NASHVILLE at NYI, 7:05 pm – Biron in, Weight outJoin Auction for Islanders charity dinner today

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11:25 am, NVMC - Charity comes first. The Islanders are hosting “Sticks and Steaks,” a first-class fundraising dinner at Rothmann’s on March 7 where winning bidders get to dine with their favorite Islander. Bryan Trottier and Bob Nystrom will also be in attendance. Last year’s event raised $20,000 for the Islanders Children’s Foundation.

 

So if you and a guest want to enjoy a cocktail hour and multi-course dinner with John Tavares, Rick DiPietro or any of your personal favorites at the splendid Rothmann’s in East Norwich, this is your chance.

 

The online auction has begun here. For more details, go to the team site here. You can also call 1.800.882.ISLES x. 4. Tell them Point Blank sent you. Please let us know in Comments today how it went. Thank you for your consideration of this charitable event.

 

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Whadaya know? Looks like Martin Biron, the goalie thought to be out of the rotation, gets the start tonight against his close pal J.P. Dumont, Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators. Biron is coming off a two-game conditioning stint in Bridgeport, where he lost one game in overtime and won 6-4 in regulation, backed by a rare showing of goal support by his own team.

 

Scott Gordon said Biron has been “unbelievable, in terms of his attitude. He always comes to the rink with a smile. We’re fortunate to have him.” The coach said Biron has worked very hard and he’d like to to see him start a game. Should be tonight.

 

Asked if he was starting, Biron – who received the reps of a starter at the morning skate – said he would defer. “I’ll let Gordo tell you guys,” he said.

 

Biron is starting.

 

Captain Doug Weight will be one of the Islanders’ two healthy scratches, with youngsters Matt Martin and Jesse Joensuu playing. Gordon would not confirm that Jeff Tambellini was the other.

 

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Hard to believe, when I think of Lighthouse meetings back when I was in my mid-30s, that on February 9, 2010 the project has been taken over by Kate Murray. The first official unveiling of plans were by Charles Wang and Tom Suozzi in 2004.

 

Incredible to think of all the years and all the millions of dollars wasted to get to this point. If the Town cuts Wang’s plan by more than 33% – and they will – it would be a major back-track for him to accept it. Remember “Paris has her Tower” and all the talk of a “destination” for Long Island. Murray’s consultants may craft a solid plan, but this isn’t going to be a destination.

 

Good read here (subscription needed) from Newsday‘s Joye Brown, who has always been a major proponent of Wang’s vision for the Coliseum site. Joye makes the point that, success or failure, the redevelopment of the property is now all Supervisor Murray’s. The author also notes how for years Murray said she didn’t want to have a say in the project, but now she has taken it over.

 

The Hempstead Town Board meets tonight to vote on Murray’s plan. Geez, I wonder if it will pass?

 

Islanders Country awaits a response from Charles Wang. Whatever happens, this will not be boring.

 

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Matt Martin has been told his entire hockey hockey career that he wasn’t good enough. “Never played AAA hockey, made Sarnia on a tryout and then heard I wouldn’t stick,” Martin said. “Skating wasn’t good enough, skills weren’t there. It only fired me up.

 

“I don’t mind criticism,” Martin continued. “I respect most of it. It just inspires me to get better at whatever someone is critical of.”

 

The 6-2 wing will make his NHL debut tonight. Scott Gordon told him to “go out and play your game. We called you up for a reason.” Those reasons are obvious: Martin gets to the net, throws his body around and can fight. Maybe he’s not 100% ready for all that this week, but he knows it’s a good opportunity to showcase what he can do.”

 

“I know I’ll be back in Bridgeport during the Olympic break,” said Martin. “No matter what happens, I have to keep playing games. I think this is a good chance for me personally to see how far I’ve come and how much more I need to improve. It’s a great test. I’m fired up.”

 

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I’ll be a guest on XM/Sirius NHL Home Ice tonight at 6:00 pm with Jim “Boomer” Gordon. Just two weeks ago, Boomer was salivating over his Islanders. Now he’ll probably ask me how many players the team could move before the trade deadline. I hope you’ll listen in.

 

Comments on tonight’s game and this post. Again – I beg of you, cherished reader – I am Tambellinied out. Thank you.