Islanders, Rangers are frontrunners for Amonte

Mike Gillis, Tony Amonte’s agent was quoted in the NY Times as saying that the Islanders and Rangers are the frontrunners for Tony Amonte’s services after Toronto pulled out when Amonte turned down their 5 year, 32 million dollar offer.
According to the report, both the Islanders and Rangers would have to shed payroll to bring on Amonte. The Rangers are looking for someone to take Petr Nedved off of their hands. Calgary and Phoenix have both shown interest but would want the Rangers to pick up some of the salary.

The Islanders would have to trade one of their top 3 defensemen (Adrian Aucoin, Kenny Jonsson, or Roman Hamrlik) to get enough money to afford Amonte.

As an Islander fan, as much as I would love to see Amonte on the team, I don’t see the Islanders trading any of these 3 defensemen away, especially after sending Mezei to Florida. The Islanders need a solid winger next to Yashin, but scoring wasn’t the problem last year, defense was. The Isles paired down their D to 4 people in the playoffs and you could see how they were exhausted. They can’t expect Aucoin to be logging 35 minutes a game again, especially if they get rid of one of these d-men. The other thing is how much more will the Isles offer than 5.5-6million for Amonte when the Rangers will probably look to sign him closer to 7 million?

The Rangers on the otherhand would love to get rid of Nedved even if they couldn’t get Amonte. He did nothing for them last year and the Czech line of 2000-2001 was broken up so he didn’t fit. I have a feeling that Amonte will be with the Rangers.


30 Responses to Islanders, Rangers are frontrunners for Amonte

  1. mikster says:

    The league wants the Rangers to decrease their salary in order to acquire Amonte. Amonte did verbally agree with the Rangers. The NYTimes, Bergen Record, the Toronto radio stations, and TFP all agree on Nedved.

  2. DARTHJIM says:

    NO WAY AUCOIN OR JONSSON IS GOING ANYWHERE. (UNLESS JONSSON IS STILL HAVING HEADACHES). BUT IF PUTTING AMONTE ON YASHIN’S WING MEANS HAMRLIK MUST BE TRADED, I’D HATE TO SEE IT HAPPEN BUT, I’M ALL FOR IT. THE ISLANDERS HAVE A BUNCH OF DECENT D-MEN IN CAIRNS, HALLER, MARTINEK (WHO WILL BE BACK THIS YEAR), TARNSTROM AND NEWLY AQUIRED TIMANDER THAT COULD STEP UP AND FILL HIS ROLE, WHICH WAS REDUCED ANYWAY WITH THE GREAT PLAY OF AUCOIN. PERHAPS THIS IS WHY MIBURY TRADED FOR TIMANDER IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE ONLY THING THE ISLANDERS LACKED LAST YEAR IS A RELIABLE WINGER TO SCORE GOALS. MOST LOSSES LAST YEAR WERE BY 1 GOAL. IF AMONTE CAN PROVIDE THAT EXTRA GOAL IN A FEW OF THOSE GAMES, THEY WIN THE DIVISION. AND WHO’S TO SAY THE ISLANDERS COULDN’T PICK UP ANOTHER RELIABLE D-MAN FOR HAMRLIK THAT WOULDN’T COST AS MUCH? IF THIS REPORT HIS TRUE, MILBURY SHOULD PULL THE TRIGGER, IT SEEMS TO ME THE ISLAND IS WHERE AMONTE WANTED TO GO THIS WHOLE TIME. THE RANGERS WILL PROBABLY OVERSPEND JUST TO KEEP ANOTHER WEAPON FROM GOING TO THE ISLANDERS. WE’LL SEE, IS IT ABOUT THE MONEY OR DOES HE WANT TO GO TO A TEAM THAT IS VERY MUCH ON THE WAY UP?

    IF HE GOES WITH THE ISLANDERS HE BECOMES A TOP LINE FORWARD THAT WILL SCORE ALOT GOALS WITH YASHIN. IF HE GOES TO THE RANGERS HE PROBABLY SEES TIME ON THE 2ND LINE AND BE JUST ANOTHER PART OF THEIR ALL- STAR COLLECTION THAT CAN’T SEEM TO WIN…

  3. Captain27 says:

    The New York Rangers:

    Even Kevin Costner couldn’t come up with an overbudgeted FLOP this big!

  4. rrudd says:

    while 5000 words in all capitals makes the point that you’re adamant, it makes my eyes bleed trying to read it.

    God made exclamation points to help you along there.

  5. Modano_Fan says:

    I think it would be great if Amonte went with the Islanders. The Rangers don’t really need him as much as the Isles do,and they’re only going for him because he’s a big name and they can afford him. I really think the Rangers just sign players because they CAN and don’t put alot of consideration into things.

    So just wondering,but what happened to Dallas in all of this? I heard he was impressed with them,but it looks like they’re out now. So what happened there?

  6. DARTHJIM says:

    SORRY, I’M NOT BEING REAL ADAMANT, JUST LAZY… SCREW THE DAMN SHIFT BUTTON!!!

