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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“I was shocked actually… I know Yashin and Mr. (owner Charles) Wang are pretty tight. Caught me off-guard,” said Smyth, who would be getting the C on his jersey if he wants to return to Long Island, so tickled were they by his leadership in the six weeks he was there last season. Smyth has always wanted to be an NHL captain, so it’s obviously an enticement, but it’s still a long shot that he’ll sign again there. He may be a Western boy at heart.
“Being a captain? Yeah, that would be nice. But I just want to win,” said Smyth, who says he doesn’t know where talks are with the Islanders, who are also trying to keep heart-and-soul centre Jason Blake before he hits the open market.
read on... more UFA talk…
from Jim Baumach at Newsday,
“I don’t understand the Alexei Yashin contract. I don’t understand why it’s 10 years, but it’s not my team and not my money. Time will tell whether it was the correct move on their part.”
Those words were spoken by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about a month after the Islanders signed Alexei Yashin to the largest (and silliest) deal in league history, an $87.5-million, 10-year contract.
from Greg Logan at Newsday,
IFacing a potential mutiny from Islanders fans, owner Charles Wang bit the bullet and made the decision yesterday to buy out the remaining four years of captain Alexei Yashin’s 10-year contract, Newsday has learned exclusively. Some might view it as the owner admitting a costly mistake, but second-year coach Ted Nolan described it as a chance for a “new beginning” that might restore the fans’ faith in the franchise.
from Greg Logan at Newsday,
One year after stepping aside as general manager of the Islanders to serve as senior vice-president in marketing, Mike Milbury on Tuesday announced his resignation from his full-time position in the organization.
Although Milbury will remain as an advisor to owner Charles Wang on the Project Hope youth hockey program they began two years ago in China, his move effectively ends his 12-year relationship with the Isles in terms of any major decision-making role. Milbury also served as coach three times and survived through four sets of owners.
added 4:30pm, from the New York Islanders,
“Charles gave me the opportunity of a new challenge for the last 18 months and I enjoyed every minute of it,” Milbury said this afternoon. “I’m very proud of our staff and the strides we made last season in corporate sales, customer service and community relations. Although it’s time for something different for me, I appreciate the challenge of continuing the work we started with Project Hope and the Children’s Foundation, among other projects.”
from On The Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Negotiations between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and the agent for left wing Ryan Smyth should begin in another week or two, but it will rank as a major upset if the Isles sign Smyth before he has a chance to sample the NHL free-agent market on July 1.
That doesn’t mean the Islanders are out of the running for Smyth. Far from it. It just means they are likely to have a lot of competition.
For those who wondered whether a buyout of center Alexei Yashin might be a condition that had to be met if the Islanders hope to sign free agent Ryan Smyth, apparently it’s not. Negotiations have yet to begin in earnest with Smyth, but general manager Garth Snow Thursday expressed strong support for Yashin, describing him as “a vital part of the organization.”
from the New York Islanders,
After six days and just under 55 hours of driving – 54 hours and 27 minutes to be exact – Jeff Tambellini finally made it home to his house in Vancouver.
Despite the existence of faster travel in the form of trains and planes, Tambellini has chosen to make the long journey from Long Island to Vancouver the past couple of years by car – well more specifically, his Cadillac Escalade.
“It’s my prize possession,” said Tambellini sitting in the comfort of his house in Vancouver. “I can’t leave home without it.”
Even before he suffered two concussions in a 12-day span during March, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was playing hurt for the final two months or so of the regular season. Earlier this week, DiPietro underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear of his left hip.
For the next two weeks, DiPietro will be on crutches, and he is required to rest for the next four to six weeks.
Ryan Smyth will not be back on the Island. Money will not matter, the ability to win the Cup will.- Pierre McGuire
more playoff talk from Pierre at NBC Sports...
from David Kolb of MSG Network,
Momentum was on their side.
Yet the team never capitalized.
What went wrong?
While Coach Ted Nolan could be the best off-ice coach in the NHL, his in-game managing could be questioned. Nolan kept his faith in certain players that were either playing too much or were simply miscast.
For instance, for some time Chris Simon was playing not only on the first line, but had significant power play duty as well.
The same can be said about Randy Robitaille, a player that by no means deserved the ice time he received. He proved time and time again that he is amongst the worst defensive forwards in the NHL.
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