Islander News Articles 12/14:

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/14/2007 12:19:00 AM | | | | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan's early game recap without quotes is about how the Islanders played enough defense to win with Bill Guerin breaking through with two goals.

Newsday: Greg Logan reports Ted Nolan had a talk with Mike Comrie while Bill Guerin comments how the teams passing was better while Rick DiPietro talks about the Coyotes crowding his crease and what it means with Brendan Witt on his side.

He brought me in and talked to me," Comrie said. "When you're playing a lot of minutes, you need to play responsible and play hard every night. We got some goals, we generated some chances, and most importantly, we were working hard. It had been missing for too long now."

"They had a lot of traffic throughout the game," DiPietro said of the Coyotes. "There's only so many times you can get hacked and whacked without feeling the need to retaliate. When you've got guys like Witter around you, you feel a little bit better about venturing out."

NY Post: Dan Martin covered the game and had comments from Bill Guerin, Ted Nolan, Mike Comrie, Rick DiPietro and Wayne Gretzky. Of course Martin used Islander space to talk about Gretzky returning to Msg.

Apparently the Daily News did not even bother sending Peter Botte or Brian Bohl to cover an Islander home game. NY Times did not show as always. John Dellapina's of course made it to Ranger practice to file his full off-day story.

Arizona Republic: Jim Gintonio has a few words from Shane Doan about Rick DiPietro holding the puck outside the crease in the final minute.

"It's hard to understand. As a player you go to the net. He catches it, you're not allowed to touch him, and you don't touch him, and he skates across the net and tries to go over and whack it down the ice. If he's going to throw it out of his glove and whack at it, we're gonna whack at the puck when it's in his glove. It's just common sense if they're not gonna blow the whistle."

Arizona Republic: Mr Gintonio reported in his Wednesday blog The Coyotes got serenaded by an ambulance driver at the Islip airport upon landing Wednesday night, as he crooned incessantly over his loudspeaker: "Let's go, Islanders!"

East Valley Tribune: Has an early AP article on the Islanders win.

Globe & Mail: Eric Duhatschek begins the long list of hockey writers who owe Charles Wang an engraved apology now that other clubs are following his standard for long-term contracts. Mike Richard's of the Flyers signed a 12-year, $69-million agreement through the 2019-20 season.

Media blog: Chris Botta correctly jumps all over the media double-standard yesterday writing when they do not know how to react - or don't have the guts to take a
stand - they resort to bad jokes as they did with DiPietro's contract.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mike Richards is a good young talent having a very good start this year, but this is not a first overall pick like Rick DiPietro or a franchise talent like a Crosby or Ovechkin. Richard's is a late first rounder from 2003, who had thirty points each of the last two seasons.

Of course Philadelphia Daily News : Ed Moran & Philadelphia Inquirer: Tim Panaccio buried themselves in owner Ed Snider's pocket and did not write one word of criticism.