Rick DiPietro Signs In Germany/New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/10/2012 01:32:00 PM |
Scriesersee.de: Reports Rick DiPietro has signed in a German League and will have a press conference with their season opening on 10/14.

NYIFC Comments:
This blog has not been covering the many NHL Islander players signing in Europe/KHL. (sidebar links have been following transactions) DiPietro is a little different because no one on the current roster needs to play hockey more, and this is his chance to work off the game rust that practice does not provide.

Obviously DiPietro/agent secured the necessary insurance of his NHL contract, however any sustained injury means if a lockout were settled, the Islanders would no longer be required to pay the remainder of his contract if he were hurt playing in another league.

Of course the same holds true for all players.

What this blogger wants most is Rick DiPietro with the rust off his game, finally ready to return to the franchise goaltender/all-star he was in 2007-08.

New York Roster:
To the best of my knowledge Evgeny Nabokov, Matt Moulson, Brad Boyes, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Marty Reasoner, Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner are the current New York Islander roster players yet to sign with a team in a European/North American league not counting their unsigned departed UFA.

Bridgeport Roster:
Travis Hamonic, Nino Niederreiter, David Ullstrom, Casey Cizikas, Matt Donovan, Calvin deHaan, Aaron Ness, Ty Wishart, Anders Nilsson, Kevin Poulin are in Bridgeport.

Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart/draft picks are in juniors or college/europe.

NHL/NHLPA Negotiations:
Things are running as expected with Donald Fehr, threatening to repeal the salary cap which means get ready for what will likely be a season without NHL hockey.

Media Game:
 Market-based media are doing the sales job selling what suits their career/editor's interest as the selective reporting standards are frankly disappointing.

It's disingenuous some media speculate on what franchises are profitable vs which ones spend more to lose more only looking at revenue which this blog contends often is not profit or a sustainable business model.

I guess for those media if a billion dollar company can lose 20-30m a year for a sports team/trophy purchase, it's survival of the richest corporations if it's the team they cover. 

Big Market/Small Market
There are no big hockey markets in the US, unless you want to include markets with no competition from other sports.

New York is invisible in terms of hockey. 

Bridgeport Sends Ken Reiter To Fort Wayne ECHL

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/06/2012 07:34:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
Sound Tigers website: Reports Ken Reiter was sent for Fort Wayne of the ECHL. 

Bridgeport finished it's preseason 1-1, off games that were only scheduled a few weeks ago. Travis Hamonic left after one period Friday with an injury being called slight/precautionary by new head coach, Scott Pellerin.

Islanders website: Has been updating Bridgeport on a daily basis.

Fort Wayne is currently affiliated with the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks, as well as the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies and Norfolk Admirals

More players need to be cut before next Friday's opener. 

NYIFC Comments:
Not earth shattering news but worth an update. Bridgeport opened last season with three goaltenders. Mikko Koskinen started last year with Bridgeport before being loaned to a team in Europe, he declined the Isles qualifying offer, and signed in Europe for 2012-13, however the Isles retain his NHL rights. 

New York/Bridgeport had no ECHL affiliate last season. Ft Wayne Komets are an ECHL expansion club playing their inaugural season.

Wang vs Dolan On Cable Contract/Territorial Rights Buyout

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/05/2012 08:24:00 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!
Anyone who believes James Dolan, who took a tantrum over hockey coverage costs in 2005, fighting with another former Msg President Mike McCarthy here , who pulled the Isles pregame one year for a month, and fought them over $50,000 for the Metro Ice Challenge is simply going to pay Charles Wang well over a hundred million dollars for a cable contract that runs until 2030/territorial rights simply has not been paying attention.

Terms of the Cable Contract? 
NY Times: Going back to 1998 we know how the Dolan's reacted when they signed a new agreement until 2030 that gave the Isles eighteen percent of all Msg/Fox television revenue.  

The Garden invoked a phony competition clause and pulled Islander games.

In 1999 Charles Dolan discussed the competition clause he obviously never invoked on his own laughingstock teams but we did get the only documented terms of the updated cable deal.

