Kukla's Korner Hockey
“To play the sport of hockey, something I’ve had a passion for all my life, at the professional level for the past 17 years and to be able to support my family has been a dream come true. From playing this game I have met some of my best friends and will cherish the memories we made forever.”
-Mike Sillinger announcing his retirement today. More from the New York Islanders.
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Despite repeated declarations by Islanders management that Rick DiPietro would resume skating this month, Point Blank has learned that the all-star goaltender has not begun regular on-ice workouts as of today.
Point Blank has also learned that DiPietro has yet to receive clearance from the Islanders’ medical staff to begin light practices. Projections made by this blog over a month ago seem more in line with reality for the rehabilitating goaltender.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
With less than a month to go before their first preseason game, one word aptly describes the New York Islanders as they head into the 2009-10 campaign.
With owner Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project gaining momentum in recent months, combined with the selection of John Tavares with the No. 1 pick at the 2009 Entry Draft, things could finally be looking up for the former dynasty that last won a playoff series in 1993.
from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News,
On a snowy night this past February, I became a kid again.
I’ve taken my children to Disney World, been to Sesame Place and walked through more toy stores than I care to remember, but it wasn’t until Ryan - my 4-year-old son - and I walked into Nassau Coliseum on the night of Feb. 3 that I truly felt like I was back in the glory days of my youth.
Being an Islanders fan growing up in Manhattan wasn’t easy. All my friends were Rangers fans, and half the team lived in the building across the street from me, as I would often run into Ron Greschner, Ron Duguay and Barry Beck at the local diner. Sure, I asked for some autographs every now and then, but they were never displayed in my room the way my Bobby Nystrom or John Tonelli signatures were.
from Netminder at Islanders Blogger,
If there was ever a time for Islanders fans to show their pride, it is tomorrow. The future of the New York Islanders starts August 4th at Hofstra University.
From Lighthouseli.com. Lighthouse supporters, we need you. The long awaited public hearing has been scheduled by the Town of Hempstead, and Tuesday, August 4, 2009 is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at the John Cranston Adams Playhouse on the campus of Hofstra University.
via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,
I can confirm we are currently in negotiations with the NYI on a contract for Miro Satan.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
It isn’t often that I get a phone call from Martin Biron.
Actually, over a half-century of covering hockey I’ve never received a buzz on the buzzer from any NHL goalie; at least not out of the blue like this one….
Biron-Roloson will open the campaign, and if I were to turn Marty’s feelings into a hit song, it would be “That’s Quite Alright With Me.”
Or, to put it directly into his final words before our conversation concluded: “I like the way the (young) Islanders are shaping up. When I was with the Flyers, the Islanders always gave us trouble; always hustled; always worked. Last year, with all their injuries and whatnot, they’d lose games by a goal. With our goaltending now, and a healthy team, we could be winning those games by a goal. This is going to be a fun season for me.”
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Ah, but the question, WHO is the back-up?
Martin BironBetter still, Heaven only knows who’ll be the Numero Uno between the pipes when the Autumn leaves start to fall.
One thing is certain, one Islander goalie surely will fall because Garth Snow has produced yet another center-ring gem.
By signing Martin Biron to a one-year contract, the Isles’ general manager has lined up number one goalies the way Paris Hilton lines up gossip items.
And believe The Maven, there’ll be plenty of gossip over Rick (Remember Me) DiPietro, Dwayne (All The Way From Edmonton) Roloson and the aforementioned Biron between now and you-know-when.
For starters, having a triumverate of goalies ever-so-clearly suggests that the black cloud hovering over DiPietro’s netminding future will not easily dissipate until he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he CAN endure a good season of puck-stopping.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Islanders won’t be caught short again.
Ensuring stability in nets regardless of the state of Rick DiPetro’s health, the Islanders have signed free agent goaltender Martin Biron to a one-year, $1.4 million steal of a deal, The Post has learned.
The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron.
“Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. “We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.”
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Islanders president Chris Dey last week told radio announcers Chris King and Steve Mears their contracts will not be renewed for the coming season. Madison Square Garden Network made television announcers Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe available for a radio simulcast, so Dey chose to cut payroll by letting King and Mears go.
King, 48, has been part of every Islanders radio broadcast for the past 15 years, including the last 11 years on a full-time basis as analyst and color commentator. Mears, 29, has handled the radio play-by-play duties for the past three seasons.
Although Rose and Jaffe are a superb television team, their style is tailored to that medium, describing instant replays, diagramming plays and conversing about the game. A radio broadcast is more detailed and more wordy in terms of play-by-play description, while the TV crew relies more heavily on the pictures to tell the story.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org