New York Signs Josh Bailey For Five Years

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/15/2013 01:47:00 PM |
Islanders website: Announced today that Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on a five-year deal.

“Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We’re excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders.”

Islanders website: Also had a few words from Bailey
 “Obviously I’m very excited,” Bailey said. “I have to thank the organization – Charles Wang and Garth Snow, as well as the whole coaching staff – for believing in me and committing to me for another five years. It’s a really special, incredible feeling.”

NYIFC Comments: 
Another signing by Charles Wang only to gain real estate, and another player who does not really want to be here signed up well past his UFA date.

That growing list includes Tavares, Okposo, Grabner, Martin, Nielsen x2 , Clutterbuck, Hamonic, Strait, and now Bailey, who has to produce as top six offensive player for this signing to help the organization.

It would not be the worst plan to see what can be done with Andrew MacDonald now, however it is painfully obvious with the defensive prospect depth signed here, and who has to be signed by next summer, the number of spots is getting very limited at the NHL/AHL level.

Joe Finley has a contract for 2013-14. 

Thomas Hickey remains the final NHL level contract (not counting Gallant) who is not signed for the 2013-14 season.

New York Notables/Prospect Game ITV

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/11/2013 01:13:00 PM |
7/11 Prospect game will be on Islanders television at 7pm for those not in attendance. Taylor Cammarata, who has not been in camp so far, will be there for 7/11.

Islanders website posted the lineups for the game.

Calvin deHaan in another prospect camp is impressive, he was selected in John Tavares draft class, and was not obligated to attend.

Not much on Cal Clutterbuck's signing, he had the Islanders right where he wanted them, and got a contract near market level. The concern here is did Minnesota move him at a point where they feel that kind of game has taken it's toll?

As for Josh Bailey filing for arbitration he will have a contract one way or another. If it's high enough the Islanders can walk away from the award, but these things usually get settled beforehand, and perhaps long-term for Bailey.

I asked Brett Yormark on twitter about the Islanders season ticket base on 7/4, he responded publicly, writing the 2,200 number increase. I also asked about the number of season tickets lost which he did not respond to at that time.

Brother Michael Yormark runs the Florida Panthers, who are hardly a model of success or strong attendance, he responded on twitter last year to my question that there would be no conflict of league if a group involving Brett Yormark purchased the Islanders.

In short that meant Charles Dolan can purchase Msg. Larry Dolan can own the Cleveland Indians, but the Dolan family cannot own a second team in the same sport.  

William Davidson if some recall owned the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Detroit Pistons, both winning championships. 

Call it speculation but that ad for $99.00 tickets at center ice seems different than what's been advertised in the past, and the beginning of the Yormark era.

AHL.com released in 2013-14 division alignment. Bridgeport has lost Jon Landry, Matt Watkins among some of their UFA.

With Ratner vs Dolan for the Coliseum, and both promising AHL hockey, Ct will most likely lose an AHL team, unless Ratner brings in his own hockey team separate of Charles Wang's Sound Tigers, which would block any future move of Dolan's AHL team to Webster Bank Arena, managed by Wang.

It's easier to see through the domain naming-right's registration games that were played earlier this year now out of the Sound Tigers offices at Webster Bank arena to block a Ct Rangers domain name.

My take is unless Wang has power as Marriott/abatement to reject Dolan's Coliseum winning bid, Nassau at some future point will award the bid to Msg. Mangano wants this decided as part of his re-election progress  so it will not drag beyond Aug-Sept. Dolan's strong past support for Tom Suozzi likely does not matter if it comes down to media politics.

The rejection of Blumenfeld bid concludes Smg's era running the Coliseum since the mid-1980's which means Flyer owner Ed Snider is finally out. The Islanders Montauk advertising firm carrying a Blumenfeld name was awarded for a New York Islanders: " We're all Islanders " marketing slogan here.

Lynn Blumenfeld & Fleming was hired by the Islanders in 2006. 

Dolan's paper questioned Master Developer's Don Monti's role, it is his overall site to develop, the Coliseum is one parcel of that land.

All logo's have been updated to reflect the draft class of 2013. 

New York Releases Mini-Camp Roster

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/08/2013 07:38:00 PM |
Islanders website released it's 2013 mini camp roster. 

With the exception of goaltender, Stephon Williams, seems every player in 2013 is at camp. 

For those wondering Nino Niederreiter is not attending the Wild camp or on their list of invited players.

Wang Again Overspends For Fanbase 30th Supporting Team With John Tavares

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/07/2013 07:50:00 AM | |
Updated 10pm 7/7/13: Charles Wang another exclusive interview with NY Times.

“We will still be local,” Wang said. “We’re not moving away from our roots because Brooklyn really is part of Long Island. The Islanders will be just a train ride away for our fans.”

 “There’s no time for what I call the could-haves, should-haves and would-haves,” Wang said. “You make your choices, you learn and you make the best of it. We spent 13 years trying everything possible to stay on Long Island. It wasn’t meant to be. At some point, you have say, ‘Enough,’ and move on.”

