovsky can owe the Islanders a year for the rest of his professional career if he decides to play overseas.

Or this year may count, and he becomes an UFA with Mark Streit. 

Many NHL fringe players well elect a guaranteed income now, some players under contract to NHL teams will eventually go. For Rick DiPietro a lockout gives him a chance to go play somewhere, work off the rust, and see if he can be durable.

Looking ahead given the current roster/available player market it seems best to have open spots for the right player.

In short, unless Garth Snow finds a trade/signing that makes sense which improves his roster for several years he should be in no rush.

History says players like Boyes, Carkner, Boulton play to their recent career trends which usually means a mixed bag at best. Boyes talked about how much the Islanders players like working for Jack Capuano, which is going through the motions because if he does not produce, it means nothing. 

If he puts up Parenteau's numbers, the team losses, and he wants a contract like Parenteau why are the Isles going to offer that to him?

Going Through The Motions On Arena Plan:
Unless Charles Wang has a real deadline in mind regarding construction of a new arena, as Howie Rose of all people said on Friday, a deal could happen in June 2014, and the Isles will remain at the Coliseum during construction past the terms of it's lease.

That's how it played out in Pittsburgh, who had no arena agreement months before their lease expired, it may well play out that way under a different county executive, different legislature, or even a different Islander owner by that time.

Moving forward most of the commentary will be on Sulia, it's a quiet time for longer blog entries which is more going through the motions.
In real business Matt Martin/Ty Wishart did not accept their qualifying offers. I asked the Isles twitter feed about Koskinen/Backman also before they posted this. This would also extend to Tomas Marcinko who has indicated he wishes to sign in Europe, but unlike qualified players like Katic, Rakhshani ect had not signed with a team yet.

Backman accepted his qualifying offer so he is officially signed.
Koskinen is remaining with his Nov 2011 team for 2012-13 in Kalpa per website release.
Marcinko rejected his QO per Michael Fornabaio.

Islanders retain NHL rights to all players. 

Only Thing That Matters Is What Wang, Mangano, Nassau Have Said & Done

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/12/2012 12:47:00 PM |
In the end only the record of what these people have said, and done matters, along with documented facts of the binding agreements back to 1972 of what we know.  

Ed Mangano/Democrats can agree last summer's referendum means no tax increases will be used to replace Nassau County's facility.  Agree or not, we know where Jay Jacobs stood last summer, we know now.

We know what Charles Wang was willing to sign a thirty year lease agreement for last summer with a rent/revenue split.  Long ago we knew Wang-Rechler were willing to renovate the Coliseum with a ten year lease extension during the Lighthouse project.

We all also know last summer's agreement gave Wang no real estate rights on that property, nor was he going to construct a new Coliseum.

Kate Murray released what TOH would agree to in terms of flexible development.

Wang said " probably not " 17:00-40  when pressed if he would pay for a new Coliseum during his WFAN interview last summer.

Dolan owned News 12- 7/27/2011: "The Big Vote " Debate is still available from last summer with Mangano, Wang, comments along with players, Legislator Wayne Wink, Mark Hamer ABLI. (slow loading)

Michael Picker made clear a renovation would not work and cited having to raise the roof, despite a renovation under the Wang-Rechler project.

NYIFC again posted the terms of the Smg lease/sublease the other day that specifically binds the Islanders to the Coliseum along with it's sublease.

Included later that day was the new lease in Bridgeport with President Howard Saffan's own comments on the arena being profitable, plus the Sound Tigers will honor their lease until 2021.

Last Month this blog again released the Feb 2009 transcript of Charles Wang's extensive interview on the Lighthouse and the Islanders.

In April NYIFC did a tweleve year summary of Wang's comments where it's a lie he purchasd the club for real estate where he makes clear he would like to make some money.

Obviously anyone who reads this blog regularly knows Charles Wang owns the Marriott, unless he can find a buyer it's his beyond the terms of his NHL lease so that gives him one financial reason to keep the team there.

It was reported Scott Rechler was bought out of his share of the hotel in 2010. 

We have Charles Wang long ago sitting front row (with former team President, Chris Dey/Garth Snow) cheering every play of the Dragons playoff game in Philadelphia.

Four days later he sold the team, so we all know what he will ultimately do if an agreement is not possible. 

We know what was said in Feb 2012 because Michael Picker unexpectedly went to the legislature and said " 2/14 Islanders want to stay at Coliseum, Nothing's Changed "

There is a two decade record from Tom Gulotta, to Joe Mondello, to Mort Certilman, Judy Jacobs, Tom Suozzi, along with previous owners with their comments. 

Bottom line there is a documented record to follow.

That is where everyone's focus should be, anything else is a waste of your important time. 

7/15 Decision Day For Martin, Wishart, Koskinen

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/11/2012 12:51:00 PM | | | | |
7/15 is the day qualifying offers expire for these players. (along with Sean Backman)

The Islanders retain the rights to these players, they can keep negotiating because they qualified them, however this would mean those players do not simply want the standard raise per CBA which is what a qualifying offer means. 

Matt Martin does not accept his raise by 7/15 it could get interesting or one (perhaps both) sides want a longer term contract.  

Mikko Koskinen played in Europe last season, however he's New York Islander property, and the first goaltender selected in his draft, who's situation is unchanged with four other goaltenders under contract.

It's notable Garth Snow retains Ty Wishart, but never mentions him in discussing defenders who need to make this team, but again Snow offered him a contract/raise with qualifying offer. 

Any player accepts their qualifying offer by 7/15 that means they are signed. 

New York Needs A Professional Media Salesman

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/09/2012 04:43:00 PM |
I have written often, no professional sports franchise in 2012 has a worse media than the New York Islanders.

They could win the Stanley Cup next year, it's not changing. 

I found it fascinating the teams website actually did an article selling the area, then used it's twitter feed to ask for comment on Mangano's plan, which opens the door for me to ask what does Wang, Picker, Lancey, Saffan, and company think because that's what counts?

Charles Wang does not want to do negotiations in the press fine, don't ask what I think on the teams twitter feed via his employees. 

Is this some kind of sign the New York Islanders have finally realized silence is not golden, and more importantly not working?

This blog can give it's views, defending the team when called for if facts are documented (or being critical if documented facts reflect a negative article is true) however ultimately this franchise's media has to start do some of the heavy lifting itself.

New York Islander Fan Central has done above and well beyond it's part because the team has been treated unfairly based on it's counterparts professional media coverage. 

