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Trent Hunter signs a five year contract with the Islanders and here is something new, watch the video release…
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Simon was booed by a segment of the crowd when he took his first couple of shifts in the first period, and there was no discernible applause to counter that negative reaction….
“For me to be effective and play the way I can, I have to be in the moment and focus on each game, each shift,” Simon said. “I can’t control what other people think. All I can do is work hard and play hard.”
via the AP,
New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was not behind the bench at the start of Monday’s game against the San Jose Sharks because of what the team called a ‘‘personal matter.’‘
No other details were immediately available, and it was not known if Nolan would coach at all during the afternoon game.
update 3:00pm, Nolan behind the bench for the 2nd period.
added 3:21pm, Now Evgeni Nabokov. took a shot from the point right into the mask. Looks like a possible nose, mouth injury and he has left the game.
added 3:37pm, Nabokov suffered a facial laceration, he may return for the 3rd period.
added 5:20pm, Nolan’s son Jordan plays for the Windsor Spitfires and Ted was speaking with his son about the sudden death of Mickey Renaud.
In a trend both heartening and frustrating for the organization and its fans, the disparity in attendance between weekdays and weekends and holidays has become more glaring than ever.
Take this week. Tuesday, only 11,193 people bought tickets despite a promotion that discounted prices for women - and far fewer than that actually showed up during a winter storm.
This holiday weekend, though, games against Atlanta and San Jose are all but certain to be the eighth and ninth sellouts of the season, already three more than all of 2006-07.
Simon will be eligible to return to the Islanders’ line-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning next Thursday. He has been serving a 30-game suspension for stomping on the leg of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu.
“What I love most is playing hockey and when it gets taken away I realize how much I love it. Ted has always been a great help and a great supporter. My teammates were amazing. The whole organization kept checking in on me and seeing how I was doing and what I was up to. I really appreciated that,” Simon said after practice.
from the New York Times,
If Sillinger, 36, remains on the roster through this season, he will have lived in the same house for the longest stretch in roughly 10 years. That is an accomplishment in his career, which has earned him the nickname Suitcase Sillinger; he has been included in nine trades, including five around the deadline.
Just to be safe, his wife, Karla, and their sons Owen, 10; Lukas, 7; and Cole, 4; are once again bracing themselves.
“I’m not going to lie; the trade deadline is circled on our calendar like Easter or Christmas,” said Karla Sillinger, who met her husband while they were growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan. “But it’s not like I have the movers on speed dial.”
With the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaching, Comrie likely would be valuable in the trade market. Two NHL scouts at the Pittsburgh game marveled at his second goal and how he scored through a tiny opening. But Comrie said he has no desire to leave.
“This is an organization I want to be a part of,” said Comrie, who will be a free agent this summer. “We’ve got a great core group of guys. We’ve got an ownership that wants to win. They treat us extremely well. I feel we’ve got the best coaching staff in the league, and it’s a situation that I want to be a part of. I think we give ourselves a chance to win every night when we compete. We’ve had a few injuries, but you’ve still got to give yourself that chance.”
more on Comrie and the Islanders…
from Slap Shot at the NYT,
Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke said he asked the Islanders for a credential for Pat LaFontaine, a former Islander and Hall of Famer, so he could sit with him on Tuesday night when the Ducks played at Nassau Coliseum. But the Islanders would not grant him one. Burke said he reiterated his request as a personal favor and was again refused.
via the New York Islanders,
Center Mike Sillinger (hip injury) is expected to be out of the lineup for approximately three weeks. His spot in the lineup will likely be filled by Islanders prospect Frans Nielsen, recalled this morning from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
Nielsen’s linemate Jeff Tambellini, the leading goal scorer in the American Hockey League with 29 goals, has also been recalled by the Islanders from Bridgeport.
from George Vescey of the New York Times,
Hardly a day goes by that Ted Nolan does not open the refrigerator door, just to stare at the shelves stocked with food.
“I’d wake up in the morning and the house would be cold,” Nolan recalled of his childhood, without running water, on an Indian reserve in Ontario.
“I’d take a piece of fried bread, a galette, and put it in my pocket and go to school,” he added.
The sense of being an outsider still drives Nolan, 49, the coach of the Islanders, whose mystique includes nine full seasons without a job in the National Hockey League, amid rumors that he was blackballed.
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