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Islanders Trying To Make A Big Signing

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

When dealing for the biggest unrestricted ever, it’s folly to think the wannabes aren’t going to join the fun.

The Devils’ waiting game has given the lowly Islanders the chance to at least advance their name brand, if not actually entice Ilya Kovalchuk to join them for an improbable Stanley Cup bid.

Kovalchuk has made a point of wanting to play for a contender, but the Isles’ reported 10-year, $100 million offer might be enough to make the 27-year-old consider the once-proud franchise that has not won a playoff round since 1993. At the very least, it could be leverage to play against his two principal suitors, the Devils and Kings.

The Islanders actually need to make another big signing to reach the collective bargaining agreement’s minimum payroll and are said to have to thrown a monkey wrench into the cozy little standoff between the Devils and Kings, each thought to be bidding $7 million per season.

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Islanders Interested In Kovalchuk

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Would Kovalchuk consider the Islanders? Why not? Rumblings the Isles may make a mega millions, mega year pitch. They need the contract.

Pierre LeBrun checks in too with a tweet,

Isles GM Garth Snow confirms via text to ESPN.com that he’s involved in Kovalchuk talks. Wow !

added 10:49pm, More on this from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank.

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Eaton To The Islanders

Deal being finalized…

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Hearing Mark Eaton. 2 yrs 2.5 per year to the Islanders.

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Weight Wants To Return To The Islanders

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Nothing is finalized, but it seems highly likely that Doug Weight, 39, coming off shoulder surgery, will play again next season for the New York Islanders.

  “We’ve had discussions, but we are hopeful we will find a home there,” said Steve Bartlett, Weight’s agent. “It’s not definite yet, but I think our early talks have been positive.”

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Would The Islanders Work In Queens?

from NBC New York,

The Islanders could be saying “good-bye” to Uniondale in Nassau County and “hello” to Queens.

The Mets’ chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, tells Newsday that he’s been talking with Islanders owner Charles Wang about the possibility of moving the team to Queens near Citi-Field.

The Islanders have called the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island home since the team was founded in 1972.

Wang claims to be losing $23 million a year since he bought the team back in 2000.

Wilpon says he’s had many discussions with Wang, but admits no verbal agreements or a even a handshake have been made, according to Newsday.

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How long has this been going on with the Islanders?  Isn’t it about time they actually do something about the arena instead of just talking about it?

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Questions About The Islanders Answered

from Larry Brooks’ Slap Shots at the NY Post, With multiple rumors relating to the franchise’s status circulating across various websites that also claimed no one from the league had denied such allegations, The Post posed a three-part question to Daly via e-mail in which we asked:

* Whether the NHL is in any shape or form involved with Islanders’ ownership/financial/hockey decisions as it was at the start of the Phoenix scenario;

* Whether Wang has “given back” the Islanders to the NHL;

* Whether the NHL has advanced or loaned any money to the Islanders?

“No, no and no,” Daly responded.

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Morning Line

Talk among NHL insiders is that the Islanders are now in deep financial trouble. Some are worried Wang may be the next NHL owner to toss the keys to the franchise to Bettman and say he is finished paying for losses in excess of $20-million (U.S) every year.

-David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail where you can continue reading.

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Alexei Ponikarovsky Five For Boarding And A Game Misconduct

Josh Bailey suffered a cut on the play, did not return but should be ok.

Suspension worthy?

update 2:50pm, Now reports state Bailey out 4-5 weeks with facial lacerationsw.

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  Tags: alexei+ponikarovsky, josh+bailey

NHL Network Will Broadcast Pre-Game Tonight From Pittsburgh

NHL Network U.S. will take to the airwaves early for tonight’s match-up between the Penguins and New York Islanders in order to broadcast a special pre-game ceremony planned to commemorate the final regular-season game played at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

Mellon Arena, often nicknamed the ‘Igloo’, will host its 1,667th regular season game tonight.  The Penguins will have over 50 alumni players, coaches and management in the building for this special ceremony.  The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. ET—both the ceremony and game will be broadcast in HD.

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Biron Would Be A Good Fit In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com,

If the Canadiens decide to shed one of their young goaltenders during the offseason, there’s a veteran goaltender who just might jump at the idea of serving as a backup/mentor to whichever goaltender remains with the team.

We’re talking about the Islanders’ Marty Biron, who is making the most of a discouraging season with a strong finish. He is 7-1-2 in his last nine starts after posting a 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens last night.

There’s a certain amount of self-interest when media folks talk about having Biron in your home city. That’s because the 32-year-old native of Lac St. Charles is one of the best interviews in the league in either of Canada’s official languages.

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