Saturday, April 19, 2014

REPORT: Islanders Sale Close

According to a new report tonight from Tony Stabile at hockey this week, a sale of the Islanders by owner Charles Wang is close to completion and could be finished as early as this summer.

Stabile went on to say that he was told that the perspective new owner has offered jobs within the organization to former Islanders players should the sale be finalized and 1 player has accepted a position.

You can follow Tony on twitter here.

This isn't the first time I have heard that a sale could be completed as soon as the summer so hearing this from someone else is very encouraging. 

Second Group Close To Pursuing Bid For Isles

A couple weeks ago, it was reported a couple days before the news of Andrew Barroway's interest in purchasing the Islanders that AHL team owner Howard Dolgon was interested in pursuing a bid for the club.

New reports are suggesting that after a 30 minute conversation with a main potential investor in the deal that Dolgon was left, "...more optimistic then ever..." that his investor would want to pursue a deal.  Dolgon was very secretive about the investors identity only saying that the investor has a net worth of between 500-700 million and is in his 50's.

When initial talks of Dolgon's interest were reported a couple weeks ago I thought maybe his involvement would be compromised because of his ownership of the AHL team.  However, according to a new article, there is nothing in the AHL bylaws that prevents owning an NHL team or being involved in the operation of one that is different then the AHL team's NHL affiliate.

Having multiple parties seriously interested would only mean good things for Wang.  However, it seems like Barroway and his group are a significant way past the starting line so to speak so Dolgon and his mystery investor might be to little to late.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Isles Likely To Keep This Years Pick

Last night, the Islanders held a town hall meeting for season ticket holders who were on the fence about renewing their tickets.

At the meeting, fans had the chance to ask GM Garth Snow, coach Jack Capuano, and assistant coach/GM Doug Weight questions.  When asked about this years draft pick Garth Snow said he would, "wager any amount of money that they will retain this years first round pick."

This is in line with what Newsday has been saying for a while regarding our desire to keep this years pick.

Given that the pick is top 5 this shouldn't come as a total surprise.  However, given the huge disparity in talent between this years draft and next years I was hoping that we would surrender this years pick and keep next years.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NHL News: Flyers Sign MacDonald

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According to various reports, the Flyers announced this morning that they signed former Islander Andrew MacDonald to a 6 year contract extension worth 30 million dollars.  MacDonald was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

The Flyers acquired MacDonald from the Islanders last month in exchange for a 3rd round pick this year, a 2nd round pick next year and forward Matt Mangene.

MacDonald reportedly rejected a 4 year offer worth 16 million from the Islanders before being traded.

I never really had any doubt that MacDonald would get his money and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Flyers were the ones to overpay him.  This contract will keep MacDonald in Philly until he is 33 years old.  One has to wonder with the style he plays if as the contract wears on his body will be able to hold up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jack Capuano To Return Next Season

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According to Newsday, Garth Snow has said that Jack Capuano will remain as the Islanders head coach heading into their last season at the Nassau Coliseum.

After making the playoffs in last seasons shortened season, the Islanders took a major step back this season under Capuano finishing 34-37-11 good for the fifth worst record in the NHL.

Capuano is 118-120-39 in 277 games as Islanders head coach.  Those 118 wins place him second all time among Islanders head coaches only behind the legendary Al Arbour.
It had long been speculated that given the Islanders for the most part terrible season that the coach would be held responsible for it because we all know the owner would never hold the GM responsible.  However, given the lack of accountability within the organization the decision to keep Capuano shouldn't come as a surprise.  It fits right in with the Islanders way of doing things and signals that there is still a commitment to winning lacking. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Isles Finish Season On A High In Shootout Win

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This evening, our Islanders finished their season by defeating the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 4-3 in a shootout after coming from behind on two separate occasions.  Here are some of my notes from the final game of the season:

-Great game from Anders Lee, couldn't ask for a better way to finish off an overall disappointing season then with a multi goal game.  I would be surprised if he isn't a regular in our lineup come October.

-Much like Lee, good to see Frans Nielsen finish off what otherwise has been a career year on a high note.  The big question is if he can repeat it next season.

-For all the criticisms I gave Matt Carkner this season, he played pretty well down the stretch.

-Very nice shot by Brock Nelson to tie the game.  It was shots like that last season in Bridgeport that left me very excited for his future up here.

-Anders Nilsson had another pretty good game following up his solid effort from the Devils game a couple nights ago.  Hopefully, this gives him some confidence heading into the summer.

-The team not only won the game, but they had a good showing in the bouts to.  The most impressive showing was by the most recent Bridgeport call up in Justin Johnson.  In just his first NHL regular season fight Johnson one punch knocked down Sabres enforcer John Scott who holds a tremendous size and weight advantage on him.

This team had a 17-5-2 record in their final 24 road games, which means they won more road games in that span then they did at home all season.  If somehow they could figure out a cure for their home woes that would go a long way in seeing them potentially return to the playoffs next season.

Isles Down Devils 3-2 In Shootout

Last night, our Islanders defeated the rival Devils by a score of 3-2 in a shootout.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Another good start by Nilsson against the Devils, I don't know what it is about them but Nilsson usually seems to play pretty well against them.

-Good to see Strome put another one to the back of the net for the second consecutive game.

-For such a small guy, Hickey can make himself much bigger when he goes down on the ice to block a pass.

-Good to see Bailey and Strome come through in the shootout to clinch the win.  While I am not wild about the spin move they used, it isn't the first time people in the league have used it and it won't be the last so complaining about it is all moot in my opinion.

Given the amount of rookies in our lineup it is truly remarkable that we are in each and every game and have gone on to win a fair amount of them.  Further then that, there have been times in some of the games where we have actually dominated the play which on paper is just crazy.  What is even more puzzling is the split between our home and road record.  This marks the second season in a row where there is a large disparity between our home record and our road record.  In order for the team to be successful this obviously has to change.

Next Game: Tomorrow Night 5:00PM @ Buffalo (Final Game of the Season)