Several Clear Waivers....Seidenberg/Gionta remain on PTO

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/25/2018 04:12:00 PM | Comments
Fritz cleared waivers, still with NYI. Dal Colle lost his #21 to Sbisa, so for now, Eberle goes on headers. Wanted to give Wilde/Dobson an image on one of the home/road headers.

New York Cuts Bellows, Ho-Sang, Dal Colle, Aho, Sbisa Signed

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/24/2018 11:05:00 AM | Comments

NYIFC Comments: A little kick to the prospects here in the past, Bellows can go play in AHL until needed with Aho, more cuts coming, and eight vets needed in Oshawa on Friday. Fritz, likely Johnston will be joining them later, and Gionta's tryout will be ending. Others like Bernier, Sislo, Gibson have to clear waivers, and reportedly not at practice.

New York Cuts To 43

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/22/2018 12:28:00 PM | Comments
Nothing earth shattering.

Ok, so twenty cuts needed to 23. Gibson, Smith & Soderstrom (injured) Dal Colle, Fritz, Kovar, Johnston, Sislo, Ho-Sang, Ladd (IR), Bernier, Gionta PTO, Bellows, St Denis. Toews, Dobson, Burroughs, Aho, Helgeson, Seidenberg. (PTO) All the players Lamoriello brought in besides Martin were on playoff teams, they are not going to the AHL.
If Lee, Eberle, Nelson cannot be signed, they risk losing them for nothing later, if the team is in a playoff spot, they are not being traded, all teams have this issue. I'm of the school it's Martin or Johnston. That #53/15 are being showcased to anyone who would take their contracts which is unlikely. Siedenberg's value to Barzal could be a factor, but not going to give him a spot over Sbisa. Toews is showing signs, but his lack of playing for months likely means he starts in Bridgeport. I don't think Lamoriello would hesitate to put Mayfield/Pelech's long-term deals in a trade or on waivers.

9/14: Lamoriello/Trotz

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2018 06:51:00 PM | |

A few players also commented after practice.

New York Full Camp Roster

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2018 12:31:00 PM | Comments
Trotz, fifteen minutes with media from Thursday.

New York Opens Camp/PTO's

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/13/2018 05:41:00 PM | Comments

 "This team has to be hard to play against," Trotz said. "We're going to look for guys who are willing to put the work boots on, go to work and get better every day. If you don't, we'll weed you out and get someone who wants that position. Our goal, it's a process, it won't happen overnight, but we want to build a consistent contender."
Teams website confirmed PTO's to Seidenberg, Sbisa, Gionta. Expect video's to load on teams website in bulk as day progresses.
NYIFC Comments:  
Not much to write about Robin Lehner, not insensitive, but focus has to be on hockey for him/team. He will do his best as will everyone & no doubt some veterans here likely are not going to win jobs, as Lamoriello/Trotz will be true to their word about building the culture, and a team tough to beat.

Could care less about Tavares or comments, the current management never worked with him, time to work with what they have & players who want to re-sign here.

Beyond that play some games, best players play.

New York Rookie Camp Roster

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/07/2018 09:59:00 AM | Comments

For New York On/Off The Ice..We'll See

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/06/2018 12:44:00 PM | Comments
Not much can be added to that but there are some rare/different things happening.

Al Arbour came here in 1974 with nothing close to Barry Trotz current resume so it makes it a must-watch camp for every fan. Torrey was not where Lamoriello was in 1972 so very high management expectations.

It's tough with Lee, Eberle, Nelson on UFA years, but almost all teams have this issue, and if they are in a playoff spot those players will need to be retained, even at the cost of losing them for nothing.

Some players will regress, some will step up (hopefully Kovar or some prospects) the players Lamoriello added created a numbers game where NHL players will not make this roster unless there are trades/injuries. Systems & coaching take time, it does not happen day one & will likely take months as we want to see the trends improve later.

Absolutely there is a lot talent here, and Lee/Barzal are star players. I have no doubt if Pulock starts like he finished, they have a star on defense.

You will not see last season again on defense, that was entirely on historically inexperienced coaching. Halak had them eight over in November, five over in January facing mountains of shots, so a team that should have had 20-25 wins, finished with 35 wins.

Bottom line, an expansion team went wire to wire in first place, advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, and easily could have won the cup, anything can happen. 

Off the ice, no team has played in two buildings for this duration, it will be a major distraction, in a facility with 1972 revenue streams, they will likely not even have the lockerooms ready by December based on April-August construction for Barclay's campus, and the same 1972 ice plant is waiting.

Hartford had the full ice redone last summer, it took months, and a dig to the foundation.

Barclay's being in a lame duck fan situation will make the fans who started going there stop for good, and Nassau fan support sooner or later will be awful as it's been since 1989, unable to sustain a franchise.

Cuomo will make sure Dolan breaks ground on his arena above anything else, using our team any way possible as pawns to make that happen. Once it does Dolan would perfer his 2013 Coliseum bid with his Wolfpack as anchor tenant, it's not NYI building but the updated paperwork does claim it's 18,000 for hockey, not the 16,500 written earlier.

Regardless it will be a construction zone for a generation, player will have stay at Marriot, as Coliseum becomes a construction zone also.

I hope all sides can see they need to be at Barclay's in the end as a NYC arena is constructed with existing rail access starting at Shea or Sunnyside Yards without Dolan.

30 NHL teams play in a city or have made clear they must relocate to one to stay in business. One team wants to be their rivals tenant, in a location with no people, and no real rail access. 

There are no tracks for overflow trains to that area, no direct access, and reality is to go off on a spur to that location would take longer than going to Barclay's until 2032 at the earliest.