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Suit Filed To Block The Construction Of The Area The New York Islanders Plan To Play

from Candice Ferrette and Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

The Village of Floral Park has filed suit against the state to block the $1.3 billion redevelopment of Belmont Park, including the new arena for the New York Islanders, ahead of a ceremonial groundbreaking on the property expected this month.

The Article 78 proceeding, a lawsuit against a municipality, asks a judge to overturn all approvals of the project, stop construction on the site and restart the environmental review process, according to documents filed in state Supreme Court in Mineola.

The suit says the public bidding process for the development rights at Belmont Park was flawed and tipped in favor of developer New York Arena Partners due to a "secret plan" conceived before the state issued a request for proposals.


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Video- Season Preview For The New York Islanders

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

The New York Islanders know they won't be sneaking up on teams this season. The element of surprise has evaporated after a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division and a trip to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now it's up to the Islanders, who had home-ice advantage in a playoff series for the first time since 1988 and swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round before being swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round, to prove what they accomplished last season wasn't a fluke.

"Expectations will change and the bar will be raised," said Islanders captain Anders Lee, a forward who signed a seven-year, $49 million contract on July 1. "Good teams have to be able to handle that and all those things that go into becoming a championship team."


Below, watch the preview on the Islanders.

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New Arena Means Stability For The New York Islanders

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

“You know how big it is,” Lamoriello told Newsday on Thursday. “Without a new arena, there would not be the Islanders on Long Island. I think that says it all.”

Lamoriello was able to re-sign the team’s key unrestricted free agents this offseason except for goalie Robin Lehner and third-line center Valtteri Filppula. The previous summer, former captain John Tavares left for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs for a seven-year, $77 million deal that was less than the Islanders offered.

The Islanders will continue to split games between NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a second straight season. Their new building is scheduled to open for the 2021-22 season and Lamoriello knows uncertainty about the Islanders’ arena situation was a factor when talking to free agents.

“I think that’s always something behind someone’s mind, including our own free agents,” Lamoriello said. “But they have the confidence in believing in our ownership’s commitment to getting the arena.”

read on

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Ray Ferraro- From Player To Hockey Analyst

from Sasha Kandrach of NewYorkIslanders.com,

Whether you know him as a pesky, intense, point-grabbing center polished broadcaster between the benches of a national broadcast, or analyst up in the studio, if you're a hockey fan, you definitely know Ray Ferraro. While it's been 18 years since Ferraro wrapped up his impressive 18-year career in the NHL, the now 54-year-old hasn't missed a beat in the hockey world.

"This will be my 18th year broadcasting full-time and I played for 18 years," Ferraro said. "It's hard to believe the same length of time. When I broke in at 1984 to the way the game is played now, it barely looks the same. Everything is different. It's been really cool to be around it and to see the changes, the way the game has grown, to see the struggles along the way and how things are trying to evolve and advance. I lived my dream and I got to keep living it."

During his impressive 18-year tenure in the NHL, the left-shot center had 898 points (408G, 490A) through a whopping 1258 games. Ferraro suited up for the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Atlanta Thrashers, the St. Louis Blues and was a member of the beloved 1992-93 New York Islanders squad.


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The Three NHL Teams In The NYC Area

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and talented players in the league, P.K. Subban, while the Blueshirts countered by signing the biggest free agent, Artemi Panarin.

The Islanders, who spent the past year showing the positive impact of having adults in charge, are on the verge of getting a shovel in the ground for their long-awaited new arena.

There are still a couple of impactful things that could happen between now and the start of training camps in September. But the 2019-20 NHL season is going to be as interesting as any in this area in a long time, so let’s recap what has happened and what still might.


The rebuilding is going splendidly, even though new team president John Davidson likes to just call it a “build.” General manager Jeff Gorton is also averse to using the word “accelerated,” as in the timeline from tearing it down to being competitive has turned out to be quite a bit shorter than most might have realized.


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Consistency Needed From The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

... Which brings us back to the present, to that aforementioned executive, Lou Lamoriello, who has had an underwhelming summer thus far after his team played over its talent level before getting swept in the second round by the Hurricanes.

Lamoriello seemingly bungled the negotiations with goalie Robin Lehner — the Vezina Trophy finalist who continued his tour of candidness by exposing the ultimatum he was given from Lamoriello: Sign now or forever hold your peace. That one left everyone around the league scratching their heads, as Lehner went to sign an extremely modest one-year, $5 million deal with the Blackhawks...

Credit is due for Lamoriello getting three of his core pieces from this past season — captain Anders Lee, along with forwards Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle — to all sign relatively team-friendly deals. But a roster that lacked top-tier talent behind Mat Barzal remains exactly that. Even the possible trade of defenseman Nick Leddy before training camp in September won’t result in the windfall the team needs to contend this season.

This was always considered a long-term plan, a work in progress. The aforementioned coach, Barry Trotz, deservedly won the Jack Adams Award in his first year behind the bench. And he might be unable to keep the squad from taking a step back this year.

But now the timeline is set. By the time the Islanders move into their new digs in 2021-22 — assuming there isn’t a lockout — they will need to consistently win to keep the people coming.

The Islanders are once again a big league team. Sooner rather than later, it will be on them to meet those expectations.


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Evening Line- Justin Bourne On Robin Lehner/New York Islanders

This is a guy who’s yet to turn 28. This is a guy who was once a highly touted young goalie who struggled with issues unrelated to the game itself. He’s worked on addressing his mental health and resulting addiction (with medication and 15-months of sobriety to date), and is finally just now, just this past season, playing clear. There’s a real possibility he could be a great – not good, great – goaltender in the league for years to come....

What seemed to happen, at least partially, is that the Islanders – most specifically Lou Lamoriello – overthought themselves out of a good goaltender who openly loved Long Island and seemed all but dying to integrate himself into the community after having already ingratiated himself to the fans. It seems like the Islanders thought that having a Russian goaltender – that being Varlamov – could help them achieve some other goals they were after (which to me don’t seem like “win-now” goals).

-Justin Bourne of The Athetic where you can read more (paid) on this topic.

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Semyon Varlamov Will Be Joining The New York Islanders

from the New York islanders,

The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Semyon Varlamov has agreed to terms on a four-year contact. 

Varlamov has played the last eight seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and compiled a record of 183-156-38. Last year, he finished with a record of 20-19-9, a goals-against average of 2.87 and a .909 save percentage. 

His best season came in 2013-14 when he posted a 41-14-6 record, had a 2.41 GAA and a .927 save percentage. His 41 wins led the league that season. The Samara, Russia native was the runner-up in voting for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the goalie adjudged to be the best at this position and named to the NHL Second All-Star Team.


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Anders Lee Staying With The New York Islanders

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Regarding The Two High Profile UFAs From Columbus

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