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First, the game winner in OT by Brad Boyes and below, another giveaway by Brodeur kept the puck in the offensive zone and the Islanders' Aucoin found the back of the net.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
It is a relief to know that they won't be going to Quebec or Hamilton or Kansas City. Their games still will be on the same TV channel and their fans still can watch them in person (just be sure you hustle to catch the last train out of Atlantic Avenue at 11:55 p.m).
It is a challenge because the organization has no more excuses. For the only NHL team that has gone since 1993 without winning a playoff series, the Coliseum has been cited as a hindrance, a distraction or both. That's done. Hockey comes first now. As it should have all along.
Saturday night, Opening Night, was all about hockey. It was time for celebrating the present, not getting misty about the past. A season was starting with a game against the Devils; a great sport was back after a long lockout. There was hope for everyone, including the Islanders. In the locker room, the optimism went beyond this year and the Nassau border.
from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,
Veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will not be reporting to Islanders training camp Monday for "personal reasons," his agent told ESPNNewYork.com.
His agent, Neil Sheehy, said he did not know whether Visnovsky will remain with the KHL's Slovan Bratislava, where he played during the lockout.
Visnovsky issued a statement through Sheehy last week expressing his desire to remain in Europe. The Islanders can suspend Visnovsky for failing to report.
The KHL and NHL have an agreement that all players with NHL contracts are obligated to return to the NHL once the lockout is lifted.
Visnovsky's case might be the first legitimate test of the sincerity of the agreement.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,
I am thankful to the New York Islanders for being so good to me. My decision not to play in the NHL is due to family and personal reasons,” Visnovsky said in a statement released by his agent, Neil Sheehy. “I have made no decisions on next season. My focus now is on HC Slovan Bratislava, and enjoying my family in my home country.”
The Isles acknowledged Visnovsky’s decision, but had no comment on the issue last night. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said during the lockout that all existing contracts are expected to be honored once the new collective bargaining agreement is in place. That is expected to happen once the league and the Players’ Association ratify the agreement they reached in principle early Sunday morning.
It is not impossible once a league ruling comes down, Visnovsky will change his mind. He repeatedly has said over the past couple months he has nothing against the Islanders’ organization.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Here is how Charles Wang, the Islanders organization, Gary Bettman and the chronically battered fan base of what has become the NHL’s Shipwreck Franchise know the club’s move to Brooklyn three years hence is a win-win for all interested parties:
Not even I can conjure a negative response to it.
There are issues for the franchise to confront over the next three years that include: 1) building and nurturing a fan base comfortable with using mass transit to get to the games; 2) constructing a practice rink somewhere around the new neighborhood; and 3) addressing whatever issues there might be with the sight lines from the stands of Barclays Arena.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, can a move closer to Madison Square Garden become a metaphor for pulling this tired, haggard Islanders franchise back into the same stratosphere as the big-spending Rangers?
Well, the only answer we can come with off the tops of our head is, surely it can't hurt.
"Charles Wang is the real hero today," declared Barclay's Center owner Bruce Ratner of his newest tenant. "He has kept this team in New York State."
OK, so perhaps that's a place to start. With the truth:
Let's make one thing clear: Charles Wang is no hero. He is, in fact, likely the cheapest, most misguided owner this league has seen in some time.
from the New York Islanders.
New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, and Onexim Sports and Entertainment announced today that the Islanders will move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 25-year agreement begins for the 2015-16 season....
In support of the illustrious history of the team, the New York Islanders name and logo will remain unchanged.
"It was our goal from day one to keep the Islanders in the local New York area." Wang said. "We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to play in Barclays Center, a first class arena. This has been a long journey for the Islanders family starting with our loyal fans, sponsors, and employees. I want to personally thank them for their patience, loyalty, and support. I am excited about today’s announcement and I am looking forward to a long and successful future in Brooklyn."
“I hate the fact the logo is going to change. Can you imagine? You’re going to have our logo just dying. You’ll have to go to the history books to see what it looks like. There’s only one other franchise in NHL history that put together four straight Stanley Cup wins like we did and nobody’s going to bury (the Montreal Canadiens’) CH, you know? Our whole legacy will only be a history dot.
“The more I think about this, the more it makes me sad."
-Denis Potvin on the New York Islanders moving to Brooklyn. More from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS & BARCLAYS CENTER TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTWHAT: Press ConferenceWHO: New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, and Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett YormarkWHERE: Barclays Center620 Atlantic Ave.Brooklyn, NY 11214WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 1 p.m.Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.For more information on Barclays Center, please visit http://www.barclayscenter.com/.
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