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Witt May Be A Marked Man Tonight

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As fate would have it, Brendan Witt’s comeback from a five-game suspension for a blow to the head of Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman will be in Toronto tonight at Air Canada Centre. Although the shot Witt delivered was unintentional because he had no stick and simply was trying to get his body in Hagman’s way, the Islanders defenseman understands if Toronto fans or the Leafs themselves demand retribution.

Asked if he might be a marked man tonight, Witt said, ” don’t know. I played with Ron [Wilson, the Toronto coach]. He coached me in Washington. He’s not that type of guy. But if it is, we’ll just address it. If I’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight, and then, it’s forgotten about. It’s a part of the game.

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The Silver Lining For The Islanders

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

There’s inexperience, and then there’s the New York Islanders.

The franchise that won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s - and has since endured a quarter-century of incompetence - looks more like an American League team than an NHL club these days….

Put it this way: How many Islanders players would crack Detroit’s lineup, or San Jose’s or Boston’s? Not very many.

A youth movement is one thing, but every team needs a few veterans to lead the way. What happened to the old guard on the Island?...

The silver lining to Long Island’s losing ways is the NHL entry draft in June. The Isles, seven points behind Atlanta and eight points worse than Tampa Bay, have the inside track on finishing last overall in the league standings.

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Guerin to the Penguins

According to TSN, Bill Guerin has now been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Details and links to follow.

Update 2:01pm ET: TSN provides a link, but doesn’t yet include details of the other side of this trade.

Update 2:16pm ET: Guerin was traded for a conditional draft pick.  Details on the conditions available here.

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Sim On Waivers

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Islanders forward Jon Sim, who had three assists in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over Colorado last night to give him seven points in his past six games, has been placed on waivers for the second time this season. Coming one day ahead of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the move is like an invitation to any team in need of a hard-working winger with some grit and scoring touch to add it without giving up anything but salary.

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The Latest On Guerin

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As I write this, Islanders general manager Garth Snow has a little more than 26 hours to put together a deal for Guerin before the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). If the original team Snow was dealing with Saturday night backs out, then he has to find another one to take Guerin. If he doesn’t, the Islanders will get their leading goal scorer back for the final 19 games of the season.

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Where Will Guerin Land?

via Chris Iorfida of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

Pittsburgh, Carolina, Buffalo, Montreal, Florida, Boston and New Jersey all told Hockey Night in Canada they weren’t the teams looking to acquire Bill Guerin, who was scratched before Saturday’s game and didn’t practise with the New York Islanders on Sunday.

The contending teams in the East not on that list are Washington, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia.

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Latest On Guerin

from RDS (translated),

Bill Guerin is expected to be traded to the Capitals Sunday, but a problem remains. La formation de Washington a de la difficulté à libérer de l’espace sur sa masse salariale. The formation of Washington is struggling to free up space on its payroll.

Ce dossier est en attente jusqu’à ce que les Capitals trouvent une solution. This file is pending until the Capitals found a solution.

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added 12:32pm, from On the Islanders Beat,

The Washington Capitals or Montreal Canadiens may be the top candidates for where Islanders captain Bill Guerin winds up.

Montreal has the salary cap space for the remaining $1 million on Guerin’s contract. Three weeks ago, Washington was capped out.

But since then, the Capitals have placed forward Chris Clark on the long-term injured list, and and sent defenseman Karl Aldner to AHL Hershey, thus clearing about $3 million in cap space.

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added 12:51pm, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider says Guerin not headed to D.C.

added 3:22pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

So, we’re all free to speculate a little longer as this situation drags on today. As I previously reported, Buffalo and Carolina have ample room under the salary cap, and Montreal and the Rangers are a close fit. Washington cleared cap space to pursue a defenseman (Brendan Witt, anyone?), so, it’s possible other capped-out teams, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could do the same. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake the answer comes today.

more on the Islanders…

added 3:24pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

...sources say the Islanders forward now knows who the team is and Guerin and Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow are both waiting for that team to make its final decision to close the deal.

The identity of this mystery team is being concealed in fear the trade will fall apart.

added 7:49pm, via Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

An Islanders official just informed me the team plans no announcements tonight. Nor is there a timeline in which to expect a future announcement. In other words, everything is “status limbo.”

If I get more later, I’ll post it here first.

added 8:35pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources close to Guerin say he is frustrated by the ongoing uncertainty and has done nothing to complicate, or stall the trade from going through.

Guerin and Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow are continuing to wait for New York’s trading partner to sign off on the deal.

The identity of this mystery team is being concealed for fear the trade will fall apart, although speculation continues to point at the Washington Capitals.

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Witt Gets Five Games

from TSN,

New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was suspended for five games Friday for an elbow to Toronto Maple Leafs’ Niklas Hagman on Thursday night.

continued and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

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Guerin Would Accept The Right Trade

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders veteran Bill Guerin is willing to waive his no-move clause to accept a trade if the right opportunity is presented.

Guerin hasn’t asked for a trade, but it’s believed he has discussed his trade potential with Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow and has acknowledged a willingness to consent.

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Brendan Witt Hit On Niklas Hagman

Brendan Witt of the Islanders received 5 minutes for an elbow plus a 10 and game misconduct for the hit on Niklas Hagman of the Leafs.

Hagman did not return to the game which was won by Toronto 5-4 in a shootout.

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