February 2011

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Another US TSN Tradecentre Option on iPhone

Posted by on 28 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: General, Mobile, Trade Deadline, Trades

There has been a TON of interest coming in on the solution I posted last week on how to get TSN’s Tradecentre App for the iPhone and iPad.

Unfortunately, there seem to be some issues with my solution. Some folks are reporting varied success in creating accounts without providing a payment option and I myself – cannot seem to stream the video feed in the application. I get a “file not found” page likely due to my IP address location. That said, push notifications do work when a trade is made, complete with the ESPN dun dun da dun dun da alert (which always startles me).

Don’t fret folks, there is another option to stream the TSN feed on your device. The application is called Skyfire Web Browser and it allows you to stream flash video on your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunatey, the app is $2.99 but it works well. You can use it to stream video and audio from many websites that utilize flash.

Of course, you can always watch the TSN feed on the NHL Network if you are in front of a TV, or via Slingbox or Slingplayer – but if you are at work and moving about like me – these are your best options.

I personally use the TSN Tradecentre app for the push alerts as they are pretty quick, but I watch when I can via Slingplayer on my iPhone.

Here are some screen caps:

Young Islanders Defense Can’t Contain Capitals

Posted by on 27 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: General, Recap

Missed it by that much.

That was the common theme yesterday in the Islanders 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders came out and overpowered the talented, yet struggling Capitals team who lost 6-0 to the New York Rangers the previous game.

Jim McIsaac

For much of the first period, the Capitals even failed to register a single shot on net. The Islanders would go into the locker room after the first intermission up 1-0 and leading in shots 14-5. The Islanders also failed to convert twice on the power play in the early goings of the game, and killed off a penalty of their own.

The second period was pretty good as well, the Islanders held the advantage in shots, the Capitals put ten shots on goaltender Al Montoya and the Islanders had eight for the period. At just 2:26 of the second period, right after Travis Hamonic’s third goal of the season and the Islanders lead at 2-0 Zenon Konopka and Matt Hendricks had a very entertaining fight. Konokpa had the win – keeping momentum in the Islanders favor untill Brooks Laich was finally able to solve Montoya and ruin his shutout bid. The Islanders would have another power play with Laich sitting for a tripping penalty, but fail to convert on their third man advantage opportunity.

Here is the fight video:

As I said on Twitter after the second period, the Capitals would come out of the locker room a different team to start the third. They were outplayed for stretches and were trailing a goal. The Islanders were having some issues in maintaining the pressure and it wouldn’t take long for the Capitals to find the equalizer. Mike Knuble would score at 8:08 of the third to tie it and Alexander Semin would score the eventual game winner just four minutes later.

The Islanders would have a few chances to tie late in the third with Al Montoya pulled and an extra attacker on, but the Capitals held onto their lead. The Islanders couldn’t even buy an icing call on two occasions with their goaltender pulled – which was unfortunate and irritating. Not sure what the linesmen were looking at on those two plays, but the calls were waived off.

Jim McIsaac

The Islanders would finish the game with 31 shots, over the Capitals 22. The team had some prime scoring chances – such as Grabner’s opportunity on what was an open net that left him gazing skyward in frustration. Okposo, Nielsen and Tavares would also miss on opportunities – and the newly waived Rob Schremp failed to score on a great feed in the first period electing to stop the puck instead of shooting off the pass.

You have to credit the Islanders defense playing as injured as they are, just one of the Islanders starting defensive corps is currently on the roster – Andy MacDonald. With recently injured players in Milan Jurcina and Radek Martinek out for an undetermined amount of time, it’s nice to see the young d-men playing well enough to give the Islanders a chance.

The mood in the locker room was somber and quiet, you could sense the frustration by the tight knit young Islanders club. Kyle Okposo was stoic and mature in front of the camera and spoke about needing to address allowing three unanswered goals, and getting away from the game that gave them success early on in the game. Al Montoya would echo his teammate, talking about giving the Capitals too much room to capitalize and allowing them to utilize their skill.

