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Biron Almost Went Back To Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Biron investigated a similar option in Buffalo. Backup Patrick Lalime was coming off a down year and two offseason surgeries. Starter Ryan Miller is scheduled to play for Team USA in the Olympics. Biron saw a team that likely would give him ample starts in the crease.

“We were fairly serious,” Biron said of talks with the Sabres. “Negotiations are what they are. To be honest with you, this wasn’t about money, not anything other trying to get a fit into where I would be able to play and compete, put myself in the position where on January 1 I can look for a long-term deal with the organization that I’m with, or come July 1 next year I’m at the top level where I was last year.

“This was a very unique year just because of the Olympic year, because there’s a lot of games. I knew that a situation like Buffalo would have been a situation where I would have gotten to play some games, maybe more than usual. But at the same time, this situation [in New York] was giving me the best chance to play on a regular basis.

“I was very excited about possibly having a chance to come back, but in the end, you make sacrifices to be at the top level you can.”

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Lighthouse Project Not Dead

from Newsday,

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang denounced a report Thursday saying he was ending efforts to build the Lighthouse Project.

“There’s no truth to the story,” Wang said in an interview Thursday morning. “It’s bogus. There are no plans to abandon the project.”

continued and that is why I did not post the story last night claiming the project was dead…

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DiPietro Faces Live Shooters Who Were Actually Trying To Score

from Katie Strang of Isles Files,

There is no timetable for Rick DiPietro to come back for an NHL game, but he is watching the clock. And he was pleased that his workout with six skaters at Islanders practice today represented the longest he has been on the ice in a live workout during his rehab.
          He was encouraged, and demanding of himself. It was a step forward for him, seeing “live” shots from skaters who were really trying to score. At one point, they did breakaways. At another all six were on various spots on the ice, taking turns firing shots at him. He did quite well in turning them away.

continued

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NYI Point Blank Saved

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Thanks to a very kind offer of support from my employers at FanHouse, Point Blank will be in business for another year. My deepest gratitude goes to my editors at FanHouse, and especially the PB reader/AOL executive who introduced my work to the sports department.

Thanks also go to Chris Dey of the Islanders for creating this venture, Islanders players and coaches for their accessibility and cooperation and, of course, to the readers who keep on coming back to Point Blank.

continued

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Afternoon Line

If Rick Dipietro gets anywhere close to healthy, look for Islanders GM Garth Snow to offer either Dwayne Roloson or Martin Biron to the Red Wings.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet.  Read more NHL notes from Mark…

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Islanders Forgot About DiPietro At Home Opener

via Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

First and foremost, Rick DiPietro absolutely did not decline to be a part of last night’s introduction ceremony.

Essentially, it was an oversight and here’s what Islanders President Chris Dey had to say on the matter:

“We made a mistake and left Rick out of the introductions. It was nothing intentional, but we are glad to hear that fans wanted to hear him introduced by the team,” Dey said. “We are all looking forward to his return to the lineup.”

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Islanders Can Learn From The Penguins

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

They were gone, plain and simple. One of the best NHL teams of the last 30 years was packed up and ready to leave its only home,  frustrated by the politics of trying to get a new arena.

“It is time to take control of our own destiny,” the team’s owner said at the time. “We will begin to explore options in cities outside Pennsylvania.”

Mario Lemieux spoke those words a little less than three years ago.

If there’s still hope for the Islanders to stay on Long Island, to stay on the spot of land they’ve occupied for 35 years, the Penguins, last night’s opponent, could serve as the best example of that hope.

continued plus mor hockey topics…

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The Latest Lighthouse Project Talk

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Wang is slated to meet with town Supervisor Kate Murray early next week after the latter phoned the Isles’ owner on Friday afternoon. Clearly, when the two sit down, Wang will express his displeasure with the lack of movement from the town board. He’ll also deliver a message to Murray face-to-face.

“No more games,” a disappointed Wang said on Saturday night at the Coliseum, where his Islanders opened the 2009-10 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I want a yes or a no. Tell me what you want, then I can tell you if I can or can not do it. Two years have gone by … we’re going to meet now?”

It’s certainly disheartening news for Islanders fans who have voiced their support for a project that has been in the works for several years. County Executive Tom Suozzi, who dropped the puck at center ice on Saturday night, is dumbfounded by the lack of movement on Hempstead’s part, as well as Murray’s phone call to Wang on Friday.

read on

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Controlled Practice For DiPietro

via Dan Martin of the NY Post,

“Next week he should be able to ramp up his workouts on the ice,” Gordon said after the team worked out in Syosset yesterday. “It’s working on more technique. Everything is pretty controlled right now, the next step is to make it more game-like . . . moving off passes, multiple shots, recoveries, everything that would come up in the course of a normal practice, but do it in a controlled environment.”

DiPietro is trying to be patient.

“I’m obviously frustrated,” the goalie said. “I’d like to be on the ice right now, skating with the team and have a regular training camp and not have to worry about being injured and rehab every day. But this is part of the bigger picture.”

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Rob Schremp Claimed By Islanders

In case you missed multiple reports, Rob Schremp was claimed by the Islanders today.

added 12:32pm, via Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

“It was something Scott [Gordon] and I talked about yesterday when he was put on waivers,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “For us it’s a situation where we can give a highly-skilled player with great vision on the ice a new opportunity. It’ll be a good change in scenery for him.”

Said Scott Gordon: “He’s got incredible skill.”

“He has the opportunity of a second chance. What he does with it is in his hands.”

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