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Tonight was Matt Moulson's first game back at the Coliseum since the Thomas Vanek trade. The Wild won easily, 6-0, and Moulson netted two of the goals. Towards the end of the game, the fans at the Coliseum chanted for Moulson, the ex-Isle who was a fan favorite. After the final buzzer sounded, he also saluted before heading to the dressing room.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH8dHo8GLW0
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from John Tavares who discusses his knee injury and the importance of playing for Team Canada in the Olympics.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31385511
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Evgeni Nabokov, John Tavares, and Jack Capuano after the Islanders fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2,?on Saturday?night.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31350713
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GEICO SportsNite has post game reaction after the Rangers defeated the Islanders, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium in the second game of the Stadium Series.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31328459&topic_id=6479520
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GEICO SportsNite takes a look inside the locker rooms of the Rangers and Islanders after their practices before their Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium. http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31326745
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Jack Capuano and John Tavares after the Islanders fell to the Penguins 6-4on Thursday?night.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31319643
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GEICO SportsNite was at Yankee Stadium to check in on prep for the Stadium Series, the clip includes reaction from?Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello, Jean Potvin, and Grant Marshall.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31305055
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GEICO SportsNite hears from Thomas Vanek and Jack Capuano as they look back at the team?s struggles in close games like the recent loss to Carolina.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31291067
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Islanders head coach Jack Capuano following the team's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31290273
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GEICO SportsNite hears from Islanders coach Jack Capuano and captain John Tavares on how the team intends to bounce back against Winnipeg.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31244889
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Clark Gillies stops by the SNY Studios and joins Daily News Live to discuss his days playing for the New York Islanders and the keys to being successful on the ice.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31231197
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GEICO SportsNite has coverage of the Islanders' 5-2 loss to the struggling Flyers on Saturday night, including post game sound from John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald, and Jack Capuano. http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31185795
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from John Tavares who discusses the Islanders' need to get on track after?losing five of their last six.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31173581
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Jack Capuano talks about the Islanders prep for the Chicago Blackhawks. http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31118537
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GEICO SportsNite has coverage from Islanders' practice as the team has high expectations before the first game of the season.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31077083
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Jack Capuano, Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock talk about Islanders minicamp.

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GEICO SportsNite?has coverage of the Islanders' prospect camp, where head coach Jack Capuano spoke about his message to the team.

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GEICO SportsNite has coverage of locker clean out day and hears from John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, and Jack Capuano as they address the media before heading into the offseason.

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GEICO SportsNite has reactions from the Islanders' practice as the team prepares to take on the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

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Chris Botta of IslandersPointBlank.com talks to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger about the current trade market in the NHL.

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Chris connects with one of the writers he respects most, Dominik of Lighthouse Hockey, for a discussion on the state of the Islanders.

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"There's a lot of good there, but they could use some tweakage." "They don't have an identity." "It wouldn't hurt to make a call-up or two." "Let's get them a little more physical." "They have to figure this goaltending thing out." "Part of the downfall of hype is that (other teams) are reading about them." This and a lot more from The Jaff. Watch and let us know if you agree.

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The SNY Season Preview concludes with 30 minutes of Islanders talk.



We begin with Billy Jaffe of the NHL Network on Rolston, Reasoner, Okposo, Grabner and what the Islanders need to focus on when training camp opens this weekend.

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Which team will finish higher: your Islanders or Greg's New Jersey Devils? Is this the season John Tavares makes his NHL All-Star Game debut? Do NYI fans stand up for their team on his blog? These questions and more are addressed by the editor and writer of Puck Daddy.

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The former NHL all-star talks about Garth Snow, Michael Grabner, Brian Rolston and Doug Weight, shares his perspective as a recently retired player on the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, gives his take on the Islanders' injury epidemic and reveals his expectations for the Islanders in 2011-12.

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The Hockey News has been fairly accurate in its pre-season predictions for the Islanders in recent years. For 2011-12, THN picked the Islanders to finish 12th in the East. We asked columnist Adam Proteau why. Comments on this welcomed.
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Does the rest of the league see the Islanders as a team on the rise? Will franchise uncertainty affect the players? This and more from today's interview with TSN's NHL Insider. Comments on Darren's thoughts are welcomed.
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You'll see that my three sons look concerned about this arena issue. Is their concern justified?

Notes: Expect a very well-timed endorsement from the lead editorial writers of Newsday in Sunday's editions.



Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather released a statement today urging all Rangers and Nassau hockey fans to vote YES on Monday.

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Is just winning the referendum enough? How dire are the polling results? Is Queens truly a viable fallback option? (cue: tap dancing). Where has Kate Murray been since the first press conference? What's the importance of the rally? What can proponents do over the final five days to impact the vote?

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"Hockey" talk continues below, but we'll attempt to put the focus back where it belongs. In Part 1 of a two-part interview recorded Friday afternoon, Charles Wang's Renaissance Properties president Michael Picker responds as I put complaints by some of the arena deal's biggest critics before him. We also address the Arenaco issue, which I see as good for Islanders Country. In Part 2, Picker and I speak about the Aug. 1 referendum.

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In the final installment of our Coliseum Trilogy, the Democratic legislator softens his criticism of the Wangano deal, admits that Charles Wang "has been used like a political football for ten years" and listens to my plea for sanity in the political process. "I'm a supporter of Democracy in action," he says. Abrahams issues a declaration about the Aug. 1 vote that Islanders fans and arena deal supporters will want to hear. Comments?