“John buys into the program. or he wouldn’t have committed to this number of years.”

“If I really wanted to sell, the team would have been sold.”

“The cup is not half empty; it’s full because the Islanders are still here,” he said. “My advice is to give the train a try.”
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I enjoyed taking off 7/5 letting my prior entry speak for itself.

Charles Wang's arms must be hurting again from writing checks, our fan base not so much for tickets.

For a man who claimed in 2003 the church will not be opened  forever still does all he can with absolutely no help from anyone. 

I suggest folks be extremely grateful Charles Wang allowed Garth Snow to do more than he should have as usual with no financial support from the 30th fanbase in the NHL that refuse to fill the building for John Tavares.

In a building where Wang's Smg sublease (at 3m per year) finally gives him the privilege (sarcasm) of getting all his ticket money, concessions, ad money, and parking, (all the things teams in modern buildings receive automatically with naming rights) while many get a nice tax exemption check every year worth tens of millions plus NHL revenue sharing.

This is also with local government officials willing to do whatever it takes for their hockey team as a public trust, unlike Nassau/TOH, who did everything possible to get a check from someone else soon to replace the New York Islanders after ignoring them (and Nassau Coliseum) for well over two decades.

Only Charles Wang knows if he finally got his first ever revenue sharing check for the 48 games or even qualified with his ticket sales. 

I understand many fans do not care, they just want an owner to sign more players, and maybe they will come back only for a few playoff games again after finishing 30th in league attendance unlike all the fan bases that fill the building for every weeknight game starting in October.

Perhaps once again when the New York Islanders play their first weeknight home game in 2013-14 that announced 10-11,000 looks like 6,000 with most of that the families/kid crowd who will be supporting the Islanders AHL/ECHL replacement in a few years, you'll understand why Charles Wang cannot do any more, or why free agents when all things equal would rather play in from of 20,000 die-hards with a media to sell their careers when they get asked about that NTC, and what teams they waive it for. 

Perhaps by then you will understand why I'm writing this. 

Free Agency:
There goes Charles Wang again locking up Travis Hamonic for seven years, who sure seems thrilled to want to stay like everyone else who comes here. I guess Wang did that one for the real estate too unlike all the Coliseum bidders who never signed a player or owned a team less Dolan, who gets his taxpayer money yearly in perpetuity, and wants more. Florida took a standard buyout on a player meaning they get charged the full cap hit to remain cap compliant, unlike Rick DiPietro, who got a compliance buyout meaning the burden is on the owner to spend more.

Garth Snow finally overpaid to resign the most consistent goalie he's had since Rick DiPietro got hurt in 2008. The alternatives were horrible, Nabokov not only played very well over 48 games, he was outstanding/consistent/durable. Nabokov I guess still does not really want to sign here.

No doubt resigning Nabokov was the correct move. If Poulin, Nilsson are healthy/protected one will make a serious run at being an NHL starting goaltender, perhaps both. Unqualified Mikko Koskinen is out of the organization so a high draft pick was wasted.

Snow overpaid for Bouchard, an frequently injured player with concussions. This player got double what Brad Boyes received a year ago, and could end up next to John Tavares?  Look in the mirror if you refuse to attend games, and want better than Bouchard if he's that player.

New York got smaller losing some serious depth in the forward department, even if unproven.

Bottom Nine:
Who's going to score among Regin, Boulton, Nielsen, Clutterbuck, McDonald, Martin, Bouchard, Cizikas because they are not going to scare anyone offensively while Okposo tries to improve on a four goal season?

Keith Aucoin did not score often here, he did setup two of the three goals in game six. Marty Reasoner between one injured season, one forty eight game was never the player who produced in Florida beyond some defensive plays/vs lost step or three.

It's not going to be easy to replace the size/potential lost in Niederreiter, Ullstrom, and Joensuu, who got two years from Edmonton. On paper from Bridgeport it's Nelson, Strome, Lee, Persson, Sundstrom, Kabanov which basically ends the depth unless something is done with one of the forwards just drafted, or something is worked out to give Kirill Petrov (hardly a proven answer) a chance in North America which is folly we have read before. 

Nothing replaces Mark Streit's offense/puck distributing or ability to cut to middle on a rush. Radek Martinek's skating, ability to move puck is also something needed but depth chart screams no with Calvin deHaan still in mix.

Bottom Line:
Little Caesar's/Amway/Detroit Red Wings came to the Eastern Conference (with now only fourteen playoff spots for the next three years) with a load of new free agents (I guess Alfredsson is just like Yashin) so did Columbus with the revenue in their modern taxpayer funded building to hype anything John Davidson (not the general manager) does.

A lot of teams shuffled deck chairs. Ryan Clowe can go back to be a struggling offensive player again in the limited New York NHL media.