Jack Capuano addressed the media during his post game scrum and echoed his players statements, saying they got away from their game, made some small mistakes and not being able to capitalize on their power play opportunities. He explained shortening the bench in the third, wanting to give his two hottest lines more time to try to knot the game up.

With the trade deadline coming up tomorrow – several players may not be with the team come tomorrow night. Radek Martinek and Zenon Konopka are two players talked about in rumors the last week, but you never know what GM Garth Snow will do – should the right deal present itself.

That could have been another reason why the locker room was so quiet, not playing another game until Tuesday – the Islanders may lose a member or two from what Zenon Konopka has called “a family”. But that’s an unfortunate part of the game that often cannot be avoided. Only time will tell which brothers or cousins may not be present after the deadline.

Want TSN’s Tradecentre iPhone/iPad App in the US? You Can!

Posted by on 23 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: General, Trade Deadline, Trades

TSN Tradecentre

Update 3/4/13 at 7:58 am

Happy Trade Deadline Eve!

I’ve not updated my blog in quite a bit – but TSN has unfortunately changed their app this year. Not really sure if we’ll receive those push notifications. I guess time will tell.

At least you can still download it using the methods outlined in this post.

Update 2/27/12 at 8:31 am

Thanks to those coming in again through various search engines and Hockey message boards!

I can confirm that this is still working, as many of you all have on HFBoards. As far as the stream, I can’t seem to get it to work no matter what I try just yet. Still digging.

Update 2/28/11 at 11:00 am

Thanks to those coming in! I’ve read about some of your issues with the app, and have another solution you can also try in this post!

Sometimes, being outside of Hockey’s Hotbed (also known as Canada), can be sort of a bad experience for those of us in the US. This experience is only compounded further when our brothers and sisters up in Canada get all sorts of cool applications to follow the NHL’s Trade Deadline (which let’s face facts – is a Hockey HOLIDAY for most), while those of us here rely on our slower forms of notification.

Unfortunately, the TSN Tradecenter application is only available in Canada – likely for distribution limits. Last year, I was able to download the Tradecentre app on my Jailbroken iPhone – but this year I was determined to find a way to download the application without having to modify my phone, and I also wanted it on my iPad as well.

The solution was quite simple actually; a CANADIAN iTunes account.

When you create an iTunes (I created it via iTunes on my PC) account, you’re asked to select your current country – which for me normally would be the good ole’ US of A. I created a secondary iTunes account and I selected Canada as my home country. You can too, just follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you are signed out of your account on iTunes.
  2. Go to the bottom of iTunes and choose “change country” from the “Manage” tab.
  3. Choose the Canadian flag.
  4. Click Sign In and Choose “Create a New Account”
  5. Agree to terms and conditions.
  6. Enter Email Address, password and other security questions. You’ll need to verify your account by clicking a link you are emailed so use a valid email)
  7. Select “none” from payment method. (Edit: varied success here, not sure why)
  8. For Billing Address, you must choose a correct postal code that matches with the province of that country (I picked Oakville, Ontario here). Go on Google to search for an address with the appropriate postal code (I made up a very inconceivable address for this).
  9. After email verification, you are done. Log into the iTunes app store from your iPhone or iPad and download the TSN Tradecenter app.

There is however, ONE stipulation for downloading apps of this nature, they have to be FREE. If you want to purchase an app or music from the Canadian iTunes store – you’d need to use a gift card.

Here are the application’s details per TSN’s website:

Tradecenter Screenshot

TSN TradeCentre is TSN’s first special-event iPhone and iPad app, created to keep you in the loop about every move made on and before NHL Trade Deadline Day, Monday, February 28. You’re plugged into the TSN TradeCentre wherever you go:

– The ‘Trades’ section lists all the trades chronologically, with new ones added the second we know about them

– Each trade is also sent out via optional ‘push’ notifications, so you’ll know about each trade even if you’re doing something else on your device

– Starting at 8am ET (5am PT) you can watch TSN’s live HDTV coverage of TradeCentre right on your device.

