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Without a whole lot of future to give up, and steadfastly opposed to dealing Kyle Okposo, the Islanders will have to set their sights lower. And who might be available for import is anyone’s guess because there are few teams that are dead in the water (aside from the L.A. Kings, who visit the Coliseum tonight). Florida’s Radek Dvorak has been mentioned, as have the Lightning’s Vinny Prospal, Chris Gratton and Jan Hlavac.
An intriguing question is what the Islanders could give up. Because teams that trade veterans often want youngsters, you could say Blake Comeau has played well enough to make his name marketable. Then again, he is just the type of guy the Islanders want to keep. Nolan likes him.
via the New York Islanders,
Chris Campoli, one of the Islanders’ top young defensemen, will have shoulder surgery on Thursday and will be out for the remainder of the 2007-08 season…
“It’s a tough break for Chris. He’s been such a good player and he’s shown a lot of heart this season while battling the injury,” said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. “The good news is that he will be under the best medical care and he has so many good years ahead of him. With Chris out, an opportunity opens up for someone to take advantage of. Thankfully, we had depth at the start of the season with at least 9 quality NHL defensemen. You can never have enough of them.”
from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,
Spies in the TV and/or hockey worlds tell me that Jaromir Jagr was so mad about recent comments from NBC analyst Mike Milbury about him that he refused to sit for interviews with NBC producers sent out this week to gather interviews for Sunday’s Bruins-Rangers tilt.
NBC got several other prominent Blueshirts on tape, but not Jagr.
From Mark Herrmann at On the Islanders Beat,
The next Yao? You never know, Charles Wang said today during the English language portion of his international news conference for Project Hope. One of those kids from China wearing a jersey with an Islanders logo could grow up to be the Yao Mingh of hockey.
That isn’t the intent of the initiative, organized by Wang four years ago to promote hockey in China. The real reason is just to do something for the part of the world in which he was born and to generally spread good will. But if one of the thousands of kids who are playing hockey now in Islanders-sponsored rinks makes it big, so be it. Wang would be gratified if some day one of the children from China who played on Coliseum ice this morning becomes president of China and says he recalls his first trip to the U.S. with warm feelings.
“It’s tough to lose Witt,” Nolan said after the win in Calgary. Comparing the rugged defender to goaltender Rick DiPietro, Nolan added, “He’s similar to Ricky in how valuable he is to us. But the stars were lined up and we had seven defensemen dressed, which was luck on our part. Freddy Meyer did a great job.
“But it was a tough loss for Witt, and we’ll cross our fingers and hope the MRI comes back not as serious as it seems to be. It’s an ankle sprain right now, and we’ll check and see what the severity of it is.”
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
With the Devils’ Martin Brodeur, the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist all among the NHL’s elite, the debate over who’s the best hearkens back to the days of Willie, Mickey and the Duke.
original report posted 12:14am ET January 4th
From TSN via CTV,
Sources tell TSN that the NHL asked New York Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro to change his pads during the first intermission of Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum. DiPietro played the first period in new white Itech leg pads, then returned for the second period wearing his old orange and blue pads.
NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell and Islanders general manager Garth Snow are believed to have discussed the situation after DiPietro was ordered to change his pads. The two are expected to further discuss the matter on Friday.
Update Jan 4, 6:25pmET: From TSN,
The National Hockey Leagues Hockey Operations department received and inspected New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro’s goalie pads Friday afternoon, and upon further review declared the pads legal.
Ordinarily, all new goalie equipment is cleared through Hockey Operations before its delievered to the teams. DiPietro was forced to remove the pads in question following the first period of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers because the NHL had no way of confirming the pads were, in fact, legal.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders announced today that goaltender Rick DiPietro and defenseman Radek Martinek are out day-to-day with injuries.
DiPietro is out with a knee sprain suffered last night in warmups before the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime victory over Toronto. DiPietro played the first period before leaving the game. DiPietro could return when the Islanders host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday…
via the AP,
DiPietro made the start for New York, but lasted only one period. He didn’t come out of the dressing room after the first intermission because of an undisclosed knee injury. The Islanders said the franchise goalie wouldn’t return and would be re-evaluated on Thursday.
from the CP via the Toronto Star,
Cherry said on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada that he “understands” why Simon stomped on Pittsburgh Penguin Jarkko Ruutu’s leg during a game last weekend. The incident led to Simon’s 30-game suspension last Wednesday, the longest in NHL history for an on-ice incident.
“He broke the code, you never do anything like that, but you can understand it somehow,” said Cherry.
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