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Nice work, Chapin. Good readling. I sure cannot get to all these
> Boston Globe: Kevin Dupont
> Pivotal player healing -The Islanders should have star pivot Alexei
Yashin, recovering from surgery on a lacerated forearm, back in about
a week. Yashin has been working out out for about a month, and the
Islanders hope he can jump in with the same speed the rest of the
lineup has displayed since his departure . . . . . . .>>
Us too. Looks like they could use something to raise the spirits
after the Pens game.
> New York Post: Larry Brooks
> Seeking a defense man who will hit someone other than Dale Puri
nton, the Islanders have identified Washington defense man Brendan
Witt as their primary target on the trade market, a well- placed
source whispers. Meanwhile, one day there was an honor code in
hockey, and when there was, Purinton wouldn't even have thought about
turtling the way he did at the Coliseum on Thursday. But there is no
code now. Not when players on the boards routinely turn their backs
on hits to draw penalties, the way Oleg Kvasha does every time the
Islanders play the Rangers; not when players routinely grab for their
faces and stay down on the ice feigning injury in order to draw
major penalties after they're clipped on the shoulder by high
Brooks rumors are usually pure gossip, unless the Isles anti-up
with things they cannot trade for Witt (because other teams will be
making better offers) it will not happen.
As for Brooks the code is forgotten when it's a Ranger on the wrong
end of it. Turtleton has no code, he was not disciplined and threw an
elbow that should have costs his team and ignored his coaches orders.
Four officials missed it, the camera's didn't. Larry should put away
his Ranger cheerleading outfit and give us a rest on the
Tjutin-Leetch hype to cover what's really happening. Leetch took a
little dig at Thomas Kloucek never being as good to make his point,
that's weak. I guess he's learing the art of duck and cover from
Isles media never gave the Isles a pass at the end of year seven out
of the playoffs and they did not hype Luongo or any of the young
players. Tujtin plays seven games and he's arrived?
In the name of Filip Novak, what's going on here. He was the last
Tujtin and drafted higher.
> Toronto Sun: Al Strachan
> Rangers fans in Long Island on Thursday modified their "Let's go
Rangers" chant to, "You can't beat us." Islanders fans responded by
chanting "Make the playoffs." >>>
Only sad part of all of this was the thousands of Islander fans who
paid good money to go to Msg did not get a chance to do some chanting
of their own. Only a few let's go Islander chants when they could get
it close or when Blake tied one game.
> Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Karen Price
> The Penguins spent the day Saturday traveling from San Jose,
Calif., to Uniondale, N.Y., and when they take the ice this afternoon
against the Islanders, it will be their first time on skates since
stepping off the ice at the HP Pavilion. >>>
> Sun- Seninel: Michael Russo:
> N.Y. Islanders: Looking for a rugged defenseman (Odelein?) and are
dangling Mark Parrish. Unless the Panthers fall out, it's hard to
imagine these two teams making a deal as they challenge for the
eighth and final playoff spot.>>>
Mike Milbury was on WFAN Thursday and said Micheal Peca and Mark
Parrish are going nowhere and wanted to see them in another playoff
for this team. But for some reason Parrish is a left winger for Steve
Stirling. I know Odelein is having a good year but this is a
journeyman, not a fair deal for Parrish.
