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from TSN & the CP,
Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock will have a hearing with the National Hockey League this afternoon at 2pm et to determine supplemental discipline following his hit on Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.
Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Shannon in the head.
from NYI Point Blank,
If the model for rebuilding the Islanders into a true contender at some point this century is the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, we might as well all call it a day.
The Penguins were awful for five consecutive seasons. They blew the good kind of chunks, the kind that get you…
So how about a more realistic model, like the Washington Capitals? After the lockout, Caps GM George McPhee stripped the payroll to the salary cap floor. The team and its fans had to suck it up and take the pain….
The Capitals are not there yet, but their revival last year was one of the NHL’s feel-good stories.
from Ian Winwood of the Sports Blog at the Guardian,
There is no reason whatsoever that fans of a terrible club should throw good money after bad watching their team lose, but there is something noble about those who do. What is certain, though, is that the club today in no way resembles the powerhouse that dominated hockey more than a quarter of a century ago. What’s more, it’s difficult to imagine how the Islanders might soon climb out of their slough of despond; for them failure became first a tradition, then a habit, and now an identity.
...Somewhere among the Giants jerseys, the Knicks vests, the Rangers sweatshirts and the Mets caps you might see someone wearing a piece of apparel that has the “Y” of NY fashioned into a hockey stick. But don’t let this fool you, because a night with the New York Islanders is these days the coldest ticket in town.
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Two weeks ago Al Strachan reported that Lightning co-owner Len Barrie was designing the team’s power play. Last week on Hockey Night in Canada the longtime hockey reporter said there was discontent on Long Island. Strachan discussed an alleged shouting match between Scott Gordon and Bill Guerin and mumbled something about the team - oh no! - having to do a pair of charity events. You can watch the segment here, if you have a few minutes to waste.
This is what Al Strachan does. It’s what he’s been doing since the invention of the goalie mask. That is, when he’s not making Nazi references about Jewish media relations executives.
Here’s the tried-and-false Strachan formula:
Find a team that’s losing, preferably far away from his Toronto base so he can turtle.
From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,
When former backup goalie Darren Eliot, now a television analyst, heard that a reporter was going to write about New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald, he couldn’t resist a little jab.
“What are you going to give him, one paragraph?” Eliot said, his sensitivities for the backup goalie shining through. If there’s such a thing as middle child syndrome, there’s certainly a backup goalie syndrome.
But Thursday, at Philips Arena, the backup goalie was the story. MacDonald was surrounded by reporters inquiring about his string of strong starts, while he capitalized on the opportunity created by Rick DiPietro’s surgery
10,567- Announced attendance for the Buffalo @ New Jersey game last night.
10,184- Ditto for the Columbus @ Islanders game.
The New York Islanders will be without goaltender Rick DiPietro for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery.
The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus issue, the team announced on Saturday.
More updates may become available later at the Islanders website as well.
from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
When (Bill) Torrey built the expansion Islanders from the ground up in 1972, he eschewed any talk of trying to put together an immediate contender. He, instead, focused on the draft with the goal being to build a core that would be competitive for years to come. He believed in that method then, and still does today.
Reached at his West Palm Beach, Fla. home, Torrey said he sees the parallels with his vision to Snow’s current plan and he thinks it’s the right way to go.
But he cautioned it’s going to take time and lots of patience.
from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,
The Islanders have done their best to shroud the issues surrounding goaltender Rick DiPietro’s health in mystery, obfuscation and misdirection. They issued a statement last night that was like a skeleton picked clean of any meat by buzzards.
“Lower body injury”… “unrelated to previous injuries”…“day-to-day pending assessment and treatment.”
I’d ask them to define what they mean by “unrelated to previous injuries,” but trying to get a straight answer is like trying to see Major Major in “Catch-22.” You only can go in to see him when he’s out.
From the NY Islanders:
The Islanders unveiled their new alternate uniform Monday night at an Islanders Business Club event prior to the start of their game against the New York Rangers. The new uniform, which is reminiscent of the ones the Islanders donned in the mid-1970s, is royal blue with white numbers and letters, outlined in orange.
The Islanders will take the ice in the new uniforms for the first time on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens on “Throwback Night,” sponsored by Modell’s. The Islanders will wear the new uniform a total of 15 times this season.
See the photo gallery here.
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