John Gruden has been named Assistant Coach

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/18/2018 12:45:00 PM | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments: So to recap what's been announced: Cronin, Richardson, Buchberger out, all hired elsewhere. Lambert, Gruden in.

Ryan Pulock 2 Year Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/17/2018 09:31:00 AM | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments: Nice signing, wanted them to go long-term because if he's as good as projected, he's going to make huge money in two years, but they will still have his NHL rights for someone born 10/6/94. One more to go, Nelson, who filed for arbitration, and will have a contract either way.

Toews (1-way) Burroughs (2-way) two year extensions

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/16/2018 12:34:00 PM | | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments: Toews at 24, with a one-way deal means he's coming up, as soon as he's ready/healthy. Burroughs with a 2-way deal, can play here or in Bridgeport but two solid signings.

Still Beginning Of A Long Summer For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/16/2018 04:57:00 AM | Comment Here
For now we see if Mark Hunter (contract over 7/15) or Mitch Korn, come to NY or decide on another job elsewhere.

Then we see how arbitration with Brock Nelson/restricted free agency goes.

Don't think we are done with coaching staff changes, but seems reasonable Chris Lamoriello, likes what he has in Brent Thompson, and Bridgeport loaded up with veterans is returning at this point.

As for the rest, can't see any 1st round picks being traded for a rental, who likely would test UFA next summer, that would be an awful decision. Teams in a playoff spot, knowing they are not surrendering a potential lottery pick, only give up their first rounders at the trade deadline.

For those who remember 2014-15, the Boychuk/Leddy deals were not made until well into preseason when it was clear NY could not win with their defense, which included UFA signing T.J Brennan, who never made it back to the NHL, even after going on waivers.

The Kevin Poulin waiver claim also brought Berube here after the season began.

Bottom line is a lot is still expected to change, and the time to do some negotiating with Lee/Eberle is also now, to see what happens moving forward.

They can replace Tavares lack of speed/defense, how he was not visible 5/5 or with games in the balance, but to have this happen next summer with Lee/Eberle is too much. 
Off the ice, silence is golden for Dolan's Belmont arena scheme, they don't want negative publicity, and Newsday is owned by Dolan.

They just want their shovel in the ground as fast as possible, and will use NYI to make that happen.

Once construction begins, they could care less if NYI play there, but the unknown here is still Wilpon/Sterling paying for it for Dolan to run, and rail access with a double trip to from/Jamaica until 2032 if Dolan's MTA guy, Joe Lhota does not kill it, perhaps taking longer than a train to Barclay's?

I do expect Cuomo to demand no more Barclay's games ever after 2/28/19, but there is no binding lease for Coliseum, and Cuomo has to pony up to make Coliseum upgraded regardless of the cost.

No matter what after a few early sellouts, the novelty will wear down fast, if Tavares leaving does not drive people away, and if poor attendance in Nassau makes Barclay's decide they don't want them in either of their buildings or our owners finally get that reality check they need to play in NYC, that's the end.

And for all Scott Malkin did to upgrade staff/sign Tavares his leaving saved them money, even if those management changes are expensive.

Ross Johnston 4 Year Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/09/2018 03:25:00 PM | Comment Here

Hope it's a 2-way deal because if everyone is healthy, someone is not going to play, or #15-53, are going to be moved at some point.
Nope. Aside from Martin, some players who are not heaalthy scratches could be sitting, that 23 man roster has filled up fast, but it's a long summer.

New York Signs KHL Forward Jan Kovar/Transactions

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/09/2018 01:31:00 PM | Comment Here

Note-the prospect site would have Bridgeport/AHL transactions, but that site no longer lists the players under AHL contracts only. Many new & re-signed players today. Jones was only player to go from 2-way to AHL-only.

7/6/18 More Lamoriello

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/06/2018 05:17:00 PM | Comment Here

Lane Lambert Hired/Lamoriello-Trotz Speaks

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/05/2018 11:35:00 AM | Comment Here

New York Signs One-year contract with Robin Lehner

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/03/2018 06:27:00 PM | |
Also it appears they have signed their European Goalie, Jakub Skarek, to an ELC. He is committed to a team in Europe.

NYIFC Comments: The biggest risk in many area's, with likely the best upside among the middling names, got the shortest contract. Folks know I wanted Halak re-signed, but Lehner's past success cannot be fluffed off, and he has to report ready or he'll be gone faster than Parenteau. Gibson showed some signs at 26, we'll see about Soderstrom, and on a better defensive team Greiss should return to where he finished up last season with some quality games.

Matt Martin Traded Back To New York For McAdam

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/03/2018 03:14:00 PM | | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments: I think for now on 7/3, we have to take a step back, and see what this all translates to by opening night which is a long-way off. The changes are going to continue. Gibson was traded by one Lamoriello, and was just given two years by another. Lamoriello signed Martin, and traded for him, and brought down the forward from the Leafs. Sure it makes some fans happy bringing home Martin, who just sat on the sidelines, but things don't happen here for those reasons.

New York Signs Tom Kuhnhackl/Old Business

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/02/2018 06:04:00 PM |

And in old business besides, Mike Sislo

Valtteri Filppula One Year Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2018 09:20:00 PM |
Islanders website only list center Valtteri Filppula as a member of the roster.
NYIFC Comments: Another 34 year old center, who left the Flyers? Having problems seeing this as productive, they clearly needed more physical players, defensively stronger, but don't know.