The NHL as usual spent very well for Phoenix in free agency while the next owner will get his fifteen million every year from the Glendale taxpayers if one can be approved before a schedule is released. 

Charles Wang as usual overspent a lot for a team that will not fill the building from October-April to see John Tavares, who's local government (not some folly referendum destined to fail as cover for Mangano's actions) kicked them out likely for Dolan's AHL LI Rangers in a week or so. but ultimately because they surrendered the privilege of having an NHL franchise. 

The same fans who complain, but refuse to pay for tickets will be the first to walk around with their shopping list. If reading four entries here in seven years at New York Islander Fan Central (among thousands of them) putting burden directly on the fan base bothers some or writing it on twitter angers you  I'm sorry.

I'm sure those same people will be more bothered/angry when the team finally moves, and has it's brand changed because of poor fan support.

As for myself, please feel free to read another Islander related website among the many only selling themselves who will write anything you want to read for attention, do not follow me on twitter. 

Sure it could work on the ice for the New York Islanders, any team can win with the right chemistry in a league loaded with parity. Many of these free agents come with huge baggage who are not worth the risk at any price. 

Next we'll see what happens at prospect camp, the invite list is sometimes more important, but Bridgeport has a full roster of players.


Updated:
Nino Niederreiter is not attending Wild's prospect camp either Roster.

New York Must Get Out Of 30th In Attendance Or Lose Team Forever

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/03/2013 08:59:00 AM |
Please put down your 7/5 shopping spree list.

I'm going to hammer my message home on being 30th in attendance  until it sticks. This is about franchise survival, nothing more. 

Unlike the countless others selling only themselves, their blogs or messages boards/whatever. I don't want anything from anyone ever but for this franchise to survive, which is in serious doubt.

The final joke will be the entire fan-base when it's too late, good luck writing the satire without looking in the mirror. 

Kind of like the Coliseum, see any poltician writing about how it's a disaster to lose the greatest US Dynasty in American Hockey History?

No. Indifference, apathy or they flat out could care less. 

No more hiding or denial. If that offends anyone on twitter or here I cannot help you. I pulled no punches two summers ago either on this subject.

The fans 30th in attendance to see MVP candidate John Tavares with their 7/5 shopping spree list need a serious reality check because if this teams stays at the bottom in attendance there is no longer going to be a New York Islander franchise anywhere. 

Many of our fans on twitter when reading this sound more like Kate Murray, Ed Mangano, Jay Jacobs, Joe Mondello, Tom Gulotta,  or the litany of endless politicians who never seemed to care one bit if this team stays or goes because the fans never made it clear the team stays and receives the financial support everyone (even the Coyotes at 15m a year) receive or the politicians get voted out of office.

Phoenix on 7/3 well into the night got more political support to retain it's team (in a 4-3 vote) than the New York Islanders have received since 1989,  with the mayor voting no saying " This deal giving Coyotes latest owner candidate/Smg (Flyers, who else?) fifteen million every year  like being hit by a truck" as he voted no.

Two franchises had eight months to fill Barclay's Center for Sept 2012 preseason game, Mangano mocked the 7,000 tickets sold number a year ago. That's what 2015-16 will look like if even that.

The Coliseum needs to be filled not just on opening night but from the first weeknight game in October, to the last game the way it was before 1989.  Yormark/Barclay's need 10,000 plus full season tickets at top dollar if you love our name/colors as much as myself.

You want a better radio station, better players or for this franchise to continue, ownership needs the money to pay for it. 

If anyone believes this franchise is going to operate in 30th at attendance in perpetuity at around 10,000 or less after the announced attendance that's not reality.

The players know it too, it's not the biggest thing come free agent, but it's on the list.  

Excuses: 
Some folks have a future in Nassau/TOH politics responding to me. 
Times are tough.
It's not as bad as you believe.
The economy is rough.
New York is not going to support three teams. (They used to support this one very well thank you.)
Stop the sky is falling stuff.
Be more positive.
We have not won a playoff series in 20 years. (I must have missed the parades for that.)
I will not support Wang who will not spend (Hint-He's did that  in 2002 and support was not there anyway for 2002/03/04--last again by 2005-06)
We sold out the playoffs (Three whole games. Like what NHL franchise would not do that?...oops 1992-93 Islanders into the second round)
I will only support a winner. (see 12,500 to see Ryan Smyth's debut on sixth team in conference)
Fan Central is suppose to support fans. (Hint-That's why I'm doing this)
The team is living off 2002. (Cannot remember last time Islanders website mentioned it)
I must work for the team or want something? (No, and if they contacted me I would tell them take a hike)

What I want is for the fans to show up and keep this team here forever so I no longer have to write at all)
How come you never give us good news? (Check the archives since 2007/prior) I've done that for years but hiding from problem is over because time is up.  

Bottom Line: 
29 other fan-bases including one the relocated in Atlanta outdrew this one, times are tough everywhere.

