Thursday, May 30, 2013

Islanders Interested in Luongo?

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Islanders could under the right circumstances have interest in Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.

McKenzie speculates that any deal for Luongo would include Islanders goalie Rick Dipietro for compliance buy out purposes.  Having Dipietro involved in a deal would be a bit of irony seeing as Luongo was dealt by the Islanders back in 2000 to make room for the newly drafted Dipietro.

The first step is for the Islanders to gauge the cost of Evgeni Nabokov, McKenzie said.

While I am not a fan of Luongos contract by a long shot.  It can't be denied that he is a heck of a goalie and would be a great fit with us.  As much as I love Nabby, if we have a chance  to upgrade the team we have to do it!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Isles Devils Pre Season Tickets Selling Quick

According to a tweet from Brett Yormark, the CEO of the Nets and the Barclays Center, more than 5,000 tickets have been sold for the Islanders Devils pre season game at the Barclays Center September 21st.

That may not seem like a lot, but you have to remember the arenas capacity for hockey is only 14,500 so that is nearly half the building and it is only May.

If you recall, the Islanders and Devils were supposed to play there last October but the game was canceled by the NHL lockout last year.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cappy On The Way Out??

According to reports, the University of Maine is interested in bringing in Islanders coach Jack Capuano to be the next coach of their school hockey team.

One may think that there would be no way Capuano would leave an NHL team to go coach a college team, especially after just leading the team on a surprise playoff run.  Normally, you would be right but this is a little bit different.  See the University of Maine is Capuanos alma mater and Capuanos son will be playing baseball  their next season and his daughter is also a student at the school.  Also the job security in college is a lot better than that of an NHL coach.

Although one may think Capuano would be crazy to leave, Maine does have a compelling case to at least make him consider it.

Capuano isn't the only person they are interested in.  They are also interested in Bridgeport head coach Scott Pellerin who is also a Maine alum.  Pellerin, who has an option to come back and coach Bridgeport next year has yet to decide what he wants to do.,_or_who,_is_maine_waiting.php

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Islanders Sign Bruton

This afternoon, the Islanders announced the signing of minor league enforcer Chris Bruton to a two way contract.

Last season with Peoria in the AHL, Bruton had 10 points and 134 penalty minutes in 69 games.

Even though he was given a two way contract, I would be surprised if he ever sees time with the big club.  Although, him and Gallant will sure make sure none of the prized kids get manhandled in the minors.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Islanders Resign Boulton

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This afternoon, the Islanders announced that they resigned enforcer Eric Boulton to a one year contract.

This season for the Islanders Boulton registered zero points and 36 PIMS in 15 games.

Well, I was rather surprised by this resigning.  Boulton is a pretty good fighter, but when he isn't fighting he is pretty useless and can usually be counted on to take a bad penalty.

Moulson Among Finalists For Lady Byng

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This afternoon, the NHL announced the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.  They were Patrick Kane, Martin St Louis, and Matt Moulson.

The Lady Byng is awarded to the player who best displays a degree of sportsmanship, and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high skill level.

Moulson was a finalist for this award last season but was defeated by Brian Campbell of the Panthers.  If Moulson is successful he would be the third Islander to win the award.  Pierre Turgeon was the last Islander to win the award in 1993.  Before that, Mike Bossy was a three time winner of the award in 1983,1984, and 1986.

Could MSG Block Part Of Ratners Plan?

Recently, the plans for the four possible developments for the Coliseum property were made public.

The two front runners as of now appear to be the plans from MSG & from Bruce Ratner and the Barclays Center.

A part of the Barclays plan included having the Islanders play six games at the Coliseum including some regular season games.  However, yesterday, it was reported by multiple news outlets that MSG could prove to be a bit of a problem with this aspect of the plan.

