Islander News Articles 1/8

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/08/2008 08:05:00 AM | | | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan's game article did not make it into the print edition of Newsday in the city today. It has comments from Bergeron, DiPietro and Ted Nolan on the loss against Edmonton.

Marc-Andre Bergeron:
"We turned the puck over," he said. "It's no secret. We had our chances in the first and played well, but we couldn't take advantage."

Rick DiPietro on playing Roberto Luongo:
"Yeah, it's going to be fun going against him," DiPietro said, "but at the end of the day, it's another game and another huge two points we need."

Newsday: Greg Logan's article on Mike Comrie where he talks about his past in Edmonton and some off ice things did make the morning print edition.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's interesting Mr Logan has covered Mike Comrie since last summmer nothing Comrie said yesterday was reported once until he got to Edmonton and their media got him to talk.

"For me, I chose to want to move. It probably wasn't handled properly. But I'm happy now to be an Islander."

Note-The Post did not have Jay Greenberg stick around Edmonton an extra day to cover the Islanders after the Rangers left.

Edmonton Sun & Edmonton Journal: Joanne Ireland provides the Oiler centric coverage of their win.

Vancouver Sun: Elliott Pap has Roberto Luongo's comments on being traded from the Islanders almost a decade ago and what it means now to play a team he has been 4-9-2 against in 15 decisions with a save percentage of .920.

"Obviously I was disappointed when the Islanders traded me but, at the same time, I was younger and more naive," Luongo said. "I didn't really think about it that much. I just went to Florida and it was great because they gave me a chance to really start my NHL career."

"I've played them a bunch of times already so that feeling is gone," he said.

Edmonton Journal: Reports Robin Figren who just won a silver medal for Sweden at the WJC could be traded by the Oil Kings at the trade deadline in two days according to gm Bob Green. Teams are only allowed to have two European players on their roster and that would force other European players off another club to make room for Figren.

"As each day passed in the tournament I was getting more and more calls about him. He has certainly garnered a lot of interest and deservedly so," said Green.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reported in his blog yesterday Jason Pitton's reassignment is official, with Mike Mole, Ryan Kinasewich and Tyler Haskins going back to Utah.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Business is about to pick up on the Bridgeport front with the crush of media that will be following Kyle Okposo. Should be a lot of fun for Mr Fornabaio who has not had a franchise prospect like this to cover since Rick DiPietro played there.

Denver Post: Mike Chambers has comments from Denver Pioneer coach George Gwozdecky on the Islanders signing Kyle Okposo. Islander prospect Rhett Rakhshani plays at Denver and is about to return from the WJC.

"What happened with Okposo in signing with the Islanders set a precedent, and hopefully it won't happen a lot," Gwozdecky said. "I'd like to think that the great majority of NHL teams respect these young players and the development process that their draftees are going through, and once the college hockey season ends, the page will turn."