(Dec. 3) ISLANDERS INSIDER has just talked to Clark Gillies, who s asked us to encourage fans to do anything reasonably in their power to be in their seats atMessage 1 of 4 , Dec 3 11:21 AMView Source(Dec. 3) ISLANDERS INSIDER has just talked to Clark Gillies, who's
asked us to encourage fans to do anything reasonably in their power
to be in their seats at the Coliseum tonight prior to 7:00. It
appears as though Gillies -- with a little help from the Islanders --
has something up his sleeve.
We haven't been able to uncover all the details, but we believe the
Hall of Famer might use his time during the pre-game ceremony tonight
to honor some of the unsung heroes of the Islanders dynasty. "The
Islanders gave me my night a few years ago, I love my bobblehead and
I know they plan on showing my Hall of Fame speech on the scoreboard
tonight," Gillies told us. "I appreciate everything the franchise has
done for me, but the fans have heard enough from me. Maybe it's time
to give the fans a chance to thank some of the guys from the Cup
teams who rarely are able to get to Long Island. I'd love nothing
better than to see some of my boys get a great ovation from the
We're hearing that Gillies and the club have been able to fly in
three or four unsung heroes from the dynasty in time for the game
tonight. This includes a very rare Coliseum appearance from a player
in the Islanders' top ten in games, goals, assists, points, game-
winning goals and shorthanded goals. He also scored arguably the
prettiest goal in Islanders history. In a playoff game against the
Islanders' biggest rival, to boot.
See you tonight!
I guess Bob Bourne will be the surprise guest tonight. His end to end rush for a goal against the Rangers in the playoffs was just an incredible playoff goalMessage 2 of 4 , Dec 3 11:27 AMView SourceI guess Bob Bourne will be the surprise guest tonight. His end to end
rush for a goal against the Rangers in the playoffs was just an
incredible playoff goal and in it's day was shown over and over but
is rarely seen these days.
I wonder why they had to pick a night where Bertuzzi was here and not
a weekend, where they could have gotten a big crowd and promoted the
Wonder what other surprises will happen tonight ?
1. Milbury shows his face on the ice. Gillies is always outspoken on
2. Betuzzi and Gillies bury the hatchet.
3. Goring makes an appearance ?
I'd settle for some points any way they can get them.
Apparently Greg Gilbert has got a bit of free time coming up after being fired by Calgary today, so maybe he ll be there too? :) And yeah I know he didn t playMessage 3 of 4 , Dec 3 11:43 AMView SourceApparently Greg Gilbert has got a bit of free time coming up after being
fired by Calgary today, so maybe he'll be there too? :)
And yeah I know he didn't play on all 4 Cup teams, just seems interesting
that he got fired today and would be free. :)
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... being fired by Calgary today, so maybe he ll be there too? :) Hate seeing a former Isle get fired from his first real shot, but you look at that rosterMessage 4 of 4 , Dec 3 12:00 PMView Source--- In Islanders-SoundTigers@y..., "Michael McBride" <mikemac29@h...>
> Apparently Greg Gilbert has got a bit of free time coming up afterbeing fired by Calgary today, so maybe he'll be there too? :)>>>
Hate seeing a former Isle get fired from his first real shot, but
you look at that roster and there is just no excuse for being where
they are. Conroy, Iginla, Drury, the young defenders, that is a good
roster of talent.
I wish the Isles had a few players like that. Anyway here is the
article on the firing.
The Calgary Flames fired head coach Greg Gilbert on Tuesday, looking
to put the brakes on a woeful slide down the NHL standings.
Al MacNeil, who has been with the franchise for 23 years, was to take
over the team for Tuesday's night contest against the Colorado
Avalanche, the club said on its Web site. Jamie Hislop, the team's
developmental coach, was to serve as his assistant.
MacNeil, currently special assistant to general manager Craig Button,
spent three years as head coach of the franchise from 1979 to 1982.
His record behind the bench then was 103-93-44. He also served as
head coach for two games last season when Gilbert was suspended.
The Flames said assistants Brian Skrudland and Rob Cookson will
remain with the club but did not say in what capacity.
Assistant coach Brad McCrimmon was relieved of his coaching
duties "but may stay with the organization in another capacity."
Gilbert is the second NHL coach to be fired this season after San
Jose Sharks coach Darryl Sutter was sacked Sunday night.
The Flames, last in the Western Conference's Northwest Division at 6-
13-3-3, had lost four in a row on their current road trip and 11 of
their last 12 games going into Tuesday night's game. Only Atlanta,
Buffalo and Nashville have fewer points this season.
Prior to Tuesday night, the Flames had been outscored 22-8 on their
current road swing and 40-14 in their last 12 games. They host
Minnesota at home on Thursday night.
Calgary had one of its worst months in franchise history in November
with a record of 3-9-1-1. It marked only the second time the club had
lost 10 games in a month - the first time was March 1973 when the
team was based in Atlanta.
Gilbert was in his second full season as Flames head coach. His
record behind the Calgary bench was 42-56-17-6.
He joined the Flames as an assistant during the 2000-01 season and
became head coach on March 14, 2001, taking over from Don Hay, who
was fired after just 68 games on the job.
The 40-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., played 15 years in the NHL
for the New York Islanders and Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and St.
Gilbert acknowledged the team's poor play on the road trip.
"There's no reasons, no excuses, for not playing with passion and
intensity every shift," he said after a 7-2 loss in Boston last
week. "Tonight we played on our heels and let them bring it to us.
Little has gone right for the Flames this season.
Star forward Jaroma Iginla, the league's top scorer with 52 goals and
44 assists last season, had just five goals and 10 assists in 23
games going into the Colorado game.
Goalie Roman Turek's save percentage was a dismal .886.
Calgary was ranked 28th in the 30-team league in goals for and 26th
in goals against.
The Flames' a popgun offence and porous defence has also been a
disastrous combination for a team looking to find fans and stem
losses of $5 million to $7 million a year.