NHL rules stipulate that if a team wants to have two home arenas that the NHL needs to give its approval as do teams within 50 miles.  Although MSG (The Dolans) really don't have a good reason to block it, it doesn't mean they wouldn't.  Look at what they did when the Jets tried to get the West Side Stadium built.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Isles Will Not Toll Tim Thomas Contract

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According to EJ Hradek, from the NHL Network and the Islanders do not plan to toll the contract of goalie Tim Thomas.

If you recall, the Islanders acquired Thomas back in February to use his cap hit to make sure the team didn't fall below the cap floor and suffer a penalty.

If you are surprised by this then you must not have been following things for a while because the non tolling of Thomas contract will probably be one of the least shocking developments of the offseason in my view.  He wasn't acquired for the purpose of playing for us, it was simply to make sure the team didn't get a penalty for going below the minimum cap teams are supposed to spend.

Isles Outdoor Game Official

According to multiple reports, the Islanders have officially announced their outdoor game with the Rangers for next year.

The game will take place on January 29th, 2014 at 7:30PM from Yankee Stadium.  Since the Rangers are the away team in their game with the Devils, that would lead me to believe they to will be the away team in the game versus the Islanders.  However, that has yet to be announced.

Nassau County Received 500K From Isles Playoff Games

According to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, the Islanders three home playoff games this season generated over 4 million dollars in economic activity in Nassau County.

Of that money, Nassau County received a half of million dollars.

If you recall, this is the same guy who before the season said the county would be better off if the NHL lockout didn't end so "bigger draws" than Islander games could go to the Coliseum.

Given Nassau Countys current sad financial state, I am sure this money was a nice site for them.  Imagine how much more often they could've seen this kind of money and than some if they were able to put politics aside and get a new Coliseum built.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Quotes From Get Away Day At The Coliseum

This afternoon, the Islanders had their get away day at the Coliseum which included the players final meetings with the coaching staff before breaking for summer.

Here are some quotes from players before departing the Coliseum:

Islanders Salute The Crowd

Following Saturdays unfortunate loss to the Penguins, the Islanders circled the ice to salute the fans that remained to the tune of "MVP" and "Lets Go Islanders."

Monday, May 13, 2013

Boogard Family Files Suit Against The NHL

According to the New York Times, the family of fallen NHL enforcer Derek Boogard has filed suit against the NHL alleging the league is responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage Boogard sustained while an enforcer in the NHL for six seasons.  On top of that, the suit alleges the NHL is responsible for the addiction to pain killers that eventually took Boogards life.

To learn more, check out the New York Times article below:

Nets Get AHL Commitment For Coliseum Proposal

According to, Brett Yormark the CEO of the Nets and the Barclays Center told ESPN that his team for the Coliseum proposal submitted a couple weeks ago got a commitment from an AHL team to move to the Coliseum.

Given the fact that MSG made a proposal as well, I would have to think the team being talked about here is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Having Bridgeport move to the Coliseum after the move would be a smart strategy by the Islanders to keep the Long Island fan base that can no longer constantly go to games in tune with the team.  The only catch is that the Tigers lease in Bridgeport runs through the year 2021.  It will be interesting to see what comes of this over the next couple months.  The winning proposal is expected to be picked by the middle of July.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Penguins End Islanders Season In Overtime

Tonight, on an overtime goal by Brooks Orpik, the Penguins ended the Islanders season defeating them by a score of 4-3 and winning the series 4-2.  Here are some of my notes:

-Well who can't be proud of this team?  If you say otherwise you probably just became a fan in the last two weeks.  This team was one that went from having no shot to getting out of the top 5 picks in the draft, to no shot of getting into the playoffs, to no shot of doing damage in the first round.  Even though they didn't win the series, judging by the Penguins outburst at the end of game 4 i'd say they did damage.  This is one of the more likable Islander teams in a while and I for one can't wait for next season.

-The powerplay was a major problem in this series, only getting two powerplay goals in six playoff games is unacceptable.