Center Leo Komarov Signs 4 Years

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2018 04:20:00 PM | Comment Here

Hickey, Four Year Extension With New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/01/2018 01:44:00 PM | Comment Here
NYIFC Comments: We'll see where this puts deHaan, but unlikely they can keep both without a trade of someone else. Frankly, at plus 20, he was one of the top defenders available, with plenty of competition for his services.

Tavares Gone To Leafs

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/29/2018 03:40:00 PM | Comment Here

Halak, Chris Wagner to Boston.

NYIFC Comments: Thank you, John Tavares.
Everything else has been written one way or another, it's time to move on. 

Unless He Signs Tavares Deserves Blame, Not Snow/Ownership

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/28/2018 07:51:00 AM | Comment Here
Bottom line we got a year plus of Tavares saying this is where he wanted to be, only place he's thinking of playing, did not want to be traded. I get it's very popular to blame Snow, but it's wrong.

Then the trade deadline came/went, and Tavares kept to same stance, adding he may even re-sign by end of the season playoffs or no playoffs.

If Tavares went into camp last September, said he's not discussing his contract all season, that would be fair.

He did not put Snow, owners in a good spot, and tied their hands if they wanted to move him with his comments.

My guess is Friday we know if he's staying, by midnight Saturday-Sunday, his 8th year advantage with NYI is gone, he will go elsewhere.

What's he going to do? Can't read human wallpaper.

Despite all this if he informs NYI he has decided to go elsewhere, trade his rights to that team so he can get an 8th year from them for a minor conditional pick. Go classy, show thanks for his time here.

Something good will come from this, either Tavares or money to sign future UFA, and some players available in a very weak UFA group.  Long term, I can write none of these deals ever work out for the full duration. Parise & Suter have not come close to one cup with Wild, Stamkos missed the better part of two years, and struggled in playoffs this year.

New York Qualified List

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2018 04:01:00 PM | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments: Quine,Prince,Davidson, Schempp not qualified.

6/25 Qualifying Offers Due/Prospect Camp Opens

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2018 03:25:00 AM | Comment Here
The qualifying offers list is very important. Those players not given the offer become free agents.

It's not a contract if qualified, but means that team retains their rights.

Lou Lamoriello's first roster decisions.

Brock Nelson/Ryan Pulock/Devon Toews will be qualified for sure, Nelson will not be an easy or inexpensive signing, Pulock will likely be an expensive bridge deal.

I would move on from Alain Quine & Shane Prince and not qualify, too many injuries, or ineffective. Plus simply did not have a set spot. Bring them back on AHL only deals later if they can't find a spot somewhere else. Can't see much interest either way.

As popular as Ross Johnston was I would not give him an automatic NHL spot, would not qualify.

Would also not qualify Kyle Schempp.

Kyle Burroughs was too good not to qualify in Bridgeport, the prospect pool got deeper for defenders, but he can play.

Brandon Davidson is a tough call, he's serviceable (despite some bad puck-luck) and if you can't keep Hickey/deHaan/Seidenberg you will need an inexpensive depth veteran. I would qualify him based on the decent play I saw.
Prospect camp will be interesting for players but also for who's coaching. I don't see Barry Trotz coming down for this after the longest season of his career. Elements of Weight's staff are here (so is Weight) so they have plenty of coaches here now (and from Bridgeport) to work with the players.

Kind of liked when these camps were in July after free agency settled down.

Many of the names will just be here to earn contracts, some players selected at draft, the walk-on list is always fun.

The Letter John Tavares Should Have Written To His Younger Self

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/24/2018 07:49:00 AM | Comment Here
Warning **** I know this is not going to go over well at all ****

Sorry, but someone had to write it. Will Tavares think along my lines? Doubtful, but some of it likely crosses his mind, even if his loyalty to this franchise makes him regret resigning sooner or later. 

I don't think it's a money issue or who the management was or is. I want him to re-sign now that we have a new coach, who can help his speed/defense.

But there is more to it, it's not my choice, but this is what I would be thinking if I were him. 

John Tavares Letter To His Younger Self..... 

Here I am, nine years later.

Vegas sold every seat, Seattle got 20,000 seats sold in two hours, Winnipeg came back and sold out five years worth of tickets. I see this all over the NHL.

All I keep hearing/reading is those same 4,000 fans from Long Island talking about the team coming home.

We had an open house in April & six people showed up. 

I gave them nothing but loyalty, they gave us half empty buildings, that's their idea of home.

How is that home?

Home is a place with 18,000 fans who care, who show up and sellout every game, who will spend their money, who do what most fan bases do who really do believe.

Long Island fans refused to spend, and never will, nothing I did changed that.

I don't want to be under-rated when my career ends, or hear people say if I played in Toronto or anywhere else, I'll be relevant, my career will be remembered, those people will be behind me for the rest of my life.

I played in a building half filled through 2015 which looked like half that, and endured thousands of opposing fans, even Quebec fans, it was a nightmare but I was loyal to a fault.

Then the few media we have all worked for the Rangers newspaper, did all they could to wreck playing in NYC, while those Long Island fans did what they do best, complain & stay home.

