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Report- The New York Islanders Would Like A Big Name To Run The Team

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have not said anything publicly during the Islanders’ dismal start to the owners’ first season in charge. But they have been busy.

Newsday has learned that Malkin and Ledecky have been meeting since the summer with a number of people in the hockey world, from former team chief officers to power agents to retired players, in hopes of finding a “big name” to step in and oversee the Isles’ operations.

Sources say that Malkin and Ledecky are not close to naming anyone to what would be a team president role — one of the two titles currently held by Garth Snow, who has been president and general manager since the summer of 2006. A team spokesman flatly denied that there is any search underway for a new team president.

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Video- You Make The Call On Thomas Hickey’s Shootout Goal

The Anaheim Ducks lost 3-2 in a 14 round shootout to the New York Islanders, this is about one of those goals in the shootout...

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

After a review involving the NHL situation room, Hickey was determined to have not interfered with Bernier before the puck crossed the line. Afterward, Bernier took an adamant stance.

"I think it was pretty obvious," Bernier said. "I made the save and my skate was going right to the post where I wanted it to be. He pushed me in."

Bernier wasn't only one angry. The call left Ducks coach Randy Carlyle incensed as he got an explanation from referees Gord Dwyer and Dean Morton.

“You can’t get bent out of shape from the score and from what we feel is unjustified in the allowing of the shootout goal. You can get yourself sideways in that,” Carlyle said. “They made the call. We’ll do our necessary phone calls behind the scenes. We’ll have a conversation with some people and see what they have to say about it.”

“I was under the understanding that you cannot score a goal in the NHL today by pushing the goaltender’s pad with the puck underneath it over the line, but I guess I was proved wrong again tonight."

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The Sinking New York Islanders

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Their superstar is off to a miserable start while flanked by workmanlike but unremarkable wingers. Three core players took advantage of free agency to go elsewhere over the summer. The team’s in-your-face identity that was created in large part by the best fourth line in the NHL has evaporated with the departure of one of that unit’s components. Summer additions have fizzled. The much-ballyhooed fountain of youth within the organization is barely sprinkling in meaningful contributions on the big-league level. Just five weeks into the season, the general manager has been forced to give the dreaded vote of confidence to his coach.

And if it is true Jack Capuano, the man behind the Islanders bench, is not on the clock, then surely general manager Garth Snow must be as the Jon Ledecky-Scott Malkin ownership assesses the situation in its first year on the job. For even in the oddly insular world the Islanders have created for themselves over the last decade, this 5-8-4 getaway in which the team has the fewest wins in the NHL over a not-so-small-anymore sample size is not remotely acceptable.

The team barely has created a ripple in the New York sports pond and now is drowning in a sea of slushy ice. And this is what John Tavares, who has 13 points overall (5-8) and eight points at even strength (2-6), is going to sign up for with 2018 free agency looming?

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Garth Snow Believes In His Team

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Islanders general manager Garth Snow reiterated his support for coach Jack Capuano and the current roster, which heads into Friday night’s game against the Penguins last in the Eastern Conference.

“I have a lot of belief in everyone in that room,” Snow told reporters in a 10-minute chat at Northwell Health Ice Center Friday morning. “Jack, the staff, our players, I have a lot of confidence in everyone in that room. The great part about facing adversity is you see who rises to the top. It doesn’t always feel easy for our fans, when you face adversity it’s a great challenge and I look forward to seeing who rises to that challenge.”...

“I understand the frustration of our fans,” Snow said. “It’s the same passionate fan base that blew the roof off the Coliseum in the Pittsburgh series [in 2013], in the Washington series [in 2015], in the final year of the Coliseum and they blew the roof off Barclays Center last year. It’s a passionate fan base. We’re in New York. We’re going to hear it when we do well and we’re going to hear it when we don’t do so well.”

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The Blame Game For The New York Islanders

from Peter Botte of the New York Daily News,

Even if Capuano makes silly cracks at the super-mean reporters who dare ask him about fans calling for his firing, wondering whether it's their "relatives up there" doing the chanting. And even if the Isles' always-oversensitive PR squad feels the need to bark at media members for actually asking the coach what he feels about the paying customers' calls for his job (yes, that really happened).

But don't think for a slushy-iced second that 11th-year general manager Garth Snow also doesn't deserve his share of the blame for what suddenly is looking like an ill-timed, step-back year in the first season under new ownership. And lest we forget, with no clearer a future concerning the arena situation in Brooklyn than we witnessed throughout the final so-many seasons at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders' front office and coaching staff certainly never have been averse to using injuries and arena woes as a crutch, nor have they ever minded being patted on the back — or let's face it, doing the heavy patting themselves — for any small accomplishment that teams in theirs and other sports would barely even consider to be a big deal.

You know, things such as simply reaching the playoffs a few times. Or yes, yes, yes, even finally advancing a single round in the postseason for the first time in a generation.

