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Tag:New York Islanders
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: Brooklyn arena execs meet NHL officials

By Brian Stubits

The possibility of the Islanders staying on Long Island, just much closer to the city, is growing.

Katie Strang of Newsday reported on Friday that NHL officials met with Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and CEO Brett Yormark. Both men are not only involved with the arena being built in Brooklyn, but are also involved with the New Jersey Nets organization. It's not reported what the discussion concerned, but the logical assumption concerned hockey in Brooklyn and the Islanders.

Perhaps the first place that popped up as a future home of the Islanders after their arena vote on August 1 was met with a resounding no was Brooklyn. Considering there is a state of the art arena that is going up, the fit seemed natural. The Islanders wouldn't have to go but a few miles down the road instead of relocating to Canada or west of the Mississippi.

But the elephant in the room has been the size of the Barclays Center. It will be a great fit for the NBA's Nets, but the number of adequate seats for hockey is an issue.

Here is what Yormark said in an email to Newsday soon after the August 1 vote.

"The Barclays Center will have an ice rink that can support professional hockey. Due to the venue's design, the capacity for hockey would be a few thousand seats less than for basketball. While we hope to explore hockey opportunities in the future, our primary focus at the moment is to build the best sports and entertainment venue in the world."

Specifically, the arena would figure to host a little more than 14,000 for hockey. That would make it easily the smallest venue in the NHL, lower than the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. But that isn't a deal-breaker.

"We have no set seating capacity or requirements established," a league spokesperson told Newsday.

This is pretty much good news any way you slice it unless you are in Quebec City keeping your fingers crossed. I've said all along that after the rejection of the vote, Brooklyn would be the next best alternative to staying in Nassau County. The concerns about the size of the arena for hockey are justified, but I feel could be mitigated with the location of the arena. Demand would likely increase for tickets with the location closer to the city and the prices would certainly rise. All in all, the numbers could come out to around the same or better. That's before you consider the lease situation.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Former NHL D-man Kasparaitis coaching in Sweden

By Brian Stubits

Here's a blast from the not-so-distant past. Darius Kasparaitis, former Islanders, Rangers, Avalanche and Penguins defenseman, is continuing his transition into coaching in Sweden.

The native of Lithuania last played in the NHL with the Rangers back in the 2006-07 season before he was waived and eventually loaned to SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL. He had a very short stint working as an assistant coach for SKA, but his contract expired after six months.

So his new role is one that will put him in a position to really teach. Here's the story from the Swedish website hockey.expressen.se.

Considering I don't speak a lick of Swedish (I don't think the word Abba counts), I turned to a friend who happens to hail from Sweden. Here was his summary.

Kasparaitis joined AIK, a hockey team in Sweden's top division based in Stockholm, as a defenseman coach for the club's junior teams (junior meaning high school-college level). In this capacity, he will arrange training sessions once or twice a week, instructing on techniques particular to the defense position. Anders Gozzi, the AIK GM, explains that the hiring follows on the success he perceives that the team has had with similar special training sessions for goalies. If all goes well, Kasparaitis may move on to coaching the senior level players as well.

So there you have it. It's a true proving ground for Kasparaitis.

No word on if he'll be teaching them his way of checking.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Islanders party will feature different game

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By: Adam Gretz

The New York Islanders were in the news last week because of a viewing party that was going to take place during a rebroadcast of their brawl-filled game with the Pittsburgh Penguins -- a game the Islanders dominated 9-3 -- back in February. The game also included several fights and a number of ejections, and resulted in three suspensions (two for the Islanders, one for the Penguins) and a $100,000 fine for the Islanders organization.

Islanders fans, for the most part, seemed to love the idea, while Penguins fans and others around the league weren't quite behind it. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Kevin Allen of USA Today that the league "did not approve of the use," while they were also looking into the promotion of it.

It seems as if the league ended up convincing the Islanders and the MSG Network to feature a different game.

On Thursday, the Islanders sent out a new invite to their fans for the viewing party, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, announcing that instead of watching the Feb. 11 brawl, they will instead be watching a rebroadcast of their 7-6 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 13. That game featured a hat trick from Michael Grabner, including the overtime winner.

Here's the updated invite from the Islanders:
Join us for a replay of the high-scoring OT win from February 13th vs the Buffalo Sabres.

Michael Grabner stealing the spotlight netting two goals in regulation and then adding a third (his first #GrabTrick for the Isles) in OT is worth celebrating again.