We had home ice for the opener, and the playoffs, that's when they cared or at least most of the seats were announced as filled, that was great.

We kept talking about the atmosphere, and energy in the building for rivalry games, but it took half the crowd from the other team coming here to make that happen, most of our fans did not want to go to those games. 

Beyond that no matter what we did those fans stayed home, no matter how many back-loaded deals Charles & Garth got us to sign, or how low the ticket prices were, no one backed us, we all kept buying in to the plan, the fans refused. 

They kept claiming they believed, but they made every excuse not to after the home opener, and we walked out to AHL crowds? I did not understand, on weeknights our building was filled with Montreal Canadians fans, even in snow storms.

Nassau treated me and our team like we did not exist. I could not change that, not even a dynasty did, teams that never won a thing got modern buildings from taxpayers, and go sellout hundreds of games in a row.

We could not give our tickets away, they made us feel like we were still Spano's team, management even made us wear those fisherman jersey's, and some of those new fans actually like them.

I said all the right things, it did not matter. Lou and Barry will too, they still won't show up and support us, and they'll be gone before me unless I get hurt playing in two rinks before we move into a building owned by the Rangers as our landlord which will be a construction zone long after I retire.

No one would sign up for that. In 2009 my agent Pat (Brisson) told me Long Island is one the last places I should go. He was right.

Stamkos plays in a packed house, Matthews does, McDavid does, Eichel also and most of these teams are worse than ours on the ice, and never won a thing..

All the media says is if our great players played anywhere else they would never have been overlooked, forgotten, or under-rated, that's all we read about the great guys in our room now.

They kept calling our team Long Island, not New York. No one fought that narrative, it was a badge of honor for people who could not fill 5,000 seats with the rest coming from NY.  I played along, and those people stayed home, we had a real chance if we won in New York City to be relevant permanently.

I should have told them it's a NYC arena, or I'm gone.

We hear our fans at Msg, in NJ, and even though there were issues with Barclay's, it was early there. The same fans who refused to go to the Coliseum, had better crowds at Barclay's, even if it was Boston Garden which fans & media supported for sixty years, and sat in an obstructed upper deck with an off center scoreboard. Those fans forced Barclay's management to just give up, they had the Coliseum, and what did not work, and won't again.

Our Nassau/Suffolk fans refused to come to games at Barclay's after they went to NJ for their football teams, same old story.

Why didn't they show up and support us? Other teams missed the playoffs longer, many never came close to a cup.

I want my career to be memorable long after I retired. Mike Bossy had to sell potato chips after all he did for those people, they even stayed home for Bill & Al, and booed Mr Torrey, no alumni is more loyal.

Denis Potvin had 5,000 people watching his jersey go the rafters, how dare them. I do not want that, no one would.

I gave those people my best years, and they thanked us by staying home no matter what we did.

Why will it be any different if I re-sign, it won't be. Money does not change this, the ticket prices under ten dollars on game day did not either. 

Now I should go home or somewhere else, even if it means taking less money.

Nothing we do will sellout a season, we can't even get 10,000 fans in October or November, and won't for most of the season unless we are winning.

It's time for my NHL career to matter,  to go where people will really believe with writers who will make us the story, and make us relevant every day win or lose, that's the right kind of pressure.

It's time for my career to have home ice, to actually be the home team in our home rink. 

Long Island was a a lie. I gave them my best years, where were they?

More excuses. 

Be-LIE-ve that.

And it hurts. 

Lamoriello On Overall Draft/Tavares Listening

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2018 03:45:00 PM | Comment Here

New York Selects Blade Jenkins/Christian Krygier

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2018 01:30:00 PM | | Comment Here
Blade Jenkins profile Blade Jenkins
With their 7th selection in the 2018 NHL entry draft the New York Islanders have selected Christian Krygier. profile Expected to play at Michigan State U in 2018-19
Prospect blog will be updated with all selections (day one done) in coming days. thanks for visiting.

New York Selects: Jacob Pivonka

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2018 12:58:00 PM | Comment Here
Jacob Pivonka. Jacob Pivonka Notre Dame 2018-19 twitter His father was a great player with Caps in Michal Pivonka.

New York Selects G Jakub Skarek

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2018 12:18:00 PM |
Eliteprospects profile Committed to Pelican/Ligga in 18-19. profile

Day Two: New York Selects Bode Wilde/Ruslan Iskhakov

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2018 11:04:00 AM | | Comment Here
New York Selects Bode Wilde
Bode Wilde profile. New York Selects Ruslan Iskhakov 
Ruslan Iskhakov University of Ct as of 6/23/18

Lamoriello On Day One/Tavares

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/23/2018 01:01:00 AM | Comment Here

Islanders twitter feed has long interviews with both Oliver Wahlstrom & Noah Dobson.

Meet the old boss, who's pick won the Calder Cup this week.
Find something for Weight, first class man.

Bright and early, day 2. New York Islander Fan Central will be right back at it.

New York Selects Oliver Wahlstrom/Noah Dobson

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/22/2018 08:50:00 PM | Comment Here

Lamoriello on Trotz/Other Subjects

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/21/2018 10:14:00 PM | Comment Here
Time to see our new gm finally.

