New York Notables NBCSN/Smg/Comcast Flyers Proposal For Coliseum

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/19/2013 06:42:00 PM |
Just to be clear the usual deadline for restricted free agents to receive a qualifying offer is June 25th or the first Monday after the NHL draft. The new CBA does not list any change in this policy.

As we all know the 2013 draft is Sunday 6/30 (one day event) so that deadline is likely now 7/1 for Garth Snow to issue a qualifying offer to a growing list of players that now includes David Ullstrom who signed in the KHL.

That also still includes all the former Bridgeport prospects who played last season in Europe, IE: Koskinen, Katic, Rakhshani, DiBenedetto, and now Ullstrom.

Free agency begins 7/5/13. 
My thoughts on NHL awards for a 48 game cash-grab is it means nothing, same as the season itself.

The 48 game playoffs prove what the 82 game playoffs prove, parity is the rule, and any team can beat another in a seven game playoff. 
Unlike 2012, the Islanders will be using the Nassau Coliseum for it's prospect game scrimmage game 7/11/13 at the end of a four day prospect camp.
Expect the NHL schedule a little later, but with the Islanders preseason game at Barclay's Center on 9/21, and one in Barrie 9/29, camp will begin early in an Olympic year.
NY Sports & Entertainment Released their video for Nassau Coliseum with the Smg/Ed Snider/MSNBC/Comcast/Philly Live aka Ed Snider's taxpayer funded Lighthouse at old Spectrum Site.

The part about " As soon as the Islanders leave " is  only exceeded by the part at 50 seconds showing Ed Snider's control of the Coliseum with the Flyers properties.

And we all know who's bid this is with Rangers on their jumbo-tron.

Mark Streit Traded To Philadelphia For 4th Rounder/Prospect Shane Harper

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/12/2013 05:45:00 PM |
Islanders website announced they have acquired a fourth round pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, along with forward Shane Harper, in exchange for defenseman Mark Streit. 

NYIFC Comments: 
Not much to write. Comcast/Smg/Ed Snider MSNBC Sports Network Flyers strike again whether it be the countless summer deals (or attempts to sign players) with Nashville, San Jose (Nabokov) or the never ending early trades where corporate teams have advantages in a market where even a contending team dumps salary like Dallas, but now gives 39 year old Gonchar, ten million over two years? 

For the New York Islanders it's the end of an era, a first class captain, with offensive skills that cannot be replaced who was never given the defensive partner to provide him the time/space he needed. Philadelphia if they can sign him (likely) have more veteran defenders with size, who can give him some room/protection he was not getting here.

Streit's comments on the trade/signing with the Flyers here.

Mark Streit: " It's Time For A New Challenge" Discusses Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/06/2013 08:12:00 AM |

Something a little different, no one has created one for the New York Islanders so consider this freeware for all to share or make up you're own.

Too many things to choose from for me, so I created two, and could have made several more.

Expected something on Streit in home media, not while writing this post above so title/topic changes. 

Mark Streit had some heavily translated comments on why he is not resigning with the New York Islanders here that give the impression the Islanders offer was not the only issue for not resigning. 

NYIFC Comments:
Only thing that matters is Streit's quoted comments:
 "My decision not to renew with the Islanders, has nothing to do with the amount of the bid. The offer was fantastic, there is a lot of money. But after five years I am looking for a new challenge"

The article discusses contract numbers 4.5m vs 5.2m, I'm not sure where the writer was going in the heavily translated article unless the writer believes Snow went to the Dolan-owned Newsday in some manner, however there is no direct quote from Streit on that.

Streit made clear after the playoffs he wanted to return.

After a year of Visnovsky translation it's tough to guess . I do not speak the writers language so my problem.

Bottom line it's highly unlikely Streit is returning which is a player this franchise cannot replace on offense, and a huge loss. He came back from a year off, took the captaincy, and found Steve Staios, Matt Carkner, Radek Martinek as his defensive partners the last year, and a half.

Other teams took liberties, and put heavy pressure on Streit, finishing their checks. 

Few defenders in this league distribute the puck on the rush as well, or can quarterback a powerplay on the level Streit does.

New York Notables: Nine AHL Defenders Under Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/04/2013 07:37:00 AM | has the updates as usual on all prospect contact status.

For those scoring at home Bridgeport signing defenders Mike Keenan, Dallas Jackson, and goaltender Ken Reiter on 6/3/13 to AHL contracts brings the total number of defenders signed to nine not counting Griffin Reinhart or the players from the 2012 (prior) drafts.