> Round 2 of the Eric Cairns-Dale Purinton war happened during the
Rangers' 6-3 romp over the Isles on Thursday. Cairns, the Islanders'
tough guy, sought retribution for Purinton's sucker punch the week
> Cairns went after Purinton, but the Ranger, who was called
a "gutless puke" by Cairns last week, declined when Cairns put up his
dukes. Later in a scrum, Purinton elbowed Cairns in the face. An
infuriated Cairns dragged Purinton out of the pile and began whaling
as Purinton fell to his knees with his head buried.>>
> Cairns then lifted Purinton up by his armpits and wanted to fight
him fairly, but Purinton waved him off. Cairns got kicked out of the
game and the Rangers got a seven-minute power play.<<
> "I lost a lot of respect for him," Cairns said. "I thought he'd be
a man and stand up for what he did a couple of nights ago. But he
didn't stand up and be a man." <<
> The Rangers went 6-0 against the Islanders this season and are
8-0-2 against them in the past 10.>>>
> Rangers fans chanted: "You can't beat us!" Islanders fans
chanted: "Make the playoffs!" The Rangers will miss the playoffs for
the seventh straight season.>>
I kind of preferred, " You got Sather !" or " Seven straight !", at
least the Isles fans said something.
What goes around comes around.
> Isles defenseman Adrian Aucoin said, "If they think they've arrived
by beating us, they've got a lot to learn." >>
So does Aucoin's team by the way the played against the Rangers and
> Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch
> There's talk the Isles, Coyotes and Panthers have all made calls to
Muckler about D Shane Hnidy. Right now, he's not going to be dealt,
but his status could change if the club gets another blueliner at the
Garrioch is about the same level as Brooks, what do the Isles have
to give Ottawa?
> While Muckler has insisted he doesn't want to touch his active
roster before the deadline, one player who could attract interest
from the Oilers is Karel Rachunek. Rachunek has struggled at times
this season, but a lot of teams --including the New York Islanders
and Phoenix -- like his potential.>>>
Same comment as before, the Isles have no more Raffi Torres-like
prospects to put into deals.
> Sun-Sentinel: Michael Russo
> Say what you want about the much-maligned Bryan Murray and the job
he did as the Panthers' longtime general manager, but this will be
Murray's legacy in South Florida:>>
> In June 2000, he acquired Roberto Luongo, now the Panthers'
cornerstone in goal, and Olli Jokinen, now the Panthers' captain,
from the New York Islanders for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha. "I had
[director of amateur scouting Tim Murray] and [coach Terry Murray]
and [scout] Wayne Meier and a few other scouts in and I asked the
question, `Is Roberto Luongo what we think he is -- one of the top
goaltenders that will come down the path in many years?'" said
Murray, now Anaheim's GM. Everybody agreed he was. >>>
> "You get ripped for the bad trades, so of course there's a sense of
pride for the good ones. Olli's turned into a great player and
Roberto carries the ball for them every night, is what you need to
win in this league -- now more so than ever -- and will eventually
give them a chance to win a Stanley Cup and a number of them.">>
> A TSN.ca columnist Wednesday called Islanders GM Mike Milbury's
dispatch of Luongo to Florida "the worst trade ever" in any sport.>>>
Which one of Milbury's buddies had that quote, I'm guessing Pierre
McGuire. I'll say it's fair enough but the Isles did get back to the
playoffs quicker than Florida. After seven years let's see how
desperate Florida will be?
> While Murray won't go that far -- Kvasha's had a breakout season on
Long Island and Rick DiPietro, the goalie Milbury drafted in June
2000 to replace Luongo, is developing marvelously at age 22 -- the
Panthers are glad the clock can't be turned back.>>>
Nice of Murray to show some mercy. It's not like the Isles three
players have done nothing on this end. Thirty goal scorers do not
grow on trees and Parrish is always a good player for a teams
chemistry. I remember when he got on the fans in year one, he does
speak up and he won them back over, something very hard to do.
> Luongo has many around the NHL calling him a potential Hart and
Vezina Trophy winner -- this year.>>
> With 1,851 saves entering today's game at Chicago, Luongo has
broken the team record and is on pace to break Felix Potvin's NHL
record of 2,214 set with Toronto in 1996-97. >>>
> Luongo has 359 more saves than the next goaltender, Washington's
Olaf Kolzig, and has faced 338 more shots than Kolzig. The Panthers
have gotten points in a remarkable 12 of 16 games when Luongo has
faced 40-plus shots.>>>
And they have lost points in games where he has faced less shots,
he may need that level of work. This happened with the Isles too a
few times. He seems to need more shots or he is not in the game.
