Islander/NHL Monday Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/11/2008 06:37:00 AM | | | | | | E.J Hradek does a full article on the Islanders coaching search Monday and feels Scott Gordon should be the pick with his reasoning that he is the better choice for a rebuilding over Hartley or Maurice who he does not feel has won much in his eight years.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Hradek is entitled to his viewpoint but it has to be written this is not a prospect defense and last I looked at the forwards it is not dominated by prospects either. The idea this is a total rebuild is way overblown going into 2008-09 when you look at this roster it has a lot of veterans to start the year that are expecting to compete and win now as Comeau, Bergenheim, Okposo and others work their way into prime roles. It could end up that way among the forwards if they drop out of contention early but this backline is locked up for another two years plus.

The Chronicle Herald of Nova Scotia: Monica Graham reports Jon Sim & Colin White from the Devils will host Hockey Day on Aug. 23 at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in New Glasgow.

Players joining White and Sim on the pro team will be Pictou native Joey MacDonald along with Bruno Gervais of Antigonish.

This was from 8/8 in the Sporting News but Craig Custance provides some very good insights on Bob Hartley possibily becoming Islander coach not previously reported here that his interview also went very well with Garth Snow and that he would be great in the community when it comes to selling tickets and working with sponsorships but that it comes down to owner Charles Wang who Hartley has no relationship with. Mr Custance gives Garth Snow high marks for his diligence in the process with another un-named NHL coach saying he would be stunned if Hartley was not the pick with many around the league feel the former Thrasher coach is still the favorite.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Great stuff here from Mr Custance, he has ties to the former Thrasher coach covering the club in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and called him when his name surfaced about the Isles job opening but Hartley did not comment. I guess it's fair to ask how come Newsday or another local paper did not report his interview went well?

Nashville Tennessean: John Glennon has more on the Alexander Radulov situtation but even the paper in Nashville had prospect coverage of the Predators prospects in Lake Placid at development camp.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Interesting Nashville that gets a very unfair knock as a poor hockey makret provides coverage of a prospects camp in Lake Placid for their fans but with all those Islander prospects at the camp for Finland, Sweden and the US not one word was written?

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in the Sound Tigers blog has a few words on the final choices on the Isles coaching search.