Sunday Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2009 02:19:00 PM |
* I expect if Dany Sabourin is placed on waivers Garth Snow will be claiming him within the next few days. He did not do a great job for the Pens but he did fill in as a starter with Fleury out for Pittsburgh and won two games at the Coliseum.

Considering their struggles since Fleury returned until today, Sabourin did not do half bad.

Kevin Lowe must have wanted Garon off his team bad or Ryan Stone in his minor league system who has been a Sound Tigers killer.
* I don't want to hit this too hard but Trent Hunter has to start giving this team some goals. I know he lost his center in Nielsen and has had to play with a lot of different centers/forwards but he has to give this team some scoring despite all the other things he does. Richard Park stopped scoring and the goals dried up among the forwards.

Anyone else catch that set play with Park on the powerplay in front, why is Okposo (a right wing) not the player to get that pass? I wrote it the other day but what is he doing as an off-wing point on a team with Bill Guerin and Trent Hunter as the right wingers when you are in last place?

Some veterans have to finish some plays here and give them an even strength goal or two a game. The powerplay right now is holding the club back and even with the losses the last two months they were getting that two or three goals per game.

Not anymore.
* Sure seems like Bergenheim at best now is a fourth line left wing even when he returns.

Comeau is locked on that line with Comrie-Okposo. Tambellini locked in with Nielsen-Hunter and for now Park has the left side of Bailey-Guerin.

Sim-Thompson-Jackman make up the rest of the mix.

If Hilbert is skating he may be back soon which usually means a new injury to someone, not a numbers game.
* One thing the Islanders can do is settle some injury situations during the eight day break or bulk up the depth.
* For all the headlines Rick DiPietro season is over the Islanders are taking a long time to get there in making such an announcement.
* On Mr Botta'a side Mike Sillinger's comments in the Saskatoon paper on him being in camp next season reflects a man who expects to continue his NHL career and resign here for next season or management has discussed a coaching spot.
* Not really on the radar but the NHLPA will vote Thursday whether to extend the CBA or opt out meaning a possible lockout at the end of this season here.

The union can terminate the agreement in May and also has the option of extending the deal a year through the 2011-2012 season. NHLPA boss Paul Kelly makes clear the NHLPA is prepared for another work stoppage but even if an agreement was not reached they could play under the expired deal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

My guess is the deal is extended to 2012 unless Paul Kelly or Glen Healy wants to make a name for themselves by putting the sport out of business for good, I do not think they want to go there.
* Has Newsday sent someone to KC yet to keep the hysteria going on them moving to KC? Funny how Islanders President Chris Dey has not been asked to comment or forced him to decline comment.

With the football championship games today the staff may have something else to write about in the sports department. They are not going to insult the Knicks, see no evil unless they can run down Marbury-Curry and save buyout dollars.
* When is Chris Dey going to schedule NYC night and bring in Michael Bloomberg to drop the puck. That would really get folks talking about this being a NY market team from the man who used to own the radio rights on his network.

Islanders schedule events in Astoria and Queens Village along with Bayside.
* For those wondering Cablevision-Newsday saves hundreds of millions in future television contract payments to the team if the Islanders ever did re-locate. A lot of financial motivation to get the team out of here but my speculation is Charles Dolan and Mr Wang are friends and would not let the son go that far or has less influence at the paper.
* Mike Franscea came off like the Islanders have absolutely no right to relocate to Queens or Brooklyn for those wondering, as a matter of fact they have every right to play anywhere they want. Queens and the tri-state area is New York Islander territory.

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