-Nabby had a decent game for a change!!  He wasn't an all star tonight, but compared to his prior five games tonight was a solid performance by him which was good to see.  Even with his solid regular season, I would be surprised if he comes back next season.

-Brock Nelson didn't look bad in his NHL debut.  After seeing this kid in Bridgeport a lot this year I will be very surprised if he isn't an Islander next season.

-For future playoff games Coliseum staff, towels only, didnt like the sticks.

Pre Game: Penguins @ Islanders Game 6

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Coming into the Islanders first round series with the Penguins, you would've thought it was over before it started with the way some professional analysts were speaking about it.

Well, it isn't over and tonight the Penguins travel to the Coliseum up 3-2 to take on our Islanders.

The goalie matchup tonight features Tomas Vokoun for the Penguins and the struggling Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders.

For the Islanders, after sustaining an injury on Thursday Frans Nielsen status for tonight is unknown.  So, rookie forward Brock Nelson was on the ice with the team this morning.  There is some speculation that they could both play and have Keith Aucoin sit.

No matter what happens tonight, we should be proud of this team as they have not only exceeded expectations for the season but they have made noise around the NHL as a team on the rise.  Also, we have shown that even though the Coliseum isn't the nicest arena in the world, it is still a heck of an arena to watch a hockey game in.

Penguins Receive A Long Island Welcome

On Friday, when the Penguins arrived for tomorrow nights game six showdown at the Coliseum with the Islanders they received a nice Long Island welcome from some firefighters at the airport.

Below you can find a video:

Isn't it amazing how different Long Island is when the Islanders are relevant?

Tavares Named Finalist For Hart Trophy

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This afternoon, the NHL announced that Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, and Islanders forward John Tavares were the finalists for this years Hart Trophy awarded to the leagues most valuable player.

Given the fact that Crosby missed the last month of the season, most analysts are speculating that this is a two headed race between Tavares and Ovechkin.

If Tavares were to win he would be the first Islander since Bryan Trottier in the late 70's to win the award.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pens Take 3-2 Series Lead As Vokoun Shuts Out Isles

Tonight, the Islanders were shutout by the Penguins 4-0 giving the Penguins a 3-2 lead in the teams' best of seven first round series.  Here are some of my notes:

-Nabokov has to be better!!  The defense didn't help him much, but Nabokov has got to bail the team out like other goalies in the playoffs do for their team.  He has been incapable of doing that this entire series and it really shows in his atrocious numbers.  If the Islanders even stand a chance at winning these last two games, Nabokov has to be better.

-Further on Nabokov, he has been being beat up high all series, and yet tonight the Penguins still were able to score up high tonight.  Are Nabokov/the coaches incapable of making adjustments?  That is very concerning that it hasn't been addressed yet.

-Defense has to step up!  Nabokov hasn't been good, but the defense hasn't helped much either.  It seems like the Penguins get at least one breakaway per game, that really needs to change!

-Where has the powerplay gone?  Paging Doug Weight!  2-17 is just unacceptable!

-The team overall needs to be better on faceoffs.  Even though they are often overlooked, faceoffs are a key to the game and the team hasn't been good thus far this series.

-Even though Joensuu didn't have a bad game, why make the change from Ullstrom?  The team won and all season he rarely changed the lineup after wins but does in the playoffs?  That doesn't make sense.  I can't kill him on the Carkner move because I wasn't to surprised by it because of how bad he is in the defensive zone and his lack of physical presence the last two games.

People during the game started saying that back in 1993 we lost game 5 to but went on to win six and seven.  What people failed to remember is that our goalie back then was actually a good playoff goalie.  We saw during the regular season that Nabokov is a good goalie, but even back with the Sharks he has always struggled in the playoffs.  If the Islanders want to repeat history 20 years later Nabokov and the defense need to play like they did in early-mid April and not recently or things won't be pretty for Islanders fans.

