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Snow Speaks on the Rebuild

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Very helpful transcript of tonight's MSG interview with Snow on the rebuild. I swear, it's as if I asked and received.

Kessel Experiment would Fail

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I'd been thinking about constructing an argument about why plunging for Phil Kessel -- as discussed here recently -- would be the wrong move for the Isles (assuming he wants $4 million-plus, assuming the compensation needed). Essentially, I'm against that money and term for a kid who has some character red flags that he'd bring around a very young Islanders locker room. As it turns out, I don't need to make that argument, because CBC's Elliotte Friedman already has.

Islanders off-season game plan

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An interesting overview of how the Islanders' summer looks, from Scott Cullen at TSN. This will be worth looking back on as the summer goes on. Can't say I take issue with any of it -- other than the suggestion that Martin Gerber should get any interest from Garth Snow.

Isles sign DiBenedetto

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Per Botta. Another expected signing. He's the OHL's #3 scorer (behind a certain Tavares), but his age puts an asterisk on that. So it's wide open whether he'll become noteworthy or just an average prospect. But as mused here a couple weeks ago, the Islanders will need some sleepers like DiBenedetto to hit big if this rebuild is to launch them past every other youth-focused NHL team.

2009 NHL Draft update

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Not that anyone needs reminders that Tavares and Hedman are 1 and 1A. But you know, there's half a season left, and anything but a 30th place finish means the Islanders could pick below 2nd. (Today: 5 pts. behind 28th Atlanta.) So check out the latest Central Scouting rankings and familiarize yourself with those other teenage names (Duchene, Kane, Cowan, Schenn II, etc.).

Weight to Bailey to...

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"Bailey's long wait for his first goal reminds me of some tough dry spells Weight endured with the Rangers the season I covered him. Sometimes, you could recognize the talent and creativity that was there all along, and other times, Weight disappeared, as Bailey has done at times this season." >>Newsday's Greg Logan, in a touching (deadline-free) reflection on these two players' recent milestones.
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