– For complete details and analysis, checkout the ‘News’ tab. Every trade tells a story, and we’ve got them all, along with blogs and columns from TSN’s award-winning team of hockey journalists

– NEW for iPad: Follow our reporters’ Tweets in the Twitter Tracker

– NEW for iPad: Video reports from our reporters and columnists, plus reaction from coaches and players

Now anyone with an iPhone or iPad (or even iPod Touch) can follow TSN’s Trade coverage all day long, anywhere they have Cellular and/or WiFi.

BONUS! Get the FAN 590 too!

The FAN 590

So, maybe you want a Canada only app to listen to Hockey Talk beyond the trade deadline? Well – as they say, there is an app for that. You can also download the Rogers Radio app so you can stream Toronto’s FAN 590 sports talk show.

Now you can hear THE FAN 590 and your choice of Canada’s most popular radio stations – anywhere, anytime!

If you’re a Rogers Wireless or Fido iPhone customer, you can listen to THE FAN 590 and also discover new stations with the Rogers Radio iPhone App.

Choose from over 50 station streams featuring rock, country, top 40, news/talk, sports and multi-lingual formats. Listen to top-rated stations across the country, including 680News, KiSS FM, 98.1 CHFI, and SONiC 102.9.

This app gives you AAC+ audio quality, and allows you to search by station name or by the city – or just search for the station that’s closest to you. It also gives you song and artist info, and even tells you how to contact the stations.

Islanders Look to Continue Strong Play Against Panthers

Posted by on 21 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: Gameday, General

In a span of four days, the weather has gone from just below 70 degrees back to the mid 20’s and then 5 inches of snow. February is one of those months that just drives me crazy here in New York sometimes.

Bridget Samuels - Flickr

Even though the weather has been all over the charts, the Islanders have been pretty consistent in their play through the month of February, going 7-3-0 through the last ten games. Several young Islanders are proving that the team will be a force to be reckoned with soon enough, and the Islanders could potentially have three 30 goal scores for the first time in what feels like forever. Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Matt Moulson are all very close – 25, 23 and 23 goals respectively.

The team has been showing the league that they won’t be pushed around any more, lead by the tough veteran leadership of Zenon Konopka – a player I hope Garth Snow signs to an extension soon, as he has really changed the dynamic of this team. He’s not only changed the personality of the team, he’s also influenced changes around the team – like the goals song for example.

Even though Konopka deserves much of the credit for their recent change in toughness, a lot has to be credited to Interim head coach Jack Capuano. Even though he’s flown relatively low under the radar, his attitude towards the game and respect with his players has been instrumental in believing in themselves. He’s gotten his young players such as Travis Hamonic playing at a level everyone has to be happy with – he also has the team taking the season on a game by game basis, which is evident by this quote from Hamonic:

“This next game against Florida is the biggest game of the year,” Hamonic said. “We’re going to take it one at a time, but we’re going to go out there, have fun, play as a team and try to get results that we want. When you play that way and you’re having fun, a lot of good things happen.”

For the most part, good things have been happening. The team has really surprised some great teams as of late, they won four in a row for the first time this season – only to fall to the Bruins at home last week. Instead of hanging their heads in defeat, they came out the very next game and beat a strong Los Angeles Kings team at home Saturday 3-0. That should only help this team believe they can win against anyone, especially teams that may take their speed and talent for granted.

As the Islanders get set for a matinée game this afternoon against the Florida Panthers, you can’t help but wonder what would be the case if the Islanders hadn’t suffered all the injuries and gone on that massive losing streak earlier this season. Perhaps players like Grabner wouldn’t be shining so bright, perhaps Scott Gordon would never have been fired and perhaps, the Islanders would never have stood up and decided to change their image.

Al Montoya makes save against LA Kings

As a fan, perhaps I would have wanted the team to win some more games earlier this season – but on the same token, I think this young franchise has really turned a corner and now believes in themselves enough to make some waves the remainder of this season and the coming years.

Al Montoya gets the start today, another player that GM Garth Snow has taken a chance on, another former first round draft pick to add to the Islanders collection and yet another player who is proving little by little that he may just fit into the long term plans here on Long Island.

