Islander News Articles 4/15

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/15/2008 05:41:00 AM | | | | | | |
One thing sure is great about playoff time, the amount of articles reminding everyone of the Islanders dynasty and how they are the last hockey team to overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit. It's everywhere along with any mention of playoff beards and the 1980 team creating the tradition.

Times & Transcript: Neil Hodge had a full updated interview with Ted Nolan, including his denial he will not be returning to Moncton to replace his former Islander assistant Dany Flynn as he talked about the Islanders season right up to tomorrow nights meeting with the fans and that he plans to return for the final season of his contract.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Great interview. I learned more here from the coach than I did in any of the Newsday exit interviews. Sad that we have to wait for a report from a Moncton paper to learn things about what our coach thinks but just another example of how poorly Newsday (and the city media) covers our team.

Total guess on my part but I have a feeling Greg Logan may not be back for a third season. From his reporting it seems only like a job and a paycheck anyway where he does what's professional and required but little more. He's entitled to all the vacation time he earns like anyone with long-tenure at a job but it does not help the coverage when the only full time beatwriter has this many vacations. I do not accept the explanation he does longer blogs so he does less. He knows the media situation around the club and should understand the urgency to provide as many blogs as possible for a team that does not have them in the other five papers as they should.

Newsday: Katie Strang reports from the ESPN announced attendance links that the Islanders finished last but more than eighty three percent of the building was filled on average which was better than some other clubs. Chris Dey reports on what the club will be doing to bring more fans in while former Ranger Daily News beatwriter Frank Brown, who today is a long-time NHL spokesman gave his comments as to what impact the Lighthouse project will have.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
First Anthony Rieber, now Katie Strang? It's coverage by committee once again for the New York Islanders. Should be interesting if they follow up on it with coverage of Wednesday's events.

Newsday linked to an independent youtube video today to supplement it's hockey coverage so perhaps Islander fans should youtube the event tomorrow.

Palm Beach Post: Brian Biggane reported Panthers owner Alan Cohen in his meet and greet with the fans was not happy with Jacques Martin. In the article itself Mr Biggane in throwing out many coaches under contract included the Isles.

Edmonton Sun: Derek Van Diest reports the Oilers signed former Islander defenseman to a one year contract with terms undisclosed but believed to be for 1.5m a year.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Kevin Lowe is really hurting the NHL salary structure with some of these contracts.

What does this mean for Bruno Gervais and how does Chris Campoli feel about his
long-term contract now? One gm overpays and it sets a precedent and as solid as Grebeshkov was at times 1.5 million seems like an overpayment.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps the Sound Tigers season with comments from general manger Garth Snow, Jack Capuano, Jeremy Colliton who talked about the teams strong second half and Kyle Okposo while Mr Fornabaio examined the roster and it's needs moving forward as the roster was reviewed in terms of player contacts.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his blog had a lot of items on the Sound Tigers as they head into the summer. As always this time of year he gives out the list of the status of the players on the roster in terms of contract.