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The New York Islanders received some unwanted news just one game into the new season as the team learned that goaltender Rick DiPietro has swelling and fluid around his surgically repaired left knee.
The 27-year old DiPietro was expected to start Friday’s opener against the New Jersey Devils, but was a surprise late scratch as Joey MacDonald took his place between the pipes, making 27 saves in a shootout loss.
DiPietro, who has been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, underwent meniscus surgery in June and played in only one of the Islanders pre-season games.
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo Sports,
Still, there are NHL franchises looking about as healthy as Amy Winehouse with a head cold. The venerable Forbes magazine believes three of them are the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders; and it’s placed that trio on its list of “The 10 Sports Franchises Most Likely To Move.”
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Most hockey coaches wear a whistle on a lanyard around their necks. Not Scott Gordon, the Islanders’ new coach. His whistle is clasped to his left glove, so Gordon does not have to fumble around for his whistle to stop practice.
And Gordon stops practices often. He usually skates within a few feet of the players whose techniques needs to be corrected, softly but firmly, but he is not above slapping his stick on the ice or hollering at his players from the other end of the rink.
from Johnette Howard of Newsday,
To players and agents, the Islanders have become an NHL stop of the last resort. The sharpest proof lately was how Ryan Smyth, a character player the Isles gave up a gaggle of players for and hoped to build around, couldn’t get out fast enough after coming here for an 18-game cameo during the season….
Islanders general manager Garth Snow took the hint from the Smyth caper and is going with a youth and rebuilding movement, which seems like a sound idea on the surface. But the philosophy would feel a whole lot better if the kids whom Snow is counting on this season were a bunch of can’t-miss prospects like Sidney Crosby or Dany Heatley were once upon a time, and not the middling-to-fair group that prompted The Hockey News to recently rank the Islanders’ farm system in the bottom third of the league.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
If there’s a poster boy for the Islanders’ regime change this season, it’s forward Jeff Tambellini, whose performance (or lack thereof) was at the root of the split between general manager Garth Snow and former coach Ted Nolan. Tambellini tied for second in the AHL with 38 goals in 57 games at Bridgeport but managed only one goal in 31 appearances with the Isles.
It’s not that Snow considers Tambellini a surefire NHL sniper. It’s that Nolan’s refusal to give Tambellini prime minutes and power-play time never allowed the organization to find out what kind of player he can be at the NHL level.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have launched their first ever official YouTube team page!
The page will be the home to hours of video clips, features and music videos and a can’t miss destination for Islanders fans all over the world.
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Scott Gordon didn’t take long to make his presence known on the ice yesterday, his first day on the ice as Islanders head coach.
He stopped practice several times and with a booming voice that echoed throughout the team’s practice facility at Iceworks in Syosset, clearly let his players know when he was displeased.
“I don’t want to watch bad . . . I don’t want to watch mistakes,” said Gordon, explaining his hands-on style that was displayed in front of GM Garth Snow and team owner Charles Wang. “That’s just me. If something is done wrong I want to fix it.”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
His birth certificate may say he’s 45 years old, but Gordon has a youthful appearance and a store of energy that suggest he can go as hard as he expects his team to skate. The three computers arrayed on his desk at the team’s practice facility hint at the highly organized approach of a dedicated workaholic.
It’s a marked contrast to the style of predecessor Ted Nolan, who was far less structured and tended to place his faith in veteran leadership and motivation.
Gordon promises a “dramatically different” defensive style with more support leading to a quicker transition and what he describes as an aggressive forecheck designed to keep the puck in the offensive end as much as possible.
From David Singer at HockeyFights.com,
I just got a call from Brandon Sugden. Bill Daly called him earlier tonight and said he spoke with the teams that were blocking his removal from the retirement list and that they’ve all agreed to unblock him.
When I asked him how he felt, Sugar said it’s a huge weight off of his shoulders and he’s looking forward to attending Islanders training camp, which starts Thursday in Moncton, New Brunswick. He added that he has every intention on making the team and he feels he can help the Islanders.
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