Islander/NHL notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/15/2008 02:57:00 PM | | | | | | |
Canadian Press: Released a full article on Islander defenseman Aaron Johnson with assistant coach Gerard Gallant's comments on how he works with praise for his attitude.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is from yesterday. It's too good not to put here for everyone and gives us more on the young defender than we have read this season. Johnson had his first point as an Islander against Toronto.

JKP, reponds and says the the CP writer was Neil Stevens, I guessed it was Pierre Lebrun.

Thanks JKP.

Espn: Scott Burnside Friday afternoon lists the Islanders among the sellers at the trade deadline, but does not credit them for the recent wins?

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I bring this up because how can Mr Burnside note Chicago and Edmonton were showing signs of having more wind in their sails but not the Isles who are unbeaten in three? Hawks are 3-1-1 in five games.

Islanders are only six points out of sixth place today so how does that put them automatically in the sellers category today?

It could become that way in a week but for the moment it's time to take a step back until we see. Mr Burnside has been infamous for counting the Isles out early and should know better by now. Reports Rod Brind'Amour had surgery on his knee and likely out for the season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Players like Rod Brind'Amour make this a better league, his loss hurts the sport.

Vancouver Sun: Elliott Pap reports Canucks assistant gm and former Islander, Steve Tambellini was hesitant about going to see his son Jeff with the Isles earlier this year with the players fathers and mentors but said Garth Snow was outstanding about it and called the experience fantastic as the Canucks are about to do the same thing.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess that did not make it into the New York Times Ranger coverage or Lynn Zinser's blog like Brian Burke-Pat Lafontaine did and will not when the Rangers play Buffalo Saturday. Ken Campbell writes no NHL gm is in a more vexing position at the trade deadline than Garth Snow and does his own speculation at what the team may do at the trade deadline with Mike Comrie's comments about resigning and a bond this club has which is hard to find.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Considering some of the earlier articles Mr Campbell wrote on the team, this is a good one that's fair across the board. He did not know Meyer was resigned but the rest seems to be solid. Wonder if that sit down interview he had with DiPietro at the all-star break helped soften his stance?

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio blogged on today's practice and updated the injuries for tonight's game while Sound did a preview.

Islanders website : Had an update on the effort at games concerning the Light House Project Mike Bossy was profiled in a core of the four preview.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Best pure goal scorer I have ever seen. Never double shifted, always had to play defense and did far better than he ever got credit for as someone Al Arbour trusted on the ice at the end of games. If Mike Bossy played on an offensive club geared for run and gun hockey he could have scored a hundred in a year, he used to say he never looked at the net because it never moved. He knew how to find openings in goaltenders and to date is the only player in league history to score fifty goals nine years in a row. I have no doubt it would have been ten if his back injury which caused his early retirement did not kill him that final year which he talked about in his book titled the Mike Bossy story.

I miss his blog from last year, he did a very good job with it.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Bill Tiller in my opinion is very unprofessional here with poor journalism that makes me look long and hard at what I put in my blog in terms of credible media sources. Even worse for hockey fans his work appears in the Hockey News here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
How can the sports editor at the Atlanta Journal Constitution permit that level of content?

In my estimation any of the twelve other folks blogging for the team at the blog box here and even I could provide any of the local newspapers with far superior coverage than this.