Monday, December 22, 2008

Now We Have A Youth Movement

This quote is from Bill Geurin in a Newsday article:

"Well, I won't lie to you," captain Bill Guerin said. "It's not great, but we don't have a choice. But this is a great opportunity for some of our young players to step up. They're going to get a lot of ice time, they're going to play on the power play, they're going to kill penalties, they're going to do a lot of things. This is their time. This is the perfect time for them to become players."

Could not have said this better. Now the youth can really show us what we've been waiting for: a chance to see them play full time, and see what they can do.

Friday, December 19, 2008

So Is It The System Again?

So now, we're we are dealing with the defenseman against the system. I think Sutton is a + 3, and he's the only one currently on this team that is a positive.

So for conversation sake only.....Should all the players not performing well in the system now (young or veteran) be traded for picks, or be given more time to understand the system better, or should the coach bend in his ways, and create a tighter defensive system, say for the last period, and not give up so many goals and possibly steal a few games.

Just here for conversation....thoughts?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Laviolette Fired

Sources tell TSN the Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and in a unique about face, have replaced him with former Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.

This move comes amid weeks of speculation of change in Carolina and the teams' battle with consistency with Laviolette at the helm.

Laviolette, last month, surpassed John Tortorella to become the winningest American born coach in NHL history with his 240th victory.

Please get him back, Islanders. Put him as an assistant, to help out Gordon, and help some of the other players. The reality is he's under contract and will get paid none-the-less. Just wishful thinking. More to come later.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Is It Tambs Or The System

I have the need to slightly defend Tambellini a little but due to an important "cause" that has not been factored in.

In case some may not realize, the Islanders are last in 5-on-5 situations. There are two ways to determine this

a. there +/- ratings for everyone is on the minus side, no one but Skinner (now at the Bridge), and Sutton has a + number. Both Defensman.

b. take a look at this link on 5 on 5.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20092ALLAAAAll&sort=goals5On5ForAgainstRatio&viewName=summary

It will show you that the Islanders are last on 5-5 goals and need to rely upon the powerplay to win the games.

Now if Tambellini is projected to be 15-20 goal scorer, then he should have scored 4 goals by now. But there are only three players (Hunter, Geurin, and HiIlbert) who have scored 4 goals or more on even strength.

The average amount of goals scored by anybody else during a 5 on 5 is under 2 (1.72 to be exact). I only bring up the 5 on 5 situations because Tambellini is rarely used on the power play.

My point is this. The powerplay is a key component to the success of this team for this year so far and Tambellini is not apart of it. It could still be the players learning the system, it could be a lack of ice time on the powerplay, it could be other things. But for now we should only expect Tambellini to have 1 or 2 goals, because that is what the remaining 78% of the team is doing.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lighthouse Approval Is Almost Finished

BD Gallof of Hockeybuzz has a great article on the progression of the Lighthouse Project.

This is great news for Islanders fans. According to the article, if they were tracking the progress in steps, out of 100, they are at 75. So 3/4 of the way completed and ground could break between April and December.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Islanders & Montreal

The Islanders will finish their 3 game road trip against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre.

Saturday night, the Islanders evened the season series against the Buffalo Sabres with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Four different Islanders scored goals, and Joey Mac made 35 saves to improve his record to 8-7-2.

The Islanders got goals from Andy Hilbert, Jon Sim, Bill Guerin and Mark Streit .

The win against the Sabres gained the Isles to 1-1 on the road trip. However on Friday night, the Islanders went through two losses. After they literally bowed to New Jersey, a 5-2 decision in a non-decisive game, and lost Frans Nielsen for 8-12 weeks after a cheap hit by the Devils' Mike Mottau. Nielsen suffered multiple leg injuries and Mottau was suspended two games for the hit.

Next up.....Montreal. A team that has already won this season at the Nassau Coliseum, but Canadiens had to come back from a 4-1 beating in the third period earlier in November, and defeated the Islanders, 5-4.

Since that win however, the Canadiens have gone 3-4-2, and the Boston Bruins have been on fire, dropping them out of first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins literally took it to the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday to expand their division lead.

The Canadiens are having trouble scoring right now. If the Islanders play their system for 60 minutes, they took take this win tonight. The Younger players need to contribute something in order for them to stay in it against Montreal.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Islanders Flat In Loss To Devils

Pretty much, the Devils took it to the Islanders. At least three of the goals on the 5-2 loss were deflections, and cannot blame MacDonald. Devils hustled, and the Islanders plalyed for maybe 30 minutes of the entire game.

What I had feared, happened. Fritz was brought up and not used, and we lost two forwards in Neilson and Hunter for the rest of the third. If Fritz is not going to be used, then why is he here?

Buffalo tonight, and Colliton gets the recall. Let's see how the Islanders can bounce back.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Islanders @ Devils Tonight

7:00 start. According to the Islanders main page, for now it looks like Sim will take Okposo's spot on the line with Bailey, and Hilbert. The Islanders added more toughness by bringing up Mitch Fritz, so we should be in for a real tight game. I'll be at the game tonight and will return witha full scouting report on the team.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fritz, & Mannino Get The Calls

Mitch Fritz gets the call for the weekend while Kyle Okposo is out for the week. After reading a few stories it appears that a line with Jackman, Park, and Fritz will be created.





Peter Mannino will be given the duties of backup goaltender so that Yan Danis will get a few starts down in Bridgeport. Danis has not played sice November 1st, and Mannino has earned his way to the NHL by posting an AHL record of 6-1-2 with the Sound Tigers with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.





So here's my take on Fritz being called up. I heard Iggulden was also a consideration but the Islanders elected to go with more toughness for the weekend. Fine. This is why I disagree. New Jersey doesn't really have a team that could physically compete with us at this time. Most of their heavyweights are injured. This will aslo be Jersey's second game in a row, and the Islanders system will be too much for them to handle.

Now Buffalo, whom we play on Saturady, too it to them 7-1 the last time. Now, Buffalo, losers of 4 out of their last 5 have been issued a warning by Ruff to either get their acts together or they'll be benched. The Islanders are currently on a 3 game winning streak and full of confidence. Buffalo is not going to just take it to us because they don't want to make any mistakes and act like they're walking on egg shells. The Islanders system, which has been greatly imrpoved by the players, will be able to keep Buffalo on their toes, and it won't turn into another beating by the Sabres.

Point: For this weekend, in my opinion, skill should not have been replaced by toughness. If this is just precaution, fair enough. Also it's not like Okposo is out for a month, just a week. But losing a skilled player like Okposo, should've been relaced by someone other that Fritz.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tack on Meyer To The List

Point Blank has reported that Freddy Meyer has been skating and looks good so far for the game against the Devils.




Witt Comes Back; Okposo Out

Brendan Witt is off the Injured reserve and will play against the Devils. The last person on the defense to come back will be Freddy Meyer. Brett Skinner has been sent back down to Bridgeport.





Kyle Okposo is out for roughly a week with arm injury. So far no call up has been announced.






Mike Sillinger is returning, but will have a three game stint first at Bridgeport.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Vancouver Tonight

The Islanders take on a tough Canucks team tonight at the Coliseum. And yes some of us get to remember our goalie that should have been when Luongo, the Canucks Captain, will be in goal tonight. But in all honesty, that's too far in the past, and time to move on to the present.

