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from the New York Islanders,
Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour will return to Long Island to coach his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders on Saturday, November 3 when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 pm. The legendary coach celebrates his 75th birthday on November 1.
Earlier this week Arbour accepted an invitation from Ted Nolan to run the team for one last game and reach the milestone of 1,500 games coached with the franchise he led to four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 - 1983. Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Friday, November 2 and lead the team the following night against the Penguins.
added 11:56am, from David Kolb at MSG Network,
This is more than a PR move by the Islanders; a franchise infatuated with embracing their four Cups won 20-plus years ago.
This move exemplifies the passion for the game Nolan truly possesses. That would be the only way this unique idea would even surfaced in Nolan’s mind. He isn’t the first coach since Arbour retired, but he was the first to think of this class act.
read on a pretty good video of Arbour…
from the CP via TSN,
The New York Islanders signed defenceman Chris Campoli to a three-year contract on Monday.
“Signing Chris Campoli to a long-term contract was a priority of ours this off-season,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “He’s one of the most skilled young defenceman in the NHL and we’re thrilled that he’ll continue his development in an Islanders uniform.”
from the CP via TSN,
Gerard Gallant and former QMJHL head coach John Chabot have joined the New York Islanders as assistant coaches.
They will join assistant Dan Lacroix on Ted Nolan’s staff.
‘‘I’ve always had the utmost respect for Gerard and John both as players and coaches,’’ Nolan said in a statement on Friday. ‘‘We have a coaching staff with a ton of experience, both playing in the NHL and coaching and that will be a huge asset to our players.’‘
continued... Two ex-Wings and good to see Gallant land on his feet…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.
more on Shanahan and Guerin wearing the “C”...
Bill Guerin, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons and 1,026 NHL games, was named the Islanders 11th team captain in franchise history.
“This is an absolute honor and a responsibility I will not take lightly,” said Guerin. “Coming to a team with such a rich tradition and history is special in itself, but wearing the ‘C’ is something much greater. I’ll do everything I can to make the Islanders organization and our fans proud.”
Added Snow: “Bill is the epitome of what being a captain stands for, so this was an easy choice. Ted and I discussed it at length over the weekend and felt it was a fairly easy decision.”
from Jim Baumbach at Newsday,
But by Tuesday afternoon, Bossy had had enough of the negative cloud hovering over the team. He read too many e-mails all but calling for the franchise to close its doors … saw too many negative stories online and in newspapers … heard too much criticism of Snow.
So Bossy did what any sane Hall of Famer would do. The Islander legend turned on his computer and typed all of the thoughts swirling through his head into the form of an open letter to fans. It’s a frank reminder that the Islanders’ 2007-08 season was not decided the moment Ryan Smyth left. And it’s clear from reading it that Bossy put emotion into it.
“That,” Bossy said today, “came from the heart.”
Comrie had offers from Buffalo and Los Angeles, and the Senators were hoping to clear salary to keep him. But despite Smyth’s departure, the more Comrie talked to the Islanders, the more he liked what he heard.
“It’s an opportunity to perhaps be heavily relied on in an environment where a lot of people will count the Islanders out,” said Comrie’s agent, Rich Winter. “This kid has scored 20 or more goals [four times] and on two occasions he’s scored 30 goals. For some reason, people are still saying, ‘He’s a bit small; I don’t know if he can be our go-to guy.’ This is a unique opportunity for the Islanders’ objectives and Mike’s to marry. I believe Mike will establish himself as a No. 1 center…
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
As of this posting, it doesn’t appear the Islanders are going to sign anyone today. Along with Souray, Snow is considering a list that includes Detroit’s oft-injured Danny Markov, Atlanta’s Andy Sutton, Nashville’s Vitaly Vishnevski, Colorado’s Ossi Vaananen and likely a few others. Former Isle Bryan Berard might be a consideration, though he played only 11 games last season and 113 over the past three years because of injuries.
The possibility of trading for Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski has been junked because of his no-trade clause, but a trade for former Islander Bryan McCabe can’t be ruled out even though he has four years worth $28.75 million remaining on his deal.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Fans on the Isle were ready to jump ship.
Early on in the free agency period, the Isles lost Ryan Smyth, Slava Kozlov, Richard Zednik, Tom Poti and Jason Blake.
Then the news came: Isles sign Jon Sim!
“Jon Sim is an aggressive, hard-working veteran forward with good offensive skills who fits in perfectly with Ted Nolan’s system,” G.M. Garth Snow commented.
Yes, it’s true, Sim does fit in, but it wasn’t the bounce-back splash Isles backers were hoping for.
from the New York Islanders,
On the heels of adding four-time NHL Star-Bill Guerin, the Islanders have signed center MIKE COMRIE to a one-year contract. The 26-year old Comrie had 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 65 games last season with Phoenix and Ottawa. In the Senators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in June, the Edmonton native had four goals and two assists in 20 games.
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