Monday, May 12, 2008

Where in the world are the Islanders?

Not at the World Championships, that's for sure.

Sean Bergenheim is the lone Islanders representative at the 2008 IIHF World Championship tournament in Halifax and Quebec City, and he's not exactly burning up the ice, either (sorry, Dee). He has no points in 26 minutes over four games, but hey -- we don't want him to get hurt, do we? UPDATE: To be fair, Bergenheim came into the tournament with groin injury, which may have limited his play - thanks to NYIsles1 at New York Islander Fan Central for the reminder.

Meanwhile, there are a few ex-Islanders in the tournament, including Bergy's Finnish teammate, Olli Jokinen. Remember when the Isles traded Ziggy Palffy for the then-22-year-old Jokinen? He scored 11 goals, then was traded to Florida, where he hit his stride at age 25 after two more slow seasons. Patience is a virtue - the guy's got 173 goals in his last five seasons and is Florida's captain.

Then there's Sweden, which has enjoyed four goals and six assists from Mattias Weinhandl, who last played in the NHL in 2007 with Minnesota. But it's his teammate, Kenny Jonsson, who will give Islanders fans pain. Jonsson was one of the most underrated defensemen in the league when he was with the Islanders, but after the lockout he decided to remain in Sweden.

Seems like a long time ago, right? Well, Jonsson is just 33 years old, in his prime. Ouch.

One guy who is not playing at the worlds? Alexei Yashin. I know, shocked.

Meanwhile, the U.S. team lost a controversial decision to Finland, 3-2, in a game capped by a brawl. They were robbed. Best quote from U.S. coach John Tortorella: "I've heard about these horror shows as far as international refereeing. I have finally lived through one."


NYIsles1/IslesTigers said...

Bergenheim has had groin issues going into the tournament. Finland plays Canada Monday.

NYI Fan Central

7th Woman said...

I know, I've been looking at the stats too Gaspo. Sean, my boy, I'm very dissapointed. But Torts certainly does make it ... uh... Colorful as always.