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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
How highly did the Blue Jackets value defenseman Ryan Murray before taking him with the No. 2 overall pick in Friday’s first round of the NHL Draft? Enough to turn down an eye-opening offer from the New York Islanders, who, according to numerous NHL sources, offered all of their picks—one in each round—for the right to move up from No. 4 to No. 2 for Murray.
That’s right, for the Jackets’ No. 2 pick, the Islanders offered pick Nos. 4, 34, 65, 103, 125, 155 and 185.
from Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank,
Friday night at the Coliseum draft party, Islanders radio man Chris King interviewed the newly acquired Lubomir Visnovsky via phone from Europe. Visnovsky was at home in Slovakia and there’s now a chance that he may stay in Slovakia to play or even head to the KHL in Russia. The slovak website hokejportal.net snagged an interview with Visnovsky after he was acquired by the Islanders yesterday.
In the interview, Visnovsky says that he is weighing offers from both the KHL and from a team in his home country of Slovakia. He has not come to a decision as to where he will play in 2012-13 yet, but it appears that he is seriously considering the other offers. Here’s the Google Translate version of the pertinent questions:
In the first round, with their fourth pick the New York Islanders have selected Griffin Reinhart from the Edmonton Oil Kings, a player that was project to go pretty much anywhere in the first round of this year’s draft.
Reinhart didn’t get off to the hottest start this past season, and it wasn’t until teammates left for the World Juniors camps that Reinhart seemed to find his edge and real drive, but you knew all season long that he was a player to watch. And now it seems that it was the New York Islanders that were successful in “fall apart for Reinhart.”
via Arthur Staples tweet,
#Isles have acquired D Lubomir Visnovsky from the Ducks for a 2013 2nd-round pick.
UNIONDALE, NY (June 22, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that they have acquired Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for the team’s second round selection in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.
Visnovsky has played the last three seasons with the Ducks, totaling 108 points (29 goals and 79 assists) in 165 games. He had a career year with Anaheim during the 2010-11 campaign, when he scored 18 goals and 50 assists (68 points) in 81 games.
The 5’10”, 197-pound defenseman spent two seasons playing for the Edmonton Oilers from 2008-2010. Visnovsky scored 63 points (18 goals and 45 assists) over the two years in Edmonton. The Los Angeles Kings originally drafted Visnovsky, where he played seven years with the organization, accumulating 279 points (70 goals and 209 assists) in 499 games with the Kings.
All you need to know about this game is the Devils fired 43 shots at Bryzgalov while the Flyers directed only 22 at Brodeur.
We will probably see the best game of the Flyers on Tuesday night but the Devils have found a way to shut down the Flyers’ offensive firepower.
Watch the game winning goal from Dainius Zubrus.
added 10:45pm, Game highlights below…
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Rick DiPietro, the oft-injured, 30-year-old goaltender still only six years into a 15-year, $67.5 million contract, would not play in the team’s 5-4 victory over Winnipeg, and he will not play in the season finale Saturday in Columbus. He appeared in only eight games this season.
DiPietro did not play at all after having sports hernia surgery in January, but he has recovered and has resumed working out with Mike Dunham, the goaltender coach. He said he feels fantastic, good enough to play in a game and eager for training camp.
“I talked to Snowy about maybe putting me in some bubble wrap throughout the summer to make sure nothing happens,” DiPietro said, referring to General Manager Garth Snow. He added: “I wish the season could start right now.”
Later, he said: “I’ve had every joint and ligament surgically repaired. There’s not much left to do, so, hopefully, this is the last one, and that’s it.”
Mark Stuart went sliding across the ice and Parenteau’s leg bended awkwardly when Stuart made contact with him.
Another replay below with possibly a better replay…
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,
The fracture seems to stem from LaFontaine’s 40-day tenure as an unpaid senior adviser to team owner Charles Wang and his resignation from that post on July 18, 2006. That resignation came just hours after Wang had fired general manager Neil Smith and replaced him with the team’s backup goaltender, Garth Snow. Wang had hired Smith and LaFontaine on the same day, and LaFontaine said in a recent interview that he disagreed with Wang’s decision to fire Smith after less than six weeks.
LaFontaine elected to step down after failing to persuade Wang to reconsider, he said—not necessarily out of loyalty to Smith, but out of concern for the franchise’s direction. “I believe you treat people fairly,” he said, “and stand up for what you believe in.”
Through a team spokesman, Wang declined to comment on the situation. “Pat LaFontaine had a great NHL career and does a lot for the Long Island community,” Wang said in a statement. “We wish him all the best.” Snow declined to comment through a spokesman.
Former Islanders general manager Mike Milbury, who was a member of the team’s board of governors when LaFontaine resigned, said he would understand if Wang still held a grudge against LaFontaine.
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Despite the fact the New York Islanders will miss the playoffs this season for the fifth straight year, team owner Charles Wang said he will bring back both general manager Garth Snow and coach Jack Capuano next season.
In an interview with MSG Network on its pregame show Sunday, Wang said he thinks Snow has done “a very good job,” and expressed “complete confidence” in him.
When asked point-blank whether Snow and Capuano would retain their posts next season, Wang confirmed they would.
Wang briefly discussed the future of staying on Long Island….
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The Islanders are in yet another goaltending quandary. With only six games left in the season this latest round of “Who’s in net?” isn’t quite as damaging as it has been the past few years.
Evgeni Nabokov is officially listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury that caused him to leave Tuesday night’s 5-3 win in Pittsburgh after two periods. It’s believed that Nabokov, who missed a month with a groin injury suffered in late November, has had a minor recurrence of that problem….
Another sign that Nabokov may be done for the year: The Isles have agreed to terms on a pro-rated, one-year deal with John Grahame, a former backup for the Bruins, Lightning and Hurricanes who last played in the NHL in 2007-08 and was coaching in the U.S. Hockey League this season.
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