Next Game: Saturday @ Home Game 6 @ 7:00PM

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Isles vs Pens: GAME 5 7:00pm

7PM is quickly approaching, finally.  Fans are rushing home from work, their sons practice or everyday nonsense to sit in front of the television screen.  Visions of being up 3-2 coming home Saturday puts a chill in a diehards fan, tonight the Islanders can make it a reality. 

Some "keys to winning"
  • Nabby has to be a rock today.  I am waiting for him to make that save he shouldn't.  That save that gives the team an extra lift.  Whether is stopping a breakaway or robbing Crosby or Malkin, Nabby its your turn.  
  • Get pucks early and OFTEN on Vokoun.  He hasn't played in a few weeks, sure practice is great but no where near playoff hockey.  Throw the puck from all angles.  
  • Stay and remain physical from the beginning.  I want from the first to the last shift, keep laying the body on them.  
  • Defense needs to play a full sound 60 minute game.  Try and eliminate the breakdowns, cause Pitt doesn't need many chances to put one home.
  • Keep the pressure on them boys, we can do this
So later tonight what will it be? 3-2 us or them, time will finally tell. LETS GO ISLANDERS ( beLIeve ) 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Matt Martin

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After last nights big win, we would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Islanders forward Matt Martin who turns 24 on Wednesday!!

 Started from the bottom, now we here!!!

Andrew MacDonald Breaks Hand

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During tonights game, Andrew MacDonald suffered an injury and didn't return.  It was later reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday that MacDonald had broken his hand and will likely miss the rest of the playoffs.

MacDonald had been one of the Isles leaders in time on ice along with his partner Travis Hamonic thus far in the series.

With the absence of MacDonald it will be interesting to see if the coaches go for the younger Hickey or the more veteran Martinek.

Isles Take Game 4 6-4

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Tonight, before another incredible crowd at the Nassau Coliseum the Islanders defeated the Penguins by a score of 6-4 to even their first round series at two.  Here are some of my notes:

-Another absolutely incredible crowd!!  It is nice to hear from fans and analysts alike some respect for the team and arena and how loud it gets.  Some fans have even gone as far as to say the Coliseum makes other arenas sound like libraries.

-Kyle Okposo has entered beast mode and has just been incredible this entire playoffs.

-Not far behind Okposo is Casey Cizikas who has just done everything this series.

-Love seeing Hamonic edge and how hes gotten under the skin of Malkin.  The scrum and "fight" at the end of the game shows the Islanders are in the Penguins head.

-Tavares may start games slow, but in the third period when we need a goal, more times than not he is the one to get it.  That is one of the definitions of MVP in my opinion.

-Nice to see the team finally get a powerplay goal tonight!  They were long overdue!

-Even though he picked up his play in the third, Nabokov has to be better.  He needs to be able to make a big save once in a while!  His wildly inconsistent play thus far has been maddening and I get nervous every time the Penguins enter the offensive zone.

-Matt Carkner needs to return to game two form!  If he doesn't, he could find himself on the bench come Thursday.

-Nice to see Brian Strait get on the board with the the first goal tonight!

After Sundays loss, no matter how you feel about it, tonight was a must win game!  The fact they came out and did is encouraging.  If we are able to win on Thursday, Saturday will be an absolutely unreal day, so much so Hempstead Turnpike won't know what hit it.  If people thoughts fans were loud now, wait for that!  Most media thought we were going to get swept from this series, I guess we are showing them why we play the games on the ice and not in the papers.

Next Game: Thursday @ Pittsburgh

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pre Game: Pens @ Isles (Game 4)

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Tonight, the Penguins and Islanders continue their first round series at the Coliseum with game 4.

The goalie matchup tonight features Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and probably Marc Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

The Islanders lineup will look the same as Sunday afternoons lineup in the overtime loss.

However, the Penguins lineup is in a little bit of limbo because James Neal and Brooks Orpik could be ready to return from injury.  If they return it is unclear who would be scratched to make room for them.

