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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
And it will be bloody - not in the literal sense - for the Islanders, who established themselves as a playoff contender over the first half of the year with a relentless work ethic that overcame holes in the lineup, but who have been unable to muster the necessary inspiration to overcome fatigue, warts, injuries and a suspension down the stretch.
Have we mentioned that the Islanders are 5-7-4 since Garth Snow appropriately pulled the trigger on the trade for Ryan Smyth?
Have we mentioned that the Islanders are 3-7-2 since Alexei Yashin returned to the lineup on Mar. 8 after going 8-2-4 while he was down with a knee?
Hmmm. Must be a coincidence….
There is tonight for the Rangers and Islanders, but if the Blueshirts win, there will be no tomorrows for Ted Nolan’s team. This more likely than not means no tomorrows on the Island for, among others, Smyth and Jason Blake. Talk about an organization on the brink.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Next time, maybe Snow won’t allow his heart to make personnel decisions for him, such as the one where he signed his college teammate, Mike Dunham - coincidentally the fellow the Rangers obtained after Richter went down with the second concussion - to back up DiPietro. Snow may have been best man at Dunham’s wedding, but that obviously didn’t translate into Dunham being best man for Snow’s previous job.
And perhaps Snow might want to explain why he didn’t exercise a waiver claim on Jason Strudwick and block the Rangers from adding the veteran defenseman to their roster two weeks ago.
NEW YORK (March 31, 2007)—For tonight’s New York Islanders’ game against the Ottawa Senators, the NHL is honoring the International Ice Hockey Federation’s request that the NHL enforce the German Ice Hockey League’s indefinite suspension of New York Islanders defenseman Todd Simpson.
The suspension was issued as the result of an abuse of official penalty assessed against Mr. Simpson while he was playing for the Hannover Scorpions of the German Ice Hockey League, in the Scorpions’ last play-off game against the Sinupret Ice Tigers.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has advised the NHL that the German Ice Hockey League will hold a hearing on Monday concerning the incident. The NHL will review the German Ice Hockey League’s determination when it is made and will thereafter determine Mr. Simpson’s status.
from Wallace Matthews at Newsday,
Hiding injuries from opponents is one thing. Denying injuries to yourself, or minimizing their severity, is something else. Something foolish and potentially destructive, to the player and to the team.
Clearly, DiPietro suffered a significant concussion against the Canadiens, and a couple of days off weren’t quite enough to clear it up. Then he suffered another one against the Rangers. By the team’s acknowledgment, he “hasn’t been right” ever since.
Nobody involved with the Islanders wants to say the words “post-concussion syndrome,” because to do so would be to acknowledge that what is afflicting DiPietro is potentially career-threatening.
We understand that the NHL is the most stoic of our sports leagues, a modern-day Sparta in which players think nothing of losing teeth, leaking blood, getting sewn up and going back out to play, preferably without missing a shift. This is admirable, if a bit anachronistic in an era in which baseball players are routinely hospitalized for a case of the sniffles.
from On The Islanders Beat at Newsday,
On the positive side, Newsday has learned the Islanders have signed former NHL defenseman Todd Simpson for the remainder of the regular season. Simpson spent the past season playing in Germany and must clear waivers in order to play.
more...plus Smyth & Hilbert listed as day-to-day…
from the NY Daily News,
The likelihood of Rick DiPietro playing for the Islanders this weekend appears so slim that it would be “very surprising” to a person who has been in regular contact with the franchise goalie over the last several days.
That’s because DiPietro indeed learned earlier this week that he is suffering from a concussion, two people close to the groggy goalie confirmed yesterday, and not just the “headaches” the Islanders revealed as his lone diagnosis before Tuesday’s night’s 3-2 loss to the Devils.
One published report yesterday indicated that DiPietro was expected to return as early as tomorrow in Buffalo as long as his headaches subsided, a notion one of the goalie’s close friends categorized as “unbelievable” and “ridiculous.”
The New York Islanders’ playoff hopes have suffered a significant blow.
Netminder Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely, suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Sources tell TSN DiPietro is not feeling well and did not pass a neuro-psychological exam and will be out of the lineup until he feels better and can pass the test.
added 4:40pm, from On The Islanders Beat,
If the headache that knocked Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro out of tonight’s game against the Devils is gone in time, he will start Friday night in Buffalo.
Contrary to an earlier report by The Sports Network in Canada, DiPietro has not been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and was not ruled out of tonight’s game because he failed to pass the neuro-psychological exam that was administered. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, DiPietro’s status is based simply on the fact that he reported experiencing a headache following the Islanders’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers Sunday at Nassau Coliseum.
from Greg Logan of Newsday:
If Ryan Hollweg is agreeable, Chris Simon would like to offer a face-to-face apology for his stick-swinging attack that resulted in a minimum 25-game suspension for the remainder of this season and the playoffs. It could happen as soon as Sunday afternoon when the Rangers and Islanders meet at Nassau Coliseum.
In his first public comments since the March 8 incident, Simon said that on the advice of attorneys, he had not spoken to Hollweg about the altercation. But Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice decided against pursuing a criminal investigation, so Simon is ready to reach out.
“I’m going to call him, but I would rather meet him and apologize to him than do it over the phone,” Simon said yesterday at the Islanders’ morning skate. “But I’m going to call and see if that’s possible. If not, then I’m going to do my best over the phone.”
Yashin lost track of Vincent Lecavalier just before the NHL’s leading goal scorer netted his 49th of the season to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead at 1:50 of the second period. Yashin had only 12 shifts and 9:22 of ice time. “Whether it’s our captain or not, you have to perform,” Nolan said. “At this time of the year, there’s no excuses.
“He’s been back now for [six] games. Losing a guy on the second goal, that’s inexcusable at this time of year. You can lose certain people, but we have to play with a certain urgency, with some grit, and whoever doesn’t won’t get too much ice time.”
from the New York Islanders,
Rick DiPietro took part in his first practice since his injury last Tuesday night in Montreal. He was there from the beginning until the workout ended at 3:15 pm, stopped plenty of pucks and was his usual, energetic self. After practice, he did not rule out the possibility of starting when the Islanders face the Lightning on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.
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