4/16/13

It's Official: Dolan/Cablevsion/Msg/Newsday Want Nassau Coliseum

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/16/2013 11:32:00 PM
I sure did try over the years, writing this day was coming often. On 11/20/12 this website wrote, Nassau To Pick Coliseum Developer, Who Cares? here.

Now there is reason to care.

James Dolan's Cablevision, Msg, Newsday have bid for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the company that did the song and dance they wanted the Isles to stay, now want their home arena in the future.

Make no mistake it would take a miracle for them not to win that bid. 

Another entertainment venue to go with Hartford (tenant), Los Angeles Forum, Radio City, Beacon Theater, even Newsday to control the message. That's what Dolan does.

Updated 5/3/13:  NY Post
“We’ve put together a quality team ... plus this is what we do! We operate seven venues, and we’ve restored and revitalized each and every one, “said MSG President Hank Ratner.....


When the NHL's oldest facility, the Cablevision Garden (getting a 16.5m dollar check from the taxpayers each year) is done being renovated, they will turn their full attention to the Nassau Coliseum.

The Bids Are In:
This bid for the Coliseum will feature Charles Wang's friend (future part landlord), Bruce Ratner vs Dolan vs Blumenfeld vs Master Developer of the HUB, Donald Monti.

Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowicz will likely support the Blumenfeld bid. (unless Hofstra expansion projects with biotech are part of the HUB or if Master Developer Monti has promised him that.)

Dolan will likely have another corporate naming sponsor like JPM Chase who are giving Msg 300m for internal naming rights, along with Cablevision money, and perhaps their own naming rights on the facility.

They will win the bid handily because most of these other people are looking for some public financing (or a referendum-like deal) which Nassau will not do, they just renovated a similar facility in age.

They only need to transfer the companies that renovated Msg to Long Island. 

Plus they have a professional AHL hockey team all ready to cut into most of Charles Wang's current family/kid season ticket NHL base, the Ct/Cablevision Whale with an expiring lease in two years.

Ed Mangano:
Mangano will pick what can save his bid for re-election. Cablevision can give him the political contributions/positive press to help that. Tom Suozzi is a former Newsday employee after he lost to Mangano so that end is covered completely.

Long Island Press in 2010 reported Cablevsion has given 200,000 to Suozzi's political bids. 
 Cablevision, its political action committee and owners, the Dolan family, had been one of Suozzi’s biggest campaign contributors throughout his career—donating nearly $200,000 to Suozzi’s political aspirations since 2006, according to NYS Board of Elections financial disclosure records.
Counting on Mangano to be voted of office out for losing the Islanders? Not a prayer. Like referendum day, that's a smaller minority completely indifferent to virtually the only municipality in New York/New Jersey (around the country/Canada) who did nothing to keep their professional sports team via taxpayers. 

Of course when County Website rips Dolan owned Newsday in 2012 it's fair to write they do not have the best of relationships.
 
“It’s become obvious that Newsday columnist Joye Brown has some personal grudge or vendetta against Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. We all get that! However, it’s a shame that Newsday is allowing an editorial opinion on the news page without labeling it as such. The fact that Newsday, once one of the top five daily newspapers in the nation, condones this poor practice is disturbing as it lacks transparency by blurring the line between news and opinion.

For me, my family, friends and associates, it appears Newsday is joining the ranks of the Star and the Enquirer. To place a column with Brown’s personal feelings on page 3, next to actual news stories – as a way of tricking the average reader into thinking they are facts – is yellow journalism at its worst. Ethical journalism calls for viewpoints in a separate section from the news because the two are supposed to be separate and apart. Accordingly, I am calling on the publisher of Newsday to end this practice immediately!”

Kate Murray:
For Kate Murray, the Rangers are exciting, it's obvious what she wants, she will get her sixty percent on election day as long as she does what the Joe Mondello machine tells her to do.

Charles Wang:
Wang will have veto power over the HUB site until 2015 per the LI Business News, but who knows if that could be negotiated as part of breaking his current lease early? Ratner vs Dolan will make for some very interesting games, and with the Islanders future television/newspaper coverage given the contention with the Nets ownership to say nothing of fights for events with Barclay's currently going on 4/17/13.

Dolan's long problems with virtually every NY/NJ team is well documented.  