Your other Islanders scratches for today, Bruno Gervais and Rob Schremp – in their place Ty Wishart and Matt Martin, who returns from serving his four game suspension. Your fourth line is now a pretty dangerous one – Martin, Konopka and Haley, despite their toughness they are actually fairly versed offensively.

It should be an interesting game here on Long Island.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter, as I am always providing commentary during the game!

Islanders Sign PA Parenteau to Extension

Posted by on 17 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: General, News, Signings

News straight out of the Islanders morning skate, Islanders forward PA Parenteau has been signed to a one year contract extension. Terms are not yet available.

Parenteau has had a pretty good season so far on the top line for the Isles, many were attributing his success to being on Tavares’ line – but like many players the Islanders have taken a chance on – he has really grown during his time with the team.

Per the Islanders website:

Parenteau, 27, is currently tied for second place on the Islanders in points with 35 (14 goals, 21 assists) through 56 games this season. Prior to signing with the Islanders as a free agent on July 2, 2010, the Hull, QC native had only played in 27 career National Hockey League games.

“I’m really excited to stay on Long Island,” said Parenteau. “The Islanders organization has given me the chance to prove that I belong in the NHL and I look forward to being a part of the success that is building in our dressing room for the near future.”

Originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the ninth round, 264th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Parenteau completed a four-year junior hockey career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2003.  He played his first professional season in 2003-04 with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to joining the Islanders, the eight-year veteran had played in five NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and in 22 with the New York Rangers. Parenteau’s AHL resume includes stints with Cincinnati, the Portland Pirates, the Norfolk Admirals and the Hartford Wolf Pack.  Parenteau scored 166 goals and 237 assists for 403 points in 450 career AHL games.

MLX Skates Preview

Posted by on 17 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: Equipment Reviews, General

As some of you know, I’m a pretty active Ice Hockey player. While I haven’t played at a level many of the players I write about have played, it doesn’t mean I can’t try out the latest gear right?

One of the benefits of this blog and even Twitter, that I never anticipated – are the opportunities to test and review the latest and greatest hockey equipment for my audience.

A few weeks ago a new company called MLX Skates contacted me about testing out a new pair of their custom built composite ice skates for a review. As much as I have bragged about my custom tailored Graf skates that Joe Ferraro worked with me on – I liked what I saw on the MLX skates and agreed to a review.

MLX Skate

I wanted to post a preview of sorts on the review as I wait for the skates to be delivered, this way everyone has the chance to read about what’s already been said about MLX.

They have a bunch of great videos on their YouTube channel and are also on Twitter – be sure to check them out.

Here is their YouTube introduction:

Several NHL players have already made the switch to MLX, including Evgeni Malkin and All-Star Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to name a few. You can find out more about who uses the MLK Skates on their website.

Islanders Defend Their Image, Score Nine

Posted by on 12 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: General, News, Sound Tigers

Of all nights I pick to skip an Islanders game!

I went out to dinner with my girlfriend and some friends of mine last night, so I couldn’t attend the game. I checked on the score via iPhone and much to my surprise the Islanders were up 4-0 after the first period. I got a little involved in dinner and talking…..

Then my phone rang.

It was my Uncle – telling me what I was missing, I could just tell it was something of a spectacle. 9 goals for, countless fights, ten game misconducts, another altercation involving Johnson – outright mayhem it seemed.

After dinner I got home and had to turn on MSG to catch the highlights…..and well, you know some lowlights too.

Where do we start? I’ve been trying to digest what I have seen today both online and on Twitter – so here goes.

A few weeks ago, the unofficial Islanders leader Zenon Konopka gave an earful to some writers in the stands watching their practice – he said “We’re no longer going to accept being called the doormats of the NHL”. I certainly don’t blame him for saying that – the Islanders have been heckled both on and off the ice by their fellow players, the press and even fans for far too long. Sometimes it takes that one spark, the one player with the gusto and personality (and most importantly the mouth) to begin a change. That change is upon us.

