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Written by Christian A. | 20 October 2009

Since the Game up in Boston, where the Islanders collapsed in the third blowing a three goal lead and subsequently losing in OT. The Islanders have seemed flat footed and lack confidence after opponents start to turn the tide on them since then. While the goaltending has been bad (to say the least), the team gets lazy and now their six games in and still winless, and who have some started to blame? Scott Gordon, of course,The second year head coach whos been appointed to be an assistant coach for team USA.

So today Chris Botta, of NHL Fanhouse and Islanders Point Blank went to the players to find out how thye view their head coach and his agressive style of hockey. Here are a few samplings of their opinions:

Kyle Okposo: “Scott has been the biggest reason for my development at the NHL level. He has put in a lot of time with me, making suggestions on how I could be more effective and use my talents. He has put me in every position to succeed and has given me so much guidance.

“As a team, we’re all looking forward to growing with Scott and his staff. We need some time, but we’re going to be all right in the end.”

Matt Moulson: “If anyone’s looking for someone to say anything other than praise for Scott Gordon, I’m the last person to go to. He’s the reason I’m here and I’m going to do everything I can for that guy.

 “I don’t know how to explain it, but he gives you confidence without even saying much. He demands your best while not breathing down your neck.

John Tavares: “Scott has been really good for me since the first day. He has given me so much confidence and had me ready to be at my best with these first games of my career.

 “The communication has been open and positive. We spend a lot of time on the ice at practice and after with video going over ways for me to improve. He’s given me a lot of constructive criticism but also the freedom to be creative offensively. Scott wants us to be a good skating team and be aggressive. In the long run, that’s going to make us a better team. It’s a very good style of play for me. I love it.”

For the whole article anf Botta's take on it click here.

HockeyBuzz's Dee Karl also has an interesting write up about Coach Gordon, his coaching style and more player praise, I suggest you check it out.

Scott Gordon in my eyes is the right man to lead this young Isles team and while the Islanders have struggled out of the Gordon's time and effort with the young players is paying off. Look at Matt Moulson as another Gordon succes story,last year Moulson played seven games for the kings racking an unimpresive 1 goal, 0 assists, and was a -4. Now look at this year under Gordon, in the six games hes played he has had 4 goals, 3 assists and is a +2 along with leading the team in scoring so far this season. You also can't look past his work with Kyle Okposo, who lead the team in scoring last year and has become a major blip on the NHL radar including becoming a team USA candidate for this years olympic squad.

In the Islanders PB article their is one quote that stands out in my mind that sums up whats been going on, Martin Biron said in the piece,"Scott is giving us the tools to be successful. The staff does a great job going over the game plan and making adjustments between periods. It’s the turnovers that are killing us. That’s up to us as players to correct.”

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Written by Dave G. | 17 October 2009

What exactly would relocation mean for the Islanders?

Charles Wang, Islanders owner and president of the Lighthouse Development Group, has started to explore options for the New York Islanders,  including relocation if the Lighthouse Project gets the thumbs down from the Town of Hempstead.

If you've had your head under a rock since 2004, or you dont follow islander news, the Lighthouse project is the transformation of the Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding parking lot into a "modern 24/7 suburban center". The LDG has been at an impasse with the town about getting this project through, and it seems as if people like Supervisor Murray are trying to metaphorically "kill" the lighthouse.  If she succeeds, in 2016;  Charles Wang, and the Islanders organization, will pack their bags and leave. You are dead wrong if you think the islanders want to play in the dumpy coliseum a second longer than they have to.

And if the islanders leave, the Nassau Coliseum, and the rotting, grass-infested parking lot surrounding it, will become an empty wasteland. They would never sell out a concert, ice show, or public event again. Every time you are driving on the Hempstead Turnpike, you'll look to the side, and see the antiquated coliseum, and let out a nostalgic sigh, and keep driving, you'll remember the team that once played there and the dream we let slip away.

