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Do Minnesotans hold a serious grudge? Apparently, they are still upset about Kyle Okposo leaving school early six years ago. Or at least one writer says as much.Forgive me since this is the first time I've heard about this, but apparently folks in Minnesota were really ticked about Okposo leaving school to play for the Islanders. Well, not so much against Okposo and him leaving town early, more about Garth Snow's comments in the aftermath. Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes:[sny-box]The Twin Cities? sizable hockey cult is very protective of the Gophers and now the Wild. This has made Garth Snow, the general manager of the New York Islanders, an unpopular figure.The impetus for that was Snow getting forward Kyle Okposo, the seventh overall selection in the 2006 draft, to turn pro on Dec. 19, 2007 ? early in Okposo?s sophomore season.What offended Minnesotans was Snow?s view on the player development taking place with Don Lucia?s Gophers.?Quite frankly, we weren?t happy with the program,? Snow said. ?They have a responsibility to coach, to make Kyle a better player, and they were not doing that.?[/sny-box]Well, I guess that's fair. Snow sort of poached a player that would have been contributing to the local hockey team and it is a fact that the Minnesota hockey team is a big deal in Minnesota. Snow had some comments that didn't paint U of M in a good light, so it makes sense that the locals would take offense to that.That's where it gets a little weird.?Again, from Reusse:[sny-box]We are approaching the six-year anniversary of that quote and it is time for the locals to take a different view of Snow. They should look at him as a generous friend of Minnesota hockey.Four months ago, for the modest price of the overrated Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round draft choice, Snow gave the Wild a now 21-year-old Nino Niederreiter, a wing with size, speed and quick hands.It sounded a bit fishy ? as if there had to be more to the Islanders giving up on Niederreiter, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, than mere dimwittedness by Snow.[/sny-box]So what started as a somewhat odd Okposo story has apparently transformed into fan's desire to gloat about Nino Niederreiter, something that, if written by a blogger and not a major paper, would clearly be accused of having been written in a basement as a piece of fanboy slash fiction.But wait, it gets better. Reusse channels his inner Woodward and Bernstein. An anonymous veteran on the Wild sings the praises of Niederreiter. How ever did you manage to get that quote?[sny-box]On Monday morning, a Wild veteran was at his locker in?St. Paul. He was asked what might have been the Islanders? motivation for trading Niederreiter before his 21st birthday.With a promise of anonymity, the veteran said: ?I have no idea in the world. He?s loaded with talent.?[/sny-box]Don't worry, it's OK, everyone. There's a happy ending in all of this.[sny-box]Niederreiter said. ?I am very happy to be in Minnesota.?And the Twin Cities hockey cult is very happy to have him. Thanks, Garth Snow. You?re forgiven.[/sny-box]Niederreiter has five points in 13 games thus far for Minnesota and, if he stays on the right track, he should be a nice player for the Wild. This was a very weird way to go about writing that.
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Yesterday the Islanders announced that the annual Orange and Blue Prospect Scrimmage is set for Thursday, July 11th at 7pm at the Old Barn (tickets on sale for $10, proceeds to charity). It's an annual game between the franchise's up-and-coming players, the culmination of a four-day mini-camp.

Arthur Staple tweeted that one prospect, Nino Niederreiter, had declined the option to attend the camp given that the has already done so three times and thus, is not required to go. In follow up, Staple also said that, in his opinion, "team and player aren't in a good place right now."

As he asserted, it is fair to assume that since Niederreiter had a fit about not getting the invite to training camp and asked for a trade in January relations are not warm and fuzzy.

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The only Bridgeport Sound Tiger to forgo the call-up to skate around with the big club during the playoffs, Nino Niederreiter took the call from his country and headed to the IIHF Men's Hockey Championship in Scandinavia. In six games so far, Niederreiter and his countrymen have impressed and are second in Group S out of eight teams, behind only Canada. The Swiss are also the only team in the tournament that hasn't lost yet, with five regulation wins and one in overtime.

