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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…
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The Isles gave up at least five goals in nine of their last 12 games, which underlined how much they especially missed goaltender Rick DiPietro, who was limited to five games by a left knee that did not respond well to surgery in June and a second procedure in October.
Asked where DiPietro stands now, coach Scott Gordon said, “He’s upbeat. I don’t know the specifics of his timetable, but he’s been encouraged with the way things are going and he fully expects to be on the ice sometime in mid-summer and ready to go.’‘
Islanders fans will believe it when they see it. DiPietro recently was seen on crutches at the physical therapy facility where several Islanders do their rehabilitation. No explanation was immediately available from the Islanders, who previously released a statement saying he will be ready for training camp in September.
more on the Islanders
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have signed center Doug Weight to a one-year contract extension. In his first season with the Islanders, Weight is third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points despite missing 29 games due to injury.
Weight originally signed with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2008. The contract runs through the 2009-10 season.
“Long Island has been a wonderful place for me and my family,” Weight said. “It was an easy decision to come back for another season. The Islanders have been a first-class organization and I’m looking forward to helping our team continue its development into a contender.”
via NYI Point Blank,
With four games remaining for both, the Islanders have 61 points, Colorado now has 66. Tampa Bay also has 66 points and three games left. If the Islanders lose in regulation on Tuesday in Carolina and on Thursday in Pittsburgh - a big if - they “clinch” a top 2 pick and the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
Their competition for the No. 1 spot in the draft lottery, which is assured of a top-two pick because no team can drop more than one spot, comes from 29th-place Colorado and 28th-place Tampa Bay, which visits the Coliseum Saturday night. The Isles are five points below the Avalanche, which has gone 9-25-1 in its last 35 games, including 0-7-1 in the past eight. The Lightning, which plays tonight at New Jersey, has gone 7-15-7 in its past 29 games, including 1-4-3 in its past eight. The Isles are 2-5-1 in their past eight games.
The Islanders still can get four points out of the final 10 available to them and be assured of No. 1 position in the lottery. So, it’s not like they have to lose every game.
But say it comes down to the final game of the season against Boston, and the top team in the Eastern Conference sits out its best players to rest up for the playoffs. Would the Bruins be tanking a regular-season game that could have a profound effect on the draft lottery?
from Justin Del Giudice at The Hockey News,
Doug Weight, a 16-year NHL veteran, was just entering high school as the Steve Yzerman era was beginning in Detroit. Only five years his senior, Stevie Y was the kind of player Weight modelled himself after.
“Yzerman was always my favourite player,” said Weight, a Warren, Mich., native and self-proclaimed Red Wings fan. “The way he played, the way he carried himself, that’s what made him great.”
Few would dispute the fact Yzerman was one of the greatest players in NHL history. Besides his knack for scoring big goals and racking up impressive statistics, it was Yzerman’s leadership that marked him as a true great, captaining the Wings for nearly two decades.
According to Weight, Yzerman is the benchmark for what great leadership really is: being genuinely dedicated to the team.
...coach Scott Gordon tells you how it was done.
Plus, a great save by Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald sure helped too. Watch below…
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Twenty-five years after the club’s last appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, the Islanders have been a study in mediocrity and are no closer at the end of this decade to being a playoff contender than they were at the start of it.
Players, head coaches and general managers have come and gone, with the only constant being the Charles Wang, who purchased the club as a co-owner in 2000 and took over full ownership in 2004.
Islanders fans keep looking to the future and hoping management will land the kind of quality talent the Isles desperately need to finally put the futility and frustration behind them.
Despite a modicum of promise earlier in the decade the Islanders have continued to stumble along, facing what seems an increasing litany of woes
from Islanders Point Blank,
Mike Green. Nicklas Lidstrom. Dan Boyle. If Streit is in that conversation, it’s quite an honor. Put it this way: if the Islanders were one of the top teams in the league, and the Rangers, Flyers, Wild or any other team were in 30th but had a defenseman tied for third in scoring, would you think their player deserved one of three Norris nominations?
Streit has 12 more games to stake his claim. To have any chance, he’ll need to rack up some points to get past the 60 mark and separate himself from the pack after the unreachable Mike Green.
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