"Option #1," Queens Chamber Of Commerce's Exec. VP told Newsday, "should be Queens".

A state-of-the-art Islanders arena, adjacent to Citi Field, sure sounds like a great idea, why?

In Philadelphia, they have a sports complex (above) that houses all their teams, The Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, The Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, The Flyers at Wachovia Center, and the Phantoms of the AHL at the Wachovia Spectrum. For New Yorkers, having the Mets and Islanders, within such proximity to each other, would make all of our lives much easier. Not to mention access to the LIRR, the 7 subway, and major highways. This would bring tons of revenue for the city (having the islaners) and greatly help in the redevelopment of the Willets Point neighborhood. In my opinion, a move to NYC would be much better than a move to KC.

 

 

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Written by Kenny Cari | 17 October 2009

Sorry about the long delay from the Islanders vs. Kings game to the slideshow video. I've been busy, but i guarantee that this time I will have the slideshow of the Islanders vs.Sharks game by tonight, I am going to the game tonight, and I will also have pictures to go with the slideshow. Please enjoy my Islanders vs. Kings slideshow, and get ready for my Islanders vs. Sharks slideshow video.

 

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Written by Kenny Cari | 17 October 2009

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Written by Christian A. | 17 October 2009

Last night's 6-3 defeat to the Sabres now opens up the question once again, who should be the starting goaltender? When GM Garth Snow went out and signed two bonafide starting goaltenders many in Islanders Country believed that the situation in net was settled, that the Islanders could breath a little easier knowing that until Dipietro comes back they have solid goal tending.

For the most part that has been true, while the Islanders have lost they have managed to keep the games close (not counting last night's game) and both goalies have come up with clutch saves when they need to. That being said i have noticed an interesting trend, Roloson is guareenteed to give up 3 or more goals on nights he is starting in net.  He has 10 goals against, a 3.77 GAA, and a save percentage of .88. The most concerning trend of all is his horrible play during the Shoot out. In the 2 shootout losses Roloson let every shooter he faced score except one who's shot hit the post. For a bonafide starter Roloson has been less dazzle and more razzle during the shootout.

On the other side of the spectrum is Martin Biron, this years suprise signing by Snow.  Biron who has appeared in 3 games (the same number as Roloson) has better numbers than the ageing Roloson. In the 3 games he played in Biron only allowed an average of 2 goals in. Biron has 7 goals against, a 2.82 GAA, and a save percentage of .903. Biron though has his flaws, during the Islanders overtime loss to ottawa it was Biron who gave up the wristshot goal only several seconds into OT, but we cannot atest to his shootout skills since he has not seen one this season. 

Statistically it's Martin Biron who has played better than Roloson during the first 5 games this season, so i bring up one more question, should the Islanders Bring up someone from Bridgeport? Well if wee look at the three candidates quickly here is what we see, Lawson's GAA is 1.00, making 35 saves, giving up one goal in his 1 start. Munroe's GAA is 2.40, making 59 saves, and giving up 5 goals in 2 games started. Koskinen's GAA is 2.79, making 32 saves and giving up 3 goals in his 1 start. All three have respectable numbers, and could and maybe should be called up to Long Island. The most likely candidates would be Lawson or Munroe who both have played at least one game in the NHL. Lawson had a spectacular outing last season in Chicago in his first NHL game and getting his first win.

Tonight's start most likely will be by Martin Biron and this could be is chance to be in net for the Islanders first win. Roloson's disappointing outing last night is hard to gauge if it is a one time thing or could be a showing of what happens when he gets flustered. The goalie situation is something to watch and while we have 2 bonafide starters is it time to give one of out Bridgeport beauties a chance to start in the big leagues and risk sending someone down?