Calvin Dehaan, Mike Dalhuisen, Scott Mayfield, Andrey Pedan, Aaron Ness, Matt Donovan, Mike Keenan, Marc Cantin, Dallas Jackson.
This does not include Jon Landry, Nathan McIver, or Ty Wishart, who are all pending UFA.

Of course in the potential department many of those names do not have resume Brenden Kichton has, who made clear he wanted to play for the 2012-13 Sound Tigers, who were 29th in goals against.

Kichton comes from same CHL team/system where Jared Spurgeon was not retained, and is now an NHL defender with Minnesota, at a time the Islanders needed a player like him.

Ken Reither (who mostly played in the ECHL) signing means Anders Nilsson/Rick DiPietro are in place at AHL/ECHL level.

The next generation of forward prospects unsigned remaining....Kirill Petrov with Mitchell Theoret not signed by 6/1/13 deadline. 
Not much to write about the NHL level, unless things have changed for a year in new CBA. 6/25 deadline to make qualifying offers to the Islanders RFA which includes Hamonic, Poulin, Thomas Hickey, Josh Bailey, David Ullstrom.

Jesse Joensuu did not play 72 career NHL games so he's unrestricted, and a player who the Islanders should want to take a final look at.

Tomas Marcinko, Justin DiBenedetto, Mark Katic, Rhett Rakhshani, Mikko Koskinen (signed through 2014-15) all require another qualifying offer. Former Captain, Jeremy Colliton, retained for a few years by the Isles in this manner is finally healthy, and signed in Europe for 2013-14.
Rick DiPietro needs to continue to build on his eighteen games unless the Islanders leaving him home for the playoffs was the final decision.

Anders Nilsson needs to play hockey games now that's he's apparently healthy.
 We all know the clock is ticking on Mark Streit. There is no one in UFA available close to replacing his offense with John Tavares going to Bern with him during lockout no small footnote with Niederreiter being a top prospect.

The organization/player trends of not signing players at this point suggest it's not going to happen which is a big hit for this franchise entering 2013-14.

The NHL goaltending depth chart at this time suggests Evgeny Nabokov has limited options to start for a team if he wishes to test the UFA market. 
Charles Wang's Neulion TV (per their twitter account) has signed a multiyear deal with Barclay's Center to provide exclusive digital streaming of live events which is the first facility Neulion has such an agreement with here.

Neulion paid 140m to win Olympic streaming rights which also carries NHL games.
The fact the Dolan's current president, Hank Ratner, is even giving some interviews suggests their bid for the Coliseum RFP is not the lock it likely is. 

Nassau Coliseum RFP 101: Who's Deciding This In July?

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/29/2013 05:40:00 PM |

Not the most unreasonable question to ask.

All we know is this will be decided on or around 7/15. No details, no Nassau County release as to who is specifically making this decision, what their background is, political contributions, associations with companies bidding?

The past archives was able to do this with the Referendum in May 2011, and the Lighthouse.

So much for the open process, public comment. Smg is involved with two of the bids that has ties to Al D'Amato. Why not let the public decide RFP winner in November at the ballot box along with Mangano's future via referendum?

That's right, Mangano needs his kick the Islanders out, someone's paying us to build an arena celebration party long before November to survive, and it's not something that should be decided by voters when it may not go the way some in government may want it to. 

Like it or not this is only about six future Islander games every year at some downsized version of the Coliseum.

If Msg wins the bid, the New York Islander brand is finished forever at the Coliseum, and on Long Island with it's history besides practices at Iceworks, regardless of what Charles Wang says because as he said he no longer has a place to play on Long Island.

Perhaps that was Mangano's plan since 2011, and that he knew of others would be willing to finance a downsized Coliseum even then..............Whatever.

If Ratner wins the bid he promises six New York Islander games a year not be played in the teams new home at the Barclay's Center, and it likely cast into serious doubt the future of Charles Wang's Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Ct. 

The real story is who is buying an AHL team or moving it to the Coliseum which was promised in every bid besides Bernard Shereck of Bayville and his company New York Sports & Entertainment along with partner Global Spectrum aka Smg/Ed Snider/Philadelphia Flyers. (Al D'Amato?)

Unlike the Lighthouse we all knew the politicians on both sides, with the referendum we knew about NIFA, and where they stood. It was easy to do entries here detailing who they were, and how they were appointed.