Mangano Announces Another Coliseum Plan

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/07/2012 09:07:00 PM |
Newsday: Reports County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to release an Request For Qualifications 7/9 seeking a "master developer" for the Nassau Hub property. The winning developer would be required to "immediately begin negotiations" with the Islanders and the arena's management, Pennsylvania -based SMG.

The goal, Mangano said, is to make up the difference between what Wang is willing to pay as the Coliseum's tenant and the total price tag of a new or renovated arena. The plan does not detail how much Wang would contribute. No county money is involved, Mangano said.
 Nassau Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs called Republican Mangano's plan "counterproductive" because it removes the county's ability to deal directly with the Islanders' leadership.

NYIFC Comments:
The usual suspects all comment, the New York Islanders do not, let the politics begin.

What I found interesting is Smg being any part of the long-term picture, their lease to operate the current facility ends in 2015, but long past articles indicate they have some control over what's constructed.

I see no plan that is viable for Charles Wang that does not give him all revenue from a new/renovated facility like many of his counterparts in New York, New Jersey. Asking the tenant to pay is not what other teams in  new facilities are receiving. 

The referendum agreed to last summer kept Wang out of the real estate business on the property or the physical construction of a new building.  He agreed to pay rent/a portion of all revenue while he kept the rest from all events beyond hockey.

That's what he was willing to sign a new lease for.

Bottom line whatever happens has to allow whoever the Islander owner is moving forward a financial structure to sustain an NHL franchise at that site.

Wang owns his hotel permanently so he has incentive to work something out that's sustainable past his tenure as the teams owner for a new/renovated building. 

Addition By Subtraction Defensively On Paper Improvement For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/07/2012 08:54:00 AM | | |
Only time will tell if the 2012-13 New York Islanders are an improved team, however on paper there is no doubt despite losing Parenteau's offense there has been addition by subtraction even if Brad Boyes does not produce, Matt Carkner is injured again or simply cannot keep up.

Of course there are some big question marks already.

That does not even address Visnovsky at home considering his KHL offer/retiring vs reporting for camp.  

So what's addition by subtraction?
For that matter what's subtraction by addition?

There has been a little of both on paper.

Does it matter? Only thing that matters is winning. 

New York Notables/Brett Gallant Returning

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/05/2012 05:56:00 AM |
Frankly there is not much out there that screams the New York Islanders should jump in and make an offer regarding most of the remaining UFA, but everyone knew this was a very weak class.

Ray Whitney/Steve Sullivan both received bonus incentive contracts by Dallas/Phoenix, the kind the Islanders are criticized for?
My thoughts on Parise/Suter both signing for close to a hundred million dollars each is it only cost 130m dollars for the area in full which was publicly financed.

It get's even better, Wild officials a year ago wanted more state money/debt forgiven here.
Wild officials will ask the state to forgive the remaining $36.75 million the team owes on interest-free loans issued to help build Xcel Energy Center  in 2000.
Owner Craig Leipold for a second year claimed the team lost money.  & told the Star Tribune the following in April 
 We’re not making money, and that’s one reason we need to fix our system.
We need to fix how much we’re spending right now. [The Wild's] revenues are fine. We’re down a little bit in attendance, but we’re up in sponsorships, we’re up in TV revenue. And so the revenue that we’re generating is not the issue as much as our expenses. And [the Wild's] biggest expense by far is player salaries.”
In 2011 the former Nashville Predators Owner refused to comment on losses in this interview about his team that went from selling out every game since their return to only twenty five games sold out. 
Bottom line: 
I guess Leipold fixed how much he was spending right now by giving out twenty six years/one hundred ninety six million dollars in one day.

His former customers in Nashville must really love him now.

This is not a sustainable business model for the NHL unless it's subsidized by billionaires willing to take huge financial losses. The players should get every penny they can, but these offers are absurd. 

It's bad for the leauge, for the Devil/Predator fans to not see their home grown talent stay even if Parise leaving the Devils helps the Islanders in terms of competition which is not the point. 

The front-loaded club among teams has grown this summer with Minnesota, Pittsburgh joining, who both got taxpayer funded facilities.

These contracts set the market for others. If Carle who's hardly a scoring defender can get over six million a year, with Suter who's not Chara on defense or Streit on offense receives a hundred million where's the limit?

Donald Fehr is a very happy NHLPA director on this day.
Matt Carle got thirty three milllion from one of his former teams in Tampa Bay for a six year contract after a four goal/thirty eight point  season.
 Journal Pioneer: Has Brett Gallant's comments he's resigned with Bridgeport for 2012-13.

Revisiting Two Entries Targeting Poor Islander Fan Support

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/04/2012 08:38:00 AM |
In late May/Early June 2011, New York Islander Fan Central wrote two very unpleasant entries, it's time to repeat them.

5/31/11 Why Are We Here Now? Blame Yourselves.
6/3/11: The Only Way To Save New York Islanders? Purchase Tickets

There is little I can add to those entries in the last year, Wang absorbed another season 29th in attendance, our fans are not getting the message.

Ultimately people have to fill the seats/support this team or you make it very easy for politicians who do not want this team to remain here any longer to force them out. 

3/14/2012: Total Support For Charles Wang makes clear where this blog stands/why, he's done his part, and a lot more than his predecessors since 1990.

Bottom line the plan to stay home is not working, it did not work starting in 1989 nor does it work today regardless of who owns this franchise.

Kate Murray will get her sixty percent come election day, Mangano will likely get re-elected.  
Nassau Executive Ed Mangano has sent out  invitations for a campaign fundraiser in the Citi Field hospitality suite of Saul Katz, one of the New York Mets owners, for the Mets-Nationals game on July 24.
“Food, Drinks, Autographs, VIP Parking,” the invite says. “$1,000 for 1 ticket, $1,750 for 2…$2500 for 3 tickets…”Checks are to be made payable to Friends of Ed Mangano.

This would be " Pigs At The Trough ", soon to be Nassau County Executive, Tom Gulotta, who extended Smg's lease to 2015 (without review every six years) before he drove Nassau to near bankruptcy with his infamous comments about Howard Milstein, Steve Gluckstern. 

And of course in June 1999 Mort Certilman/other politicians were playing some of the same games, blaming the owners, Steve Jacobson's article closed with "Don't talk of love, show me".

Charles Wang showed us for a long time whether we liked the players or the contracts from Hamrlik to Tavares he spent his money, even fixing/improving a facility he's a tenant in. 

Tom Gulotta 4/26/2000-Thomas Gulotta has said that whoever purchases the team is expected to build a new arena.

What's changed for Nassau?

Our fans need a new approach. 

New York Islander Fan Central Notables On UFA/Isles

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/02/2012 05:54:00 PM |
New York Islander Fan Central Notables On UFA/Isles at Sulia.com

Kind of like the twitter box that used to post here but allows much bigger entries. 

