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from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
In order for the Islanders to get a new home, for the Islanders to remain on Long Island and not wind up as a relocated franchise to Kansas City or Seattle or some other city, Wang needs to do what Bettman did last week. He needs to speak honestly about how grave this situation is.
People close to him say he doesn’t want to play the game of making threats, but it’s not a threat if it’s real. Fans, take off your Islanders-colored glasses and look around the Coliseum. This place stinks. And no one is coming. And Wang admittedly is losing money, as much as $20 million a year, he says.
Entering last night’s game, the Islanders were last in the league in attendance, averaging 13,233 fans. But no way does that number truly reflect the amount of actual live bodies who have passed through this place this year. It’s inflated, just like some people’s evaluations of the youth on this team.
Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.
Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for the incident.
After the game, Senators’ head coach Craig Hartsburg made his case for a suspension, using Jarkko Ruutu’s current situation as an example.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The NHL schedule maker must have a cruel streak where Islanders fans are concerned. As if to cut through the scar tissue from the Mike Milbury era and re-open old wounds, the league scheduled back-to-back Coliseum visits for Ottawa forwards Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza Saturday night and Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday night.
At a time when the franchise basically is starting over from scratch with a rebuilding program, that trio of NHL All-Stars represents the core of the Islanders team that could have been.
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.
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