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Loving The Islanders

from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News,

On a snowy night this past February, I became a kid again.

I’ve taken my children to Disney World, been to Sesame Place and walked through more toy stores than I care to remember, but it wasn’t until Ryan - my 4-year-old son - and I walked into Nassau Coliseum on the night of Feb. 3 that I truly felt like I was back in the glory days of my youth.

Being an Islanders fan growing up in Manhattan wasn’t easy. All my friends were Rangers fans, and half the team lived in the building across the street from me, as I would often run into Ron Greschner, Ron Duguay and Barry Beck at the local diner. Sure, I asked for some autographs every now and then, but they were never displayed in my room the way my Bobby Nystrom or John Tonelli signatures were.

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Tuesday Is An Important Day For Islanders Fans

from Netminder at Islanders Blogger,

If there was ever a time for Islanders fans to show their pride, it is tomorrow. The future of the New York Islanders starts August 4th at Hofstra University.

From Lighthouseli.com. Lighthouse supporters, we need you. The long awaited public hearing has been scheduled by the Town of Hempstead, and Tuesday, August 4, 2009 is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at the John Cranston Adams Playhouse on the campus of Hofstra University.

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Satan Talking Contract With Islanders

via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,

I can confirm we are currently in negotiations with the NYI on a contract for Miro Satan.

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Calling The Maven

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

It isn’t often that I get a phone call from Martin Biron.

Actually, over a half-century of covering hockey I’ve never received a buzz on the buzzer from any NHL goalie; at least not out of the blue like this one….

Biron-Roloson will open the campaign, and if I were to turn Marty’s feelings into a hit song, it would be “That’s Quite Alright With Me.”

Or, to put it directly into his final words before our conversation concluded: “I like the way the (young) Islanders are shaping up. When I was with the Flyers, the Islanders always gave us trouble; always hustled; always worked. Last year, with all their injuries and whatnot, they’d lose games by a goal. With our goaltending now, and a healthy team, we could be winning those games by a goal. This is going to be a fun season for me.”

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Talking All The Islanders Goalies

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Ah, but the question, WHO is the back-up?

Martin BironBetter still, Heaven only knows who’ll be the Numero Uno between the pipes when the Autumn leaves start to fall.

One thing is certain, one Islander goalie surely will fall because Garth Snow has produced yet another center-ring gem.

By signing Martin Biron to a one-year contract, the Isles’ general manager has lined up number one goalies the way Paris Hilton lines up gossip items.

And believe The Maven, there’ll be plenty of gossip over Rick (Remember Me) DiPietro, Dwayne (All The Way From Edmonton) Roloson and the aforementioned Biron between now and you-know-when.

For starters, having a triumverate of goalies ever-so-clearly suggests that the black cloud hovering over DiPietro’s netminding future will not easily dissipate until he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he CAN endure a good season of puck-stopping.

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Biron To The Islanders

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Islanders won’t be caught short again.

Ensuring stability in nets regardless of the state of Rick DiPetro’s health, the Islanders have signed free agent goaltender Martin Biron to a one-year, $1.4 million steal of a deal, The Post has learned.

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added 5:50pm,

The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron.

“Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders.  “We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.”

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Radio Voices For The Islanders Are Gone

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Islanders president Chris Dey last week told radio announcers Chris King and Steve Mears their contracts will not be renewed for the coming season. Madison Square Garden Network made television announcers Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe available for a radio simulcast, so Dey chose to cut payroll by letting King and Mears go.

King, 48, has been part of every Islanders radio broadcast for the past 15 years, including the last 11 years on a full-time basis as analyst and color commentator. Mears, 29, has handled the radio play-by-play duties for the past three seasons.

Although Rose and Jaffe are a superb television team, their style is tailored to that medium, describing instant replays, diagramming plays and conversing about the game. A radio broadcast is more detailed and more wordy in terms of play-by-play description, while the TV crew relies more heavily on the pictures to tell the story.

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Tavares Signs His Entry Level Contract

The Islanders signed John Tavares to a three-year entry level contract on Wednesday. Tavares was selected by the Islanders first overall in the 2009 National Hockey League Draft.

“It’s an exciting time for the Islanders organization as we develop our young talent into a contender,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow.  “John provides another important piece to help us achieve our ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

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Islanders Shopping Just About Done

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Alex Tanguay is pretty much the last big-name forward with scoring ability left on the free-agent shelves. Speedy Maxim Afinogenov is available, but after his past down season in Buffalo, there’s no market. Veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has resumed negotiations with Carolina, his previous team, and physical winger Travis Moen recently received $4.5 million over three years from Montreal.

In other words, free agency for the Islanders pretty much began and ended with the signing of goaltender Dwayne Roloson to serve as the backup for rehabbing Rick DiPietro or as fulltime starter until DiPietro’s return. There’s not going to be any scoring help added from the outside by all indications nor any size on defense.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow is believed to still be shopping for help in the enforcement department.

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Tavares Now The Islanders Focal Point

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

John Tavares said all the right things yesterday.

When asked if he could do for the Islanders what Sidney Crosby did for the Penguins, the Islanders’ recent first-overall pick said: “I want to be part of the team. It’s not just about me.”

He’s got a point, but the fact is, the Islanders got more than 10,000 fans to show up at the Nassau Coliseum to watch him get drafted—on TV—and had several hundred more come yesterday to his introductory press conference.

Tavares, who turns 19 in September, will skate for the first time with his new team tomorrow during minicamp and will be the focal point from the first game of the season on.

“We’ve got guys around him who will help him,” general manager Garth Snow said. “Whether it’s on the ice or off the ice.”

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