New York Losses Barclay's Likely Forever on 2/28/19 Via Cuomo/Dolan

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/21/2018 08:34:00 PM | Comment Here
NYI season schedule was released late Thursday. Cuomo added 8 more Nassau games for 2018-19 out of nowhere & Barclay's Schedule concludes for the season on 2/28/19. They won't be back for playoffs or likely ever again.

Yormark made clear he wants every game he can get in Nassau also, that will get interesting if Dolan does get an arena, and leaves in a few years.

You can bet with a schedule crafted like this they will never play another game at Barclay's ever again if Cuomo can alter their schedule on a whim like this. Who knows how fast he can kick them out of NY entirely? There will be no even split in years ahead, it will be all games at 13,000 seat no revenue NYCB on Cuomo's orders.

Nassau will not be ready for games until 12/1/18 which is likely the only reason they are playing any games at Barclay's next season.

As great as the day began, that's how bad this ends. To go back to a failed location where Dolan's puppet Cuomo tells them when/where they play as Dolan become our landlord is a joke, but to put them in a 13,000 seat building that failed in the past will put them out of business.

Usual False Narrative To Deceive Gullible Fans:
It's A LI fan base, it's where they belong.

Not LI fan base, Barclays outdrew Nassau 16/25 years, tied 6 others. Barclays's won draw despite all Dolan's media negativity, lies, and no Sat games. 

Bled red ink in 16,000 seat Coliseum forever win or lose with a cap floor payroll.
Will go bankrupt in NYCB at 13,000 and no luxury boxes with new spending.

Reality Check:
Every excuse was removed by ownership not to sellout, and you are now expected to pay NYC corporate prices for your cap-max Nassau team and sellout every single game. If not, how can these owners stay here in business?

You stay home now & do the old dance can't afford games/prices, not your problem, then owners can't afford the world class experience they gave you. So it's time to be that legit LI fan base & walk the walk you hated me writing for years, or these owners have every right to remind you of years of telling them we need to be in Nassau.

Pressure is all on you, better get ready to pony up because you are on the clock to sellout every game in Nassau, can't do that you can't have a team at those prices.

Can't pay NYC prices for NYC payroll, can't have Nassau team, and Cuomo will pull his arena for NYI & let Dolan be his own landlord at Belmont with his teams.

As for NYC Barclay's fans Cuomo/Dolan yanked the rug out from under them, you get vested in a season, and they take it from you on 2/28/19, of course they will put playoff games in Nassau, and once it's ready for hockey they will never play there in the future.

President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced today that the team has hired Barry Trotz as Head Coach !!

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/21/2018 02:35:00 PM | |
Trotz conference call

Islanders website release & comments. "Barry brings to the New York Islanders franchise a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience and success," said Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello. "He is and has been one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him."

NYIFC Comments: Thrilled........absolutely thrilled !!

This is someone you let run with this job for 20 years, and move him into management when Lamoriello is done, people like them can do any job successfully.

I would have made him the highest paid coach if that's what it took, made no difference, it pays for itself.

No words can express the joy this brings me. Wanted this more than Tavares resigned. He'll make everyone better on this roster. So happy for our fans, they really deserve this.

Stay tuned, not sure if any kind of press conference with management in Dallas or next week when they get to New York.

They got Barry Trotz.

Feels like Mr Torrey was watching over this one with Al.

Barzal Wins Calder

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/20/2018 09:35:00 PM | Comment Here

New York Notables: Status Quo/Updated

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/18/2018 05:45:00 AM | Comment Here
Updated: Barry Trotz resigned from Caps, and is available to speak with NYI now. Dave Tippett signed as an advisor with one of Dolan's shell companies in Seattle.
No idea what Lamoriello will do about anything or what Tavares will do besides this year long saga ending in thirteen days.

Either the team will have Tavares or the cap space to build around some good players, either direction is a long-term risk.

I put zero stock in gossip/rumors/negotiations being anything one way or another.

Something good will come out of this either way.

My guess is if there was an available coach Lamoriello wanted to hire,  it would have happened by now. 

I'm hoping Lamoriello is holding out for Barry Trotz, given gm, Brian MacLellan's very luke warm support. Clearly the Caps winning the cup put the gm in a tough spot, and it would be a pr nightmare for him to go, but clearly that was MacLellan's plan A or he would have been re-signed long ago.

For myself, I want a veteran coach for the first time since Al Arbour. It's time the players see a veteran coach behind the bench who knows how to win at this level, get the most out of his roster, and can create a culture where this team is not playing to hang on in the third period.

Maybe it's a mistake, and some young coach is the next great coach, but it's time to change the look behind that bench with some veteran experience. Before some of these young players leave I want them to work with an experienced NHL head coach, who can maybe take their game where an AHL coach can't because they are not experienced either, and I'm not talking Ted Nolan.

Don't want the former Rangers coach and not just because he answered to the goalie, and lost his job because he finally called him out. Did not like how he finished in Vancouver or Montreal. Flip flopping on Tippett because of recent winning/being a west-coast coach like Quenneville. Would not mind Sutter from Kings, not Brent.

Want zero part of  Scott Stevens as a head coach with no experience, we just saw that with Weight.

I watched Weight press conference after season again, feel bad have been so tough on him, he was really beaten/broken, and owner saying they failed hurt. Like Weight, good hockey man, just not the right job for him given career experience.