Image credit: IIHF

Niederreiter leads the Swiss team in goals with four, tying him with NHLers such as Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny in goals during the tournament (Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk leads all scorers with eight). The Islanders prospect is helping lead Switzerland's top line along with Martin Pluss and Simon Moser.

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Today team Switzerland opened up play at the World Championships against Sweden, one of the host countries. Rather than hang around Long Island working out, Nino Niederreiter suited up for Switzerland and had a heck of a first game earlier today. He scored the second of three goals for Switzerland -- they won 3-2 -- and did it in slick fashion. The broadcast attributes the goal to Victor Stancescu but it's obviously Nino wearing #22 in red. Niederreiter was named player of the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LuVMtiAqS0

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The Albany Devils' power play ranks 28th out of 30 American Hockey League teams-- firing at just 11.4 percent. Albany entered Sunday's game in Bridgeport having scored just 1-of-its-last-20 man advantages.

Yet, somehow Albany's power play found a way to be worse.

Albany was 0-for-3, failing to score on a 5-minute first-period major. Plus, when given a third-period man advantage, the Devils surrendered a shorthanded goal-- the game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 2-0 win.

Tags: Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Brock Nelson, CAM JANSSEN, Chad Wiseman, Eric Gelinas, Feature, Joe Whitney, Keith Kinkaid, Matt Anderson, Nino Niederreiter, Phil DeSimone, Prospect Buzz, Raman Hrabarenka, Rick DiPietro, Steve Zalewski
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The Rangers come to town tomorrow and they'll be without Marc Staal, who took a horrific shot to the eye thanks to a deflected puck last night (video here, but be warned it's not fun to watch) at the Garden. The Rangers went on to win, it was their third in a row, but the talk this morning is about Staal and his eye. Deadspin wonders if the NHL will mandate visors before it's too late, but it's already too late if you remember?Bryan?Berard, who had his career derailed due to a similar instance.

But the truth is that the grandfathering in of visors is something that is coming. It's just a matter of time until the NHLPA agrees to it. What it takes to get them to agree to it; probably a?gruesome?on-ice incident. Is the shot to Staal's face enough? We'll see.

The Rangers have also called up Michael Haley and that resulted in Scott Hartnell taking a swipe at Haley on the Rangers' bench last night. Should be interesting tomorrow.

Tags: Islanders, lubomir visnovsky, micheal haley, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside
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Picture via last night's MSG Plus broadcast
A year ago we were piling on someone for marginalizing John Tavares, complete with Howie Rose's 'nuh-uh you better step off,' moment, which was really only missing a sassy finger snap.

And here we are today. Almost exactly a year later, and look at that statistic up there. Isn't it beautiful?

After last night's hat trick, Tavares sits tied for first in the league in goals with James Neal and Thomas Vanek, and is 6th in the league in points. Not far behind is Matt Moulson who is 10th in points with 17. Tavares has 20 points in 14 games this season, and is absolutely en fuego. Now if they can get some secondary scoring...

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Last year, the Islanders went through the motions with a couple of players early on. Blake Comeau was one,?and was waived after 16 games, zero points and a -11 rating. For those concerned, the Islanders shouldn't miss him as he is off to a similarly putrid start this season in Calgary?(0-1-1, -5 in 8 games). Another player who had trouble getting out of the gate was Kyle Okposo, who was benched early on in a coach's effort to send a message.

Here's what Katie Strang wrote last October:

[sny-box]It seems that?New York Islanders?coach Jack Capuano is sending a message to his team that no player is safe.

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Last night the AHL All-Star Game took place in Providence, RI and it featured two Sound Tigers: Matt Donovan and Nino Niederreiter. Both were voted as starters for the game for the Eastern Conference, certainly a positive for the players and organization. The West won the game 7-6 -- low scoring for an ASG, maybe? -- and the only tally for the two Sound Tigers was a between-the-legs second assist from Niederreiter.

