Islander's on lookout for Winger

Numerous reports from most New York papers report that the Islanders are on the lookout for a winger to pair with Yashin. The Islanders NEED some more scoring to become a true contender! Owner Charles Wang has stated in reports from Newsday that he is not opposed to adding to the bottom line if the player is the right guy.

Having missed out on Kovalev, the name most mentioned on most rumor reports is former Islander Ziggy Palffy. Ziggy should be a huge help to Yashin and would provide much needed scoring. Also, the Island loves Ziggy and would surely pack the old building for the rest of the year, at the least!

This is pure speculation on my part, but the Islanders will probably try to open up some money by trading Osgood to a contender needing goalie help, if only as a rental. He is playoff tested and should receive some looks. Maybe St. Louis?

Garth Snow has been playing great and DiPietro isn’t going anywhere! DiPietro is the real deal and will just get better. Osgood has played well but someone has to go.

As for the Kings I don’t realty know what they need, other than having to cut some payroll but perhaps they would be interested in Isbister to replace Palffy and/or a prospect. The Islanders have some depth and I’m sure the Kings will find someone to their liking.

If Milbury can pull this off, this Islander team should be a strong force in the playoffs. Personally it would be great for me because I would get to dust off my old Palffy jersey!


20 Responses to Islander's on lookout for Winger

  1. djstoop_id says:

    Bah… Between Osgood and Johnson, I can’t really see a difference, except that Johnson is already there.

    Osgood is seriously a waste of space. I can’t really see a team wanting him. I think anybody would rather take Irbe, or Hackett (when he was available, but nobody did).

  2. NYIchooch75 says:

    Yeah, look for the Islanders to trade Osgood, but they will only get a pick. It would be to shed payroll so they can add a player like Palffy. To get Palffy, you’re looking at Isbister, Martinek and maybe a player like Wiemer. It may be possible that if Potvin is out for a while, they may take Osgood also, only because he is a free agent at the end of the year. I doubt it though.

    Maybe something like:

    Isles: Palffy & Miller

    Kings: Isbister, Martinek, 1st or 2nd round pick.

    It is a little lop-sided, but the Kings are looking to shed payroll. And Palffy makes 7 mil a year.

  3. mikster says:

    Isle’s cannot afford Ziggy’s salary though.

  4. JohnFlan22 says:

    Yea, I dunno, can’t see them trading Osgood really. Most teams have pretty good goalie tandems, plus as the guy before me pointed out Irbe cleared waivers and no one picked him up and he’s pretty good. Snow might be playing well now but…. it’s garth Snow, he actually reminds me alot of Ron Hextall and I beleive last time they had a guy like that in the playoffs the rangers scored every other time they got into the isles zone. Snow is a really good backup, and he’s doing his job really well right now but Ozzie will get the nod in playoffs. As far as trading Isbister, he really has less value now then probably ever. He played good for about 2 weeks this season and the rest of the time he either played like crap or was injured. Palffy and any other big name is a pipe dream. I could have seen the isles getting kapanen before philly got him but now there’s not much out there, maybe a slava or Victor Kozlov trade could be explored closer to the deadline and maybe Marchment from san jose to get some toughness back on D. Deep down though Milbury really likes the makeup of this team as it is and if this group stays together they will be real contenders in a year or two. It just Sucks that Yashin sighned that long deal because I bet He’d be playing a hell of alot better if he was up for a new one.

  5. JohnFlan22 says:

    Yea, I dunno, can’t see them trading Osgood really. Most teams have pretty good goalie tandems, plus as the guy before me pointed out Irbe cleared waivers and no one picked him up and he’s pretty good. Snow might be playing well now but…. it’s garth Snow, he actually reminds me alot of Ron Hextall and I beleive last time they had a guy like that in the playoffs the rangers scored every other time they got into the isles zone. Snow is a really good backup, and he’s doing his job really well right now but Ozzie will get the nod in playoffs. As far as trading Isbister, he really has less value now then probably ever. He played good for about 2 weeks this season and the rest of the time he either played like crap or was injured. Palffy and any other big name is a pipe dream. I could have seen the isles getting kapanen before philly got him but now there’s not much out there, maybe a slava or Victor Kozlov trade could be explored closer to the deadline and maybe Marchment from san jose to get some toughness back on D. Deep down though Milbury really likes the makeup of this team as it is and if this group stays together they will be real contenders in a year or two. It just Sucks that Yashin sighned that long deal because I bet He’d be playing a hell of alot better if he was up for a new one.

  6. titans says:

    Palffy’s too expensive for the Isles…Bonk is more in their league. I’m willing to bet they’ll aquire him, which obviously won’t be enough…typical Islanders.

  7. Aetherial says:

    To Leafs: Palffy & Miller

    To Kings: Hoglund, Lumme, 2 million$, 1st or second round pick.

  8. Aetherial says:

    To Leafs: Miller and Palffy

    To Kings: Hoglund, Lumme, 2 Million$, 1st or 2nd round pick.

