Islanders and Blackhawks Ready to Pull the Trigger?

An article in the Chicago Daily Herald says that Chicago`s General Manager Dale Tallon may be ready to make some moves to his struggling hockey team.

Rumors have it that they have been looking at the Islanders since during the last week they`ve had scouts, Dudley and Bergevin taking in a couple of games.

Within the past month or so Islanders` GM Mike Milbury has been dangling Kvasha and Niinimaa on the trading block.

Can Milbury and Tallon swing a trade?? It`s believed the Islanders are looking to recieve a big defensman but the Blackhawks don`t seem to have what they can be looking for on the blueline.

Aucoin, Barinka, Seabrook, Simpson, Spacek, and Duncan Keith are the possibilities but I couldn`t see it happen.

Aucoin has that huge salary and his play is disgusting compared to last year. And the rest of those defenseman just aren`t good enough to have any kind of impact.

Getting highly touted prospect Cam Barker would be an absolute steal for the Islanders. Leading goal scorers for the Blackhawks are Mark Bell and Tyler Arnason and landing one of those guys would be a good move on the part of the Islanders.

Also in the article for the Chicago Daily Herald Tallon made the point that he`s been frustrated with the play of Khabibulin and wouldn`t mind trading him.

Maybe throwing Bulin into the mix can call for a three-team trade making the chance for the Islanders landing a good goal scorer or even Cam Barker, more likely. Teams that are in the market for a goalie are the Canucks and Oilers.

I feel some kind of trade needs to happen immediatley on the part of the New York Islanders. I`m sure Milbury sees by now that the Isles are struggling and constantly playing with the .500 mark. With the talent on this team right now, there`s no chance the Islanders would be a threat in the playoffs. They are below many of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference and if a big trade isn`t made, then this season will just be another waste.


32 Responses to Islanders and Blackhawks Ready to Pull the Trigger?

  1. WangKumar says:

    It is more than apparent Kvasha and Niinimaa need a change of scenery. Kvasha is dead weight, especially since the isles have some minor leaguers who have been playing well (Hamilton, Wyatt Smith) and deserve a permanent shot with the big club. Niinimaa does have some value, but I dont think its enough to land Barker. They would probably have to also throw in one of their impening free agents, like Mike York, who I would love to keep on the island. I just dont see a fit with the blackhawks. Aucoin cannot come back with his salary, groin and relationship with Mr. Captain ALexei Yashin.

    The islanders probelm isnt their talent. Its their desire. Look at Buffalo and Carolina. The isles have more “talent” than both of those teams but in the new NHL it seems that the young legs, speed and good coaching are what counts. Stirling probably needs to go and I would love to see a Sutter behind the becnh to light a flame under their asses. They are 12-2 after games they have lost and are only two games over .500. Just an impossible team to figure out.

  2. distance7 says:

    ..why did you mention Cam Barker’s name in this at all?

  3. Marky2Fresh says:

    Listen Kvasha and Niinimaawill will not be islanders by the end of the season.

    Someone in Islanders head office (who I’m romantically involved with) told me he was trading them both. I’m 100% sure of it, I’m in a position of authority and you can trust me.

  4. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    ‘The islanders probelm isnt their talent. Its their desire. Look at Buffalo and Carolina. The isles have more “talent” than both of those teams but in the new NHL it seems that the young legs, speed and good coaching are what counts. Stirling probably needs to go and I would love to see a Sutter behind the becnh to light a flame under their asses. They are 12-2 after games they have lost and are only two games over .500. Just an impossible team to figure out” –

    this guy has it dead on right!

    stirling is the problem.

    also has no clue how to handle the goalies. dipietro should have been rested 4 games ago! you should have seen snow for 2 or 3 games in a row if neccessary!

  5. Neely4Life says:

    I think i care about as much about this trade, as the Boston/Chicago trade earlier this season. Just ya, no one cares.

  6. WangKumar says:

    you obviously cared enough to read the post and make a comment (aka GET A LIFE)

  7. dcz28 says:

    I predict Lecavalier will play for the Habs next year.

    Someone in Habs head office (who I’m romantically involved with) told me he was trading for Vincent. I’m 100% sure of it, I’m in a position of authority and you can trust me

    You wrote that about Gainey so i guess your bending over for all the gm’s now lol

  8. skidragoon says:

    Maybe the canadiens will trade for bulin since their fans seem to think they are getting every goalie…

  9. nskerr says:

    It wouldn’t be such a bad thing for the Isles to get rid of either of these players, especially Niinimaa. He is terrible. He makes more stupid plays and takes more dumb penalties than any d-man the Isles have had in years. I don’t care how bad Aucoin is playing. I would make that trade in a heartbeat.

    Kvasha is an enigma. When he is on, he can be really good. But he disappears for periods and games until he is benched. Then he wakes up and becomes a force for a couple of games and then takes a few more games off. I think he is better suited for the west. He is big and can skate.

    Milbury is definitley itching to get something done. He let too many good players leave like Aucoin and even Hamrlik who I thought sucked. He will need to shakeup the team because there are rumors that Stirling is next. I think Milbury owes it to Stirling to try shaking up the lineup. It is getting close to the time we should fire the coach. He is nowhere near as good as Laviolette. Then we should just fire Milbury.

  10. JannettyTheRocker says:

    lol, nice marky mark……caught in a lie. haha.

  11. JannettyTheRocker says:

    As good as Khabibulin can be, with his balloon salary and lackluster play, I very much doubt that the Oilers would be interested in him unless the Hawks ate a portion of his salary, a large portion.