The present is not Dipietro, but MacDonald, who has been improving every game he plays. He has his goals-against-average down to 2.82 and his save percenatge is up to .911. After tonight, Macdonald may lead the league in total saves, and with his confidence growing, so does the rest of the players.

With a healthy defense almost ready to return, there has been more of a microscope on the offense. From what i've been reading, many believe the Islanders offense is not that good. Then they're not doing the math correctly. The Islanders offense, for now is hot, and should give Vancouver, and Luongo a good run for their money.

I'm still pulling for Tambs, but I think expectations of him are far too great, and should be lowered considerably, like the Stock Market. Tambs only averaged around 5 minutes a game during his first 82 games that he has played. A far cry for sure, but you cannot expect a guy to come in here after playing most of his career in the AHL and start lighting it up in this league. Tambellini may get you 10 goal this year, and that's it.

If there is a winger everyone should be looking closer at it's Bergenheim, and I believe that this year will be a breakout year for him. He's on pace for 17 goals, and is getting top 6 forward minutes now in Gordon's system. leave Tamby alone, and let him develop with Gordon, and start paying more attention to Bergenheim.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Islanders And Senators II

Islanders look to sweep the home and home series tonight against Ottawa, who should play with a chip on their shoulders. Pock knocked out Shannon with an elbow, and was suspended for five games. Replacing him is Martinek who is back from an injured shoulder.

Some are saying that Pock will not be playing anymore for a while with the return of Witt and Meyer. So what happens to a defense that has everyone healthy? Pock was claimed off waivers, which means he'll probably be placed on waivers, and Skinner, despite playing 11 minutes a game, is a plus 2, will be sent down to the Bridge. So here is how our defense should look by the time Pock's suspension is over:

Witt-Martinek
Sutton-Campoli
Streit-Meyer

Gervais is certainly in limbo, and the next few games will certainly tell the future for Gervais. He's playing 20 minutes a game, but his +/- is a minus 9, with no goals. For now I'll say he sits in the press box, and learn some more, or he could be used as that seventh defensman. Gervais has to show more poise, and the ability to put the puck in the net, if not, then it will be a long year for him.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bailey Gets Point Across

Josh Bailey recorded his first NHL point tonight, assisting on Kyle Okposos powerplay goal, and help the Islanders win 3-1 against Ottawa.

So far so good. He's making his case after two games that he wants to stay. Since Sillinger and Comrie appear not to be coming back anytime soon due to injuries, it looks like the Bailey-Okposo combination will be around for another 7 games, and possibly more. What a combination that could be, and add a suddenly offensive Andy Hilbert, and you have yourselves a possible dnagerous line for the next two weeks or so.

But what happens to the veterans when they're healthy and ready to return? That's for Snow to decide, but let's make this clear. Bailey will make his statement to stay, and if you see Okposos numbers improve, Snow will have to make moves.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Keeping Bailey On Long Island A Good Move

Josh Bailey, before Tuesdays loss to the Flyers, had not played a game since the leaves started to turn color. However because Mike Comrie is injured with inflammation to his surgically repaired hip, and Mike Sillinger is still out, Bailey was given the opportunity to play in his first NHL game.

Why not? He was on the fourth line, saw some minutes, and contributed as best as he could. This is nothing more than a scouting event this year, and by this bloggers take, they're better than their 4-9-2 record would indicate. So like the rest of the youth movement, stick him in for the next 8 games. Maybe he can show the Islanders brass that he belongs this year and not next.

My honest opinion though is this. His junior career will be over in March (give or take a week). The trade deadline will be over, and there may be a vacancy open at the center postion by then. For now it's a little full with Comrie possibly coming back, and eventually Sillinger.

But for the next 8 games, I hope Bailey makes it really difficult on his coach, and general manager.

Power Play Fizzles Again

After the Islanders first line on the powerplay went powerless, I think It's time too see the youth movement in it's full throttle. That means Okposo, Tambellini, Hilbert, Bailey, and the other young studs should be getting more ice time on the power play unit. Add Campoli to that mix on the point, and keep him with Streit. More to come later......

Monday, November 10, 2008

Don't Count The Islanders Out

There is no question about this team. If the Islanders had a full healthy squad, we would be at .500 or better entering our 15th game against Philly on Tuesday. BD Gallof had a good article about Dipietro on Point Blank, but I'm seeing this as a team as a whole. DiPietro is a key component to winning, but from what I've seen so far, this team cannot play focused hockey for a solid 60 minutes, and the losses cannot be blamed on MacDonald.

Some questions have arisen: Is it the system?

Too much effort in the first two periods leads to a third period bow out? So far yes. Again, this team is still learning the system, which means, learning how to win with this system. More than likely, it's not a full team effort, having a few players slack off, and there you have it, a melt down. Get everyone to believe in the system, and you'll see the wins.

Why are the kids not scoring?

We're they really supposed to? Okposo, Tambellini, and Neilson did not get the ice team needed last year. Watch for them to get it going in the second half like Bergenheim did when he first started out. Until then, let them learn the other factors of the sport. The veterans have more than stepped up in the scoring department, which allows the younger players to play hard and learn more. As the season progresses, they'll be asked to deliver.

Is it the goaltending?

If it wasn't for MacDonald, this team would be a lot worse. His save percentage is at .900, which on this team, is more than what they were hoping for. When DiPietro's healthy, MacDonald will be a mute point.

What's to come this week?

A game against the Flyers and two against the Senators. Both teams are struggling out of the gate, and If the Islanders figure out the third period, they'll take 2 out of 3.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Islanders Win 2-1

Two short handed goals by Thompson and Park gave the Islanders a 2-1 victory.

Quick thoughts:

MacDonald stood on his head and literally robbed the Rangers of a win last night.

Nielson is coming into his own. 5 points in 12 games puts him on pace for 34 for the season.

Six shorthanded goals in 12 games played as a team.

Tamby gets physical....which is a great sign.

Still nothing from our first line 5 on 5.

They took a lead, and held it this time.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Election Day

Tonight It's the Rangers at MSG. The Islanders are coming off a win last night against the Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT. Campoli had two goals including the game winner. Should see fritz in the game tonight, assuming Bergenheim is unable to play, but no official word on that just yet.

Look for Danis to get the start tonight. My presumption on this is because Dipietro is out for an extended time, and this is a back-to-back game. Both goaltenders should be on a regular schedule now. If McDonald does play, watch for Danis to play the next game against the Thrashers.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Islanders Win; Lose Parrish

Islanders win 4-3 in OT tonight on goals by Park, Geurin, and two by Campoli.

Nice to see the defense scoring goals to help out the offense, but I was really hoping to see one of the kids on the score sheet. The Islanders had a 3-0 lead heading into the 3rd, but again, allowed e goals to send the game to overtime. Campoli recorded his second goal of the night (twice) to seal it for the Islanders.

Mark Parrish has signed with the Dallas Stars on a two-way contract. So much for thoughts of him coming and playing with the Islanders.

Islanders Play Columbus Tonight

Here is a chance for the Islanders to pick up a big win, and regain some confidence. Columbus is 1-3-1 in their last five games, and their starting goaltender, Leclaire, is still nursing his ankle injury. According to Greg Logan, Okposo will be on the first line with Weight and Geurin.

Gordon put the Islanders through more video, and literally, a tougher practice yesterday to "enforce" the players what he expects from them. If the practice was received by the players, the fans should be happier with tonight's end result.

