12/6/12

Big Problems In Bridgeport/New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/06/2012 07:17:00 PM
Updated Friday PM:
Colin McDonald has been named Sound Tigers captain.

Seven straight losses, one out of fourteen points, all with deHaan out, some without Ty Wishart, now with Travis Hamonic sidelined. (but cleared for workouts)

Aaron Ness, Matt Donovan have been healthy.

Virtually every game stretches of break downs lead to four or five goals allowed.

Niederreiter is an NHL drafted right wing producing as an AHL left wing. Brock Nelson is a center with an NHL depth chart of centers in front of him.

John Persson looks like a player. Mike Halmo needs to produce. Sundstrom has a nice balance of offense and grit.

Ullstrom/Cizikas are again showing durability issues. Kabanov's injury has sidelined him, Jason Clark was sent to the ECHL which is not a bad thing if you want him to play on the top lines somewhere.

Bottom line what was Scott Pellerin's first test, has now become his first crisis as head coach.

The alarming trends costing the team games are a problem. He's repeating the same words often, even the one game they got to a shootout did not stop the bleeding.

Not concerned with Poulin or Nilsson's numbers, they are both more than capapble with back to back AHL goaltenders of month in 2011-12 but what's happening now is mostly beyond goaltending. 

As written recently, Brent Thompson's, club was 29th at the end of calendar year 2011, but that was with a very different team.
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The good news is Ryan Strome winning player of the month in the OHL, Anders Lee his teams player of the month.  Mitchell Theoret, Brenden Kichton, Griffin Reinhart with others. 
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What do you want me to write that has not been written before?  It's an insult to our fans intelligence when NY Times Ranger salesman/cheerleader Jeff Z Klein travels to interview Cody Rosen, and in a two part feature article does not write once he was invited to the Flyers prospect camp in July 2009, a year before the Isles drafted him with their final pick here.

That means Cody Rosen was not a mystery prospect in NHL circles, does Klein think people are that uninformed? 

I guess a feature on one of the top prospects was too much for the Times coverage cap floor or Klein to be bothered with anything but a selective hit job on Snow/management.

Somehow Mr Klein also did not consider Rick DiPietro among the top prospects in 2000 contrary to the many draft reviews at the time projecting he could have been selected first overall. Gaborik between injuries turned down a 10-year, 80 million dollar contract from Minnesota.

Mr Heatley after all his circumstances was kind enough to sign a huge contract with Ottawa, only to demand a trade to be moved again. After refusing Edmonton, San Jose got him and moved him. His 24 goal season on free-falling Minnesota in 2011-12 hardly seems a player you build a winner around.

If Rick DiPietro were the player before his knee surgery, he would be the better player, certainly the more loyal which I guess counts for something.
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Obviously the Dolan's limited Newsday hockey budget does not include any New York Islander updates from Arthur Staple or another reporter in their paper on the team/lockout. Dolan's Ranger salesman at Newsday. Steve Zipay, is covering Dolan's team full time at all NHL/NHLPA meetings.

Updated-An extremely rare Staple slide show paragraph of each prospect on 12/7, see you next month. 

The New York Islander media coverage was far superior in 1972, they have no primary media in 2012 which would make them the only US pro sports team in this situation.

No. The teams record is not the reason. 
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Bruce Ratner is a minority share holder in the Nets, a majority share holder in Barclay's center. He has no stake in the New York Islanders at this time.

For now just show us blue prints for the Isles state of the art locker rooms/hall of fame.
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For those scoring at home, expect the Isles to remain at Iceworks if their counterparts training facilities are any indicator despite many articles on Nets moving. .

New York: Syosset Ice-works to Nassau Coliseum 12.8 miles.
New York: Syosset Ice-works to Barclay's Center  30.6 miles.
Cablevision: Greenburgh to Cablevision Garden 27.6 miles.
Devils: West Orange to Newark 8.9 miles.
Comcast Flyers, Vorhees New Jersey to whatever it's called in Philadelphia this year 19 miles.
Pittsburgh is planning a 2014 facility to be opened in Cranberry that would be around 20.5 miles to the slots based arena the Pens call home.
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The Michigan State Senate: Approved 650m in taxpayer money to give Little Ceasar's Red Wings owner, Mike Illitch, a taxpayer funded new hockey arena with real-estate.

Allentown is giving Comcast Flyer owner Ed Snider 177m for his new AHL home which broke ground today.


NYIFC Comments:
I guess a public referendum was not required, see Quebec, Edmonton, Phoenix. 

Sorry, someone has to point out when things are not equal. If Charles Wang were the only NHL owner asking for taxpayer money that would not have been fair. We all now know Wang was the only owner not to receive taxpayer money/exemptions in New York or New Jersey.

11/28/12

Happy Birthday Jiggs McDonald, Hill Signed, Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/28/2012 08:01:00 PM
New York Islander Fan Central wishes a very happy 74th birthday to New York Islander Hall of Fame Announcer, Jiggs McDonald.

NYIFC Comments:
As written many times already, item one on things to do list,  is to finally honor Mr McDonald in the New York Islanders Hall Of Fame next to Mr Westfall.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced today that defenseman Jordan Hill has agreed to terms on a one-year, American Hockey League deal.

NYIFC Comments:
Given the very recent struggles on defense, Wishart's absence with deHaan, Scott Pellerin has his first challenge as an AHL coach. For those who followed Bridgeport last season, Brent Thompson's club was 29th at the end of the calendar year 2011.

Yes, Casey Cizikas/David Ullstrom have to start showing some durability. Travis Hamonic has to be more of the offensive player he was in juniors. 

