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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Want to sum up the last few years for Rick DiPietro and the Islanders?
The goalie entered the NHL’s two-week Olympic break with his surgically repaired knee in good shape and not having missed a practice due to injury since returning on Jan. 6. And now, on the eve of the team’s return to the ice tonight against Chicago at the Coliseum, he’s out indefinitely with swelling in the knee.
Still, the 28-year-old was not terribly discouraged by the news, saying tests showed yesterday that everything is fine structurally with the knee.
“It’s precautionary,” DiPietro said after returning to the team’s practice facility after practice, where he worked out. “After seven or eight days off, to kick it back into full gear might have irritated it a little bit. There’s nothing major to report, just the stuff that goes along with the territory of coming back from a serious injury.”
via Katie Strang tweet,
Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro out indefinitely with swelling in his right knee
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN talk some veteran goaltenders,
Burnside: When you throw Martin Biron into the mix (he is making $1.4 million this season), I wonder if moving Turco is going to be a difficult issue for Nieuwendyk. Assuming Lehtonen passes his physical in Dallas, what does he do with his three goaltenders? Alex Auld has a connection to coach Marc Crawford, and it costs the Stars less to have Turco around, that’s for sure. But if he can’t move him, will Nieuwendyk waive Turco? Send him to the minors?
Things could get ugly in Dallas in a hurry if there isn’t a taker for Turco. You wonder if they’ll send Turco down to the minors and hope someone claims him on re-entry waivers, which would mean the Stars would still be on the hook for half Turco’s salary. I know I’ve said this before, but I still wonder if Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi will jump in at the last minute on one of these veteran guys to provide a bit of a safety net for Jonathan Quick as the Kings are a virtual lock for the playoffs.
Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss possible destinations for Marty Turco and Marty Biron…
Burnside: The one team I look at and wonder about needing or wanting a veteran presence is Los Angeles. The Kings are on fire and I think a lock to make the playoffs. But remember what happened to a good Montreal team in 2008 that entrusted its playoff goaltending chores to untested youngsters Price and Halak—the Habs narrowly beat eighth-seed Boston and then lost in five to a less-talented Philadelphia team in large part because Price and Halak couldn’t handle the pressure….
LeBrun: Well, right now, the word out of Long Island is Snow isn’t getting offered more than a third-rounder for Biron, which seems absurd to me. But I guess it speaks to the market place. As for the Kings, while I agree with your premise, especially with Biron because he’s a cheaper cap hit, I’m told the Kings have lukewarm interest.
In an attempt to further extend the National Hockey League brand to a global audience, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang will be taking his team to China ahead of the next NHL season, Sportsnet has learned.
The Islanders will be spending 10 days in China, from September 13-23, with stops in Beijing and Shanghai. The team-based initiative has been given approval from both the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.
from Kevin Dupont at NBCSports,
As for the more motley likes of the Rangers and Islanders, well, they’ve still got some sprucing up to do if they want to escape the post-season DNQ badlands. And right now, if I had to pick one to make it, I’d go with the ever-rehabbin’ Islanders, that whacky bunch of Charles Wang misfits who have made it to the playoffs only once in the past four seasons (only to bow out to, yes, the Sabres in five games in 2007).
Not that I love the Islanders, mind you, but there is no denying that coach Scott Gordon has them playing with moxie, which sure ain’t what the Blueshirts are drinking. Blueshirts coach John Tortorella has more spunk than anyone on his roster, which isn’t the way it’s supposed to look. If they played like their coach coached, with fire and a sense of immediacy, they would be able to run away with the conference.
from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,
Kyle Okposo knows what some folks around the NHL are saying about his New York Islanders—that they’re too young, too inexperienced and too short on talent to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race much long.
“What we did in the first half, I don’t think anybody expected us to do outside of the group we have in the locker room,” Okposo told NHL.com. “We play hard for each other every night and we know if we keep going the way we can, anything can happen. We want to stay in the hunt and be playing in April.”
Okposo understands the reason for the skepticism. The Islanders haven’t been in the playoffs since sneaking in on the last day of the 2006-07 season, back when Okposo was a freshman at the University of Minnesota.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• The Phoenix Coyotes are on the lookout for cheap offensive help; they can’t take on too much of a payroll bump. Ideally, they’re looking to make a dollar-for-dollar move. That’s not an easy thing to do in this market right now, although that’s exactly what Minnesota and Montreal pulled off in the Guillaume Latendresse-Benoit Pouliot deal (both players are earning the exact same salary).
• The New York Islanders continue to cast their fishing lines around the league in an attempt to move goalie Martin Biron ($1.4 million salary, UFA July 1). The Isles are pretty open to what they’d want in return: a draft pick, a defenseman or a left winger. Any one of those three apparently will do.
more talk, most of which has been covered on KK in the past few days…
via the Twitter of Katie Strong,
Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton receives a two-game suspension for last night’s hit on Pascal Dupuis
If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (Jan. 20, 2010) – New York Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #738 against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Sutton will forfeit $31,088.08. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Sutton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding at 17:05 of the third period. Dupuis was injured on the play.
Sutton received five for boarding, a ten and game misconduct.
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