For me, I want to see some points racked up by the kids. The Blue Jackets are a team in a slump, and I think we need to see how the younger players can score against a lower level team in the NHL.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Please No Trades Yet

I don't care where the rumors are coming from....please don't trade anybody yet. There is no point. Let the development continue. The Islanders are on pace for 208 goals, 18 better than last year, with less expensive players. the Islanders are playing a solid 40 minutes a game, they'll get acclimated to playing 60 real soon.

I'll say this now....Look out for the kids this month. It's time. They've learned the system, now it's time to execute. Watch Tamby and Okposo have breakout games against Columbus, and get that confidence to go into the Garden and really take it to the Rangers.

More time and patience is needed, but everyting will come together once the Islanders get themselves healthy.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Freddy Meyer Out

Freddy Meyer is out of the lineup, and Skinner is in to make his NHL debut.

Witt appears to be on the Injured Reserve according to the Islanders main web site.

That now leaves us with only two main starters in Streit, and Campoli, a 7th d-man in Gervais, two AHL stoppers in Hillen and Skinner, and a somewhere in the middle Pock. To add to this cart, backup goalie, Joey MacDonald will get the start tonight.

The Islanders must play a tight, no penalty game against the Rangers tonight if they have any chance of winning.

Rangers Tonight

Islanders play the Rangers tonight at the coliseum. As of right now, no word yet on DiPietro's injury, and nothing yet on Meyer. For emergency purposes, Danis, and Skinner have been called up from Bridgeport.

According to Chris Botta Brendan Witt will not have an MRI done on his knee until further swelling has been reduced. What does that mean? For now...nothing. Could just be swelling, could be worse. That remain to be seen.

Facing the Rangers without DiPietro will be a tough challenge for the Islanders, who have lost three consecutive and folded nine goals in the last two games.

The Rangers, on the other hand, won two straight and have 17 points.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Where's the D?

The only thing that I have seen that is consistent from the Islanders are the frequent injuries to this defense. Now it looks like DiPietro may be out against the Rangers, although it is not official yet. The Islanders record is 2-5. Hardly a time to panic. But too many penalties, and a lack of top minute defenseman, hinders any kind of stability on this team. Most teams don't use injuries as excuses, which is crap. That's why we have a top pairing, 4th, 5th, and 6th defenseman.

Some can make the argument that we're not scoring as much. Guess what: we're on pace for better than last year!!!! But time is still out on the offense, especially the younger players. The veterans are doing their part, soon the kids will have to step up.

This team needs to get, and stay healthy if the Islanders even want to compete the rest of this year. Time is not running out, but the amount of defenseman that is team has is.........

Monday, October 20, 2008

Why Evaluate Now?

So after five games, people were expecting the Islanders to go 2-3? Not this fan. Sorry, I don't buy that one bit. If Richard Park nets 1 of his two clankers against New jersey that first game, that maybe a different result. If Tambellini scores his first goal of the season against Florida, who knows. If there is anything that bothers me for the first five games are the amount of stupid penalties that this team takes. Reduce the penalties and you reduce the five goals already allowed on the penalty killing unit.

DP and Campoli are getting better and they need to be. This team needs to stay healthy and when everything clicks, then we won't have so many pessimists.

This team should be 3-1-1, not 2-3. Time to get smarter on the ice, and score on that powerplay.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Islanders Streak Past Lightning

From New York Islanders.com Islander 4 Lightning 3

Nice rebound after losing 7-1 against Buffalo.

The kids are starting to come around: Okposo, and Neilson, have 2 points in 4 games and Tambellini has shown more confidence, and was involved with Hunter on his goals.

Fritz and DP should play against Florida tomorrow, so look for another solid outing from everybody on that team.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Will The Real DP Please Stand Up?

I watched the Islanders lose 7-1 to Buffalo the other day, ad they looked nothing like the team that competed against New Jersey or beat St. Louis. Gordon will not move to replace a backup goaltender, regardless of how the backup is feeling. But is DiPietro ready to play? Obviously not. Too much hype has been made about him not playing, and for good reason. If DiPietro were healthy, he'd be playing....period.

What we should be concerned with is how the younger players are performing so far this year. I know it's only three games, and judgment should not be placed for a while, but only Bergenheim has a goal. But time and patience is needed for this new system to begin to work.

Injury update: From various sources, Martinek is out 4-6 weeks with an upper body injury. Campoli is skating again but is not yet cleared to play. That leaves 3 regular defenseman out of the lineup. Don't blame the backup goalie completely just yet.

Friday, October 03, 2008

This Day In Team History


In 1972 the Islanders lost their home opener and first game in franchise history, 3-2, to the Atlanta Flames. Captain Ed Westfall scores the Islanders' first goal at 17:29 of the second period.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Trevor Smith Recalled

Due to Bailey's injury, Trevor Smith has been recalled from Bridgeport. This is a good move, because ever since he's bounced back from ECHL, he has been nothing but promising. If he continues to improve on this team, he may be a call up later on this year in case another center goes down with another injury. Smith had a great game against Boston, and had the game winner. He should be on a line with Okposo, and Comeau, against New Jersey at the Rock.

Bailey To Be Signed Today

This is a good move by the Islanders. If he can get off the nine game minimum, that would be even better to allow some hore healing time for Sillinger and Geurin.

He has been able o hold his own, but from what I'm reading he may need another season in juniors, which is fine. No need to rush him. Happy Birthday Josh.

More to come later.

A Few Quick Notes

Islanders lost last night, and already there are people complaining about the lack of offense. Most people just don't get it. This is a rebuilding stage. Everyone on that team is still trying to learn their new coaches system. Many veterans are still recovering from last years injuries. The Devils won 3-0, and they were playing with mostly veterans except for the John Madden checking line. There is still more preseason games coming, so be patient and watch. We're not expected to win now. The goal of the preseason is to get the roster down to the team max, and to see how the younger players are developing.

INJURY REPORT:

According to Chris Botta's Point Blank, Andy Sutton had suffered what appeared to be a hand injury, and from his experience, should be out give or take 6 weeks.

Chris Campoli is expected to return from his "lower body injury" some where in the beginning of November or sooner.

Josh Bailey, 2008 1st round pick, also has an injury, undisclosed or course, and will probably be sent down to juniors. Which is sad cause I really wanted to play the first nine games to see what he can do.

Rick DiPietro, will be cleared to practice some time this week, and will get at least one start before the regular season begins.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Campoli & Sutton Out

For now, Campoli and Sutton will miss some significant time, and they are the reasons that the Islanders picked up Pock off waivers from the Rangers.

A few players have been injured, but Campoli is a concern, especially that bone crushing hit he took from Michael Ryder could sideline him indefinite.

Greg Logan stated in Newsday that the players from last year are getting accustomed to the new style of Scott Gordon's where there is a greater need for skating and stopping in stead of looping around.

The Islanders need time. Time to heal. Time to develop. Time to win.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Islanders Claim Pock

Straight from NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.

Last season, Pock played in one game with the Rangers and went scoreless. He also played in 74 games with the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League and scored seven goals with 37 assists for 44 points. Pock finished tied for 11th among AHL defensemen in assists last season.

With the amount of good defenseman we already have, the Islanders certainly improved in the minors, but is there more to this? Stay tuned.

Friday, September 26, 2008

What Injury?

