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from the Southwest Booster,
Dean Chynoweth just completed a press conference where he resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the Swift Current Broncos to assume an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.
Chynoweth had one season remaining on his contract after the Broncos’ Board of Directors exercised a club option for the 2009-10 season following the Broncos’ elimination from the Western Hockey League playoffs.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
I don’t think the Islanders are putting up a smokescreen. I believe their interest in Brampton center Matt Duchene is real. At the beginning of the season, I think he was considered a cut below the top two. But as the season progressed and Duchene combined with Cody Hodgson, last year’s No. 10 pick, to lead Brampton to the Ontario Hockey League finals before losing to Windsor, I sensed the stealth pick might be making a run up a lot of draft boards.
Suddenly, Duchene’s comparables became “Steve Yzerman” and “Joe Sakic.” While the critiques of Tavares focus on his one-dimensional play and less than stellar skating ability, Duchene now is portrayed as the “most complete” player in the draft….
My gut feeling is that the Islanders will pick Matt Duchene and worry about the fallout from the fans later.
Newsday has an AP story stating John Tonelli smashed his Lexus, left it abandoned and was arrested at his home two hours later.
Tonelli refused comment on the charges.
from Jeff Gordon of the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Computer magnate Charles Wang told Newsday he regrets buying the New York Islanders nine years ago. Given his costly failure at the helm of the franchise, Hockey Guy can understand that sentiment.
But it wasn’t a bad buy. It was a potentially good buy that went terribly wrong, due to Wang’s naive and/or inept management.
Why did he let Mike Milbury run the franchise into the ground? Appointing the team’s back-up goaltender, Garth Snow, as the latest general manager was equally egregious.
Hockey Guy postures as if he could run a franchise better than the men actually in charge. In the case of the Islanders, though, this presumption is legitimate.
There might be 50,000 people – Hockey Guy included – who are better qualified to run that team than Wang, Milbury, Snow, et al.
continued & more hockey topics too…
That John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs story may have legs after all.
Pierre LeBrun of Hockey Night in Canada says the New York Islanders may be leaning toward choosing Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman with the first pick in the NHL amateur draft in Montreal on June 26-27.
If that happened, LeBrun said on Saturday night’s Hot Stove segment, the Tampa Bay Lightning, holders of the second pick, might be interested in either trading their choice outright or choosing Tavares and then flipping the London Knights’ star.
from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
Still, Wang says he is proud that he was able to save the Islanders from leaving Long Island nine years ago, and that it was important to him that the Island’s only professional sports team got a legitimate shot to succeed. Before Wang’s purchase of the team, many area public figures asked him to step in - an action that the financial documents show has cost him close to $300 million.
“I knew going in,” Wang said, “that I was going to lose money.”
National Hockey League Commissioner William Daly said the league is aware of Wang’s losses on the team. “His numbers are real,” Daly said. “Yes, we’re aware the Islanders lose money, a significant amount of money. And it goes back to the team’s need for a new arena.”
more on Wang and the Lighhouse project…
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Consider this is a commentary on the state of New York area hockey, the only market anywhere, in any sport, that has three major-league teams: Right now, the hottest club around here is the Islanders.
Yes, the Islanders, 30th out of 30 National Hockey League teams in the regular season, are on April 29 the only ones who have something to which they can look forward. They’re the only ones coming off a victory, having won the draft lottery. They will be right in the mix of NHL talk from now until the draft in late June.
That is what is left of the New York hockey season, which came to a sudden ending for the Rangers and Devils in Game 7s Tuesday night.
from NYI Point Blank,
You can bank on this. If the Red Wings scouts truly knew Datsyuk and Zetterberg were going to be perennial all-stars, they would never have waited so long to take them. They might not have used a first or even a second round pick on them, but they would not have chosen Jari Tolsa (120th overall), Andrei Maximenko (149th) and Kent McDonell (181st) with their only three draft selections before tabbing Zetterberg.
Before they finally drafted Datsyuk, they would not have used rounds 2-5 to take Ryan Barnes, Tomek Valtonen, Jake McCracken, Brent Hobday, Calle Steen and Adam DeLeeuw.
The Datsyuk and Zetterberg picks were amazing. They were the stuff of which champions and legendary scouting careers are born. But don’t think teams - even as great as Detroit - have the ability to make a habit of it. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are the only A-list NHLers the Red Wings have produced in the late rounds since 1995. Other than the since-waived Kyle Quincey and maybe Darren Helm, they haven’t drafted any B-listers in the late rounds in the last 14 years either.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
So, the hockey world knows of Burke’s interest in the No. 1 pick. What is Snow’s position?
Asked today about Burke’s offer, Snow said, “I’m not going to comment on the conversation I had with another manager. But I’m not inclined to move the pick.”
Never mind that Burke doesn’t have the assets to come close to swinging such a deal or that he would have to enlist other competing teams to help in his quest. When Snow said on Monday that he would listen to trade offers as a matter of due diligence, that was before he knew exactly where he was picking. Now that he controls the No. 1 spot and the right to choose between Ontario-born sniper John Tavares and Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman, there’s a big difference.
“We’re in the driver’s seat,” Snow said.
from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,
Charles Wang to WFAN regarding the trials and tribulations of owning the Isles: “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t do it.”
Not surprising, since he said the team is losing $25 to $30 million a year.
He also called the Nassau Coliseum as “dump.”
click for the link to listen to the audio interview…
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