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2011 Archives http://islandershockeyblog.com/table/2011-articles/april/ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:26:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Michael Grabner Audio feature http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/michael-grabner-audio-feature.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/michael-grabner-audio-feature.html

Islanders off season has been underway for a few weeks and there has not been to much Islanders news (minus some Nabokov drama and sillyness about a casino being built by the Coli). So for you're enjoyment here is an audio feature on Michael Grabner I had to create for my Journalism 5 class. Includes sound from Michael Grabner, Matt Moulson and Frans Nielson. The opening is read by friend and fellow blogger, Matt Saur of NY Stars and Pinstripes. Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments section.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:42:53 +0000
Nabokov Says He'd Report to Islanders Training Camp http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/nabokov-says-hed-report-islanders-training-camp.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/nabokov-says-hed-report-islanders-training-camp.html

Yesterday it was learned that the Islanders would toll Evgeni Nabokov’s contract for next season. As many fans remember the Islanders claimed the Russian net minder off re-entry waivers for the bargain price of $570,000. He refused to report to Long Island because he did not want to play for a non play-off contending team and was suspended by the team and league.

Today, Sovsports.ru published an interview with the goaltender where he said if he would show up to New York Islanders training camp. 

“Why? I can start training camp in New York,” Nabokov said when asked by Sovsport.ru if he wasn’t going to play until he was traded by the Islanders.

Trading Nabokov is thought to be the best decision by some for the Islanders, who could explore trading him after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Depending on how well Nabokov plays during the World Championships and what teams would be able to make the best offer to Garth Snow.

In the mean time the suggestion that he would be willing to report to training camp should the Islanders hold onto him is a sigh of relief in a way, because it would be one less head ache for the Organization.

He also maintains his reasoning for not show up to Long Island, saying he did not see any reason of showing up since the team had missed the playoffs and he had not played in a month and a half. But he contests that there is no ill feelings towards the organization or any players.

“There is no hostility to the team and the players,” Nabokov said in the interview.

The latest information is good news for the Islanders, because, as fore mentioned, it will be one less thing to worry about should the team not move him. It gives the team the luxury of being able to hold on to him if they need a top caliber goaltender, due to injuries to Montoya, DP or any other goaltending reserve.

But it will be interesting to see what Snow does with Nabokov after the playoffs are over, if he keeps or trades him.

Note: Newsday reports that Evgeni Nabokov will be allowed to play in the World Championships for the Russian team. Rebuking a report previously posted here on Islanders Hockey Blog.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Sun, 24 Apr 2011 03:58:04 +0000
Michael Grabner; A Well Deserved Finalist for Rookie of the Year http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/michael-grabner-a-well-deserved-finalist-for-rookie-of-the-year.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/michael-grabner-a-well-deserved-finalist-for-rookie-of-the-year.html Michael Grabner Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders skates on his way to winning fastest skater during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition part of 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend at the RBC Center on January 29, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In case you live under a rock and didn’t hear, Michael Grabner was names one of the finalist for NHL Rookie of the Year.  Grabner is going head to head to head with San Jose’s Logan Couture and Carolina’s Jeff Skinner.

Grabner was this year’s Islanders redemption story; He found his way after being traded by the Canucks and waived by the Florida Panthers. Grabner lead the Islanders and all NHL rookies in goals scored netting 34 this season. Grabner also won fastest skater at the fastest skater competition and scored 16 goals in 15 games from January 15 to February 15.

However early indications suggest that Grabner is not the favorite to win the Calder Trophy. The fact that the NY chapter of the PHWA isn’t voting doesn’t help his case either.

Grabner, who is a new father, has had a hell of a season and is very deserving of the nomination, even if he’s very humble about the whole thing. I remember a conversation I had with the Calder finalist about what it meant to him to be in the running for the award. He told me he wasn’t too worried about it and just wanted to help the team win.

For the Islanders organization, the nomination is a good sign of things to come and after the season they had it really gives fans hope for next season.

Note- Newsday’s Katie Strang is reporting that the Islanders and Grabner’s agent have not begun discussions about a new contract. According to the report by the Isles beat writer the team is expected to offer him a, well earned, multi-year deal.


