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.

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.
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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.

Jason Clark Recalled To Bridgeport-More Changes

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/19/2013 01:36:00 PM | | | Comment Here
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.