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.
I absolutely see this becoming a 3-12 season ending month, the problems on defense are beyond coaching.
When a general manager is not satisfied, coaches do lose their jobs so it’s problematic Capuano survives even if it’s not his fault in any way.
The upcoming schedule does not lie, nor do the defensive weaknesses (at both ends of the ice) which cannot be fixed internally within the organization as has been obvious since opening night in Newark.
This team cannot play that 20/25 shot game against where they keep forcing the other team to defend as we saw from that 11-1-2 stretch. Now it’s the exact opposite.
The players are doing all they can which speaks to the coaching. When the unexpected scoring from Nielsen/Okposo dries up with the special teams leveling off the 4-0 losses (likely worse) will begin.
Tavares/Vanek cannot keep the puck out of their net, they may keep games close for a while if some chemistry develops or the Islanders see some struggling back up goaltenders.
Jack Capuano knows he’s in trouble, keeping the mood light around the team will not change what’s coming from the opposition, or what he’s said about his defense for a while.
He only has six of them, they have to play better but Radek Martinek, Matt Carkner are not close to the answer at this point in their careers.
Matt Donovan is too young without the help he needs to settle in. Hickey is in his first full year, and Hamonic/MacDonald are over extended, and not offensive defenders hard as they try.
The struggles were obvious with Brian Strait/Lubomir Visnovsky healthy as teams pushed the play at this group.
There is also no more hiding for Kevin Poulin, he must play, and give the team a chance to win. Nabokov’s given them a chance most games, he’s going to allow soft goals under this kind of pressure.
This team better be prepared to start winning games 6-5. They could not stop the clubs badly struggling from taking the play at them for large portions of recent games.
Expect the wheels to fall off this team completely in the next thirty days.
To qualify in this new format requires ninety five points/fifteen games over five hundred.
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.
The odds of Thomas Vanek resigning here are very long, he declined to be the one of highest paid players in the league to resign with Buffalo to play with their young players.
Vanek’s going to have to wait for Donovan, Ness, deHaan, Reinhart, Pullock to develop, along with the rest of Garth Snow’s long list of prospects.
Let’s also look at the history of these signings (now limited to eight years) how many of them end with a winning team/Stanley Cup long-term vs the Brad Richards, Elias, Yashin, Kovalchuk, Bryzgalov, Wisniewski, Jeff Carter/Mike Richards, Robert Luongo, Dany Heatley?
I could list fifty or more players over the years even before when free agency was age 31. Msg/Comcast could stock a league with those players. The AHL may need a lockout before the Rangers are done sending veterans there.
How many fans are thrilled Ryan Smyth did not take the Islanders offer? Colorado/Kings could not get rid of him fast enough, same with Jason Blake.
Feeling terrible about Ehrhoff turning down that twenty million offer that one day he was an Islander? How about Paul Martin, who has struggled in Pittsburgh?
Within a year or two most organizations regret these contract, are stuck with it, or only can move the player because the contract was massively front-loaded?
A success story? I cannot think of many. Chara had to move on again from Ottawa to Boston, and lost his 3-0 series lead vs Philadelphia before winning his one cup with Boston.
Joe Thornton’s been a fantastic player in San Jose, not even close to a Stanley Cup.
Charles Wang will almost certainly have to front-load his first contract ever with no ticket revenue from the worst fan base in the NHL that provide him nothing but red-ink/lowest attendance.
Why would Charles Wang do that all over again for all the fan appreciation/season ticket increases it never brought him for Yashin, Peca, DiPietro, Tavares, countless others on the current club?
Vanek went from playing in front of 18,000 on a Monday night in Buffalo with a last place team, to an announced 10,000 that looks like seven thousand at the Coliseum for a team off a playoff spot.
It’s not even close to sold out on weekends either unless the Coliseum is filled with another teams fans.
Now Vanek’s going to a defense with zero even strength goals, that cannot hide it’s struggling defenders, and was struggling in their own zone with Strait/Visnovsky with nothing in Bridgeport to help this, and no more first rounders to upgrade?
Thomas Vanek’s going to sign up for that when there are veteran/corporate teams that will surround him with franchise veterans, as payrolls climb toward a hundred million by the end of this CBA.
So What’s The Worst That Can Happen?
1-Vanek leaves a competitive Islander team at the end of the season that fails to make the playoffs with no trade deadline return because they kept him, and continued to compete for a playoff spot.
That’s been the trend here with lesser talents.
Ok, so this means the Isles pick Buffalo now has is likely a 10-15 pick in a draft not very deep with Strome, Lee, Nelson (others) waiting for a chance. Kind of where Edmonton selected with the Islanders 2007 playoff seed at #16.
