Islander News Articles 12/23-24-25

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/25/2007 09:20:00 AM | | | | | |
A little catching up from the last few days:

Pioneer Press: Bruce Brothers asks Gary Bettman about the Islanders trying to sign Okposo, while George Gwozdecky, president of the American Hockey Coaches Association, labeled the Islanders' actions "deplorable,

"I don't think you can just look at the team in these circumstances; you've got to look at the player and the totality of the circumstances."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
For those keeping scoring at home George Gwozdecky is the head coach of the Denver Pioneers. In others words he's Islander prospect Rhett Rakhshani's coach and basically Mr Gwozdecky sent him own little message here to not even think about signing Rakhshani. I wonder why Bruce Brothers did not put that in his article as if he was trying to make Mr Gwozdecky here seem like he has no stake in this.

Pioneer Press: Bruce Brothers has more from Garth Snow on Kyle Okposo who did not comment on negotiations but did say the club has a plan for Okposo.

"I've gotten to know him; he's a special player, and more than anything he's a special person," the general manager of the New York Islanders said by phone from Long Island.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Someone has to help me with this one. Why would Bruce Brothers make issue of Okposo possiblity geting getting hurt at the WJC as any kind of difference whether he was returning to Minnesota or signing with the Islanders?

Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reports Doug Weight wanted to be traded to the Islanders as opposed to Anaheim to be with his friend Bill Guerin but the Isles only offered a draft pick. Neither Weight's agent Steve Bartlett nor Blues president John Davidson would comment.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Bruce Garroich puts about fifty rumors into one article, usually with no quotes so do not put a lot of stock in this. St Louis and Weight's agent have no comment. We will find out of it's true come summer time if Guerin is still here and Weight is an unrestricted free agent.

South Bend Tribune: Steve Wozniak has a feature on former Islander assistant Jeff Jackson who is the head coach at Notre Dame.

Point Blank: Chris Botta checked in Christmas Day with a blog on Jason Blake and what he's meant to the New York Islanders as he makes his return Wednesday.