Islander News Articles 12/23

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/22/2008 08:12:00 PM | | | | | |
Newsday: Chris Mascaro reports goaltender Rick DiPietro participated in practice Monday while head coach Scott Gordon comments he has made a lot of progress but there is no timetable for a return or a trip to Bridgeport and for now it's just practice. Kyle Okposo comments on DiPietro.

Scott Gordon also comments on making himself available to all the players with regard to his system and discussed the play of Joe Callahan.

Owner Charles Wang attended practice. Andy Sutton is out six to eight weeks, Weight-Hunter day to day.

NY Post: Dan Martin has more from Scott Gordon about goaltender DiPietro while Richard Park talks about the clubs attitude being pretty good but that the players would not be human if they did not have a slippage in morale after losing nine in a row. Park also felt DiPietro was moving a lot better than he did when he returned in October.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Mike Knobler has the latest on the Thrashers who are home to Toronto Monday night and in the middle of fourteen games in twenty six days.

Johan Hedberg is expected to start against New York according to the writer and Garnet Exelby is in a walking soft cast/boot as his hairline fracture heals, Marty Reasoner is day to day with a sore hand.

Windsor Star: Jim Parker reports Spitfire gm Warren Rychel has heard nothing about Josh Bailey returning to juniors as he looks to add Jonathan Tavares to his roster.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
In short folks this is kind of like the NHL trade deadline in the Canadian Hockey leagues. Jonathan Tavares plays on a team that is not very good so they are looking to move him. Sarina with the three Islander prospects in Martin, Katic and DiBenedetto won a little recently but are another club that are what we could call sellers as the deadline approaches.

A year ago Robin Figren returned to the Oil Kings from the WJC and the general manager listened long and hard to offers to trade him.

Pioneer Press: Bruce Brothers has assistant general manager Tom Lynn's comments that former Islander Marc-Andre Bergeron sustained a lower body injury against the Islanders and will be out for weeks, not day.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a feature on Sound Tiger right wing Mike Iggulden with comments from head coach Jack Capuano as he talks about how well he has played and Iggulden about his one game callup against the Islanders last year with San Jose.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

A six foot three scoring right wing looks like a very good fit in Trent Hunter spot while he's out or in Tim Jackman's minutes. Scott Gordon needs some speed and scoring skill.

No summary from me covers Jack Capuano's endorsement for Iggulden's play.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio also has the Sound Tigers weekly with a lot of items which includes five questions with Jason Pitton which should wrap Sound Tiger coverage through Christmas.

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