“I watched Brad score 43 and 33 goals in consecutive years,” Weight said. “I don’t care if you played in 1920 or 2012, 43 goals in this league is amazing. He was our best player in those two years in St. Louis.”
“He’s a real good kid – prepared, professional and committed,” Weight said. “And you want to have good character people that are going to have the work ethic and the professionalism that we want to start building within here.”
“(They offer) a position more suitable to my style, a top-six forward, a power-play situation,” Boyes said. “Those are two things that I think are something I’ll be able to put in.”
“I kind of knew of teams that were looking for me and I was excited to hear that they were going to be interested,” Carkner said of the Isles. “I think I heard that just after 12 (p.m.) today that they were going to be sending an offer. It was good. I had a lot of different teams talking to me, and it took me a while to kind of decide and figure out what was the best fit for me. It was a little hectic, but it all worked out.”
“That’s a big factor,” Carkner said. “I was seeing my ice time kind of diminish in Ottawa, with a different coach coming in and a different style of play. I was coming off an injury as well. It just took me a while to get back to where I was, and that’s just kind of how it fell into place. I was happy to see what my options were and I think that I will fit in real well in New York with the Islanders. I am pretty excited to get a spot here.”
Islanders Senior Advisor to the General Manager and Assistant Coach Doug Weight believes that Carkner’s signing addresses a need for the organization to add some size and toughness to the blue line.
“Obviously, the first thing you think of is his toughness,” Weight said. “It’s certainly something we had to address as a team. We think there’s a big upside for Matt and not just in the toughness category. He’s hard to play against, has a solid defensive game and can win battles in the corner. He’s a good quality person and I think he can bring a lot to our defensive corps and a lot to our team. He can play the game, be a good PK guy and make us harder to play against.”
There was some demand for Carkner, obviously the Islanders overpaid for a player who on paper was not going to bring any offense to a club that desperately needs it nor has he been very durable.
Bottom line for now (which can change within the hour) the strategy seems to be Okposo (Tavares wing before the injury) will go back to the spot he was playing. Boyes will be a gamble to see if he can become a scorer again but his floor will be better than Pandolfo. Parenteau got fair market value, Isles leave themselves open to legitimate second guessing if Okposo, Niederreiter, another prospect or Boyes does not produce to same level as Parenteau.
Snow I guess is stocking up on some toughness adding, Carkner, Boulton his team needed some.
One thing for sure is the Islanders did not give Doug Weight a ceremonial title as assistant to the general manager.
It’s almost fair to ask are the players developing here a better choice than who will make up a very weak UFA market again that opens at noon on Sunday?
But let’s take an outsiders look at how the New York Islanders likely will operate when the market opens.
The More Things Change……..The More They Stay The Same:
When Mike Bossy signed his final NHL contract in October of 1981 for what would be seven years/5.75m, he went into great detail in his book (Boss: “The Mike-Bossy Story page 140-144 “) about the negotiations between himself, agent Pierre Lacroix, and Bill Torrey, which involved Islander alternate governor, William Shehan, who was a senior adviser to the club until 2002.
A lot of basic things still apply in 2012.
In those days newspapers were a little more responcible with information.
It Does Not Take A Committee:
Let’s have a little fun, pretend we are in the Islanders offices with their charts of UFA players.
It’s meeting time as Snow, Morrow, Weight, Capuano, Klatt, whoever in the scouting department is making a list of who they want to sign/why?
Everyone goes around the table as they discuss each player, then come up with a depth chart which changes often.
No doubt Snow/staff are doing their due diligence, calling x team from gm/coaches/former players/trainers, even current Islanders to see if that player can help this franchise along with why they are becoming a free agent? Many reasons why players are available from salary to performance are well-known.
Charles Wang is likely on a speakerphone from somewhere, asking how much, why will he help the team to the point we should pay that player? Wang’s also had his meetings with Michael Picker, Art McCarthy, Paul Lancey, Howard Saffan to discuss a working budget to operate in New York/Bridgeport.
Everyone has their plan.
It’s not rocket science, the Islanders have their free agent depth chart, top contract figure to offer, the player/agent have done the same.
