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Islanders In A Political Game

from John Jeansonne of Newsday,

As power plays go, the Islanders’ wink-wink confirmation of a planned preseason game in Kansas City—and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s sympathetic comments about needing to replace “that building” in Nassau County—wouldn’t get past the red line of most skeptics.

We are supposed to make the leap from public knowledge that owner Charles Wang’s “Lighthouse Project” plan to redo Nassau Coliseum is on hold, to the fact that Kansas City has a spanking new arena actively in search of an NHL team. But experts in the matter are tolerably certain that a franchise move is virtually nonexistent, though this well-worn ploy and the veiled-threat manner in which it was presented is not the least big surprising.

“The typical playbook is that teams never come out and say, ‘We’re going to move if you don’t do this for us.’ Fans get angry when you do that,” said Neil deMause, co-author of “Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit.’‘

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How About Rangers - Islanders For Next Winter Classic?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now that it has a hit on its hands, the NHL should whenever possible use the Winter Classic as a vehicle to help needy markets and franchises.

Which is why next season’s Winter Classic should be played in New York between the Islanders New York Islanders and Rangers New York Rangers , whether at this new rich mans’ palace masquerading as Yankee Stadium or at the Mets New York Mets ’ new ballpark with the stigmatized name, or in Central Park….

We know. The national TV ratings would take a beating. So what? It’s a singular affair. The NHL claims that TV ratings are secondary, anyway, when they lag, so what is the purpose of constructing a one-day exhibition simply to inflate numbers on a fleeting basis?

A Jan. 1, 2010 outdoors Battle of New York would energize and elevate the Islanders. It would give this woebegone club a spotlight event. It would put hockey on the back page in New York, and not only for a day, but for a number of days.

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Dubielewicz Claimed By Columbus

via IslandersPointBlank,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have plucked Wade Dubielewicz off the waiver wire. Columbus, without Pascal Leclaire, was the other NHL team that really wanted the goalie.

added 12:55pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Shortly after Wade Dubielewicz came off the ice at the Islanders’ pre-game skate this morning at the Coliseum, he received a telephone call from general manager Garth Snow informing him that he had been claimed on waivers by Columbus.

“I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn’t,” Dubielewicz said. “He was disappointed, and I’m disappointed.”

Dubielewicz quickly packed his gear and headed out to catch a flight to Vancouver to meet the Blue Jackets.

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added 1:08pm, from Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland said the move does not indicate that Pascal Leclaire will miss the rest of the season because of his ankle injury. That determination is still being made.

“We needed a goaltender,” MacFarland said. “We needed an insurance policy. We’ve gone the last two weeks with the bare minimum.”

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Dubielewicz Agrees To Terms With Islanders

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

The Islanders have reached an agreement with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on a contract for the rest of the season for the pro-rated portion of a $500,000 annual salary, according to an NHL source. The club has indicated plans to provide an update later today on the condition of starter Rick DiPietro, but the signing of Dubielewicz is a strong indicator that DiPietro might be done for the season because of continued swelling in his surgically repaired knee.

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Islanders Plan To Play In K.C.

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Islanders have agreed in principle with the Los Angeles Kings to play an exhibition game in Kansas City in September.

This may not seem like that big of a deal in light of the fact other NHL teams have used Kansas City in recent years as a neutral cite for preseason games.

However, according to league sources this game could be perceived as a veiled threat of potential relocation if plans for a new arena on Long Island aren’t soon finalized.

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Is DiPietro Done For The Year?

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

In the surest sign yet that the Islanders might be close to shutting down goaltender Rick DiPietro for the season after just five starts, general manager Garth Snow said the team has held exploratory talks with the agent for former Isles goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, who recently was bought out of his contract with Ak Bars Kazan of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League….

Told that Dubielewicz is talking to at least three NHL teams with goaltender problems, Snow said, “I guess we’re one of the three. We have to see what happens with Rick first before we do anything.”

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Minor Thrashers/Islanders Trade

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Brett Skinner from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Junior Lessard, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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Knee Swelling Still Bothering DiPietro

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Five days after the Islanders returned home from their Western Conference road trip and there’s still no update on the condition of goaltender Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee. There’s a good reason for that.

Indications are that DiPietro is traveling to visit specialists who might be able to determine why the knee still is swelling and hasn’t responded well to the latest surgery performed on Halloween.

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Losing To Win

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

If the goal is to finish with the best shot at the No. 1 draft pick in the NHL lottery, then the first half of the Islanders’ season has been an unqualified success. One game past the midpoint of their season, the Isles are planted firmly in the 30th spot, four points below their nearest competitors for the chance to select either Canadian center John Tavares or Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman in the June 26 draft in Montreal.

As tough as this season has been to watch, the reality is that grabbing a player such as Tavares or Hedman is the best way to build a legitimate contender. Top teams have superstars, and no one on the Islanders qualifies.

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Swollen Knee Cancels DiPietro Start Tonight

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Swelling in Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee prompted the Islanders to cancel his expected start tonight in Calgary, coach Scott Gordon explained after the pre-game skate today at the Pengrowth Saddledome. When DiPietro returns to Long Island with the team after tonight’s game, his condition will be “reevaluated.”...

Asked if he has any idea how long the uncertainty surrounding DiPietro’s availability will go on, Gordon said, “No, like I said, he could have played all three games [so far on the road trip]. That’s why he’s been here and we haven’t done anything else.

“But it hasn’t made the progress that was to be expected, so, rather than just throw him in there, knowing that he’s medically cleared to play, we just figured we’ll hold off and get him back to New York and reevaluate and go from there.”

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