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Dear Readers: To those commenting here and elsewhere that despite Semin, Backstrom, Green and Co. the difference between the Capitals' four-year plan and what the Islanders have embarked on is a primo star like Alexander Ovechkin, here is my response.






When Scott Gordon reports that Rick DiPietro will re-join the team in Minnesota on Friday, thanks to Minny-based writer Fiona Quick we now have a better understanding why.


That's because DiPietro is already in Minnesota. And, according to the Quickster, so are Radek Martinek, Frans Nielsen, Bruno Gervais and Mike Sillinger.


As Mike Comrie did last week, the quartet is working out at the MN Made Ice Center in Edina, Minnesota. They are receiving treatment from a device called the ARP Trainer, the ARP an acronym for Accelerated Recovery Performance. The Islanders have not said a word about this latest development in their training program.


"It's a different kind of stim machine that helps fire up the muscle groups," Comrie told me today after practice. "I can't say that it works for everyone, because I don't know. But I do know that it worked for me."


sleep 5From the ARP website: "ARP is a comprehensive, all encompassing series of new and unique therapy and physical training protocols devised to be used in conjunction with a unique neuromuscular electrical stimulation device. The combination of this new device and these new training protocols can be used along a wide spectrum, from accelerated recovery for musculoskeletal injury and pain to enhanced physical performance in elite strength and speed training."


Alrighty then. We know we all live in a small town here and cherish our humble surroundings and unsophisticated technology, but seriously - we gotta get one of these in New York!




Practice Notes: Scott Gordon gave Joey MacDonald the day off...Everyone that was with the team yesterday was here today, including Ben Walter. Comrie and Kyle Okposo put in extra time and remain possibilities for the road trip...


Ken Morrow, back on the Island for another week of assisting with the defense, huddled privately with Gordon on the ice for a while. Reading Kenny's lips from our viewpoint, we could swear we saw him utter the word, "Bouwmeester."


Just kiddin' around, folks.




sleep former Sound Tigers and Peoria (AHL) head coach Dave Baseggio on being named a pro scout for the Anaheim Ducks.


In his time in the Islanders organization as AHL head coach and also assistant on the Calder Cup finalist in 2001-02, Baseggio (left, in dark suit) worked with Trent Hunter, Rick DiPietro, Steve Valiquette, Eric Godard, Sean Bergenheim, Wade Dubielewicz, Chris Campoli. Bruno Gervais, Blake Comeau, Jeremy Colliton and a cast of thousands.



Thumbs Up: Islanders players were making their annual visits to the pediatric centers of various Long Island hospitals today after practice. The team will be represented by at least two players each at Schneider Children's Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center, Winthrop University Hospital, Stony Brook Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Mary's Children's Hospital and North Shore University Hospital.


Winthrop was a godsend for Point Blank son Cole Botta, born 8 years ago this week with his twin brother, Luke. Cole was in Winthrop for five weeks after his birth and could not have been in better hands. You can read a lovely story Greg Logan wrote about Cole's later challenge two years ago here. Thankfully, today he's doing better than ever.



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