The Islanders report to Katie Strang of Newsday first that their plan now is for Rick DiPietro to play his first conditioning game with Bridgeport this Saturday. The plan is for him to play only part of the game. The Sound Tigers host Springfield on Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard. If DiPietro plays, Point Blank will be there.
A Notice to PB Readers: The team only shared this news with Cablevision-owned Newsday, not with any other media outlets. I can only assume they did not want the tens of thousands of daily readers of this blog to know – or they prefer to only provide information to a newspaper website that a large section of their fanbase must pay to read. Steven Marcus of Newsday and I were the only two daily reporters who worked the locker room and the coach’s office at practice today. Scott Gordon, and I believe him, told me he only had Rick’s schedule through Wednesday. Rick, and I believe him, did not know earlier today. The Islanders confirmed Katie’s report after I called to check.
Sorry, folks. I can only do what I can. As I’ve written before, if you really want to be guaranteed the latest on your Islanders first, you will have to pay Newsday and get Katie’s excellent work or hope the team site posts it. Maybe Newsday‘s business plan, with the help of the Islanders, is genius after all. Just want to shoot straight with you. With the Islanders’ current PR protocol, do not expect team news first here. Thank you…CB