Islander Notables/Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/13/2009 04:04:00 PM | | | | | |
No Saturday morning articles, will let feeders do the work that now include Sound Tiger game articles.

The Islander-Boston pregame will automatically post at 10am.

Boston Globe: Fluto Shinzawa in the Bruins blog reports Stephane Yelle made it through Friday's practice but was doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Islanders. If Yelle can't play, Byron Bitz would center the fourth line again. Yelle was one of the last players off the ice.

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien also praised Scott Gordon for doing a good job with a young tean.

Boston Bruins website: John Bishop had several updates on Friday's practice.

Daily News: Elliot Olshansky's feature is on Islander prospect Shane Simms with a few words in the summary on Blake Kessel.

* I did read the Daily News Story the other day on the Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows and the Islanders but did not post it here because we had this update back in early December Sports Business Journal where Don Muret in an article about the USTA putting a retractable roof on the Tennis Stadium in Flushing had comments from Danny Zausner, managing director of the U.S. Tennis Association who did a little speculation about the Islanders and Nets in a multipurpose facility that seats over twenty thousand.

Unless Charles Wang tells us he's willing to negotiate with Queens there is no story. This was nothing different than what was posted three months ago.

* How nice of Newsday to do an Islander Insider for the first time in over a month.

I saw the article but just did not feel like posting it. At the very least Mr Logan owed our fans an explanation why our so called " expanded " coverage was cut for a web feature that does not appear in the print edition of the paper for weeks on end.

Meanwhile his counterpart is working as hard as he can for his beat with constant updates.

Maybe next time I will post it, if there is a next time.

* Looks like Dick Ebersol-Cablevision (James Dolan) & Comcast (Ed Snider)connection will be bullying hockey fans into watching their teams on NBC regardless of poor market ratings. Like the playoffs a few years ago the Rangers are producing lower ratings in New York than NASCAR & other sports here.

I wonder how much of that New York rating Islander and Devils fans should take credit for? I would bet at least 1/3. Good thing baseball has not started up.

When I see all the teams on Dick Ebersol's telecast, I will watch NBC. Until that point I have no use for NBC and hockey.

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