Islander News Articles 12/21:

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/21/2007 05:44:00 AM | | | |
Newsday: Roderick Boone is the latest in the Islander Newsday coverage by committee department while other clubs have a dedicated full-time beatwriter employed. Ted Nolan, Bill Guerin/Mike Comrie talk about the club's offensive struggles and how they can build off the chances they got against Buffalo.

"The one thing you always try to do every day is build upon something, and [Wednesday] night's game is as well as we've played in quite some time," Nolan said after practice yesterday before the Islanders flew to Pittsburgh for tonight's game against the Penguins. "We've just got to keep fighting and keep battling, and keep getting shots on net, try to get better screens, try to get some better tips."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This was written before the club flew to Pittsburgh, will there be a Newsday article tomorrow? Steve Zipay had two articles from Minnesota on the Rangera after last night's game and of course a bunch of blog updates. Newsday's Islander blog had no updates since yesterday morning. NY Post did not even bother going to Minnesota.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Dave Molinary reports Dany Sabourin was rested for the Penguins last night who played Boston in a 5-4 shootout win who will play their third game in four days against the Islanders.

Lot's of comments around the NHL about Chris Simon's suspension from the players so here's a sampling from those defending/supporting him to those looking for a permanent ban:

Toronto Sun: Mike Zeisberger has an article where Wade Belak speaks out against Chris Simon.

"I know he regrets it but, obviously, he snapped and now he's paying the price," Belak said yesterday. "He's been suspended seven times now. That's a lot of lost salary.

"The NHL is cracking down and I can understand that, but it's not just the league. The players feel that way too. We're fed up with guys not being accountable, and I'm a guy that has had his share of fines and suspensions.

Toronto Sun: Joe Warmington has reaction in Chris Simon's hometown of Wawa, Ontario where he has done a lot for the community with comments from relatives.

Long Island Exchange: Joe Pietaro weights in on Chris Simon.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is on Utah callup Keith Johnson who was paired with Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen.

The nerves kicked in a little bit the first couple of shifts," said Johnson, who had a strong AHL debut Wednesday. "We've got a good group of guys. They told me to relax."

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