Cablevision recoiled at the possibility of paying the Islanders 18 1/2 percent of total FSNY-MSG revenues. In the talks, the team got an extension through the 2030-31 season, which features yearly payments rising from $14.8 million next season and $17.5 million in 2000-1 to $36 million in the final year, and the possibility of lousy performances causing a breach disappeared from the final contract.
In November 2004, the Devils no longer with Yankee-Nets resigned with Msg until 2023-24.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but officials on both sides said the deal will give the Devils substantially more than the roughly $8 million rights fee the team was to receive this season.   In the past fans have complained when Devils games were broadcast on the Metro Channel, which is only available on Cablevision-owned systems. But Lamoriello said MSG and FSNY,  owned by Cablevision, assured him that will no longer happen.

"In this agreement we were able to look at all areas to help the franchise," Lamoriello said. "We wanted to ensure accessibility for all of our games to all our fans and we have a commitment to work that out." "What we were able to work out was the best decision for the franchise going forward," Lamoriello said. "Timing is everything in life."
Note-That is one reason why the New York Islanders received one game on Msg last season, and zero most other years while the Devils appear frequently on Msg.

To be fair as a Time Warner subscriber Metroguide was used during the Islander-Leafs 2002 playoffs, it was limited, but never a Cablevision-only channel. 

Guess that agreement did not cover playoff post-game road coverage for Lamoriello in 2012. 

How Much Is That Until 2030? 
Frankly, a full total of the cable contract has never been provided, nor have the Dolan's discussed the numbers which they will not do in a publication they now own. We can low estimate if the number remained at it's 2000-2001 level from 2012-13 at 17.5 million until 2029-30 that would come to 297 million, plus another 36 million for 2030-31.

333 million from this point forward if there has no been no increase since 2000-01, for years I listed the total around 300m so what I read in professional media could have been poorly done.

What Voids The Contract? 
That's easy, the franchise relocating out of their territorial rights area which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Suffolk, and a portion of Ct.

Territorial Rights? 
Four million when the Islanders joined the NHL in 1972, it's likely worth a great deal more today, and especially to the Dolan's if those rights were vacated.   

NY Times: In 1987 Devils owner John McMullen discussed how much he had to pay the Islanders, Flyers and Rangers in territorial rights fees so we have more background beyond 1972.

So What Does Charles Wang Do? 
Charles Wang purchased the Marriott Hotel in 2005, he bought out Scott Rechler's share in 2010, and the total cost was reportedly ninety million dollars at the time of purchase. He owns the abatement (walk of champions area) between the hotel and the Coliseum permanently.

He has no reason to ever move this team as long as he retains ownership, his actions in 2011 agreeing to a thirty year lease extension with a rent/revenue split, far worse than the deals ownership was offered in Edmonton/Phoenix (where owners get paid to manage facilities) made that very clear.

As to what he does now that's easy, he's not advertising any move/sale out of his territorial rights area because it means Dolan has no obligation to pay him anything. If he does decide to sell locally he's going to want from a potential owner his share of that future cable contract money as part of the purchase price.

Perhaps he also wants a potential owner to purchase the Marriott as part of the package to keep the club on that site?

This does not even touch Wang's ownership, management in Bridgeport until 2021 or the lease with Bridgeport to manage Webster Bank Arena which he renovated, with more city renovations planned in 2012 page 23.


What Will Dolan Do?
First off in 2001 it was reported the Knicks own territorial rights on Long Island here. 
The Dolan's needed Nets ownership approval in 1996 which is how the Nets got territorial rights in Brooklyn here.

Dolan's going to see what Wang's best offer is if he eventually decides to sell, give him a big cable/territorial rights buyout to take the team out of his television market if an out of town offer equals a local offer.

Dolan's not going to offer him anything if there are no competing offer of equal value. 

Ultimately:
Sorry folks, if  CharlesWang's final decision is to sell the New York Islanders, he has every reason to make back every penny he invested in this franchise since the day he purchased it (not even counting his share of the 20m Lighthouse Project) and protect himself/family above anything else.

Having written this, I absolutely believe there are too many financial reasons for Charles Wang  to retain the team at the Coliseum site permanently, and plenty of time based upon what's happened in Pittsburgh or Edmonton, who's lease expires a full year before the Isles. 

On May 16th 2011, this blog posted an entry titled New York Islanders Will Never Leave New York. 

