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What Do You Believe?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Maybe the Islanders moved from the $1 slots to the VIP Baccarat Lounge. Maybe they are in this for real. Maybe there is a serious negotiation at hand even though Kovalchuk’s objective going into free agency was to sign with a glamour/big-market team with a chance to win the Cup. Of course, his objective was to maximize his income, so maybe the opportunity to cash in has trumped all other considerations.

There is this, too: Kovalchuk is represented by Jay Grossman, one of the most circumspect agents in the business, an individual who never has been comfortable seeing numbers and speculation splashed around in the press. Two days of news blackouts for all intents and purposes, followed by this?

Again. Maybe it’s real. Maybe this is more than an attempt to get free publicity. Maybe this is more than a fleeting attempt to create good will among the battered fan base.

read on plus other hockey topics…

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One Thing In The Islanders Favor

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Russian players do like it in the New York area, so Snow’s got that going for him. But Kovalchuk is trying hard to prove he’s more than a money-hungry mercenary and badly wants to win. The fact he hasn’t already accepted an offer is an indication of that. The Kings and the Devils remain ahead of the Islanders as favourites because they are in a better position for future success.

Snow has an answer for that, too. According to Hankinson (player agent), when it was mentioned during the (Paul) Martin talks that Pittsburgh looked to be a better team, the Islanders GM replied, “We’re going to win, too.”

He’s certainly trying.


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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.


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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