The market means one player makes a breakthrough salary wise, everyone wants a comparable salary.
Not everyone receives one.
Let Bill Torrey/William Skehan tell you about former owner John Pickett and how this business can wear on an owner or how much credit they used to receive. I have been hard on Pickett, and apprciate these comments more today.
“I remember once in the early ’80s, one of the few times my dad was ever quoted in the newspaper,” Brett Pickett said. “He was saying, ‘If I had my way, nobody would know who owns the Islanders.’ And that’s just how he preferred it.”
Still there was Charles Wang at the draft meeting the teams selections.
Islanders website: Announced that assistant coaches Scott Allen and Dean Chynoweth will not return for the 2012-13 season.
Scott Allen was named Assistant Coach of the Islanders on July 20, 2009.
Dean Chynoweth was named the Islanders Assistant Coach on June 19, 2009.
Never a good day to see anyone leaving any job.
Dean Chynoweth is a former player with the Islanders so even worse in that regard.
Jack Capuano has had nothing to say since the season ended.
These were both coaches hired for Scott Gordon’s second season with the Islanders.
If Capuano wanted them to stay this could be an issue for him, but the question moving forward is does Capuano get to pick his own staff, or will it work like in New Jersey with long time assistant coaches, Larry Robinson & Jacques Laperriere, who stayed behind the bench despite several Devils coaching changes?
Laperriere, has had another role with Devils for a few years now.
No folks, I do not believe for one minute Doug Weight would accept a job as an NHL head coach with this little experience or would Garth Snow offer it to him.
Weights’s reaction to this could also be interesting being that he was a full time assistant coach, and part of a staff that has now been significantly changed, as Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
This could take some time to play out depending on what assistant’s or former head coaches become available.
If you are asking this blog if someone who makes decisions based only upon watching games/comments of the assistant coaches if these are the correct moves I would have to say no.
I supported Jack Capuano returning, so I have to do the same for the assistant coaches with the exact same reasons.
Of course, it’s not that simple if contracts end or if management does not feel the same.
Islanders website: Report former Captain, Doug Weight, was announced as the King Clancy Memorial Trophy recipient, awarded to the player that best displays exceptional leadership qualities and commitment to their community.
Michael Grabner, did not win the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year here.
The NHL schedule will be released Thursday at 2pm.
Islanders website: Report goaltender Anders Nilsson has been signed to a three year entry level contract.
See twitter for link: Nilsson received a max contract, the highest awarded since lockout ended for a third round pick, and will be in North America next season per his agent.
That puts Nilsson, Koskinen and Poulin in Bridgeport with Montoya, Nabokov and DiPietro in New York. A lot of surgery/injury among current Islander goaltender ranks, but a signing that had to be done this summer or rights of a high draft pick would have been lost.
ITV: Released Doug Weight’s complete press conference.
XM: Had an interview with Kyle Okposo on his new contract, Doug Weight and other items.
Will be toning down blog entries or posting them via twitter. NYIFC is supposed to be more of a blog that’s an extension of it’s twitter page. It has been a very busy stretch so more has been written here lately.
Setting the agenda:
NYIFC is a hockey blog, not a political blog. Entries have been written on the politics behind this, so from here on we’re not going that deep into the political end of things, the recent/past archives have plenty on the Coliseum issue.
The order can suddenly change depending on sudden signings, trades or organizational changes. Bridgeport needs a head coach. RFA/UFA have to be signed or qualified and prospects have to be signed.
Seems every day something is happening, it was not this active during games.
1. The Memorial Cup and Casey Cizikas has to be signed by 5/31. St Michaels Majors plays semi-finals Friday night against Kootenay.
Toronto Sun: Terry Koshan had his usual issues with the Islanders, but Casey Cizikas comments on signing with the club on Wednesday.
2. 5/31 is the next Nassau County legislature chance to vote for a referendum vote happening in August, after last week who knows if that will be delayed again?
Instead of waiting on twitter updates/articles from this blog/wherever go to NassauCounty.ny.iqm2.com and simply watch meeting/hearing/vote live for yourselves.