2-The wheels continue to fall off defensively, it is a lottery team, Snow get’s back his first rounder plus more at the trade deadline which is a big downgrade from that potential lottery pick, but salvages something.
That’s where I see this going.
Matt Moulson is an excellent hockey player with one skill set. (yes, I get doubled his five on five goals for Buffalo in one game) he may just want to return here (not likely) next summer, if he hits UFA after another trade.
That’s for July 2014.
Thomas Vanek brings a different skill set that will open more room on the ice for John Tavares, who’s not had any room to operate, even on the power-play with one goal.
Did anything Sunday improve Snow’s huge weaknesses on defense? No.
That’s why I believe we are looking at the worst of what can happen. Even the struggling teams in this conference can play some games where they give up two goals or less.
The Rangers, Devils, Flyers lose low scoring games. The 2013-14 New York Islanders have not demonstrated this ability unless the other team self-implodes or Nabokov keeps them close.
The five hundred record has been about special teams or players performing above their career resume, little else.
How did they go 11-1-2 a year ago? Defense, low/quality shots against, and a different line finding a way to produce.
That team is not this team in anything but name.
Islanders twitter account had nothing new from comments on Sunday by Garth Snow.
Snow: "We know we're getting a high character person and excited he's in our locker room," on Vanek wearing the 'C' in Buffalo. #Isles
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
#Isles GM Garth Snow: "We haven't been good enough. We're .500 right now and our expectation is to be higher than that."
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 28, 2013
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
#Isles lines at practice: Vanek-Tavares-Okposo; Bouchard-Nielsen-Bailey; Grabner-Nelson-Regin-Clutterbuck; Martin-Cizikas-McDonald-Boulton
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) October 28, 2013
No announced callups/no Brian Strait/Visnovsky at practice. Keenan is a defender.
— The Sound Tigers (@TheSoundTigers) October 28, 2013
Islanders website: Announced that they have acquired Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft and a second round selection in 2015. Vanek, 29, joins the Islanders after playing in 13 games with Buffalo this season, accumulating nine points (four goals and five assists).
“As an organization, we are not satisfied with what our record is and where we are as a team”
“We expected a little bit better,” Snow said. “We had an opportunity to acquire an elite winger, so we did it. Matt Moulson has been a great player for us the last couple years. Sometimes you have to give up something to get something.”
“We traded a player who was going to be a free agent for a player who is going to be a free agent,” Snow said. “We’re looking to make our team better, that’s the bottom line.”
“He’s got a ton of upside,” Snow said of Vanek. “He’s a responsible player. He’s powerful, he skates. He’s a high character hockey player and person. We’re excited to have him it here.”
“It makes giving up draft picks of that nature a little less of a burden when you’ve had the drafts that we had and the prospect pool we have,” Snow said. “Yes, it’s a high price to pay, but you have to give something to get something.”
“I didn’t like the way we’d been playing, We’re better than our record indicates and we need to take the next step. Thomas is an elite player in this league and he’ll help us now and in the future.”
”Matt has been a great player for us the past few years Obviously he’s a good person. But I can tell you I’m not happy with where we are record wise. We’re better than this. We need to take the next step and I wasn’t just going to sit by and let games pass.”
“For the most part, I’m happy with our group, we have to be more consistent. The bar was set the second half of last season and in the playoffs and we need to get there, sooner rather than later. “We know our players in there can do the job. It’s a matter of going out and doing it.”
”On one hand surprised by the trade but another not really,” Moulson’s agent, Wade Arnott, said in an email to The News after talking with his client. “Matt will now have the opportunity to choose were he wants to play whether that is Buffalo or elsewhere in free agency. He is heading to Buffalo with an open mind. No conversations yet but interested in hearing Sabres plans.”
”It was a deal that was off and on here for a while,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said in First Niagara Center. “It was something we feel we needed to do.”
“It’s sad to leave people you care about and love behind, I think over the years, I’ve shown my want to be a part of the organization and turning around the team into being successful. I guess, obviously, in the long run, they didn’t feel the same. I guess this is what happens in pro sports, I gotta move on. Obviously, I’ll miss everyone, but this will be a new chapter.”
”If we hadn’t drafted so well, if we didn’t have good prospects, we couldn’t afford to take the risk,” Snow told McKenzie on the steep price the Islanders paid to acquire Vanek. The Islanders had not held contract extension discussions with Vanek prior to acquiring him.
Vanek’s agent Stephen Bartlett told McKenzie that his client is “excited to be an Islander.” “We’ll take it day by day and focus on the short term for now and see where we are at season’s end,” Bartlett told McKenzie..