It was nice to see a feature on Niederreiter/Nilsson at Barclay's Monday.
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All that can be  repeated about Rick DiPietro is what was written on 11/5.
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* As always the policy here on NHL team finances is the lack of information does not make estimates with no access to that teams books credible.

That kind of information is for lazy media who need to write something to earn a paycheck, not here.

It's of no value at all to NHL fans.  

* It's always nice when folks do things for charity, and as presented here often NHL players are entitled to every penny that can get in contract negotiations.  Having written that someone who has received close to 30m dollars in bonus money already in anticipation of a lockout is hardly hurting financially.

Of course, Christian Ehrhoff, James Wisniewski, and many in the 2011-12 massive front-loaded club in anticipation of a league shutdown have not advertised anything charitable.

My point is charity is great, however let's not lose focus on the contracts that are a big part of what's going on right now.

11/20/12

Nassau To Name Coliseum Developer. Who Cares?

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/20/2012 06:33:00 AM
Long Island Business News: Reports Officials are expected to name a  development team headed by Donald Monti of Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns has been chosen to redevelop the 77 acres surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, according to officials familiar with the plan.

Brooklyn Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner has also been selected to assess the aging Coliseum and provide an optimization report to the county on how to best market the facility, officials said.

The development group headed by Monti includes RXR Realty, Jones Lang Lasalle and Woodbury-based Spector Group. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was expected to unveil the plan on Tuesday, the officials said.

NYIFC Comments: 
The bottom line is Charles Wang signed a twenty five year iron clad lease in Brooklyn starting in 2015-16.

It does not matter if a new Coliseum is constructed or what happens with Charles Wang's hotel or abatement in regard to the New York Islanders beyond his personal finances. Who develops the land or brings in a potential team is now relegated to a footnote unless it's connected to the Islanders at the ECHL level.

It does not matter how much longer Charles Wang owns the team or leaves the Coliseum either sooner or in Sept 2015.

The New York Islanders are finished at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have a binding lease until 2021 which this blog has detailed countless times.

Charles Wang is running/renovating Webster Bank Arena via his sublease. Sound Tiger President/Wang employee, Howard Saffan, pre/post referendum made clear the Sound Tigers are staying in Bridgeport regardless of what happens at the Coliseum.

That's the cold reality regardless where you stand with that decision or who develops what.  

That means regarding developing the Coliseum site in the long-term who cares?

11/12/12

New York Notables: What's Next?

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/12/2012 04:03:00 PM
New York Islander Fan Central has presented it's views on the lockout, with the early offers to the best of what was provided.

This blog is done now writing about the lockout. The media spin/rhetoric for both sides blaming one another with the players speaking, but not the owners make for entertainment, not information. 

Writers in Canada/US guessing about team finances or markets is just that, and this blog understands they have to produce something or their editors will have to give them another assignment to earn a living.

In other words it's a waste of everyone's time.

When/if an agreement is reached an entry will be written about the terms.

It should be noted the one big announcement Gary Bettman made at the Islanders press conference that got no mention was Gary Bettman emphatically said no NHL expansion forty seconds.

The 1994-95 lockout did not end until Jan 11th.

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What's Next?
The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is hosting a New York Islander-related event with no players present. Because of Disney On Ice since 11/6 at the Coliseum the ice was already down.

As written in recent entries, only Charles Wang/Smg/Nassau know if the team opted out of it's Dec 2009 sublease, it will be the first event since the NHL draft.

Will Charles Wang own the team when it moves in 2015-16 is a story for another day.

What's binding is the new 25 year lease which we have no real details about.  

Rebuilding A Fan Base:
For now the New York Islanders desperately have a fan base to build/rebuild.

The Nets with tons of media/advertising in a brand new building had 3,000 available tickets on a Monday, 1,000 on a Sunday night for a sport far more popular in New York.

By October 2015 when the New York Islanders relocate (if not earlier) the story of a new facility will have long since faded.

Garth Snow, Jack Capuano, Doug Weight? Three years is an eternity for their roles, if the team does not win expect changes or internal later moves.

Spending More?
If Charles Wang continues to own the team, he will be spending more simply because the back-loaded contract years are going to start when the club moves. Do not expect the building to change anything in free agency for the same reason it never did in Toronto, Montreal or with teams that refused to front-load if that's part of the next CBA.

Wang's xm radio comments about the front-loaded contracts give the impression he would not do them under the expired CBA which fall in line with many of his counterparts. 

I asked the Islanders twitter for the link to his full interview.

Coliseum's Future: 
Whatever Charles Wang does with his hotel/abatement now does not matter in terms of New York Islander hockey revenue so the Coliseum's future becomes another subject.  Only he knows how it balanced out financially for him to potentially own the team in Brooklyn vs the Coliseum.

Bottom line is come September 2015 the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will no longer house an NHL franchise. Unless Charles Wang purchases an ECHL team there will be no New York Islander related tenant given his agreements in Bridgeport last until 2021.  

Circumstances: 
The circumstances in the New York/Tri State Area right now are so bad for many, it's not really a time for sports to enter a discussion among politicians.
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Bridgeport:
The good news is Anders Nilsson is back playing, the better news is Brock Nelson is statistically looking like he can produce at the AHL level. David Ullstrom is still out, Casey Cizikas left Sunday's game.

Sound Tigers website: Report on the new scoreboard/matrix boards Charles Wang likely paid for at his managed Webster Bank Arena, as he did at the Nassau Coliseum in 2002 long ago via Bridgeport team president Howard Saffan.

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