On March 14th 2012, this blog posted an entry titled Total Support For Charles Wang.

I'm standing by those entries. 

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/02/2012 07:22:00 AM | | | | |
Islander website has several updates/video on Bridgeport camp, along with new head coach, Scott Pellerin. 

The Hour: Has a four part article on Matt Moulson with his comments. 

NYIFC Comments:
This publication has been added to the prospect blog, the updates infrequent, but very high quality.

Ct Post: Has a feature on Anders Nilsson, and how he recovered from his March injuries.

Und.com: Reports Islander prospect, Anders Lee has been named captain for 2012-13 season.    

NYIFC Comments:
Quite an honor for a junior player in Lee. Head coach, Jeff Jackson is a former Islanders assistant coach.

Calgary Herald: Reports Griffin Reinhart is not the only player in the family who will be drafted in the future with Max, who is a Calgary Flames prospect.

Associated Press: Reports The operators of New York's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have been cited for 16 violations of workplace health and safety standards which Smg will contest bur claims have been addressed. 

NYIFC Comments:
This is not a New York Islander issue. Repairs to x dollar amount fall on Smg, major repairs fall on Nassau County. It should be noted Smg does have Jerry Goldman listed as the Coliseum's general manager.

New York Islander Fan Central wrote about the change on 3/5 along with speculation of possible change in Isles sublease status which has not been reported.

Bottom line there is if Wang/Rechler opted out of the December 2009 sublease, the only contractual issue keeping the Isles at the Coliseum would be Nassau County not allowing the club to move per terms of their original lease or what it's been for decades. 

Bridgeport's prospects are at his Marriott hotel, while the players work out at Iceworks.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers Should Have Played Brooklyn/Coliseum Games

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/27/2012 10:13:00 PM |
Anyone who has followed the New York Islanders vs Devils preseason folly game in Brooklyn since it was announced in January had to know it would never be played.

On 9/27 the NHL made that official with the remainder of the NHL preseason cancelled.

The question here would be if the Sound Tigers (owned by the Islanders) can quickly schedule two road  games for Bridgeport why did they not simply play the Brooklyn/Nassau Coliseum  Islander preseason games instead?

Charles Wang manages Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, per the Isles sublease he's managing the Nassau Coliseum unless he opted out. 

Bottom line either the officials in Brooklyn would not allow it, meaning they have to refund money for a scheduled event in a brand new facility which makes little sense, the NHL/AHL would not allow their organizations to make such a switch which seems strange when a game has already sold thousands of tickets vs hundreds who will turn out for a regularly/newly (9/18 announced) scheduled AHL preseason game, or the Islanders/Devils were no longer interested without NHL player involvement which again seems strange because many of the same prospects likely would have participated.

Is someone going to tell me the two organizations the Sound Tigers recently schedule as a preseason road games had no interest in going to Brooklyn or the Nassau Coliseum for a far bigger gate? 

Albany Devils had one preseason game scheduled 10/6 and seem to be having their camp in Newark, it would seem strange Lou Lamoriello would be opposed. 

The Dolan's quickly moved an 2012 AHL playoff game to Charles Wang's managed Webster Bank Arena after they eliminated the Sound Tigers, the Knicks are playing at the Coliseum, and in a miracle the Dolan's agreed to send their NHL team to the Coliseum for a game against the Islanders so it's hard to believe something could not have been worked out at the AHL level.

If the Bridgeport Sound Tigers had scheduled home or road preseason games months ago for these days that would be another matter.

If I'm the New York Islanders I bring the twenty eight Sound Tigers invited players to Brooklyn/Nassau Coliseum, do what they did in June with prospect camp game at Iceworks, and play four on four if another AHL team is not interested which seems highly unlikely.

Ask some alumni to play a charity game. 

For some reason none of that is happening. 

This was about an event, never any kind of audition for the Islanders relocation there which is just as big a folly than past preseason games in other locations.  

Brett Yormark's twitter is not talking.

This is one the New York Islander fans deserve an answer about. 
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Islanders website: Announced the Sound Tigers roster of players in camp as they checked into Charles Wang's Marriott Hotel next to the Nassau Coliseum

Sound Tigers website: Announced it's training camp schedule which opens 9/28.
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NYIFC Announcement:
No more wasting space here carrying news outlets not doing their job covering the New York Islanders in exchange for slower loading pages.

