1/19/13

Bridgeport 2012-13 Race For Playoffs Continues

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/19/2013 01:42:00 PM
The standings do not lie. Bridgeport is at the half-way point of it's 76 game season, ten points out of first place, at best a bubble team that has displayed weaknesses in surrendering goals for long stretches, along with periods where it's been very good.

The AHL adapted a more conventional NHL format of three division winners seeded 1-3, with the next five teams rounding out Calder Cup playoffs. 

The 2012-13 story of Niederreiter, Nelson, Persson, Sundstrom, Donovan, Ness, Nilsson, Poulin continue.

A lot of what happens in Bridgeport/among prospects will determine 2013-14 in New York.

Bridgeport has two games this weekend.
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Information or updates related to the 2013-14 New York Islanders will be the only updates here or on twitter.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers/Islander prospect 2012-13 seasons will be the primary content. 

Thank You



1/16/13

New York Statement For 2013-14: Resign Mark Streit Now

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2013 12:06:00 PM
No doubt it's a judgement call, no doubt like with Brendan Witt, Trent Hunter (resigned early) it can backfire with someone who already missed a year, who could get injured again before 2013-14. 

It's backfired with many players Streit's age who have been resigned or moved onto other teams.

Long term deals in general turn into poor decisions. 

Having written that Mark Streit is the captain of the New York Islanders, a top flight two-way defender which is rare in this league.

Mark Streit will have huge value entering free agency in a few short months, who likely will command a front-loaded contract on the open market.

This is a player who's ability the organization does not have a replacement for at any level in the near future, he is a player John Tavares went to Switzerland with to be on his team.

Tavares is the New York Islanders signature star moving forward.

Nino Niederreiter is another players who has, and will look to Mark Streit for advice in the years ahead.

This is where management needs to make another statement now by locking up Mark Streit for the remainder of his NHL career beginning with the 2013-14 season. 


1/14/13

2013-14: New York Claims D Joe Finley Off Waivers

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/14/2013 01:17:00 PM
Joe Finley was signed to a three year/two way contract on 11/29/2011 by Buffalo.

New York claiming him on waivers means unless he is traded (or claimed on waivers at a future point) will be a part of the 2013-14 New York Islander/Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

Again transactions that have something to do with 2013-14/beyond will be the only ones written about here.

1/13/13

Bridgeport/Prospect Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/13/2013 07:57:00 AM
1/13-Updated 6:20pm: Matt Donovan scored a pp goal in final two minutes for a 5-4 win. Bridgeport lost a 4-2 lead in last five minutes. Aaron Ness, Costello three point games. Niederreiter two goals.
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Welcome to the American Hockey League, Scott Pellerin.

Today is the first true day as a head coach, with these things called transactions where the AHL affiliate lose players with alarming regularity for many reasons.

Kind of like how Bridgeport has been again struggling recently with games where they have had roster advantages, leads and still were outplayed/lost.

You fall behind 5-0 with roster advantages, come back to lose 5-4, then take a 2-0 lead in your next game with same advantages, your team should not surrender that lead, losing 6-3. 

Four regulation losses in the last five games.

Goodbye: Travis Hamonic, Ty Wishart, Jon Landry, Colin McDonald, Casey Cizikas and David Ullstrom, with more changes coming.

That's life in the AHL.

On Sunday, Bridgeport plays it's third game in three days, traveling from Providence to Bridgeport to Atlantic City (not Albany)  against the Devils 4pm.
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Until the NHL or NHLPA release an official copy of it's CBA which will cover the 2013-14 season, not much to write on this subject.
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It would appear the rules on college prospects, deadlines to sign CHL drafted players still apply at two years which mean decisions have to be made by June 1st under normal schedule circumstances.

Anders Lee is a junior, he is under no deadline to be signed until 8/15/2014 if he graduates. 

Mitchell Theoret was traded to the Barrie Colts on 1/10/13, per previous CBA he must be tendered a contract because he was drafted in 2011.