Easier to post comments quickly on recent moves/free agents so folks can read a mix of blog entries, twitter comments on various Islander/NHL subjects that I wish to discuss.

Some things written about today, Parise, Boyes, Salvador, Carkner, Jokinen, Ryan, Hudler, Nielsen.

Dates to be aware of moving forward:
7/1-First day player can accept qualifying offer.
7/5 Last day a player can elect arbitration
7/15 Qualifying Offers Expire, but team retains rights.

Updated 7/4:
Eisbaren has finally announced Mark Katic has signed for our German friends visiting.

7/1 A Mixed Bag After Day One For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/02/2012 01:30:00 AM |
One sure thing that can be written about day one of UFA is Doug Weight does not have some ceremonial title of Senior Advisor to the General Manager, he had a lot to say, and was obviously heavily involved.

On paper after day one of free agency the New York Islanders are moderately improved in one area, but weaker in others.

Games are never played on paper.

The picture is incomplete, that's the way it should be after one day, and it's likely going to stay that way.

It's a long summer, training camp, preseason, then you see what it looks like on opening night. 

The teams highest scoring right wing is gone, with a reclamation project in Brad Boyes getting a chance. No doubt  Kyle Okposo (the likely opening night winger with Tavares) with perhaps Bailey, Niederreiter, Joensuu also getting a chance.

Brad Boyes is quoted about how he was moved around in Buffalo, it sounded like what Josh Bailey will likely say if moving him to wing does not work out, which he has supported. 

Kyle Okposo is absolutely suited to the first line right wing role, it was his spot before his injury, Tavares won player of the month for part of the time he was temporarily placed back on that line.

Brad Boyes may turn out to be an improvement, however not on paper today,  if he replaces Pandolfo in the worst case that would be an improvement.

The defense got tougher with Matt Carkner, but is not faster (or more durable) but a big part of how things play out will come down to Visnovsky coming to camp or talking his offer in Russia.

Dylan Reese signed a two-way contract with Pittsburgh, Snow has a decision to be a little more patient or sign/trade for another middling defender to protect his prospects or increase the scoring. 

Snow made clear one of his defensive prospects should make the team which should be Calvin deHaan.

Eric Boulton could be glued to the bench here or play for Bridgeport.

Long way to go.

New York Signs D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2012 04:24:00 PM | | | | | | |
Islanders website: Reports the club has come to terms with Brad Boyes, Matt Carkner with Garth Snow's comments.

Newark Star Ledger: Reports Left winger Eric Boulton, whose contract was bought out by the Devils, signed a one-year deal with the New York. 

Islanders website: Has comments from Brad Boyes, Garth Snow and some very interesting comments from Doug Weight.

“I watched Brad score 43 and 33 goals in consecutive years,” Weight said. “I don’t care if you played in 1920 or 2012, 43 goals in this league is amazing. He was our best player in those two years in St. Louis.”

“He’s a real good kid – prepared, professional and committed,” Weight said. “And you want to have good character people that are going to have the work ethic and the professionalism that we want to start building within here.”

Niagara Gazette: Boyes discusses what went wrong in Buffalo, and why he signed with New York. 
“(They offer) a position more suitable to my style, a top-six forward, a power-play situation,” Boyes said. “Those are two things that I think are something I’ll be able to put in.”

Islanders website has comments from Matt Carkner on why he signed with New York, along with how Snow, Doug Weight recruited him.

"I kind of knew of teams that were looking for me and I was excited to hear that they were going to be interested," Carkner said of the Isles. "I think I heard that just after 12 (p.m.) today that they were going to be sending an offer. It was good. I had a lot of different teams talking to me, and it took me a while to kind of decide and figure out what was the best fit for me. It was a little hectic, but it all worked out."   
“That’s a big factor,” Carkner said. “I was seeing my ice time kind of diminish in Ottawa, with a different coach coming in and a different style of play. I was coming off an injury as well. It just took me a while to get back to where I was, and that’s just kind of how it fell into place. I was happy to see what my options were and I think that I will fit in real well in New York with the Islanders. I am pretty excited to get a spot here.”
Islanders Senior Advisor to the General Manager and Assistant Coach Doug Weight believes that Carkner’s signing addresses a need for the organization to add some size and toughness to the blue line.
“Obviously, the first thing you think of is his toughness,” Weight said. “It’s certainly something we had to address as a team. We think there’s a big upside for Matt and not just in the toughness category. He’s hard to play against, has a solid defensive game and can win battles in the corner. He’s a good quality person and I think he can bring a lot to our defensive corps and a lot to our team. He can play the game, be a good PK guy and make us harder to play against.”

NYIFC Comments:
There was some demand for Carkner, obviously the Islanders overpaid for a player who on paper was not going to bring any offense to a club that desperately needs it nor has he been very durable.

Bottom  line for now (which can change within the hour) the strategy seems to be Okposo (Tavares wing before the injury) will go back to the spot he was playing. Boyes will be a gamble to see if he can become a scorer again but his floor will be better than Pandolfo. Parenteau got fair market value, Isles leave themselves open to legitimate second guessing if Okposo, Niederreiter, another prospect or Boyes does not produce to same level as Parenteau. 

Snow I guess is stocking up on some toughness adding, Carkner, Boulton his team needed some.

One thing for sure is the Islanders did not give Doug Weight a ceremonial title as assistant to the general manager. 

D Jon Landry has gone from Bridgeport contract to 2-way NHL contract with Islanders
PA Parenteau signed a 16m dollar contract with Colorado, four years.

Denver Post has Parenteau's comments on the signing.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Dylan Reese to a one-year contract, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. 

Penguins Website: Has Dylan Reese's comments.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabio has Jon Landry's comments on his first NHL contract.

Garth Snow's Comments As Free Agency Begins

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2012 03:22:00 AM |
NY Post: Brett Cyrgalis has again spoken with Islanders general manager, Garth Snow entering free agency about the teams plans.

  “We’ll see what comes to us,” Snow said Saturday. “We will try to get something worked out, but there is plenty of time between now and the start of the season. We’re going to try and address our needs and make our calls.”
“Free agents are concerned with the arena situation,” he said. “It’s hard to persuade a free agent with a 5- or 7- or 10-year deal when our lease is up in three years [2015] and they don’t know where they’ll be playing.”

“I think with Andrew MacDonald, Mark Streit, Travis Hamonic and now Visnovsky, we have solidified our top four,” Snow said. “We expect one of our [prospects] Calvin de Haan, [Matt] Donovan and [Aaron] Ness to make the team. So that’s five defensemen. We still have one hole to fill.”

