Found April 26, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Steven Marcus of Newsday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, echoing Islanders owner Charles Wang's comments last week, said he would like the Islanders to leave for their new home in Brooklyn "as soon as possible," but said the team is prepared to play out its lease, which expires after the 2014-2015 season. "I'd like to see them in the newer building as soon as possible," said Bettman, speaking at the Associated Press Sports Editors commissioners meeting," but I believe the Islanders -- not believe, I know -- they're prepared to fulfill their obligations under their burdensome lease. If Nassau County was inclined to let them go earlier I know they would go."... "If you talked to [general manager] Garth Snow and Charles Wang, they will tell you that their ability to get free agents was impacted by the fact that why would you want to play in that arena 41 times a year when you can go to other places." Barclays wil...

Bettman: We know we owe Columbus an All-Star Game.

As the Columbus Blue Jackets continue their playoff push tonight against the Dallas Stars, its not lost on NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that Columbus had the 2013 All-Star Weekend, lost it because of the lockout, and now wants it back. We know we owe Columbus an All-Star Game, he said via an email from NHL spokesman Frank Brown Thursday. We are looking forward to formalizing our...

Resurgent Islanders Among Teams Benefiting Most From Lockout-Shortened Season (Video)

For the first time since 2007, there will be playoff hockey at the Nassau Coliseum this spring. After finishing dead last in the Atlantic Division, the Islanders clinched a playoff spot last week and currently have a hold the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games to play. The Isles are young and talented up front — John Tavares ranks third in the NHL with 27 goals...

Rangers Need One Point to Clinch 7th; While 6th Still Possible

With the Islanders (55 pts.) picking up a point in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres last night they moved into the 6th seed ahead of the Rangers (54 pts.) and Senators (54 pts.). The Rangers now need a minimum of one point today to clinch at least the 7th seed. The sixth seed is also a real possibility but there's a lot of scenarios that need to playout: The Rangers...

A Major blow

Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) From the Edmonton Oil Kings: The Edmonton Oil Kings announced today that they will be without their Captain for possibly 6 weeks. Veteran defenceman Griffin Reinhart sustained a foot injury in Game 3 of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship in Calgary against the Hitmen. The first round pick of the New York Islanders underwent...

Isles move may include new jersey colors similar to the Brooklyn Dodgers (i.e., no orange)

Say it ain't so -- the NY Post is reporting that the Barclay's Center has been conducting focus groups and the New York Islanders may lose their colors in their upcoming move to Brooklyn. A member... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Home Ice Season Finale Concludes with 2-1 Win Over Islanders

Categories: BREAKING NEWS Flyers News NHLTags: Danny BriereNew York IslandersOliver LauridsenPeter LavioletteYou watch a game unfold like that between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders tonight and wonder, “Where was this team three months ago?” Many Flyers fans were probably quietly hoping- alright, let’s not kid ourselves, vocally and belligerently pleading...

Sabres 2, Islanders 1, SO

The previously surging New York Islanders are hitting the skids at the worst possible time. If they don't find their game quickly, their first playoff appearance in six years might be a short one. Buffalo's Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in the shootout and Ryan Miller made 30 saves before the tiebreaker to lead the Sabres in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Friday...

The Wild Wild Wednesday

Michael St. Croix (Edmonton Oil Kings) It was a very wild Wednesday evening of prospect hockey as New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects went a bit crazy as we have a little of everything for everybody. The biggest game was out west as the prospect I like to call "The Predator" was so good Wednesday that Michael St. Croix was named the "Buzzing the Net"...

Islanders-Sabres Preview

Though the New York Islanders have ensured the end of their playoff drought, they don't exactly appear to be heading into the postseason on a roll. They'll get once more chance to pick up some momentum Friday night as they finish a five-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres in both teams' regular-season finale. New York has fared well recently in Buffalo, winning...

Islanders Game Against Sabres More Important Than Just For Seeding Purposes by   Jesse Dakss

Tonight the New York Islanders regular season comes to a close, as does their 5-game road trip, which they are 2-1-1 on currently. They are playing the Buffalo Sabres at 7 PM. There are many scenarios that could still play out as the season winds down, but the Islanders do not hold their seeding fate [...]

Islanders Make Playoffs

I have written a couple posts about teams that are having results that break from recent history by qualifying or not qualifying for the playoffs.  The Toronto Maple Leafs are an example of a team that made the playoffs that is a change from their recent past and the Philadelphia Flyers missing the playoffs are an example of a team that has regularly made playoffs recently.  The...

NHL thriving despite short season after lockout

Whatever damage was caused by the latest long NHL lockout, the league isn't feeling the fallout as it gets set to start this year's playoffs. With just a few days left in the shortened 48-game season a look back shows that fans are still flocking to arenas and still tuning in on TV sets. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on...

GARTH: 500 Club

The Sabres haven't made it official yet, however, you can take it to the bank that Ryan Millr will be manning his crease tomorrow night on "fan Appreciation Night" when John Tavares and the playoff-bound NY islanders come calling. When he leads his team onto the ice for the final game of the disappointing lockout-shortened season, Miller will become the 62nd goaltender...
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