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from Greg Logan of Newsday,
“There’s going to come a point where we say, ‘It’s time to give it a test,’” Gordon said. “If [Saturday’s] the game, great. If not, then we’ll shoot for Thursday.”
As for DiPietro, he’s ready to play as soon as Gordon and the training staff give the go-ahead. “I’ve been doing whatever I can to get ready and get healthy, and I’m going to approach it like I’ve approached the last five days,” DiPietro said. “I’ll see how I feel [this] morning and go from there.”
from Mark Hermann of On the Islanders Beat,
DiPietro said he felt good, having been the one in net when the Islanders did all their full-team drills at one end of the ice (Joey MacDonald worked on his own with a coach at the other end). Put it this way, if DiPietro does not play against the Lightning tomorrow night, he will play soon.
He added that he just couldn’t describe how anxious he has been to get in a game, and that the hardest part is balancing the knowledge that there is a lot of season left with his desire to get his season started. But he sees the reasoning in making sure that once he gets in there, he can stay in there.
Islanders lose Radek Martinek for 4-6 weeks with upper-body injury.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
So Gordon decided to sit franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro for a second straight night, though he claimed that DiPietro and his surgically repaired left knee were “capable of playing.”
“As I said [Friday], we could play him these first three games and then go to Florida and he could be out a month,” the coach said. “If we’re 0-3 after these three games and he’s better prepared to play in Florida, then he’s better off.”
It’s hard to see the logic in that, especially with the sight of DiPietro sitting in full uniform as the backup.
The New York Islanders received some unwanted news just one game into the new season as the team learned that goaltender Rick DiPietro has swelling and fluid around his surgically repaired left knee.
The 27-year old DiPietro was expected to start Friday’s opener against the New Jersey Devils, but was a surprise late scratch as Joey MacDonald took his place between the pipes, making 27 saves in a shootout loss.
DiPietro, who has been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, underwent meniscus surgery in June and played in only one of the Islanders pre-season games.
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo Sports,
Still, there are NHL franchises looking about as healthy as Amy Winehouse with a head cold. The venerable Forbes magazine believes three of them are the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders; and it’s placed that trio on its list of “The 10 Sports Franchises Most Likely To Move.”
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Most hockey coaches wear a whistle on a lanyard around their necks. Not Scott Gordon, the Islanders’ new coach. His whistle is clasped to his left glove, so Gordon does not have to fumble around for his whistle to stop practice.
And Gordon stops practices often. He usually skates within a few feet of the players whose techniques needs to be corrected, softly but firmly, but he is not above slapping his stick on the ice or hollering at his players from the other end of the rink.
from Johnette Howard of Newsday,
To players and agents, the Islanders have become an NHL stop of the last resort. The sharpest proof lately was how Ryan Smyth, a character player the Isles gave up a gaggle of players for and hoped to build around, couldn’t get out fast enough after coming here for an 18-game cameo during the season….
Islanders general manager Garth Snow took the hint from the Smyth caper and is going with a youth and rebuilding movement, which seems like a sound idea on the surface. But the philosophy would feel a whole lot better if the kids whom Snow is counting on this season were a bunch of can’t-miss prospects like Sidney Crosby or Dany Heatley were once upon a time, and not the middling-to-fair group that prompted The Hockey News to recently rank the Islanders’ farm system in the bottom third of the league.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
If there’s a poster boy for the Islanders’ regime change this season, it’s forward Jeff Tambellini, whose performance (or lack thereof) was at the root of the split between general manager Garth Snow and former coach Ted Nolan. Tambellini tied for second in the AHL with 38 goals in 57 games at Bridgeport but managed only one goal in 31 appearances with the Isles.
It’s not that Snow considers Tambellini a surefire NHL sniper. It’s that Nolan’s refusal to give Tambellini prime minutes and power-play time never allowed the organization to find out what kind of player he can be at the NHL level.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.
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