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Botta Speaks X 2

As is pretty well known throughout the hockey world by now and, as we surmised yesterday, the New York Islanders have revoked the media credentials of AOL Fanhouse and NYI Point Blank writer Chris Botta.

Botta stayed silent, as was probably best in the early-going but the hockey community has rallied around him today and he obliged several requests from fellow members of the media.

Tonight, he will guest on Versus’ new “NHL Overtime” show, which begins at 11:00 PM, ET. Until then, catch a couple of interviews from earlier today after the jump.

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  Tags: chris+botta, jeff+marek, mike+francesa, wfan

Islanders Just Don’t Get It

As Jon Jordan hinted at yesterday, the Islanders have pulled the media credentials from Chris Botta.

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

From what we’ve learned, there wasn’t a specific instance that sparked the move, although Botta was a go-to source for other hockey media after the firing of coach Scott Gordon. Neil Best of Newsday attempting to find out more (sub. req.):

  The reasons behind the action are not entirely clear. Team spokesman Kimber Auerbach said, “We funded his blog for the first year. When that changed he went from reporting the news to making the news.’‘

  Auerbach added, “We have not stopped his blog. There are lots of bloggers out there who write from their homes, their couch, outside the arena. He just won’t have access.’‘

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They Wouldn’t, Would They?

From Chris Botta, of Islanders Point Blank:

Due to circumstances currently beyond my control, Point Blank will be closed indefinitely starting today at 4:00 pm. Could be for a few days or longer. I do not know, but will keep you posted. Thank you for the support always, and for hanging in.

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Lightning Hit Long Island Amid Latest Turmoil for the Islanders

There are several higher-profile games on tonight’s NHL docket but the Tampa Bay Lightning’s visit to Long Island has my undivided attention this evening (and would still, even were I not tasked with Bolts coverage, nor had I no stifled sentimental attachment to the Isles).

Both clubs have struggled of late, although that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of the hapless Islanders, 0-9-1 in their last ten and now under the command of a new head coach in Jack Capuano, who was handed the position on an interim basis after Isles’ brass made Scott Gordon the fall guy for their woeful start.

If a team in turmoil is always a dangerous one, what does that say for these Islanders? One would think they’d play some seriously desperate hockey tonight. That said, they’re still the Islanders and whether the players quit on Gordon (as True Hockey’s Andy Strickland reports in his latest installment of Rink Rats), or Gordon truly was the problem or owner Charles Wang and Garth Snow simply ignored the fact that, aside from a few talented youngsters, without injured key pieces Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit, chances for this team’s success were slim from day one, nothing seems to work for this franchise and there are no guarantees.

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, jack+capuano, john+tavares, martin+st.+louis, matt+moulson, rick+dipietro, scott+gordon, steven+stamkos

Islanders’ Perpetual Failure Proves That, Sometimes, You’re Better Off NOT Being a Fan

For someone like me, who has covered the Tampa Bay Lightning for several seasons now, there has never been any shortage of rant-worthy material. The squabbles of previous ownership, atrocious on-ice performances, incessant (and often nonsensical) Vinny Lecavalier trade rumors and the curious case of Brian Lawton, if nothing else, made subject matter for the blog, wherever it has called home, easy to come by.

Starting with Steven Stamkos’ rise to NHL stardom last season and continuing with the breath of fresh air that new Lightning management has been, positive pieces have been writing themselves as well with increasing frequency.

All of this for me, of course, comes without any fan attachment, as I’ve never really had any rooting interest in the team to which I’ve been assigned by default. (I just sort of live here and have been able to eat a meal or two thanks to my hockey-related opinions being entertaining enough for someone to facilitate as much.) Granted, it’s far more pleasant to be around a team when they’re doing well so, maybe somewhere deep down, that’s what someone in my position might prefer but, really, so far as the Bolts go, I’ve always been of the take ‘em or leave ‘em mindset.

