Earlier this evening, Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that negotiations between the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov’s agent Don Meehan will “start soon.”
Islanders GM Garth Snow would not comment, but did reiterate that the team will not trade Nabokov at or before the trade deadline. The article also suggests that snow’s preferred goaltending tandem would be Nabokov and 21-year-old Kevin poulin, meaning that should Nabokov re-sign Al Montoya’s days as an Islander would be most likely over.
However, there is no guarantee that Nabokov will bit at any offer the Islanders give him. It is unknown his true feelings about staying with the Islanders past this season, but quotes in Staple’s article suggest he’s enjoying his time on Long Island.
It safe to say that Nabokov will be here at least until the season ends.
Cool Isles Gear
For over a week I’ve been meaning to get a piece up about these cool Isles shirts I was told about.
If you’ve ever heard of The 7 Line, then you’d be familiar with their line of Mets apparel they sell. They received a lot of press over their “Don’t Trade Reyes” stuff and now they’ve created a new site called Crosstown NY, which sells apparel for all of the New York teams. Including a very cool “Potvin’s Cups” Islanders t-shirt. It comes in all sizes at the cost of just $20.
Check them out, along with the rest of the gear over at Crosstown NY.no comments
Ugly. That’s the only word that really comes to mind when it comes to describing this game. In what was supposed to be a great test for a rising Islander team, the result came as a huge F.
The news came around 6 that Nabokov and Staios weren’t going to play in the game, due to the flu, and that Montoya would be starting and Wishart would be making his season debut. It wasn’t the best turn of events against an almost unbeatable St. Louis Blues team at home, but there was still hope. The hope seemed to climb almost right away, less than a minute into the first two blocked shots left the puck right on Nielsen’s stick who beat Elliot stick side and right away made the game 1-0. Two lucky bounces, an early lead against the Blues at home, and the hope rose, only to drop at a deadly rate.
Five minutes before the end of the first the Blues started to take control. Vladimir Sobotka came from behind the net into the wing, and, Islander defenseman, Mark Eaton decided to go to him instead of rightfully marking his own man Jason Arnott who was positioned in front of the net. Sobotka threw it in front, Arnott slapped it down and being left all alone was more than able to position it as he wished and roof it to tie the game.
Mineola, NY -- “Time is of the essence,” that’s the message New York Islanders Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor Michael Picker tried to convey at Tuesday's Nassau Legislature Economic and Community Development and Labor meeting.
“We cannot be talking anymore about what’s, if’s, can’s, should, etcetera,” He said while addressing legislators at the Tuesday meeting. “Unfortunately at this point in time, since the Lighthouse Project was discussed in 2003, we’re at the end of that road… We have to make a decision on the Coliseum itself because the Islanders have to make a decision on their home.”
Both Picker and Deputy County Executive Rob Walker stressed the need for action and the need for a decision on the Nassau Hub’s future sooner rather than later. The Islanders lease runs out in 2015
“I would say by the end of 2012, the Islanders are going to make a decision,” Walker told legislatures. “They’re looking at their options. They have every right to and if I was the owner I’d be doing the same thing. Time is of the essence. Something’s happening in 2012. A decision has to be made by all parties involved.”no comments
In as important a game as they’ve had in the last couple of years, the New York Islanders wouldn’t be held down as they obtained a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, cutting the deficit from the 8th place in the Eastern Conference to 6 points with one game in hand. The win also gave the Islanders their first four game road winning streak since January 2008.
After a very rough night against Florida on Sunday, the Islanders weren’t about to let up another huge game slip by their fingers. The first period was a rough one, as Winnipeg outshot and for the most part outplayed the Islanders, obtaining the lead after a bad rebound from Nabokov and worse defensive coverage from Steve Staios gave Thorburn all he needed to give the Jets the lead late in the first. Although the Islanders didn’t start out the game the way they were necessarily hoping to, they rebounded early in the second. A one-two between Matt Moulson and John Tavares ended in a power play goal for the Islanders, tying the game at 1. The rest of a second was a battle throughout and would end tied at 1, as both teams refused to give up in the slightest way in a battle for a playoff spot. This would change early in the third, as a heads up play by Milan Jurcina enabled a tip-in goal in the slot by PA Parenteau giving the Islanders a 2-1 lead. The battle would continue for the remainder of a game, but the defense and Nabokov refused to give up absolutely anything, and an empty netter from Martin would close the game at 3-1.
Capuano described the first period as one that they had to battle through, and that “it was gut wrench time for us, and I thought we played much better in the second and third period”. The Islanders certainly did that, blocking shots throughout, skating harder and plain out wanting the game more than the Jets tonight.
