Notebook: Zenon Konopka Makes his Return to Long Island in Sabres Loss

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Zenon Konopka was a fan favorite during his time on Long Island and on Saturday night he skated in the barn he once called home when the Sabres lost to the Islanders Saturday night.

The 33-year-old agitator spent the 2010-11 season with the islanders. Konopka only recorded nine points that season, but won over the hearts and minds of the Islanders faithful with his steadfast dedication to the team.

“It was fantastic,” Konopka said when asked about his time on Long Island. “It was so great the last couple of days just seeing so many friends and acquaintances over the last two days. Had some great food.

“Enjoyed my time here when I was here and enjoyed my last few days here.”

Saturday’s meeting was not Konopka’s first meeting with his former team – he played against the Islanders during his tenure in Ottawa – but it was the first time he skated at the Coliseum since wearing Isles orange and blue.

After the Sabres morning skate, Konopka agreed it was a special feeling to be on Coliseum ice once again.

“I really enjoyed this arena and rink. Obviously it’s not totally up to date, but I think there is a lot of character and a lot of history here that you have to respect. It really is pretty cool being back here,” he said.

Konopka wasn’t the only member of the Sabres organization making a return to Long Island either on Saturday. Former Isles bench boss Ted Nolan also went against the team he used to call his own.

“It’s one of the places where I was very grateful for the opportunity I had here with the Islanders,” Nolan said. “Especially at the time… To get a call from Charles [Wang] to come here to coach was certainly an honor. I’m always greatful.”

Czuczman to Make NHL Debut ‘Real Soon’

After signing with the Islanders on Tuesday college free agent Kevin Czuczman has yet to make his NHL debut, but it could be coming on the horizon.

The Islanders have held off on putting the rookie defenseman into the lineup so that he can get some extra time to practice and learn the team’s system some more. Capuano hinted though before Saturday night’s win victory over Buffalo that he will make his first appearance soon with the Isles.

“You’ll see him shortly,” Capuano said referring to Czuczman. “Obviously with back-to-back games, and only having one practice, we’ll go through some video and get him in a few practices. We’re excited to see him play.”

Czuczman could make his Islander debut on Tuesday when the Minnesota Wild visit Nassau Coliseum




48 comments
justintime
justintime

@erika @mrcisbackNo Moulson please, he slows down the whole team.  We don't have the balanced talent to hide him, he is a PP specialist.  We need more size/speed and skill in the top 6 if we want to be a winning team, Moulson does not bring any of that.  


Evander Kane would be perfect, he has a blend of all three and would round out our top six into one of the better top sixes in the east IMO.


Tavares ( C)  Okposo  Lee

Nelson   (C)   Kane    Strome


or some combo of those six, you still have Grabner/Nielsen/Bailey for thrird line or to switch in to replace any non performers.


That top six has both size/grit and plenty of skill.  I like Tavares of course and Nelson as centers for now.


Unfortunately, I don't  see Isles getting Kane and I'm not sure who else would be even close to as good of a fit as Kane woulde be.

mrcisback
mrcisback

     I got news for you Thomas Vanek may not get another offer of 50 million over 7 years from any other NHL team especially if he stays cold. Vanek has 1 assist in 4 games for Montreal and 2 goals which were scored in the last game playing for the Islanders over the last 14 games. Vanek might have made a big mistake turning down the Islanders offer since he's not going to be playing with better line mates then in Tavares and Okposo. I still don't understand how a good player not a great player turns down 50 million over 7.

justintime
justintime

Vanek on Isles contract leak: "I don’t know what the right word for it is. Unnecessary, I guess. I don’t think it did good for both sides."

Sounds like another big Snow fan...

John Richards
John Richards

When is jack hillen night at nvmc?? Or Dylan Reese night?? Robbie schremp??cmon Bob the builder?? If all three of those guys stood on each others shoulders they'd be slightly taller than Thomas hickey!!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Good old Z. Man oh man did I love this guy when he was here. Brought a fighting spirit to the team. When we were getting pushed around he stood up and got the team going. Easily the most important player on the team back then. Look at all the teams he played for never made the big dollar and yet was always grateful to put on the blades and did what was asked. He never whined about contracts. And is a gladiator in the gym. A role model for true hockey players and a awesome team guy. Should have resigned him and made him captain. You let people like this stay in your organization after they retire to. Should have been our strength coach. And then listen how he talks about the coli!!!! When the rest of the spoiled little rats of the league disrespect our palace he defends it and pays respect to out past. Z to you I honor you today for the type of player you are And your character. You are defenitly missed

jepliberty
jepliberty

@justintime @erika@mrcisback

Where do you see size, and grit on those top 6? Only Lee has some size, the rest are runts either in height,  or body heft.Those 6 will be pushed around like a baby stroller.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@justintime @erika @mrcisback   I'd love to get Evander Kane but it will cost you Okposo straight up or Lee, Strome and the 4th overall pick in this years draft. I'm not ready to do either  scenario.