3. After that no doubt more financial articles and spin in Cablevision’s newspaper and a ton of rhetoric both ways. You know where this blog stands on these items, Mangano/politics/ect.
4. Draft updates/possible signings or qualifying offers to RFA or UFA. NYIFC has opened it’s draft sections here and at the prospect blog.
As for UFA The Province: Zenon Konopka’s comments on Trevor Gillies, and other subjects.
It’s great the Islanders locked up Grabner, Okposo and likely will do so with their other RFA. The backloaded contracts speak a great deal to Charles Wang’s time as owner whether a Coliseum referendum passes and receives approvals or not.
Charles Wang may not be around to pay those players for a lot of reasons, he will be seventy two come final year of those deals.
It also has to be written who is going to buy this team from him if he becomes in effect, the next Smg with a lot of the property/hotel revenue going to him? It’s obvious around the NHL simply owning the building and getting all event revenue is not enough to make owning a team self-sustaining, even when it’s new.
When details come out from credible media (source free) with direct quotes regarding financing there will be more to read, not before.
My initial reaction was taken aback when Doug Weight was assigned assistant coach/assistant to the gm. I wanted a reaction from Jack Capuano, who is now the full time head coach who has Scott Gordon’s staff. Sometimes a general manager/coach relationship goes south which could be a problem for someone in that mix if Weight is in the middle which his role clearly suggests.
Doug Weight is as visible and respected a figure as there is in hockey. If there was an issue he would be outspoken so I do not foresee a problem here. Weight will not pull punches.
Previous assistant’s to Garth Snow seemed very peripheral or not much detail was brought out or confirmed by articles vs what was advertised. If Weight will be behind the bench for every game we will see. Weight’s efforts regarding pp at end of last season failed as someone behind the bench with a lot of injuries in a limited body of work.
If a job is available elsewhere for Scott Gordon, he should be let out of his contract immediately. If one is available here, and he wants it, he should be retained.
Put no stock on players invited to draft party who are UFA, some can be retained, others let go.
The silence is deafening out of Atlanta and very sad for their fans. If ASG can own and pay for the Hawks, they can pay for and operate the Thrashers, it’s not the NHL’s call until they have a sale to approve or reject.
Bill Daly’s comment about Seattle were unexpected for a deputy commissioner who is usually guarded with his statements.
Tsn.ca: Absolutely hit a home run adding former referee, Kerry Fraser. His work is fresh, ground-breaking and comes from a hockey viewpoint few can relate to. I loved his story about Al Arbour and every entry is very good where we learn things.
No, that site does not have hockey centric rss and badly needs a redesign.
Tsn.ca: On the other side of that coin is Scott Cullen, who refused to acknowledge the Islanders 600+ man games lost to injury when we discussed them, but defended the Blues, John Davidson for not spending and cited injury several times when going through players.
All I ever ask is the playing field be level for all teams in viewpoints. If Scott Cullen wants to do thirty team reviews and he writes the Islanders season was over by the time Andrew MacDonald got hurt, of course I’m going to point out the club was 4-1-2, in first place when he got hurt in October.
If that bothers him to where he is defensive about it, that says something about his viewpoint not being informed, fair or objective.
The Islanders website live streamed the press conference, it will be made available later in full with Doug Weight, Garth Snow, and Charles Wang’s comments.
Former Captain Bill Guerin was in attendance with many of the current players.
Islanders website: Report Islanders Captain Doug Weight has announced his retirement as a player and will remain in the organization as an Assistant Coach and Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
“It was an honor to be a member of the NHL for the 19 years I laced up my skates,” Weight said. “I have a lifetime of memories from playing this game and cherish them all. I am excited to begin this next phase of my professional career and help the Islanders continue to climb the ladder to winning the Stanley Cup.”
“Doug is the ultimate leader,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He has taken our young core of players, over the past three years, and helped elevate their game to a point where we now see our franchise competing with the top teams in the league. On behalf of the organization, I’d like to thank Doug for his commitment to the New York Islanders and we are excited to have him join our Hockey Operations Department in seeing through with our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
Islanders website: Released an article with comments from John Tavares, Travis Hamonic, Josh Bailey and separate features where former Islander Bill Guerin, and several past teammates over his playing career along with honoring families efforts in community.