For the Islanders, a big key tonight is to come out with a competent defense in the first period.  In the first three games, the defense and Nabokov have come out lackluster at best and that has really hurt them.  In game two they were able to overcome it.  If they do that, avoid the penalty box, and take advantage of what will be another incredible crowd, there is no reason tonight can't be the first time in 11 years the Islanders win a home playoff game.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sites And Sounds From Today

In case you werent able to make the game today, here are videos of a couple key moments from the game.

Refs Hand Pens Game 3 In Overtime

This afternoon, before an incredible crowd at the Nassau Coliseum the Islanders were defeated 5-4 in overtime by the Penguins and the refs.  Here are some of my notes:

-The inconsistency of the officials is maddening!  Michael Grabner gets speared, John Tavares gets mugged every way possible, Colin McDonald gets elbowed up high when the league is trying to get rid of those kind of hits, and the refs call a borderline at best holding penalty against Brian Strait in overtime nonetheless.  If you don't think the fact that Sidney Crosby was the forward on the play Strait was defending had something to do with the call being made then you must not know how things work in Bettmans NHL.  That call on Strait today in overtime was one of the worst I have ever seen and I wasn't the only one.

-Not a great game from Nabby and the defense.  They have come out slow to start all three games thus far and its costed us twice now.  They need to step it up if were going to have a chance going forward.

-Great to see Tavares get on the board!  He was overdue for one!

-Okposo is playing like a man on a mission, the points will start to reflect that soon.

-Not Visnovskys greatest game, needs to be better on the penalty kill!  Inexcusable to let a guy get behind you like he did on the Penguins second goal.

Even though the Islanders finished on the short end of things today.  The atmosphere today was incredible and something I will always remember as will others who went today I am sure.  The Islanders haven't won a home playoff game since game 6 in 2001/2002.  On Tuesday, the fans will be ready for them to try and lead them to victory over the Penguins and the refs, will the players be ready?

Next Game: Tuesday @ Home 7PM Vs the Pens

Pump Up Videos For Tomorrow

As if we needed to get more pumped up, but here are some videos for you to watch before you head out for the game to give you the extra rush.

Pre Game: Pens @ Isles Game 3

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This afternoon, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins travel to what truly will be the madhouse off the meadowbrook to take on the Islanders and the teams' round one series shifts to Uniondale.

The goalie match up will be Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and more than likely Marc Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

With our win against the Penguins the other night, there shouldn't be any lineup changes for the Islanders unless there are injuries that were unaware of.

For the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin didn't skate at practice today for the Penguins.  That should be an interesting story line to follow as the game approaches.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Isles Stun Pens With 4-3 Victory

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Tonight, the Islanders shocked most people outside of Long Island defeating the Penguins by a score of 4-3 to tie their series at 1-1.  Here are some of my notes:

-The impact of Kyle Okposo can't be stated enough!  His fight in the second period totally changed the game and gave the Islanders the spark they needed!  He really played like a leader in this game and it was nice to see.

-After a less than stellar start, Nabby had a solid game!  He made a couple big saves when the time came and was truly the teams best penalty killer.  The team will need that type of performance from Nabby if they want to win this series.

-After a rough start the defense had a pretty good game!  Matt Carkner had his best game in a while tonight.

-David Ullstrom had a solid game tonight after not playing for a while.

-Nice to see the first line get the boost they needed with the line changes made for the game tonight.

-Nice shrewdness shown by the coaching staff with the lineup changes for tonights game.

-Brian Strait had his best game tonight that he has had since returning from injury.

-Nice game from Matt Martin, he was truly a presence which is exactly what you expect from him.

-The team in general did a good job being physical with the Penguins two best players.  They showed that they are vulnerable to retaliatory penalties when those two players get touched.

-The Islanders showed tonight that Marc Andre Fleury is beatable, they need to follow that strategy going forward to continue the momentum gained by tonights win.