I want Halak back, don't see a better goalie available, put zero stock in outsiders blaming the goaltending, they just looked at numbers, not the shots against or all the 40 plus shot games he won or held them in. With 14 days left it would hardly be a shock to see Halak land elsewhere, and help a team win.

Without Halak this team could be drafting first Friday, they gave up shots against that go back over 20 years. 

Devon Toews is 24, and where Pulock was last summer, he needs to be in the NHL, and too good to let go without a strong return.

RFA will answer some questions when we see who's qualified in seven days.

The upcoming schedule with two home arena's will produce some new very unpleasant challenges.  Knowing how Nassau operates surprised they are not complaining about only one preseason game given that old six game agreement called for two preseason games, all the extra regular season games does not resonate with them.

And don't expect a friendly Coliseum landlord knowing the re-branded BSE is just a temporary home.

Prospect camp begins with what could be a lot of lame-duck coaches next week. 

Ok, so a very full couple of weeks coming.

On a positive note (not 100 percent) but expect to be available for NHL draft both days. 

7/1 will likely not be available until the early afternoon, but does not start until noon, it's not a deep UFA class with many Islanders at top of defense in Hickey/deHaan right now.

Lamoriello Hires Steve Pellegrini as Assistant General Manager

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/12/2018 11:17:00 AM | Comment Here

6/6: Lamoriello on Sportsnet:

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/06/2018 05:09:00 PM | Comment Here
Most in-depth questioning so far. This is the interview you listen to a few times.

Lamoriello said he's the general manager opening night-direct quote.

The Culture Change Begins In New York.

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/06/2018 07:22:00 AM | Comment Here
For starters we see how long the status quo lasts with the coaching staff, Brent Thompson, or how long Snow-Weight are around for Lamoriello to pick their brains.

My impression is that like Lamoriello's adviser job in Toronto, and Snow-Weight could land elsewhere sooner than later. A new coach will want their own people.

I'm of the school Lamoriello is all in as the permanent general manager, but who knows if he's waiting for Mark Hunter on 7/15 or someone else. Lamoriello was a gm for three years in Toronto, and the Devils.

Another person making decisions he likes to make will not be for him.

No doubt the current scouting staff will remain for the draft as he said.

As for the coaching if Barry Trotz could become available you wait, and go all out to land him. Then Darryl Sutter. I like Dave Tippett but it's time for someone who knows how to win.

It's time to see our first veteran experienced NHL head coach here since Al Arbour. We have seen enough AHL coaches here. Our team does not need another person with no experience behind the bench in any capacity or a staff with no experience, to me that's why this team looked lost from opening night.

I don't want Scott Stevens who walked from Wild after a year as assistant, we need what Laviolette had in Jacques Laperrière when he worked here in 2002. 

Best assistant coach ever hired here, arguably superior to Lorne Henning during the dynasty. Lamoriello grabbed him when Laviolette was fired, and 2003-04 Devils won the cup.  Jacques Laperrière 2018 equivalent is what they need for a staff behind a veteran coach.

As for Tavares, enough written.

Lamoriello audio comments in media conference on changes

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/05/2018 06:48:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders website Lamoriello audio
AP: Lou Lamoriello explained why he made these decisions, and what's ahead.

Garth Snow and Doug Weight Relieved Of Duties/Remain With Org...

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/05/2018 02:08:00 PM | | | Comment Here
6/5/18: Lamoriello is expected to speak on conference call at 4:30pm.

Updated: Lamoriello said status quo on assistants. Culture change needed, how they do things. Snow, close friend, will be getting advice from Snow/Weight. Spoke with Snow during combine. Comfortable with scouting staff, will handle draft. Coaching search will begin immediately. Tavares had nothing to do with changes.

"The New York Islanders would like to thank both Garth and Doug for their dedication to the franchise," Lamoriello said. "Both started their tenures with the franchise as players and grew as tremendous leaders to the positions they held."   

Both will remain with the organization. 

NYIFC Comments: I want to apologize to my loyal readers for Saturday's entry.

A promise to be dead last/100 percent correct was not kept, despite how it turned out being correct, it did not sit well with me at all the last few days having a rumor (even from Bossy) sit at the top of this website.

You were promised better here. I am sorry. It will never happen again.

More updates coming. These changes were needed but those are good people, who were a part of the New York Islanders family for a long time, so it's not a happy day.

6/2/18: Possible Weight Dismissal With Assistants In Days/Hours: Snow Retained/Reduced Role

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/02/2018 12:59:00 AM | Comment Here

NYIFC Comments: Folks understand my preference is to be dead last/100 percent accurate with information. I also understand Bossy got Tavares wrong to Montreal in December so take it with a grain of salt despite the Lamoriello-Tavares meeting in Mississauga as a Leafs employee (with permission) also came from a small Canadian outlet (not one above) recently.

If true, it's a change that was needed given the performance of the team over 82 games. Too many quality players looked completely lost defensively, and it seemed like the coach was over-matched, with no strategy or apparent plan all 82 games.

That goes on Weight, who made clear he had to hire his own staff. A coach with no experience hired, a staff with little/no NHL experience. This may not play well with Tavares. Weight has been his mentor since day one as his captain, but it's about winning, and it's fair to say that practice Tavares was made Barzal's wing, he was clearly very unhappy.

