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Written by Christian A. | 16 May 2012

Yesterday the Islanders announced the official details for this years draft party, Here they are via the Isles press release:

The New York Islanders announced today that passes for the 2012 Draft Party are now available to the general public by clicking the ticketmaster link above or by visiting the Nassau Coliseum Box. The Draft Party is scheduled for Friday, June 22 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Passes to this fan fest are free, but each individual can only reserve up to eight. Doors for the Draft Party open at 5:30 p.m. and the live stream of the NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh begins at 7 p.m.

Fans will not only get to watch the Draft live and see exclusive interviews with the Islanders fourth overall selection, but they will also have the chance to meet some of their favorite players at the Draft Party. John Tavares will hand out his autographed jersey to preferred season ticket holders, while Matt Moulson, Matt Martin, Nino Niederreiter, Kevin Poulin, Ryan Strome, Casey Cizikas and Calvin de Haan will also be in attendance. Fans will also have the opportunity to interact with select Islanders alumni.

The Draft Party will once again play host to the Islanders annual year-end blowout merchandise sale, located in the lower lobby. The Islanders Team Store, located next to the Nassau Coliseum Box Office, will feature additional sales and specials.

Interactive activities on the Nassau Coliseum floor will include exclusive locker room tours, street hockey contests, I.C.E. Tour inflatable games and video game stations. The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center will once again provide an interactive exhibit at the event, while the popular Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit will also return to the Draft Party, featuring historic jerseys, sticks and skates used by NHL legends.

The Coliseum scoreboard, which normally hangs well above center ice, will be lowered for up-close, oversized interviews of the Islanders players and alumni in attendance. The big screen will also feature exclusive, live coverage from IslandersTV at the Draft, with interviews with members of the hockey operations staff and behind-the-scenes footage.

Prior to and during the 2012 Draft Party, The American Red Cross will host a blood drive. Fans can donate blood in the Coliseum’s exhibition hall anytime between noon and 8 p.m. on draft day.

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Written by Christian A. | 07 May 2012

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Written by Christian A. | 06 May 2012

The rumor that PA Parenteau is looking to sign a deal in Montreal is untrue, according to his agent Allan Walsh.

The rumor appeared on twitter late Sunday evening saying that Parenteau wanted to play in the Canadian city and was looking for a 4 year, $3 million deal. Walsh refuted the rumor on twitter saying, “the only thing PA Parenteau is focused on at this time is returning to the NYI.”

He later told Islanders Hockey Blog via email: “PA Parenteau's sole focus is returning to the NYI. The Islanders gave him his opportunity to play regularly in the NHL. He enjoys a special relationship with the head coach and his teammates. It's PA's sincere hope that he can remain an Islander.”

Parenteau will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1, if the Islanders do not resign him.

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Written by Christian A. | 03 May 2012

Kirill Petrov will be staying in the KHL for at least another year, according Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov.

Chesnokov tweeted out at 7:36 that the Islander prospect had signed a contract extension with his KHL team, AK Bars. Petrov is in the final year of his KHL contract and was expected to come to North America and join the Isles for training camp in September.

NY Times hockey writer and former Islanders Point Blank blogger, Chris Botta added more to the story.

“Just got off the phone with the agent for #Isles prospect Kirill Petrov,” he posted on Sulia. “The #Isles very much want Petrov to come to North America this season, but he is leaning towards signing for another one or two years in the KHL. He has strong offers for both in KHL. His mother remains very ill and he wants to be able to stay close to her. Petrov is also a bit scared off by the uncertainty of negotiations this summer for a new CBA for the NHL. As of now, looks like he's staying in KHL. Decision soon.”

Things could change, but for now it seems that he will be staying in Russia.

On one hand you can understand the precarious situation Petrov is with his mother since she is ill. Anyone can understand the want, and need, to be around and help take care of her. Also his fear of another lockout is something that any hockey fan can understand.

But it still is a loss for the Islanders who, as Botta said, really wanted to get the 22 year old to North America.

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Written by Christian A. | 28 April 2012

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Written by Christian A. | 23 April 2012

Matt Moulson was named as a finalist for the NHL’s Lady Byng Award, along with Florida’s Brian Campbell and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle.

Moulson has already won two team awards this year. He received the Islanders Community Service Award for his work within the Long Island community and the Islanders Good Guy Award for his professionalism, courtesy and cooperation with the media.

The Isles forward had just six penalty minutes this season, while posting a career high 36 goals and 33 assists for 69 points.

The award will be handed out on Wednesday, June 20, at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 April 2012

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ season came to an end this evening as they fell, 4-3, to the Connecticut Whale in game three of their best of five game series. Casey Wellman netted the game winner with just less than five minutes to play in the overtime period to achieve the sweep for the Whale

Cam Talbot was once again forced to make 40 plus saves in the win. Kevin Poulin was forced to make 50 saves, the most he has had to make in a game in this series.

The Whale opened up the scoring in the first period Marek Hrivik scored his third goal of the series at the 6:11 mark. The Sound Tigers evened the score at one in the final minute of the period. Justin Dibenedetto put a shot past Talbot to score Bridgeport’s first goal of the game and series.

Ryan Bourque put the Whale back on top in the third at 5:32. David Ullstrom answered back with a goal of his own to tie the game back up. Hrivik scored his second goal of the game, fourth of the series, a minute later to make it 3-2 Connecticut.

Rhett Rakhshani gave the Sound Tigers hope, tying the game with four minutes left in regulation and force an overtime period.

Late in OT, Tony Romano took a slashing penalty and the Whale’s Wellman capitalized on the man advantage to win the game for Connecticut. Romano was given 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct for abuse of officials (Rule 39.5 (ii)) at the same time as the game-winning goal. He was sent off the ice and did not partake in the post-game handshake.

After the game several players took to twitter. Poulin took to criticizing one official in particular.

“Francis Charron wasn't even a good major junior reff,” his tweet read. “Still wondering why he's up here with the big guys. #stayHomeNextTime #TC”

Other players took to thank the fans for the season long support.

“Speechless,” Casey Cizikas posted. “But thank you #BST fans for your support all season long, its sad it had to end this way.”

“Thank you for all the support this year @TheSoundTigers and @NYIslanders fans! Wish we could've kept playing for you guys a lil longer,” Tweeted Matt Donovan.

David Ullstrom added: “Thx for the birthday wishes. You guys have been awesome all year and your support means a lot. Not the ending we wanted but we'll be back.”

Rhett Rakhshani was sad to see the season end for a different reason. 

“Toughest part bout the end of the season is knowing that you will never be with that same exact group of guys. We had a special group,” he tweeted.

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