Brenden Kichton-6/1/2013
Andrei Pedan-6/1/2013
Cody Rosen 8/15/2013


1/8/13

Unless It's 2013-14 Related For New York...Not Interested

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/08/2013 05:16:00 AM
New York Islander Fan Central is only setting up the 2013-14 season.

Beyond that the lockout here continues, there will be no game coverage here at all, no Islander-centric twitter updates from this point forward. 

I'm sorry. I would respectfully suggest folks who feel otherwise please visit another New York Islander content related website until the forty/whatever games conclude.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers play Tuesday night at home against Hershey, prospects world-wide have games to play.

These are the games/twitter updates for 2012-13 at NYIFC.

I'm well aware players in Bridgeport who have done their part will be leaving for New York, and have earned the opportunity to be in the NHL.

Unless it has something to do (there are subjects which will overlap ) with 2013-14 there will be no interest in writing about it here even if the Islanders are undefeated, win the Stanley Cup, and go down the Canyon Of Hero's.

If the Islanders add to their Hall Of Fame that is something which will be written about here, not the game which will follow it.

Yes, it's time for Jiggs McDonald, John Tonelli, Butch Goring, and a large majority of the Core Of The Four to be inducted before the club relocates. 

If the Islanders sign, trade, invite a player for only this season, it will not be written about at all here, the same will apply to injuries unless they impact 2013-14.

No trade deadline coverage unless an acquired player is signed for 2013-14. 

GM/coaching/staff interviews/hiring/firing are an overlapping subject to be determined as we go, the plan is to concentrate on 2013-14.

I have no interest in Charles Wang, Garth Snow, Doug Weight, Brent Thompson, or any staff/player interviews about the product related to the forty/whatever games.

Only 2013-14.
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2013-14:
What division (or conference playoff format) will be the new model in 2013-14?  (remember that approved  playoff format last year the players wanted with only four available playoff spots)

At usual the professional media cannot even figure out what day players/owners will be ratifying this brutal CBA agreement so expect nothing but the usual poor work full of worthless sourced based contradictions.

The NHL.com version of the final ratified CBA will be posted on the sidebar here when official. 
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Media:
I'm done writing about media until 2013-14.

My advice is it's your turn to see things for what they are, and speak out when you know things are unfair regardless of a teams record.

This blog has done more than anyone on criticizing poor, lazy, selective, sourced based, biased reporting with an agenda for their own market/whatever.

If you are so upset with the NYI product that you accept anything reported via sources or people who do not even cover the team (ex: Katie Strang) which is factually incorrect that's your choice.

My respectful advice has always been to be educated on such matters or lower your standards to accept anything written. (even treating fan blogs as professional which they are not starting with this one)

Be positive or critical based on what's factually fair. 

If Dolan's laughingstock Knicks can be treated like gold by NYC media salesman (who need Msg ad dollars) with one playoff win in a decade (less than the NYI) it's your choice to contact media, editors, and demand the double-standards stop or rally fellow fans not to accept such reporting bias.

My take is you are entitled to a fair balance, nothing more. 

Or remain silent, and expect things to stay the same/get worse. (is that possible?)
Again, your decision.
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Unless there is something to write regarding Lubomir Visnovsky for 2013-14.....not interested.

He's the perfect example of why it's best to ignore this forty plus game cash grab, who's wasted more of our important time since June of last year than any player in New York recorded memory. 

Beyond that please educate yourselves about Rick DiPietro's contract.

Unless Charles Wang in 2006 could not get insurance on his contract for his later years, and RDP is injured entering 2013-14 there is no reason at all for a buyout.......NONE. 

Beyond that If RDP cannot play entering 2013-14 insurance would pay the remainder of his contract, his cap hit removed without a buyout.

I hope he's healthy, and productive so this discussion for 2013-14 ends. 

Thank You Very Much

Bridgeport home Tuesday.

1/6/13

Pending Approval NHL, NHLPA Reach Framework For New CBA

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/06/2013 06:59:00 AM
NHL, NHLPA Reach Framework For New CBA

"Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We have to dot a lot of I's and cross a lot of T's. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the League side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well."