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Jack Capuano On The Hot Seat

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The players defended the coach. The coach defended himself and the players. So no one was pointing fingers Monday night after the latest Islanders debacle, a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that left the Isles still searching for answers with three nervous days off coming.

“If I get what you’re implying, and I think I do, the answer is no,” Cal Clutterbuck said when asked if something fundamental needs to change with his team, which is 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in its last 10. “It’s just . . . No.

“It’s something different every night, it seems. We fix one thing and something else lets you down. But everything is fixable.”

The season isn’t even one-quarter over, but the questions about Jack Capuano’s job security and the status of a number of underachieving players are perfectly legitimate.

No Islander bristled at being asked, but after a decent opening 18 minutes quickly devolved into a 2-0 deficit after a period, there seemed to be an air of resignation after the Lightning dismissed the Islanders for the third time in 13 days by a 14-2 total score.

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John Tavares Is The Next Big Star UFA Target For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

With 11 points in their first 11 games, the Leafs are doing decently with a lineup that included seven rookies Thursday night in Buffalo. Stamkos has seven goals for Tampa already and Vesey has six for the Rangers, and with those two Mike Babcock would have had a more diversified offence.

Being spurned twice wasn’t really a setback for Toronto. It was just a missed chance to jump forward.

The next opportunity now looks like the summer of 2018, when John Tavares of the New York Islanders is slated to become a free agent. But the pressure points will come well before that.

In many ways, this opportunity lines up much better for the Leafs than Stamkos ever did. And while Tavares is saying all the right things about being an Islander for life, he would have to be a masochist to want to stay.

Right now, the Brooklyn-based Isles have fallen behind the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings, albeit in the very early going. Unlike Toronto, however, the Islanders are supposed to be a team thinking seriously about post-season success.

GM Garth Snow had a terrible off-season, losing free agents Frans Nielsen (to the Red Wings), Kyle Okposo (to the Sabres) and Matt Martin (to the Leafs). Snow signed 30-year-old free agent Andrew Ladd to the tune of seven years and $38.5 million, and so far Ladd has responded with zero goals and one assist.

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The Slumping New York Islanders Fall To The Philadelphia Flyers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

That the Islanders have continued to lose is putting all of those negatives in a pressure cooker, and if there isn’t a release soon, it’s liable to blow. And then it would get really ugly.

The Islanders are not there quite yet, but the 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers on Thursday night on the soggy surface at Barclays Center was difficult on the eyes. It mercifully was put to rest after Claude Giroux scored in the second round of the skills competition, and his captain counterpart, John Tavares, had his attempt poked away by Philadelphia goalie by Michal Neuvirth.

It dropped the Islanders to 4-6-1 on the season, 1-3-1 in their past five to give them a better record than only the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (6-5-1) were playing on the second leg of a back-to-back, and somehow outworked the Isles not only in the first period, but for the vast majority of the game.

That fact was what drew the ire of coach Jack Capuano, more than the 2-1 lead that disappeared with a Matt Read goal with 57.1 seconds remaining in regulation and the Flyers on a six-on-four man-advantage, the result of a Casey Cizikas high-sticking penalty and the Philadelphia net empty for the extra attacker.

“I think some guys obviously need to play better,” Capuano said. “You saw some of the puck battles out there. I don’t have to tell you who they are.”

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The New York Islanders Go Down 6-1 At Home Against The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

There were scattered chants of “Fire Cappy!” throughout the first two periods as well while the Islanders looked lost on the ice, outshot 30-12 after 40 minutes.

“Not the first time it’s happened, right?” Capuano said. “I know what we’ve accomplished the last three years. I know our record. That has no effect on me or the team.”...

...Asked for a word or two to sum it up, Travis Hamonic offered, “Frustrating. With an expletive in front.”

With grumblings recently about the three goaltenders on the roster and the major struggle of big-name free agent signee Andrew Ladd, who still has no goals and one assist to start his Isles career, it seems general manager Garth Snow may need to jolt his team to life as the season gets moving and teams start to separate themselves.

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The Goalie Situation For The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

It was just another day at Islanders practice Monday, with three goaltenders working in the two nets during team drills.

Thomas Greiss, who was the star of Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs, had one net all to himself, usually a sign of who’s starting the next game — in this case, Tuesday night at Barclays Center against the Lightning.

Jaroslav Halak and J-F Berube shared the opposite goal, primarily working with goaltending coach Marc Champagne. Berube got the final bit of practice to himself while Halak chatted with coach Jack Capuano.

Halak and Berube are clients of agent Allan Walsh, and it was Walsh’s tweets Saturday night that threw the Islanders’ unwieldy three-goaltender situation back into the spotlight.

It’s happened before, notably a few times last season, when Halak sounded off about his unhappiness over having three goaltenders, and earlier this season, when Berube spoke candidly about his lack of work.

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