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The Fraud

from Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank,

How do you respond to a fraud?

Do you even try?...

Do you link to all the stories written by pros questioning his integrity and even his life story?...

Do I discuss how the Islanders once caught the fraud back-timing his reports to make it look like he had a trade scoop before anyone else?

read on...

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No Hope On Long Island

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

If I were John Tavares, I would be clear about my future and make certain I never play for the New York Islanders.

Tavares hasn’t said that much—and quite likely he won’t. But if I were in his position, as the logical No. 1 pick in June’s National Hockey League entry draft, I would pull a John Elway, an Eli Manning or an Eric Lindros.

And find a way to get out of playing for the Islanders.

If you think about it, why would anyone with dreams and aspirations of greatness want to play for the Isles?

They have become a Gertrude Stein kind of franchise: “There is no there there.” From the owner to the front office to the players to an old rink and older fan base, there is nothing about the Islanders that represents hope.

read on for more hockey notes…

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Islanders Deserve Some Of The Revenue Sharing Pie

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...because NHL owners couldn’t bear the prospect of giving a portion of their revenue-share money to the Blackhawks back in 2005 when Bill Wirtz was doing his very best to drive his historic franchise into the ground, they concocted a clause in the CBA that prohibits teams in television markets with more than 2.5 million homes from eligibility to participate in Bettman’s socialism.

It is a clause that disqualifies the Islanders, even though they are about as big-market as Edmonton, and far more needy. It’s a clause that discriminates against the Islanders, even though they are as much in need of aid as the Coyotes, who are receiving advances from the NHL even while employing the top-paid coach in the league.

more and a few more hockey topics too…

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Comrie Continues To Train In The Caribbean

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Somewhere In The Carribean…

...Mike Comrie is enjoying his break with Hilary Duff.

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Steve Webb Now Teaching Teens

from WHEC (Rochester),

Former New York Islander Steve Webb was known for being a “tough guy on the ice”, but his time off the ice is now dedicated to teaching kids life lessons through sports. He visited one local high school today.

Webb was a gritty right winger known for protecting and inspiring his teammates. He has turned his hard work and will to battle back towards kids.

Webb says, “At that time it was a big learning experience for me.” Drafted by the Sabres in 1994 Webb he was released for being out of shape and unfocused. That tough start in the NHL now serves as his inspirational story for teens.

continued and a Webb tribute video below…

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DiPietro Gone for the Rest of the Season

From TSN:

The Islanders announced on Tuesday that knee issues will sideline goalie Rick DiPietro for the rest of the season.

DiPietro, who has only played in five games this season, has had three operations in the past year, including hip surgery in March and arthroscopic knee surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus.

continued…

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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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