Wang has a binding lease until 2021 in Bridgeport, and Howard Saffan said the team is not going to move anywhere regardless of the Isles. He operates Webster Bank Arena which he just spent money renovating.

Charles Wang is not paying to repair the Nassau Coliseum anymore, unless Bruce Ratner has an ECHL hockey team included as part of his bid there will  not be a New York Islander affiliate to put on the property.

Again, I have written this often, as long as Wang owns the Marriott, he needs revenue from people staying there who will go to the Coliseum, not an empty lot. He may even want Dolan to put his AHL team in the Coliseum so his hotel receives the related hockey business from fans/visiting teams he will lose in Brooklyn?

Wang picked Brooklyn to make Dolan keep paying him cable contract money, and for his legacy of not being the man to lose the Islanders. It's a far from perfect plan for Wang to generate revenue, and those claiming luxury boxes are the revenue miracle learned nothing from the Smg lease that John Pickett did to go with teams in modern buildings losing money all over this league with full facility control, luxury boxes, and thousands of more seats than Barclay's at this time.

Per the LIBN, David Winzelberg, in August 2012 Wang can veto any plan for the HUB/Coliseum here.

Wang’s newest lease for the Coliseum signed last year gives him a say in what eventually gets built around the rest of the property. The Hub’s master developer will have to build a tiered parking to make up for any of the 6,500 parking spots lost, and Wang can reject any plan he deems would “adversely affect the use and operation” of his Long Island Marriott hotel and the Coliseum.
Legally speaking does Mangano's RPF for the Coliseum circumvent the above? Perhaps.

Behind The Scenes:
No, James Dolan is not happy. That 300m+ until 2030 in cable contract money was to pay for a Cablevision Coliseum bid when the Isles left New York entirely.
 
That plan (for now or until we see something on that iron-clad Barclay's lease) did not work out for Dolan.


Perhaps enough current Islander fans (mostly comprised of families/kids) at future LI Ranger AHL games combined with a very poor Brooklyn turnout will force Wang/NHL to cease operations. There will be virtually no media with the real chance Newsday goes AP with the Islanders in Brooklyn. 

For a company that pulled Islander pregames with Dolan fighting with a former Msg President over hockey production costs,  imagine how much 300m+ means to Cablevision/Msg, plus full territorial rights to say nothing of no longer having to produce game coverage?

Trust me, if the games were of value, every time there was a +2 game, Dolan would find a way to put it in a place people could find it in HD, and would promote the games like he does his own teams. The man went on WFAN, and laughed when grilled on the Isles 2002 playoffs being put on Metroguide.

Referendum Shell Game Complete:  
Folks, I tried. How many countless times did I question the coverage, with the end game long before a 2011 referendum or since?


Now we know (or knew) why all those negative articles appeared in Msg's newspaper to defeat the referendum long before Dolan's Newspaper's very late tepid, token endorsement only when it was clear it would not pass (polls) that only said the process should continue for now when you got to the fine print. 

The two second appearance of James Dolan endorsing anything would make people vote against it, who but hockey fans would visit ITV to view even know of it's existence?

Dolan-owned Newsday took a quiet vote in August, and their newspaper made it a circus to drum up support to defeat it  with continual front-page headlines, and negative editorials. Now they want the Coliseum, and have placed a bid for it?

This was not Mike Bloomberg quickly giving every team the store via taxpayer behind closed door for new baseball stadium's. 

George Marlin will not be doing negative editorials in Dolan's Newspaper to tell the public Msg should not develop the Nassau Coliseum. 

Randi Marshall will not be twittering about Dolan's political contributions as she did regarding Charles Wang.

Coverage Game: 
Per the LI Press/Countless Articles we know how Dolan plays the media game with outlets he owns direct from the employees.

Please don't write, and claim it's my conspiracy. The people working for him have said this many times April 2012  along with 2010. I could produce a hundred links of Dolan regulating media from other outlets. It's what the professional media has reported independent of Msg almost non-stop, along with the employees themselves.

The Nassau Coliseum sure has received a lot of questionable or trivial front pages under Dolan's ownership.

Dolan's paper linking the Isles to Smg for the first time ever or using the front page over a disputed rent bill of only a few million? Nassau County had past disputes with Smg over money owed that was on the county website in 2006.

