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Challenges Face Tavares

from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Five years after announcing the 150-acre Lighthouse Project, Wang still hasn’t seen a shovel in the ground. The scheme would include a new arena, commercial and residential development including a canal and all kinds of goodies, so naturally there are multiple layers of bureaucracy and politics to wade through, just as there would be in the GTA if such a plan were ever proposed.

Wang has complained the process is taking far too long, which is why he has set an unofficial deadline, and why local politicos are balking.

“We don’t tell them when they have to bring in a Stanley Cup,” said one town official quoted in Newsday.

That’s nasty. The once-great Isles have a lease at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum until 2015, but we already know from Phoenix the NHL doesn’t much worry about that stuff.

So into this maelstrom of insolvency and uncertainty goes Tavares. Stamkos had to deal with a lot of on-ice and off-ice issues in Tampa last season and survived, so theoretically so can Tavares.

It won’t be easy. But it helps that not as many people are watching the Islanders as once did.

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The Latest On The Lighthouse Project

from Sandra Pettie of Newsday,

Although most of the questioning was polite, the developers - New York Islanders owner Charles Wang and developer Scott Rechler - appeared frustrated and at times ill-prepared for the questions about traffic, height of buildings and whether the developers would sell off parts of the project.

Town board members repeatedly asked for specific commitments, but the developers declined to make them. Instead, they extolled what they say are the project’s virtues - creating jobs, serving as a magnet for new industry and keeping young people on Long Island.

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Small Crowd In Kansas City

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

The Islanders came here hoping to be barreled over with support from a city supposedly desperate for its own NHL team. And how did the people of Kansas City react? With one huge, collective yawn.

The support for the preseason game against the Kings was so poor that every upper-deck section was blocked off by huge black curtains. You know, to block the many, many rows of empty seats.

Some threat, eh?

You know what this half-empty arena looked like? Any other Islanders home game.

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Crowd Of 10,000 Expected For Islanders/Kings In Kansas City

from Randy Kovitz of the Kansas City Star,

When the New York Islanders approached Tim Leiweke about scheduling a preseason game at the Sprint Center, one name popped into his mind.

“We looked at the Islanders and thought, ‘They might have the first pick of the NHL draft,’ ” said Leiweke, president of AEG, which manages the Sprint Center. “Tavares is amazing. To have him coming into Kansas City is a great thing.”

Unfortunately for Kansas City, Tavares, a forward expected to be the next Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby rolled into one, won’t be part of a split squad when the Islanders face the AEG-owned Los Angeles Kings at 7 tonight at the Sprint Center.

Tavares, the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, played in the Islanders’ win over Calgary on Sunday night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, assisting on a goal on his 19th birthday. Tavares and half his teammates flew home Monday, and he will be showcased when the Islanders play their first home exhibition game Wednesday night against New Jersey.

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Pascal Morency Suspension Comes Down

TORONTO (September 21, 2009)—New York Islanders’ forward Pascal Morency has been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and five regular season games as the result of a game misconduct penalty in a pre-season game against the Calgary Flames, September 17, the National Hockey League announced today. 

At 5:35 of the second period, Morency was assessed a Game Misconduct under Rule 70.2 for leaving his players’ bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation. The rule states:

Legal Line Change – A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 29– Supplementary Discipline.

Morency, who has already served two games of the suspension, will miss the remaining three games on the Islanders’ pre-season schedule (Sept. 22 vs. Los Angeles and Sept. 23 and 29 against New Jersey) as well as five regular season games.

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Phaneuf With His Side Of The Story

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

Go ahead. Call Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf a coward for refusing to drop the gloves in the aftermath of his vicious open-ice hit that sent New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo to hospital.

Tell Phaneuf he violated the unwritten NHL code by declining the many challenges to fight from Okposo’s teammates.

People have the right to their own opinions, Phaneuf said. But so does he.

“I felt it was a clean hit,” Phaneuf said Friday, a day after he laid out Okposo during the Flames’ 5-4 pre-season win over the Islanders. “That’s part of my game. I have to play that way.”

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Okposo Was Defenseless On Phaneuf Hit

from Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

Thankfully Kyle Okposo is OK. He has a mild concussion and was cleared by doctors to fly back with the team on the charter to Saskatoon.

Okposo was the victim of a vicious open-ice hit from Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. I’ve watched the replay several times, and if I were Okposo or his teammate I would not be happy. Phaneuf left his feet on impact, catching Okposo with a shoulder to the head as Okposo was looking down, rendering him completely defenseless.

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note: Video was changed at 8:02am since it was better quality than the one that was posted.

added 8:10am, from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

If you crumple a player with a clean check, are you on the hook to accept the first challenge that comes your way?

Is that part of the code? Hit big, then get ready to scrap all comers?

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Okposo Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

Katie Strang, Islanders beat writer for Newsday, on her Twitter,

Very scary moment: Kyle Okposo jsust got leveled in open ice by Dion Phaneuf. He’s on his back now and they are bringing out the stretcher.

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Afternoon Line

“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.

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DiPietro Still Can’t Skate

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.

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