There were reasons to remove the interim tag last summer & give Weight the job. I did not agree with them or with retaining Snow at that time. This season removed any doubt it was a poor decision because you must hire someone who can coach who has long experience doing the job at some level.

Jack Capuano had long experience and teaches coaching seminars. Our former assistant, Brad Shaw, had long experience but never has been a head coach beyond his time as interim replacing Steve Stirling in 2005.

The NHL has more moving parts & job titles today. The days of the gm being the coach are long gone.

Weight's a good hockey man, he has value but head coach was not the right job for him, if it's true, it's something that had/has to be done, but it's not a happy day.

New York Affiliation With Worcester Through 2019-20 Season

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/31/2018 01:07:00 PM | Comment Here
Railers website:Had comments from management, very happy with Islanders.

New York Islander Fan Central Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/31/2018 06:05:00 AM | Comment Here
Wanted to answer some questions I have been getting in e-mail given it's a bit quiet.

1. This is a non-profit/no-advertising website of this site or anyone who wants to advertise/link exchange or whatever. No interest in how many read this site or follow me on twitter.

2. This website is to tell the New York Islanders story from the perspective of a fan, covering all aspects to things related to the team. Our team has no real media any longer, and my standards have not dropped from what they were in 2007 when this began.

2a. The people paid to work at the teams website do a fantastic job for us, the cyber-bullying done to them is always inappropriate.

3. Obviously I have views some do not agree with or like, which is fine. I'm not going to pull punches, but will always be fair.

4. My twitter account has been protected during the last two NHL seasons. I do block/mute many accounts because the folks who do follow should be able to have respectful conversations, free of profanity/personal attacks. If you can/could not post 140/280 characters without doing that, and be courteous or agree to disagree I'm not interested in conversations with those kind of people, nor should people who follow me be subjected to that.

4a. I do admit to a self-righteous streak. Not a fan of internet bullies. If I come off as talking down to folks, it's not my intention & I am sorry, but always let everyone make a fair point, and hope we learn from each other.

5. Simply put I have zero tolerance for the self-serving people who use our team to promote themselves or some kind of career they aspire to. Don't know them, maybe they like the team on some small level when they are not selling their acts or podcasts or message boards, but understand they do what they do for their themselves.

Giving people free space at websites like WFAN/CBS does not make them media, they don't cover games or go in the room, but they do entertain which is what they aspire to.

The Fischler interns/bloggers want their Msg credential to cover Ranger games, so they conduct themselves far differently vs how they stir things up with the NYI. Resume first.

Having no real media any longer it's very easy for them to operate these days, and present themselves as something they are not.

Other teams (many who have struggled much longer than NYI) don't seem to have this issue.

Bottom line those people are there for themselves, not our team.

I'm a logo on the front person. 

6. I don't care what Brian Compton thinks of me or his personal comments. I don't know the man & thought his images of  his little boy cheering on NYI in the playoffs were wonderful a few years ago.

My thoughts are if a New York based writer had a podcast to trash Dolan, Sather, and the Rangers in the same manner or brand them as a Manhattan team, the media relations people at NHL, who are mostly former Ranger fans/beatwriters at the Daily News would tell Mr Compton, you can write for us, or have your podcast, and be critical of Ranger management, not both.

Plenty of hockey writers who used to write for newspapers are out of work, who have to up their game to stay employed at whatever they are selling today as media.  Right, Arthur Staple?

Too bad he'll never write about how he dumped Dolan/Newsday, two weeks after Steve Zipay retired, but he sure was good at telling us unless we become Dolan's tenant our team goes to Quebec. 

7. The people who work for Newsday/News12, all affiliated outlets job is to get Dolan his Belmont arena to be our landlord 41 days or find a new job. Bad news & information is not what they interested in like in 2011 when it was not Dolan's building to operate so they played watchdog. They sold their false narratives on fan support, Barclay's and when you get naive people who make the decisions, but can't read between the lines or do their own jobs very well not branding New York things like this happen.  Both Barclay's, and the Islanders ownership share the blame here.

Most outlets just parrot what's in Dolan's paper, they have no money or interest in coverage.

7a. I have done all I could to help the anti-Belmont Arena people, they seem to get Cuomo, Dolan, Percoco, Silver, Lhota ties, taxpayer money for Dolan family, and cronyism, but always get off that message when it's time to face the camera's.

Is it that hard to go there with signs that say No Dolan Belmont Arena, with the taxpayer money James Dolan, and his family received from Cuomo for Chase Garden tax exemption, Penn Station plan, now his Belmont Arena, with campaign contributions from the Dolan family to Andrew Cuomo?

8. Our team should be New York based or presented as such like everyone else. The same people who run to New Jersey on football Sunday's should get over themselves with the Long Island or Brooklyn mantra for a NY team. The NHL does not work in Nassau, once Cuomo hands Dolan his shovel, they would likely love to get NYI out or this will fall apart for the owners when the fiction of fan support in Nassau is again exposed.

It would have worked in Barclay's over time and still outdid Nassau, but like Trottier coaching the Rangers, Dolan's media did everything to stop it from day one.

One person on twitter commented why not just go like fans did with Boston Garden which had the same problems. I reminded him the Bruins had a friendly home media not looking to get the team moved, and always talked of how great the Boston Garden was for over 60 years, unlike here.

