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Written by Christian A. | 23 September 2011



If you are heading to the Isles/Devils game or have some time in your day tomorrow make sure you stop over at Nassau Coliseum to donate blood.

The Islanders and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Coliseum tomorrow, September 24, from 12 pm through 7 pm. Due to Hurricane Irene the Red Cross had to cancel 145 of its’ blood drives and because of that the Red Cross is now short 4,700 units of blood. So a small amount of your time can go along way to help.

As an added bonus, the first 200 blood donors will receive a ticket voucher for two tickets to a weeknight game for the upcoming season. Plus anyone who donates and is attending the Devis/Isles game will be entered into a raffle for the chance to high five the team as they take the ice.

It is encouraged that donors make an appointment ahead of time by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by going to redcrossblood.org.

Also note that to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

So make sure you take an hour out of your day tomorrow and help out your community by donating blood.

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Written by Christian A. | 23 September 2011



Taking a quick minute to step away from the hockey side of things. The ABLI unveiled a privately funded $346.5 million plan for the 77 acre Nassau Coliseum site or as it has come to be known that “Nassau Hub.”

The new plan will be, as aforementioned, privately funded. No specific developer has been named with any ties to the new plan.

According to Newsday $100 million would be spent to renovate the coliseum and expand the current Nassau Coliseum. Which would include raising the height of the building 25 feet and added between 1,000 to 4,000 additional seats.

Also included in the plan is a minor league baseball stadium, a 6,800 car parking garage, indoor ice rink for public use, and 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

In the pictures on Newsday’s website the project renderings only show the Coliseum, ballpark and parking garage. Nowhere do you see retail, restaurants or offices in the renderings.

During media day Charles Wang was asked about the new plan. He replied, "If somebody comes up with anything definitive, we will obviously look at it. I can tell you one thing very definitively. Oct. 8 the puck drops. And we will have a hell of a season."

Town of Hempstead spokesmen, Mike Deery told Newsday. "If and when a proposal comes before the town board, we'll review it, consider it and act accordingly."

The irony of the announcement is that did come the same day the Islanders were hosting media at the coliseum for the team’s annual media day.

Obviously nothing is set in stone and it will be interesting to see how this new plan plays out. Don’t expect the team to address it unless a set in stone plan is in place that everyone, TOH, Mangano, Wang, all can agree on and get behind.

For now the Wang and his staff are focused on exactly what they should be focused on, the upcoming hockey season.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 September 2011



For most of the week at training camp, head coach, Jack Capuano has placed Nino Niederreiter with top liners John Tavares and Matt Moulson.

Many already suspect Niederreiter will make the team right out of training camp and for good reason. Last season Niederreiter exploded in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks; he scored 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points in 55 games. He also left a good impression on anyone who saw him perform in the Islanders two rookie games against the Boston Bruins.

One could assume the Islanders will field the Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter line during the their preseason game against the Devils on Saturday.

Niederreiter’s line mates, Tavares and Moulson, spoke about their new line mate during Islanders media day.

John Tavares: “Ninos been great, he’s been asking a lot of questions. He works really hard out there. He’s always trying to do the right things out there and I tell him just play his game, use his skill, and most things will work out because of how talented he is. But it’s been great, we’re able to joke around as well.”

Matt Moulson: “The biggest thing you notice about Nino is that he’s an extremely hard worker. He wants to learn things out there, he wants to ask questions and obviously on top of that he’s a highly skilled player. I think he’s a little more physically mature, although last year he was pretty good for a young kid coming in. I think he’s matured beyond his years much like Johnny was when he came in. So I think he’s looking really good and he’s looking to get better each day. At his age he’s only going to go up and get better.”

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Written by Christian A. | 22 September 2011

Staying with Nabokov, a question arose concerning his presence at camp and how he would be receipted.

Nabokov said he was a little concerned about how he was going to be how he would be welcomed after what transpired last season.

“Probably not everyone knows exactly the story,” Nabokov said. “They just hear about what’s going on from the papers and stuff, but I think I made myself clear about my reason why I didn’t come and its bee great so far.”

Also interesting to note is that Nabokov flew to New York in April, after the World Championships, to meet and have dinner with GM Garth Snow.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 September 2011

Obviously yesterday the Islanders named Mark Streit the 13th captain in team history. He becomes the first Swiss born player to be name captain of an NHL team. Below are links to several great articles written fellow bloggers and media. 

NYIFYI- Media Day brings plenty of news, new captain.

NY Islanders 7th Women- Media Day with the Isles pt 1

Islanders Point Blank- Isles do right by Streit 

Hockey This Week- New captain- training camp 9/21-media day 



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Written by Christian A. | 22 September 2011

New Islander Evgeni Nabokov is finding himself enjoying his new home. The 36-year-old Russian goaltender is finding the young group of players in the locker room and the surrounding Long Island area to his liking.

“It’s so much fun,” Nabokov said about his new team. “Young legs on the ice just flying all over. (They’re) just a great group of guys.”

He’s also been able to check out the surrounding area around Long Island. “I go for dinners around the Manhasset area over there and around Roosevelt field mall,” Nabokov revealed after media day.

Most of the attention surrounding Nabokov has been about where the Isles will put him the goalie rotation. The Islanders have two other quality starters in Rick Dipietro and Al Montoya. Along with rookie net minders Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, and Mikko Koskinen.

Nabokov is aware of the crowded net, but is only focused on what he needs to do.

“To be honest with you I don’t pay attention too much,” Nabokov said. “I just control what I can control which is stopping the puck and after that it’s all up to management. To me it’s just business as usual.”

He was later asked if he felt he had anything to prove Nabokov gave a very firm answer.

“Isn’t it always like that, you have something to prove,” he responded. “If you have nothing to prove then you take a vacation and have fun with that. You have to prove your self every single night, every single period.”

He would reiterate that statement as the scrum went on.

“I cannot be surprised about anything in the NHL. I can only control what I can control, which is stop the puck and try and try and go out and practice hard.”

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Written by Christian A. | 21 September 2011

Uniondale, NY- The Islanders will announce their new captain during today’s media day festivities at the Coliseum.  The odds on favorite is defensemen Mark Streit.

Who’s your pick for the new captain? Let us know who you think should be the new captain in the comments section.

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