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In fashion, you are either in or out. This apparently applies to the garb of sports teams, too, as the Islanders yesterday announced a brand new jersey and ousted their beloved old shirt, which has been around for close to a decade.
It’s not exactly that the team wanted a new shirt. In fact, the Islanders’ reputation for changing uniforms is a bit tainted, after the famously reviled fisherman logo (it had a resemblance to a famous seafood label) that surfaced in 1995 and sunk like a lead weight in 1996. This time around the change is a mandate from the National Hockey League. Every team in the league is getting a fashion makeover.
“The League sat down and brainstormed about what would be the biggest improvement for the game and the uniform was first and foremost,” said Keith Leach, director of NHL Uniforms for Reebok, the company responsible for the overhaul.
At least one fashion expert was not that taken with the new look.
“I love that it’s more fitted. Skinny is definitely a menswear trend and very hot. Hated, hated, hated the tie on the neckline,” said Nina Garcia, Elle Magazine’s fashion director and the very vocal and sometimes tough judge on Bravo hit show, “Project Runway.” “I don’t really get it unless there’s some functional reason for it. It looks like a little boy’s shirt. I love the numbers on the front and some of the color blocking. Other than that I think they should have left it alone. It’s overly designed and too busy.”
continued...and isn’t it a “jersey?”
You can see the history of the Islander jersey here, including the new one…
Continuing to shore up at center, the Islanders have signed free agent Joseph Vasicek to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-4 Vasicek, a native of Slovakia, was 19-26-45 in 82 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.
from On the Islanders Beat,
After a long summer shopping for defensive help, it appears Islanders general manager Garth Snow has just about zeroed in on his man. Turns out he was kind of hard to miss.
Snow was working late this evening in an effort to put the finishing touches on a multi-year contract for 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton.
added 7:46pm, As Robert pointed out in the comments, it is now official at the Islanders website.
from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,
It would be easiest for Snow to go the free-agent route on defense by choosing among the likes of Danny Markov, Andy Sutton or Ossi Vaananen. But he’s determined not to overpay in money or length of contract for a player who might be solid but not necessarily a fit worth a major commitment.
More complicated would be the trade route, but that also might be the best way for Snow to get a player with long-term value and possibly fill other needs in the process. As the NHL world knows, Toronto is anxious to dump defenseman Bryan McCabe and the remaining four years of his contract worth $21.6 million. McCabe has a no-trade clause, but the ex-Islander likely wouldn’t have a problem waiving it to return to a team that wants his talents.
more on the Islanders…
On Friday, an arbitrator awarded New York Islanders winger Trent Hunter $1,550,000 for the 2007-08 season.
from the Long Island Business News,
If you want a Bossy-autographed hockey stick, it will run you about $520 through sports memorabilia giant Steiner Sports, where an autographed puck will cost about $90. But if you want an autographed skate, you can’t get it at any price. “I never signed skates,” the great shooter said.
But you can get one for free, if you’re one of the 100 lucky Long Island businesses that recently received an autographed skate and a letter from Bossy requesting a meeting to discuss Islander advertising opportunities. The skates have gone “to the top businesses on Long Island who currently don’t have a relationship with us,” said Islander spokesman Chris Botta, listing such Island powerhouses as Sbarro, Sleepy’s, Riverhead Building Supply and Harbor Footwear.
Bossy characterized the promotion “as a stab in the dark.”
from The Maven at MSG Network,
MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.
Nothing official, but from the keen eyes at HockeyFights.com,
Chris Simon has re-signed with the New York Islanders according to his NHLPA page.
His 2007-08 salary is reported as $475k. He is also listed on Isles roster on their official website.
Simon still has five games left on his 25-game suspension for slashing Ryan Hollweg.
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.”
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