On Friday August 19th, MSG Plus will re-air the game and we want the fans to join us for a viewing party at Champions.

Same awesome deal as usual, raffles, prizes and more.

All raffles benefit the Islanders Children's Foundation.

RSVP now and remember to get there early and get a table with your friends.

Stay tuned to #Isles and #IslesMeetup for all the latest and for more information.
Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:25 am
 

Daily Skate: Ovie endorsement; Isles under review

By Brian Stubits

I'M KIND OF A BIG DEAL: Alexander Ovechkin is always endorsing something. He and Sidney Crosby are undoubtedly the NHL's endorsement Kings. The latest for Ovie? His face being plastered (alexovetjkin.blogspot.com) on the Canadian candy bar Mr. Big Deal. Underneath a smiling Alex is the slogan "Be a big deal like me."

REPLAY REVIEW: The Islanders' plan to have a viewing party to re-watch the game against the Penguins that erupted into the Royal Rumble has drawn a lot of attention across the hockey world. Apparently it caught the NHL's eyes, too. Kevin Allen at USA Today writes that the NHL is "looking into" the promotion, with deputy commissioner Bill Daly saying "We do not approve of the use, based on what we know."

R.I.P. RIPPER: The tragic news came down late Monday that Winnipeg Jets enforcer Rick Rypien was found dead in his home. There is still a lot more to come out on that story. In the meantime, remembrances are pouring in all over Twitter of the player affectionately called the Ripper. Here's an example from Mike Commodore: "RIP Rick Rypien. He was a warrior. Hit me so hard my eyes couldn't focus for 30 secs. Not sure if it was a left or right. #hitmewithboth" USA Today offered up a photo gallery of Rypien's career.

PENS IN DEMAND: The Penguins continue to sell tickets like hot cakes. The team announced this morning that they are again capping the season-ticket sales at 15,000 for the season. That just continues the run in Pittsburgh where the Pens have sold out the last 210 games, which includes every game for the last four seasons.

SMAHSVILLE CELEB SHOW: The game isn't the only attraction in Nashville when you talk Predators hockey. The games are a hotspot for celebrities, too, mostly from the country music world. Nashville is, after all, the home of country. So in further embracing the city's country music roots and promoting the team, the Preds put together (Section 303) a bit of a montage of the scene at games in Nashville.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Islanders to hold viewing party to rewatch brawl

IslandersBrawlBy: Adam Gretz

One of the highlights of the 2010-11 New York Islanders season was a 9-3 dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins in mid-February. The good news was the Islanders blew out a division rival, scored nine goals and sent a message to a team that had embarrassed them during the previous meeting (that was the game Penguins Brent Johnson fought, and injured, Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro).

The bad news is that game was also the one that featured a series of ugly moments (including Trevor Gillies elbow on Eric Tangradi and Gillies yelling at him from the tunnel, Matt Martin's sucker punch on Max Talbot, Penguins enforcer Eric Godard leaving the bench to join a fight, Michael Haley and Johnson fighting), and saw the two teams combine for 342 penalty minutes and many ejections.

In the aftermath the NHL issued a number of suspensions, including nine games for Gillies and 10 games for Godard (which was automatic for leaving the bench to join a fight), while the Islanders organization was also fined $100,000 by the NHL. The Penguins, meanwhile, were furious that the NHL didn't do enough.

It was madness.

Why is this news again now in the middle of August? Because the Islanders organization has announced plans to hold a viewing party to watch a replay of the game on August 19.

Here's the invite from the Islanders official website:
The night of February 11, 2011 was memorable for Isles fans. Whether you were in the stands at the Coliseum or watching on TV, you were on your feet through all the ruckus cheering for the Islanders to beat the Penguins. On Friday August 19th, MSG Plus will re-air the game and we want the fans to join us for a viewing party at Champions. Same awesome deal as usual, raffles, prizes and more. RSVP now and remember to there early and get a table with your friends. Stay tuned to #Isles and #IslesMeetup for all the latest and for more information.
It was certainly a memorable game, but mostly for the wrong reasons. The party has already sparked some controversy from Penguins fans and impartial observers. Right or wrong, fighting is a part of the hockey culture, and is often times celebrated (heck, think of the events during a hockey game that bring fans out of their seats: goals and fights), and yes, I myself do enjoy watching two heavyweights drop the gloves to a mutually agreed upon bout.