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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:44:53 +0000
Nassau County and Shinnecock Indians close to an MOU http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/nassau-county-and-shinnecock-indians-close-to-an-mau.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/nassau-county-and-shinnecock-indians-close-to-an-mau.html

Reports today are indicating that Nassau County and the Shinnecock Indians are ready to enter into a memorandum of understanding according to a report by the New York Post.  The plan may include a new facility for the Islanders, but does not say if it does or does not.

To add to the uncertainty, the plan itself has several legal hurdles it must clear before anything affecting the Islanders comes to the surface.

To surmise, Nassau County is trying to put together a plan for the Nassau Coliseum site, but is a long ways away from anything significant. As it stands this memorandum of understanding does not affect the Islanders in any real way at this point. (As far as we know) there is no guarantee of a new Arena in the plan and (as mentioned by NYI Fan Central) does not address how this will make the Islanders “self-sustaining.” In even simpler terms, nothing new has happened.

As usual, there are more questions than answers in the never ending drama that is the future of the Nassau Coliseum.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Tue, 19 Apr 2011 03:06:45 +0000
New Comment System http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/new-comment-system.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/new-comment-system.html

If you haven’t noticed yet, Islanders Hockey Blog and Bloguin rolled out a new comment system last week. The new comment system is a major upgrade from our old one and will virtually eliminate spam on Islanders Hockey Blog. The only thing you, the reader, must do to comment on any of our great articles is register with Livefyre and even that is simple.  You can register by signing in with your Facebook or Twitter account and you can edit you profile on Livefyre anytime you please. Hope everyone enjoys the new comment system and continues to visit Islanders Hockey Blog.


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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:16:30 +0000
Capuano to Return and the Isles Pick 5th http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/capuano-to-return-and-the-isles-pick-5th.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/capuano-to-return-and-the-isles-pick-5th.html The NHL Draft Lottery was held tonight. The Islanders will pick fifth in this year’s entry draft in Minnesota. The Oilers will pick first for the second straight year and the New Jersey Devils moved up for the fourth overall pick.

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The Islanders announced today that Jack Capuano will return as head coach next season. The announcement, that came this morning, was a surprise to no one since Capuano had established himself as the leading candidate for the job as the season came to a close.

Capuano led the Islanders back to respectability in the second half of the season posting a 25-21-9 record in the last 55 games. He also posted a 26-29-10 record since taking over the team from Scott Gordon in November.

Capuano was credited with turning a team that lacked confidence after losing 20 of 21 games earlier in the season.

“Jack took over a team that really lacked confidence,” Islanders general manager, Garth Snow, told the media today. He took over a team that was really down in the dumps emotionally and I thought he really did an excellent job getting the most out of our players. You could see it in the way our team played from December on…Anyone who’s watched our season knows it’s almost a tale of two seasons and Jack had a big role in getting the best out of this group.”

The New England native has also been credited simplifying the complex system that Scott Gordon, which has allowed the players to be more creative on the ice and change the play on the fly.

Capuano joined the Islanders organization back in the 2005-2006 season as an assistant with the Islanders. He was given the head coaching job in Bridgeport before the 2007-2008 season started.

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With the draft lottery over and the playoffs starting tomorrow I guess it’s time to come to realization that the Islanders season is officially over. It has been a crazy season, to say the least, and having been able to watch a good part of it from the press box at the Nassau Coliseum was a dream come true. It’s every fans dream to be able to interact with their favorite team and players and having the opportunity to talk to many of the guys I was in the stands watching a season before was a surreal experience and I am thankful for every moment I got to meet and talk to those guys.

I have to thank the Islanders organization and their media staff for the opportunity I had this season and how helpful they were throughout the season.  Also have to give a shout out to all the great writers and bloggers I met this season, hockey has some of the nicest and best writers in sports.

While the season may be over for the Isles continue to check out Islanders Hockey Blog for great offseason stories that you all will enjoy.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:09:02 +0000
Islanders vs Bruins In-Game Thread http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/islanders-vs-bruins-in-game-thread.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/islanders-vs-bruins-in-game-thread.html Second Period Intermission Report

- The Islanders Still trail the Bruins by one, the score now is 3-2.

- The Islanders tied it up early when Michael Grabner scored his 32 goal to bring it evan at one a piece. Rick Dipietro managed to get an assist on the goal. The Bruins would answer with two goals, one by Dennis Siedenberg and the other by Gregory Campbell, to make it 3-1 Bruins. The Islanders managed to score one more goal; Michael Grabner scored his 33 goal and 6th shorthanded goal of the season to make it 3-2. 