  9. Aetherial says:

    Ack another duplicate. Sorry this was not intentional. It didnt show up the first time.

  10. pmrocks says:

    What a great trade that would be! Both coaches are getting fustrated with the play of both aforementioned centers. One coach is playing his star center on the fourth line while the other has threatened to place him in the crowd. Yashin will center a line of Bure and Kovalev while Lindros will center Isbister and Parrish. What do you think about that trade?

  11. Aetherial says:

    ROFL

    NYI would not make that trade in a million years.

    I hope they wouldnt anyway.

  12. batesismyhero17 says:

    mikster read the paper. Wang has said he’s willing to spend the money if the player will greatly help the team. Wang has more money than he knows what to do with, its not liek were talking abotu the Rigas’s or soemthing, plus any big ticket players will make it that much easier when they go for the new arena

  13. NYIchooch75 says:

    On the contrary, the Islanders can afford the salary with no problem. They choose not to inflate their payroll with people not worth the money. They easily could have signed Kasparaitis to that same contract, but Milbury has said in the past that he couldn’t justify giving him the money. He would have been their 4th-5th best defenseman, but the highest paid. Also, he refused to overpay for Amonte. I was pissed when Amonte signed with Phoenix for 6 million a year, but now I think Milbury is a genius for not signing him.

    Milbury chose not to sign any UFA’s so he could take care of his own restricted and unrestricted FA’s. He resigned Parrish, Scatchard, Aucoin, Weimer, Timander, Webb, Cairns and a few minor league role players that can fill in for a game here and there. He signed everyone to 2 year deals. It’s not that the Islanders can’t afford players, they just choose to be fiscally responsible. The well isn’t as deep as the Rangers, but they can add a Palffy and be okay. They may have to dump some players, but there is no question that if the right deal coes along they will do it. Addig Palffy wont win them a Cup, but it may get them through the second round or to the conference finals. Don’t tell me it not going to happen. After the Hurricanes last year, the Patriots and the Angels winning championship’s, anything is possible.

    Also, many people forget that the CBA is up at the end of next season, and all things point to a lengthy work stoppage. There will be a salary cap, so why would any teams shoot themselves in the foot and have to worry about cutting salary then?

  14. NYIchooch75 says:

    How about Bure and Kovalev for Isbister and Parrish?

  15. NYIchooch75 says:

    Palffy is more likely than Bonk. You also have to remember, Yashin and Bonk weren’t that close in Ottawa. Palffy is worth his contract, Bonk isn’t. Palffy would put people in the seats, Bonk won’t. Palffy would get the Islanders farther in the playoffs, Bonk won’t. And Milbury knows this. Besides, the Islanders could probably get Palffy for the same package as Bonk, because the Kings desperately need to shed $$$$.

    The Islanders might not get Palffy, but I can guarantee they won’t get Bonk.

  16. Aetherial says:

    Please tell me you were joking.

  17. NYIchooch75 says:

    Please tell me you were.

  18. MotownGarr says:

    Here’s a slappy post that might make sense.

    Recently, Mathieu Dandenault of the Red Wings was criticized for his lack of adjustment to the blue line, even though it has been a few years since his switch happened. The point is he could be a valuable winger with defensive awarness. With the rumour of Hamrlik being available and this thread of the Isles looking for a winger, I think it that a swap of Dandenault, a pick and/or a prospect for Hamrlik would be what the teams needed. I have two main reasons why.

    1. Dandenault is fast and versatile. He could pair up with a forward line and offer speed or be put on defence without being a complete failure and be a solid defender. Plus he’s been on a winning team.

    2. Hamrlik makes 3.5 mil. Dandy makes 1.26 mil, which is a little over half of Roman’s salary. A trade would thus cut a little financial burden off the Isles and not strap the Wings too badly.

    Also, for those that think that Hamrlik is worth more, look at what took him to get to the Isles. Brewer, Josh Green, and a 2nd round pick. Not that big of a deal considering he was a 1st overall.

    As for Dandenault, the Wings have some D if it remains healthy. Lidstrom, Chelios, Woolley, Fischer (back hopefully by playoffs, appears ahead of schedule), Kuznetzov, Wallin, Bykov, and Boileau. The last three are very young and by all means rookies, but they could be used in rotation for a spot. Bykov seems to be doing the best of them all, so he may be in for the playoffs. Regardless, the point is Dandenault is not that necessary at this point. Not if a deal like this is available. His youth is a benefit (27 yrs old) but he could have a better upside to another team that needs the talent. Oh, and if Ken Holland really needs another defenceman I know Duchesne is still unsigned.

    Again, its just a spitball of my own. Any comments.

  19. NYIchooch75 says:

    It’s nice to want. The Islanders would never do that trade. They need scoring, not a defensive foward.

    Oh, and by the way, Eric Brewer is one of the best young defensen in the NHL. He made the All-Star team this year, and he is about 24-25 years old. So, that is a pretty big deal.

    Never happen.

  20. guinsfan4life says:

    Straka will be available if the Penguins are out of the playoffs in two weeks. THey will package him.

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