New York Islander Fan Central Comments:
The biggest trade of Snow’s tenure as general manager, and a very sad day to lose a first class player like Matt Moulson. Snow however failed to improve his biggest need with a defense struggling badly without an even strength goal, and he traded a first round pick, plus a second rounder in 2015.
It reflects the desperation that goes well beyond the standings to the play of the New York Islanders. No forward is going to help Matt Carkner or Matt Donovan move the puck quicker away from the defensive end of the ice.
Absolutely this forward group had to get faster, the moves to other lines for Moulson were a sign something could be coming. Tavares needed more speed/skill around him at five on five which is where this team was not scoring.
Vanek helps this. New York losses one of it’s key powerplay weapons, however as written earlier Tavares had one power-play goal all season.
No doubt John Tavares now has a better, faster offensive talent around him (which he badly needed to open some room on the ice for him), but the loss of his friend will sting a lot after losing Mark Streit last summer.
Both Moulson/Vanek can be recycled in trade deadline deals (to recoup 1st rounders) if this fails to help improve either club.
I would be surprised if Snow is not done, if he’s going for it right now he must to do something about his defense because that’s where the club’s biggest problems are, and they cannot be fixed internally.
He just lost his first round pick next summer. .
Long term to resign Vanek means front-loading, the kind of contract this franchise does not give out, and many corporate teams will next July, along with where everyone in media claims he will be heading in Minnesota.
Fair or not Vanek did not make the Sabres a winning franchise for the contract he received to keep him from being part of their exodus at the time.
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.
There are simply too many holes. Visnovsky’s likely extended loss to injury just created another big one. Nabokov has been very solid.
The goals from Nielsen/Okposo are not likely to continue, Tavares will have his slumps, Nabokov will allow his soft goals. Carolina did not even play well, but their size, speed, skill created chances this offense simply has yet to show capable of this season win or lose.
I get that scoring three goals a game is good in this league no matter how you score them, but how they are scoring them (mostly against weak teams) is not sustainable.
The Islanders are working hard producing two forty shot plus shot games, the quality of most of them is another story.
Expect things to get much worse.
When the 2013-14 New York Islanders score it is almost always a deflected puck, a broken play, a poor goaltending/defensive error by the opposition, or a bouncing puck. Some ugly goals are fine, but it’s not reliable production.
The goalies on the other team are not being asked to steal games. Edmonton’s goalie was good, he was not facing chances that had him scrambling like the kind Justin Schulz created on the Oilers first goal.
I wrote a few days ago Jack Capuano is desperate, his line combinations scream he’s looking for some balanced scoring or to get anything out of Regin, Bouchard, Clutterbuck, who simply are not players who produce much offense, and not enough to take Brock Nelson out of the lineup, who is back in Bridgeport.
Hitting is an important part of hockey, but the scoring has to support this.
Powerplays that produce goals off broken plays are also not reliable, especially when you see Regin, Martin, and no offensive defenders as part of it.
Moulson keeps moving around, he keeps getting his numbers, how long does that continue?
Matt Carkner should have been all three stars for Carolina, that’s his career trend which saw him be a twenty game healthy scratch in Ottawa when he’s unplayable. He’ll likely be staying in the lineup, even with no choice but to let Donovan develop by playing.
For a coach who’s career trend is to always dress the same lineup after a win, putting Donovan in the stands for Carkner was a very uncharacteristic decision for Jack Capuano, even if Carkner won the game for this team.
Donovan had a very poor first game for Bridgeport last season, and was scratched by Scott Pellerin. He played every single game afterward. (74)
Ok, now we see if Garth Snow makes the safe play in resigning a skating defender in Martinek, who’s not going to produce or trust someone in Bridgeport whether it be comparable skaters to Visnovsky in deHaan/Ness, or make a trade.
Make no mistake now, the schedule is going to get much tougher, what’s being exploited in games now will only get worse.
That’s why I expect a free fall.
After months of no audio for items posted on left sidebar, everything has been restored via a free file hosting service, however it also plays everything when you click that link if you let it continue running.
Islanders-Sound Tigers mailing list from 2000-2006 on the right sidebar is again accessible for archive reference reading only with some files/images/articles readers should enjoy. No members will be accepted, no new entries posted.
Yahoo changed to a neo groups format that frankly made the list not accessible to current active owners much less an inactive group with no updates since May 2006.
Full articles with original wording are good reference information, along with laughing at how many things I got wrong over the years.
Prospect website page updated with more changes.
Also finally attempting to keep a long broken promise requested by many to tag entries, it’s been lazy/inexcusable on my part.