It's charity continuing carrying the NHL.com needs feed here.

nyislanderfancentralprospects.blogspot.com has the Sound Tigers news articles/updates, the Ct Post articles/feeds have been there.

The prospect blog has updated all Bridgeport roster numbers, the players now in Bridgeport have had their prospect profiles removed.

New York Notables: Spin Game

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/25/2012 03:57:00 PM |
The spin game is working overtime so a few quick notables.

There is simply no desire to write blog entries here beyond important updates, there will be no filler entries here for the sake of writing.

The prospect blog has the Islander website weekly prospect updates, if NHL players are injured in other leagues, that will be reported somewhere.

A Few Quick Comments:
* Am I a fan of Jim Devellano's cattle comment? Absolutely not, however the rest of his words were spot on, and the most honest analysis you are going to get. Some media have agenda's that are not about the fans, but only themselves. Devellano brought up Ed Snider/Mike Illitch faster than this blog does, he discussed the overhead/costs running an NHL franchise. 

* Funny how when the New York Islanders owned the Stanley Cup from 1980-1983 the NHL did not have lockouts, require revenue sharing because other markets needed to spend so much more because they could not build a winner. In New York hockey was a major sport despite Msg crying poverty threatening relocation to New Jersey/Nassau County. 

In this blogs view the NHL was at the height of it's popularity in the US.  

Today WFAN had Mike Francesa talking Rangers game six. Texas Rangers.  

Now the New York Islanders should receive revenue sharing/extra draft picks because Comcast, NBC Sports Network/Smg/Ed Snider Flyers need to keep front-loading as many contracts as they can write off to gain a competitive while they flip their mistakes to other markets that cannot afford front-loaded deals, however can take those players who have already been paid the biggest parts of their signing bonus money?

1980 the Flyers had a great team without any of that.

* For a team who's lease ends a year before the Islanders that has not broken ground on anything, the Canadian media sure did jump high to defend the Oilers never leaving, not ranting on their arena like they do the Nassau Coliseum or Phoenix.

Of course the Toronto Maple Leafs do not own the Edmonton Sun/Journal, or pay them to produce the games on the least visible channels. Nor do they owe the Oilers a few hundred million and a vested financial gain in seeing them move elsewhere.

 Note-I took a few twitter shots at Dolan's reporter Randi Marshall that were removed from here but remain on twitter. (slow page loading)

I want to know how much Dolan has to pay the Isles every single year until 2030 in cable contract money, and how much Cablevison/Msg/Newsday saves by the Isles relocating plus value of the territorial rights.

So far Mr Katz's agreement with Edmonton got him some taxpayer funding, now he wants a check like the potential Coyotes owner for managing his new building, unlike Charles Wang's referendum agreement where he is not paid for being their Smg, or getting a permanent tax exemption like the Cablevision Garden. 


Funny, I never saw Charles Wang go to another city with Mike Bossy or Bryan Trottier, holding a press conference. 

Of course in July 2010 this blog was writing about Mr Katz in Edmonton, who has not been an owner for very long with no history of spending as Charles Wang did.

Uticaod.com: Don Laibel, who's been the best Islander centric writer all summer has an upcoming interview with former head coach. Steve Stirling.

Leaderpost: Mike Bossy will appear  at "Champion The Cause: An Evening With Mike Bossy'' in support of the Children's Justice Foundation. The event is to be held Wednesday night at the University of Regina's Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport (CKHS).

Montreal Gazette: Pat Hickey who flat out guessed or did not know on twitter claimed Scott Gomez refused a trade to the Isles (which was not true refuted by media/player/agent) does not even know Bruno Gervais is on his second team since leaving New York.

Espn: So Mario Lemieux says games in outside markets were about "[Pressure] was felt, and that was the important thing," Lemieux said then. "A lot of things happened throughout the negotiations. Ups and downs. That was just a way for us to put more pressure, and we knew it would work."

Is this the same Mario Lemieux who was ready to quit owning a team after the Isles 9-3 beatdown that was employing Matt Cooke or was he still being paid back as an owner/creditor?

