"I didn't see that [Cup chance] with the Islanders so I decided not to take their offer, which was a great offer they made [five years for $23 million]," he said. "The next morning I woke up and was with Buffalo and went through the process again of talking to ownership, management and the coach.]]>
Both the 11/7 and 3/31 games against the Boston Bruins will be seen on Versus and NHL Network respectively. The Isles will not appear on NBC this year nor are they on the list of games that could be “flexed” in on NBC.
In Canada, the Islanders will appear on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada once on March 17 against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. On TSN the Islanders will appear once as well. They will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 23 at the Nassau Coliseum. Finally, the Islanders will be on RDS the four times they play Canadiens.]]>
Stu Hackel broke the news on twitter and has an article up on SI.com.
According the article the Islanders made the decision to contact MSG network to change the game “sometime this week” after the team was taking heavy criticism from outside media. Islanders team spokesmen Kimber Auerbach was quoted as saying, “That game is behind us and we want to look forward.”
Of course no will be happy with the decision, Islanders will complain that the team shouldn’t have had to listen to anyone and held their ground. Penguins fans will continue to make comments and complain about what they perceived as thuggery that night. The only happy party may be the mainstream media that will applaud the decision as a move to not sully the Islanders image or the league’s image.
Though the decision to change what game will be aired tomorrow night this close to the viewing party was odd. At this point you might as well just air the damn thing.
In reality it wasn’t the NHL, the Penguins or the Islanders who began or ended this whole melo drama, melo drama that seems more like the drama of two high school girls or something you’d see on the Jersey Shore. What started the whole thing was lunacy, some could even say stupidity.
When first looking at what game was going to be played at this Isles “meet up” you could see the trouble on the horizon. Penguins fans have not let the 2/11 game go and when they caught wind of this they’d pounce like a shark that smells blood in the water. This was the inevitability and predictable they did.
Expectedly were the insults from the Penguins blogs and fans and the back and forth between the two fan bases. Hey, it’s the middle of August and there is no hockey news people have to stay busy somehow.
That is where the lunacy began; making a mountain of a molehill is the best analogy to use for this. Soon larger outlets like NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk picked up on the story and the lunacy grew. Then CNN and ESPN’s Around the Horn talked about it. USA Today and Sports Illustrated had stories on their websites. Ray Sherro, Penguins GM, was even asked about the viewing party during his press conference to talk about Sidney Crosby and the NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly even had to make a comment about it. Shockingly President Obama wasn’t available for comment.
Point being it became a bigger deal quickly for no apparent reason other than it being a slow Newsweek. Lunacy quickly took control and while there are larger issues for the Penguins media, national hockey media, and the NHL to focus on they decided to highlight how the Islanders were “celebrating” what took place that game.
Lost in that game was the outstanding goal scored by Michael Haley and John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner all hit the 20-goal mark.
Also calling what happened in that game an embarrassment to the league is hard to come to complete agreement with. What Trevor Gillies is hard to defend; there is no doubt about it. However, in speaking with friends, who are non hockey fans, they expressed that if hockey games were more like the one against the Penguins then they’d watch hockey more or start watching. Now this is not saying that they would need to be as violent or as out control as that night, but it did seem to create some interest from friends I spoke to.
But that is beside the point.
The fact that so many people have taken so much issue and exuded so much anger over a viewing party is madness. For better or worse the Islanders have made the decision to change up the game that will be aired tomorrow night at their viewing party. Hopefully we can all focus on the season now and let the lunacy come to an end.]]>
|Sat.||Sept. 10||11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Rookie Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Sun.||Sept. 11||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Rookie Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Mon.||Sept. 12||7:00 p.m.||Rookie Game vs. BOSTON||Nassau Coliseum
(closed to public)
|Tues.||Sept. 13||7:00 p.m.||Rookie Game vs. BOSTON||Nassau Coliseum|
|Wed.||Sept. 14||1:10 p.m.||Islanders Children’s
Foundation Golf Outing
|10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Rookie Practice||Iceworks|
|Thurs.||Sept. 15||TBD||Rookie Practice||Iceworks|
|Fri.||Sept. 16||7 a.m.||Player Physicals||Nassau Coliseum|
|Sat.||Sept. 17||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Sun.||Sept. 18||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Off-ice Workout||Iceworks|
|Mon.||Sept. 19||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Tues.||Sept. 20||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Wed.||Sept. 21||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Thurs.||Sept. 22||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Fri.||Sept. 23||7:00 p.m.||@ BOSTON||TD BANK GARDEN|
|Sat.||Sept. 24||7:00 p.m.||vs. NEW JERSEY||NASSAU COLISEUM|
|Sun.||Sept. 25||9:00 a.m.||Community Event||Adventureland|
|Mon.||Sept. 26||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||TBD|
|Tues.||Sept. 27||9:00 p.m.||@ CALGARY||SCOTIA BANK SADDLEDOME|
|Wed.||Sept. 28||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|Thurs.||Sept. 29||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Fri.||Sept. 30||7:00 p.m.||@ NEW JERSEY||PRUDENTIAL CENTER|
|Sat.||Oct. 1||7:00 p.m.||vs. BOSTON||WEBSTER BANK ARENA|
|Mon.||Oct. 3||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Tues.||Oct. 4||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Iceworks|
|Wed.||Oct. 5||10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Practice||Nassau Coliseum|
|2011 Rookie Camp Attendees*|
|Justin DiBenedetto||Art Bidlevski||Mikko Koskinen|
|Casey Cizikas||Calvin de Haan||Anders Nilsson|
|Brett Gallant||Matt Donovan||Kevin Poulin|
|Kirill Kabanov||Mark Katic|
|Tyler McNeely||Brendan Kichton|
|Nino Niederreiter||Anton Klementyev|
|John Persson||Aaron Ness|
|Rhett Rakhshani||Benn Olson|
|Tony Romano||Andrey Pedan|
The Canadian Sports Media Blog picked up on the leak and has the full schedule up on their site. It is expected that some minor tweeks will be made to the final schedule.
