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Comparing The Rangers To The Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders are the other team in the Atlantic, and they only thing they seem to be chasing - other than opposing players with the puck - is the first overall pick in the June draft.

And yet, our two local teams have more problems in common than you might think.

Huh? What’s that? How can a team that’s 10 games over .500 have anything in common with a team 11 games under and in the midst of a 10- game losing streak?


The Islanders’ problems are more obvious, thanks to their lesser talent all the way round the rink. Scott Gordon has been beset by injuries (unlike Tom Renney and the Rangers), so he’s juggled lines and defense pairings and tried to get a variety of players to adhere to his coaching system and style.

read on

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Islanders Defensive Style Is Risky

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

(Scott) Gordon’s system is based on an aggressive forecheck that encourages the defense to pinch in an effort to keep the puck in the offensive zone. But sometimes, as happened Saturday in Columbus, the opposing team gains control of the puck and throws it up the ice, sending their forwards off to the races while the Isles scramble to backcheck.

“Personally, I think it’s more of a risky type of game,” (Brendan) Witt said. “There’s a lot of odd-man rushes. But that’s the way he wants us to play, and until he decides he wants to change that, we’re going to play that way.”


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What’s Wrong With This Picture

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

And then there were no replays in the press box - because Nassau Coliseum doesn’t get Versus. Go figure.

more on the Caps OT win against the Islanders.

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.


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Islanders System Is Flawed, Return Of DiPietro Won’t Help Much

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

(Joey) MacDonald went on to say the Islanders hung backup Yann Danis out to dry in the second period, when they added four more goals on backdoor plays and open shots from the slot. Standing up for his replacement showed MacDonald’s heart is in the right place.

If anyone believes the eventual return of a healthy starting goaltender Rick DiPietro will magically make it all better, they are mistaken. DiPietro might make a few more of the big saves, but he’s not going to enjoy facing the kind of onslaughts MacDonald has seen on a nightly basis recently….

It appears the system is deeply flawed, at least the way the Islanders play it, as DiPietro is destined to discover soon enough.


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All Doug Weight

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

What’s the biggest misconception about playing on Long Island?

Weight: The Islanders, and Long Island in general, doesn’t get a fair shake. I think when organizations and teams are in stretches like this team has gone through, players are going to second guess about coming here — and rightfully so. It’s tough to bring free agents here. But they’ve done a great job of trading, drafting and building from within.

read on

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Injuries Slowing The Islanders Growth

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Kyle Okposo, who was supposed to be back from his sprained right wrist by now, will now be out another 4-6 weeks after aggravating the injury earlier this week.

The young forward joins a seemingly ever-growing list of Islanders who have missed a substantial amount of time this season. Not only does Okposo’s injury, along with those to goalie Rick DiPietro and forward Frans Nielsen among others, hurt the team this year but they will likely impact the squad next year, as well.

“It’s disappointing,” said Gordon, whose team plays host to the Thrashers tonight. “Whatever we do this year, we want to build all our young players for next year. To lose Frans and Kyle, that’s lost time you can’t get back at a young age. And we have expectations for them for the future.”


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How To Get Into The NHL Organist Business

Lisa Freedman of Time Out New York interviews NY Islander organist Paul Cartier,

There is an unofficial exclusive Web ring, where the NHL organ players exchange ideas and stories and some even play in a fantasy hockey league. How can you break in? “You need to be persistent without being a pest,” he warns. Call the team’s office and ask who’s in charge of music. “Introduce yourself and let them know that you’re always willing to help out in any way.” And don’t overlook the minor-league teams—they’re good experience and a great way to get your name out there.


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Local Perception Index

from Krista Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Ilitch has the most brand power of any owner in professional sports….

That’s according to the 2008 Turnkey Team Brand Index, a survey released Monday that uses scientific polling to pinpoint how teams and owners are perceived by local fans.

As the Red Wings’ owner, Ilitch came in at No. 1 among 122 professional sports owners, and his Wings ranked No. 4 among teams.

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SportsBusiness Journal lists the Top 20 and Bottom 5 Teams.  Hockey teams in the top 20 are the Wings, Penguins, Canadiens and Hurricanes.  One NHL team is in the bottom 5, the NY Islanders.

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Bailey Sticking With Islanders

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Ninth overall draft pick Josh Bailey could have returned quietly to Windsor as soon as he recovered from the lower body injury he suffered in training camp, and all concerned would have praised the skill he showed and the wisdom of the club to let him mature as captain of the Spitfires and a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championships after Christmas in Ottawa.

But quite simply, the Islanders need a bright light like Bailey far more than he needs them. In the midst of their struggles in the third period to hold leads and sustain an aggressive attack, Bailey’s continued development has been one of the sources of evidence that management might be on the right track in building for the future, which can’t come soon enough for general manager Garth Snow and coach Scott Gordon.


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DiPietro Itching To Get Back On The Ice

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

In spite of his problems staying on the ice, DiPietro doesn’t intend to change his playing style when he does return.

“I don’t think I will ever let that affect the way I play,” DiPietro said. “That might be part of the problem.”

He said that with somewhat of a rueful laugh, knowing his injury woes have kept the Isles wallowing near the bottom of the league, despite their recent success. He insists that won’t be for long and that they won’t end up regretting his epic contract.

“I’ve had a lot of bad luck, which [stinks],” DiPietro said. “But in the long run, it’s going to work out. There’s absolutely no question that my goal since signing that deal was to win here, and everyone here wants to win the Stanley Cup. I think we’re taking the right steps.”


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