Isbister for Tanguay Rumor Heating up on the Island

Someone suggested it earlier here on HTR, but it seems as if faceoff.com is reporting the potential deal in which the Islanders will land Alex Tanguay for Dave Scatchard and Brad Isbister. My guess is Colorado will add something more.

http://www.faceoff.com/nhl/teams/avalanche/news/story.html?f=/news/20021110/307567.html“The Colorado Avalanche score more goals that paint pictures than any other team in the league.

But couldn’t they use a little less pretty and a little more messy, especially around the net? Aren’t they too small?

Should they at least consider Brad Isbister and Dave Scatchard on Long Island, maybe in a deal for Alex Tanguay?

“We’ve been the same size for the last four years and we’ve won the most games in the league,” said Avs coach Bob Hartley. “Any time things are going bad, they are looking for the perfect line (rationalization) to say.”

The Avs do miss the energy Adam Deadmarsh offered before he was sent to L.A. in return for Rob Blake. They could use battling centre Mike Ricci, who was on their 1996 Stanley Cup team before being moved to the San Jose Sharks for a first-round draft, which turned out to be Tanguay.

Truth is, the perfect player for them would be Scott Thornton in San Jose, but he’s hurt and they’re never getting him.

The Avs had a scout watching the Isles the other night against Calgary, after they’d already played the Flames, so you know they’re looking at Isbister, and maybe Scatchard or Jason Wiemer.

They’re top heavy in creative guys like Radim Vrbata, Milan Hejduk and Tanguay, and they could use some grit, but it’s the hardest thing to get.

Tanguay, who only has two goals, still seems the most likely to move. The Flames held out for Chris Drury rather than Tanguay when they dealt Derek Morris. Drury’s been the Flames’ best player.

Tanguay’s got lots of upside but, since his wonderful second year (77 points), he’s struggled to put up numbers. Tanguay would look good with Alexei Yashin on Long Island because Yashin needs a playmaking winger.

But the party line today is they’re holding firm with what they’ve got even though they’ve yet to win a game at the sold-out Pepsi Center.

Maybe the Avs’ brass is right.

Last year the team struggled to a 7-10-2 start but still won the Northwest Division and almost made the Cup finals. They always start slow.

Maybe they just need Patrick Roy back. He’ll play today against the Predators after missing the last week with a fluid buildup in his left hip.

A few years ago, Roy had problems with the other hip, which makes you wonder if maybe he’s starting to break down a little as he closes in on 1,000 games. Ten-year-old cars start to leak oil, too, don’t forget. Then again, maybe we’re going too far with this.

Only sure thing: Roy has a tendency to clean up a lot of messes. He’s 4-1-4 with a 1.93 average.

His backup, David Aebischer, is 0-5.

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Peronally, I know the Isles wanna shake something up, but with Dean McAmmond, is Scatchard really that important? ANd boy would this make the Drury/Morris trade 100x worse!


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