“We’ll make our calls only July 1,” Snow said, “and try to improve our team then and throughout the week.”

NYIFC Comments:
For those keeping score the New York Islanders, are not given regular game coverage at the laughingstock Post, or even a section, but now four articles, two sessions with the gm, plus Cyrgalis calls out the media on rumors since Snow spoke to him before the draft?

Cyrgalis is getting a lot more than Dolan's beatwriter from Snow. 

Is this the same laughingstock NY Post, that had Larry Brooks writing on 3/21 that the team does not matter while parroting a former Isles media relations coordinator?

Ok, enough on that. Snow put Visnovsky in his mix of defenders, he has to for the moment. 

Why do I get the feeling if Snow offered a seven to ten year contract any player would accept that security if the money was front-loaded, and for some even if it were not. (which to be fair Wang has no business doing after getting nothing from Nassau County for twelve years)

I'm not thrilled with Snow these days since he's now employing the rebuilding often in interviews. I made that clear back in a Feb 2012 Entry. 

Snow can be as crypric as he likes, no problem there. I also made clear he should return as gm, but don't contradict yourself or you are insulting your fans/customers. 

Is the success a sign, though, that your rebuilding strategy may be ahead of schedule?
Snow: "I don't use that word rebuild. We're trying to make the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup like every other team. We don't go in with the mindset that losing is acceptable, and when that word is used, sometimes winning doesn't matter. I don't think I've used that word too much and if I have, it's been very limited. We're trying to win every hockey game we play in. The group that we have in that locker room, it may be young, but that doesn't make it can't have success."

When he uses the rebuilding word now often in interviews he comes off like a man who did not believe in his own words or is now covering himself. 

New York Roster Breakdown Entering UFA

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/30/2012 05:36:00 AM |
Free Agency opens at noon 7/1 Est.

How many real job openings are here for Garth Snow to target free agents/trades?

For this entries purposes anyone entering UFA is not coming back. 

Final Words On Islanders Likely Departing UFA

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/29/2012 06:00:00 PM | | | | | | |
Virtually nothing out there on Islanders soon to be likely departing unrestricted free agents, so why not a few words/thanks, best of luck for them moving forward in the hope their NHL careers continue in some cases.

New York's Plan For Free Agency on 7/1/12

On Thursday, the New York Islander prospects played a game on ITV at Iceworks.

It's almost fair to ask are the players developing here a better choice than who will make up a very weak UFA market again that opens at noon on Sunday?

But let's take an outsiders look at how the New York Islanders likely will operate when the market opens.

2008 NYIFC Exclusive E-Mail Exchange With John Rolfe of SI.com

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/28/2012 07:10:00 PM |
SI.com: New York Islander Fan Central exchanged several e-mails with John Rolfe in July 2008 where we discussed the club's coverage at this publication.

 The Islander Follies gallery, by the way, was the idea of a fellow Isles fan in our photo department who has known only the struggle and the handful of modest successes like the recent playoff appearances.
 From time to time, our writers have looked at other franchises -- Jim Kelley frequently takes the Maple Leafs to task for their incompetence and Al Muir has gotten after the Blackhawks and Bruins, although not to the extent of putting a photo gallery together.
         -John Rolfe SI.com July 2008

NYIFC Comments:
SI.com had their unknown person in their photo department update their page for the first time since 2008, so I re-released my blog entry so you understand what's behind this according to John Rolfe of SI.com

Given that SI.com is not budgeted for exclusive full-time New York Islander coverage and operates at the John Spano level in terms of New York Islander spending, this is all they can apparently afford in 2012.

More like SI.com follies. 

Brent Thompson Named Assistant/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/27/2012 04:18:00 PM | | | | | | |
 Islanders website: announced today that Brent Thompson has officially been named an assistant coach.

 “Brent did a great job in Bridgeport last year molding our young prospects into a division-winning team,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “With his coaching experience and defensive expertise, we’re excited for him to join our coaching staff.” 
Thompson did an ITV interview.

 Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports Bridgeport is also losing Matt Bertani to the Islanders, he will be the team’s new video coach, and that Eric Boguniecki is expected back. 

NYIFC Comments:
You can go in ten different directions with this because many organizations keep assistant coaches through several coaching changes, while others do not.

Is this another potential successor for Jack Capuano if the club does not start well, should he have had the right to pick his own head coaches as many NHL organizations do permit, even thought his experience since 2005 has only been with this organization?

Capuano was sent down to Bridgeport after Steve Stirling's dismissal.  

Bottom line does a rookie AHL coach in 29th place at the end of the calendar year 2011, that takes a team to fifteen games over five hundered/first place deserve a promotion or do you want him teaching prospects in what will largely be a different Bridgeport team?

Is this coach who was a successful ECHL hire a year ago ready to be an NHL assistant? 

Despite what happens with the NHL CBA, Bridgeport will need a head coach at some future point.

Unless something changes the Islanders bench will carry one less assistant, but three assistants in many cases were one extra.

On a related note, former assistant, Dean Chynoweth has been named head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche AHL.com

NYIFC Comments:  
Thrilled for Dean Chynoweth, now let's see if Scott Allen can land a head coaching job. 
Griffin Reinhart did his first interview since draft night.

NYIFC Comments:
Outside of the ITV interview draft night beyond Tsn entertainment interview, we never got to see him get a formal interview on stage during the draft.

Tsn.ca: Report Blake Comeau (not qualified) was resigned by the Flames which was no surprise given management's comments they wanted him back.

New York Mini Camp Roster Announced

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2012 11:39:00 PM |
Islanders website: Released their official mini-camp roster with profiles/background.

Invited Forwards:
Adam Berkle, Andrew Calof, Remy Giftopoulos, Dmitri Goldenkov, Josh Holmstrom, Beau Lardner, Max MacKay, Johnny McGuire, Michael Pereira, Hiromichi Terao, KJ Tiefenworth.

Jason Clark, Mitchell Theoret are the unsigned drafted prospects participating.

Invited Defenseman: 
Sean Escobedo, Patrick MacGregor, Joe Marciano, Bennett Schneider, Oleg Yevenko.

Andrey Pedan, Robbie Russo, Scott Mayfield, Brenden Kichton are the unsigned drafted prospects participating.

Invited Goaltenders:
Kevin Boyle, Ken Reiter, Alex Vazzano.
All seven defenders drafted on Saturday are in camp.
* NCAA players may attend NHL summer development camps, or prospect camps, but must pay their own way (transportation, lodging, food, etc for those wondering about Anders Lee, who attended last year's camp.