  12. Marky2Fresh says:

    Listen, I’m easy ok? That does not give you guys a right to judge me.

    BTW nice caught, I didn’t think anyone would notice so quickly.

  13. rojoke says:

    It’s not that we think we’re getting every other goalie, it’s just that a lot don’t really like what we’ve got. The only problem is that there’s very little available that’s a major upgrade.

  14. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    i dont expect jannettytherocker to do this so i will here is your edmonton oilers update. 4-1 loss to minnesota to bad jannetty just like we all know it was about time.

  15. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Well, as 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 said, the Oilers lost tonight to the Minnesota Wild. It’s a sad day in The City Of Champions, but it’s only one loss. The Mighty Oilers of Edmonton get the Wild again next, so we will be looking for redemption.

    GO OILERS GO

    That’s all for your regular Oilers update.

  16. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Expect the unexpected.

  17. les_canadiens says:

    You must be stupid than…ur probably romanticly involved wit mike keenan

  18. habs79 says:

    I don’t believe teams can eat a portion of the salary anymore.

  19. les_canadiens says:

    OMG what a waste of time u sick (slow person).Plese stop this i hope ur fkn oilers burn and i want the canadiens to be in that fire.OMG HABS LOST TO AATTLLAANNTTA.WTF!

    atlanta thrashers is a team that shoul go in the trash….(…get it thrashers,trash…..) GOD IM FUNNY!

  20. JannettyTheRocker says:

    The Oil beat the Habs last week………haha

  21. Marky2Fresh says:

    Fancy spelling

  22. RangerSteve says:

    Let’s give it up for Charlie Wang and Mike Milbury for not buying out Alexi Yashin and single handedly restricting this franchise’s financial movement on every trade they make for the next 5 years! Let’s also give a big shout out to Miroslug Satan for getting Yashin disease and not showing up every night.

  23. hnm27 says:

    in newsday they wrote saying aucoin for ninii… but thats just too much of a money differnece unless they added someone else.

    they said some defenseman i forgot who… umm… keith or simpson…. i forgot who.

    but yea they say that the 2 scouts have been at the last 3 islanders games including the one in toronto last week… the isles need to pull a trigger on some sort of deal thats for sure cause there barely in the playoff chase rightnow let alone the 7th or 8th spot yet

  24. doanerfan says:

    Word out on the Phx streets is that Mike Barnett is trying to get Scott Gomez to Phoenix. With Gomez being Hispanic and his father from Mexico, the Yotes could really use him to get more attendence from the Hispanic community.

  25. zyphrit says:

    Ribeiro, Bonk, Zednik, Bulis

    Anyone want them?? Those player have major role with the habs, this is the problem.

    For a dozen of hockey stick??

  26. Motherpucker says:

    If the Coyotes new target market is Mexicans, they are in deep trouble.

  27. Adam_0486 says:

    Good stuff, I have a comment though, I recently heard from multiple sources (CBC, CBS, Sportsnet) that Chicago is absolutely going to make a deal before the trade deadline involving the acquisition of a #1 centre. CBC went as far as saying it will happen right after the holiday break (just so players can enkoy the holidays at home). No deal was speculated but they (the CBC and Sportsnet) said Chicago is looking hard at a few teams and in particular Toronto and Jason Allision. Not to get carried away i also heard that Chicago is willing to part with Mark Bell in a trade for a centre. So i just wanted to say that this is also a possible deal to look out for. As for the Islanders last i heard they were trying to trade Satan and a defensman Zhitnik, Ninimaa, but whatever became of the rumors of Parrish to Calgary… I really would have liked to see a team USA re-union with Amonte and Parrish.

  28. IslanderChat says:

    Hi Guys,

    A few things to share. Day 1 on this site and I finally signed up. Great site !

    I like to introduce myself to you all. Im Caesar and I own http://www.islanderchat.com.

    If the Islanders can get a zamboni driver for Numnutsimma and Kvasha they should do the trade in a NY minute.

    Kvasha is a cancer and I honestly believe that Niminna borders on retardation.

    If a scout is out there, and hopefully not reading this, and turns to the owners of his team and says they think Kvasha or Niminna is a good fit for their team, they should be fired as well and have never seen or followed either of these guys.

    As far as Sterling goes….he is probably one of the worst coaches in the NHL. From benching guys for periods at a time for taking a penalty to switching lines. We waited for 37 years to get a someone to play with Yash…then he moves him on another line ( Satan )…WHEN THEY WHERE HOT !

    I would love to see this trade go off…..cant believe it will!

    Caesar

  29. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    They can eat up salary, but that’s only if the player in question clears waivers twice (a la the Todd Marchant acquisition by the Ducks). In terms of a trade, then you’re right, they can’t.

  30. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    Whoops…I responded to the wrong thread.

  31. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    They can eat up salary, but that’s only if the player in question clears waivers twice (a la the Todd Marchant acquisition by the Ducks). In that particular case, the player’s salary to be picked up by the new club is halved. In terms of a trade, then you’re right, they can’t.

  32. goalmachine says:

    Of everyone on the Islanders, Niinima and Kvasha are the two that I most want to see go. I loved Adrian Aucoin when he was an Islander last season, so I’d be more than happy to have him back. The Isles, however, need a lot more than a new defenseman to get somewhere this season. Some offense would be nice, but the Isles already ahve the offensive talent that just isn’t playing to their potential. It falls on the coach, Steve Stirling.

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