Sunday, April 01, 2001
By TOM KING, Telegraph Staff
BOSTON Â It was just about two years ago that standout Jason Krog
waved farewell to the University of New Hampshire for the bold,
untamed world known as the New York Islanders organization.
Talk about a roller coaster ride, this year especially. Krog began
the year in Lowell with the Lock Monsters, but then was one of the
players sent to Springfield when Islanders boss Mike Milbury became
disenchanted with the time the Lock Monsters were giving his players.
And, once in Springfield, he has been up and down from Long Island
Â"I bounced around quite a bit last year, too,Â" Krog said Saturday
night, a healthy scratch for the IslesÂ' visit here. Â"I guess I moved
up and down a bit more this year, but itÂ's just something that you
learn and go with it. You learn to deal with it, and it affects you
less and less each time.Â"
Krog was stunned to be leaving Lowell for Springfield.
Â"We definitely had no idea,Â" he said, Â"but it seemed to work out well
for a lot of guys.Â"
Perhaps Krog included. In 34 games with Springfield this year, Krog
has 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points, with six penalty minutes.
He has four power play goals and two game-winning goals.
In nine games with the parent club this season, Krog has no goals and
three assists. Although he watched from the FleetCenterÂ's ninth floor
last night, he could see action next Saturday when the Islanders
return to face the Bruins in the regular season finale for both clubs.
ThatÂ's if heÂ's not shipped back to help Springfield in its push to
make the AHL playoffs.
Â"I have no idea,Â" he said. Â"I may be sent down to try to help them
out a bit.Â"
Krog feels heÂ's a good fit with the Islanders.
Â"I guess time will tell, you know?Â" he said. Â"WeÂ've got a new coach
coming in this summer . . . IÂ've felt IÂ've developed the last couple
of years in pro hockey, and hopefully IÂ'll make the jump.Â"
Loyalty rewarded on the Island
He may not be their head coach, but the Islanders brass wants interim
coach Lorne Henning back in the organization next year. Funny, the
same canÂ't be said for the Bruins and Mike Keenan, now can it?
Â"HeÂ'll stay with the organization,Â" Islanders co-owner Charles Wang
told Newsday. Â"WeÂ've spoken about it already and we want him to be
part of this organization.Â"
Henning, who played for the Islanders during their glory days, has
been the ultimate good soldier. In fact, he was fired by the team in
1995 to make way for someone named Mike Milbury. He was brought back
then as an assistant to former Bruins coach Butch Goring, but Goring
got whacked on March 4.
Speaking of former Bruins coaches, the New York media has confirmed
that Pat Burns has not been contacted by Milbury about filling the
coaching shoes for next year.
Bruins came into the game 11-3-2-1 against the Atlantic Division,
while the Islanders were 4-11-0-1 . . .
Even though the power play let the Bruins down on Friday, theyÂ've
scored at least one power play goal in 10 of their last 12
contests . . .
NashuaÂ's Brian Morrison made the JumboTron last night to play the
trivia game. He correctly answered the question: Who holds the
IslandersÂ' record for most playoff points? Bryan Trottier.