Islander News Articles 2/9:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/09/2008 07:20:00 AM | | | | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan reports Miroslav Satan will play tonight on the left side of Comrie-Guerin and the line with Tambellini, Comeau and Nielsen will again be kept as a unit with Ted Nolan's comments on how the line played and Blake Comeau's comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
We can complain about his scoring slumps and some other things about Satan's game but no doubt Miroslav Satan wants to do all he can to help this team. Given the reports of six to eight weeks he could be risking big money in free agency by playing now if he blew out his knee.

NY Times:Tal Pinchevsky has a full feature on Mike Sillinger and his concern about the upcoming trade deadline where he was offered a no-trade clause when he signed his contract, but Sillinger rejected it, claiming that it was not fair to the organization. Charles Wang, familiar with Sillinger’s reputation for moving around, called to assure him of his place on the team at the time. Sillinger makes it clear he wants to stay with New York and agent Don Meehan says he had found a home here but his play makes him attractive to a lot of teams.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Given his lack of production this year, his age combined with how much he still brings to this team in so many ways, Garth Snow, Ted Nolan and the hockey staff have a very tough decision at the deadline here given the prospect centers in the organization. Of course with Josef Vasicek as a second line center not producing how do you replace Sillinger or find a veteran to come here for a rebuilding? He is not an UFA this summer so if you trade him you cannot get him back without another deal.

Of course the basic question is if a club makes an offer that's too good to refuse that brings a top prospect and a draft pick how do you turn it down?

Mike Sillinger is traded a lot because he can flat out play and helps teams on and off the ice which is why he is in demand.

Star-Tribune: Kent Youngblood reports on the Wild. Mark Parrish is out with a concussion while Sean Hill who has been out since January 11th with an ankle sprain will return against the Isles according to Jacques Lemaire.

Sound Tigers website: Has the recap of Friday's 3-2 win over the Lowell Devils. Trevor Smith scored in the final minute on an assist from Kyle Okposo to win the game with the Islander prospect scoring his third goal.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio blogged on the win.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game report was on how the players stepped with all the recalls and how Jackman and Brennan set the tone with some physical play. Trevor Smith and coach Jack Capuano comment on a win against a struggling Lowell team.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's other article is on Pascal Morency and how hard he's working to get back into the lineup since November with Jack Capuano's comments.

Lowell Sun: Has the Devils coverage.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell has a two part feature on the Sound Tigers-Hartford Wolfpack rivalry with Howard Saffin and Jack Capuano's comments as the history of the rivalry and franchises are included with player and fan comments on both sides.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A full feature on Ted Nolan, Mike Sillinger and now Bridgeport. Why is this paper not covering Islander games again?

Ottawa Citizen: Dave Gross does a full feature on all of Mike Milbury's poor Islander trades but also writes his deals are not among some of the worst in league history.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I hate sloppy articles that only tell part of the story just to make things even worse. Yes Mike Milbury traded Zigmund Palffy to the Kings but was clearly under orders to move his salary by the Milstein ownership who wanted him dealt to the Rangers for financial compensation. Milbury got Palffy's name on that five year contract before that despite his holdout.

Also not included are his fantastic trades to acquire Kenny Jonsson and the pick from the Leafs the Isles selected Eric Brewer or Roberto Luongo with that cost interim Leaf gm Cliff Fletcher his job.