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from Steve Silverman of CBS New York,
The Islanders knew that Thomas wasn’t going to play in 2013, and if they though he would play in 2013-14, they could have tolled his contract.
They didn’t do that. If they had, Thomas probably would have had no inclination to play again. But he told his agent that he is interested in “pursuing” his career once again. He would be a solid fit for a number of teams – including the hated Flyers — but he would be perfect for the Islanders....
Few people believe in the Islanders. They got hot in the second half of the season and they made the playoffs. Can they sustain their run next year and go further than the first round?
The answer is a resounding NO if they don’t have a goaltender.
In addition to tossing DiPietro aside, starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov is a free agent. Let him go.
The Islanders need a real goalie. They need to sign Thomas and help him lead an Islanders’ resurgence.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The Islanders soon may rid themselves of a much longer- standing issue, too. After failing to deal away Rick DiPietro's contract on draft day, Snow may have a decision on whether to buy him out in the next day or two.
If the Isles decide to buy out the remaining eight years of DiPietro's deal, Newsday has learned it would be a compliance buyout, meaning the $1.5 million the Isles will owe DiPietro per year over the next 16 years would not count against the team's salary cap.
The Isles still are in the market for a goaltender, with the team letting Evgeni Nabokov hit the open market Friday.
"We're obviously going to have to make an addition at that position," Snow said. "We'll see how the next few weeks play out."
read on for some Clutterbuck talk...
from Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank,
When Barclays was initially being constructed under the design of architect Frank Gehry, the arena considered whether to make it a basketball-only facility or a dual basketball-hockey facility. After Gehry was removed from the job for driving costs higher the arena had to make a decision on how to continue. Given that at the time the Islanders looked like a long shot to head to Brooklyn – this was in 2009 – the arena moved forward with construction as a basketball-only facility. Now that the Islanders have bolted for Brooklyn, the arena is being retrofit for hockey.
The Barclays Center is certainly going to be a unique hockey setup. With an off-center scoreboard and seating issues on one end, the Barclays’ setup for hockey is going to be much different than anything the NHL currently has in use.
With a history that contains four consecutive Stanley Cups, multitudes of miraculous overtime victories, record-length contracts and a former felon owner, the Islanders have been a part of many unique situations before. The Team That Has Always Been Different now has a new, unique looking home to go with their unique name and history. And they should embrace it.
more with pictures showing the setup...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
In other contract developments potentially affecting the Oilers, with New York Islanders captain Mark Streit turning his back on the Isles’ three-year offer of about $14 million, the Oilers would almost certainly have interest with his ties to head coach Ralph Krueger, as Krueger once coached Streit on the Swiss national team.
The problem is Streit turns 36 in December and wants at least $5 million per for three years, and his play has dropped off the last two years. He’s still a good on the power play, but he’s not a strong defender.
With the NHL salary cap coming down to $64.3 million for 2013-14, I don’t see the Oilers giving him $5 million or more per season, not for three years.
- Also, there is NHL interest in forward Linus Omark’s rights. The one-time Oiler (they hold his rights) led the Swiss league in scoring this year. The Oilers don’t have a fourth-round draft pick in June — I suspect that’s what they’re trying to get for Omark.
more Oilers talk...
NEW YORK (May 15, 2013) – Two outdoor regular-season NHL® games will be played at Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ the National Hockey League announced today.
The two games scheduled for Yankee Stadium are:
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 7:30 p.m. ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The path here, to the overtime of Game 6 of the first round and to accompanying accolades was actually the easy part. It’s not about being quirky anymore. It’s about solidifying. About building on a solid foundation. About getting from here to there by becoming the type of franchise that can attract marquee free agents.
It won’t be about the building in Brooklyn. It will be about the organization.
The Islanders have been playing with house money against the Penguins, and I bet you thought it was Charles Wang’s money. This is the last time for that.
One round doesn’t quite qualify as a joy ride. But it has sure been fun. The Islanders have raised the echoes. They have raised expectations.
Now comes the hard part. Now it gets serious. It’s about time.
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