ivo
ivo

@mrcisback  I feel he will have to take a friendly Minnesota pay cut! No way Minnesota gives 50 million over 7 years to Vanek!

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback Sebastian Collberg has as many goals as Vanek since the trade.


I don't blame him for wanting UFA.  He will get his money from someone.  It never fails.

erika
erika

@mrcisback I agree. Minny...the place he would like to end up will not be able to afford him, unless of course, he signs for a lot less. I just can't see what high end team will have the cap space for him. However, I am convinced he turns into another Yashin if he signs with us. Sorry, I just don't think he is worth the TERM he is asking for! Would love to sign Moulson back at a fair rate, and get a goalie that I don't cringe every time a puck gets near!

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

@mrcisback     There was never a real offer of 50 million over 7 years.  Garth Snow leaked that to Arthur Staple (his buddy the Newsday reporter) so he can fool Isles fans into thinking he tried his best but that it didn't work out.  To save face.  Come on, think about the whole thing!


Why even leak this info as Vanek said today?  It serves no purpose, it only hurts both sides.  It only saves face for Garth and this total fraud management. 


Yes we still have people on board cheering the staus quo.


What would it take for people to WAKE UP?


So sad.

since72
since72

@mrcisback  It only makes sense that they guy wants to go back to Minnesota.  He will take less to play there.  After making the money he already has made, plus another 40 million or so, what's the difference?  It is more than enough.  I only wish that he was as vocifirous about needing to test free agency in October as he was in February.  That cost us dearly.  His only risk now is a major injury, so I won't expect him to leave it all on the ice for a rental team.  

John Richards
John Richards

Cause even a selfish me/me guy like vanek wants no part of the Wang/snow/Cappy joke fest!! Guy wants a shot at the playoffs not play for our lottery islanders!! Also maybe he doesn't want to play in bklyn which despite what people think WILL NOT be a drawing card!!

doc942
doc942

@Chris R  Losing Z?  Wow! He was terrible. Added absolutely nothing to the team.  Good guy I suppose… but marginal NHL'er.

shlo
shlo

@Chris R I was upset when they let him go. He was everybody's favorite except management. Maybe because he took too many penalties at the wrong time.


gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@rmreturns  i got news for you.  anyplace in the nhl that takes him in, is a great place to play for zk.

ejej
ejej

@rmreturns- Golly buttercup, your such a man's man...you really inspire me! 

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns Sorry I don't see any ringing endorsement of management in his comments. Most hockey players keep their mouths shut publicly but judging by how hard it is to get top free agents to sign here privately I doubt they care or respect the Isles management. Roloson, Guerin and Witt were 3 players, however, who publicly spoke out about how things are run here. Seems like he really enjoyed the people here the food the area and the rink didn't say he liked the owner and GM.

doc942
doc942

@dimaio34  If we only had a team of Steve Webb's and Zenon Konopka's we'd be Stanley Cup champs.  /sarcasm off.

justintime
justintime

I wouldn't mind doing a deal centering around the 4th overall pick and some +'s...


I would not throw in Strome and Lee on top of that,  we simply don't have the depth to do that.


Kane has been subject of trade rumors there before, so if for some reason after another unsuccessful season in Winnipeg they decide to finally trade him, I think a deal around 4th overall pick/Bailey or Grabner and a D prospect like Pokka is possible for Kane.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@erika @mrcisback   You know what Erika your probably right. The more i think about it i'm glad we didn't sign him to a long term contract. I just wish Snow didn't blow a very good trade chip in Vanek at the trade dead line.

Don22
Don22

@Sam Sam And of course this was the first time a contract offer was EVER leaked to the media.  Get real.  It happens all the time. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Sam Sam   No your wrong Sam. There was an offer of 50 million over 7. Howie Rose and Butchie talked about it the day Vanek turned it down. Vanek himself said there was a very good offer by the Islanders but he wanted to test free agency. Unless Vanek is lying which i doubt he is.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@John Richards

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but a teams fan base certainly will not, especially if the teams name is the Islanders. They may very well lose some fans, if that is even possible.

