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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.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Thomas Vanek is nearing a decision, according to his agent. Which means the Islanders are nearing a decision on whether Vanek, their big early-season acquisition, will be on the move again before the March 5 trade deadline.
"I don't think any final decision has been made yet," Steve Bartlett, Vanek's agent, told Newsday on Wednesday. "We continue to have what I consider very good and constructive conversations with the Islanders. But we're not there yet."
Garth Snow is believed to be gauging the trade market for Vanek, according to a league source, given that there are only eight days until the Olympic roster freeze, which runs from Feb. 7-23, and then only 10 days until the trade deadline.
Feel free to talk about the Rangers/Islanders game or anything hockey related.
One thing I have noticed since watching hockey from the start of the season is many TV broadcast crews do not know the hybrid icing rule.
Below, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province with a video explaining what exactly is hybrid icing in case you are interested.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
We can envision various legal plays when a player is allowed to deliberately turn and angle his skate to direct a puck into the net or even makes a 'natural' sliding stop at the crease in order to contact the puck causing it to enter the goal. Unless there has been some change in the definition and criteria of a "distinct kicking motion" it makes no sense that Thomas Vanek's goal would be disallowed through a video review decision.
If there has been a "distinct" change in the criteria that the Situation Room employs in rendering their exclusive decisions, perhaps it is time they advise the rest of the hockey world! Until that takes place, Michael, this decision will be viewed by most as "simply a bad call by the guys in Toronto!"
But, the situation room in Toronto reversed the call, no goal for Thomas Vanek.
The Blues won in the shootout.
Vanek on the call post-game...
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