In my four and a half years writing about the Islanders, I have seen a lot. I’ve seen leaders come and go, even players you wouldn’t expect, rise up and have a voice. The team has had a high turnover, changing gears, direction, coaches – and often being unable to lure big ticket players for reasons we won’t go into now. For the first time in as long as I can remember, there is a fire and more importantly a DESIRE – to change the perception surrounding the team.

For all the lumps the Islanders have taken over the last few years, Garth Snow has sat back and taken those high draft picks, scooped up players via waivers and free agency – and most importantly, drafted very well. He’s now assembled a team that for the most part, is homegrown. A team born out of necessity, in the image of what a future contender will be. What happens is players begin to buy into the direction, to team mantra and protect one another.

All that starts with a leader. No knock on Doug Weight, he’s been that calming veteran player for the team the last few years (and well, 53 games or so) – but maybe he hasn’t been what this team has needed. I feel as though the Islanders have been waiting for a player like Konopka far too long. A player that isn’t afraid to scrap, to yap, to yell at the press – and the best part, align his team and get them to stand up for themselves. The Islanders have been like that kid who has always been picked on, waiting for their moment to change. Konopka is that kid’s big brother, who teaches them how to stand up and defend themselves.

Just this past week, the Islanders were incensed with the lack of calls and respect for their star players. They spoke of far too many instances of liberties being taken and should it continue; they would make a statement by showing the league they mean business. I guess what occurred last night is a testament to that.

The Game Heard Round the League

I’d like to preface this by saying the fireworks last night weren’t totally directed at the Penguins, Talbot, Johnson or any one particular player. This has been something in the making the last three or four seasons.

Having said that; the Islanders suffered some humiliating losses to the Penguins the last few weeks. They were shut out twice, DiPietro got his face broken and the Penguins just laughed at their expense – on camera, on the bench and in the press.

You mess with one of us, you mess with ALL of us. That is the new mentality the Islanders have taken on for the rest of the season; and my guess is the remainder of Konopka’s tenure with the club. For this, and because he came out and openly said he WANTS to be part of the Islanders future – I hope Garth Snow signs him to an extension. Zenon Konopka is everything you want from a veteran leader – oh, and he’s clutch with faceoffs too.

In a show of support for their oft-injured goaltender Rick DiPietro, and to Blake Comeau who is concussed do to a hit that was deemed clean by Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot – the Islanders made it look mean last night.

The boxscore is chock full of info – goals, assists, penalties, game misconducts, fights – it’s likely the longest and most complex boxscore the NHL has seen this season (aside from Montreal – Boston last week). It’s actually so long, you should just go read it for yourselves.

After that bit of light reading, I think we need to watch some highlights.

And some more:

I think Butch Goring said it best on the telecast, calling it “Old time hockey” – because that’s what it was. There will come some suspensions because of this, no doubt – but the Islanders will take them in stride this season, because they made their intentions known. “We will not be walked on, or laughed at anymore – you mess with one of us, you deal with all of us”.

The Islanders have been through a lot this season – namely injuries being the biggest obstacle to overcome. I find it silly that a team who’s collectively lost over 350 man games to injury and featured almost their entire AHL club in the NHL being called out and “congratulated” for defeating an injured Pittsburgh team. The Islanders scored nine goals on their NHL goaltenders….then beat up the rest.

Grabner, Moulson and Tavares all scored their 20th goals of the season, Micheal Haley had a goal and assist, and something like 400 penalty minutes in his season debut, Jesse Joensuu got on the board after some strong play in Montreal, Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic mixed it up with some Penguins and had a few points each. I liked what I saw for the most part – the Islanders definitely showed the league they won’t be taken lightly any more.

Keep in mind the Islanders have one game against Pittsburgh remaining – that’s one I will certainly have marked on my calendar.

Islanders Acquire Al Montoya From Phoenix

Posted by on 09 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: News, Sound Tigers, Trades

Dealing with the injury to rookie netminder Kevin Poulin, who suffered a dislocated kneecap last night during warmpups, the Islanders suddenly found themselves in serious need of veteran goaltending.