14 non-playoff teams for the 48 game season outdrew this one.
Almost all of them got huge taxpayer funded facilities or tax exemptions. Phoenix again gave away 15m a year as of  Tuesday's nights vote, down from 19m for the last owner who walked away. 

How many teams in this league would sell out five year ticket plans to see John Tavares fast than you can say Winnipeg? Many.

Seems more opposing fans want to see their team here more than local fans, which is down to a lot of kids/families that will start spend their money at Msg Coliseum when that's likely announced in a week or so. 

I hope everyone reading this with their shopping list for 7/5 (Snow already said expect no big moves) is willing to pay for that spending or they are not being realistic. Wang has to get to a cap floor, he was outspending teams in modern facilities getting taxpayer money long before the league had any cap, starting with the Smg Penguins with the same lease dumping everyone they could while Wang paid to add Niinimaa to his defense.

Since then there's this thing called revenue sharing which Charles Wang was not eligible for.

One more time:
 
I take nothing positive about writing this, however it needs to be.........again.

Some may notice I'm being very proactive/critical of our fans for not supporting this franchise on my twitter account......so be it. I was a few years ago in two entries.

I'm no longer pulling punches on this subject. I'm not writing here to gain followers or want anything, never have or will.

I simply desperately hoping this franchise survives....That's the bottom line..how about you? 

Having an NHL franchise is not an entitlement, but a privilege, one this fan base has taken for granted.
 
This teams fan-base is great at finishing last in attendance since 1989. This is a business, the excuses end now...... fill the Coliseum/Barclay's Center or very soon there will be no more team anywhere.

Twenty nine other members of the BOG want to see revenue/attendance from this franchise now, and when it moves like the Devils fans have done in Newark. Dolan would desperately love to stop writing those television contract checks that are growing faster than his taxpayer exemption checks.

You really like John Tavares, and these players? Show up/pay up and support them like every other franchise would (win or lose) in North America or it's over.

The ticket revenue determines the budget, and how high Snow can offer. Wang's closed his church, I don't blame him one bit considering how many owners are getting much more fan/local government support with corporations. I do believe it cost the franchise Mark Streit, who the public will likely discover will be badly missed starting with Tavares.

Fill the Coliseum, and the Barclay's Center at the same ticket prices Flyer or Leafs fans pay regularly or stop demanding management spend or Yormark keep the colors/brand, it's a business, and his job is to generate revenue.

No one wants the colors/name to remain more than myself, you think if tickets were being sold Yormark would consider a name/color change with this teams history? Never.

That's the cold hard reality. Cities all over North America will be thrilled to pay top dollar for season tickets to see any NHL losing team, and put in a five year commitment for tickets at corporate level prices.

They got the mesage in Minnesota, they got it in Winnipeg.

Our fans refuse support, and lead the pack in excuses.  Time's up.

How many years can the Florida Panthers (operated by Brett Yormark's brother Michael) outdraw this one? Atlanta when moving outdrew this fan base.

If this fan-base filled the building it would have been political suicide for Mangano, Suozzi or Gulotta  to even consider refusing financial support every other NY/NJ team got or put out a referendum to get rid of the team once and for all under the will of the people card.


I support Charles Wang all the way regardless what he decides. He spent first, renovated a building he rents, and unlike every other team who receives taxpayer money has received nothing aggravation for his trouble.

Bloomberg, Booker gave the teams their money as a public trust quickly/quietly behind closed doors, and those teams feel they are entitled to it. Wang/Rechler spent millions for absolutely nothing, running for years to get the Lighthouse done.

Howard Milstein said fill the building first, Wang spent first.

I remember how incredible it was before the cups with this fan base from 1976-1979, the fans packed the building, and got behind those teams full time from October with no televised home games.  

It has to go back to that right now.

Go purchase full season tickets, and give whoever operates this business a reason to keep John Tavares, and just as important reason for him to want to be here for the rest of his career.   

It's not about Charles Wang, it's about the New York Islanders survival.  

Our fans better get as desperate as the tone of what I writing.

New York Releases It's Qualifying Offer List

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/02/2013 05:04:00 PM |
Islanders website: Released it's list of players issued qualifying offers to retain NHL/AHL rights.

Josh Bailey, Brett Gallant, David Ullstrom, defensemen Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey and goaltender Kevin Poulin.

ITV released a series of interviews related to the NHL draft.

NYIFC Comments: 
Justin DiBenedetto, Mark Katic, Thomas Marcinko, Mikko Koskinen, Rhett Rakhshani era are officially over. These players were all qualified last summer. This is either a CBA change or management changing view on players.

Garth Snow Using Compliance Buyout On Rick DiPietro After Waivers

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2013 11:10:00 PM |
NHL.com has general manager, Garth Snow's, comments to Cablevision's Islander beatwriter, that Rick DiPietro will be placed on waivers for the purposes of a compliance buyout that will remove Rick DiPietro's contract from the teams salary cap.