John Richards
John Richards

Fellas I love you guys both but let's not get romantic about Z!! the guy was a penalty machine and hurt the club plus I thought his toughness was overrated!! And he had no offensive game whatsoever!!

tag1
tag1

@ejej I don't know if you watched M*A*S*H ej but he reminds me of Charles on that show by the way he posts.
 Gentleman.

Don22
Don22

@justintime I still think anything more than the 4th overall pick straight up is too much.  Kane was a 4th himself, so why would you add to it?  He is a great talent, but really hasn't but it together consistently yet.  I know he is only 22 and I would love to have him, but if I'm including the 4th pick, I'm not offering any more unless I'm getting another player back. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@justintime   Winnipeg might do that deal if the 4th was the #1 overall pick plus some other players. Winnipeg said the want a big package back for Kane if they decided to trade him.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Chris R @doc942  he wasn't even a 9 goal scorer.  more like a 0.9.  that said, he was a good guy and won't be forgotten like so other clods that wore this uniform.

isles23
isles23

@john. I agree. I liked Z but I'm not gonna complain he's gone.

william hensler
william hensler

@John Richards The ONLY offensive skill he hd was faceoffs and I don't know if he has that anymore. Great team guy buy NO loss whatsoever to the team when he was gone. Like the guy but don't miss him.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns  "Even Vanek went out with a smile."

Go read the next thread, he was real happy about the contract offer being leaked shill.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns OK Charles let's go over a few things here  that you posted:


"Snow has drafted VERY well. He has done wonders using the waiver wire."

First off once again you have to refer to your blue and orange crystal ball for anything positive because the FACTS are he's been GM 8 YEARS and they haven't won squat and on top of that you are giving him credit for plucking guys off the wavier wire meanwhile the reason he was able to pluck whomever he wanted was because the Isles have been at or near the bottom of the league under him so he got first dibs at these castoffs. Pathetic of you to give him credit for all of this.


"I judge the man on his accomplishments from the Bailey draft to today. Far more good then bad, but certainly not perfection."

What is your definition of accomplishments in this league because according to mine he has accomplished squat in 8 YEARS.


"Be secure in the knowledge Wang isn't selling, he isn't firing Snow. You hate them both, but can't change either of those facts."

And this makes you happy because your main concern is the welfare of wang/snow and secondary to you is winning and you have proven that with your idiotic posts time and time again.


"But your never going to Brooklyn."

I probably spent more time in bklyn the last month than you have your whole lifetime. Moving into a basketball gym in bklyn is stupid and minor league, but it's not my problem,thankfully, getting people to go see them play there.

What you and your fan club on here choose to do is support and defend FAILURE, good luck with that Charles, maybe you should try raising the bar instead of supporting this crappola that we have been fed for many many years. 

rjmatty
rjmatty

@rmreturns  The Vanek deal was not an "excellent risk" because a "risk" implies you have some chance of sucess, and anyone KNEW Vanek was not signing here, the fact that he threw in a 1st rounder as well as Moulson? NO WAY.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns It's better than reading all about the love fest you doc and others have with snow.

ejej
ejej

@mitchfritz- Like the personality of a frozen handball. Frigid, not much bounce, no flexibility, but if you picked it up and hurled it on the wall, it would crumble like the finest crystal in China...

tag1
tag1

@ejej Exactly, well I must go I have a prior dinner appointment I must not be late for, enjoy the day ej.

ejej
ejej

@tag1- Made from and in the deep Amazon, finely massaged only by hand on top of Brazilian Marble? Then flown to the Alps for an external curing, and finally stretched and custom fitted by Echaburu in the Basque region of Spain?

tag1
tag1

@tag1  No I'm waving my expensive leather glove at you.

ejej
ejej

@tag1- Hahhahahhaha! Are ya wagging your finger and rolling your eyes??

tag1
tag1

@ejej @tag1 I choose not to reply to you ej because you sir are beneath me, hahahaha

ejej
ejej

@tag1- Hahahaha, his key board does have alot of Mr. Emerson in it, doesn't it? Actually, ALOT of both Charles's..!! LOL


"Sit down and shut up Tag, you too EJ"..!!