Per Brian Compton’s twitter: Weight will be behind the bench for every game next season. Snow clarified he is not replacing Scott Allen or Dean Chynoweth.
Today is the time to praise Doug Weight for an outstanding career. Obviously the future leaders of this team by their own words/actions have nothing but respect for Weight, his continued role will be an asset to the players and staff.
Apparently this must be in legislature for seven days before any vote can be taken so change all dates to 5/31.
UNH Wildcats: Report Islander prospect Blake Kessel has decided to forego his senior season to play professionally. Kessel was a sixth-round pick in the 2007 National Hockey League entry draft.
To best of my knowledge he can also go UFA thirty days after submitting a letter declaring his intention to turn professional via Blake Wheeler route. Is his pro cache that good or are the Islanders going to announce his signing?
To correct an earlier tweet or blog, only first round picks signing elsewhere via Blake Wheeler rule bring a compensatory pick. Gregiore, Kessel sign elsewhere after thirty days Islanders receive nothing as compensation.
Cablevision’s Newspaper gave George J. Marlin, a director of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority Authority three pages Monday night to write about these projects basically not making money.
Regarding Monday’s events at the Coliseum color me apathetic, but less so than our so-called television partner and Newspaper carrier.
Islanders used their only media resource available that they own and that was the teams website.
Ironic to learn Tom Gulotta’s 1996-98 Goodwill Games Swimming Pool that could have bought out Smg long ago needs another thirty million or so of repairs.
We are all going through these machinations on 5/24 (the 31st Anniversary of New York’s First Stanley Cup) 5/31 and perhaps later on August 1st because Ed Mangano would not put himself on the line for the New York Islanders.
NYIFC 5/11 entry Press Conference Over: Mangano Takes Easy Way Out On NYI Future no point being repetitive.
Mangano if he was doing his job could have saved Wang and/or taxpayers election money, a ton of drama and future rallies, by simply announcing that he, Wang, Legislators, NIFA, TOH, Nassau were meeting until an agreement was hammered out even if it meant locking everyone in a room.
That’s how it’s going to play out if it clears Tuesday, August 1st and the legislature a second time in August begging the question why not just get to that point now because the Coliseum must be renovated or replaced.
I believe that’s how it will go even if 5/31 legislature vote fails or at some future point.
Tuesday Charles Wang, Garth Snow are expected to speak, if the vote fails on 5/31
you can bet Wang finally will be forced to play hardball as was done in Edmonton, Pittsburgh and issue threats.
Our fans are going to have to deal with that and I suspect Wang will be forced not to pull punches.
My take is it’s sad our fans again have to be dragged to more rallies, they are tired and worn down from this fight between meetings, focus groups, rallies for well over a decade.
Ed Mangano made it necessary to take this route.
You can bet Charles Wang is tired too.
If it does fail 5/31 I expect (after a lot of yelling) an eventual agreement will be done without a referendum at some future point, but even if there is an approval on 5/31 for an August vote we will all get a good idea how many legislators were ready to kill this at step one.
NHL.com reports Doug Weight will have an 11am press conference on Thursday, where it’s likely he will announce his retirement.
I don’t wish to minimize Doug Weight’s announcement at this time with comment.
Frans Nielsen was awarded Bob Nystrom award Saturday night…Congratulations.
NYIFC Twitter Game Review of Carolina 4, New York 2 high marks to Hillen and Wishart for even being able to play in this one.
Matt Donovan had his first professional point in Bridgeport’s 4-3 win which also featured another point from Aaron Ness on a team packed with ATO’s but included Rhett Rakhshani’s 21st goal.
Buffalo News: Bucky Gleason has Michael Grabner for the Calder and felt Frans Nielsen had a terrific year for the Islanders.
Edmonton Journal: Jim Matheson provides Islander captain Doug Weight (former Oiler) more space than local papers and a complete interview with more very tough details on his current and future health, and perhaps is more interested in management than coaching.
