Archive for February 16th, 2008


Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Go Back Home Chris!

Islanders Rumors & News

What’s the one thing that Chris Simon and the Nassau Coliseum have in common?

Hopefully neither will be on Long Island for much longer.

With the impending return of Islanders forward Chris Simon looming, I cannot help but think, why? Not only is Chris Simon not fit for the “new” NHL but he is a hazard on the ice. Simon who has been out of the lineup since December 19th for stomping on Jarkko Ruutu’s leg, still finds himself 7th on the team in penalty minutes! If not for his close relationship with coach Ted Nolan, I’m hard pressed to believe that Simon deserves a spot on this team. I know his statistics are gaudy, all of his 3 points on the season but the idea of Simon taking valuable time away from one of the kids like Blake Comeau, really irks me. Simon throughout his Islanders career has shown all he is valuable for is protecting his teammates, the problem with that is however is that he is not very good at it….

Questions still loom around Kidd trade

Nets Rumors & News

Jason Kidd is still a Net and will be in tomorrow night’s NBA All-Star Game representing New Jersey. It appears Kidd will be heading back to the Medowlands after the game instead of going to Dallas.

The proposed trade of Kidd, Antoine Wright, and Malik Allen to Dallas for Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Jerry Stackhouse, Devean George, D-League guard Maurice Ager, two future first-round draft picks and $3 million is still on hold. The reason is due to George invoking his no-trade clause thus blocking the trade from going through. Both teams are trying to work out an alternative deal in the event George stands his ground.

Via NY Daily News:

“If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” Nets president Rod Thorn said yesterday in New Orleans, where he was attending All-Star Game festivities. “Everyone expected to get this done. I don’t know what’s going to happen here. This is totally unexpected.”

“In life when you make decisions you can’t make everybody happy,” Kidd said yesterday. “That’s just the way it goes.”

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Wang loses arbitration case

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees and Chien-Ming Wang have settled their arbitration case. The Yankees will pay Wang $4 million instead of the $4.6 million he was asking for.

Wang and his side brought up the fact that he won 19 games over the past two seasons and established himself as the staff ace. The Yankees fought back and said that his consistentcy was helped by the hitting and defense. Another key issue that leaned the judge in favor of New York’s side was Wang’s 19.06 ERA in the two postseason starts against Cleveland last October.

“I think Chien-Ming is too smart for (hard feelings),” Alan Nero, Wang’s agentsaid. “He understands it’s business.”

I’ll move on from this,” Wang told Taiwanese reporters. “It’s a new season. I’m excited about that. Overall, it was a learning experience.”

So now that was a hearing worth television time! Let’s get to playing baseball shall we? I’m ready for it.

(Frank’s articles can also be found at OnTheBlockNY.blogspot.com)

Glavine’s In Brave Old World

Mets Rumors & News

For that rare Met fan that still holds a place in their heart for Tommy Glavine (or the wayward Braves fan who happens upon this blog), ESPN’s Jayson Stark profiles Mr. 300 on their MLB front page today. Big surprise: Tom’s happy to be home, and John Smoltz and Bobby Cox are happy to have him.

I’m telling you right now, I’ll be shocked if the Mets don’t knock this clown up and down Georgia in 2008. If you recall, it took years before Glavine pitched a competent game against his former club upon joining the Amazin’s. At age 41, I think it’s fair to say Glav’s pitching with “fool me once…” stuff.

Clubbies Agree: Pavano Is Garbage

Yankees Rumors & News

Thought we’d heard the last of Carl Pavano, but evidently not. Here’s a laugh-out-loud tidbit from Peter Abraham’s LoHud Blog:

To say Pavano is a pariah is an understatement. He asked one of the clubhouse kids for a small box today to store some things he had in his locker. The kid went over to a garbage pail, fished out an orange Nike shoebox, dumped a half-eated sandwich out of it and handed it to Pavano.

None the wiser, the “American Idle” (as the Post calls him), put it in his locker.

When the clubbies hand you garbage, that’s a sign your team has had enough of you.

2 in a Row? Really?

Islanders Rumors & News

Trying as hard as they may, not even the New York Islanders could have given Thursday night’s game against the Maple Leafs away. Not to say the Islanders played poorly, but inconsistent sounds about right. When you’re missing players like Brendan Witt, Bruno Gervais and Chris Campoli, maybe more games like Thursday’s should be expected.

The first period started off as fast paced as David Wells 40 yard dash time.But for an Islanders team that lacks speed, it was not a bad thing.The games first goal was an unconventional one. The Islanders were given their second power play when Mats Sundin took an interference penalty when he plowed into Andy Hilbert. On the ensuing power play, Miroslav Satan shoveled the puck towards the front of the net while defenseman Bryan Berard streaked towards the goal.Berard got into good position and the puck deflected off of his shin pad and into the net.The first period woefully ended,and when I finally woke up,it was time for the second period.

Midway through the second with the Islanders still up one goal, Islanders …

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