Nino Denies Requesting Trade
Several posts yesterday surfaced from from ESPN’s Katie Strang and other respected reporters that Islanders top prospect Nino Niederreiter had asked to be traded. Featured writer Rob McGowan of The Checking Line – Isles Edition offered a well-written account that sheds light on the rumors and misinformation that was being reported. (Dave Csorda captures one of Nino's many celebrations in this photo.)
As a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Booster Club (BSTBC) I attended the annual ‘BSTBC Snowflake Dinner’ on Tuesday evening and advised my editor, McGowan that I would ask Nino about the reports that were appearing online. Held this January at The Riverview Bistro, the ‘Snowflake Dinner’ is a very casual opportunity for the fans to get to know and interact with the players on a more personal level, not a night for interviews.
However, given the fact that these reports were nearly as important as news about Subway's eleven-inch foot-long, I asked Nino if the reports were true.
“No it was my agent, not me.” was his response. This brief dialog was interrupted when Brandon DeFazio, standing immediately to Nino’s left, reminded me that this was neither the time nor the place and he was right, it was a night for fun.
Nino confirmed his comments Wednesday morning at ‘Pete’s Deli’, where several of the players stop on their way to practice. He once again said it was “his agent and not me” that made any suggestions of a trade.
We tend to jump too quickly on rumors and often post before we have proof. A year ago my editor, Rob McGowan, reminded me to ‘dot my I’s and cross my T’s’ when writing a story. Do yourself a favor and read Rob’s post from yesterday linked here and above.
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