But should the Islanders -- or any team -- be celebrating an event that the NHL deemed bad enough to suspend two of their players for a combined 13 games and fine the organization six figures? Even though times have been rough in recent years for the Islanders franchise, they do have some players in their young core that are worth being excited about. This just seems a bit odd coming from an organization that used to celebrate Stanley Cups.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Rob Schremp heads to Europe

By: Adam Gretz

Rob Schremp, perhaps best known around hockey for his trick shots in practices and shootouts throughout the minor leagues and his various NHL stops, has reportedly signed with Modo of the Swedish Elite League according to Risto Puckarinen and Newsday's Katie Strang.

His raw skill and puckhandling abilities are incredible, but it's never really translated to success at the NHL level due to other shortcomings in his game (like his play when he doesn't have the puck). He's scored 20 goals in 114 NHL games with the Oilers, Islanders and Thrashers, including a career-high 13 this past season.

He's been claimed on waivers twice in his career, and was a free agent this summer, seemingly unable to find an NHL team willing to take another shot on his offensive abilities.

If nothing else, he's fun to watch, and seems to be, for lack of a better analogy, hockey's answer to an AND1 basketball player: entertaining, but not necessarily destined to be a star in the big leagues. Still, we enjoy watching him do what he does best.



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Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 10:25 am
 

Daily Skate: Next Islanders plan; Erat improving

By Brian Stubits

TAKING THE Islanders TASK: Since the arena vote was shot down, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has asked for privately funded proposals for the land to be submitted by Labor Day. Thanks to Randi F. Marshall at Newsday we know of at least one group that is putting together a plan to submit that will include an idea for the coliseum and the Islanders. Interestingly, former Isles star Bob Nystrom is on the task force with the plan, although Nystrom says he doesn't speak with the team. "My goal here is to figure out a way that we keep the Islanders here and to improve that building if we possibly can, but I agree we need development there, too," Nystrom said.

GETTING BACK TO IT: Martin Erat finished tied with Sergei Kostitsyn as the Predators' leading scorer last season despite missing 18 games with a nagging back problem. But now Erat is feeling better (The Tennesseean) after taking it easy over the summer and is expecting to be 100 percent when the season begins in October. The Preds certainly hope so as Erat's presence is key as Nashville would love to convince the trio of Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter to stick around beyond next year.

CAPITAL VOICE: The Washington Capitals are welcoming a new play-by-play voice for their radio coverage, saying goodbye to former announcer Steve Kolbe and, just like they would on the ice, bringing up a replacement from the Hershey Bears, the team's AHL affiliate. Capcentre.net has a fond farewell to Kolbe.

DRINK UP: The Bruins' Patrice Bergeron recently had his turn with the Stanley Cup, and he took it to breakfast with him. Naturally, you can see where this is going. Bergeron and his guests were thirsty, so they found the biggest cup they could find ... Lord Stanley. I'm not a germophobe by any stretch of the imagination and I know it's common practice to drink out of the Cup, but I'd have to say I'd rather just have a glass.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:37 am
 

Daily Skate: Case against Osgood; Isles jersey?

By Brian Stubits

NOT OSGOOD ENOUGH: The debate will go on as long as we don't have anything more meaningful to discuss. (OK, that's a lie, we've had much more meaningful things, but we digress.) Is Chris Osgood worthy of a place in the Hall of Fame? Here's a submission from a Red Wings fan arguing why Osgood should NOT be inducted. I always like seeing a fan trying his/her best to be impartial and arguing against their team. In this case, Osgood is truly as close to a tossup as you will find and you can make the argument either way.

ISLES THIRD JERSEY?: The blog over at Puck Daddy got wind yesterday of a possible third jersey for next season for the New York Islanders. As you might have noticed, alternates have become all the rage, a nice way for teams to sell additional jerseys. The sweater features a lot of black with blue and orange piping. The team later said that the mockup was one of the versions being considered but no final decision was made. I am clearly in the minority based on the onslaught of bad reactions the team received for it, but I don't mind them.

BOLTS PROSPECT HURT: Perhaps the Lightning's top prospect, Brett Connolly was hurt in a game on Thursday, having to be helped off the ice according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, who says that it looked like a leg injury, and not a very good one.

OVIE DITCHES CCM: Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin made an off-ice move this week, changing his apparel company from CCM to Bauer. Too bad, I guess it means the end of the crazy Ovechkin commercials that CCM was running like this one.

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