NYIFC Comments: 
It took a lot of unexpected things since summer 2008 in Vail, Colorado to arrive at this very sad day, including a change in the new CBA that does not permit the buyout of injured players, which does not explain if insurance would have paid his full contract, removing his cap hit under the old cba if he were hurt prior to January 2013 which has always been my contention?

This new CBA hides many details from the public.  Washington took Michael Nylander's cap hit to play in Europe a few years ago, but Visnovsky in January-Feb did not count against the Islanders cap until he finally arrived back in North America?

Garth Snow said Rick DiPietro is healthy? Why not find a place for him to play anywhere so that process can continue unless the new CBA negates that? This also means the Islanders have to replace 4.5m in salary against their payroll for the Wang only wants to reach the floor payroll club? So much for them.
 
I'm very disappointed, however it was hardly a surprise. What was the point risking him play eighteen games in forty nine days or even go to Islanders camp in January, unless it was his comments upon demotion or something else is the real issue?

I can see DiPietro telling management he was not going to the ECHL so prospects can play for Bridgeport. 

I hope a team finds a place for Rick DiPietro. Based on how he played in Bridgeport, it seems he's finally healthy with the long-term potential of regaining an NHL spot, and only needs a lot of work.

Since 2001-02, I never read one negative word from a fan he met from Bridgeport to this day. He was a first class individual with the public, who only wanted to bring the New York Islanders a Stanley Cup, who did not take a  front-loaded contract to stay where the risk was on him long-term to play which we see now because unlike Brad Richards he did not demand 42m of his 68m be in his bank account after only two years. (36m after lockout)

Sure some of the smaller media minds do not like the New York Islanders signing longer term deals, despite many deals being far worse for healthy players, who had to be bought out on corporate teams that cause lockouts.

Rick DiPietro was the one who wanted to be here his entire career long before 2006, and bring the cup home to New York, who did leave money on the table, who just lost a lot of it for his loyalty, after five years on injuries/rehab.

It's not a good day, players now rarely display that kind of locality.

Likely Rick DiPietro's last video interview from a news network on 3/20/13
  RDP 32013:"If I did not think I could get back to where I was or better I'm not kind of person who wants to continue to just hold on."


Never read a negative word from a teammate he was in a locker room with.

This puts more pressure on Garth Snow to resign Nabokov, or find a comparable goaltender.

7/1/13: New York Notables Moving Forward

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2013 07:27:00 AM |
All drafted prospects have their complete profiles now available on the prospects page of this website, complete with player comments, 2013-14 status, and career profiles.

The best that can be done on the day of a draft is link to basics.

The draft section was moved back to it's usual section on the sidebar, the free agent section elevated.
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Niederreiter-Clutterbuck:
Star-Tribune has comments from Garth Snow, and Cliff Fletcher on the trade along with Clutterbuck/Niederreiter

NYIFC Comments:
For whatever folks feel of Clutterbuck's value (says a lot he would not be traded in same conference) and no small footnote his past with John Tavares, absolutely no one should be happy with giving up on a fifth overall pick in less than three years only at age 20, who's potential ceiling is much higher, at a point where Niederreiter had an all-star season on a very injured/weak Bridgeport team in the second half.

Folks can point to him not being invited to camp in a lockout year, that's fine, however Bridgeport lost Cizikas, Ullstrom, Persson, Nelson, Sundstrom during that stretch on a club going so poorly, a player called out Scott Pellerin later on.

Clutterbuck did not have a good season with Minnesota, that style of play does fade quicker. Fans of his former teammate, Zenon Konopka can understand this, however it is a skill in high demand.

No doubt his agent is very happy because if he does not sign here, management/Tavares will likely not be pleased on the heels of  losing Mark Streit, who he went all the way to Bern to play with during the lockout. 

New York has now lost potential top six forwards Ullstrom, Niederreiter, (likely Joensuu) they have some prospect depth to replace that, but the list has become smaller with nothing close to a sure answer selected Sunday. 

From New York's side, Snow kept his word in year one with Niederreiter, he seemed to keep it in year two that Niederreiter was going to develop full time in one place. There was an upcoming risk next summer with Niederreiter a RFA, that he could have decided to go play in Europe for zero return.

Bottom line New York did not gain a player close to equal potential to replace Niederreiter in this trade, and moved someone they specifically targeted with a fifth overall selection in 2010.

Moving Forward: 
Snow made clear to expect a quiet 7/5/13, unless he has someone to place next to Tavares on right wing, that answer does not seem to be in the organization. The fan base 30th in attendance is not giving management a lot of revenue to use on players, despite a 48 game playoff, and Tavares an MVP candidate.

There is also a prospect camp, invites will be interesting. 

Obviously the team bulked up on long-term goaltending, short-term will be the story, management has gotten a lot of mileage out of Nabokov, Montoya, Joey MacDonald, and Dwayne Roloson. 

New York Sixth/Seventh Round Selections: C Alan Quine, D Kyle Burroughs

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/30/2013 09:15:00 PM | |
                                                             
The New York Islanders have selected  C Alan Quine  with the 166th selection.

