Islander News Articles 3/18:

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/18/2008 12:25:00 AM | | | | | | | | |
Newsday: John Jeansonne returns to the beat and covers Kyle Okposo's first NHL practice with his comments. Miroslav Satan and Rick DiPietro were given the day off.

Daily News: Peter Botte has Kyle Okposo's comments that he feels he is ready for the NHL with a few words about why he left school.

NY Post: Dan Martin writes for a second day and has Ted Nolan's comments about Kyle Okposo's first practice while Mr Martin notes Okposo did not tear it up in Bridgeport after bolting Minnesota in midseason, causing a rift between the school and the NHL team. Mr Martin also writess Okposo didn't apologize for his decision.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Martin is given four small paragraphs, does not have a single word from Okposo and brings up Okposo apologizing for his decision to leave school?

Sounds like a man who would rather be writing about anything else. For a man used to writing about kids in school with the PSAL beat would think this young prospect deserves a little better from a paper AWOL for about fifteen days?

Los Angeles Times: Eric Stevens speculates that Marc-Andre Bergeron fell out of favor with Ted Nolan. Bergeron comments that it was a tough year for him in New York as he is getting an opportunity in Chris Pronger's absence and glad he was traded.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Marc Andre Bergeeon is entitled to his opinion and is closer to the situation then the fans. His shot has been missed badly from the point in the recent games that may have produced a few big goals and won a few games. What has not been missed is his poor defense which he can put on the coaches if he likes but in the ends seems most about his performance not only here but back to his time in Edmonton.

Isles this summer have several defenders under contract already. Unless they tendered Bergeron a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent with an automatic raise they would have lost him for nothing or been stuck with his contract on a team that needs a top two defender who can play at both ends of the ice.

Toronto Sun: Mike Zeisberger reports Leafs forward John Pohl left the Leafs to be with his brother who was seriously injured in a game this weekend playing for Kyle Okposo's former college team. Forward Alex Foster hopes to make his NHL debut tonight with fifteen goals and twenty three assists in fifty six games for the Marlies. Jim Barber has an article on Barrie Colts forward Colton Kennedy who has a few words on being on a line with Islander prospect Tomas Marcinko.

Edmonton Sun: Jason Hills in an interview with Oil Kings general manager Bob Green feels Islander prospect Robin Figren will not be back with his team and felt it was not for him to say where he will sign or if it's with the Islanders.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has an update on Colton Fretter and the solid impact he has had for Bridgeport with Jack Capuano's comments.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports in his blog Mike Mole has been called up to replace Joey MacDonald.