I would like nothing more than this team making my last entry look very bad.
The April 2013 New York Islanders returned for two games.
That is how Jack Capuano’s team must play win or lose.
It’s the only way they have a chance.
I absolutely see this becoming a 3-12 season ending month, the problems on defense are beyond coaching.
It took a miracle Matt Carkner wide/shot redirection for Matt Martin’s goal to reach overtime on Friday, but the skating/speed/defense was clearly visible on Friday.
The Senators played a 6-5 game against Chicago so they are far from a doormat team despite their recent struggles.
Best game of the season by a mile against Boston.
The defense that went 11-1-2 down stretch pushed the play at the opposition . First one goal game allowed since Phoenix imploded. Only the second time this season one goal against.
Far too many minutes for MacDonald/Hamonic again, but finally a five on five shot that finds the net.
(not like the one that bounded in Tuesday)
This is the Kevin Poulin who used to be seen in his callups.
Donovan was outstanding the last two games, so was Thomas Hickey, who’s pass to Nielsen on Friday in the third period was the best setup of the season.
The kind of slam-dunk goal other teams have scored since opening night against the Islanders defense.
The Islander defenders were going to the net every chance they could on Friday.
Think the absolutely world of Matt Moulson. World class player, however he does not find Tavares at five on five with an open net goal, he does not get a breakaway in overtime, nor does he score off the rush at even strength against Boston with that kind of shot.
Different players/skills, both great at what they do.
Moulson had one even strength goal opening night against Columbus, one assist with the goalie pulled against Carolina. (somehow he was not credit with a goal against the Flyers in his last Islander game)
For any chance this is how the club must continue skating, with a road-trip a defender has to be added.
Very happy for Scott Pellerin & the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Blow out 7-1 win against Friday in Worcester. Ryan Strome/Mike Halmo five point games, with the later four goals/two days.
Shootout win Saturday with forty five shots taken.. They fell behind in this game after leading entering the third period, but something perhaps to build on the last two games.
Rick DiPietro entered the third period with a 3-2 lead in San Antonio on Saturday, he faced twenty two third period shots, allowed a shorthanded goal, and lost 5-3.
39 saves/44 shots.
Images added here:
Trottier/Bossy rookie seasons
1984 Stanley Cup Finals Gillies/game two/Lafontaine game five.
Both 1981 Daily News backpages
New York sweeping Quebec to reach 3rd straight final in 1982.
List of Nassau Coliseum PA Announcers.
Links to old newspaper websites for minor pro hockey leagues.
Ct Post backup blogger site.
1-When the National Hockey Leagues (not Tsn/Espn personalities) make a trade call that the New York Islanders have options with regard to when they surrender their first round pick in the Vanek trade there is something to write about here, not before.
This is one trade call, dozens are made at the deadline so it should not be a very tough job to release all details if that’s the case. When the Devils were penalized by the NHL for the Kovalchuk contract, it was made very clear by the league the team would have a choice of when they forfeit their first rounder.
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters Monday that the organization has decided to retain its first-round pick for the 2013 NHL Draft, which the Devils are hosting, on June 30.
The Devils forfeited a 2011 third-round pick, and also were told they needed to forfeit a first-rounder at some point over the next four years following the penalty.
The league, and the teams have made no such announcement with regard to the Islanders 1st round selection. Both general managers have made no such comment despite hosting press conferences.
Nothing I have not written endless times about how poor a job the New York Islanders professional media does.
2-There is also nothing new I can write about the New York Islanders defensive problems & five on five scoring issues that has not been posted here for days/weeks. Al Arbour could not fix this defense as presently constructed, expect a lot more of Jack Capuano getting upset or being unfairly held accountable with his job.
This club cannot win with any regularity on defense as it’s currently constructed, they allow three goals a game or more, with not a single five on five goal produced to date for the season by this group.
This cannot be fixed internally with the current group, it’s a season long issue.
Anyone missing Mark Streit’s skating, passing, scoring and ability to move the puck yet?
Sometimes a player is that valuable to one team.
