Islander News Articles 3/20:

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/19/2008 09:24:00 PM | | | | | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan interviews Ted Nolan on his goaltender playing injured, how much the coach knew about his injury, when he found out and how DiPietro wants to play because he's competitive.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I have followed DiPietro since before he was drafted and I have never seen anyone use the word headstrong as Greg Logan did today with regard to him. To me that is a poor choice of words. It's interesting how tough he has been on DiPietro recently but not players like Bill Guerin or the veterans the coach was upset with last night who have been outplayed by Bergenheim and Comeau for most games.

I wonder if Mr Logan has a problem with DiPietro for other reasons because I listened to his ITV interview with Ted Nolan today and he seems to go above and beyond here to make a point DiPietro calls the shots over the coach as to when he plays. Ted Nolan acknowledged others players are also playing hurt. If anyone has noticed we have seen few if any comments from DiPietro recently in Newsday.

Ted Nolan's quotes and his ITV interview which Mr Logan's comments are written around are two different worlds where he seems to exaggerate on what the coach says to make his own point.

All I can tell the readers here is to read what Ted Nolan says vs what Mr Logan writes and make up your own mind and listen to the ITV interview where Ted Nolan is laughing. To me Mr Logan seems to be stirring something up and on a team at the bottom in scoring it's curious how hard he's working the goaltender as being a problem with his statistical argument.

Somehow Ted Nolan's comments about the players work ethic and the hard practice made it to the Islanders website but not the newspaper?

Newsday: Greg Logan updates the Islander blog at Newsday early this morning with Ted Nolan's comments on the hard workout and that he does not care where the team drafts and will not allow losing to creep into the organization for a better pick in June. Mr Logan also notes DiPietro's successful hip surgery reported by the Isles website last night here.

NY Post: Dan Martin has the Islanders release on DiPietro's successful hip surgery.

Daily News: Peter Botte's article has Ted Nolan's comments on Rick DiPietro and the teams workout Wednesday and notes the same doctor operated on Mike Sillinger and Shawn Bates earlier this season.

Edmonton Journal: Jason Hills who covers the Oil Kings speculates Robin Figren will sign with the Islanders this summer but no quotes.

NY Sun: Kevin Greenstein has a few words on the Islanders to open his power rankings while noting the Rangers have another three day break.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's about the fourth of fifth break of three days or longer in about a month and a half while the Islanders have not had a break that long since December aside from the all-star game. They will get about a seven month break starting two weeks from Saturday. Reports the Sound Tigers lost 4-2 in Worchester Wednesday night with Jeremy Colliton and Trevor Smith giving Bridgeport a 2-0 lead.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports on Bridgeport's loss with Ben Walter's comments that his team played well but Worcester got some lucky goals that redirected off Bridgeport players. Jack Capunauo plans to have his team skate, akate and skate on their off-day before the Friday rematch as Bridgeport is three points out of a playoff spot with thirteen games left.

Jeremy Colliton, Matthew Spiller and Steve Regier went back up to New York to prepare for Friday's game at New Jersey.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports on the loss and breaks down the Sound Tigers schedule in a graph vs the teams they are fighting with for a spot and a few words on Brandon Nolan.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has the Sound Tigers weekly which includes the playoff format in the AHL and Islander prospect Masi Marjamaki signed with Ilves Tampere for next season which was rumored and reported a while back.

Former Islander Jeff Hamilton cleared re-entry waivers.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: No writer listed but a full game article on the Sharks win.