Bruce Ratner was brought in to advise Nassau County, he was given no special  advantage. It remains to be seen if  home team Cablevision/Newsday has any advantage or Smg/Blumenfeld, but I would guess the home team Dolan's win the bid without a fight against their media. (Cablevision, Newsday, News12LI)

Hofstra's Stuart Rabinowicz as usual supports the Blumenfeld bid May 22nd.
Ed Blumenfeld has commented that Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz “is in favor of our proposal.” Has Blumenfeld proposal (also Smg involvement)

A few folks were curious where they could find the bid/supporting video:
This is the booklet for Forest City Ratner's bid with images
Video of Ratner presentation

Dolan: Cablevision/Msg/Newsday presentation:
Msg Hub Vision
Msg video

5/30/13: Msg President, Hank Ratner, on Coliseum interview.
And as for Islanders fans who may see Rangers memorabilia decorating the Coliseum as a salting of the wound, Ratner said the Coliseum would keep its own identity separate from the Garden. But they would have to get used to having their rivals a little closer to home.

“There are a lot of Ranger fans on Long Island,” said Ratner. “That’s still Ranger territory.”

Msg's release on New Penn Station 5/29/13 as usual show they do not work well with others, ignoring their yearly 16m dollars taxpayer exemption & free electricity via taxpayers is why they renovated to retain it.  Nassau County should be considering this conduct with their bid.
 “It’s curious to see that there are so many ideas on how to tear down a privately owned building that is a thriving New York icon, supports thousands of jobs, and is currently completing a $1 billion transformation. These pie-in-the-sky drawings completely ignore the fact that no viable plans or funding to rebuild Penn Station and relocate MSG actually exist. Not that long ago, MSG spent millions of dollars and three years exploring a move to the Farley building as part of the new vision for Moynihan Station. That plan collapsed for a number of reasons that did not involve MSG, but did involve many of the same people now pressuring MSG to move, including the Municipal Art Society, which created enormous obstacles to achieving the relocation. The restoration of Moynihan Station has been a 20-year discussion that has led to very little progress or funding. The fact that this exercise does not include anyone who actually has detailed knowledge of this issue or understands the realities of this complex project exposes this exercise for exactly what it is.”

So Msg feels it's a New York icon, entitled to a taxpayer exemption (since 1982) that is now up to over sixteen million a year Con Ed Electricty money from taxpayers costing one million a year as of 2004 , and an operating permit in perpetuity? 

Too many past links to post here on Msg refusing to move without its tax exemption or Asembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's Msg ties and special treatment Silver receives at Msg.

For the record folks, Donald Monti of Renaissance Downtowns is the Master Developer of the HUB now. This Coliseum RFP needs to be brought to scale as to who owns what. (Image below) The Coliseum RFP is only a minor component, and should never be confused with the Lighthouse.

Don Monti has his own Biotech/Lighthouse plan for the site. 

Deck Stacked Against New York In New CBA

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/27/2013 02:13:00 AM |
The corporate teams simply have too many advantages for the New York Islanders to keep up, that's only going to get worse as payrolls head toward a hundred million dollars in a few years. 

The usual suspects will buyout their mistakes or sell them off with the massive front-loaded parts of the contracts paid, time for another front-loaded deal at thirty five percent.

About the only good news is those signings cannot be spread out above seven years.

It's not like Montreal or San Jose were misguided to take on Scott Gomez contract, or that Mike Richards, Jeff Carter were bad decisions by Los Angeles/Columbus.

It's simply that the biggest years of the contract were already paid which was a big advantage. 

Forget this franchise has the lowest attendance in the NHL, with no corporate revenue streams, and a fan base that will never pay what people will in Toronto/Philadelphia for regular season games demanding similar spending.

Now the corporate Red Wings will enter the division, with Brian Burke gone, and a new ownership in Toronto, expect the days of them not front-loading coming to an end. 

To say nothing of the 16-14 conference.

With the new rules they are outgunned financially even before 7/5 with potential UFA allowed to meet with other teams, with local media selling their team, and the New York Islanders having no such media.

Now portions of contracts can be traded also.

Trades? This is mostly a league devoid of major trades because all the top players available are headed for UFA, come with huge baggage, with the top hundred players all having some forum of NTC/NMC, this is not the NHL of Bill Torrey any longer where you can do a Lafontaine-Turgeon multi-player trade because most if not all of those players control where they can go.

Sure come the trade deadline winning/competitive teams can completely remake themselves with draft picks for pending UFA-see Pittsburgh, another huge advantage. 

Jermone Iginla turned down a trade to Boston, he approved a trade to Pittsburgh. 

History under Garth Snow seems to be a take it or leave it kind of mentality (perhaps on both sides) which does not bode well for this team moving forward with Mark Streit, a critical free agent who will be impossible to replace offensively.

The forty eight game whatever ended later so perhaps negotiations are behind somewhat with the NHL players.

Mitchell Theoret and Brenden Kichton are no longer Islander prospects if not signed by Friday.