3-No more hiding for Bridgeport, they have to start playing hockey on a regular basis beginning on Wednesday 10/30. Twelve games against Hartford out of seventy six?
That keeps up it may not matter who the 2017 Nassau Coliseum AHL home team is.
4-Rick DiPietro is expected to play a game this week.
Daniels said DiPietro will definitely play this week, though not sure when. Said he seems to be in great shape. Games Wed, Thurs, Sat.
— Paul Branecky (@PaulBranecky) October 28, 2013
His veteran counterpart is AHL player of the week with back to back shutouts. DiPietro could play 10/30 or 10/31.
No one wants to write about it, however it cannot be hidden any more than the thousands of empty seats when this franchise is listed at the official home team.
This is simply not a good hockey team overall who’s goals allowed is at the bottom of whatever this division is called, and struggle badly at five on five.
It’s beyond Jack Capuano/or any head coaches ability, although he’s doing Nelson/Donovan no favors.
It’s likely to only get much worse as the special teams start to even out.
The New York Islanders cannot hide from their defensive or five on five issues, it’s a team allowing over three goals a game, they cannot even play a low scoring contest no matter how well Navokov plays. When the Islanders score the other team usually comes right back down the ice, exploits this teams defense/five on five coverage, and scores a very easy goal of it’s own.
It’s happened too many times now to write it’s coincidence.
Travis Hamonic played over thirty minutes in Pittsburgh, MacDonald close to twenty eight minutes, they will wear down quickly or get hurt being used this way.
The recent injury to Brian Strait, means there is no defensive depth left (even after signing Martinek) no place in the stands to hide Matt Carkner, who has not helped Matt Donovan’s game (who’s making his own huge mistakes) no five on five goals from a defender all season, even with them trying to step up and create chances.
They were struggling with Visnovsky/Strait in the lineup.
There is no help coming from Bridgeport. Joe Finley is injured, that club is struggling badly under Scott Pellerin’s coaching once again. Bridgeport had four first period power plays on Saturday, but only five shots. (two by Calvin deHaan)
Mike Halmo was listed on the top defensive pairing.
Then Bridgeport gave up twenty two second period shots (five goals) in the second straight game Anders Nilsson had to be pulled. (Nilsson let up a weak first goal/beyond that everything was scored from quality area)
Most of the NHL teams struggling badly below the New York Islanders in the standings can play some low scoring games, this team cannot.
Nabokov stole the game in Pittsburgh, the Islanders were vastly outplayed. (it was a miracle an open net shot hit Carkner)
When Nielsen/Okposo/Bailey revert to career offensive trends (they have done fantastic) there is nothing to supplant that offense. Tavares has been struggling, a slow group of forwards do not give him the space he needs to take his shot in transition, Capuano already tried Grabner next to him.
Tavares has his one powerplay goal five on three (from an outside shot) against Phoenix, that’s it.
What’s Cal Clutterbuck going to do? Fight? Throw a hit, they have that in Matt Martin, while Brock Nelson sits on the sidelines. Clutterbuck’s not a player who eats minutes, and produces at best an even shift.
Colin McDonald’s pays for it too whenever Boulton dresses.
These are issues now dating even back to preseason.
These problems are not going away the cracks are only going to get bigger.
Nothing much to write about Rick DiPietro’s tryout. Too bad agent Ian Pulver could not do better in North America for him. He’s going to get little/no opportunity to replace injured Carolina goaltenders under contract when they return so expect his PTO to end quickly like most.
Carolina signed another goalie to a PTO the day before DiPietro for it’s AHL team.
Either way I wish him luck. The only joke Larry (the clown) Brooks is Rick DiPietro will be paid less than Brad Richards has already been paid in the last two years (forty two million) as Brooks waives his Ranger/Richard’s pom poms, and endorsed his sixty million dollar contract, then called for his buyout last summer.
Forty two million to be a converted left winger
With a frontloaded contract in which Richards makes most of his money in the early years of a nine-year, $60 million deal to keep his cap hit down for the Rangers, the 33-year-old center has made approximately $36.9 million, including signing bonuses, through his first two seasons. That number would have been $42 million if it weren’t for the NHL lockout.