So much for " Smg set us free", when the Tribune Company owned Newsday in the late 1990's when they were the Islanders flat out enemy with lawsuits. If you read Dolan's paper, it comes off as if the Islanders are treated like they co-created the Coliseum internal problems themselves lately, when all Wang did was spend money as a tenant to renovate his landlords building long before Wang/Rechler got the so-called 2009 " gift " of a sublease where Smg receives 17m until 2015 unless Wang opted out which means Smg still get's every dollar through 2015.

Some gift.

Of course Dolan's paper should report the Islanders were named in the Coliseum asbestos lawsuit, that's fair. 

You will not see one word against Dolan's bid for the Coliseum, at best only the competition in the official newspaper of Madison Square Garden will be discussed with their plans. 

Dolan's paper will not turn it's owners bid into a circus like the Lighthouse or the referendum, those writers would lose their jobs. The silence will be deafening until they are selected as RFP winner (whatever you call it) which is separate from the HUB.

Who knows what Robert Brodsky, Randi Marshall will be told to write to keep their job? News12 LI is Dolan-owned which moderated the big vote debate in 2012.

The LI Business News has a Dolan owned name attached to it.

The NYC media will not care, they sell Msg, and their teams, plus need the ad money. Dolan's recent quote that he pays you're salary does not extend only to Msg security. Sports editors know he pays their salary too with the beat writer faster than you can say, Alan Hahn, New York Observer 2007 vs 2013.

At least the Observer in 2013 finally pointed out all those privately funded baseball stadiums were built by the taxpayers vs the NYC editorials demanding Wang pay for it himself in 2011.

The Dolans 16.5m from taxpayers every year did not make it into the Observer. 

Kind of like the countless articles you see about the sports coverage with the spin positive for Msg, not the other teams. (Newsday's Foil request on Mets)

Bridgeport vs Long Island vs Cablevision Whale in Hartford:
Dolan wants another entertainment venue, the Sound Tigers are locked into Webster Bank Arena until 2021, and in two years Dolan is free to move his AHL team directly into a new/renovated Nassau Coliseum so there is your professional team per Mangano's guidelines. 

The Sound Tigers registering two domains was strange but a sign of what's been going on quietly behind the scenes, that could have been for this coming year. 

The AHL Long Island Rangers will cut into the remaining Islander fans, the kids/familes that currently make up a large part of the crowd at the Islander games, there are no territorial rights for the American Hockey League. The Rangers NHL team will waste no time going back to the Coliseum for some preseason games, to market an AHL franchise as the official home team.

Unlike in Hartford where Msg decided to immediately go after another teams fan base with an AHL affiliate, and met resistance, that will not happen on Cablevision-owned Long Island, where Newsday even before Dolan purchased the paper worked tirelessly to sell the Msg brand with generations of Ranger fans working for the paper.

Legal?
As I have written here often Dolan, Cablevision, Msg, Newsday have every legal right to do this.  

Bridgeport:
Not much to write about Bridgeport, they lost a two goal lead with three minutes left to lose in overtime, in another game that defined their season. They have richly earned the playoff elimination that should come no later than Saturday.


According to Quadnews.net via New Haven Register reporter Chip Malafronte, defenseman Mike Dalhuisen has signed a contract with the New York Islanders and is set to play for their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, beginning 2013-14. The terms of the contract are undisclosed. 


New York:
When the 48 game season concludes, entries about the 2013-14 season will begin. Sorry for the timing but this is Mangano's plan, not mine. As I told folks back on 1/2/13 the season was cancelled here, Stanley Cup or 30th, and that this website may not be for you during this time. 

4/12/13

Scott Pellerin Should Not Be Back In 2013-14

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/12/2013 03:19:00 AM

Scott Pellerin signed a two year contract with an option when he was hired by Garth Snow. He explained his job terms quite well last summer here. 


“It’s a perfect fit for me,” said Pellerin. “I mean I’m familiar with many people on the staff at Bridgeport. My coaching style is in line with what Garth was looking for to fill the post. My role is going to develop players on the minor league level, win as many games as we can and, to help our players reach their goals.”


Anyone who reads New York Islander Fan Central, knows I'm loyal to coaches, staff likely more than most. A minor league coach in the best of circumstances during a normal season has to work with many roster changes to the degree what happens is completely out of his control.

Scott Pellerin, unlike his predecessor in 29th place at the end of 2011, has had the most favorable of circumstances.

Based on what I have seen/read, or listened to since October, I do not believe Scott Pellerin should be retained for 2013-14 by Islander management to coach the Bridgeport Sound Tigers beyond this season.