New York Blue-White Game On ITV

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2012 06:00:00 PM |

Islanders website: Report 6/28/12 Blue-White game at Iceworks is a sellout and will be on ITV.

ITV broadcast will be a live stream on NewYorkIslanders.com beginning with warm-ups at 6 p.m. for a 6:30 puck drop.

Blue team members include Kirill Kabanov, Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson, Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Strome and Johan Sundstrom, while some of the top prospects suiting up in white jerseys this year are Casey Cizikas, Nino Niederreiter, John Persson, Mike Halmo and Ville Pokka.

NYIFC Comments:
It should be noted many of the prospects from Bridgeport (Ness, Donovan, Ullstrom, Persson) are part of this camp also. Isles did a terrible job advertising a prospect camp for 2011-12, even if possible CBA issues forced some changes, many teams announced their camp. 

The Nassau Coliseum is not available this week for those wondering why Thursday's game was not scheduled there.

The mystery for me would be who's playing goal in the Blue-White game (or any on-ice workouts) unless Nilsson, Koskinen flew in from Europe with the later highly unlikely because he only has a qualifying offer, and played for a team in Finland last season after leaving Bridgeport?

Kevin Poulin was at the draft party, he is shown participating in workouts.

Cody Rosen played one game for Clarkson last season.

To my knowledge veteran NHL players are not permitted to participate in prospect camps.

Likely the Isles are bringing in some walk on tryout goaltenders.

New York Qualifies Eight Players

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2012 04:19:00 PM |
Islanders website reported the team has tendered qualifying offers to Sean Backman, Justin DiBenedetto, Mark Katic, Mikko Koskinen, Tomas Marcinko, Matt Martin, Rhett Rakhshani and Ty Wishart.

NYIFC Comments:
The Islanders retain NHL rights to all qualified players who signed with teams in Europe for 2012-13. 

About what I expected, a team selects no forward prospects at the draft, the future forward depth must be retained along with Wishart, who is capable of playing in the NHL.

Based upon this Yuri Alexandrov, Sean Backman, Tyler McNeely, Yannick Riendeau,, Tony Romano were not qualified, this does not mean the Islanders cannot revisit signing these players at some future date, simply they were not give a raise.

Alexandrov is an NHL-level player from dead line trades with Boston playing in the KHL, it's likely he was not qualified but perhaps not included in today's update.

Calgary Herald reports Blake Comeau was not qualified by the Flames.
Nashville Tennessean reports former Islander, Jack Hillen, who play the entire season for the Predators was not qualified.

Petteri Nokelainen was also not qualified. 

6/28 Qualifying Offers Deadline 5pm...EVEN MORE VISNOVSKY

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/24/2012 10:59:00 PM | |
Not much to write about this beyond sidebar link with the Qualifying Offer Rules Per CBA to explain where things go if a player is qualified..

The Deadline is 5pm on Monday.

This applies only to the Group II free agents, who can all be qualified, even those who signed in Europe so the Islanders retain NHL rights, which is how Jeremy Colliton came back to the team along with Jesse Joensuu. 

With Mark Katic signed in Germany a group II player it could mean Ty Wishart receives an offer, both Katic/Wishart can both be qualified. 

Isles put a lot of time/expense/top picks into Mikko Koskinen, who found playing time in Europe but was still the first goaltender selected in his draft class.
Four more articles from Visnovsky, including the primary paper that interviewed him Saturday, a mixed bag of information that's far from a lock he's coming, and likely playing his last NHL season.

I translated the links on Sulia and went right to most the important items, these were again all direct quotes and included the links for everyone.

Mentioned Jurcina, perhaps calling Satan, still has to decide on KHL, will not come until later in summer for place to live.
Some minor blog changes:
Islanders website/ITV/Transactions/Social media picture links moved to toolbar.
Improved news readers for faster page loading.

Sunday Visnovsky Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/24/2012 02:02:00 PM |
Some items I now have to add to my 6/23 entry on Lubomir Visnovsky:

The interview on the Slovak site  Hokejportal.net. was not before Visnovsky was traded.

Other sites in Slovakia/Europe also referenced this article. I included all three sites that reported on this to be as clear as possible for my readers, only using Visnovsky's direct quotes. 

There is no doubt Visnovsky received his offer from the KHL, and had discussions with Slovakia while he was still a member of the Anaheim Ducks at some earlier point before he was traded. 

Having written that all the articles I translated and referenced on Saturday, were printed in those papers on June 23rd, with specific questions he responded to about the New York Islanders after he was traded.

He is directly quoted about how he learned of the trade, to discussing whether he would play here, and considering his KHL offer. Visnovsky's quoted comments say the Islanders would likely be disappointed if he decided his accept an offer to play in the KHL, but he has to make his decision, as was asked about the percentages of what he would decide to do. 

Matt Moulson's post-trade comments from the Islander website about Visnovski were included in those articles.

Visnovski also made very clear he was not disappointed to learn of being traded to New York. 

Bottom line Visnovsky can say what he wishes today. James Dolan's Ranger centric beatwriter can finally pick up a telephone, and do a twitter update, however Visnovsky absolutely said these things after he was traded to the New York Islanders. 

As anyone who regularly follows New York Islander Fan Central know, this blog does not play source card on anything, my entries concerning information like this only uses direct quotes.

Visnovsky was directly quoted after the trade, this is why a blog entry was written here for others to read/reference.

Regarding his Sunday comments if  it's Visnovsky's first choice to really come to the Isles (of course I hope it is) he does not need a second choice or to consider any KHL offer as he said on 6/23, he should have told Staple he is coming to camp with the Islanders which ends all discussion.......Staple's work was lazy and obviously never referenced his post trade comments or pushed harder on these points.

Of course if Visnovsky's ultimate choice to play in the KHL (or play at home in Slovakia if a lockout) I wish him the best of luck. 

Visnovsky Has Offer From KHL May Not Be Coming To New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 06:13:00 PM |
Given there are now three June 23rd articles with Lubomir Visnovsky's quoted comments since his rights were traded at the NHL draft (please Google translate for yourselves) I feel this now requires a separate blog entry.

NYIFC Comments:
Bottom line Visnovsky could report to the Islanders under the terms of his NHL contract, accept his offer from the KHL (lockout or no lockout), however he can only sign as a player in Slovakia  if there is an NHL work stoppage because there is a standing transfer agreement.

He can retire which would allow him to work for a team in Slovakia regardless of the CBA. 

Visnovsky has only played in Los Angeles, Edmonton, and Anaheim. 