I do think Malkin-Ledecky relied on media and some fans, and for now decided being a tenant on the Queens-Nassau border puts it in the middle, but it's a naive plan.

Finally, still undecided on writing here during the draft. Been updating historical site a lot for anyone interested.

Lamoriello/New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/23/2018 02:57:00 AM | | | | Comment Here
Ok, we got our answers, and listened to all interviews.

Lou Lamoriello is here as President of Hockey Operations with full control, he has not even come down here yet or visited the practice facility, all hockey aspects are his call.

Give Scott Malkin the highest marks, within days of that 4/9 press conference with Toronto in the playoffs,  their evaluation was over, he called his Leafs counterpart, and pushed to speak with Lamoriello, it took some time after the playoff loss, and clearly Shanahan wanted someone else as gm, but Malkin sold his vision to Lamoriello, and here he is.

Ownership kept it's word, even if I hate who/where they want to be a tenant of. 

Now we see what Lamoriello does, no point for me to be repetitive, we all listened to what he said.

Bottom line he now does his own evaluations, whether I agree or not, if Snow-Weight stay in their jobs, I have to support that direction. If changes are made I will support that.

Snow had my support as gm until the end of last season, he failed to win, his team took a step back, then this year they fell off a cliff, he's accountable for it.

Clearly Doug Weight was over his head.

Lamoriello now has to be given the time to do what he feels needs to be done, if he can keep Tavares, ok, if he can't that's ok too, there is a lot of talent here, much more than a lot of peripheral media wrote about.

Snow was treated badly by the local media because of how he got the job that does not even cover games, he's done an excellent job, but it's about winning, you don't win, it's time for someone else. 

Sorry, but he did not make the Milbury trades, he traded a player who's agent demanded a trade so he got a friend of Tavares in Clutterbuck, signed a few players too early, and gave Ladd market value, he lottery protected Vanek, pick, unlike Calgary with Hamonic.

Get over it, there were no Luongo deals in there since 2006, he got a ton right, and he got it right every time it was time to not resign someone, his players respected him, and liked being here.

But again it's about winning. I can't speak to culture inside a room as a fan, all we can do is listen to what they are quoted as saying about being there. Even Nabokov was thrilled to be back after being forced to play a full season for 500k, he stole Grabner, got it right on Moulson, Parenteau, Streit.

He had nightmare luck with injuries for 3/4 years, that excuse could not be played last season, he stood on a stage and lied with Ted Nolan in 2008. In 2009, he said he rarely used the rebuilding word, by 2011, he used it every chance he could when his team again fell off the map.

Lamoriello had some very rough decisions leaving NJ, and he inherited the staff in Toronto & answered to Shanahan, here he will do what he loves to do from scratch, he was promised full support from ownership, they don't have to say a word from here.

He lost Parise after going to the finals, Kovalchuk walked from his contract, he got fined a 1st round pick he got back, he had a lot of bad signings/trades including Grabner/Martin.

Lamoriello will have the final say here, there is baggage to go with his ability.

Now we'll see what happens, staff changes come usually after 7/1 when contracts expire.

It was a good day for the New York Islander franchise, but it's about winning.

Welcome to New York.

Lou Lamoriello Named President Of Hockey Operations

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/22/2018 11:38:00 AM | Comment Here

Islanders website will likely make these available.
"We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move," Managing Partner of the Islanders, Scott Malkin said. "We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level." 

"I am excited to join such a storied franchise and look forward to working with Scott Malkin and the entire New York Islanders organization," Lamoriello said.  
NYIFC Comments: This is a short-term hire. Lamoriello will be 76 when the season begins, he likely will not be here for Tavares eight year term, if he can be signed here. His son has been here for two seasons, and is Bridgeport's gm.

Obviously he was not on board with his contractual agreement in Toronto, or was ready to be their senior adviser, and Shanahan did not want him to remain as general manager.

We have to see what this means for Garth Snow/Doug Weight, and his staff. No one was fired to clear the job titles which is how it usually works.

Interesting only Malkin's name is on the release.

For now we see who comes in or who leaves if anyone. The talk of what power or control anyone has is just that until someone says this from the team. Lamoriello has his way, and my guess would be he only accepted a job here to do things his way.

He's had some rough years with Devils, and Toronto. Snow's teams had 2 bad years, and should have been fired (with Weight) last summer, but the individual moves made by Snow were outstanding.

Obviously it takes pressure off ownership, and will sell tickets, but most fans want a full house cleaning, and nothing anyone does will sellout 41 games or get them into a NYC arena where they need to be without distractions from Dolan's media, who wants them in his Belmont-run arena.

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/12/2018 11:07:00 AM | Comment Here
Updates will continue on Mr Torrey as released. Finally Al Arbour/Bill Torrey will be together on the header, even if Al losses a little space. The core of the four was a bit subjective, but Lorne Henning was recognized by the team when it was decided.

Billy Carroll, Brent Sutter, and all of the other cup winners were given a special place at the historical site, along with many special people who worked there during dynasty era.

Expect more updates.
Not a lot to write on many fronts, things will play themselves out.
Off the ice.........

Richard Browne of Sterling Enterprises said Dolan runs the Belmont arena, and NYI are his tenants, same as since Dolan's newsday first reported that. This forced RFP was rushed to approval because this is payback for 2013 from Andrew Cuomo because Mangano picked Ratner's bid over Dolan's for the Coliseum RFP.