According to Chris Botta's web page on Point Blank, it would appear that the General Managers have taken it upon themselves to not disclose any injury about any of there players. You'll be lucky enough if someone says it's an "Lower-body" injury.

As a fan, i'm not too happy with this move, as I would like to know what is going on with my team. For a die hard fan, the Islanders are like your extended family, and you are worried about the players, and who else is coming in, and how long these players will be out for, especially after what happened last year. We'll see how this is handled, but I don't think he media will stand for this for long.

Islanders Lose 4-0 Last Night

You can get more details from everyone else about the game. But a quick summary of it goes like this: The Islanders stopped playing in the second period, and got burned by the more veteran influenced, Flyers. Gordon's system does work, if it's run for a full game, not two periods worth. There were more fights then there were goals for the Islanders. At one point the Islanders were out-shooting the Flyers, but in the end, the Flyers out shot the Isles 24-22.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Snow Loves Schneider

After reading a live chat with Newsdays Greg Logan, it appears that Snow would love to get his hands on Schneider. Logan has suggested that Gervais, or Meyer would be the possible trade baits. In my poinion, because of their low salaries, they would make the most sense for Burke so then he can sign Selanne to a deal.

Now I've stated before, I don't like bringing in someone older. However I do see this scenario happening. My reason is simple. Jack Hillen, a free agent signing last year, maybe ready for the NHL sooner rather than later. Trade Meyer or Gervais, for Schneider. Defense is improved for the next 60 or so games. If the Islanders are no longer in contention, then trade Schneider at the deadline for another pick, and bring up Hillen to finish off the season and gain more experience then he did with his two-game stint last year against the Rangers.

This trade will only go down if the Islanders feel that Hillen is ready by the end of the year, and they are willing to part with either Gervais or Meyer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Why Schneider?


Mathieu Schneider maybe placed on waivers and according to Hockeybuzz, the Islanders have interest in picking him up and his salary.

Assuming this is somewhat true, I beg to ask this question: WHY? We would be getting older, soaking up more money than we want to, and it would take more ice time away from the development of other young defenceman.

This is reliving the past when Schneider was our only All-Star in 1996.

Time to move on, and stick to the youth.

Sillinger Not Starting Season

It's now public knowledge that Mike Sillinger is still recovering from major hip surgery. Who then will replace him? Coach Gordon has already stated that Weight will be the number one center, and that would leave Comrie, for now, as the number two center. Here are your options:

Richard Park, Andy Hilbert, Frans Neilson, or Ben Walter.

Unless Walter has a stellar camp, I believe he'll be sent down, for now.

Neilson is a good penalty killer but I feel lacks the scoring touch for the immediate future.

That leaves us with Hilbert or Park.

My prediction: Park. Unless Hilbert can find the back of INSIDE the net like he used to when
he played for Gordon down in Providence during the preseason, look for Park to take the third line job.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gordon In as Coach

Multiple sources:

Islanders have hired Scott Gordon to replace Ted Nolan as coach.

Good move by Snow, and really a good summer in my opinion. Gordon is a defense first coach, which is a good thing because we're not sure where the scoring will come from, and our defense, when healthy, can compete with anybody. We also have DP.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Success Stories?

I would like to explain why i would say that those coaches were successes.

For Laviolette, and Sterling: Both picked by Milbury, however, at the wrong time. We had just received an infusion of veterans from that draft with Aucoin, Peca, and Yashin, amongst others. If I really wanted to win for the now, i would've gone with a more experienced coach that would have handled Laviolettes' and Sterlings' second seasons differently. The fact that two "AHL" coaches were able to take that team to the playoffs, with that veteran core, in my opinion, is a success. Their lack of NHL coaching experience in terms of holding the team together, led to their firings their next years, again in my opinion.

Nolan: was hired at the right time, and took them into the playoffs the first year. But as the Islanders realized last summer, they weren't going to get better experienced players, they needed to get younger and build a team from scratch. Nolan didn't want that, which brings us today.

I believe that the next coach will be starting to develop and mentoring more this year than actually coaching. As the team grows, so will the coach. Good time for Gordon. Read a lot about him, and I'll comment on him later.

Coaching Search Continues

I think all Snow is really looking for is stability, and a clear view and destination for this organization that the new coach will buy into, and follow. Let's review for a moment:

Laviolette, and Sterling: Both AHL coaches before coming to the Islanders, and both took their teams to at least one playoff birth. I call that success.

Nolan: former NHL coach of the year, and a 10 year absence: Playoffs once.

Now, the remaining three candidates:

Hartley, Maurice: have the capacity to coach a team to compete/win a Stanley Cup.

Scott Gordon, could be the next Laviolette.

When we get the talent for any of these coaches, I'll bet they'll do their job.

What Garth needs to figure out is which one will be more loyal to his vision, and philosophy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hartley Next Up For Interview

From Newsday's Greg Logan:

Former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley is scheduled to meet with Islanders general manager Garth Snow about the head coaching vacancy on Wednesday, according to an NHL source. Hartley will be the second candidate to interview, but he and Snow won’t have to waste time with any get-to-know-you formalities.

Let the coaching carousel interviews continue.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Frans Neilsen on Board

From Newsday:

Restricted free-agent center Frans Nielsen reached agreement with the Islanders Friday night on a four-year contract worth $2.1 million. It has a one-way provision in each year of the deal, virtually assuring Nielsen will be on the NHL roster.

Now all that remains is Bruno Gervais to complete the roster.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bergie and Tambs Resigned

From Newsday:

Forward Sean Bergenheim, who was the only Islander to file for arbitration, avoided a hearing when he reached agreement today on a two-year deal worth $1.725 million. It appears Bergenheim’s recent decision to change agents facilitated the process.

Forward Jeff Tambellini, whose difficulty breaking into the Islanders’ lineup the past two seasons under Ted Nolan, came to symbolize the former coach’s resistance to a youth movement, agreed today on a two-year deal worth $1.175 million.

Let the youth movement FINALLY begin.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nolan Gone As Coach

From Newsday:

The two-year marriage of inconvenience between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan ended today. Irreconcilable differences over the direction of the franchise led to a mutual decision by Snow and Nolan, who met earlier this morning at Nassau Coliseum, to part ways.

Not going to comment this until after I find out who the next coach of the Islanders will be. Like the draft, there is more to this story, and it ends with the hiring of a new head coach. Nolan did not want to coach younger players, instead, favoring the veterans, which does not fit the "Plan" Snow is currently implementing. More to come later.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Put Up Or Shut Up For Nolan

This Nolan vs Snow debate must stop. Nolan had his chance with his veterans last year, and did not make the playoffs, granted injuries can be used but only so far. When you have a beat up team, and you have fresh, unproven, young players, use them to their fullest potential. Nolan did not do that last year.

Now we still have unproven players because of their limited use of ice time from last year, less veterans on this team, and he's forced to coach with the team he has now. Good for the kids.

Nolan brought this on himself. Had he used the kids when they were available more, Snow would already know by now who is ready for the NHL and who still needs work, or whether Snow should part ways with a young player.

Nolan actually gets three veterans this year because i believe Sim is a new free agent ready to play a full season, so Nolan is getting as many veterans as he did last year.

Snow has put Nolan in a position where Nolan has a play making center, and a powerplay quarterback defensman for the young players to learn from. If Nolan can't get this team to even stay in the hunt past December, then he does not deserve a contract extension.