Quine tallied 67p (23g, 44a) in 54 gp between Belleville and Peterborough this season. In the playoffs w/ Belleville he scored 15pts in 17gp (Islanders twitter)

This was also a player in his second NHL draft, after being a third round selection of the Detroit Red Wings in 2011 here.




New York selected D: Kyle Burroughs with it's final selection in the 2013 entry draft.

Regina Pats announcement with Burroughs comments.  
“It’s really indescribable,” said Burroughs shortly after being selected.  “It’s a surreal feeling, you know, it’s a dream and it pretty much just came true.”

New York Third/Fourth/Fifth Rounders: G Emon McAdam, F Taylor Cammarata, G Stephon Williams, C Viktor Rydberg

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/30/2013 07:41:00 PM | | | |

70th: Niederreiter pick=Goaltender Eamon McAdam
Islanders website profile
McAdam will attend Penn State University in the fall (Islanders twitter)







76th: Taylor Cammarata Left Wing/Center








   106th: Goaltender Stephon Williams
 Williams was teammates in Waterloo in 2011-12 with 3rd round picks Eamon McAdam & Taylor Cammarata (Islanders twitter)





                             
                                                          
                                         

136th:  C: Viktor Rydberg Linkoping Jr., SWE-JR
Eliteprospects Profile

New York Selects D Ryan Pulock 15th Overall

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/30/2013 04:47:00 PM |
NHL.com video of the Islanders making their selection.

Ryan Pulock's Profile from Islanders Website:
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Ryan Pulock is a slick, skilled puck-moving defenseman. Pulock is a very good skater who’s efficient and very mobile. He’s not afraid to carry the puck up ice and has a slap shot that is very hard and heavy which will help an NHL power play.

Video Highlights:

 Center Scouting's Profile. 

Islander website comments from GM, Garth Snow.
“Our organization’s young core has been built through the NHL Draft and is beginning to mature into a team that will perennially compete for the Stanley Cup,” Snow said. “With the guidance from our coaching and development staff, we’re confident that Pulock will develop into yet another key piece of that core. Ryan’s leadership qualities, his steady defensive presence and his ability to jump into the play on offense will be an asset for our team for years to come.”

  Pulock finished third among WHL defensemen with 60 points,  behind unsigned former Islander prospect, Brenden Kichton.

Nino Niederreiter Traded For Cal Cultterbuck

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/30/2013 04:05:00 PM |
 TSN.ca Reports New York has traded Nino Niederreiter for Cal Clutterbuck and The Islanders will also reportedly get the 70th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from the Wild in the deal.

Star Tribune: Has more on why Clutterbuck was available.

Star Tribune also had this:

As you saw in today's story,  it is looking increasingly likely that Clutterbuck will be traded this weekend. He has value, he is a restricted free agent and the Wild's cap space is limited. The Wild is looking for a second and prospect, but perhaps the price can go up if there's a bidding war for Clutterbuck.

I do hear that GM Chuck Fletcher would prefer to trade Clutterbuck to the East. As I reported the other day, Fletcher had lunch Thursday with Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis. Boston may make sense, too. In the West, as I reported last week, I hear Edmonton has shown significant interest. But I'd be lying if I said I know all the teams involved.

NYIFC Comments: 
Flat out hate this move, you don't trade a player with Niederreiter's ability (they wanted so badly at 5th) for a mid-level grinder, who will be an UFA soon. Niederreiter had an excellent season with Bridgeport, who the club wanted to develop. 

Clutterbuck's the player Trevor Gillies stomped for his final suspension, he's not a player who can play in a top six, he likely will be gone at the point Niederreiter becomes a top six forward. Does he have some value in his role? Obviously, however one players ceiling is a top six young scorer at a very young age that the Islanders saw the value in.

Would like to thank, Nino Niederreiter, and wish him the best of luck with the Minnesota Wild.



New York On the Clock: 2013 NHL Entry Draft

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/30/2013 06:56:00 AM |
Islanders website have profiled many of the eligible prospects for the past month or so.

New York Islander Fan Central crawl on top of the page has the selections New York has in this draft.

Given television coverage 3pm-8pm (NBCSN) in a one-day draft, do not expect a three hour first round of speeches between selections. If Snow retains his pick, figure around 3:45pm the club goes on the clock.

The risk is about the same now for where teams draft from CHL/Europe means player must be signed within two years vs more successful college prospects, who could decide to turn pro early, which means he can go UFA once he submits a letter. 

It's no longer a league of major trades (call the Tanguay trade as big as it get's now) with so many players have no trade/movement clauses, those available are likely very close to free agency or a huge financial risk, who are not helping their current teams which is why they are available.

