Islander News Articles 3/7

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/07/2009 04:43:00 AM | | | | | | | |
The game previews will be released at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Newsday: John Jeansonne covered practice and reported on all the changes this season/possible callups for Saturday as the Islanders took their team photo Friday. Head coach Scott Gordon did not feel it was a training camp atmosphere with all the turnover and credited Bridgeport playing the Islanders system to make the transition easy for everyone called up. Trent Hunter took what the coach called a " maintenance " day off Friday.

In the biggest shocker of the season head coach Scott Gordon according to John Jeansonne told the media Joey MacDonald would start Saturday in goal.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess the Devils can call off the emergency team meetings now that they know who is starting. Injury policy was a league-wide decision, but doing the articles daily here coaches all the time report who will start in advance. Scott Gordon has hidden this like it's a state secret from the media declaring before the season he would not reveal his starting goaltender.

Newsday: John Jeansonne's article was on how unsettling it can be for veteran players like Dean McAmmond and Bill Guerin to pick up and move during a season with McAmmond's story coming to the team he grew up rooting for. Head coach Scott Gordon praised the play of McAmmond and his faceoff ability while McAmmond discusses his future and what it's been like to play here so far.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Where I sit you can have Dean McAmmond or Nate Thompson next season and that's if Mike Sillinger retires.

NY Post: Dan Martin had a small update with Bruno Gervais comments on his scoring struggles, all the posts he had hit in recent weeks and his recent goal against Colorado and also covered the Devils side here.

Newark Star Ledger: Rich Chere has Devils head coach Brent Sutter's comments about the last time the Islanders defeated New Jersey while the writer reports Mike Rupp and Andy Greene will not play. Jay Pandolfo will remain in the lineup while defenseman Niclas Havelid will make his Devils' debut. Reports Bridgeport defeated Binghampton 6-5
at Harbor Yard Friday night.

1. BNG Hamel, (22) (Lee, Mauldin), 1:01
1. BRI Haskins, (7) (Lee), 3:17 (SH)
1. BRI Colliton, (6) (Iggulden), 8:33
1. BNG Cavosie, (8) (Fata, Petruic), 17:22
2. BRI Lee, (4) (Haskins), 1:23
2. BNG Mauldin, (14) , 2:19 (PP)
2. BNG Petruic, (1) (Zubov, Smith), 12:33
2. BRI Smith, (26) (McLean, Walter), 16:53
3. BRI Sim, (1) (McLean, Lee), 7:42 (PP)
3. BRI Lessard, (7) (Haskins, Wotton), 19:00 (EN)
3. BNG Karlsson, (6) (Mauldin, Lee), 19:35 (PP)

Peter Mannino had twenty four saves in goal. Jon Sim his first AHL goal.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's 6-5 win against Binghampton where head coach Jack Capuano praised his defense along with Chris Lee while Tyler Haskins comments and previews Saturday's game at home against Philadelphia here.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's blog entry among several items (Dustin Kohn injury) speculates Islander prospect Robin Figren is in Bridgeport and if receives approval to play from his team in Sweden, he might actually play here more than previously thought.

Jesse Joensuu and Joe Callahan were already sent back to the Islanders in the latest paper transactions.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

For those who recall Figren signed a contract with the Islanders last summer but wanted to play in Sweden this year before coming over. This is a little different than an Jesse Joensuu without a contract last year sitting on the sidelines before Bridgeport's final games last season.

I'm not sure if he needs to sign an AHL contract being that he is Islander property already.

Press & Sun-Bulletin: Michael Fornabaio also provided coverage for the Senators with an article centric to their team in the loss.

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