Chat with Katie Strang
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Friday, hockey writer Katie Strang stops by to chat about the New York area teams on ice.
After spending the past two seasons as the Islanders beat writer for Newsday, Strang joins ESPNNewYork.com to cover the Rangers, Isles and Devils. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Send your questions now and join Strang Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
Katie Strang (2:59 PM)
Hey everyone! Welcome back...fire away with your questions
Ranger fan (Angry Dome)
Goalie interference is a joke. That is all.
Katie Strang (3:01 PM)
Or statements...Actually, both John Tortorella and Brad Richards said they believed the officials made the right call. I think Callahan was pushed into Gustavsson by Komisarek on the first, but second should not have been one.
jim (huntington, NY)
has there been any official word on Nabokov's injury, or "cause for fatigue", from last nights game?
Katie Strang (3:02 PM)
I don't believe the Islanders have released any official word, but Newsday's Arthur Staple, who was with the team in Pittsburgh for the game Thursday, is reporting that it's a lower-body injury. My guess would be a groin strain or something to that effect. A little confused as to why the word "fatigued" was used so much instead of injured, but we'll see how serious it is soon.
Alan Smithee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
So the Rangers went 0-0-2 in Sweden, 0-2 in the States, but 3-1 on their Canadian swing. Doesn't it make sense to move *them* to Quebec instead of the Isles?
Katie Strang (3:04 PM)
Alan- Any chance you are are from la belle province?
Sandra Dee (Clifton, NJ)
What are your thoughts on Adam Larsson? Mine are mostly negative and I feel like I am the only one on the internet who doesn't see what others see in this kid.
Katie Strang (3:05 PM)
I'm in the majority as well. He's not only tremendously talented, but superb in terms of his poise and composure. He's going to be a huge player for the franchise moving forward
DAN (Rochester, NY)
Are the Canadiens going in the right directions with wins over Philly and the Evil Bruins.
Katie Strang (3:07 PM)
I certainly do not think they went in the right direction in firing assistant coach Perry Pearn. In my opinion that was a gutless move by a desperate franchise looking for a scapegoat. Don't fire an assistant to send a message. If you are that worried/unhappy with the team, fire the head coach.
Richards and Gaborik both start the season with 5 points in 5 games. Why break up the 1 duo that was working, and why not play Wolski there? He looked good there in camp. If JT knows that he can't keep changing the lines all the time, why doesn't he let struggling lines work things out for themselves?
Katie Strang (3:08 PM)
Because Tortorella is looking at the bigger picture. The whole team is struggling and that is his main concern. He admitted that changing lines too much can be counter-productive but wants to jolt his lethargic team. He also revealed today that he may not be convinced the pairing of Richards and Gaborik is in the master plan
Where is NINO!?!?!?!?
Katie Strang (3:10 PM)
Back on the ice, but still has a way to go. Could probably return sometime next week, but they are taking it slow with him.
Hey Katie, is this the Devils team we are going to see all year. Up and down team is what I expected. Your thoughts.
Katie Strang (3:12 PM)
I've been pleasantly surprised with their play William. You have to consider that they are weathering the storm with some pretty key injuries. Martin Brodeur's is minor (and Hedberg has played really well ), but the loss of Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson is pretty devastating. The team is making some band-aid moves at the moment -- claiming Carter off waivers, moving Parise to the middle --to address their depth there, but it will likely catch up to them soon.
Larry (Long Island, NY)
Any reason why Montoya hasnt seen any work in the last few games? He seemed like the #1 at the start of the year....
Katie Strang (3:14 PM)
It is odd, Larry. I agree. But coach Jack Capuano contends that he's riding the hot hand this season, and recently that has been Evgeni Nabokov. Of course that will change now because of Nabokov's lower-body injury/fatigue, so expect for Montoya to receive more starts now. Also, the Islanders probably want to showcase Nabokov so they can use him as trade bait at some point this season.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Do you think that the either the Islanders,Rangers or Devils will make the NHL Playoffs this season even though it is way to early?
Katie Strang (3:16 PM)
Way too early to tell, Chris. My preseason predictions were the Rangers making it with a 5th seed and the Islanders squeaking in with the 8th, but I've been forced to re-evaluate recently. If the three teams continue to play as they are now, only the Devils make it.
I thought the offense was supposed to be a strength of this team. Could it be that Okposo,bailey,comeau etc are just not that good?
Katie Strang (3:18 PM)
Secondary scoring a huge problem right now Michael. I still think Okposo is primed for a breakout year, but the Islanders have received little offensive help beyond their first line. 4th line has been very effective in providing energy and jump, but second and third lines just are not producing. Those middle six really need to step up.
Who do you see being the odd man out when Staal returns?
Katie Strang (3:20 PM)
As of right now, two would have to come out. Woywitka is one. Not sure yet on the other
Katie, what did you make of the first goal scored by the Coyotes last night. I understand the rule but it seems a little obsurd that a guy can kick at a puck intentially and b/c it was touched by a Devils stick, it counts
Katie Strang (3:21 PM)
I also find that ruling absurd Dan. If there is a distinct kicking motion made to score the goal, it shouldn't matter whether it hits a stick on its trajectory
Lee (New York, NY)
How long does Capuano go with a 3rd line of Comeau-Bailey-Rolston that has yet to produce a goal?
Katie Strang (3:23 PM)
Well, he's already benched Comeau. If the second and third lines continue to struggle, he's got to make some changes. Way more interested to see if they are willing to separate Grabner-Nielsen-Okposo since they have seemed so reluctant to doing that.
Kevin (Madison, NJ)
Rangers played well up to the 3rd TV timeout in the 1st period. After that the Leafs took the game away from them. Rangers looked slow...
Katie Strang (3:25 PM)
Dominant first period and then the team totally let down in the second and third. Fed off adrenaline and energy in the first, but have to be able to sustain that tempo for a full 60. Sounds cliche but it's true. Last night was a good example of what happens when they can't.
Flyer D took a hit. Do you think they will rebound? Or did the Jets just expose them?
Katie Strang (3:27 PM)
It's not just their D that took a hit but their overall physicality that suffers when Pronger is out. They'll be fine once he returns, although I'm skeptical about that timetable. Seems far too optimistic.
Kevin (Madison, NJ)
Was at game last night. Torts have anything to say on giving up dumb penalties and not getting enough scoring changes?
Katie Strang (3:29 PM)
Not much about the penalties, although he said he agreed with the two no-goals and was perplexed by Dubsinky's misconduct. Re: scoring chances: said the team was physically and mentally fatigued
Big Isles fan I know this team is struggling,but i think they can get an 8 seed.Do we make a big move at the trade deadline? and if so for who?
Katie Strang (3:31 PM)
If they are in a position to make the playoffs, then yes, I believe they will make a move at the deadline. Garth Snow did that in his first year as general manager of the team, trading for rental Ryan Smyth, and I suspect he will do it again if it makes sense. They could use another solid top-four defenseman. Who doesn't?
Katie Strang (3:31 PM)
OK all, that's a wrap for today. Thanks for swinging by! Join me again next week!