DiPietro not counting pay lost during lockout was paid 31.5 million for his contract to date.
DiPietro never had to be benched for a playoff game when healthy or hidden like Richards along with a roster of AHL/NHL Rangers.
DiPietro was an All-Star starter, an Olympic starter, who carried this team to two playoff spots, and almost a third in 2007-08. Jay Greenberg in the Post called his fifty five save performance at Msg the best goaltending he’s seen in forty years of hockey coverage.
For five years RDP kept trying to recover from a minor surgery in 2008 that went bad. Dan Blackburn tried coming back with two blockers, Al Montoya has his NHL career saved by the Islanders.
Hard to see why the Islanders risked RDP getting hurt by playing eighteen games in Bridgeport if their plan was a full buyout because if he got hurt he could not be bought out, insurance would have had to settle a career ending injury.
His comments upon being sent down did not land him a suspension by the club, followed by a buyout.
Can an owner have a better personal relationship with someone than Sather, Isiah Tomas, and Steve Mills?
The only jokes should be reserved for Brooks, and the NY Post brutal coverage.
You need a joke, I got one. Funny how the same media that ripped the Islanders daily/hourly for not disclosing injures in 2008-2009 put their heads in the sand, and defends it now when another local team refuses to disclose injuries to their players?
Guess those checks to newspapers for Knicks ad space are too important too risk so double-standards it shall be.
Greg Logan going to update his policy from Oct 2008.
I watched Islanders pregame today. Stan Fischler/Peter Ruttgaizer discussed meddling owners, but not their employer?
Kind of like ignoring Islanders playing at Barclay’s Center, Ruttgaizer attended the preseason game.
Mr Ruttgaizer joined twitter this month.
Bottom line if Rick DiPietro (or any player participating in other leagues) is not cleared by the NHL team doctors whenever this lock out ends, the insurance coverage they signed to play with their respective European team is responsible to whatever the player insured himself for.
On the Bridgeport front it’s been a mixed bag with deHaan’s season ending shoulder injury a huge problem moving forward, count Kirill Kabanov’s injury in that mix but not season ending.
Anders Nilsson’s illness/injury has prevented him from starting a single game which is very disquieting, David Ullstrom has a lower body injury but day to day. Casey Cizikas picked up where he left off.
The good news on the Bridgeport front clearly is how seamlessly Brock Nelson, Nino Niederreiter, John Persson have adapted to this level so far in terms of production. It’s an excellent start, however many top picks go to the AHL and do well with Jeff Tambellini an example.
Lockout Negotiations Second Thoughts?
I wrote recently the players are entitled to every penny of their newly signed contracts, but the thing about those contracts are they were signed under the terms of the previous CBA which included escrow.
I did not consider that at the time.
Under that CBA it meant they could lose a portion of those contracts, you can be sure many owners/players knew that when the contracts were signed.
The league’s apparent recent offers did promise the players full contracts be honored, however with the revenue split changing that means they may not receive the full value in a 50/50 split so call the wordsmith for the collective rhetoric on the escrow.
Of course let’s be clear, the paychecks being lost by the players with no salary is going to start costing a lot more than any escrow/revenue split down the road.
As for the rest the usual media suspects are doing it’s collective market song/dance.
This blog has not been covering the many NHL Islander players signing in Europe/KHL. (sidebar links have been following transactions) DiPietro is a little different because no one on the current roster needs to play hockey more, and this is his chance to work off the game rust that practice does not provide.
Obviously DiPietro/agent secured the necessary insurance of his NHL contract, however any sustained injury means if a lockout were settled, the Islanders would no longer be required to pay the remainder of his contract if he were hurt playing in another league.
Of course the same holds true for all players.
What this blogger wants most is Rick DiPietro with the rust off his game, finally ready to return to the franchise goaltender/all-star he was in 2007-08.
New York Roster:
To the best of my knowledge Evgeny Nabokov, Matt Moulson, Brad Boyes, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Marty Reasoner, Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner are the current New York Islander roster players yet to sign with a team in a European/North American league not counting their unsigned departed UFA.