Coming into this series, everyone would've signed up for a 1-1 series tie going back to the Coliseum.  Sure, Wednesday was bad, but with the victory tonight it is a whole new series.  On top of that, the Islanders now have home ice advantage with 3 of the last 5 games of the series being at the Coliseum.  The noise level of the Coliseum on Sunday is going to be unparalleled!  It will truly be an incredible experience and will be the chance for the NHL to find out what a real loud arena sounds like.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pre Game: Isles @ Pens Game 2

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Tonight, looking to rebound after a poor game one on Wednesday the Islanders and Penguins go at it in game two.

The goalie matchup tonight features Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and Marc Andre Fleury for the Penguins.  Nabokov revealed to Newsday that after taking the Iginla slap-shot to the helmet early on in game one he had to get a new goalie helmet.

The Islanders lineup will look a little different tonight as Matt Carkner and David Ullstrom will be suiting up.  To make room for them, Thomas Hickey and Marty Reasoner will be the last two healthy scratches tonight.

For the Penguins, Sidney Crosby will return to action tonight for the first time since taking a puck to the jaw on March 30th in the Penguins game against the Islanders.  However, for the Penguins James Neal, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, and Tyler Kennedy are all questionable going into the game tonight.

For the Islanders, no matter how bad game one was the other night, if they manage to win tonight that will all be forgotten.  The team needs to go out and play their game of hard fore-checking below the goal line and cycle.  If they do that, they should be successful and turn this into a series.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Isles To Play At the Coliseum After Moving??

According to Newsday, an aspect of Bruce Ratners proposal to redevelop the Coliseum included the Islanders playing six regular season games at the newly constructed arena.

Could this be a bargaining chip to get the Islanders to Brooklyn earlier?  I am not really sure how I feel about it, but we'll see what happens over the next few months as we get closer to a winning proposal being selected.

Details Of Coliseum Redevelopment Proposals Made Public

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This afternoon, the four groups bidding to get the right to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum and surrounding area made presentations to an economic council that will advise Ed Mangano through the process.  A winner is expected to be picked no later than July 15th.

First was the presentation given by Bruce Ratner.

His proposal is a 229 million dollar project to renovate the Coliseum and turn the site into a sports and entertainment complex.  All the costs would be paid for by the developers.  Jay Z joined Ratner for the presentation and Jay Z's company Roc Nation entertainment company is associated with the Coliseum project and will help attract new acts.

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The proposal calls for the Coliseum to be scaled down to 13,000 seats and can be downsized to 4,000 seats for smaller family shows.  Along with the arena would be a 2,000 seat theater which would be similar to Live Nation's Fillmore Auditorium, a 2,500 seat outdoor amphitheater for concerts and summertime entertainment, up to six restaurants, a movie theater, and roughly 50,000 square feet of retail space.

The next presentation was given by Bernard Shereck of New York Sports LLC out of Bayville.

Shereck's presentation included that they would bring a minor league hockey team to the arena and that they are in talks with the National Lacross League based out of Manhattan to bring a New York based team to play at the Coliseum.

This proposal wouldn't alter the outside of the Coliseum, but 60-90 million dollars would be spent to alter the inside of the arena and would cut the seating to around 8,000-10,000.

The next proposal was given by Ed Blumenfeld.

This proposal would spend 180 million in private sector funding to tear down the existing Coliseum and build a new 9,000-12,000 seat arena.  Blumenfeld would partner with current arena operators SMG on this proposal.

Along with the arena, they would build a 100,000 square foot convention center adjacent to the arena.  They say their proposal would be anchored by an AHL team and if one wouldn't relocate to the arena, SMG VP of Business Development Robert Cavalieri said the group was prepared to purchase a team.

The final proposal came from the Madison Square Garden Group.

MSG would spend 250 million dollars in renovations which would result in a 14,500 seat arena.  An entertainment complex modeled after the "Power Plant Live" development in Balitmores inner harbor would be built near by and operate all year.