A good coach learns to accept what he has, and can adapt to his players in order for the team to win.

Snow has already proven he has the potential to be a great GM by addressing the needs of the organization this year. Nolan needs to prove to the Islanders that he can adapt without comments, and let his coaching ability do the talking, cause that's the only skill that will get Nolan a new extension.

Bergenheim Got Smart!!!!

From Newsday:

Forward Sean Bergenheim, who is the only Islander to file for arbitration, has fired his agents, Mark Gandler and Todd Diamond. General manager Garth Snow was notified of the change earlier this week and just began negotiations that potentially could avert a hearing. Snow declined to name Bergenheim’s new agent.

Gandler is FINALLY out of snow's hair. No More Yashin, or Gandler. Smart move by Bergenheim to get himself started into settling into a long term deal to stay on the Island....hopefully.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Transfer Agreement Reached

Per TSN

ZURICH, Switzerland - The NHL reached an agreement with a new Russian hockey league Thursday that temporarily ends the threat of players being lured away by big-money offers.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Witt Signs Extension

From Newsday

In the 59 games he was healthy enough to play last season, defenseman Brendan Witt probably ranked as the Islanders' most valuable player. General manager Garth Snow rewarded Witt for his toughness and experience with a two-year contract extension worth $6 million, the team announced last night.

The new deal means Witt will be an Islander through the 2010-11 season. His current contract calls for him to make $3 million this season. The upgrade in the next two seasons will put Witt on a par with Andy Sutton as the second-highest paid defenseman on the team behind free-agent acquisition Mark Streit, whose deal pays him an average of $4.1 million to quarterback the power play.

Witt missed the final 11 games of the season with a sprained medial collateral ligament that bothered him throughout the season. When he was on the ice, Witt always was matched against the opponents' top line, and he brought a snarl to the chore.

The 33-year-old defensive defenseman isn't exactly part of the Isles' youth movement, but his leadership in his role as alternate captain is important. Witt also was the Islanders' Masterton Trophy nominee last season for his perseverance and dedication to hockey, and he was active in charitable efforts, regularly hosting children battling cancer at Islanders games.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Big Year For Nolan

The bottom line to Nolan is this:

He's in his final year of his contract. He needs to make himself look good to the rest of the NHL by doing what he needs to do with the Islanders, and that's coach the heck out of this team to their fullest potential.

If he does that, and the Islanders management feels that they should move in another direction, then at least he made an effort, and should be considered for other coaching positions.

If he does not coach to his fullest because of disagreements with Snow, and he's fired as Steady already has predicted during this season, he'll have trouble getting another job coaching in this league again.

This is all up to Nolan. If he coaches his heart out, he'll be a consideration to coach again if not with the Islanders.

Don't coach......he's finished

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fouth!!!

First off....Happy Fourth of July everybody!!!!!

Ponder this today.......Boyle on the trade block. We should go after him. Would put us in a great spot defensively.

For me, Boyle/McCabe....not much of a difference in terms of no-trade clauses, McCabe is prob more money, and either one would improve this teams overall defense just for the simple fact either one could play more games than Martinek and Gervais combined.

I'll bet you this: If Toronto does not sign Sundin to a contract, and we can't get Boyle, the Isles will go after McCabe.

Toronto will lose without Sundin, and want McCabe gone. Why not accommodate a team that is not going anywhere but down, and give them cap space on second tier players this year of what's left in the free agent market?

I'm not saying I want this to happen, but don't be surprised.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Bring On Training Camp

Lots of players at training camp means lots of competition. Weight being signed, helps solidify the center position for this year. By next year, Walter or Neilson, and Bailey should make their mark.

Signing Streit improves the powerplay immensely. He can pass and shoot, so the Islanders need to get bodies to the goal.

Reuniting Geurin with Weight will not give us great numbers, but if Tambellini learns from those two and produces, it will certainly be a good year for the Islanders.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Weight-ing For Doug Is Now Over

From Newsday:

Well-traveled 37-year-old center Doug Weight just signed a one-year contract with the Islanders. The deal is worth $1.75 million plus performance bonuses that could push the value to $4.3 million. Weight spent last season in Anaheim, where he had 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 point sin 67 games. Islanders general manager Garth Snow added an older pivot in the hopes that he not only will be a solid playmaker for the team’s young wingers but also serve as a mentor.


Will put thoughts to this later. Still waiting for a few more moves by the Islanders.

Weight-ing For Doug

Newsday:

It’s possible something could get done with the 37-year-old Weight because he’s viewed by the Isles as a veteran who could make a difference in the development of the young wingers in the organization.

Alright, maybe a one year deal. But this means Hilbert, and Walter, and Colliton would be on the waiver wire, or trade bait. Stay tuned.

Streit Signed

From New York Islanders.com

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Mark Streit to a five-year contract. Last year with Montreal, Streit played in 81 games and scored 13 goals with 49 assists for 62 points. A specialist on the power play, Streit scored seven goals with 27 assists for 34 points on the man advantage.

There is our PP specialist for the next 5 years. Great Signing. More to come later as the Islanders continue to improve.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bates Bought Out

From Newsday:

The Islanders are expected to make it official Friday morning when they announce their decision to buy out the remaining year of his contract.

Bates was scheduled to make $1.2 million, but under NHL buyout provisions, he will receiver two-thirds of that amount in equal installments of $400,000 spread over the next two seasons. Last season, Bates appeared in only two games, and he was limited to 48 games the previous season by a groin injury and hernia surgery.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow portrayed the move as another step toward a youth movement. “It was a tough decision because Shawn was a great Islander, and he scored some pretty big goals in the past,” Snow said. “It was a decision based primarily on creating a spot on the roster for a younger player.”

Saw this one coming, as six other youngsters were qualified contracts. Tambs, Neilson, Walter, Gervais, Bergenheim, and, Colliton should be on the roster this year. With the Free Agency picking up steam soon, look for Hilbert to be the odd player out come training camp.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thoughts After The Draft

Well this has been an interesting weekend for sure. I had to work all weekend long, and there was no need to post anything on Friday night, but when I read each trade down, the drafting of Bailey, realizing the amount of picks, i didn't want to burst out just yet. Then after work on Saturday, I found out who Snow had drafted.

I loved the Trivino, and Ness picks, because they were on my "wish list" before the draft started, so i was immediately thrilled. But I was droooling over Petrov, and then Toews. To finish, drafting Niemi was outstanding. By far a great draft weekend for the Islanders. Yes I was on the Wilson bandwagon as well, but time will tell.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thoughts On Draft Day

Okay, here I go with my thoughts on draft day. Since i'll be working for the rest of this week, I may not have time to do this later.

Above the the Islanders, only the Kings are rumored to being interested in Filatov. If the Kings do take him, I think the Islanders will likely pick Pietrangelo, since he'll probably be the remaining top defenseman, the Islanders have been looking at.

If Filatov, is available for the Islanders, and if the Islanders don't want Filatov, then the only team I'd be willing to trade with would be Phoenix. They hold the 8th pick overall, and have a few assets, the Islanders could use.

I would trade the 5th overall pick, and Gervais for LW/RW Vrbata (assuming he would agree to sign with the Islanders), Ballard (Powerplay Quaterback, top 4 d-man potential) and their first round pick. With the 8th pick, i would go with Hodgson, if Wilson was not available.