Now we know why he was dealt for only a second rounder, but this could take several months until it's settled, plus it's time sensitive with the CBA because if games are lost he has no reason not to accept the contract offer made already made by the KHL.

The KHL season begins before the NHL CBA expires. 

There are also the circumstances involving the tragic loss of fellow countryman, and friend of over twenty years in Pavol Demitra in the KHL plane crash less than a year ago here.

Absolutely no blame whatsoever to Islander management if he decides to play in the KHL or retire. 

Visnovsky was interviewed by Sound Tigers announcer Phil Giubileo, not Chris King on ITV.
hokejportal.net: Does a full interview 6/23 with Visnovski with the following:

 Islanders certainly not leading the NHL club. Do not take it as a disappointment?
"Certainly not, want to reinforce the defense, so they took me. They have a team in a lot of clever young players and would like to strengthen. I have basically a veteran and want to get them there a bit steered. You never know what might happen in the NHL, after all, who is now expected that all the Kings win the league? I'm not disappointed. "

Have you even live in Edmonton Kalifornni. What gives you the feeling of New York?
"In the east, I have not played, now it will be the first time. My Family But we love California, but New York could be interesting. 

In early May, you said that you expect in the NHL last season. Still this is true?
"Still, but I can say that I get a bid from Russia and I think about them. He and his wife have already talked about the fact that in New York can not not go and I'll take any offer from the KHL, and because I have such opportunities. We'll see where I end. KHL has signed a contract for some of the NHL and Europe is the only league where I could play in the NHL despite the contract. "

An interesting approach. Can you give a percentage, where you play next season?
"While I do not know it really well so I think in the head. NHL is certainly paramount, but we need to discuss this at home. But as I said, the KHL is a possibility. "

 Certainly expect that you will be asked for your interviews with managers of the Slavs.
"We met, but I did not get an offer. Maros knew that I still have a contract in the NHL, so it probably did not address. But I think also the fact that I finished a career at Slovan, because this is my Heart. In the meantime, do not want to end a career, perhaps waiting for me last season in the NHL, but I hope and believe that it will not last season in his career. "

 And when you offer, that official will come, it is possible that the longer you play next season in Slavic?
"It's possible, this option also exists. But not really in a very theoretical. I do not know if I Slovan wants. "

If we say that the season 2012/13 occurs in the Islanders, it's part of our bold claim?
"Would it be so, so you can write it. However, there are other ideas, as I would like to address. "

The Islanders would probably be disappointed, right?
"Of course. But now I have these things to pass, it's business and I'll deal with it according to what is best for me and for my coming. "
 Sportky.topky.sk: Repeats many of the quotes above (translated)
 Visnovsky is considering offers from KHL, end career in Slavic.

"NHL is a business and I deal with everything depending on what is best for me and for my coming. I understand that the Islanders would probably be disappointed, however, other ways I would like to address," concluded the interview Visnovsky.
Sport.aktuality.sk: Visnovsky addition to considering the offer from the Islanders KHL

 "I get a bid from Russia. A fairly even thinking about it. And his wife have already talked about that in New York or not go and I'll take any offer from the KHL, because I have such a possibility. We'll see where I end. Has signed with the KHL no NHL contract in Europe is the only league where I could play in the NHL despite the contract. Well you gotta think in the head. NHL is certainly paramount, but we need to discuss this at home. But as I said, the KHL is a possibility , "he admitted in an interview Hokejportal.net Visnovsky, who also met with the manager Slav Maroš Krajči.

The offer of cooperation on the contract but did not get overseas. "I'm thinking also of that career, I completed the Slavs, because this is my bleeding heart. In the meantime, do not want to end a career, perhaps waiting for me last season in the NHL, but I hope and believe that it will not last season in his career," admitted to Hokejportal.net.

"I'm basically waiting for the exchange, is questionable for me was the only club. Neither of which I am not disappointed. I say, it could be expected. With some guys, I was just out for dinner a few minutes after midnight I first phoned Anaheim manager Bob Murray. He told me about the classic sauces how I thank for their cooperation and just informed me that I was traded to the Islanders. soon to my manager phoned Islanders to tell me that looks forward to working and several other greeting phrases. So It goes in the NHL, it's a carousel, I experienced it a few times and after changing to Edmonton to have been either very troubled, "he said in an interview hokejportal.net Visnovsky. Islanders want to strengthen the defense and therefore resorted to the Slovaks. the team need experienced player who would guide the youngsters.

Final Thoughts on 2012 Entry Draft

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 02:53:00 PM |
 Updated 6/23: ITV Posting Video Interviews for most of the players selected during day two (Adam Pelech via phone) Trent Klatt comments on selections..ect


Posted my comments on Sulia.com with my final thoughts on 2012 entry draft for the New York Islanders.

All blog entries/video now final. Prospect Blog contains profiles of entire draft class. 

Wang, Snow, Visnovski audio interviews. No doubt more coming from Islanders website/ITV.

Next up finding out who is qualified with that deadline Monday. (hopefully we find out earlier)

Likely the heavy concentration on defense means some defenders will not be qualified or stocking up for a trade.

Thank You Very Much......hope everyone enjoyed entries here----also asked Mark Katic on twitter to respond for our German visitors waiting final confirmation, however Mike Mulryan is an excellent professional journalist for the Timmins Times, who covers Katic often in his hometown paper, he had several updates leading up to his detailed report on the signing or I would never post it here.

New York Selects D Jesse Graham/Jake Bischoff

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 12:02:00 PM | |
New York has selected D Jesse Graham with the 155th selection in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Niagara IceDogs Profile
Niagaraadvance.ca 6/21/12

Picked the best skater in the OHL Eastern Conference coaches poll, the Toronto native often effortlessly gets the puck out to the Niagara IceDogs blue-line, then shifts into another gear to move into the opposition’s end.

The 18-year-old Toronto native is ranked 125th heading into this weekend’s NHL draft in Pittsburgh, but there has never been any talk of him moving to a forward position because of his 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame.

“Nothing has ever come up like that,” he said, almost bristling over the telephone line at the thought. “In the NHL right now, there are a lot of smaller defecemen who are good skaters and puck movers, so I think that’s my role and I think I play it pretty well.
“My skating definitely is a big part of my game, for sure.”
 “Most teams like my skating ability and my strong play with the puck — I’m a good puck mover,” he said with confidence. “They’d kind of like to see me work on my size and get stronger, just add some muscle to my body.”