Blogger’s link issues continue but adding items.
The only reason the twitter account for this website is not protected is so everyone can read entries here at the top left of this website.
I’m officially cracking down on my twitter followers, there has always been a zero tolerance on profanity of any kind for my followers since day one. Anyone who reads this, then would like to follow via twitter that’s the one thing I insist upon. You will receive a direct message about this subject now upon joining.
Agree/disagree respectfully also asked of all followers—a little common courtesy.
Anyone who cannot conduct themselves along those very simple guidelines will be immediately blocked.
Give Me Something Hockey Related?
Ok, I could care less about John Spano or some documentary, who in his brief twitter time responded to me, and apologized for his conduct, it was very sincere from my viewpoint.
The media too cheap to cover our games should save money on this non-sense, and go interview John Tavares instead.
Kevin Connolly should have demanded a 30/30 documentary about the greatest American US hockey team of all time, the only professional sports team ever to win nineteen straight playoff series, arguable the best professional sports franchise ever that made it as far as semi-finals from 1975-1984 every single year but one in it’s most established division/conference at the height of the NHL’s popularity in New York City year round.
How many professional sports teams have won four straight championships since? Zero.
How many have won nineteen playoff series in a row ever? Zero.
Mr Connolly did enough interviews where said he met Espn resistance who wanted the great teams omitted for the controversy instead. How many Espn Ranger die-hard fans/self-serving former team media was he forced to interview/include?
Connolly wanted Tonelli goals vs Pittsburgh, Espn wanted downside, he should have taken his project elsewhere or cancelled it.
Bottom line John Spano would have done the exact same thing to Dallas, Florida which he previously almost bought or any other NHL franchise. It was never a New York Islander issue beyond the league’s failure to vet a potential owner’s finances properly.
When Fleet Bank found out, John/Brett Pickett took back the team.
What’s amazing, and the true enduring legacy here is Spano’s deal to extend the cable rights will stand until 2030-2031 for future New York Islander owners as long as this franchise remains in this television market.
That increased the teams resale value from Pickett, to Howard Milsten by thirty million dollars.
Charles/James Dolan signed a television deal with Spano that gave the New York Islanders a television contract which runs through 2030 that gave any New York Islander hockey owner eighteen percent of all Msg revenue.
Charles/James Dolan upon learning of this in the agreement at some future point in 1998 immediate pulled games off television (invoking a phony competition clause) until the Islanders agreed on a flat fee, but the Dolan’s never simply sued to break the deal because it was made with an owner who was never legitimate in John Spano.
Don’t expect the documentary to tell you that.
Wall Street Journal Cuts LaFontaine Hit Job Writer Mike Sielski Out Of Their Picture…Told "Get Lost" By Flyers New Coach
|Wall Street Journal Cuts Mike Sielski Out Of Their Picture, Flyers Coach Tells Him ” Get Lost.”|
Apparently the April 2012 Lafontaine hit job writer, Mike Sielski ( The Questions LaFontaine WSJ Writer Mike Sielski Could Not Answer About His 4/2/12 Article…. ) has quietly left the Wall Street Journal without explanation but had a parting shot for the editor/fellow employees, and has returned to Philadelphia, where he immediately got into trouble with the Flyers new coach, Craig Berube, after writing about the Flyers culture in a press conference with Flyers owner Ed Snider, which he never did about the franchise with one Stanley Cup since 1940 at the Journal, who’s owner never even gave a single interview in seven years.
Note-The Wall Street Journal started covering sports in 2009.
For those wondering:
Sam Walker is the Sports editor of The Wall Street Journal.
The second individual is, Geoff Foster, the editor of podcasts at WSJ sports.
The third is, Rachel Bachman, who covers college football, basketball, and other eccentricities for the journal.
No folks, that was not a friendly/funny re tweets from any of those individuals, who never wrote a word about it.
Mr Sielski now writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and humiliated himself immediately with the following:
Newly-minted Flyers head coach Craig Berube didn’t take kindly to a question by Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski, and the aftermath is pretty amusing. Asked whether he would punish Jay Rosehill for a four-minute penalty, Berube told him to “get lost,” asking him if he thought a “spanking” was appropriate.
And like the Lafontine story he manufactured, Sielski quickly went on Philadelphia Radio to sell himself with a puff interview. After the Lafontaine story, he interviewed with Buffalo News for a similar article.
No former Islander media relations coordinators waved the pom poms for Sielski, like with Lafontaine.
Should be fascinating to see how Ed Snider long-time puppet, Tim Panaccio, deals with Sielski.