Every game is huge at this point in the season for the Islanders, but games against teams in the race with them are even bigger, as they can hardly afford to give up opportunities to jump up in the standings. Andrew MacDonald told reporters after the game that, “everyone tried to do a little bit extra tonight, cause there was a lot on the line.”no comments
Uniondale, NY -- It was over a year ago that Doug Weight last suited and hit the ice in a New York Islanders uniform. These days, Weight still suits up; just now he’s in a suit and tie heads behind the bench.
It has been an adjustment for the 22-year NHL pro, but he’s found a new respect for what the coaches do.
“I have a newfound respect for coaches,” Weight said following the Met-RX Skate with the Greats. “So much goes [into] learning that part of the game as far as the education of coaching and having 24 guys come through your room. Some are hot; some are cold, and adjustments in games. It’s been a lot of fun… and the amount of work they do is incredible.”
While the former Islanders captain may be behind the bench now, he still exudes the passion he had on the ice as a player. Weight has become well known for speaking his mind to the officials, with the most well documented one coming during a game against the Maple Leafs.
“Yeah, he's an intense guy,” John Tavares told Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blog. “Even at his age, the fire he has and his desire to win and his passion for the game, he gets involved. I don't think he means any disrespect, I think it's just who he is, the competitor he is. I think it's hard for him not to be out there on the ice to make a difference and sometimes it probably comes out of him a little bit too much than he would like, but he cares.”
After watching Weight on the ice Sunday it’s easy to tell that he misses being out on the ice. He even said it, but he’s happy with where life has taken him.
“I’ve been missing [playing] since the day I retired,” Weight said. “It doesn’t make it any easier, watching games like today. Before this we play Florida and we lose. Every game I’m behind the bench it’s a wonderful experience, I love it, but you’ll never have those days back. That’s why they call them memories and I’ll have them forever. Life is full of chapters, so I’m excited to be a part of this one and hopefully I’ll be on Long Island with the Islanders for a long, long time.”
“I’ve had a great relationship with the coaches I’m with and we’re continuing to get better as coaching staff, as we are a team, and I’ve enjoyed it.”no comments
Via Islanders press release:
UNIONDALE, NY (February 13, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Ty Wishart has been recalled from loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The club also returned forward Rhett Rakhshani on loan to the Sound Tigers.
Wishart, 23, has four goals and 11 assists in 48 games this season with the Sound Tigers. Acquired by the Islanders in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 1, 2011, Wishart appeared in 20 National Hockey League (NHL) games last season, scoring one goal with four assists and a plus-5 rating.
The San Jose Sharks selected Wishart in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In five professional seasons, the Belleville, ON, native has appeared in 193 AHL games with the Worcester Sharks, Norfolk Admirals and the Sound Tigers.
Rakhshani, 23, appeared in five games with the Islanders during his first call up of the season. He has nine goals and 16 assists in 27 games this season with the Sound Tigers. The Orange, CA, native is third on the Sound Tigers in scoring with 25 points, despite playing in 27 of the team’s 48 games.
Last season, Rakhshani led the Sound Tigers in goals (24), assists (38), points (62) and power-play goals in 66 games as a rookie. He represented the Sound Tigers at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic and was named to the AHL All-Rookie First Team. The Islanders selected Rakhshani in the fourth round, 100th overall, of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft.no comments
Uniondale, NY -- After a tough loss to the Florida Panthers earlier, Islander greats along with some local celebrities and some lucky fans hit the ice for the Met-RX Skate with the Greats game. Chico Resch, Doug Weight, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Bobby Nystrom Butch Goring, Eric Cairns, Garth Snow all took the ice. Also NFL star and morning radio host Boomer Esiason and Joe Terranova of CNBC joined them on the ice.
For Boomer, it was extra special because his son Gunner, who has battled cystic fibrosis, joined him on the ice.
“Anytime that Gunner and I can be on the ice together it’s a dream come true for me,” Boomer said with a smile. “Given what he’s fighting and everything and he’s out there sweating and it’s great. As long as he’s happy I’m happy.”
As for the game, anyone who stuck around was treated to a fun game with smiles all around and some friendly chirping. Interestingly enough it was Boomer and former Islander captain Doug Weight who mixed it up the most out there. At one point Boomer actually threw Weight’s stick into the stands.
“He was trying to cheat,” Boomer said with a grin. “I just gotta make sure he knows there’s a guy out there who’s got a presence. I know he’s got a bad back and some concussion problems so I figured I’d take that to him and play to his weakness. Which is my strength just throwing the body around. That’s what I do, I’m a grinder.”
In talking to Weight after the game he conceded Boomer hit him three or four times, but enjoyed having him out there for the game.
“He’s a good guy,” Weight said. “Lives on the island and does a great job at what he does. It’s a lot of fun and we loved having him out here. They got a great family, so it’s always a pleasure to see Boom.”no comments