Travis Hamonic, Nino Niederreiter, David Ullstrom, Casey Cizikas, Matt Donovan, Calvin deHaan, Aaron Ness, Ty Wishart, Anders Nilsson, Kevin Poulin are in Bridgeport.
Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart/draft picks are in juniors or college/europe.
Things are running as expected with Donald Fehr, threatening to repeal the salary cap which means get ready for what will likely be a season without NHL hockey.
Market-based media are doing the sales job selling what suits their career/editor’s interest as the selective reporting standards are frankly disappointing.
It’s disingenuous some media speculate on what franchises are profitable vs which ones spend more to lose more only looking at revenue which this blog contends often is not profit or a sustainable business model.
I guess for those media if a billion dollar company can lose 20-30m a year for a sports team/trophy purchase, it’s survival of the richest corporations if it’s the team they cover.
Big Market/Small Market
There are no big hockey markets in the US, unless you want to include markets with no competition from other sports.
New York is invisible in terms of hockey.
Our final entry on the 2011-12 season will be released Thursday at 10:00am.
The 2011-12 season is over so it’s time to retire the 40th Anniversary logo.
Islanders website: is conducting their final interviews with the players.
See last year’s entry or the year before/ect.
Last year the Isles dropped a spot back, losing the lottery. The Devils selected Adam Larsson, the Isles Ryan Strome.
Our past thoughts are any team missing the lottery five years in a row should not be entitled to a lottery selection. Our thoughts are also teams should not be allowed to front-load contracts, or hide bad contracts in the AHL.
This blog does not own the league, see you Tuesday at 8pm.
Response to Friday Entry:
My Thanks to all for the positive response on Friday’s entry.
All we did was correct information not in Mike Sielski’s article.
Buffalo News: Bucky Gleason on Sunday interviewed Pat Lafontaine about the WSJ article where he did not have much to say, but knew it was coming out.
Mr Gleason seemed to play off the WSJ cliff notes regarding the Isles or Charles Wang’s ownership which is lazy but expected. He included Milbury as a member of Charles Wang’s board of governors with Lafontaine/Smith which was not correct, while Tom Golisano inherited a taxpayer funded new arena from the Rigas ownership, and lost out to the Isles for a few playoffs.
You would think Bucky Gleason would know Lafontaine was honored in Nov 2003 by the Isles given that he knew Charles Wang had full control of the Isles by 2004? That there are several people, who absolutely need to be inducted into the 2005-06 Hall of Fame before Pat Lafontaine.
Butch Goring, John Tonelli, Jiggs McDonald, all of the core of the four.
Most interesting was Mr Gleason asked Lafontaine about the Isles not honoring the Long Island Royals this week at the Coliseum.
Was he serious?
Mr Gleason’s own Buffalo News: reported the Royals won the title on 4/1, which was the Isles fan appreciation day game against Ottawa.
Beyond that there was only the April 5th season finale, but the Royals Website on 4/2 announced their celebration was going to be 4/5 at 7:30pm at Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park where they advertised the unveiling of their 16-and-under state and national championship banners to be hung.
This was the day/time the NHL scheduled Winnipeg vs the Islanders last summer.
Ed Mangano/Nassau/Isles absolutely do something in the future to honor the kids.
Gleason wants to impress us (beyond fixing his broken e-mail address) he should be just as quick to ask Darcy Regier/Lindy Ruff, why Ted Nolan had to leave Rochester as soon as it became a Sabre affiliate again under a new owner?
Gleason was asking last May here when the new owner reacquired the Rochester affiliate.
Ted Nolan wound up in Latvia.
Mr Gleason the day after the WSJ article 4/3 was quick to support the injury card in Buffalo, but that management could have been better.
Never have the Isles used back to back games as an excuse. I guess Gleason missed all the years the Isles lead the NHL in man games lost before this season.
People will write/say whatever they want about Mike Milbury, a lot of it will be fair/correct, some of it will be unfair/vindictive.
Having written that anyone who criticizes Mike Milbury for shots at Sidney Crosby’s health, but takes the same cheap-shots at Rick DiPietro or any injured player on any NHL team is just as guilty as Milbury.
