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from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Snow sent Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer and perhaps the most coveted forward on the rental market plus a conditional fifth-round pick, to Montreal for what appears to be a pretty meager return.
The Islanders acquired a conditional second-round pick in 2014 and Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg in the deal, which pales in comparison to what they surrendered to land him in the early-season blockbuster with Buffalo. Looking to shake things up with his team, Snow sent heart-and-soul winger Matt Moulson, a first round pick and second-round pick to the Sabres. Compare the two returns and you can understand why Islanders fans are livid.
What’s more is that the Islanders won’t even get back that second-round pick if the Canadiens don’t make the playoffs -- a nightmare scenario which would mean all they get in the deal is Collberg. And suffice it to say, he’s not exactly lighting things up over in the Swedish Elite League.
NEW YORK (March 1, 2014) -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of NHL Game No. 903 at Nassau Coliseum this afternoon, March 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. In addition, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been fined $10,000.
Hamonic was assessed a minor penalty for instigation, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct at 15:23 of the third period. Both the suspension to the player and the fine of the coach are automatic for a violation of Rule 46.22.
Watch the incident below...
Bernier with the giveaway to Michael Grabner who scores this shothanded goal, which happened to be his second 'shorty' on the same Toronto power play.
via Arthur Staple tweets,
GM Garth Snow spitting mad over Tavares' Olympic injury: "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?"
"It's a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt."
"It wouldn't matter if we were 10 points up on a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn't playing for us."
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
If the Islanders trade Andrew MacDonald, it’s because of money.
A month a half ago, the Islanders defenseman turned down a four-year, $16 million offer, The Post has learned.
MacDonald and his agent had previously asked for a four- or five-year deal at $5 million per, and even got the Islanders to come up from their original starting price of $3.5 million per.
In turning down the offer, the pending unrestricted free agent has left himself as one of the league’s most highly coveted trade pieces, before both Friday’s 3 p.m. Olympic roster freeze and before the March 5 trade deadline.
We lost together, we grew together and we learned how to win together. That's how championship teams are born.
-Bob Bourne, who spent most of his NHL career with the New York Islanders. Read more from Bourne regarding the trade deadlines.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
It appears that Thomas Vanek's stay with the Islanders likely will not last beyond the March 5 trade deadline.
NHL sources told Newsday that Vanek, acquired from the Sabres on Oct. 27, turned down a substantial contract offer from the Isles and that general manager Garth Snow is fielding offers for the 30-year-old wing.
The offer is believed to be in the same range as Vanek's current seven-year, $50 million deal. That contract expires on June 30.
Steve Bartlett, Vanek's agent, told Newsday on Monday morning that he and Snow have not talked in the past several days. Bartlett said Vanek has not closed the door on the Islanders but added that his client "has no real deadline" to let the team know he intends to go to unrestricted free agency on July 1.
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