> With a 2.25 goals against average and league-leading .935 save
percentage, he'll likely break John Vanbiesbrouck's team records of
2.29 (1996-97) and .924 (1993-94). He has 22 career shutouts, which
among active goalies is tied with Martin Brodeur for most shutouts
before one's 25th birthday.>>
> GM Rick Dudley and Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark are
trumpeting Luongo as a major contender to win the Hart (MVP) and
Vezina (best goalie) trophies.>>>
He should be, the numbers on that young a team speak for themselves.
> "I think he'll win it," Dudley said of the Vezina, voted on by the
league's GMs. "I've talked to a number of general managers who've
said if they could pick one goalie to put on their roster, Roberto
Luongo would be him." >>>
> The Hart is given to the player adjudged to be most valuable "to
his team," which is the key clause. Of the Hart contenders -- Tampa
Bay's Martin St. Louis, Ottawa's Marian Hossa, Vancouver's Markus
Naslund -- cases can be made that each has a phenomenal supporting
He is not winning the Hart. For all those 40 saves wins there are
enough 4-1 losses to Washington.
> "I don't know if there's a player in the NHL more important to his
team than Roberto," Dudley said. "So if you base it on that analogy,
he should win that." >>>
Unless the Panthers make the playoffs, that is just not true. They
would be where the Pens are without him but other teams have other
players they cannot do without that do make the playoffs.
I cannot imagine the Isles without Jonsson or Aucoin this year.
> If the Panthers somehow make it to the playoffs, you can engrave
Luongo's name on the Hart. If they miss the playoffs for the sixth
time in seven seasons, it'll be a long shot.>>>
> In the 22 years the Vezina has been voted on, none of the winners
was on a non-playoff team.>>
That's about right.
> "It's nice to hear people mentioning me, but right now my main
focus is the playoffs," Luongo said. "That's the only thing I'm
playing for -- not anything else." >>
> Dudley said Luongo deserves it because he gives the Panthers a
chance to win every night. "Obviously if we take a run at the
playoffs, it will be because of him," Dudley said.>>
And they are. But loses to Washington and ties to Chicago are games
Luongo needs to win.
> Murray says he deserves it because of the comfort level the
Panthers have with Luongo in net. "Goaltending sets the tone and the
mood of team. You know you can make a mistake up front and take a
gamble because you know you're not going to get burnt by it. The
Panthers, by knowing they can make mistakes with Roberto in net, have
made less mistakes," Murray said. >>>
I don't know. I never see these games against the Isles or the
Rangers. Those games pucks get past him that he should stop.
> Murray discovered he could snag Luongo when he called Milbury two
weeks before the 2000 draft searching for a third goalie -- Steve
> "I called Mike about Valiquette and he asked me what I thought of
DiPietro," Murray said. "Right there, I knew he must be leaning
toward drafting him and maybe Luongo was available. So I told him how
much I liked DiPietro, which was the truth, but I was definitely
[overly] positive." >>>
> Jokinen appreciates the fresh start he and Luongo got.
"Bryan's one of those GMs who's not afraid to shake the team up and
not afraid to take risks," Jokinen said. "And that was a risk -- two
young, unproven players for already a 20-goal scorer like Parrish. I
think at the time when they made the trade, fans were really pissed
off. They loved Parrish, and me and Louie were just upcoming players
and nobody really in South Florida knew us. >>>
> "But hopefully people are a little happier now than they were a few
years back. I've played better and Luongo's the best goalie in the
league so far. >>
> "Since making the playoffs will definitely make Louie MVP, we'd
like to help him there. That's our team goal." >>>
As early as next year all this could happen. DiPietro, Parrish and
Kvasha better keep the Isles ahead of that team.
One more Panthers-Isles game left.