MSG officials said that one of their teams, the New York Liberty of the WNBA, the Connecticut Whale (Rangers AHL affiliate), or the Erie Bayhawks the Knicks D-league team would play at the Coliseum.

The plan calls for the replacement of all seats and suites, the modernizing of the concourses and bathrooms, the creation of a lower level VIP section, and renovating the arena exterior.

For more details on each proposal check out the link below:

Do you have a preferred proposal of the 4 above?  If you do let us know in comments, or on twitter @savetheisles

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The image right above is Bruce Ratners vision for the Coliseum.

Suspension Worthy?

In the third period of tonights loss to the Penguins, forward Marty Reasoner received a 5 minute major and game misconduct penalty for going knee on knee with Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen.

With the major penalty being handed out that started the talk of if supplemental discipline would or should be handed out on the play.

Judge for yourself:

I feel as though the major and misconduct were warranted to Reasoner.  However, I think a suspension would be reaching, especially since he has no history.  However, if he did get suspended I wouldn't complain.  

To Penguins fans saying that if this were Matt Cooke we would be calling for his head on a stick, they are right we would be.  Cooke has a reputation of being a career killer and just a dirty player in general.  He could be all transformed and stuff but that doesn't change that Marc Savard will never play hockey again thanks to Cooke.  Meanwhile, Marty Reasoner couldn't be more the opposite if he tried.  

What do you all think?  Should Reasoner get suspended?

Pens Give Isles A Reality Check In 5-0 Win

Tonight, in their first playoff game in six years the Islanders were defeated 5-0 by the Penguins.  Here are some of my notes:

-Well, the downward spiral that started after the Toronto game a couple weeks ago continued tonight.  Hopefully, it was just nerves as this was the first playoff game for most of the people on the roster.  If they don't come out with a better effort Friday night, we could be in some trouble.

-Not sure exactly why Capuano thought it would be a good idea to play Reasoner tonight, faceoffs which are a key attribute with him weren't great.  Although, pretty sure his major at the end of the game shocked at least half off all Islanders fans. (more on this above) 

-Thought Casey Cizikas had a pretty good game

-Nabby wasn't at his best tonight, but he didn't get much help either.  The fourth goal was terrible defense in front of him.

-Poulin did play pretty well though which is encouraging.

-The refs weren't great tonight, but when playing the Penguins that isn't exactly headlining news.

Well, it was clear from the word go that the Islanders weren't ready to play tonight.  The Penguins being the more veteran team sensed that and took advantage of that and gave the Islanders a hard dose of reality.  The key will be how they start game two on Friday.  If they come out slow again that would be very concerning, but if they come out flying and and playing their game and are able to score and get that monkey off their backs we will have a series on our hands.

Next Game: Friday 7:00PM @ Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The New Season Starts Tonight As the Isles Visit Pittsburgh

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Tonight, our Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Sidney Crosbyless Penguins to open the teams' first round playoff series.

The goalie matchup tonight features Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and Marc Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

Tonight, Lubomir Visnovsky will return to the lineup for the Islanders in place of Matt Carkner.  If you recall Visnovsky took a rest day on the last game of the season against Buffalo this past Saturday.  Additionally, forward Marty Reasoner will make his first appearance in nearly a month dressing tonight in place of Jesse Joensuu.

For the Penguins, Sidney Crosby will be out after not being cleared to play while recovering from a broken jaw he sustained the last time the Islanders visited the Penguins on March 30th.  Crosby isn't the only player out tonight for the Penguins.  They will also be without rugged defenseman Brooks Orpik, and grinder Tyler Kennedy.

With the Penguins being bitten by the injury bug, tonight is there for the taking for the Islanders.  They need to go out and play their game for a full 60 minutes and think of it as a start of a new season.  The media and so called "experts" aren't giving the team much of a chance.  They have been heavy underdogs twice to the Penguins in the playoffs before and won both times.  While unlikely, crazier things have happened and that is why the games are played on the ice and not in print.