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Continuing to shore up at center, the Islanders have signed free agent Joseph Vasicek to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-4 Vasicek, a native of Slovakia, was 19-26-45 in 82 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.
from On the Islanders Beat,
After a long summer shopping for defensive help, it appears Islanders general manager Garth Snow has just about zeroed in on his man. Turns out he was kind of hard to miss.
Snow was working late this evening in an effort to put the finishing touches on a multi-year contract for 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton.
added 7:46pm, As Robert pointed out in the comments, it is now official at the Islanders website.
from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,
It would be easiest for Snow to go the free-agent route on defense by choosing among the likes of Danny Markov, Andy Sutton or Ossi Vaananen. But he’s determined not to overpay in money or length of contract for a player who might be solid but not necessarily a fit worth a major commitment.
More complicated would be the trade route, but that also might be the best way for Snow to get a player with long-term value and possibly fill other needs in the process. As the NHL world knows, Toronto is anxious to dump defenseman Bryan McCabe and the remaining four years of his contract worth $21.6 million. McCabe has a no-trade clause, but the ex-Islander likely wouldn’t have a problem waiving it to return to a team that wants his talents.
more on the Islanders…
On Friday, an arbitrator awarded New York Islanders winger Trent Hunter $1,550,000 for the 2007-08 season.
from the Long Island Business News,
If you want a Bossy-autographed hockey stick, it will run you about $520 through sports memorabilia giant Steiner Sports, where an autographed puck will cost about $90. But if you want an autographed skate, you can’t get it at any price. “I never signed skates,” the great shooter said.
But you can get one for free, if you’re one of the 100 lucky Long Island businesses that recently received an autographed skate and a letter from Bossy requesting a meeting to discuss Islander advertising opportunities. The skates have gone “to the top businesses on Long Island who currently don’t have a relationship with us,” said Islander spokesman Chris Botta, listing such Island powerhouses as Sbarro, Sleepy’s, Riverhead Building Supply and Harbor Footwear.
Bossy characterized the promotion “as a stab in the dark.”
from The Maven at MSG Network,
MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.
Nothing official, but from the keen eyes at HockeyFights.com,
Chris Simon has re-signed with the New York Islanders according to his NHLPA page.
His 2007-08 salary is reported as $475k. He is also listed on Isles roster on their official website.
Simon still has five games left on his 25-game suspension for slashing Ryan Hollweg.
from the New York Islanders,
Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour will return to Long Island to coach his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders on Saturday, November 3 when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 pm. The legendary coach celebrates his 75th birthday on November 1.
Earlier this week Arbour accepted an invitation from Ted Nolan to run the team for one last game and reach the milestone of 1,500 games coached with the franchise he led to four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 - 1983. Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Friday, November 2 and lead the team the following night against the Penguins.
added 11:56am, from David Kolb at MSG Network,
This is more than a PR move by the Islanders; a franchise infatuated with embracing their four Cups won 20-plus years ago.
This move exemplifies the passion for the game Nolan truly possesses. That would be the only way this unique idea would even surfaced in Nolan’s mind. He isn’t the first coach since Arbour retired, but he was the first to think of this class act.
read on a pretty good video of Arbour…
from the CP via TSN,
The New York Islanders signed defenceman Chris Campoli to a three-year contract on Monday.
“Signing Chris Campoli to a long-term contract was a priority of ours this off-season,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “He’s one of the most skilled young defenceman in the NHL and we’re thrilled that he’ll continue his development in an Islanders uniform.”
from the CP via TSN,
Gerard Gallant and former QMJHL head coach John Chabot have joined the New York Islanders as assistant coaches.
They will join assistant Dan Lacroix on Ted Nolan’s staff.
‘‘I’ve always had the utmost respect for Gerard and John both as players and coaches,’’ Nolan said in a statement on Friday. ‘‘We have a coaching staff with a ton of experience, both playing in the NHL and coaching and that will be a huge asset to our players.’‘
continued... Two ex-Wings and good to see Gallant land on his feet…
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