You have clowns with media credentials making fun of Radek Martinek because he discussed Ryan Hollweg trying to pull out his stitches long ago.
After the tragedies of last summer media should learn there are limits, regardless of the laundry any player wears or how long he’s hurt.
Ed Mangano announced his latest plan for the Nassau Coliseum site on 10/14, it could mean a new Coliseum on the Northern part of the Hub constructed, or a renovation of the current facility.
The study, which needs state funding/private investment, was from something called Accelerate-Nassau-Now which had images in rough sketches.
Page eight, nine, ten, fourteen are the sections on the Coliseum. Twenty, twenty one relied on some Lighthouse background information.
Means nothing unless Charles Wang agrees to a lease extension.
New York Notables:
It’s obvious DiPietro’s concussion will leave him on the sidelines for an undetermined time, as long as, it’s not of the Crosby/Vaske variety, with lingering ramifications, it’s not of consequence.
The key for DiPietro are his knee issues, and game rust.
Jack Capuano sounded like Scott Gordon at 4-1-2 last October in his post-game, he knows something’s not right with his roster even after a 5-1 win. Staios made a great play on Stamkos, the lack of speed on this defense cannot be hidden for many nights.
I did not have clear picture against Tampa, it seemed Comeau was back on right wing, loved what I saw from Hamonic, Bailey, and Martin.
The prospect blog has the updated status for Kabanov.
The long version of what’s happened?
Montreal Junior draft his rights in QMJHL dispersal draft.
Montreal Junior change their name to Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Islanders send Kabanov to Blainville-Boisbriand Armada after camp.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada have no apparent roster spot for Kabanov.
Kabanov signs an eight game tryout contract with Farjestd BK SEL on 10/13.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada trade his QMJHL rights to Shawinigan Cataractes on 10/14.
The Kirill Kabanov saga leaves him with either an eight game tryout contract with Farjestd in the SEL, or he reports to Shawinigan. Only questions are does the tryout contract obligate him to play in the SEL before going to Shawinigan?
Islanders website: Announced Thursday’s press conference will be live steamed at 1pm.
Islanders twitter feed announced there will be a 1pm Thursday press conference with General Manager, Garth Snow and John Tavares.
Contract, Captaincy or both? Obviously by Tavares recent comments, he has an interest in being named captain.
Despite what will likely be great news on Tavares, what’s needed even more is an announcement on Josh Bailey.
Regardless of Bailey’s comments he has a decision to make.
It could well come down to accept the qualifying offer or do not play. Hopefully it’s more about trying to agree on something longer.
Silly Season Again:
Anyone believe Brett Cyrgalis watches the games when he writes DiPietro went to center ice and fought Johnson at the Nassau Coliseum when anyone who watched knew it was in Pittsburgh and DiPietro did not skate to center ice? Msg was decrepit in 2008, but for some reason the Post writer only goes there with the Coliseum?
I find myself laughing, the NY Post, that does not cover our team with any regularity doing an unheard of five page interview with Rick DiPietro, who has opened up to the Post on more than a few occasions? Garth Snow is also quoted.
That’s more space than Larry Brooks received to sell the Ranger playoffs.
So this five part feature now means full time coverage. Right?
Rick DiPietro has had his first full summer in years healthy to train, if he stays that way he will absolutely help the team.
Thrilled Trent Hunter got a tryout in Los Angeles.
Would love to see Bryan Trottier become part of the Blues management and send John Davidson packing after how poorly he was treated by the former Msg announcer.
Pioneer Press: John Shipley has comments from Aaron Ness and Gophers coach, Don Lucia on Ness signing with New York and concluding his college career.
Islanders website: Announced Wednesday 3/16 that they have signed defenseman Aaron Ness to a three-year, entry-level contract. Ness will report to the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and play out the remainder of the 2010-11 season on an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO).
Do not be shocked to see a few more moves like this with players reporting to Bridgeport on ATO contracts. I believe Brian Day (College), Casey Cizikas (CHL) and Anders Nilsson (SEL) are the three prospects who must be signed by 6/1/11 or 22nd birthday this summer.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has more on fallout in Bridgeport on a team that has been decimated by injury and a losing streak on par/worse than the Islanders earlier.