Sunday night was the skills competition and Donovan took part in the hardest shot contest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ctoxxlVwbNc

Tags: griffin reinhart, Islanders, matt donovan, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside, Prospects, Sound Tigers
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Okay, so it's not the Manti Te'o Fake Girlfriend case. At the moment it's not even a hugely pressing issue in Islanders Country, especially with the Islanders?competing well. But five days later the story is no one's imagination, and with Nino Niederreiter refusing to put out the fire after his agent asked the Islanders to trade him, there are still plenty of questions.

Point Blank sent an email to?Andre Rufener, Niederreiter's Switzerland-based agent, in hopes of finding out why the smile came off Nino's face and how this week's episode could come to an end.

Rufener politely declined.

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Following the news Tuesday that Nino Niederreiter requested a trade, different bits and pieces of the story have come to light. Tuesday night, Newsday added a bit of a timeline of events from the GM's side. Wednesday, the CT Post caught up with Niederreiter at Sound Tigers practice and he didn't have much to say. "I just do what I can control the best I can on the ice," Niederreiter told the Post. The night before, Niederreiter was at a team function and told a fan 'it wasn't him but his agent' who was behind the trade request.

So the one person we haven't heard a lot in the english press from is the agent, Andy Rufener. He declined to talk to Newsday for their story Tuesday night and was cited as delivering the news to Garth Snow by ESPN but again, wasn't reached for comment.

However, Rufener did give an interview to the Swiss outlet 20 Minutes. In it, Ruefener deflects some of the blame for the situation away from his client and towards himself. He also comes across as taking this as the end of days a bit of a hard line. Swiss IPB reader Oliver sent in a translated version of the article. Writes Oliver:

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Yesterday, we found out that Nino Niederreiter wasn?t entirely happy with being a New York Islander and as such, his agent asked GM Garth Snow for a trade sometime last week. Last week, as it just so happens, was the Islanders? training camp. A camp that Niederreiter wasn?t invited to. It?s probably not a wild assumption to make that the training camp snub was the catalyst for the trade request, be it from the agent's own initiative or as the agent being a proxy for orders that came straight from the player's mouth.

This story is a significant story and not something to be lightly pushed aside as simply the work of an "irresponsible journalist." It's important because it is the first time one of the all important youths of this rebuild has (allegedly) spoken up in a negative light. Brian Rolston throwing rocks on his way out is one thing. An important piece of the rebuild causing a ruckus is another.

It's concerning because since the summer of 2007, when the Islanders couldn?t court Ryan Smyth, the entire trajectory of the team has changed to build via the draft and through prospects such as Niederreiter.

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This is the fun in a pre-season scrimmage; the Sound Tigers won 5-3 in regulation but by the time the shootout was all over, the Islanders had clawed their way back to win 6-5. It's all fun and wacky arithmetic when the game doesn't mean anything in the standings.

The funny thing about this particular game is you could tell a little bit about who was in game shape and who had extra motivation. The Sound Tigers for the most part had both of those things, as they're in the middle of the season and if you were on that roster, you didn't get a camp invite (save for the two junior invitees). One particular player who skated like a bat out of hell was Nino Niederreiter. Newsday found Nino after the game:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"Of course I was disappointed, but I've learned that there are things you cannot control and you can't worry about those," Niederreiter said after scoring a nifty goal for the Sound Tigers in the scrimmage with the Isles . "I promised myself I wouldn't get frustrated about those things this year. All I can control is what I do on the ice."[/sny-box]

Tags: howie rose, Islanders, john tavares, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside, Prospects, videos, youtube
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Awesome Visnovsky photoshop credit: HF Boards

"He's under contract with the Islanders and he should be here," Garth Snow told the assembled media yesterday. The 'he', of course, is Lubomir Visnovsky the staying/going/not coming defenseman of the Islanders and, more recently, HC Slovan. Visnovsky has until 10am today to report to the Island or be suspended. By the looks of it, he's not coming and we'll have an international incident to wait and see what the next steps are. If the KHL doesn't enforce the memorandum, this may end up in court. We'll have to wait and see.