If Phoenix does not want to trade, drafting either Filatov or Wilson improves the depth chart.

Dont trade with Toronto. They're a financial mess, keep them that way. Columbus is looking to trade down and get some proven players, so they're building for "Now." Phoenix is losing Vrbata to free agency, and have enough powerplay quaterbacks, in Jovanowski, and Morris. The key to my trade is Vrbata if he agreed to sign with the Islanders.

We'll see.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Yahin Coming Back?

Going after Yashin does not make any sense at all. It does not fit the "Plan" that Snow is trying to implement. Yashin's agent is probably looking for the same amount last year, and he won't get it from anyone else again. Plus Yashin's agent put a time limit on the Islanders......not a good business move. No one from the Islanders replied to Newsday's article either. Not buying into it.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Islanders Draft and Future

If the Islanders are truly going to build through the draft, then there is no doubt they will be keeping this pick. As far as free agency goes, i wouldn't expect a lot of signings if the young players are going to get the ice time. Personally, i would go after 3 players: Huselius or Vrbata, for the top wing position. and Liles from Colorado for a top 4 defenceman. If Snow cannot get either of those players, then this draft is even more important for our future. The organization got a wake-up call last year with free agents turning them down, even though a lot of money was thrown their way. Keep the pick, draft well, and attempt to get those players. Then you have something to build on.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Dubie, Others Will Not Be Resigned

According to multiple sources, Dubie, Satan, Fedotenko, and Vasicek will not be resigned for next season. Dubie will be replaced by Joey MacDonald, the goaltender from Bridgeport, while the other fore-mentioned names will be replaced by players in the system or via free agency.

Most people saw this coming, even Dubie not resigning. MacDonald has a one way contract this year, so Dubie was going to walk to begin with. As for the others mentioned, good luck to them.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Plans Are Going Well After Rally

Some people still are thinking that the team will be sold or moved or both. Here's my response.


Don't move the team.....Build it!!!!

See if the new plans for the parking lot do in fact become a reality, then we as Islanders Fans will be witnessing two things in the same time period:

a) a renovated state-of-the-art arena, and facility

b) a renovated team contending for a cup.

Snow is making the right moves by drafting and signing younger players, and this draft will have an HUGE effect on this franchise because of the amount of talent level.

If the Plans are approved that will also attract the free agents to want to play here.

Islanders fans need to give this promising dream become reality before jumping ship.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Spring Signings This Summer

Since the regular season has ended, the Islanders have been busy signing some future prospects to add more depth to the organization. It remains to be seen if these prospects turn into NHL stars. Some of these players include:


Jack Hillen: he played 2 games against the Rangers before graduating from Colorado College.
He's a puck moving defensman, and from what I've been able to gather, he reminds me of a Matt Schneider (former Islander).




Rob Hennigar: A center, Hennigar is a playmaking center who led and broke the team record in assists with 43, playing for the University of New Brunswick. He also captured the Canadian College Player of the Year.


Tomas Marcinko: 2006 4th round draft pick signed a three year entry level contract. Marcinko recorded 36 goals and 47 assists for 83 points in 104 career games in the OHL. From what I've been able to find, he's a good two-way forward with tons of experience from the World Junior Tournament games.




Robin Figren: 2006 3rd round pick, will be playing in the Swedish Elite league in 2008-2009.“We’ve seen Robin grow and develop into one of our top prospects over the past two seasons,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’ll spend a season in the Swedish Elite League, which is one of the top hockey leagues in the world, and as an organization we’re very comfortable with that. His development will only grow while playing with Djurgardens.”

Joel Rechlicz: The 6-4, 220 pound right winger is projected to be a tough as nails type of player and will bring toughness to the organizational depth chart.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Plan

I was rereading the "Plan" again

1) draft wisely
2) develop prospects
3) sprinkle in unrestricted free agents

It feels like we went in reverse order here.

We signed a bunch of free agents last off season
We developed a few prospects this year in Bergenheim and Comeau
and now we get to select quite a few picks in a very deep draft.

Was Garth supposed to go in order?

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Bridgeport Could Make A Splash

I'm actually excited to see what Bridgeport can do over their last six remaining games. We haven't had a team this deep down their since 2001-2002 and they went to the Finals and lost the final game in double OT to Chicago. Back then Hunter, Krog, Toress, and DiPietro were on that team. If they make into the playoffs, they could really make a splash, and would gain some big experience.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Final Game Tonight

The Islanders play there final home game against the Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders have secured the 5th spot in the entry draft, which will be televised on Monday. As of now the Islanders have a 8.1% percent chance of getting the first overall pick, but should be able to pick no worse than 6th. St. Louis and Columbus play two games against each other, which may allow the Islanders to be 4th. Either way, the Islanders will get an NHL ready player in this years draft.

Before the draft order, I will post the available players for the Islanders, and pick whom I think will most benefit the Islanders.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Keep Tambellini

I know we've talked about Comeau and Bergenheim, and their progression, but i'm going to make a case for Tambellini to stay. Now before i get ripped for this, let me add that i've done some research to support my claim.

First I took the players drafted in the first round of 2003 (Tambs was 27th overall), and I found out how many points they had scored in their first 82 games. Some took a few seasons to get to 82, some went in their first year playing.

Then I found out what each player was averaging after their first 82 games and found that their was an average of 70% increase in points production from their first year (which included their first year).

My point is this. Tambs still has not played a full 82 games in the NHL. We've seen Nilsson improve over in Edmonton cause he's getting the games in. Take a look at Bergenheim, and you'll see the numbers improve also after his first 82 games.

If Tambellini was given a roster spot next year, and a big confidence booster from this organization, 30 points out of him in his first year is not out of the question. Depending who he lines up with, he could do more.

Just making a case. Now time to get ripped =)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

This Is Berards Time

Now that Bergeron has been shipped out west. It is time for Bryan Berard to NOW (not in the 1990's) lead this team on the power play, and on defense. He was givin a chance when nobody else wanted him. He wanted to come here, to play here, to prove to others he can still play in this league.

Granted he was benched in place of Bergeron. Then when the injuries started piling up, he got the call to play. Now it's just him, his way, his time, his renaissance.

Watch for Berards +/- go upward with a more defensive minded Davison playing with him at full strength, and look for Johnson to keep the puck more in the offensive zone, instead of losing it on the power play (Bergeron).

Tonight: Atlanta

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Time For Support

Let's not forget we do have a lot of season ending injuries to this team. We've lost a full line (Bates, Sillinger, Sim) on offense, and Campoli on defense, which is really hurting us,
We are getting Witt back, and that will help out defensively. Me personally, I would really like to see Berard shine on the powerplay, and mentor Johnson, and even Meyer a little. We need more bodies out in front of the net for the PP to be succesful.

I also like the idea of Simon going and Tambs coming in just for the sake of having two lines that are scoring threats. Ironically, those two lines (the Bridgeport line and the Fed-Hunter-Vasicek) have been the most consistent recently.

The next month and a half are HUGE not only for the kids, but for this organization. The fans got what they wanted in that the kids are now here with the big club, and this team will go as far as the kids can help them. If we are still in the hunt by the end of March, Islander fans should be optimistic about the posssibility of a playoff berth, despite a long list of injuries, and that we have a ton of picks for the first three rounds in this years upcoming draft.
Let's be grateful for what we have, and support this team. The upper management heard our call in the young kids, now they're here. Start cheering and watch or go to the games.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Time For The Youth Movement

Looking atwhat happened to the Islanders today, i would say that this was more of a "garbage" dump, then a salary dump.