- Islanders outshot the Bruins 14 to 10 in the second period and are outshooting the Bruins 28 to 25 in the game. 

- Rick Dipietro stopped 8 of 10 shots faced, while Thomas stopped 12 of 14 shots. 

- Travis Hamonic still leads the Islanders in time on ice with 18:41.  


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-Rick Dipietro and the Islanders are behind 1-0 after one period in Boston.

-Dipietro stopped 14 of 15 shots faced in the period. The Bruins Tim Thomas stopped all 14 shots he face in the first. 

-Shawn Thornton scored the only goal of the period with just .9 seconds left in the period. Dipietro could not stretch far enough to stop the shot. 

-The Islanders were able to kill of a 5 on 3 oppertunity for the Bruins at the 7:03 mark. John Tavares went to the penalty box for hooking and Trevor Gillies went to the box for roughing.

-Travis Hamonic leads the Islanders with 8:38 time on ice. Zedeno Chara leads the Bruins in time on ice with 8:04.

- Matt Campanale played 4:01 in his NHL debut.  
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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Wed, 06 Apr 2011 23:50:52 +0000
Report: Isles Won't Let Nabokov play in Worlds http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/reportt-isles-wont-let-nabokov-play-in-worlds.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/reportt-isles-wont-let-nabokov-play-in-worlds.html

Evgeni Nabokov is looking to play in the World Championships, but reports indicate the New York Islanders will not let him. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Nabokov needs the Islanders permission to play for Russia.

His original intention was to play for the Detroit Red Wings, but Nabokov was claimed off waivers by the Islanders in January. He subsequently refused to report to Long Island, forcing the league and the Islanders to suspend the 35 year old goaltender until he reported to the team.

Per TSN’s Dreger Report:
Because Nabokov refused to report to Long Island and was subsequently suspended, both the team and league believe the Isles can toll his contract for the 2011-2012 season. This tolling potential is the reason why the Islanders denied the Russian Federation's request to allow Nabokov to play in an exhibition game last week with their Russian national team and the impact his playing in the Worlds may also have on dragging Nabokov's rights to next season presents a gamble that the Islanders, at this point, aren't willing to take.

The one concern I have with the Islanders tolling Nabokov is how they will work the goalie rotation. Should the Islanders toll his contract and he actually shows up, the Isles will have a similar problem they had with Biron and Roloson. 

It would not be fair for Al Montoya to have to play in the minors next year, especially since he’s played so well this year, and Garth Snow would not want to lose Nabokov for nothing either. Nabokov would have to go through waivers to be sent down to the AHL, where he would certainly be claimed by another team. Of course this scenario would all rest on if Rick Dipietro is healthy or not.

The fact that the Islanders won’t let Nabokov participate in the Worlds raises some questions and it will be interesting to see how this continues to play out.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Tue, 05 Apr 2011 04:00:07 +0000
Frans Nielsen out and Stadiums reviewed http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/frans-nielsen-out-and-stadiums-reviewed.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/frans-nielsen-out-and-stadiums-reviewed.html The Islanders are expected to be without forward Frans Nielsen for Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.  He did not skate today during Islanders practice and has been day to day since being hit into the boards by Marian Gaborik.

Also Congratulations to Frans Nielsen for winning the Bob Nystrom Award this past Saturday. The Award goes to the player who exemplifies leadership, hustle, and dedication.

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Most Islanders fans have not been to Wings Stadium, home of the Kalamazoo Wings, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. So Stadium Journey’s review of Wings Stadium is a great opportunity to get a look at out our ECHL affiliates home arena and atmosphere.

Paul Swaney, who made his way out to the arena on Star Wars Night, reviewed everything from the food & drink, atmospheres, neighborhood and everything in between.

Also check out their review of Webster Bank Arena (aka Arena at Harbor Yards) home of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Tue, 05 Apr 2011 01:37:39 +0000
Islanders vs Hurricanes Post Game Audio http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/islanders-vs-hurricanes-post-game-audio.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/islanders-vs-hurricanes-post-game-audio.html

Michael Grabner 

John Tavares 


Jesse Joensuu 


Al Montoya 


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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:56:04 +0000