The rookie who’s job it was to back up the rookie Poulin; Mikko Koskinen – was thrust unexpectedly into the Islanders lineup in relief of his fallen Bridgeport and Islanders teammate. Koskinen did not fair well though, allowing two goals on his first four shots and then allowing five before the night was over. The Islanders summoned Joel Martin from Bridgeport on an emergency basis and he arrived at the start of the third period of last nights game.

Earlier today, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said he was actively searching for veteran goaltender help today – apparently finding Al Montoya.

The cost? A sixth round draft choice in 2011 went to the Phoenix Coyotoes in exchange for Montoya, who coincidentally was involved in a fight with Rick DiPietro during a preseason Rangers game a few seasons ago. The Islanders immediately assigned Montoya to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers where he will most likely wait for the Islanders to return home from Montreal.

Per the Islanders press release:

Montoya, 25, has an 11-8-0 record with a 3.19 goals against average (GAA) and a .891 save percentage (sv%) in 21 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. The Chicago, IL, native has played in five career NHL games, all with Phoenix, and posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.08 GAA and a .925 sv%.

Originally selected by the New York Rangers in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Montoya has played in 197 career AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack and San Antonio, compiling a 96-72-7 record with nine shutouts. Prior to his professional career, the 6’2”, 195-pound goalie enjoyed a three-year career at the University of Michigan. He led the nation in minutes played (2358:51) in his final season (2004-05) and finished his college career tied for the all-time best career save percentage (90.8) in U. Michigan history, third in GAA (2.36), third in shutouts (13), and fourth in wins (86).

Trent Hunter Out Remainder of Season, Poulin Hurt?

Posted by on 08 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: Gameday, General, Injuries, News

Just in case those in Islanders country expected otherwise, or just haven’t noticed that Trent Hunter has been missing a while – the Islanders confirmed today that Hunter will sit out the remainder of the season with a torn MCL.

Katie Strang had the scoop today (subscription required) – saying Hunter would undergo surgery at some point this afternoon.

Hunter apparently tried to rehab the knee and push the surgery for the offseason but couldn’t, as his knee only got worse.

The 30-year old Islanders forward, played in only 17 games this season – scoring a goal and three assists.

Earlier this season I had posted an entry on the Islanders man games lost to injury. That number (back in December) was 162. Since then, the number has DOUBLED and is now sitting at 336.

As I was writing this, the Islanders apparently had EVEN MORE bad luck – Kevin Poulin was helped off the ice after what appeared to be an injury to his knee during warmups. Mikko Koskinen will likely get his get his first NHL start unless Poulin is no worse the wear – we shall see.

The puck is set to drop against Toronto shortly.

Rick DiPietro Out 4-6 Weeks

Posted by on 04 Feb 2011 | Tagged as: Hot Headlines, Injuries

News hit the wires a little while ago that Islanders Goaltender Rick DiPietro will be out 4-6 weeks with facial fractures suffered in his fight with the Penguins Goaltender Brent Johnson.

When DiPietro decided to fight the other night, I knew the moment he took the one lone punch that something was wrong. The whole situation played out eerily similar to how Bruno Gervais fight went earlier in the season.

To make matters worse, DiPietro’s knee is ALSO swollen.

I shake my head at this situation because it was just totally unnecessary and has completely handicapped the team (which, well I won’t go there).

Lawson is out with a knee injury.

Nabokov is playing with the bubbles in his bath.

Well we have that veteran guy, Roloson. Nope, that’s right he’s in Tampa.

Koskinen is down in Bridgeport – but chances are he won’t see the NHL this season. We cannot rush BOTH of our goaltender prospects.

Garth Snow is going to get awfully creative here in the next day or so.

I’ll post some more in a while – this is all iPhone typing here.

Never a dull moment around here, is there?

Update: Apparently the Islanders have signed CHL netminder Joel Martin to a two way NHL contract. Could potentially serve as backup to Kevin Poulin.