Islander-NHL Notables: Campoli/Comrie

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/22/2009 02:37:00 PM | |
Ottawa Citizen: Ken Warren had more Sunday from former Islanders Chris Campoli and Mike Comrie with regard to Scott Gordon's " rotten apples " comments that Mr Logan attributed to both of them recently in a Newsday article where the coach did not mention them directly by name but seemed obvious it was made about them to the beatwriter.

Mike Comrie:
"We're all professionals, sometimes you have to check the source," he said. "If you ask any one of our (former Islanders) teammates, or the training staff, the ownership, the general manager, I think that the players who are there, know (the truth). I had a good experience there. Was that system the best fit for some players? Probably not? I'm much happier being in this organization, under this system."

Pressed on whether Gordon had communication problems with his players:
Comrie hesitated for several seconds, smiled, and offered a no comment, of sorts. "That's not for me to answer that. I'm a grown man and I choose to be a professional. I come to work and the thing I worry about is the Ottawa Senators."

Chris Campoli:
"(The relationship) wasn't that bad," said Campoli, who believes he was well respected in the Long Island community. "Players and coaches, I guess, don't always see eye-to-eye on every little thing, but I don't dislike Scott. I was kind of surprised by the comment. The organization felt a change was good for both of us and that's why I'm here. I have no hard feelings. (General manager) Garth Snow is a good guy, a good GM."

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Was going to add this to Sunday articles but it is much later in the day and it had some different quotes from both former Islanders.

I found it mildly interesting both were willing to say a little more to the Ottawa Citizen but not much. If I'm correct the only paper that reported this was Newsday
on 3/13 herewhere Mr Logan felt Gordon's comments were an apparent reference to trades involving Guerin, Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli.

This is why we need more ITV coverage, more media coverage and more angles to get the full picture. I tend to think Mr Logan is correct but I don't know that for sure and Scott Gordon did not reference either player by name.

What I can write is after this game there was one article with no quotes from Scott Gordon, nothing from Josh Bailey on his first two goal game. Meanwhile Steve Zipay, Mark Herrmann and Katie Strang did at least three full print articles on the Rangers Sunday (not counting blog entries) with Ryan Callahan getting a full article for his two goal game.

Mr Logan did not blog after this game to supplement lack of articles.

Daily News: Bob Raissman does a fantastic job pointing out Cablevision monopoly on hockey coverage has done everything to hurt local hockey ratings for all clubs as is the lack of coverage by Msg-NBC/Dick Ebersol are looked at with regard to Martin Brodeur breaking the all-time win record this week along with WFAN-Mike Francesa.

It should be noted-Devils/Boston was not on Mr Ebersol-Sam Flood's lineup today for the bi-weekly Ed Snider (Comcast) Flyers telecast.

Updated 6:30pm:
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog discusses the lottery and the Islanders chances, in addition a Monday Islander Insider is promised that will focus on the opportunity created for defenseman Jack Hillen by that trades and the surprising contribution made by center Dean McAmmond, who came over from the Senators. It also will include Islander reaction to Alexander Ovechkin's celebration of his 50th goal among and an item on a touching gesture by Isles defenseman Bruno Gervais.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Logan writes: Normally, Islanders Insider appears on Friday, but last week's schedule included several off days, reducing the team's media availability.

Last week it returned after about a month with no Islander Insider at all after a few times it appeared Saturday or later.

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