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Written by Christian A. | 16 October 2009

The Islanders are looking for their first win of the season after recording their first regulation loss on Monday. They will take on the Sabres, who are coming off a 6-2 ousting of last years western conference champion Detroit Red Wings. Winger Thomas Vanek will be out of tonight's game for the Sabres after suffering an upper body injury during Tuesdays game. To take Vanek's place will be Daniel Paille. The Sabre go into tonight's game 3-0-1 and lead the league in average shots on goal, something the Islanders defense will try to go up against.

On the Islanders side Dwayne Roloson will get the start in net against his former club tonight and Joel Rechlicz is back up with the big club for tonights game. Jack Hillin will make his regular season debut and Doug Weight will once again be flanking Schremp tonight on wing.The Islanders are also still without Frans Nielson and Trent Hunter, Here is the lineup for tonight's game:

Fowards

Moulson-Tavares-Okposo

Bergenheim-Bailey-Comeau

Weight-Schremp-Sim

Jackman-Park-Rechlicz

Defense

Witt-Hillin

Streit-Martinek

Sutton-Meyer

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Written by Christian A. | 14 October 2009

Updated 3:05 PM October 15- Charles Wang put the rumors to rest this morning telling Newsday's Eden Lankin that the Project has not been abandoned. He also released this statement:

“Yesterday’s report on the Lighthouse project which appeared in the Long Island Press is untrue. There are no plans to abandon this project which is so vital to the future of Nassau County and Long Island as a whole.

As far as the status of the Lighthouse project, we have submitted to The Town of Hempstead and Supervisor Kate Murray all the studies and required documents. A lease has been negotiated. Supervisor Murray and the Town Board need to make a decision on the zoning.
Long Island stands in this defining moment waiting for an answer. Yes or no.
Moving forward, we will not discuss any meetings in the media. Any reports of meetings should be considered untrue.
My heart is still on Long Island. I love Long Island. This is where the Islanders belong. Let's play hockey."
I guess we can put this nightmare past us.

Updated 11:45- Lost in all the ranting and raving was a piece on the Spin Cycle found by Michael Schuerlein aka Islesblogger. The Newsday Piece while re-stating the facts of the LI Press piece, comes up with a source of their own "close" to the Developer who says the project has not been abandoned. Note this article was posted at 10:13 pm

Update 10:44 PM - After Emailing the Long Island Press they finally responded. How do they explain beating out ever major newspaper on Long Island? "Right place at the right time, Christian," the Long Island Press responded. I also asked how high their source was, that i never got an answer to.

Updated 10:15 PM-B.D Gallof is reporting per his source that the Lighthouse Project is meeting right now. He also feels the Long Island Press story and source are not telling the whole story and is advising not to buy into the hype. For the full story Click Here. Also Chris Botta will be on 1050 ESPN Radio in a matter of minutes.  

 

Has the Lighthouse Project reached its end? according to the Long Island Press it has. The report, posted this afternoon says that "the ambitious Lighthouse Project has already been abandoned internally by New York Islanders team owner Charles Wang."

"The source has also indicated that reorganization has already begun within Wang’s company, reassigning some top-level executives who have been key members of the Lighthouse initiative to work on other unrelated projects." All of this coming from unidentified sources somehow involved in this projects. The LIP's source gave lack of financing as the reason, a shaky one at that. 

Islanders Point Blank's Chris Botta Tried contacting the Lighthouse Development Group, but his call have gone unanswered. Although it seems they  have spoke with no news media outlets. Same goes for Town of Hempstead officials and the people at RXR.

Some have already started to speculate on twitter about the sources authenticity and Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy speculates it could just be another move to get the Town to approve the project.

This odd turn of events comes the same day Newsday ran an article about the majority of Long Islanders who support the Lighthouse. The Poll showed 51% of LIers backed the project due the taxes it could raise along with the jobs it comes with. That was a major moral boost for Lighthouse supporters and the first Lighthouse article since the Islanders season opener/ Deadline of certainty. The LI press article now has many pondering "how real is this?" No one knows for sure right now, but we'll keep all our readers posted on any further developments.

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