Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hartley Next Up For Interview

From Newsday's Greg Logan:

Former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley is scheduled to meet with Islanders general manager Garth Snow about the head coaching vacancy on Wednesday, according to an NHL source. Hartley will be the second candidate to interview, but he and Snow won’t have to waste time with any get-to-know-you formalities.

Let the coaching carousel interviews continue.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Frans Neilsen on Board

From Newsday:

Restricted free-agent center Frans Nielsen reached agreement with the Islanders Friday night on a four-year contract worth $2.1 million. It has a one-way provision in each year of the deal, virtually assuring Nielsen will be on the NHL roster.

Now all that remains is Bruno Gervais to complete the roster.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bergie and Tambs Resigned

From Newsday:

Forward Sean Bergenheim, who was the only Islander to file for arbitration, avoided a hearing when he reached agreement today on a two-year deal worth $1.725 million. It appears Bergenheim’s recent decision to change agents facilitated the process.

Forward Jeff Tambellini, whose difficulty breaking into the Islanders’ lineup the past two seasons under Ted Nolan, came to symbolize the former coach’s resistance to a youth movement, agreed today on a two-year deal worth $1.175 million.

Let the youth movement FINALLY begin.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nolan Gone As Coach

From Newsday:

The two-year marriage of inconvenience between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan ended today. Irreconcilable differences over the direction of the franchise led to a mutual decision by Snow and Nolan, who met earlier this morning at Nassau Coliseum, to part ways.

Not going to comment this until after I find out who the next coach of the Islanders will be. Like the draft, there is more to this story, and it ends with the hiring of a new head coach. Nolan did not want to coach younger players, instead, favoring the veterans, which does not fit the "Plan" Snow is currently implementing. More to come later.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Put Up Or Shut Up For Nolan

This Nolan vs Snow debate must stop. Nolan had his chance with his veterans last year, and did not make the playoffs, granted injuries can be used but only so far. When you have a beat up team, and you have fresh, unproven, young players, use them to their fullest potential. Nolan did not do that last year.

Now we still have unproven players because of their limited use of ice time from last year, less veterans on this team, and he's forced to coach with the team he has now. Good for the kids.

Nolan brought this on himself. Had he used the kids when they were available more, Snow would already know by now who is ready for the NHL and who still needs work, or whether Snow should part ways with a young player.

Nolan actually gets three veterans this year because i believe Sim is a new free agent ready to play a full season, so Nolan is getting as many veterans as he did last year.

Snow has put Nolan in a position where Nolan has a play making center, and a powerplay quarterback defensman for the young players to learn from. If Nolan can't get this team to even stay in the hunt past December, then he does not deserve a contract extension.

A good coach learns to accept what he has, and can adapt to his players in order for the team to win.

Snow has already proven he has the potential to be a great GM by addressing the needs of the organization this year. Nolan needs to prove to the Islanders that he can adapt without comments, and let his coaching ability do the talking, cause that's the only skill that will get Nolan a new extension.

Bergenheim Got Smart!!!!

From Newsday:

Forward Sean Bergenheim, who is the only Islander to file for arbitration, has fired his agents, Mark Gandler and Todd Diamond. General manager Garth Snow was notified of the change earlier this week and just began negotiations that potentially could avert a hearing. Snow declined to name Bergenheim’s new agent.

Gandler is FINALLY out of snow's hair. No More Yashin, or Gandler. Smart move by Bergenheim to get himself started into settling into a long term deal to stay on the Island....hopefully.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Transfer Agreement Reached

Per TSN

ZURICH, Switzerland - The NHL reached an agreement with a new Russian hockey league Thursday that temporarily ends the threat of players being lured away by big-money offers.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Witt Signs Extension

From Newsday

In the 59 games he was healthy enough to play last season, defenseman Brendan Witt probably ranked as the Islanders' most valuable player. General manager Garth Snow rewarded Witt for his toughness and experience with a two-year contract extension worth $6 million, the team announced last night.