For New York the prospect blog does not lie. Aside from, Kirill Petrov, there is not one single forward prospect outside the organization of a recent draft class besides those who have left the organzation for Europe, who's NHL retention rights depend on a qualifying offer. (DiBenedetto, Ullstrom, Katic,Rakhshani, Marcinko)

There's been nothing written about Shane Harper (Streit trade) besides him being a RFA, who was demoted to ECHL by Flyers who would be somewhat comparable to what's happened with Jason Clark.

No goaltender prospect besides Mikko Koskinen signed through 2014-15 in Europe unless he received a qualifying offer.

In short, there are not nearly enough forward prospects, even defensive depth goes quickly.

If Kevin Poulin was qualified, he has a spot, Anders Nilsson is signed, Ken Reiter (ECHL most of last season) was resigned so there is no spot in Bridgeport for another goaltender. Rick DiPietro needs a place to continue to work as a starter.

Spare me the Cody Rosen comments, he was in the Flyers summer prospect camp in 2009 the year before the Islanders selected him, so he was obviously on the NHL radar of a few scouts.

Just not those of some local media people who failed to do their homework.

New York Notables: NHL Draft/Fill The Building Now !!

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/28/2013 09:18:00 AM |
I likely will do an entry Sunday during the NHL draft linking to articles about the players selected.  No preference at all beyond what's considered best available.

Best moment a year ago was ITV unscripted with Wang/Snow where both were caught on an open television camera for a long time with Snow mocking Wang for not screwing up his ITV draft appearance like he used to before take two.

I'm looking to see where the business side of the Islander draft table will be Sunday or if Wang will occupy his usual seat. 

Day two a year ago turned very long after Visnovsky said he may play in the KHL.
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* The Islanders to date have not released a list of who they qualified which extends to Europe. There is a deadline for the player to accept or reject the offer. Somehow a year ago Ty Wishart rejected an offer he turned around and accepted after the deadline which was likely poor reporting at the very least never explained. 

* When the Islanders announce who's coming to prospect camp (or not coming) there will be something to write, not before.

* Unless someone is directly quoted, it's of no value at all. Rumors/gossip are for those selling themselves, if you need that you came to the wrong website.
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* Rick DiPietro played eighteen games in forty nine days from March 1st-April 19th at 9-9 on the AHL's worst defensive team, and appears healthy for the first time since 2008.

I want to see much more as he recovers his game ability....I could care less if that means he does that in Europe/ECHL. I do not want him blocking Nilsson or another prospect in Bridgeport. I do not see him in New York or this working without a ton of games, he's not helping anyone as a backup.

For me no buyout, no backing up. RDP has to go play fifty games somewhere, and that's not in New York until his game recovers. You could see flashes/rust in Bridgeport, but most important a healthy goaltender which was step one, that took five years. 

Will I get what I want? Perhaps not if it's about a popularity contest.  If he's healthy for the next two years he's likely a winning NHL goalie again for someone. I know at his best he can carry a team.

As for RDP's they lit my heart on fire quoted comments, he can keep those to himself, and conduct himself in a professional manner. 
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I take nothing positive about writing this, however it needs to be.........again.

Some may notice I'm being very proactive/critical of our fans for not supporting this franchise on my twitter account......so be it. I was a few years ago in two entries.

I'm no longer pulling punches on this subject. I'm not writing here to gain followers or want anything, never have or will.

I simply desperately hoping this franchise survives....That's the bottom line..how about you? 

Having an NHL franchise is not an entitlement, but a privilege, one this fan base has taken for granted.
 
This teams fan-base is great at finishing last in attendance since 1989. This is a business, the excuses end now...... fill the Coliseum/Barclay's Center or very soon there will be no more team anywhere.

Twenty nine other members of the BOG want to see revenue/attendance from this franchise now, and when it moves like the Devils fans have done in Newark. Dolan would desperately love to stop writing those television contract checks that are growing faster than his taxpayer exemption checks.

You really like John Tavares, and these players? Show up/pay up and support them like every other franchise would (win or lose) in North America or it's over.

The ticket revenue determines the budget, and how high Snow can offer. Wang's closed his church, I don't blame him one bit considering how many owners are getting much more fan/local government support with corporations. I do believe it cost the franchise Mark Streit, who the public will likely discover will be badly missed starting with Tavares.

Fill the Coliseum, and the Barclay's Center at the same ticket prices Flyer or Leafs fans pay regularly or stop demanding management spend or Yormark keep the colors/brand, it's a business, and his job is to generate revenue.

No one wants the colors/name to remain more than myself, you think if tickets were being sold Yormark would consider a name/color change with this teams history? Never.

That's the cold hard reality. Cities all over North America will be thrilled to pay top dollar for season tickets to see any NHL losing team, and put in a five year commitment for tickets at corporate level prices.

They got the mesage in Minnesota, they got it in Winnipeg.

Our fans refuse support, and lead the pack in excuses.  Time's up.

How many years can the Florida Panthers (operated by Brett Yormark's brother Michael) outdraw this one? Atlanta when moving outdrew this fan base.