Tags: garth snow, Islanders, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, matt donovan, matt martin, michael grabner, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside
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In the next few days, things are going to start moving very quickly. The NHLPA is currently voting on the new CBA, with that culminating at 8am on Saturday morning. The vote is electronic, so we should know the results fairly quickly and will hopefully, finally, make all of this official. The CBA requires approval by the owners and players before teams can start operating as usual, which is why this week has been exciting but still a bit of a wait while everything is in limbo. The owners approved earlier in the week, while the players are currently voting.

Training camps are tentatively set for Sunday, which could make for some very tired Sound Tigers. It really depends on how this all shakes out and what the rules are regarding bringing AHL players up for camp. The Sound Tigers play a triple threat this weekend; Friday night in Providence, Saturday night in Bridgeport, and late Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City. That means that the team may have to choose between whether to send players to camp or the game Sunday. It could also be a long week for any players who end up getting a call up on Monday.

LAST WORD ON THE SCHEDULE

I wrote more than enough on the schedule yesterday, so here's one last note before I stop beating the dead horse. The Islanders will have an afternoon matinee on the 21st, Martin Luther King Day (confirmed by Newsday), as is sort of a tradition. They have had a home date on MLK Day dating back to 2007. I've been told that the Islanders opponent is expected to be Tampa Bay.

Tags: brad boyes, Islanders, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside
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With the NHL and NHLPA meeting late into the night yesterday on New Year's, there's some hope that a deal could get done and a season started by the end of January. But, like any good hockey fan, you shouldn't get those hopes up too much. They've disappointed us all quite a bit already. Anyway, if in fact we do have hockey soon, the Islanders are going to be at a bit of a disadvantage with a number of injured players. Not on this list are David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas who have both missed time this year to injury but are currently playing. Here's what we've been able to compile:

Michael Grabner: "Should be" ready by January 15th after a lower-body injury

Brock Nelson: Broken jaw out 2-3 weeks as of 12/29

Tags: brock nelson, calvin de haan, injuries, Islanders, john tavares, kirill kabanov, lubomir visnovsky, michael grabner, News, nino niederreiter, Sound Tigers, travis hamonic
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Or is asking for them to be sane asking too much?The NHL and NHLPA have brought back in government mediators and met separately with the mediators yesterday. More of that is expected today... I'm not holding my breath.



Would amnesty be used on Slick Rick?When it comes to RDP and the Islanders, you never know just how things will work out. While buying him out seems like the obvious choice, well, you just never know. Lighthouse examined the whole situation pretty thoroughly the other day, and had two interesting sticking points that could muddle the relatively easy decision:

It does cause some problems for the Islanders to amnesty DiPietro, however. It would definitely make it harder for the cash-strapped club to make the salary cap floor. $4.5 million is a lot to make up for a club who needed to ride Brian Rolston's undeserved $5 million contract last season for cap purposes.

Tags: brock nelson, Islanders, morning skate, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside, Rick DiPietro, stefan persson
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As a gesture of goodwill after Hurricane Sandy, the Sound Tigers announced late last week that tickets for both of their home games this past weekend would be free. That's right, 100% no cost, nothing, on the house. On Saturday night, Webster Bank Arena sold out with a record 8,525 in attendance and they did it again on Sunday afternoon with another 8,525. For comparison, their home opener was attended by over 7,600 fans.

It's been a tough week on Long Island and all over the tri-state area -- 250,000 on LI still without power at this moment -- but it's always good to see an organization that does the right thing and recognizes its place in the landscape. Sports are an escape and spending a night at a hockey game can be one way to do that.

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