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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...
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
-- Snow and Steve Bartlett, the agent for Thomas Vanek, have had some dialogue over the past few weeks and that should pick up in the next couple of weeks. Snow and the Islanders need to know in fairly short order if Vanek is willing to sign long-term. If not, it’s obvious (though Snow didn’t expressly say) that Snow would begin fielding offers for Vanek in earnest, with the March 5 trade deadline on the horizon.
-- There have been no talks with the agent for Andrew MacDonald, Peter Cooney, of late. MacDonald is believed to be seeking a deal in the range of $5 million a year. The fact that there are no discussions between the two sides should tell you what Snow and the Islanders think of that contract request.
a few more notes on the Islanders...
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Lubomir Visnovsky says he still hasn't given up hope of trying to represent Slovakia at the Olympics next month, but the Islanders will not be allowing Visnovsky to go to Sochi.
"This is the first time in my life I don't do anything for three months," said Visnovsky, who had a vigorous skate at Madison Square Garden following the Islanders' morning spin Tuesday. "When you hurt your shoulder, you can ride the bike and be ready to skate. Right now for me, it's very tough.
"I'm looking for my first game back with the Islanders and be back in perfect condition -- after that, I try thinking about Olympics."
Even though Visnovsky was named to the Slovak roster for a fifth time earlier this month, Islanders general manager Garth Snow told Newsday that even if Visnovsky can return before the Feb. 9 Olympic break begins, the 37-year-old defenseman won't be going.
"As much as Lubo would like to represent his country and participate in the Olympics, our doctors and I are not comfortable with him going to play," Snow said.
Another online chat today with Katie Strang of ESPN,
Does Vanek get traded?
Katie Strang Not before the Islanders take a real serious go at him. From what I've heard, the Isles are very eager to talk with his camp, though Vanek understandably wants a little more time to see what direction the team is headed. I can definitely see Snow being wiling to overspend on Vanek. The issue is whether he will want to commit to the franchise long-term. If he doesn't, Snow needs to try to move him.
Any news on a Callahan extension? The Rangers would be crazy to move the heart and soul of their team. He doesn't seem to be a guy to follow money, so I'm sure they could agree on a good deal since he enjoys being in New York. It's close to Rochester, and it's not Buffalo.
Katie Strang Nope. There have been some discussions, but they have been very off and on with long periods in between without much communication. Think the Rangers are going to have to make some tough internal decisions soon about the direction and future of the team. Callahan deserves a raise and he'll get it somewhere, but the Rangers may have concerns about his long-term durability.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Andrew MacDonald is the best bargain in the league. The Islanders defenseman is in the last season of a four-year, $2.2 million contract, according to http://www.capgeek.com At th.is rate, the unrestricted free agent-to-be could land a deal 10 times better than his $550,000 average annual value.
Through 42 games, MacDonald was averaging 25:58 of ice time, seventh highest in the NHL. He also led the league with 143 blocked shots.
The 27-year-old left-shot defenseman plays in all situations, although that’s more a function of the Islanders’ thin blue line compared to other clubs.
If the Islanders opt to trade MacDonald instead of re-sign him, he’d be a very good second-pairing fit for any playoff team. And if MacDonald reaches the open market, he’s due at least a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually, which would put him in line with comparables such as Bouwmeester, Martin, and Andrei Markov.
more hockey topics...
Jack Capuano post-game after losing to Carolina 3-2. Capuano becomes more 'critical' as the press conference moves on...
from Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank:
Kyle Okposo got left off of the USA Olympic Ice Hockey team. Have you heard? But before we let this horse lie, we’ll let Islanders play-by-play man Howie Rose get a word in. At the top of the broadcast of tonight’s game at the Coliseum against the Blackhawks, Rose self-admittedly got on a soapbox and ranted about Okposo’s snub.
“When you’ve been where the Islanders have been for the last two decades, it stands to reason that you are going to find yourselves disrespected. More so than most other teams in the National Hockey league,” Rose said just before puck drop.
continued plus Schultz posted a video of the remarks from Rose.
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