Isles Files: Prospect Scrimmage, Dan Boyle, & Are The Isles Sold?
The New York Islanders announced this morning this morning that they will be hosting their annual Blue & White Prospects Scrimmage on July 10th at Nassau Coliseum. In addition to the scrimmage and skills competition, fans will have an opportunity to obtain autographs from the participants as well.
Per the Isles official press release:
UNIONDALE, NY (June 6, 2014) – The New York Islanders announced today that the team will play the Blue & White Scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to see the organization’s top prospects compete in an intra-squad game and see the players take part in a post-game skills competition. The night will conclude with an autograph session, open to all attendees.
Tickets to the Blue & White Scrimmage are now on sale to the general public. Fans can visit www.newyorkislanders.com to purchase tickets, priced at $10, with all proceeds going towards the Islanders Children’s Foundation.
Season ticket holders and prospective season subscribers will have exclusive VIP access throughout the Blue & White Scrimmage, as well as exclusive access to all on-ice sessions during the 2014 Islanders Mini Camp. Access includes preferential seating along the glass and the ability to high five the players as they enter and exit the ice during the scrimmage. On-ice practices at the 2014 Islanders Mini Camp are scheduled for July 8 and 9 at Nassau Coliseum. Season ticket holders and prospective season subscribers should contact an Islanders ticket representative for a full list of practice times and to gain exclusive entry to the on-ice sessions.
The Blue & White scrimmage will feature the 2014 Islanders draft class, as well as top prospects Griffin Reinhart (2012, 4th overall selection), Ryan Pulock (2013, 15th overall selection), Andrey Pedan (2011, 63rd overall selection), Adam Pelech (2012, 65th overall selection) and Taylor Cammarata (2013, 76th overall selection). Fans will also recognize several young players who played with the Islanders last season, including Kevin Czuczman, Mike Halmo and Scott Mayfield.
You can also assume that whomever the Isles choose (if Garth Snow does not trade the pick) at 5th overall in this year's draft will play as well.
In other news, the Islanders continued to make headlines today on many hockey fans' Twitter feeds. After acquiring the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle yesterday, it was made public on Twitter today by Lou Pellegrino of NBC Sports Radio that Charles Wang had officially sold the New York Islanders to Andrew Barroway, a lawyer in Philadelphia that has been in talks with Wang about a purchase of the NHL franchise.
However, it was quickly announced that the report was false with Pellegrino stating that a co-worker took over his Twitter feed while he left his desk. Pellegrino's Twitter account was deleted soon after the explanation.
Newsday reportedly reached out to Barroway who stated that he "cannot talk yet."
The "yet" part is intriguing, as it implies that Barroway may have a comment to make about the situation at some point in time, perhaps in the near future.
Rumors have quickly spread that a deal is in place, and that an announcement will be made, but not before the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Depending on whether or not the New York Rangers win the Cup, waiting to make headlines with major news regarding the New York Islanders would be best served in the off-season when the focus turns to next season and not what is currently taking place on the ice.
But of course, this could easily just be a case of he said/she said and be nothing more.
As most of you know, there is never a dull moment in Isles country - stay tuned.