If this fan-base filled the building it would have been political suicide for Mangano, Suozzi or Gulotta  to even consider refusing financial support every other NY/NJ team got or put out a referendum to get rid of the team once and for all under the will of the people card.


I support Charles Wang all the way regardless what he decides. He spent first, renovated a building he rents, and unlike every other team who receives taxpayer money has received nothing aggravation for his trouble.

Bloomberg, Booker gave the teams their money as a public trust quickly/quietly behind closed doors, and those teams feel they are entitled to it. Wang/Rechler spent millions for absolutely nothing, running for years to get the Lighthouse done.

Howard Milstein said fill the building first, Wang spent first.

I remember how incredible it was before the cups with this fan base from 1976-1979, the fans packed the building, and got behind those teams full time from October with no televised home games.  

It has to go back to that right now.

Go purchase full season tickets, and give whoever operates this business a reason to keep John Tavares, and just as important reason for him to want to be here for the rest of his career.   

It's not about Charles Wang, it's about the New York Islanders survival.  

Our fans better get as desperate as the tone of what I writing.
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As for Barclay's Center they have two plus years to make that facility NHL seating ready. Consider what you saw of those boards enclosed a 1971 Nassau Coliseum construction image.
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Phoenix voted to give an owner 19m of taxpayer money every year to manage a team in Arizona, who bailed out and stuck Shane Doan with a lie. Now if they don't approve a plan to give another owner 16 mil every year by 7/2 Bettman says time is finally up.

And it should be.

Every thing is backdated by about a week, the schedule most likely more because of this which is not good in an Olympic year.
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Bridgeport released six games of it's schedule already. 
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Long Island Business News had article on final Coliseum proposals 6/28 & Blumenfeld shots at Msg/Bruce Ratner.

 * Cablevision, Comcast (Smg is here) and their brands all want the Coliseum. Reading between the lines, Ratner/Blumenfeld are upping their offers again which smells like catch-up against Msg, who's media own the story/spin on every outlet.


Msg is putting up little resistance besides some remarks by Rechler about Ratner, Blumenfeld went hard after both according to LI business news.

Always fun seeing News12LI leave out the part that they are owned by Cablevision, who are part of the bidding. Fox (NY Post owner) interviewed Hank Ratner, not touching Dolan's Msg tax exemption or operating permits they demand in perpetuity. 

Mangano will likely pay Wang back for his comments about politicians, and give Msg the bid right around the time of NHL free agency 7/5-7/15. 

What bid would I select? As written before the New York Islander fans deserve forty one home games in one place, and they announced a move to Brooklyn so that's home. How would some feel if the Islanders decided to play six games every year somewhere besides the Coliseum since 1972?

Whatever I feel of the Blumenfeld past connections to Hofstra/Rabinowicz/Smg/Lighthouse/Wilpon, a brand new building is superior to a renovated one. Don Monti going to dominate that site beyond the Coliseum so all these grand plans are going to be scaled back. Wang has his Marriott, and some control beyond the decision which finally was announced would be made by Mangano/legislature around 7/15 so we know something about the decision process but not the political contributions to the legislature from the bidders who all want positive election coverage in Msg/Newsday/Cablevision's paper.

To be fair, long-time Dolan friend, Sheldon (No West Side Stadium/Special Msg privileges) Silver has taken a huge beating in Dolan's paper for a few weeks which is astounding on a Wang/D'Amato reversal level.

Yes, I would also like to see Charles Wang keep his AHL team in Bridgeport with their binding lease, not be used as a possible pawn to be moved to the Coliseum simply to help Ratner's bid even if I like the Islander brand remaining at the Coliseum.  Those fans in Bridgeport have been loyal, and agreement there has been good for both sides.


Whatever hockey option Blumenfeld presents will not be an NHL related brand. Flyer owner Ed Snider is not bringing a Flyer affiliate here, they just got a new AHL taxpayer facility. I do not see a Flyer ECHL team at a downsized Coliseum.

The other Smg related bid is making noise, but does not seem like a major player, unless D'Amato/Mondello machine are pushing Mangano for it. 
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Funny, the Montreal Canadians website or media relations coordinator/blogger issued no release on Ryan Jankowski leaving for Hockey Canada? So far I have seen nothing in Gazette.

Was his contract up? Did they replace him?
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Pat Lafontaine wants a finder's fee from ME-$$-I-er for that resignation statement.

I bet if Jack Capuano were fired, and assistant gm, Doug Weight, were interviewed, then resigned if he did not get the job, the Islanders (who have no professional home media of their own) would never have received this much selective spin/positive propaganda from the limited Ranger media cheerleaders needing Msg ad money.

This after the bickering players got the coach fired by a gm who's never been fired himself, the one who came to Cablevision's team and promised a different open game at his very first practice?

Imagine if all this happened in New Jersey?
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This in the new NHL media where even speaking means loss of draft picks, hundred thousand dollar fines, and Shanahan's so-called head-hunting rules completely gone come the finals.


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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.