Correction:
In the recent entry on 30 teams financial losses/30 days last month, an article was referenced from Toronto Star on Caps receiving revenue sharing in 2010. Caps Owner Ted Leonsis responded the next day disputing the writer.

An April 2009 Washington Post article has Caps President Dick Patrick's comments on Caps losses and revenue sharing to be fair to our readers.

Article On Jim Devellano Is the One You Read For the Truth On Lockout

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/21/2012 09:08:00 PM |
Islandsportsnews.net: Has an interview with Jim Devellano about Gary Bettman, Players vs Owners, among many subjects.  

NYIFC Comments:
Simply put, if you read one article for as long as this lockout lasts, this is the one. Devellano, and you can bet if Bill Torrey were interviewed would tell you the same thing.

Devellano's insights on how bitter some media can act for months are consistent with this blog's views, along with the CBA/owners.

Updated Sat:
NHL.com Reports the Red Wings were fined for Mr Devellano's comments

NYIFC Comments:
I knew this was a good article worth an entry here. 

For those wondering the same John Dellapina who's access was removed from the NHL media website in 2005 as a Daily News Ranger salesman against the NHL at that time, now is in charge of NHL media relations.

That has nothing to do with Devellano or any decision to fine the Red Wings, but a little idea of how hypocritical things can be.

NHL Cancels Preseason Through September/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/19/2012 05:50:00 PM |
NHL.com: The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers: Announced two previously unscheduled preseason games on the road.

NYIFC Comments:
Obviously anyone who followed the Islanders preseason since it was announced had to know there would not likely not be any preseason to schedule an NHL game. It will likely be a matter of a few days before the entire preseason is cancelled.

Would it have been nice to follow through on a preseason game using Sound Tigers players in Brooklyn? Takes two teams to make such an agreement along with the arena operator, which may not have been a problem for the Isles, but perhaps the Devils/pick a team, not so much.

Charles Wang operates the facility in Bridgeport, team President, Howard Saffan, to date had not scheduled a game there, but the Sound Tigers camp opens 9/28 in New York.

I understand folks have their view, but reality is the game in Brooklyn had the exact same significance as any preseason game the New York Islanders scheduled over countless years in neutral locations.

As for the Nassau Coliseum only Smg, Nassau County, Charles Wang (perhaps Scott Rechler) know if the Islanders are still managing the facility via 2009 sublease which means as games are cancelled, events can be booked.

Smg brought in a general manager to book events in Feb 2012, that was something Charles Wang did via the terms of the sublease.

Problem there (regardless of who is booking events) by November four other buildings (including the Izod Center/Devils former home) will be looking for business. The Prudential Center lost Nets home games to Brooklyn, who have one prime tenant.

Charles Wang completed his purchase of the Marriott on 12/21/2005, after NHL hockey resumed so this lockout hurts NHL business at his hotel.

As for Edmonton, who's lease expires a year before the Isles, Owner Darryl Katz, apparently wants much more than Charles Wang agreed to with the referendum who's already getting huge taxpayer money here.

Be nice if the writer knew where the NHL's oldest facility resided.


New York Notables: What Next?

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/17/2012 03:25:00 PM |
Folks, anyone who had not seen this coming for two years or longer simply has not been paying attention.

It was coming the day of the first front-loaded contract.

It's not sustainable for the NHL to have those kinds of contracts running over ten years, massive signing bonus money, a league where many players have no movement/no trade clauses, a free agent system where a player can hit the open market at age twenty five or twenty six.

A salary cap so high most teams cannot sustain a payroll without going to the corporations that own them for cash calls?

Revenue from Flyers owner Ed Snider's NBC Sports Network, the Thrashers relocation fee's, or Charles Wang Neulion just is not the kind of revenue that makes this the NFL to go with some absurd ticket price increases as the extra one billion since 2005-06.

I have written it many times, revenue is not profit. A franchise spends one hundred million to generate eighty five million, it's still losing fifteen million dollars.

Baseball owners want their revenue sharing check, NFL has too much revenue so no lockout plus football has a responsible free agent/franchise player system.

Basketball had to take it's lumps again last fall again, even Dolan would not pay the future luxury taxes on Jeremy Lin.