If your looking forward to the TSN gang coming down to Long Island, their lone trip will be December 23 when the Maple Leafs make their annual Christmas trip to LI. That will be the only game of the season that the Islanders will be seen on TSN. In comparison the New York Rangers will be seen on The Sports Network eight times and the Devils will be on twice.
Steve Lepore of Puck the Media contacted TSN for comment and they said that the “TSN schedule will be confirmed later this week.”]]>
Josh Cooper of The Tennassean pointed out that Hillen would be the third highest scoring defensemen returning this season and he would have been the fourth highest defensemen for the Preds.
Below is the release issued by the Predators courtesy of Josh Cooper.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
Hillen, 25 (1/24/86), spent his first three professional seasons with the New York Islanders, most recently establishing career highs in goals (4) and points (22) while tying a personal best in assists (18) in 2010-11. The 5-10, 190-pound blueliner also ranked second on last season’s Islanders’ squad with 137 blocked shots in 64 games. In 175 career NHL contests, Hillen has 50 points (8g-42a) and 109 penalty minutes.
A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Hillen played four years at Colorado College (2004-08), highlighted by a senior season that named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year and a First-Team All-American. Signed as a free agent by the Islanders on April 1, 2008, Hillen represented the United States at the 2010 World Championships, posting one assist in six games.
Backman spent last season with the AHL’s Texas Stars scoring 7 goals, 16 assists for 23 points in 67 games. He also spent five games with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. There he put up two goals and two assists.
The signing may only be an AHL depth signing or a continued attempt to reach the cap floor the story does have an interesting twist. Backman is the Brother-in-law of Matt Moulson. Moulson’s wife Alicia is Backman’s older sister. Backman’s father Mike also played hockey for the New York Rangers.
The article that appeared last night on Newsday’s website and in today’s print edition says that they had a “cordial” conversation and that last “maybe five minutes.” The article indicates Wang is away on vacation, but dialog will continue.
Suffolk County has been brought up on numerous occasions as a landing spot for the Islanders and the Levy has expressed interest in the past about bring the team over the boarder.
The problem though is where in Suffolk would the team go? That would be the challenge for the county and Wang. Even though I am a Suffolk resident I don’t know to many ideal locations for an arena/area development other than the Calverton site. The problem is the site is in eastern Long Island, a ways away for anyone to travel, especially fans from Nassau, western Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey. Also, the county would have to invest in placing an LIRR station within walking distance to mitigate the previously mentioned concern.
Another site that could be of interest would be the site of what once was Kings Park Psychiatric center. However, while it is a closer location that Calverton it comes with just as many concerns. It is not located within walking distance to a LIRR station, is also still too far away for fans that are outside of Suffolk County, and is not on a major roadway or located near a parkway.
My assessments are just superficial at best and there could be other locations that were overlooked. I think Suffolk would be a very viable option for the Islanders and considering their three options in the NY Metro area other than Nassau County it is second only to Queens.]]>
Brandon, a Nassau resident and fan of the Islanders, has started an online petition to try and convince team owner Charles Wang to move the team to Queens. The petition, which was started on August 4, has garnered 151 signatures from fans wanting to see the team leave Nassau County.
Below is the petition verbatim to how it appears online:
Islanders fans have had enough of the turmoil dealing with the local government in Long Island, most specifically Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead. We greatly appreciate and respect Charles Wang's commitment to rebuilding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to create a "destination point" however, the Islanders and Charles Wang's interests must now come to the forefront.
Nassau County has had its chance to keep the Isles, yet time after time have played political football and "jerked" the Islanders around from the Lighthouse fiasco, to the latest referendum, from Kate Murray, to Jay Jacobs. The local municipalities are in this for their own gain and not the public good.
It is now time Charles, to move the franchise to Queens, specifically at the Willets Point Site! There, the Isles can move to a spot closer to NYC, increasing spotlight on the team as well as having the ability to create a hub similar to the one you desired in the Lighthouse Project. People of high clout in the Queens area have already come out and expressed deep interest in the Islanders.
At the very least, talk to them and make an educated decision for the good of the NY Islanders and its fans!
NY ISLANDERS FANS
So why did Brandon start this petition one may ask? Well he feels the team has been disrespected in Nassau.
“I started this petition because I feel the Islanders deserve better than how they have been treated over the past decade by Nassau County,” Brandon explained via email. “The Islanders bring in huge tax revenue as well as civic pride to the area that you can not measure. The political games between the Republicans and Democrats in Nassau County have the Islanders caught in limbo and it is time for the Islanders to seriously inquire within other municipalities.”
He believes the proximity to the city and the Willets Point area’s centralized location to train, highways and airport make it an ideal location for Charles Wang to take his team.
“Numerous leaders in the Queens community have already expressed deep interest in bringing in the Islanders and I think Charles owes it to himself as well as Islanders fans to speak with leaders from Queens about the proposed Willets Point project.”
However Brandon isn’t sure whether or not Wang knows how much green the grass is on the other side of the county boarder or how much fans want to see the team move on.
“I do not know if Charles realizes how fed up Isles fans are with Nassau County and how much we truly hope the team moves to Queens. My hope is for this petition to reach numbers where we can send this over to Charles Wang and let him know where Isles fans stand on the issue.”]]>