Sunday, August 9, 2009
This week in Islanders hockey (and patrick Kane's arrest)
Well my first post in over a week was going to be purely about the recent Islanders news, but low and behold I head over to TSN.com to see the following headline, KANE ARRESTED. That’s right, Patrick Kane Chicago’s star center was arrested along with cousin for allegedly assaulting and robbing a cab driver this morning in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. This is just the latest in series of summer messes for the resurgent Blackhawks, who made it all the way to western conference finals this past season. The off-season is where things have started to unravel. From the NHL investigation into the mishandling of qualifying offer contracts, the firing of Dale Tallon as GM, the bust that may be the Marian Hossa signing, and the ensuing investigation into his 12 year contract. Now Kane has added another chapter to this off-season to forget for Blackhawks fans.
Now back to news from Long Island, last Tuesday RFA Blake Comeau signed a 2 year, one way after initially rejecting his qualifying offer for more money and a one way deal.
Tuesday was the big Lighthouse hearing at Hofstra university which was covered by every Isles/hockey blog except mine. I wont be writing about it because by now its been all covered. If you still want coverage check out the blogroll.
Next on the list is The Hockey News’s preseason predictions are being revealed one by one each day and on the first day of revealing the predictions THN has them last in the eastern conference. Although there points are pretty dead on about why they could finish last in the Atlantic division, they fail to convince me why they could finish last in the conference. With the improved goalie situation and the improvement in the Isles young players I don’t see why they couldn’t at least be ranked 12 or 13. THN writer Adam Proteau isn’t as glum about the Islanders as his colleagues are giving them a shot to land anywhere between 12 and 14 in the east.
This Saturday individual tickets for the Islanders season finally go on sale after much anticipation following the release of their schedule. It features the yearly favorite Islander-Ranger rivalry games, but this years hot ticket will be the home/season opener which is a match up that features the defending Stanley cup champion Pittsburg penguins. Oh and to make the game even bigger it will be John Tavares’s NHL debut.
Tickets go on sale at 10 am at the team stores in Hicksville and Massapequa and it will be a fun event to stop by and pick up tickets because sparky, a couple islander players and chances to win Islanders prizes will be going on all morning.
That’s all for now check back later for more Isles new.