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from Katie Strang of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro said he’s had a slow summer while rehabbing his left knee, but one particular date has kept him motivated and focused—the season opener against the Devils.
“I’m not so worried about being 100 percent for training camp, I’m more worried about being ready October 10,” DiPietro said at an interview and autograph session in Manhattan Wednesday. “I’m really optimistic and hellbent on being there for the first game.”
Newsday.com published a story last night in which a former associate of NY Islanders’ owner Charles Wang alleges that Wang “personally directed improper accounting” at Computer Associates (CA) Inc., going back to 1987.
It’s a complicated story at first glance but fortunately Eric McErlain explains the background a bit clearer at AOL Fanhouse:
You could be excused these days if it seems to take something of a scorecard to determine just how many NHL owners might be in trouble with the law. Now it’s time for New York Islanders owner Charles Wang to reluctantly step into the spotlight.
Though many have forgotten, Wang didn’t buy the Islanders by himself in 2000. Rather, he did it with Sanjay Kumar, the protege that succeeded him as CEO of Computer Associates (CA) that same year. But the happy times didn’t last.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With the Labor Day holiday passed and the kids off to school, the only ones left waiting are the new NHL coaches who are raring to go. As Tom Petty sang years ago, the waiting (as in the way-ay-ting) is the hardest part. That certainly is the case for Scott Gordon on Long Island, John Anderson in Atlanta and Barry Melrose in Tampa.
Gordon’s case is one in which last season’s assistants Gerard Gallant and John Chabot remain in place and, as such, according to Gordon, “should make the transition easier.”
from Lindsay Kramer at Syracuse.com,
Former Syracuse Crunch enforcer Brandon Sugden is getting closer to finding out which teams are keeping him from getting a chance at the NHL.
Sugden said Monday the NHLPA is working the case for him. And it turns out four teams actually said no to his return, not three. Two votes came in after the deadline, one was no and one was no comment. I love that no comment one.
Sugden was going to try out for the Islanders this preseason. But before he can sign a deal with an NHL component he has to get approval from all 30 teams. That’s because when he left the Crunch two seasons ago he termed it a retirement. He then immediately joined the Quebec League.
This is a follow-up story that appeared on August 27th.
Brandon Sugden‘s dream of getting one more shot at making it into the NHL has suddenly come crashing to a halt.
After scoring an invitation to attend training camp with the New York Islanders, all that was left in Sugden’s way was the approval of all 30 NHL teams. Because Sugden retired from hockey in December 2006 only to suit up in the LNAH months later, the league must grant Sudgen an unofficial reinstatement in the aforementioned form.
Unfortunately for “Sugar”, three different teams gave a thumbs down…
read on for more on why Sugden wanted to try one more time
from the New York Islanders,
Chris Dey was promoted to President of the New York Islanders, it was announced Wednesday by Islanders owner Charles Wang.
In his role as President, Dey will expand his responsibilities beyond Sales, Marketing and Event Operations…
“Chris has been the driving force behind the change that the business has undergone over the last year,” said Wang. “The promotion is well deserved and will enable him to do even more to improve the business – the way we service our fans, the impact we can have on amateur hockey on Long Island, the leadership we show in the community and more. I know Chris well enough that he will stop at nothing less in making the Islanders the model franchise in the NHL.”
from Contact Music,
Actress/singer Hilary Duff has sparked rumours she’s taking her relationship with hockey star Mike Comrie to the next level, after she was snapped wearing a ring on her wedding finger.
The 20-year-old star was spotted leaving Hollywood’s Il Sole restaurant with National Hockey League (NHL) star Comrie on Friday night (15Aug08) when she flashed her left hand to reveal a ring.
more with pics…
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Anyone who has watched the team closely can tell you that the real trouble is that the Islanders haven’t been able to build a strong roster. It is easier to find a coach than a 40-goal scorer. Thus, they keep changing coaches. Thus, Gordon is here….
It wasn’t all that long ago that Gordon himself was a kid, growing up with the legacy of the 1980 Olympics, responding to the echo, “Do you believe in miracles?” The next miracle he can hope for is that management will keep its fingers out of the pie, except to sign solid players.
Owner Charles Wang must avoid the usual two-year itch. Be patient with him. Gordon knows what he is doing behind a bench. Winning AHL coach of the year is nothing to sneeze at because not only did Laviolette once win that award, so did Fred Shero, John Muckler, Jacques Demers and Marc Crawford (yet another candidate for this Islanders job). “Scott is the right coach for our team,” Snow said last night. What the Islanders really need is to build the team right for this coach.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
It took more than four weeks, but Islanders general manager Garth Snow finally identified the coach he hopes will become a close partner for many seasons to come. Scott Gordon, who was AHL coach of the year last season in Providence, has been named as the replacement for Ted Nolan, Newsday has learned.
added 9:21pm, via the NY Islanders,
“Scott has been one of the top up-and-coming coaches in hockey and with good reason,” said Snow. “Through his work in the minor leagues and most recently with Providence over the last eight years, he has gained an impeccable reputation. The entire Islanders organization looks forward to working with Scott.”
“Garth has given me an unbelievable opportunity to coach in the NHL with the Islanders,” said Gordon. “From my time coaching in Providence, I’ve seen firsthand the talented young players in this organization. I look at the direction and the vision for this team and see a bright future.”
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
According to a report in Newsday, Islanders GM Garth Snow has whittled down his coaching wish list to just three names: former Hurricanes/Leafs bench boss Paul Maurice, ex-Avalanche/Thrashers coach Bob Hartley and current Providence Bruins (AHL) leader Scott Gordon.
If the report is true—and Newsday’s Greg Logan does a good job covering the Isles—Snow should tap Gordon.
Yeah, I know Gordon doesn’t have any previous NHL head-coaching experience. He has spent the last five seasons working behind the bench in Providence. In that role, Gordon has been dealing with young players, trying to get them ready for the next step.
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