Quick Hits/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/24/2010 12:00:00 PM |

* I have no doubt Charles Wang &/or Scott Rechler would be more than happy to renovate or even replace the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County, " like those five other metropolitan-area professional franchises that opened magnificent new facilities in the past year, " if they were given hundreds of millions/over a billion in tax exemptions like New York City taxpayers were forced to do for two stadiums or Newark issuing bonds that turned its $12.5 million annual payment into a lump-sum total of $221 million for Prudential Center arena funding or PSL's & money from from the NFL/fifteen million annual loss for NJSEA at the new Meadowlands Stadium.

Nassau/TOH does not want " construction of a mini-city along Hempstead Turnpike " that is fair enough. Do what other cities did so Mr Wang &/or Mr Rechler can open magnificent new facilities for the New York Islanders, but stop telling them to do the impossible alone.
* Do I think John Tavares got a fair shake not being a Calder finalist? A few more games between Jimmy Howard or Matt Moulson and he may have been the 2003 pick as a finalist.

It's not a contest only between last summers draft class. A year ago produced three later round picks as finalist over several seasons. John Tavares was not selected once for the award all season nor did he merit it on a month to month basis, so I don't believe it's unfair he was not among the finalist.

Having written that I'm not a fan of the media voting on anything these days given the Isles media coverage.
* The media did not come out in force to cover the Devils early playoff games but they sure came out when it was all over with the Flyers winning the series four games to one to bury them.

A few media seemed to enjoy themselves a little too much knocking the Devils from what I read after their accomplishments. What folks forget about their record was they built it early with a lot of players out, after that this was a five-hundred team for most of the second half.

Fourteen days ago they beat the New York Islanders 7-1 and then beat Buffalo who pulled their goalie late in a tied game because they needed a regulation win.

Want to claim they played Atlanta-Kovalchuk hockey and that was why they lost? Not buying. Flyers made a few more plays and their size helped them, Parise was working as hard as ever. Of course they should be frustrated top to bottom.

You play this series a week from now and Boucher is likely letting in soft goals from all over the ice and it's a different series. Philadelphia's streaks and slumps are legendary and this was one of their streaks after they their goaltenders were letting in soft goals to Blake Comeau. Carcillo, Asham, Ian Laperriere, making big plays? High marks to the Flyers on winning the series, however the career track record says that is not going to last.

As for New Jersey, will those now predicting their demise ever learn? They only finished second in the Eastern Conference and until they have a poor eighty two game season they are the team to beat in this division with Pittsburgh. Do they have a record now for not being a good playoff team? Fair enough.

Do I expect them to lose Kovalchuk, Martin and still be at the top of the East around December next season? Absolutely.
Too bad the Hershey Bears did not call up Michal Neuvirth to Washington or the Sound Tigers may have still been playing Hershey with Braden Holtby looking like Jose Theodore.

Such parity in the NHL these days, I'm very happy for Miroslav Satan after all the things written about him after leaving Buffalo along with Sutton/Campoli, who had a lot of praise for Bill Guerin here.

Interesting watching Sutton go for an overtime big hit and miss his man creating an odd-man rush.

Virtually no series where any playoff result can absolutely be called a huge upset anymore in this version of the NHL.
Kevin Poulin VictoriaVille lost 6-1 on Friday and trail their playoff series 3-1 with game five Saturday. All other Islander prospects in CHL have been eliminated with Travis Hamonic/Wheat Kings, Casey Cizkas, St Michaels Majors.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio from Thursday had updates which included some exit interview which did/did not take place with some veterans, but had an updated list of all players contract status for Bridgeport and New York.

I see one more blog update grading management before going back to twitter format.

I have not made a decision yet on full blog entries for the World Championships or just adding a section.

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