NYIFC Comments: 
Again in terms of 2012-13, NYIFC will not be covering games because this is not a legitimate season regardless of the New York Islanders performance on ice. This blog will examine moves that will impact 2013-14.

My hope is Charles Wang, and seven other owners (updated-perhaps only majority needed) turn down any agreement where a CBA begins with huge permanent spending disparities between corporate teams willing to use their personal business to write off red ink for advantages, vs other owners without large corporations who need their NHL investment to be a sustainable business. Most franchises as stand alone businesses cannot spend fifty million dollars much less sixty or seventy million, massively front-loading, with a cap ceiling that will at some point approach one hundred million dollars.

Do I expect eight (perhaps only majority) of owners to reject what Mr Bettman agreed to? No.

This is why the league needed to be shut down last September? 

A system that will now likely include buyouts to correct mistakes which will lead to more overspending?

It's a terrible business model, one designed where there will be a lack of financial competitive balance for many/most franchises that were losing money spending fifty million much less a system now that likely will begin near seventy million.

When the 2004-05 lockout ended there was no front-loading, a system that previously saw 28 million dollars payrolls vs 80m dollar payrolls (with UFA beginning at age 31) become a balanced system with a ceiling at 39m.

This system will begin with a 26 million dollar disparity that will only get worse, with UFA for players in their prime, with front-loading continuing on a large scale, and now buyouts for mistakes to increase the disparity even more. 

It appears Mr Fehr won handily on every issue, giving NHL a permanently broken system like MLB. 


1/2/13

2012-13 NHL Season Cancelled At New York Islander Fan Central

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/02/2013 02:59:00 PM
It's not 1994-1995. This writer saw one of those seasons long ago at a time a lockout was something new/different at a time before there was social media.

In retrospect that NHL season was nothing short of an insult to NHL fans. I do not consider any possible 2012-13 season as legitimate or wish to participate. 

Of course everyone wants their money, the hockey media wants their paychecks/pageviews. 

This is not a New York Islander issue directly related to  the management/team beyond being an NHL franchise or about any individual member of the NHLPA who would wear a New York Islander uniform.

If it's the final Nassau Coliseum season that would be a disappointment, however it's beyond our control or the correct reason to write about games here.  

Having written this New York Islander Fan Central will not be writing or doing twitter updates about the 2012-13 New York Islander on-ice games under any circumstances whether they win a Stanley Cup Championship or finish 30th if games eventually take place at all. 

The content presented here will be related to setting up the 2013-14 season (if one takes place) along with what's happening in Bridgeport, and teams prospects with the NHL draft.

That will include trades/personnel changes, signings that need to be made (Anders Lee) when terms of a cba are established with regard to prospects or departing players.
 
CBA terms will be published when an agreement is eventually made because that will setup the 2013-14 season.

The on-ice 2012-13 New York Islander/NHL season has been cancelled in terms of New York Islander Fan Central regardless of what is eventually decided in CBA negotiations. 

My apologies to our great, loyal readers, everyone has their own decision to make on this subject.

New York Islander Fan Central as promised will remain viewable until October 2013.

No decision regarding the future of this site or it's predecessors back to 2000 has or will ever be made based on team performance, off-ice issues or CBA negotiations.

12/30/12

If New York Lease Iron-Clad/No Opt-Out It's Most Successful Year In Generation

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/30/2012 05:25:00 PM
The title is the bottom line.

The New York Islanders needed to secure a future home that goes beyond Charles Wang's tenure as owner.

In 2012 that's exactly what happened. A twenty five year lease starting in 2015 takes us into 2040. 

That makes this the most successful year the New York Islanders have had in over a generation.

This problem has gone on since John Tavares was an infant here.  You can play for the Stanley Cup in 1991, but if you don't have a future home secured there is no team as Minnesota North Star fans could tell everyone.

The discussion about this problem is finally over. 