Worst goals allowed in the AHL on a team with only a few NHL callups during a lockout season that had Hamonic, Donovan, Ness, Wishart into December with Cizikas, Ullstrom (sometimes injured) most of the time?  Over sixteen hundred penalty minutes, which again leads most teams by several hundred, dead last in AHL. Two seven game losing streaks, a franchise record pp slump?

Granted Pellerin's had bad luck with deHaan, Kabanov, and Anders Nilsson but this team should have been better defensively all year, these injuries are well within the norm for many teams which include Persson, Sundstrom missing time. Not sure where Jason Clark's struggles should be credited to or Colin McDonald's rise but naming a captain, and changing it did not fix much on the ice.   

The Islanders owned man games lost to injury for many years. and did not struggle in Bridgeport to this degree with a taxi roster of players when games were in the balance.  Kevin Poulin allowing three or more goals in 11/15 games? 

Absolutely Pellerin deserves some credit for individual performances like Niederreiter (first half) he seems far less engaged around the puck in second half (perhaps injuries on his line or a full season wear) Brock Nelson, John Persson, and Johan Sundstrom with Matt Donovan, Aaron Ness.


Too many times this team did not seem ready or play like a unit, despite it's talent, on a team during a lockout until mid-January, that did not recall many players. The critical moment breakdowns, or games other teams just outplayed them with two points in balance, or important games this team simply did not show, and a little too much complaining over some bad calls do not reflect well at all on Scott Pellerin.   

That includes the trade of Jack Combs to another AHL team, and sending of Chad Costello to the ECHL (so defender Jordan Hill can play forward?) with Costello pulling no punches in calling out Pellerin, which seems another first for a Bridgeport coach to be criticized by a player like that.

Garth Snow is accountable for this as general manager.

Mark Cantin and Mike Halmo seemed to be no success story. 

There are five games left in Bridgeport's season, playoffs are highly unlikely given math, but this is about talent that did not grow into a team, under circumstances far better than many past Sound Tigers coaches have been given.

I did not even advocate for a change from Dan Marshall. This was Pellerin's first chance coaching after being an assistant in Manchester for six seasons, it was not an off the radar selection to pick an AHL assistant with one team for a long time, that made five playoffs in six years under Mark Morris.

Regardless what happens from here with Islander prospects down the stretch, I believe this team needs a coaching change for 2013-14.

4/8/13

Mikko Koskinen Signs With SEL Through 2014-15/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2013 02:18:00 PM
Blues FI: Announced Islander prospect Mikko Koskinen has resigned with the team through the 2014-15 season.

NYIFC Comments:
New York qualified Koskinen last summer, and will need to do so through June 2015 if the club wishes to retain his NHL rights. That does not cost anything, however Koskinen was the first overall goalie selected in his draft class so it's looking like a pick that will not work out or has moved on for good. During his time in North America he was frequently injured, however showed some flashes of his ability at all levels.

Anders Nilsson is signed for next season, however illness has taken virtually all of this year from him (he's healthy enough to backup now for Bridgeport) it could also mean the second goaltender drafted very high that summer, the only prospect anywhere to receive a first round contract (Nilsson makes practically same money as Ryan Strome) could turn out to be another big miss on the draft front.

Kevin Poulin needs to be resigned this summer, and has struggled in the AHL. Only management knows how things play out with DiPietro, who's finally proving durable if nothing else on the AHL's worst defensive team most of the year. 

Bridgeport:
Not much to write about the Sound Tigers playoff chances that was not written about recently. Another devastating loss is followed by a win that keeps the conversation going, but without six of seven wins in the remaining games, it's highly unlikely. Too many teams in front of them.

Defensively the frequent breakdowns still happen, but the addition of Strome, the return of  John Persson, Sundstrom, Ullstrom with the standout play of  Brock Nelson, it's a team that can also finally score some power play goals after a franchise record setting slump. Niederreiter has not had a strong last few months where he's dominating the puck when he's on the ice, but management may want him to concentrate on learning the defensive game.

Most recent games Bridgeport is getting the better pressure.

The loss of Jack Combs offense has hurt given what he did last weekend. Kirill Kabanov has landed on the bench in what looks like a lost season after injury where Scott Pellerin has pushed for more from him.