Whether they’re winning or not, however, doesn’t change the fact that I’ve grown quite comfortable on this particular beat – far more so, even than my first official go-round at this blogging thing, when I wrote, mostly for fun, about my childhood favorite New York Islanders. You see, I think that might be something that’s always played to my advantage with Tampa – there’s no fan mindset to skew my vision and little emotional attachment to provide any real blinders. (It’s also probably what’s helped find me trouble on occasion but that’s a story for another day.)

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  Tags: charles+wang, garth+snow, jack+capuano, mike+milbury, scott+gordon

Time For The Islanders To Act Like A Professional Organization

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

There’s one significant long-term problem with the Islanders’ rebuilding program, and I believe the organization - deep down - knows it, too. A lot of it has to do with luck and timing. But yes, one of these days the Islanders have to start running the franchise like a professional outfit - not a mom-and-pop store where a few good friends make decisions and tell themselves they can’t wait to prove everybody wrong…one of these years!

The issue was not Scott Gordon. Everyone, even Garth Snow, has to know that. So much for that brothers-in-arms GM/coach relationship he wanted.

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Islanders Having A Bad Day

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The New York Islanders fired head coach Scott Gordon on Monday but only they could turn it into a comic farce.

There was a conference call for Islanders general manager Garth Snow to explain his decision but it almost collapsed at the start because of technical problems. That had one writer wondering if the college radio station that now carries the Islanders’ games was in charge.

Things didn’t get much better when Snow was finally able to answer a few questions. Other than a reference to the players’ lack of confidence, Snow did not offer a concrete reason for Gordon’s firing other than the Islanders’ 10-game losing streak.

He also declined to say just how long interim head coach Jack Capuano, who was promoted from the Islanders’ American Hockey League farm team, will be in charge or if he will be in the running when a permanent coach is picked.

“At this point, we’re just concerned about Wednesday [a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning],” Snow said. “He’s the head coach of this team as we speak right now.”

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Islanders Fire Scott Gordon

via Katie Strang tweet,

Scott Gordon let go as #Isles head coach

added 10:49am, via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders announced today that Jack Capuano has been named interim head coach, replacing Scott Gordon. Gordon will remain with the organization as an adviser to General Manager, Garth Snow.

Capuano has served as the head coach of the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers the past four seasons. He will make his National Hockey League head coaching debut on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

“We believe we need a change in direction and, with the majority of the regular season still ahead of us, our goal remains to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Snow said. “Scott has made tremendous strides with our team the past three seasons and I look forward to continuing our relationship in an advisory capacity.”

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Shorthanded Islanders Lose Again

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Throughout this losing streak, the Islanders have found different ways to lose hockey games. For consecutive loss No. 10, they failed to field a complete lineup.

Opting against the protocol of most every team in the league, the Islanders decided to not bring an extra defenseman such as the reliable Dylan Reese for the West Coast trip - despite playing three games in four nights 3,000 miles away. With Jack Hillen sidelined today with the flu, Scott Gordon was left to coach the game with only five defensemen. As if playing the first-place Kings wasn’t enough of a challenge,

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Loss of Lecavalier Not Crippling but Lightning Now Face a Lofty Challenge

A tough stretch just got tougher for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Already missing forwards Steve Downie and Simon Gagne from their top-six forward ranks, the Bolts will now be without the services of Vincent Lecavalier, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand in Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Washington and will miss three to four weeks as a result.

Forwards Johan Harju and Marc-Antoine Pouliot are set to be summoned from AHL Norfolk today to help stabilize a now-hobbled Lightning offense.

For Lecavalier, who will miss at least ten games barring any expedited recovery, the setback marks another disappointing chapter in recent history. The Lightning captain followed up career bests of 108 and 92 points from 2006-2008 with 67 and 70-point campaigns the last two years and was off to an unremarkable start to this season with three goals and nine points in 13 games. All this, of course, after signing an 11-year, $85-million dollar contract extension in July of ’08 by former ownership…

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  Tags: alexander+semin, dwayne+roloson, jeff+carter, johan+harju, marc-antoine+pouliot, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steve+downie, vincent+lecavalier

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