Dolan's media will stand muted or positive on his Belmont area from Cuomo/taxpayers, anything negative (from LI Business news) will be hidden/muted/heavily and quickly criticized, or placed under the shell company names Oakview, NY Arena Partners or just name the New York Islanders because the Dolan family owns Newsday, and want the quiet process Wang wanted in 2011 for the referendum which Dolan's media turned into a circus to defeat it so Dolan could bid in 2013.

Expect nothing but positive updates for Dolan to get his arena as quietly as possible. 

Once ground is broken Dolan could care less if the New York Islanders are his 41 day tenant or not, and prefer his own 2013 bid for the Coliseum which brought their AHL Wolfpack there with Ranger training camp and home preseason games.

And the cable contract through 2031 gone with the New York Islanders.

Only our owners know what they surrendered to be Dolan's tenant along with giving up territorial rights to an outdoor game in writing.

The fan base will again prove they will not go to Nassau over the long run, and our owners will discover they were either naive to the pathetic attendance trends back to 1989 or use this as their out card if Dolan writes them a cable buyout check.

My inclination is Jon Ledecky or little mentioned majority owner Scott Malkin did not need real estate so badly that they spent 480 million dollars for 80 percent of a team, then three years of close to 70 million in payroll in advance to have their reputations tarnished forever with the public as Howard Milstein found out long ago for a sliver of land next to the Cross Island Parkway. 

Last I checked a lot of folks purchase real estate without spending money for a sports team in advance.

I want them in NYC at Barclay's as is until a NYC alternative is found without Dolan, eventually it would work out there for the long-term but BSE is frankly a lost cause with regard to sports management which likely will hurt them or end their Coliseum property rights at some point.

Not a fan of Wang-Dolan pictured together in the last week but that is their choice. 
If folks think the Dolan/Belmont announcement upset the home record, just wait until this team becomes the first ever to call 2 NHL facilities home for this duration.

Players don't need many distractions to lose games in this league, and we all know how poorly this team played in Nassau. Get ready for a decade of that and Dolan's Belmont site/Coliseum becoming massive year round construction sites.
Off the ice, I  made clear Garth Snow/Doug Weight's time should have ended last summer. Snow has had a fair amount of time to make some serious runs at a Stanley Cup.

Some media/others with their own sad agenda's who are not media want him cyber-bullied out of his job under all circumstances. I'm completely against those tactics. My reasons for wanting a change are he did not win enough the team took a step back a year ago, and a giant step back this year with a man who simply is not experienced enough to be a head coach at this level.

Snow's made some excellent decisions in the last year, and during his entire tenure, only they know if Weight being given the full time job was Snow's decision.

All Weight reaffirmed were the words sound nice, but give me a coach who can't put two coherent sentences together but can teach players/systems/strategy.

That's how you win. 
About Lou Lamoriello, he will be 76 when the season starts, if he were hired here to be gm, his recent record would be worse than Snow's in signings/decisions which is likely the real reason unqualified team president, Brendan Shanahan, wants someone else that he can control as gm while Mike Babcock runs his bench, and cleans up his Matthews problems before he has to go. 

Lamoriello had some rough final years in NJ. Parise walked from him after making finals, he signed Kovalchuk to an illegal 15 year contract, who left anyway, and the team was fined a first round selection which they got back, and then the team really started losing. 

Snow unloaded Grabner's contract on Toronto for 5 million, who again went 30 games with no goals as he did here in 2013-14.

Then Matt Martin signed the contract there everyone knew would be a bad one here, he's had some very poor decisions. 

Chris Lamoriello is two years younger than Snow, and Bridgeport's gm, a title Snow gave up last season. The new cyber-bullying on Bridgeport's record, which again would have tied them for the 8th seed in the other division after what would have been a first place finish a year ago in the other division reflects media with an agenda. 
On the ice..............
I made clear recently where I stood with John Tavares, if he returns it could be a mistake that sets them back for a generation if his skating/defensive/invisible games continue, where he's rarely the best player on the ice.

I'm prepared to move forward with or without him, and feel this team has an excellent core, and his contract could help resign Lee, Barzal, Eberle for openers. 

My impression is the peripheral media out there who simply think Tavares was a star who carried them, and Halak was a bad goaltender give the impression they watched a few highlights and little else.

Halak had a career season. He was the only reason those 35-50 shot against games were close or this team did not finish with 20 wins. I did not see many bad goals, and have little doubt he can carry this team, and has never been more durable. I would resign him for 2 years as quickly as possible given the market available. 

My guess is Halak wants to land elsewhere with a home media, some defense protecting him, and people discover what those who watched closely here know.

He's going to help a team win. Greiss showed a good sampling at end to prove he'll be fine here moving forward.  
As for the rest the math is very simple, a lot of roster spots are filled already. UFA is terrible in goal, and on defense. Mayfield, Pelech have their contracts or RFA with 55, 2, 28, 6-Toews.

We'll see where things go here regarding writing on draft days. 

Bill Torrey Condolences Information (Updated)

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/08/2018 11:28:00 PM | Comment Here

Islanders website statement:

Bill Torrey Funeral Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/04/2018 06:53:00 PM | Comment Here
For those wishing to send flowers or some kind of remembrance.