Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/30/2008 03:21:00 PM | | | | | | |
Globe & Mail : William Houston has an update on more dwindling hockey coverage in Newspapers around the league which include comments from sports editor Tom Jolly at the NY Times about local coverage.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This is the same NY Times that went into see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil mode last year that announced it would cover Islander news in it's blog but now has taken that part out of it's advertisement covering European hockey more than New York hockey that sent Dave Caldwell to cover about two games but did features out of the Coliseum on Asian coverage of games and removal of goal judges?

Why did they bother heading to Bridgeport to cover Kyle Okposo's debut but not the games?

Lynn Zinser had no problem reporting Pat Lafontaine has to sit in a designated section last year from her blog at Msg when Anaheim visited the Coliseum to stir up something that did not even make it into Newsday even though Mr Wang and Lafontaine were on the ice together at Al Arbour night.

I'm no fan of Tim Panaccio's hockey writing but this is the trend in hockey coverage unless a newspaper owns a club and has a vested interest or needs a buildings co-tenant.

Without the Knicks who are the media meal ticket out of Msg the Ranger limited coverage would take a major hit and has already on a lot of levels. Reports goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin cleared waivers on Tuesday.

Note-To this point there have been no reported claims of any other waivers among the countless players listed in the last few days beyond Thomas Pock.

Ithaca Journal: Has more on Mike Iggluden clearing waivers and reports he has a foot injury but does not know the severity and links to Newsday's article/blog as he has been sent to Bridgeport. Reports Roberto Luongo has been named the new captain of the Vancouver Canucks but because of league rules cannot wear the letter to take part in faceoff ceremonies.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's a first and could well be the beginning of a new trend where goalies are named captain but do not wear the letter or do the ceremonial things on ice that come with the position.

Fair to speculate Rick DiPietro and a few other goalies read this and the light blub went on or they felt, thanks but no thanks.

A bit silly to me, if a club wants to name a goaltender captain and put a letter on the jersey they should have every right to do so.

National Post/Several Outlets: Report Jeff O'Neill has been cut by the Carolina Hurricanes.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Sometimes clubs do this early so they can hook on elsewhere but impossible to know but O'Neill is only thirty two.

Updated 6pm:
Newsday: Greg Logan's blog update has Scott Gordon's comments on when Rick DiPietro could see live game action so all Mr Logan can add is his own speculation.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio updates the injury situation in Bridgeport as the Sound Tigers will have some games coming up with head coach Jack Capuano's comments.

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