Individually Matt Donovan is producing at a very high level for the Sound Tigers. 

4/5/13

New York Signs Draft Pick Scott Mayfield Three Year ELC

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/05/2013 04:34:00 PM
Islanders website: Announced Scott Mayfield has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal. Mayfield will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on an Amateur Tryout Contract.

NYIFC Comments: 
Another early college prospect signing by Garth Snow. The 6/1/13 clock continues for Theoret, D Kichton.

On paper between Reinhart, Donovan, deHaan, Ness, Pedan, now Mayfield in Bridgeport, with Strait, Hickey, Finley, Carkner, Visnovsky, Hamonic (rfa), MacDonald under contract to New York for 13-14 the depth chart screams they are running out of spots for Kichton/2012 drafted defenseman from CHL (Jesse Graham/Loic Leduc, Adam Pelech) who will have to be signed by 6/1/14.

Ville Pokka from Finland will have to be signed by 6/1/14. 

There are college prospects (Robbie Russo, Doyle Somerby, Jack Bischoff) behind that in the years ahead.

This does not even include qualified, Mark Katic, Ty Wishart or some of the current defenders in Bridgeport.

D Marc Cantin is signed through 2013-14 was recently sent to the ECHL, and is New York property.

4/3/13

New York Signs Andrey Pedan To Three Year ELC

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/03/2013 11:57:00 AM
Islanders website: Announced that Andrey Pedan has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal. Pedan will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout agreement.

NYIFC Comments:
Pedan had to be signed by 6/1/13 or the Islanders would lose his rights. Mitchell Theoret, Brenden Kichton, and Cody Rosen (8/15/13) deadline are the remaining prospects that need to be signed this summer for the club to retain their rights.


4/1/13

Anders Lee Signs ELC With New York/ Ryan Strome to Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/01/2013 01:05:00 PM
Islanders website: Reported Anders Lee has agreed to terms on a two year ELC.

University Of Notre Dame just released a statement with Lee's comments.
 After making his decision to turn pro, Lee said, "I love this University, my teammates the coaching staff and everyone with the program who helped me get this opportunity. I've been blessed and am so thankful to have had the opportunity to play at Notre Dame."
NYIFC Comments:  
Lee only signed for two years because he's 22.
Bottom line, New York got one of their highest rated prospects signed unlike those who submitted letters, and signed elsewhere. Lee will be a restricted free agent next summer. (worse case)

Updated: Lee just gave his initial twitter comments on the Islanders website. He will wear #27.
***********************
Islanders website announced that Ryan Strome has been reassigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Sound Tigers website reported Strome will make his AHL debut on Tuesday in Worcester. 


Sound Tigers twitter account reported Strome will wear #18, he practiced with Niederreiter/Nelson, and commented on joining Bridgeport.




3/30/13

Visnovsky Signs " No Move " Contract Through 2014-15

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/30/2013 07:38:00 AM
Islanders website: Announed defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has resigned with the New York Islanders through the 2014-15 season. 

Agent Neil Sheehy had the only comments so far on the signing via twitter, and like Islander prospect, Brendan Kichton, had some criticism for the media which again screams Arthur Staple of Cablevision another NHL owned team at Newsday. 

More importantly Sheehy, said this is a no-move contract, which means little if Visnovsky at some future point wishes to be traded. Bottom line another player comes here, finds it a place they wish to be, and resigns which say everything about how this franchise is run.

Yes, if Visnovsky decides to retire or stay home the Islanders have themselves a cap hit with no player so there is a risk here. 


  1. Islanders announce Visnovsky signing. Lubo never had issue with NYI as media continually and falsely reports and signed "No-Move" contract.
  2. Expect an announcement from New York Islanders regarding Lubomir Visnovsky's future with the Club. Lubo loves New York! :-)
  3. Lubomir Visnovsky is impressed with Garth Snow and his teammates on the New York Islanders. Lubo wants to help the organization win.

3/28/13

New York/Bridgeport Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/28/2013 07:44:00 AM
Sorry folks, there will be no trade deadline updates beyond New York Islander related transactions for the 2013-14 season, or unless it's a player that helps Bridgeport down the stretch.

There was no official clear day for the AHL this year.

Sean Wiles was released by Bridgeport after a goal, and two assists, apparently that was the intended plan as he returned to the ECHL for their playoffs. Defenseman Jordan Hill continues to be used as a forward.

