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from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
As of this posting, it doesn’t appear the Islanders are going to sign anyone today. Along with Souray, Snow is considering a list that includes Detroit’s oft-injured Danny Markov, Atlanta’s Andy Sutton, Nashville’s Vitaly Vishnevski, Colorado’s Ossi Vaananen and likely a few others. Former Isle Bryan Berard might be a consideration, though he played only 11 games last season and 113 over the past three years because of injuries.
The possibility of trading for Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski has been junked because of his no-trade clause, but a trade for former Islander Bryan McCabe can’t be ruled out even though he has four years worth $28.75 million remaining on his deal.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Fans on the Isle were ready to jump ship.
Early on in the free agency period, the Isles lost Ryan Smyth, Slava Kozlov, Richard Zednik, Tom Poti and Jason Blake.
Then the news came: Isles sign Jon Sim!
“Jon Sim is an aggressive, hard-working veteran forward with good offensive skills who fits in perfectly with Ted Nolan’s system,” G.M. Garth Snow commented.
Yes, it’s true, Sim does fit in, but it wasn’t the bounce-back splash Isles backers were hoping for.
from the New York Islanders,
On the heels of adding four-time NHL Star-Bill Guerin, the Islanders have signed center MIKE COMRIE to a one-year contract. The 26-year old Comrie had 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 65 games last season with Phoenix and Ottawa. In the Senators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in June, the Edmonton native had four goals and two assists in 20 games.
The New York Islanders today signed veteran forward Bill Guerin to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million a year.
Guerin played in 77 games with the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks in 2006-07, recording 36 goals and 56 points with 66 penalty minutes.
The Islanders have acquired Edmonton’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by trading depth defenseman Allan Rourke and a 2008 third round pick to the Oilers. The Islanders now have two second round picks in what is expected to be a deep draft in June, 2008.
“Although it may seem a relatively small deal from a players’ standpoint, this is very good news for us,” said Islanders assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. “Next year is expected to be a stronger and deeper draft than the past few years. In this draft, you can never have enough early picks.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
If Snow made some mistakes this time around, maybe it will be a learning experience for him in his first full year on the job. As I told the angry fan in my earlier reply, Islanders fans are entitled to their feelings of frustration after so many years of poor personnel decisions and mismanagement. But the fact that Snow didn’t panic and compound whatever mistakes he made by throwing money at the wrong players to appease the fans was smart. He didn’t try to paper over his losses.
Snow’s aim is to get players he and Nolan believe are capable of competing for the Stanley Cup. He doesn’t want to make a mistake now that will haunt him for years to come
added 2:10pm, via the NYI,
“I’m very happy to be an Islander,” said Fedotenko, who tied Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards with 12 goals in the 2004 playoffs. “Last season was a disappointment for me and I’m determined to show the Islanders and our fans what I can do. We have a very good team of talented young players and experienced guys and I really like Ted Nolan’s style of play. I looked at a lot of offers, but I know I’ve come to the right team.”
From Greg Logan at Newsday,
Free agents across the NHL continued to bypass the Islanders Monday on their way to lucrative contracts elsewhere. In some cases, general manager Garth Snow said Monday night, he made a value judgment not to waste money on players who aren’t worth it.
But when it comes to players, such as Ryan Smyth, for whom he was more than willing to open the vault, Snow said one big drawback he keeps hearing is that worn-out Nassau Coliseum isn’t exactly a selling point. If all things are equal, players tend to choose a more modern, exciting environment.
From Greg Logan’s Islander’s Beat,
Shortly after Ryan Smyth’s decision to sign with Colorado became official around 11 p.m. Sunday night, my phone rang. It was a player who had been an Islander for six years, not six minutes. It was Jason Blake.
How was he feeling after signing a five-year deal worth $20 million with Toronto? Silly question.
“Awesome,” Blake said with a little laugh.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The opening of the NHL free- agent market yesterday was more like a dispersal draft for the Islanders. After losing leading scorer Jason Blake, top-scoring defenseman Tom Poti and forwards Viktor Kozlov and Richard Zednik to more free-spending teams earlier in the day, they got the worst news of all at the end.
Ryan Smyth, who generated so much excitement after Islanders general manager Garth Snow acquired him from Edmonton at the trade deadline, spurned their five-year offer worth $32.5 million.
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