We can all discuss the upside/downside, true financial gains (if any) made here to make the New York Islanders product sustainable at Barclay's Center as a tenant.

What matters is Wang (hopefully Michael Picker) believe they will have a more sustainable product now, and for future New York Islander owners so that's why this decision was made.

New York Islander tradition continues.

Happy New Year. 

Media-wise the New York Islanders will have less/worse professional media than they had in 1972 to rebuild their brand........it's the biggest problem moving forward by a mile.

No pro sports team anywhere will have less.

Msg's latest president, Hank Ratner, can spare us the great relationship comments, and make sure the New York Islanders receive their three hundred plus million to be hidden on their network until 2030 hopefully with a pregame.

NYC taxpayers have been giving Msg hunderds of millions since 1982 in what was supposed to be a ten year deal. That agreement also included low-cost electricity.
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Bridgeport:
The good news is for now, Scott Pellerin, found a way to get his team on track with a lot of injuries. It's been more than a good sampling 5-1-2 to credit the rookie AHL coach.

Will Pellerin likely match the stretch 29th place coach, Brent Thompson, started a year ago at this time? No. 

Ness, Donovan, Wishart the only likely NHL alternatives on defense. No Hamonic, deHaan, Kabanov.

For the next 2-3 weeks no Brock Nelson.

At the moment, Ullstrom, Cizikas have stayed healthy,  Ullstrom despite a four point game has not been very productive.

Obviously the headline is Niederreiter, with Persson/Sundstrom/Nelson very impressive.
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NHL:
Most of the summer here was spent going through the motions of putting together the 2012-13 New York Islander roster. There is no point discussing it further at this time.

12/26/12

Player Garth Snow's Comments On Lockout Sept 2004

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/26/2012 08:58:00 PM
On 9/28/04: Locked Out NHL player Garth Snow gave the Toronto Star an interview on playing in Russia.  

USA Today's Kevin Allen on 9/27/04 had a more positive article.

Tsn.ca reported Snow left St Petersberg on 12/21/2004 in an era before there was a KHL.

On 7/29/2005 Snow was resigned by the Isles to a three year extension as an UFA.
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NYIFC Comments:  
This entry has nothing to do with the previous post about the general manager.

I felt it would be interesting to take a quick look back at how NHL locked out player, Garth Snow, saw the 2004-05 lockout.

I always remembered this interview because of his honest, candid comments at the time.

Snow before 2010 was the only recent former player who had become a general manager since the 04-05 lockout beyond brief co-gm Brett Hull with Dallas who retired in October 2005.

This has nothing to do with players immediately named gm.

Bob Clarke was hired as gm by Ed Snider of the Flyers upon his retirement after 83-84, who was fired by Jay Snider before becoming gm in Minnesota, Florida before returning to Philadelphia as senior vp, then gm, which he held until 2006 when after being fired, he again was named senior vp in Dec 2006. 

Ray Shero was a long-time assistant in Ottawa/Nashville before behind hired by Pittsburgh in 2006.
Dave Nonis was gm in Vanvouver from 2004-2008. 

Among the current general managers:
Steve Yzerman was named Tampa's gm in 2010, his final NHL season was 2005-06.
Former Islander/new Montreal gm, Marc Bergervin's final NHL season was 2003-04.
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Fun Story Of The Day: 
So in September 2001 Vancouver gm Brian Burke wanted to claim Garth Snow off waivers? 

Funny on 1/6/2001 the all-knowing Vancouver media has Burke's comments on Garth Snow's goaltending vs Felix Potvin after Snow left. 

Sorry gang, Snow's 2000-01 stats in Pittsburgh did not scream he had improved. Chris Osgood was  claimed off waivers with DiPietro being left in Bridgeport. 
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Bridgeport Win/Loss:
Nino Niederreiter scored two goals in first period, took a stick in the face, returned but only took one brief pp shift in second period on Wednesday in Sound Tigers 5-2 win. David Ullstrom has three assist, one ENG. 

Nothing on Travis Hamonic or Brock Nelson close to returning.