The Islanders got a few more picks, and now Tambellini was recalled to replace Simon, which was the plan all along.

The Islanders also unloaded on Bergeron, who did not mix well with the coaches and team.

Now the kids are here to stay. Let's see how they do the rest of this season.

Bergeron Traded

Traded to Anaheim for a 3rd round pick

Well i was waiting for this one.

Now where is McCabe?

Simon Dealt To Wild

For a 6th round pick

Well this will please a few fans.

Let's see if there are any other late trades by the Islanders.

Keep The Moves Coming

Cooke goes to Washington

Pettinger goes to Vancouver


Washington is 5 points out of a playoff spot, and they're making a big push right now.

Where are the Islanders?

Islanders Move

Traded with San Jose

Islanders get: Rob Davison

San Jose gets: 7th round pick


per ESPN

My opinion....Davison may replace Simon, as long as he can improve his skating.

Federov To Washington

This, as an Islanders fan, may have me a little nervious. Washington is somewhat improving, along with Philly, while the Islanders stand pat.

More Moves

Lapointe to Ottawa

Foote to Colorado

Huet to Washington

Now We Have Movement

Richards to Dallas

Campbell to San Jose

I think the Islanders are next.

Comrie Signs New Deal

Per Tsn

1 year/ 4 million dollars.

Trade Deadline Day

Well folks, here we go.

I'll be reporting through the entire trade deadline until 3:00pm concerning everyone about the Islanders.

As of right now, from what i've heard, Comrie is supposed to be resigned by the Islanders.

More later.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sillinger To Have Season Ending Surgery

Mike Sillinger has opted to have hip surgery and will be out the rest of this season.

This is a huge blow to the Isanders. I think that winger the islanders need is now more precedent then ever, so Hilbrt can go back to the center position, and try to make up some of the faceoffs he have been losing.

And Now We Wait

Islanders lost yesterday 4-2 to the Devils. Now players and fans will watch or read with bated breathe, and imagine what Garth Snow may or may not do the next 2 1/2 days. The Islanders don't play again until Tuesday after the deadline is over, which means all the fans have to look forward to is nervousness with the possible transactions.

The Islanders need a scoring winger for the first line. If that can happen, I wouldn't be surprised to see another winning streak and a jump into the playoffs.

If they can improve on defense, then they need to make sure he is not injury prone.

Finally, racking up a few more picks for this years and next years draft also wouldn't hurt them.

The players who are unrestricted at the end of the year need to make a decision on whether or not they want to be Islanders.

Time is runing short......stay tuned.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Gervais Is Back

According to Newsday

Gervais is returing to the lineup tomorrow against the Devils. Drew Fata was returned to Bridgeport.

Hunter Signs Extension

5yr, 10 million dollars

Great move by the Islanders, keeping a core player for what will probably be the rest of his career. Let's see how the rest turn out.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Simon is Playing Tonight

Tambellini has been sent down to Bridgeport.

I truly hope this is a short term plan. The Islanders need the speed, and youth to keep competing for that playoff push. We'll see after the trade dealine.

5 In A Row

Islanders playing Tampa tonight, looking for win number 6. My question is will Dubie get the start?

From the Post

Islanders GM Garth Snow entered and exited meetings as a buyer, not a seller.

Due to the winning streak and good chemistry, and our upcoming schedule, 'm really not surprised by this. Look for Satan and Fedotenko to be named in a lot of rumors.

From the Ottawa Sun

The Isles are trying to re-sign C Mike Comrie, who is scheduled to become a UFA. GM Garth Snow said he has been pleased with Comrie's play and the two sides are looking at a long-term contract.

This is a good move by both sides. Comrie's putting up legit numbers, and he wants to be an Islander.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sutton Out; Fata Recalled

From Newsday:

Defenseman Drew Fata was recalled today from Bridgeport to take the roster spot of Andy Sutton, who suffered a pulled hamstring at the end of the Islanders’ 3-2 comeback victory over San Jose Monday afternoon at the Coliseum. Sutton is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a partially torn hamstring.

I don't think Snow is going to keep this line up for his defence like this. I wouldn't be surprised if a player was picked out of waivers, or a deal cold be made sooner rather than later to improve on this defence.

Islanders Are Sellers?

From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun

While Fletcher is among the busiest GMs at the meetings, he's not alone. The Kings, Islanders, Lightning, Blue Jackets and Oilers are all expected to be sellers.

I agree with all those teams except for the Islanders. They're too close to the playoffs and from the looks of things in the East, any team is beatable this year.
The Isladers need to make the playoffs in order to generate more revenue and support for the Lighthouse Project that the Islander fans so desperatly need.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Islanders Win Four in A Row

Now this is going to be tough on Snow to trade anybody. If they still had lost, this would be a no-brainer, and you would start a fire sale.....nope. With the deadline approaching and the general managers meeting presently going on, Islander fans can only imagine what Snow may do....my opinion, he may do othing at all, and ride the wave.

Also there is a rumor just starting tonight that Cliff Fletcher from Toronoto has contacted Snow about McCabe and possibly trading him back to Long Island, and I'm looking into it.

Monday, February 11, 2008

To Trade Or Not To Trade

With just 7 games remaining before the trade deadline, Islanders GM garth Snow has some decisions to make between now and Feburary 26th. He has younger players ready to play; and some of the veterans who are not performing well throughout the season, but cannot send them anywhere. Who then will he trade, and, even more important, what can we get for these veterans?

The only player we could trade with any kind of value is Satan. We may be able to get a player playing in the NHL now, and a possible pick for him, but that would also mean, he would have to wave his no-trade clause. The other players of interest maybe Hunter, and Comrie, but they may be resigned. As far as any other player, any draft pick will probably be taken for them.

Look for the draft picks to be in 2009 not 2008 because of a deep draft pool for this year.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Colliton Recalled; Satan Sits

I'm personally going to be intrigued about how well all the Bridgeport kids play the next few games. I'm not concerned really about the timing of their arrival, whether they should have came up sooner, or how long they stay. I want to see the kids play and succeed at this level under this system. When the kids are sent back down, and the injured players return, then we may have a good indication as to what the Islanders need for next year.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

This Is Why You Can't Trade Yet....

I've been doing alot of reading on different blogs, and everyone is calling for a sale of the veterans and bringing up the kids now to help the season. Well, that's a nice solution, however, this is the problem:

First: We can only have a certain amount of players on this team. Hence, that is why the youngsters are not up yet until someone like Sillinger is injured or others cannot play. To my knowledge, only Gervais would be allowed to go to the minors without going through the waiver wire. As this season has unfolded, we have needed all of the defenceman used throughout this year, and cannot bring up the forwards.

Now if we were to bring up a youngster, then that would mean that we could lose that veteran to the waiver wire by another team, and since most of the FA's have one year deals, these players would be plucked off the wire as a low risk, high reward, and that would defeat the purpose of trading for draft picks, or prospects in the next three or so weeks.
My point is this: let's get the most out of our vets now if we are going to trade them. If they play well, the better, the trade.