“Just talking to the guys on the team, (Ryan) Strome and Oleksiak always gave me advice,” he said. “They told me not to get caught up in it all and just kind of wait for your time — and it’s going to come.”
New York has selected D Jake Bischoff with the 185th selection in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Grand Rapids Hockey Profile
Omaha Lancers Profile
Star Tribune: Verbal Commitment to Minnesota  

New York Selects D Doyle Somerby

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 11:34:00 AM |
New York has selected D Doyle Somerby with the 125th selection
Will be attending Boston University in 2012-13. (verbal commitment)

Doyle Somerby, Kimball Union, D
Scout’s take: “He’s got great size, as a forward turned D-man, so he’s a pretty good puck mover. He’s more of a stay-at-home defenseman, but a big, rangy kid. Good smooth stride for a kid his size and good speed in flight.”
Twitter account
St Mary Joseph Prep Profile

Doyle Somerby is one of four Boston University men’s hockey recruits eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft. He agreed to take over the WTBU Sports Twitter account on the second day of the draft Jun. 23 — and tweet about his draft day experience.

Somerby was selected round 12 #215 overall by Québec Remparts in the QMJHL Entry Draft.

New York Selects D Loïc Leduc

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 11:10:00 AM |
New York has selected Loic Leduc in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL entry draft here.

Eliteprospect.com Profile
Capebretoneagles.com Profile
QMJHL Profile

Capebretonpost.com Defenceman Loic Leduc is ranked No. 209 among North American skaters. Leduc, a 6-6, 190-pound native of Châteauguay, Que., recorded two goals and eight assists in 65 games this season. He’s hoping an NHL team will be looking for a towering defenceman with shutdown ability.

 “I think my defensive ability and I can use my long reach,” said Leduc, who had interest from 10 teams. “They don’t have any huge defencemen in the rankings. I think there are two defencemen that are 6-6.”

New York Selects D Adam Pelech

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 10:35:00 AM |
NHL.com: New York Selects D Adam Pelech in the third round.

Erie Otters Profile

Islanders Website profile:
 Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011

Adam Pelech is real steady. We played Erie a lot. They had a bad team, but he was one of the rocks that kind of held them together. He is a real solid two-way guy, and is only going to get better.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Pelech doesn’t look pretty on the ice, but seems to find a way to make the play. He is not afraid of physical contact.

New York Selects D Ville Pokka 34th Overall

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2012 10:13:00 AM |
NHL.com New York Selected D Ville Pokka with 34th selection in 2012 NHL draft.

Eliteprospects.com Profile

NHL.com 6/20: Six Finnish sleepers in upcoming NHL Draft

Ranked seventh among European skaters, Karpat Oulu defenseman Ville Pokka is already a regular starter in the SM-liiga and played at the 2012 World Junior Championship (one goal, four points in seven games) as well as the Under-18 Worlds (one goal, six points). A Western Conference scout compared his NHL upside to that of countryman Toni Lydman.

A smooth puck-moving defenseman with a right-handed shot, Pokka is not flashy but gets the job done. Although he is not especially aggressive in the physical department, the 6-foot, 196-pound defenseman does not shy away from contact.

Pokka started 35 games for Karpat's senior team this past season, recording three assists and 12 penalty minutes. The 18-year-old is likely to remain in Finland for two or three more seasons, and has already signed a contract extension for next season with Karpat.

Islanders website profile:

 Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development

Ville Pokka is a puck-moving defender. His passing and accuracy is good. He has a decent shot from the blue line and is a steady player.

New York Selects D Griffin Reinhart

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/22/2012 07:40:00 PM | | |
The New York Islanders have selected D Griffin Reinhart. with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft.

Islanders Website: Griffin Reinhart's comments with Garth Snow
Tsn.ca: Has a post draft interview with Reinhart in an Islander uniform. (toggle to Islander uniform)

 Edmonton Journal: Has more from Reinhart and the call he received from John Tavares after the draft

“I was a bit star-struck when he called me. I didn’t think they’d do that,” said the Vancouver native, “but it’s really cool that they’re already welcoming me.”

 “I think my playoff run definitely helped. Being on a winning team can’t hurt and, I think, my play just kept picking up. I got a more intense, more physical, and just kept improving,” said the six-foot-four blue-liner. “I knew I needed to improve on that because, when I’m physical, I’m playing my best hockey.”

 “I hadn’t talked to them much through the year, so for me to be picked here is quite a shock. I wasn’t really expecting to go anywhere. I was just having fun with the moment,” he said.


Islanders Website: Garth Snow's comments on selection.
“Our organization is fortunate to have already developed a formidable young core, which gives us the flexibility to allow elite prospects like Griffin to develop,” Snow said. “He is a highly skilled defenseman who has been very impressive in his first two WHL seasons. Griffin’s size and defensive instincts will be another piece to help solidify our lineup for years to come.”

Islanders website pre draft profile with Trent Klatt's comments.

Will make several edits to this posting as more information becomes available.

New York Islander Fan Central will also be twitter/sulia/updating during day two along with the prospect blog.

Charles Wang did an interview on the Coliseum, and last years team in Dolan's paper which I posted on Sulia. 

New York Trades For D Lubomir Visnovsky

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/22/2012 07:25:00 PM |
Islanders website announced today that they have acquired Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for the team’s second round selection in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.


Tsn.com Scott Cullen has a fair breakdown of the trade for a player who will become a free agent at the end of 2012-13.

NYIFC Comments:
Obviously a boom or bust pick for an aging defender, with a high contract/cap hit. His 2011-12 season not very good, his 2010-11 season outstanding. You look at what the Devils gave up for Zidliclk from Minnesota (Washington’s second round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, d-man Kurtis Foster, and a conditional 3rd round draft pick in 2013) this seems like Snow did very well on paper.

On paper Snow landed a top four defender with offensive ability. 

Bottom line it comes down to what happens on the ice. 

Garth Snow's Comments

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/22/2012 01:48:00 PM |
For an outlet like the NY Post that goes out of it's way not to cover the New York Islander hockey games, (when they are not ripping the team) or even providing them a team page, Garth Snow continues to speak to them here.

Snow is also using that rebuilding word he said he hated to use virtually every time he is interviewed. 

Here is what Snow had to say entering Friday's draft:

“All options are on the table,” If we can move prospects to get a player that is going to come in and going to help us and get us where we want to be, we’re going to make that move. It’s a situation where we’ve gone through a rebuild, we have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL, so now it’s an easier decision for me to make moves to get us help immediately "

“We’re looking the trade route, and if we don’t have success in that area, then free agency starts in a week.”
“We’re looking to add two or three veteran defensemen,” Snow said, noting that Mark Eaton, Steve Staios and Milan Jurcina all are purged from the payroll as they become unrestricted free agents.
  On Calvin deHaan, Aaron Ness, Matt Donovan making the 2012-13 defense: 
         “If two come out of training camp and deserve it, great,” he said. “Right now, we project at least one of those guys to step up.”
“We can use the selection [or] we can trade the pick and get a player that’s ready right now,” Snow said. “I really don’t have a clear picture right now.”