“I was getting some deadness in my left leg just before the bones were healed and they found a nerve coming out the L3 and L4 vertebra that was being pinched. My left leg atrophied, about eight centimetres. The nerve has slowly come back but the nerve still has to straighten in the next three to four months so I can avoid surgery”
Congratulations to Al Montoya, he earned a contract based on his strong/consistent play over an extended period. To go to Bridgeport he would now have to clear waivers.
Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen are both signed for next season. Anders Nilsson has to be signed this summer (22nd birthday) or like Stefan Ridderwall will be out of the organization. In short there seems to be no immediate place for advancement and that says nothing over lingering Nabokov waiver claim being tolled or any possible change in Rick DiPietro’s status.
Unless a goalie under contract decides to go home next season I do not see any spot for UFA Nate Lawson.
Islanders Website: Report Doug Weight will not play this season with his comments on possible retirement.
“I would lean more towards retirement than I would playing (again), but by no means have I made that decision,” Weight said. “I don’t want to hang on. I just want to make sure my mind’s right. I feel like that’s my right. I’ve earned it over time, to make sure that’s what I want.”
Weight continued, “When I’m on the ice, I don’t feel out of place. I owe it to my family and myself to make the right decision.”
Time will tell regarding what Weight decides, but the center spot here is locked up. He has not proven he can hold up and frankly his resigning was for a second year a mistake that cost the club on the ice.
Mark Katic and Dylan Reese have been recalled from loan from Bridgeport for Jurcia and Gervais both out with injury.
Fair to write it’s going to be very tough for Jack Capuano to build anything with this many injuries mounting up on the blueline in terms of any questions about his future status. To lose MacDonald is a game changer as it was in October, as we go deeper it gets even harder to play at high level the club was for so long.
Fair to write the club could end the season as it did when it fell out of contention. Kovalchuk will play against New York on Wednesday, Parise is still a question mark but practicing.
Defense: Hamonic, Reese, Wishart, Martinek, Katic & Jack Hillen.
Defense injured: Streit, Mottau, Eaton, Jurcina, MacDonald, Gervais.
Islanders website: Had interim head coach Jack Capuano’s NHL interview today.
Islanders website: Also released another prospect report which recently has been a week occurrence.
Islanders website: Had more from General Manager Garth Snow, comments from Interim Head Coach, Jack Capuano, along with team Captain Doug Weight.
Assistant coaches Dean Chynoweth and Scott Allen will remain on staff in their current capacities. In Capuano’s absence, Sound Tigers assistant coach Pat Bingham will assume head coaching duties.
Doug Weight did not throw Gordon under the bus, and acknowledged the players are responsible for this, however he did not sound like a man who disagreed with the decision to make a change.
Scott Gordon for his part was first class, and showed a side of himself as fans we rarely got to see. I do believe Snow-Capuano comments were genuine about how they liked Gordon. Only the gm knows if Gordon will be an active part of things or will find himself an assistant to the gm, who has the job in title only.
As for Jack Capuano’s long-term status, he could be here a week or less, another coach could be hired quickly. It depends on whether the general manager is permitted to hire another coach or does this set the stage for a housecleaning next summer that includes Garth Snow?
I will add this on Capuano, if he’s been teaching Scott Gordon’s system for over two years, what’s different that he can bring to the position?
Bottom line, this team does not start winning soon at six games under five hundred soon it’s not going to matter who the coach is. They have to produce at even strength, they have to go on a winning streak.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Pat Bingham who takes the role as Sound Tigers head coach.
Did you really expect some media shockjocks to do anything but blame Wang because they could not count how many max rookie contracts or forwards were already here with long-term contracts signed? They are not interested in the contract offer made to Paul Martin or others, it’s not Pittsburgh or Chicago/Toronto or a market where they will give the teams all benefits of the doubt because those clubs are important to their businesses/status. The only thing most of them they have proven is their knowledge, information and viewpoints are irrelevant/obsolete.
There is no excuse for the New York Islanders losing streak, there is even less excuse for such lazy, outdated media coverage.