Bridgeport needs a winning in regulation streak to gain the ground necessary, last weekend was mostly more time knocked off the calendar. Rick DiPietro has been very good, Ken Reiter's been even better. Anders Nilsson backed up a game, it will be interesting to see if he continues to practice with the goal of playing.

Nilsson is the latest drafted pick since the 2005 CBA to receive first round money, that means his contract is virtually identical to that of Ryan Strome.

As for the 2013-14 New York Islanders, the lockout will end here with the conclusion of the forty eight game whatever whether that is in late April or late June. An announcement of a preseason game is not worth an entry here.

Deepest condolences on the loss of former New York Islander assistant, Wayne Fleming.

3/21/13

Bridgeport's Last Stand? Wiles, Keenan, Diamond, Clark

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2013 11:46:00 PM
Winger Sean Wiles is reporting to Bridgeport on a ATO here, who's leading his team with  14 goals and also posted 10 assists to go with long resume of penalties.
Forward Joey Diamond has signed with Bridgeport out of UMaine.
D Mike Keenan out of Dartmouth signed an ATO on 3/20.

And of course C Jason Clark was recalled after not playing/injured for about a month in the ECHL.

Sound Tigers website did a feature calling the weekend: " Pivotal "

Sure Bridgeport can get 3/6 points (even less) and we can keep doing these big weekend/game entries. Reality is they step up now or it's going through motions, too many teams in front of them.

Defensively the team has been better, and they are getting the goaltending from DiPietro/Reiter.

3/20/13

Brenden Kichton On Signing With New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/20/2013 09:56:00 PM
Spokesman.com: Has Islander prospect Brenden Kitcton's comments on signing with the New York Islanders, and his teams playoffs along with Chiefs head coach, Don Nachbaur 

 Kichton said the Islanders’ plans for him are murky.

 “We haven’t come to terms with anything on a contract, so we’re kind of in a waiting stage right now, to see what they’re going to do and what my agent wants from them,” Kichton said.

 “Not many kids have accomplished what he’s done, whether it’s games played, whether it’s the awards, the goals or the assists,” Nachbaur said. “He’s had a tremendous career and he’s going to be a good pro.”
NYIFC Comments: 
And this is what happens when your teams primary beat-writer is an employee of a company that is owned by another NHL franchise.  Don't believe everything you read unless the player is quoted, now we have Brenden Kichton's comments.

New York has until 6/1 to complete a contract or he can re-enter the draft so the pressure is on Islander management. This is not a late round pick in Jared Spurgeon, who the Isles did not sign, and then made a team on a tryout (Minnesota) before sticking in the NHL over many of their current NHL roster defenders.

It's also not Andy Chiodo, who made Pittsburgh for a time after the Isles did not sign him.

Some will recall Justin Mapletoft was also drafted in the 5th round, and signed a three year contract with the Islanders off winning WHL player of the year 6/1/2001 for Brent Sutter's Red Deer Rebels. 

Many CHL players with great numbers did not translate into great/good NHL players, some times those players seek max contracts as in first round money.
***********************************
The latest drafted player who received max entry level contract in the last CBA was New York Islander prospect, Anders Nilsson, who according to the Ct Post practiced with Bridgeport on 3/20 who discussed his health issues.

Nilsson's contract is virtually identical to Ryan Strome's ELC.

3/19/13

Jason Clark Recalled To Bridgeport-More Changes

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/19/2013 01:36:00 PM
Connecticut Plus-Reports Jason Clark has been reassigned to the Sound Tigers by the New York Islanders from the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, defenseman Marc Cantin has been reassigned by the Islanders to the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, and forward Adam Huxley has been released from his professional tryout contract (PTO).

NYIFC Comments:
Bottom line defender Jordan Hill dressed as  forward last weekend, scored a goal, in a game Bridgeport trailed 2-0, tied the game, then lost in regulation shorthanded in the last two minutes. Cantin returned to play his first games since mid-Feb on defense during the weekend.

The effort for the most part was there, the defensive game better, Ken Reiter stole a point Saturday after a four hundred mile trip, Rick DiPietro had a shutout Sunday after the team traveled half that distance for a Sunday 3pm game. 

Bridgeport had two shutouts on Saturday/Sunday, lost one game in overtime, a three out of six point weekend where they failed to gain ground on the clubs in front of them.

Canadian Media Slam Sports