Islander News Articles 12/18

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/18/2008 01:52:00 AM | | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan has comments from Mike Comrie who wants to return to the lineup Friday in Minnesota while head coach Scott Gordon is not too sure there is a roster spot available and praised the play of Ben Walter who he felt fit in well.

Mr Logan also reported Kyle Okposo took part in practice and Jeff Tambellini's conditioning stint ends Saturday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The roster speculation game has gotten more than stale, we should know when the club leaves who got on the plane.

I agree with the Islanders coach Walter did fit against Washington and played well for the minutes he saw, very visible who got some chances.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell apparently showed up for Tuesday's Islander game to play the state of the attendance card and get fan reaction pitting this years struggling club vs those of the late nineties and asked why does Mr Wang not spend more on the payroll?

Also included were comments from general manager Garth Snow he never saw what he was doing as a youth movement but he is committed to getting the younger players on the ice with significant playing time along with a few words on Rick DiPietro's return.

Rest of the article were repeat quotes from the Washington Postgame from Bill Guerin, Doug Weight.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess it was the Times turn to show up and take a few kicks at the club after not giving them a story since I think as far back as Brandon Sugden? I'm not sure Mr Caldwell understands you cannot put young players in the lineup and spend to the cap. Does he understand Okposo makes rookie cap money, Nielsen got a four year deal, Bailey could have been sent back to save money?

They spent a lot of money on Mark Streit and all we read was he is overpaid when he signed? They locked up Brendan Witt, Trent Hunter and every defender on the roster to multi-year extensions. Only Doug Weight and the club knows where the incentives in his contract will take his salary.

Mr Wang could have spent a lot less long-term money, that's what Mr Caldwell should have looked at with the contracts Marcinko, Figren, Tambellini were given.

That's all revenue that could have been saved for the Lighthouse.

Given the Islanders lease no owner can spend to the cap unless it's a multi-billion dollar company willing to take such hits as many corporate clubs do. Funny how many reporters immediately estimate attendance vs what is announced at Islander games, we do not see that practice at the Garden for games despite the empty seats.

Mr Caldwell said his comments from the gm were from Tuesday.

Shoddy work.

For Garth Snow's part when Park-Hilbert are on the powerplay and Bergenheim/Comeau are watching (with Comeau on left and right wing) that does not reflect what you said.

Daily News: Elliot Olshansky's prospect article is on both Islander prospects at Clarkson, Tyrell Mason and Shea Guthrie as both talk about the struggles of the team this year.

Ryan Jankowski, the Islanders' assistant GM and director of amateur scouting talks about both young players. Chuck Gormley had a feature on goaltender Joey McDonald. Adam Proteu cannot tell us anything about the Islanders beyond DiPietro's injury or the age of the Coliseum but as usual it does not stop him from his latest assault which is supposed to be a sidebar to the Oilers 9-2 loss.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is on the all the defenders in Bridgeport and the competition for spots with head coach Jack Capuano's comments on the depth and the current injuries.

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