The new deal means Witt will be an Islander through the 2010-11 season. His current contract calls for him to make $3 million this season. The upgrade in the next two seasons will put Witt on a par with Andy Sutton as the second-highest paid defenseman on the team behind free-agent acquisition Mark Streit, whose deal pays him an average of $4.1 million to quarterback the power play.

Witt missed the final 11 games of the season with a sprained medial collateral ligament that bothered him throughout the season. When he was on the ice, Witt always was matched against the opponents' top line, and he brought a snarl to the chore.

The 33-year-old defensive defenseman isn't exactly part of the Isles' youth movement, but his leadership in his role as alternate captain is important. Witt also was the Islanders' Masterton Trophy nominee last season for his perseverance and dedication to hockey, and he was active in charitable efforts, regularly hosting children battling cancer at Islanders games.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Big Year For Nolan

The bottom line to Nolan is this:

He's in his final year of his contract. He needs to make himself look good to the rest of the NHL by doing what he needs to do with the Islanders, and that's coach the heck out of this team to their fullest potential.

If he does that, and the Islanders management feels that they should move in another direction, then at least he made an effort, and should be considered for other coaching positions.

If he does not coach to his fullest because of disagreements with Snow, and he's fired as Steady already has predicted during this season, he'll have trouble getting another job coaching in this league again.

This is all up to Nolan. If he coaches his heart out, he'll be a consideration to coach again if not with the Islanders.

Don't coach......he's finished

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fouth!!!

First off....Happy Fourth of July everybody!!!!!

Ponder this today.......Boyle on the trade block. We should go after him. Would put us in a great spot defensively.

For me, Boyle/McCabe....not much of a difference in terms of no-trade clauses, McCabe is prob more money, and either one would improve this teams overall defense just for the simple fact either one could play more games than Martinek and Gervais combined.

I'll bet you this: If Toronto does not sign Sundin to a contract, and we can't get Boyle, the Isles will go after McCabe.

Toronto will lose without Sundin, and want McCabe gone. Why not accommodate a team that is not going anywhere but down, and give them cap space on second tier players this year of what's left in the free agent market?

I'm not saying I want this to happen, but don't be surprised.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Bring On Training Camp

Lots of players at training camp means lots of competition. Weight being signed, helps solidify the center position for this year. By next year, Walter or Neilson, and Bailey should make their mark.

Signing Streit improves the powerplay immensely. He can pass and shoot, so the Islanders need to get bodies to the goal.

Reuniting Geurin with Weight will not give us great numbers, but if Tambellini learns from those two and produces, it will certainly be a good year for the Islanders.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Weight-ing For Doug Is Now Over

From Newsday:

Well-traveled 37-year-old center Doug Weight just signed a one-year contract with the Islanders. The deal is worth $1.75 million plus performance bonuses that could push the value to $4.3 million. Weight spent last season in Anaheim, where he had 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 point sin 67 games. Islanders general manager Garth Snow added an older pivot in the hopes that he not only will be a solid playmaker for the team’s young wingers but also serve as a mentor.


Will put thoughts to this later. Still waiting for a few more moves by the Islanders.

Weight-ing For Doug

Newsday:

It’s possible something could get done with the 37-year-old Weight because he’s viewed by the Isles as a veteran who could make a difference in the development of the young wingers in the organization.

Alright, maybe a one year deal. But this means Hilbert, and Walter, and Colliton would be on the waiver wire, or trade bait. Stay tuned.

Streit Signed

From New York Islanders.com

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Mark Streit to a five-year contract. Last year with Montreal, Streit played in 81 games and scored 13 goals with 49 assists for 62 points. A specialist on the power play, Streit scored seven goals with 27 assists for 34 points on the man advantage.

There is our PP specialist for the next 5 years. Great Signing. More to come later as the Islanders continue to improve.

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