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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• The Phoenix Coyotes are on the lookout for cheap offensive help; they can’t take on too much of a payroll bump. Ideally, they’re looking to make a dollar-for-dollar move. That’s not an easy thing to do in this market right now, although that’s exactly what Minnesota and Montreal pulled off in the Guillaume Latendresse-Benoit Pouliot deal (both players are earning the exact same salary).
• The New York Islanders continue to cast their fishing lines around the league in an attempt to move goalie Martin Biron ($1.4 million salary, UFA July 1). The Isles are pretty open to what they’d want in return: a draft pick, a defenseman or a left winger. Any one of those three apparently will do.
more talk, most of which has been covered on KK in the past few days…
via the Twitter of Katie Strong,
Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton receives a two-game suspension for last night’s hit on Pascal Dupuis
If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (Jan. 20, 2010) – New York Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #738 against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Sutton will forfeit $31,088.08. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Sutton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding at 17:05 of the third period. Dupuis was injured on the play.
Sutton received five for boarding, a ten and game misconduct.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The other team in town is big-game hunting. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow has checked in with the Thrashers about the availability of marquee all-star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, leaving the message with Atlanta GM Don Waddell that the team intends to be in the mix if the impending unrestricted free agent is placed on the trade market, The Post has learned from a well-placed source.
In the same game, which the Islanders won, Dwayne Roloson robs Matt Duchene…
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Garth Snow never doubted whom he would pick with the Islanders’ top selection over the summer and John Tavares has made the Islanders’ GM look good for much of his rookie season.
Lately, however, the young center has seen his production slip significantly, as Tavares only has one point in his last eight games.
But that’s not a cause for concern for Snow.
“He’s 19 years old,” Snow said of Tavares, who has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in his first 40 games in the NHL heading into tonight’s match against Columbus at the Coliseum. “Any time a young guy is going to come out of juniors or college hockey into this league, it’s not going to be a seamless transition.”
Dwayne Roloson in action agaisnt the Lightning.
via Katie Strang (took 3 tweets),
Statement from Garth Snow after the game:
“Ricky has been seen by the team doctors and most recently a specialist to make sure we are taking the proper steps in his rehabilitation. We will seek an additional opinion and should have a time line by the end of the week.”
In case you were unaware, DiPietro left his last rehag game early due to soreness in his leg. He was scheduled to play again tonight but did not.
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Rick DiPietro has made it through months of practice and drills without getting hurt. Tonight, he and the Islanders will see how his body holds up during a game.
It’s been nearly a year since the team’s injury-prone franchise goalie has suited up. Last January, swelling in his surgically repaired knee forced him from the lineup again.
“This is really big for him,” said GM Garth Snow, who will be in Bridgeport tonight to see the Isles’ AHL affiliate Sound Tigers host Springfield with DiPietro in net for the first time since Jan. 2. “It’s certainly been a long road to recovery for him.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The players were hoping that a second win in 72 hours, the club’s first back-to-backs in almost a year, might give GM Brian Burke pause for thought as he contemplates trades and call-ups.
But the 40-year-old Roloson had other plans. The 61 Toronto shots tied the modern-day team record from an 8-0 win over Detroit in February of 1976.
“I don’t know what to say,” Kessel chanted after getting his sixth goal to start the three-goal comeback in the second period. “Sixty shots…it was unbelievable and still we don’t win (the Isles were held to 20 shots). We have to bury the chances.
“We had a little lapse for five minutes and it cost us.”
Coach Ron Wilson had seen Roloson play some great games while both were in the Western Conference, but this took the cake.
“We missed the net a lot of times and I’ll bet we had 100 shots altogether,” Wilson said. “I just don’t want our team to get frustrated. Phil thinks he can score when he has the puck, but a lot of our guys just hope to do it.”
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