Islanders website: Has Rick DiPietro’s comments on returning to the lineup which included Nathan Lawson being sent to Bridgeport, along with Justin DiBenedetto.
Not much to write on DiPietro, the report was 4-6 weeks when he was injured, it’s within the time frame and he likely will get a game by the weekend or he will start in a place he had one of his worst games against Carolina. New York with all the home games has not had an actual road win since 2/15 in Ottawa shootout win with Lawson in net, but several one-goal/overtime road losses.
Another forward could be called up for DiBenedetto or it could be a paper transaction before the club goes on likely it’s last extended road trip.
Bridgeport has a game at home on Wednesday. Mikko Koskinen was injured last weekend and could not dress for one game, so it’s possible Lawson could start against Charlotte.
Sorry, I know we have folks out there, who simply don’t want Rick DiPietro here under any circumstances.
I’m not one of them.
The combination of Johnson’s forearm/elbow pad to his eye combined with knee swelling likely could be the end of his season. It would have been great if he could have continued to split starts or even take the starters job full time from the day Roloson was traded, but it did not happen.
You can bet management is asking questions.
I saw a goaltender who despite the numbers had basically two poor games against Carolina and Philadelphia.
Beyond that I saw few poor overall efforts, but a goalie who was slower, and as usual tried to do more than he should have. Some sloppy play, bad breaks, and some goals he should not have allowed off the high-stick/non-call on Martinek, but for the most part about what you expect after so few games over two seasons.
Sure, this was DiPietro’s chance to start with little on the table in terms of playoffs, it was a chance to knock off rust and leave no doubts for 2010-11 in terms of starting.
Did not happen, he rarely played back to back games. He did not prove he could start for one week.
It’s not nearly enough for anyone but this year he did prove himself durable in terms of his knee injury from virtually day one of camp, until the game in Pittsburgh. He did not hobble off with a serious knee injury against Pittsburgh.
A while back I did an entry that I felt his contract is still a good one for Islanders here and to date I still agree with my entry.
This year was not a great start for DiPietro by any means, in a season that ended with a 1-21 nightmare long ago, but it was a beginning for him to participate in twenty one games and keep a record above five hundred most of the season.
Next season he has to take the next step, he must be able to take the starters job, he did not demonstrate he could do that this season. Perhaps many don’t understand he could not return to do what he used to do in year one, perhaps expectations were too high from staff/fans/player/everyone in that regard.
Sure he can always be the long-term backup, his contract is structured for him to be in a role long-term. For that to happen next season would mean the contract has become a failure.
This year was about proving he could return and remain durable, which he did for the most part. Next year he has to take a step up to a dependable starting goaltender, building back toward a top flight NHL goaltender.
Bottom line he was over five hundred, on a team ten games under five hundred at one point, much more will be expected.
As for the effort in Pittsburgh, I was disgusted with the teams play. Outworked, badly outhit, out-skated, by a team without it’s best players, and virtually no fore-check established the entire game.
Both teams played the night before and won, to frankly get manhandled like that with virtually no puck possession or zone time was a brutal display where no excuse can be given.
Joel Martin signed a two-way contract, which means the Odessa goaltender, who has five AHL games since signing with Bridgeport 1/5, may be backing up here. Another goaltender has to be added to Bridgeport’s roster or another has to be added from somewhere.
Nate Lawson is out 2-4 weeks based on his late January IR date.
Too much is being asked of Kevin Poulin at his age. To callup Mikko Koskinen also is asking a lot.
Mike Smith cleared waivers, he was also injured recently.
What’s next? Play Senators, with Spezza returning, who handily won at New York recently, then see what happens by Tuesday. Hunter, Weight and Jurcina are getting closer and that could mean someone is moving in a trade. Wishart will get his look with Reese demoted. They looked good in Atlanta with Grabner’s pass to Okposo fantastic read.
I suspect the feature on Martinek today is a sign the club is looking to resign him, and they should. This group cannot have enough depth, who can move puck.