For the people who want to be in a sell mode: You'll need two things for a little while. First is patience. Most teams won't be trading until that week of the trade deadline. Second you need other teams to be involved in trades, and right now, because of cap reasons or players with no trade clauses, it may be hard RIGHT NOW, to take a few of the Islanders players.

Instead of ranting to be in sell mode now, save that for another two weeks when it's the right time to "sell," and actually have some fun and come up with scinarios for the players we do want to trade.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Kings @ Islanders Tonight

The Islanders currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They will likely have to play a solid effort in the season's final two months to keep ahead of the bottom teams.

The Islanders hope to avoid their first six-game home losing streak in seven years Thursday night when they face the Los Angeles Kings. In the first game following the All-Star break, the Islanders spotted Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa a three-goal lead and never rebounded in a 5-2 loss Tuesday.

New York (24-21-6) was hurt by the absence of two regulars - left wing Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Andy Sutton - who both were out with the flu.

Sean Bergenheim and Bryan Berard scored for the Islanders, who dropped to 1-3-1 in their past five games overall. They are 0-4-1 in their last five games at the Coliseum, their longest home drought since a seven-game slide from Feb. 27-March 29, 2001.

The Islanders haven't won at home in 2008, as their last victory at the Coliseum came against New Jersey on Dec. 29.

There are still a few player (Sillinger, Berard, and DiPietro) that may not be available to help the Islanders try to end their home skid. All those players did not practice on Wedsnday. Stay tuned for more updates to see if there are any more players either not playing or being called up.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Three Key Players To The Second Half

After watching at least 40 of the Islanders soon to be 50 games this year, this is a team that reminds me of the Devils organization, where defense is first priority, a lot of one goal games, a top netminder, and no matter who is inserted into the lineup, the system is working to the teams benefit. Many believed that this would be another non-playoff year for the Islanders, and quite a few thought the same about the Devils this year as well, but after the first half, the Devils are in first place in the division as of this blog, and with a win tonite will secure a 7th place playoff spot for the Islanders. Not bad for two teams that have the lowest goals produced in the conference.

But the Islanders have three key players that, if they can produce, will not only spark their own confidence, but the rest of the teams as well, and could possibly improve that 7th place standing. The first key player is Ruslan Fedotenko. When Fedotenko scores, the Islanders are 6-2. Trent Hunter, a popular trade rumor around the internet bloggers of Long Island, is having possibly his second best season as an Islander, who is on pace for 42 points, and was recently given an "A" while Brendan Witt was out. If he and Sillinger can get the puck to Fedotenko more, and scores a few, watch the confidence go up in Fedotenko and that whole line. The next key player is Sean Bergenheim. He's only scored 3 goals, but the Islanders are 3-0 when he scores, and no, none of those games were when Fedotenko scored either. He is starting to catch on to the game and has 2 goals in his last 13 games, which is an improvement from the first time he scored in October. The line of Vasicek, Satan and Bergenheim are the best defensive minded line the Islanders have and you'll see the point totals go up for everybody, if Bergenheim gets hot. The third and final key player is Blake Comeau. He has 4 points in his last 8 games and is always improving. Nolan will most likely give him more time on the ice to improve and may actually imrove the goal scoring of a few forwards who could use the goals. If Comeau can get Witt to score, he can get anyone to score.

If these three can step up and improve, watch the points continue to go up, despite the rest of us on our seats, sweating out every one goal game we see this season.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Campoli Next Player Finished

Losing Campoli really hurts. Signing Meyer was a good move for this and next year. I think Johnson needs to now step up he way Meyer did when Witt and Martinek went down. Both Johnson and Meyer can score a few goals, but as long as they both play smart defense, the Islanders should be in good shape. I would really like to see Johnson play a lot of minutes and see some offense form him too. We'll see.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Johnson ToPlay Saturday

Aaron Johnson will get the start on Saturday against the Flyers who will be replacing Campoli. I do like Johnson and his potential on the powerplay, but he's a younger Bergeron, so I'm worried about his physical defensive play. If he can turn a few hits ala Freddy Meyer, and have the defensive prowless, then the Islanders may get away with not having Witt for a game or two.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bootland for Keith

From NHL.com

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Islanders acquired right wing Matt Keith from the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in exchange for right wing Darryl Bootland.
Keith will report to the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. The 24-year-old Keith has two goals and three assists in 24 career NHL games, all with Chicago. This season, he had five goals and five assists in 34 games for Portland in the AHL.
The 26-year-old Bootland had an assist in four games for the Islanders this season. In 28 games for Bridgeport, he had two goals and eight assists. He has a goal and two assists in 32 career NHL games with Detroit and the Islanders.

My opinion, this is just a small move to replace Comeau in the minor leagues. It may have a small indication towards the trade dealine, but Keith is nothing more than a possible third liner in the NHL which the Islanders have plenty of. Bridgeport is just loading up for the playoffs.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

99 Coming Back to Haunt Me

I need to take some of Islanders fans back in time a bit, and also do a little history lesson for some who may not remember. Atleast 10 years ago, The Islanders had the Utah Grizzlies, coached by Butch Goring, as their minor league affiliate, which would be today, Bridgeport. But Utah was never permanent. In fact, back then nothing was permanent on the Island. I'm going to rattle off a few names that, in my opinion, will sound familiar to a few, but needed extra "seasoning" in the minors before being rushed to the NHL, like so many youngsters were back then in this organization: Mark Lawrence, Vlad Cherbeturkin, Vlad Orsagh, Pavel Varobiev, Brad Isbister, Jason Holland. Even if the likes of Connelly, Pyatt, and Jokinen, and Mezei, were in the minors for a season, the Islanders may not have been set back and who knows, what that 2000 draft would have looked like. Now to the present. We have quite a few youngsters already playing right now Both Campoli and Gervais are 23 and Johnson is 24 for the defense. Campoli and Gervais play a ton of minutes and the team has played the most one goal game differentials besides the Devils. When Johnson comes back from injury, it will be like a trade for late in the seaon to help this team. The young offense now playing: Bergenheim 23, Comeau 21. But in Bridgeport you have Tambellini 23, Walter 23, Okposo 19, Colliton 21 all ready and developing . My point is this. As Islanders fans we should be grateful that this year we can say "we're still in the playoff hunt even though we revamped our team and spent MILLIONS LESS to do it." The kids are not going to win us the Cup this year. Period. Keep the kids down until it is neccesary to bring them up or else the younger fans will endure what some of has had to go through 10 years ago.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Bergeron Will Be On The Island Until.........

I think Bergeron will be around on the Islanders until Campoli or one of the younger defensmen steps up on the powerplay, and score more goals. I'm not dicrediting anything that has been said about him, however, in light of hi power-play goals which leads the team, we may have to be patient and wait for someone else to step up.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Thanks Again Dubie

This past week showed us why the Islanders need Dubie. When was the last time there was an Islanders goaltender with a .500 percentage or a winning record in a single season? Yes it is Garth Snow, but he did it in the 2001-2002 season. Snow's record at the end of that season was 10-7-2. So why is this so important? Let's remember a bit here. 2006, the backup was still Snow, but his record was 4-13-1. He was replaced the following year in 2007 by Mike Dunham, who did not make that much of a difference posting a 4-10-3 record. What's my point? The Islanders finally have a goaltender that can backup a team when their superstar goalie goes down. Dubielewicz career is short, but has a winning record at 11-7-1. Not bad, but you know that the players will be behind him if he is to be called upon once more.

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