Islander News Articles 3/21

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/20/2009 10:13:00 PM | | | | | |
Scheduled Saturday blog entries:
Next seasons defense 10am
New York at Ottawa game preview 2pm
Newsday: William Murphy and Eden Laikin have comments from Charles Wang, Scott Rechler, Tom Suozzi and Kate Murray with Town of Hempstead Hempstead Attorney Joseph Ra who according to Newsday in letters that surfaced this week has told the developers that since the town cannot guarantee a decision by the start of the hockey season, they "may wish to consider whether continued expenditures in pursuit of its application are appropriate or wise." He said that if they consider the state's environmental review process "unduly onerous" they may wish to contact state lawmakers about changing it.

Also reported from this article:

Wang said Friday that if Ra's comment was meant as a veiled threat, "they should say they not going to do it. "It seems like the town wants to say it can't be done by next hockey season," Wang said. "But my commitment to Long Island, Nassau County and the New York Islanders loyal fan base is to make every effort to get a successful outcome by the beginning of the next hockey season."

Murray said in a letter to Suozzi earlier this week, in which she declined his invitation to attend Friday's meeting, that she was "deeply committed to moving the project forward." But she said it would be "inadvisable" for her to attend a private meeting about a matter that she will have to vote on as a member of the town board.

"The town will hold public hearings for all taxpayers," Murray said. "I won't attend a developer's pep rally supporting his agenda."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
So Kate Murray said the exact words I wrote here three days ago calling 3/26 a pep rally.

So a focus meeting on the Lighthouse is now a pep rally for Islander fans to Kate Murray? All the name calling in the papers is just worthless and just another sign this is not going to happen when Wang-Rechler need an answer by if at all.

The question is if Tom Suozzi does let Charles Wang out of his lease in some manner yet to be determined because it is binding until 2015 when TOH rejects the project or Wang-Rechler say enough will Kate Murray and the TOH have any ability to fight that to keep the hockey team here and enforce the lease forcing Wang to sell locally or retain the club?

Sports Network: Had an article on Friday's loss to Carolina.

Newsday: Greg Logan's game coverage of New York's 5-4 loss Friday at Carolina has comments from Blake Comeau and Peter Mannino on some of the calls made or not made while head coach Scott Gordon felt "The two-on-three could have been played differently," by his defense on the game winning goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

If anyone caught the Carolina post-game there was Mr Logan scribbling things furiously into a pad as head coach Scott Gordon answered his questions. Not the first time the beatwriter was simply jotting down comments quickly this season. Only Newsday and Mr Logan knows if he carries a recorder or if this is standard practice at the paper or up to the individual writer.

Guess my point is if he had quotes on a recorder would he have more things to write stories about?

Carolina News Observer: Chip Alexander's game coverage of Carolina's 5-4 win over New York with blog entries here.

Ottawa Sun: Don Brennan reports Mike Comrie will return after missing two games with the flu for Saturday's game and speculates Brian Elliott should be back in goal trying to extend his personal winning streak to seven games, for the red-hot Senators who have won seven of their past eight and six in a row at home. John McGourty incorrect points out in an article on Alexander Ovechkin scoring his 50th goal of the season Wayne Gretzky scored fifty goals in thirty nine games the same season Mike Bossy scored fifty in fifty.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr McGourty does some excellent work for and some quality features on the Islanders, simply got this one wrong. Recap of Bridgeport's 2-1 win against Worcester Friday night in Nate Lawson's return with thirty seven saves.

2. BRI Lessard, (11) (Fraser, Walter), 8:34
3. WOR Armstrong, (23) (Cavanagh, Kaspar), 1:13 (PP)
3. BRI Sixsmith, (4) (Haskins, Lee), 6:17

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's recap of Bridgeport's 2-1 against Worcester Sharks Friday night at Harbor Yard with a preview of Saturday's home game against Providence and blog entries here.

East Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 70 42 20 3 5 92
2 Hershey Bears 68 42 19 1 6 91
3 WBarre/Scranton Penguins 70 43 23 2 2 90

Bridgeport has seven home games of the ten remaining. (AHL plays eighty)
3/28 at Hershey
4/3 vs Hershey

Point Blank: Mr Botta was at Harbor Yard with an in depth look at the Sound Tigers.

Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Covers the Sharks.

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