Steve Staios Possible Job Scouting For Maple Leafs

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/21/2012 11:39:00 PM | |
Toronto Sun : Has comments from senior vice-president of hockey operations Dave Nonis, on the possible future of Steve Staios.

Steve Staios was spotted walking around Toronto’s draft hotel headquarters on Friday with a Maple Leaf golf shirt on, but he’s not coming as a player. The team has some sort of off-ice role in mind for the 16-year NHL veteran defenceman, who played his 1,000th game at the end of the 2011-12 season.

“He could be scouting for us,” said senior vice-president of hockey operations Dave Nonis. “We’re looking at a couple of things.”
The Hamilton native was set to retire last year when agent Pat Morris made a strong case to have the New York Islanders give him a chance at camp.

NYIFC Comments:
Like Mike Sillinger, Bill Guerin, Doug Weight, Staios would be a valuable asset for any organization in this league with his experience of over a thousand games. Despite my criticism, he was in a role beyond his ability at this point in his career, but worked to the maximum of his ability.

TBN News: Has comments from a goaltender named Matt Murray that the Isles were one team that visited him.
“The (New York) Islanders have sent somebody up here strictly to talk to me. He came in for a couple of hours just to watch me and then went right back to New York.

Thanks And Best Of Luck: Katic, Rakhshani, DiBenedetto, Gillies

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/21/2012 01:40:00 PM | | | | |
 NHL.com released it's 2012-13 schedule quickly and quietly.

Just as quietly the team announced it's blue-white scrimmage game will be played on 6/28 for prospects the team never formally announced are having a mini-camp despite player tweets here.

That game will be played at Iceworks,  there are only 250 tickets available for the scrimmage due to seating capacity. The Nassau Coliseum is booked June 26th-30th.
One thing I have been a bit regretful for over the last few days in somewhat of a rush to put out entries, is not thanking our players who have signed with other organizations.

Whether they are qualified, or not by 6/25, Mark Katic, Rhett Rakhshani, Justin DiBenedetto, and Trevor Gillies were here for a long time, and gave everything they had to offer.

Katic/Rakhshani were all stars for Bridgeport, all of them were part of the Sound Tigers only first place team since their inaugural year. DiBenedetto had twenty goals/forty one points in fifty five games last season.

Ct Post Michael Fornabaio had DiBenedetto's comments.
 "I just think it's a good opportunity for my development as a player. I'm looking forward to it," DiBenedetto said. "I just explored all my options at the end of the year, and this opportunity came. I'm just looking forward to getting over there. The main thing's to become a better player every day, every year. That's the main thing, and go from there."

Folks can argue the suspensions of Gillies, which could not be defended based on his actions, but he was a very popular team player here, and will be missed at the Coliseum on Friday.

Zenon Konopka's comments did register with me last year here.
" You look at Trevor Gillies,” Konopka said, according to the Ottawa newspaper. “He’s a first-time offender. He hits a guy, throws a few punches, he gets a nine-game suspension. The guy’s got a wife, two kids and plays in the East Coast Hockey League and AHL most of his career and now he’s going to lose $35,000. And it’s not right. Obviously, the league has their job and not mine, but in here, we feel for him. It hurts not to have Trevor in lineup for nine games. It hurts me, personally, my buddy, out $35,000.”
Their new teams will be even better with them, the enormous reaction from Berlin over Katic signing makes me nothing but thrilled for their fans.

I wish them nothing but the best of luck moving forward, which of course extends to any future departures.

Mark Katic Signs With Berlin

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/20/2012 07:15:00 PM |
Timmins Times: Mike Mulryan reports Mark Katic has signed in Germany.

Mark Katic has signed to play for Berlin next season. Katic has more than one reason to play there next season and they are all good. Katic was much coveted by many elite teams in Europe. He has settled for Berlin and is happy with his choice. I talked to more than one team in Europe that were extremely interested in getting Mark’s name on a contract for this season. Now the pressure of getting a deal done is off and he can concentrate on his upcoming wedding.

NYIFC Comments: 
Timmins Times is the hometown paper or record that covers Katic regularly, even on the ice time he was able to get earlier this month. Mr Mulryan reported Katic's new contract would be announced this week. 

Like Rakhshani, this is a significant loss because he had a realistic chance of making the NHL roster, but no doubt his shoulder injuries held down his opportunities, and perhaps younger picks were now ahead of him on the depth chart. Having written that the defense depth chart in Bridgeport may be thin come September depending on who makes the Isles from that group.

Again, we have to see what the Isles decide in terms of a qualifying offer to retain Katic's NHL rights, his 2010-11 cameo showed a player with NHL level skating/puck handling.

Justin DiBenedetto Signs With Red Bull Austria

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/20/2012 12:36:00 PM | |
NYIFC Sulia Entry with Austrian Red Bull release on signing translated.

Just to be clear check our Sulia channel or twitter feeds for these kids of stories moving forward.

NYIFC will not post an entry anywhere until we have official confirmation from the team itself or a professional media outlet. 

NYIFC Comments:
Nothing I can add that was not already written about the loss of Rakhshani on Tuesday.

It all comes down to who the Isles qualify out of their restricted free agents by 6/25. DiBenedetto knows the Isles depth chart, and despite a very good year for Bridgeport has to make the best possible decision for his career moving forward as do all players.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers released a partial list of their 2012-13 schedule 

Rhett Rakhshani signs with HV-71 for 2012-13

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/19/2012 02:20:00 PM | |
HV 71 SEL  Official website reports they have signed Rhett Rakhshani for the 2012-13 season.

NYIFC Commets:
This is a big loss to the Islanders, and why you never have enough prospects.

Their number one scoring right winger on a point per game pace the last two seasons, who improved every year in college. Like Jesse Joensuu who signed with the same team, if the Isles qualify Rakhshani, they retain his future NHL rights.

This could also make the Isles negotiations with Parenteau more urgent for them unless they have an alternative.

Bottom line a lot of players who have waited for years see the depth chart, there is a reasonable chance of an NHL lockout, the players need a guaranteed income.

Our Sulia feed has translated article on Trevor Gillies official signing in the KHL.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/18/2012 01:51:00 PM | | | | | | | |
Monday's entry has a few words on the NHL draft, a preseason split-squad against Edmonton, the latest taxpayer handout (including selective editorial coverage) to subsidize a local sports team, with a few other items.