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All Garth Snow

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Chances of a significant turnaround in the Isles’ near future:

There’s an excellent chance of that. Looking at the players we’ve drafted such as Tavares, Kyle Okposo (and) Josh Bailey and in developing those players, we’ve also restocked the shelves of our prospect pool, whether that’s in Bridgeport (AHL), NCAA colleges or Europe.

We’ve had success with Mark Streit and Matt Moulson from free agency, and right on down the line there’s a great feeling of where we’re going and how we’re getting there. We’re going to stick to our plan that we’ve implemented. We’ve made tremendous strides from just two seasons ago to last year, where we jumped 18 points in the standings — and with a younger team.

To make the next step, it’s up to us to get better this summer, to improve through strength and conditioning, good nutrition, sleeping habits and skill development. We feel really good about where we’re headed.


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Morning Line

“I’m always going to be a New York Islander. I’m always going to be a supporter of Charles and the franchise. My relationship with the team and the fans there is second only to family. The opportunity to be part of it again these last four years was really special for me. All I have are positive feelings and a lot of appreciation for the people I had the opportunity to work with…”

-Bryan Trottier who was recently relieved of his duties as player development coach for the Islanders.  More from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank.

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Ducks Trade Wisniewski To The Islanders

via Katie Strang tweet,

The Islanders have traded a conditional third-round pick in 2011 for Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski

added 8:13pm, via the New York Islanders,

“We see James as a key addition to our team and we feel our fans will connect with his style of play,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He is a solid puck-moving defenseman who can bring an added element of toughness to our blue-line.”

added 9:27pm, via Anaheim Ducks tweet,

(GM) Murray on Wiz trade: “It was a tough situation… But I have other plans, that’s the thing.”

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Witt A Candidate For A Buy-Out

via Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Garth Snow said last season they would not put Brendan Witt on waivers to make him available at half-price to teams. But even at $1.5 million, based on the market this summer for depth players, it’s unlikely a team would have taken the veteran defenseman’s tab. He was placed today on unconditional waivers.

A buyout is probably in his future. The Islanders still carry seven defensemen on one-way contracts for the 2010-11 season. If they buy out this last season of his contract, the Islanders could add the cost as they reach the salary cap floor.

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Moulson Agrees To Contract With Islanders

via Katie Strang tweet,

An additional source confirms. The #Isles settled with Matt Moulson this morning. 1 year, $2.45 million

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Islanders Now Affiliated With The Kalamazoo Wings

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Kalamazoo will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, of the American Hockey League as the primary affiliates of the Islanders.

“Having a strong ECHL affiliate is crucial to our organization’s future,” Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow said. “The Kalamazoo Wings have a rich history, and I’m confident that they’ll provide the necessary resources to properly develop our prospects and provide a stepping stone to the AHL and NHL.”

“We are excited about being the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders,” Kalamazoo President Paul L. Pickard said. “The Islander organization is full of young and talented prospects that will bring energy and a strong work ethics to the K-Wings organization. As part of the Islander family, we will do our part to help them be successful both on and off the ice.”

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Billy Jaffe Out As Islanders TV Analyst

from Chris Botto of NYI Point Blank,

Bob Raissman reports in today’s print edition of the Daily News that color commentator Billy Jaffe will not have his contract renewed. Jaffe lasted four seasons and built a strong reputation around the NHL and with fans, adding work with VERSUS and appearing on the popular “NHL Live” on XM/Sirius that was simulcast on NHL Network.

The Islanders, by letter of their broadcast contract, give their blessing (or lack thereof) to all announcers. Although MSG Network hires and pays the broadcasters, the Islanders - like most teams - have the ultimate say. In recent seasons, the franchise has been notorious in insisting their broadcasts do not contain the slightest bit of criticism.


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Evening Line

“It is when everyone is playing at their potential that great things can happen.  It doesn’t mean that they will happen, but they can happen and it’s always a matter of having the right pieces of the puzzle that makes great teams. With the young kids that we have on our team and with the success that they’ve had individually in the last couple of years, they’re on the right path.”

-Mike Bossy on the New York Islanders.  Much more at Islanders.com.

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Bryan Trottier No Longer In Charge Of Player Development For Islanders

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Bryan Trottier will not return as Executive Director of Player Development for the franchise, a role he has held since 2006.

Trottier, the Hall of Fame center, Hart Trophy winner and member of the Islanders dynasty, was listed atop the team’s directory of hockey operations personnel above even assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski, who was told on Monday night that his contract would not be renewed.


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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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