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11:00 am: Charles Wang's top man explains why the arena proposal works for the team and Nassau, what it means for the Islanders' future and details the importance of participation in the Aug. 1 vote. He also vents frustration over the politicians' treatment of the arena debate. You'll want to hear what Picker has to say. Comments?

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2:20 pm: We spoke with the NHL's deputy commissioner just a short while ago. Comments on this are encouraged.

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1:00 pm: By the end of this interview I had a feeling Greg Cronin was on the move. I held this until today's announcement that the Maple Leafs have hired Cronin and Scott Gordon as assistant coaches to Ron Wilson. Outstanding additions for Toronto. Listen to Cronin as he praises and pushes his defenseman at Northeastern: 6-7, 244-pound defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who will likely be drafted in the top 15 on June 24. Recorded last week. Much more to come later today and for the rest of the week. Comments on this, please.

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UPDATE at 11:10 am: I comment at No. 103, in part about the reaction to today's Newsday article about the cost to taxpayers.



Mrs. Jacobs loves the Islanders, championed the Lighthouse Project and has been a longtime ally of Charles Wang. But she voted no on the Aug. 1 referendum and took some heat. From this interview, it doesn't appear she will back down until she is convinced the Coliseum deal is good for Nassau County. Full transparency was promised in mid-June, so we should know soon. Comments on this are encouraged.

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Before boarding a plane to visit the Islanders, the super-skilled Niagara IceDogs center spoke to Point Blank about the scouting combine, working out with John Tavares, his plan to add strength, his upcoming meeting and more.

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The NHL scouting combine over, look for the Islanders to have meetings between now and the draft with the following top-10 draft prospects, among others: Jonathan Huberdeau (gone before 5), Gabriel Landeskog (same), Adam Larsson (maybe not), Ryan Strome, Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Murphy, Sean Couturier, Sven Bartschi and - per the AP - Mika Zibanejad. If the Islanders pick in the 5th spot, Strome and Hamilton will be among four or five very strong prospects in the discussion. The IceDogs GM and coach discusses his players - Hamilton and Strome - and shares high praise for Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas. Niagara beat de Haan's Generals and lost to Cizikas' Majors in the OHL playoffs. Comments on this and the top of the draft are welcomed.

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It's going to be another year, and likely a few years after that, when we learn whether the Islanders' no-risk/high reward drafting of a pair of unique young men from Russia named Kirill will ever pay off at the NHL level.



A source close to Petrov told Point Blank that the big right wing will fulfill the fourth and final year of his Kontinental Hockey League contract in 2011-12. In an added twist, apparently in Russia a player can be traded for himself. A year after Petrov was dealt to Yugra - a good move for the sake of his development - he has been "loaned" back to his original team, Kazan Ak Bars.



Petrov has legitimate reasons for wanting to stay home at least one more year. According to the source, Petrov's mother is seriously ill and recently underwent her second surgery in the last year. As of this date, Petrov is not only committed to playing in Kazan this season, but he is very questionable for the Islanders' prospect camp next month. He had a very?positive couple of weeks on Long Island last summer.

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Catching up with Derek, who scored 40 goals once and 30 twice in his Islanders career. Easy to sense his deep affection for Long Island. Comments.

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1:45 pm: Among many other items, Picker confirms that Charles Wang will pay for overages beyond the $350 million bonded if more money is needed for the construction of the arena, discusses the August 1 vote, responds to the developers at the ABLI, appeals for support and lends insight into his group's plan for revenue sharing on the rest of the Coliseum site. Please watch and comment.

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The Democrat from District 11, a real estate litigator, on how the vote will turn out at the next Legislature meeting on Tuesday, May 31; what should become of the property around the arena; did the Dems hide after Suozzi lost the election and Kate Murray killed the Lighthouse; his view of whether Charles Wang's RFP victory in 2006 still holds today; NIFA's hold over everything; and whether he drinks beer with Republican presiding officer Peter Schmitt. If you want to know what's in store for the Coliseum property battle and the future of your Islanders, watch this. Next up on SNY PB TV: Islanders Senior VP and Renaissance Properties (Wang's real estate group) President Michael Picker. Comments on Wayne Wink's views are invited.

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Under J. F. Houle, the Islanders' talented and sometimes troubled prospect developed into a force in time for the QMJHL playoffs. The head coach opens a window into Kabanov's personality and also provides a scouting report on top 2011 draft prospects Jonathan Huberdeau and Sean Couturier. Recorded last week, delayed by arena news.

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For my follow-up, check the comments thread.The powerful Association For A Better Long Island, which focuses on strategic land issues in our region, met with Edward Mangano today. ABLI executive director Desmond Ryan would only tell Point Blank in a phone conversation this afternoon that it was an "aggressively spirited discussion." (My translation: check the local newspaper's website tonight). In this interview recorded Tuesday, Ryan shares a scoop, plus more on the Suffolk option and the Islanders' future. Comments on this? Bring it.

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Explanations, details on NIFA, opinions, praise (Lighthouse) and criticism (Kate Murray) from Nassau's Democratic leader. Agree with her or not, Yatauro deserves respect for coming on for 18 minutes, moments after a meeting with Edward Mangano today, and delivering her message straight to Islanders fans. Comments on this encouraged.

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As we wait through the Mangano/NIFA-fight, time to talk hockey again. Scott Cullen has written a fair, balanced, intelligent, thorough feature on the Islanders called "Off-Season Game Plan" for TSN.ca. I had to have Scott on to discuss his latest and greatest edition. Your NYI OSGP, in 150 words or less, is welcomed in Comments.

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On the KHL, Kirill Petrov, his time with the NYI, friendship with Charles Wang and his Nabokov advice to Garth Snow. Comments on this segment are welcomed.

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