Hockey is not on this level.

Donald Fehr will have no problem with another season long lockout. This is the man that negotiated a system in baseball where the poorest teams get a big check to play at a huge competitive disadvantage.

Fehr's job is to make money for the players, he did it in baseball, it's not his job to promote competitive spending balance among owners anywhere.

Many of Bettman's owners to the last day spent for their long-term advantage, they have earned little sympathy, and will lose this media game.

The players who signed their front-loaded contracts got their signing bonus money up front. Christian Ehrhoff, James Wisniewski, Brad Richards have already been paid a big part of their long-term deals in anticipation of this day.
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Projecting Things Out:
Anyone who followed the last year must have been asking why such a casual pace in negotiating? There was no urgency until too late.

Ultimately I have no doubt Donald Fehr/Gary Bettman will sit out another full season, there seem to be too many financial issues to make any other choice possible for most owners.

I hope not.

This cannot be a sport of what corporation owning a team can write off the most red-ink to out spend their counterparts into an imbalanced system, where Craig Leipold goes from crying poverty in April, to spending 200m in contracts simply to compete in the UFA market.

The players were entitled to every penny they could get, they did not make those offers to themselves.

What was Nashvlle's ownership supposed to do? Not match the offer sheet, losing another key player?

Once again the usual owners have to be protected from themselves.
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Up Next For New York Players:
The sidebar has the links for the growing list of players signing in Europe, less will have that opportunity, however Streit, Visnovsky already have.

That list will likely expand to include Nabokov, Nielsen, Grabner.

If Visnovsky wants to stay in the KHL all season, he's under no obligation to report, if a new CBA means this year drops from contracts he's a free agent.

The North American players will have it a little tougher, plus if someone get's hurt, they are suspended (without pay) by their NHL team until they are medically cleared to play.

That means a player needs new insurance that covers some massive contracts if they want to play during a lockout.

Mr Crosby may have a problem with those issues because he sustains a concussion that ends his career in non sanctioned games, the Penguins do not owe him for the remainder of his contract.

As much as I wrote about DiPietro needing games desperately, he plays it's at his own risk unless he acquires insurance to cover the remainder of his contract.
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Media Circus:
Montreal Gazette Pat Hickey wrote on twitter Sunday, Scott Gomez, refused to waive his no trade clause to join the Islanders at the trade deadline. He did this despite the Gazette's, Dave Stubb, with Gomez agent Ian Pulver in LaPresse on 3/21 writing Gomez was never approached with any trade here.

It is getting that bad with some media, just flat out lie or make it up.

Someone to report on Matt Martin's signing at Dolan's paper? Cannot be bothered.

Randi Marshall/Robert Brodsky feature on loss of Isles games/revenue, plus comptroller George Maragos comment..... "It won't be the end of the world if the county doesn't have a hockey team."

Debbie Kranek, Debbie Henley, Hank Winnicki, thrilled. Add image of Isles losing in overtime on the road against Cablevision's team...print.

Surprised it did not get the cover.

Cannot blame them for Maragos if he's quoted.

Looks good next to support article for Dolan's friend, Sheldon (No West Side Stadium/special Msg treatment) Silver, unlike the late tepid referendum endorsement hidden in the fine print when it was obvious it would not pass this is real support.

Apparently Wade Redden who's contract almost meant the AHL would need a lockout, will not be forced to play in the AHL as long as he can remain on an NHL roster during a lockout to save five million dollars.

Seems the same media (or failed former media relations coordinators) reacting to DiPietro being taken off injured reserve on 8/1 forgot to notice.

Sorry folks someone has to write it.

New York Resigns Matt Martin To Four Year Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/16/2012 12:20:00 PM |
Islanders website: Reported the club came to terms with Matt Martin on a four year extension before the lockout began.



NYIFC Comments:
Checked last night up until around 10pm, great to see a deal done for the longer term. Will be interesting to see if there is any chance he returns to Bridgeport to continue playing.

Both Matt Martin/Travis Hamonic were selected in the 2008 draft, both have similar games played in NHL 135/153, however Matt Martin is twenty three, as opposed to Hamonic age twenty two.

Islanders Website: Also had a release for the fans as the lockout officially has begun.