  7. DARTHJIM says:

    THEY SIGNED GUERIN AND YOUNG…

  8. kreatiiv says:

    wait a sec…. after all the signings and bolstering done to rosters last year and this year, all of a sudden the league is getting involved and telling teams they have to make trades in order to sign talent? the islanders payroll isnt anywhere near the rangers or the red wings payroll…. why would they have to cut anyone to sign a free agent? thats up to the teams management, not the league, unless over the fourth of july weekend a salary cap was instituted in the NHL?

    why does this not sound right?

  9. Jonathane says:

    I think so most people are referring to the Times story that they are speculating that the Rangers probably need to move Nedved for salary reasons to sign Amont since the Rangers are probably going over the $70 million mark.

    I do not believe that the NHL is holding back the Rangers from signing Amonte.

  10. Modano_Fan says:

    If the Islanders have to trade to get Amonte its because they can’t afford him without dumping salary. So I understand where that comes from.

    I don’t see how the league can actually force the Rangers to dump salary. I guess they could tell them that they’re spending too much and try to get them to lower the pay roll,but unless there is some salary cap there’s nothing they can do about it.

    Personally,I think the whole thing is a bunch of BS to try to cover for the fact that Amonte hasnt signed in New York yet. He will probably end up there,but I don’t see how this story could be true.

  11. Modano_Fan says:

    Yea but before the free agent season started Dallas was to be trying to sign all 3 of them. They had talks with all 3,and have so far only signed the 2. And once it was announced that Amonte was leaving Chicago the teams owner announced he was going to Dallas….

  12. Rushing says:

    As for Amonte, this is from the Saturday’s Dallas Morning News……

    Hicks had authorized the hockey department to go over budget for Selanne. when negotiations reached $7 million a season on a two-year deal to secure the three time 50 goal scorer, the Stars faced a decision.

    They decided to instead sign Young to a two-year contract that will pay him $3.5 million annually, in the hopes that Young will renew his on-ice chemistry with Pierre Turgeon. The guy at the top made the call.

    “It was the first time I had overruled the hockey department since I became owner,” Hicks said. “I decided to put Scott Young back with Pierre Turgeon and maybe save $3.5 million (annually). This still gives us flexibility in our payroll.”

    It later said that it was a gut feeling Young was a better player.

  13. titans says:

    No way should the Isles trade a D-man like Hammer or Aucoin just to sign Amonte. Maybe Jonsson if his head’s broken for good!

    I dunno Amonte might be odd man out this year, it doesn’t look like the Strangers will be getting him either.

  14. kreatiiv says:

    im beginning to agree that this is all bull… i think the whole thing from the post two days ago about him already having signed with the rangers then it was he verbally agreed but for some reason the rangers had to dump a player and now its both the isles or rangers and even the isles would have to dump a player…

    im sorry i think its all BS.

    the isles did dump a player with high salary to clear way for free agent finaglings… marius czerkawski. and so far havent done anything yet. they cleared up enough in the salary pool to leave anything amonte would be asking for certainly within the capablilities of isles ownership if they CHOSE to do it. the isles arent a poor team anymore… they dont really HAVE to dump ANYONE to sign amonte.

    and the rangers arent about to start looking at thier own bottom line and say “whoa…. now we are getting out of control we better put a limit on ourselves”… whatever…. and if the league all of a sudden was putting pressure to restrict payroll levels…. well in new york thats damn good reason to start seven floors of lawyers billing at $450 an hour. that would be unprecedented and entirely immoral for the league to start NOW.

    all i can say is after watching the rumors about amonte and the rangers fly back and forth this past weekend…. if he DOESNT sign with them for some ridiculous amount of money, this website and TFP will have lost all credibility. all i have seen is what appears to be personal use of both sites by the same people (administrators) to spread pure BS…. had to love the whole “i know but cant tell you” thread a few posts back lol

  15. Rushing says:

    But if you noticed……the “beginning” of that post “CLEARLY” states……

    Rumors remain that Amonte could still sign with the Rangers and that Nedved could be dealt.

    You do notice…..the words Rumors and could there? It never did say that he WAS definetly signed or Nedved was for sure traded yet.

    So really, there is NO BS anywhere.

  16. NYRfan78 says:

    Well I agree if he does not sign with the rangers the 4th period will look bad, but not this site, THIS IS A RUMOR SITE!!This kind of stuff is supposed to be on this site, yeah some people will get burned big time on here if Amonte does not sign with the rangers.But thats what this site is for, to talk about rumors, this site did not look bad when we had to deal with all the Leaf’s fans who thought there deadwood could bring back some gold.So this site would not look bad if he does not sign with us as for the 4th period?????????

  17. wingerx says:

    in the long run…I still think Amonte will be a Ranger. Which stinks, cause as a Wings fan, i wouldn’t have minded having him :) but my teams has their own problems right now, which everyone knows.

  18. puckdogg says:

    (Jul. 7th) — Further to yesterday’s TFP report, pending a trade of center Petr Nedved, the NY Rangers should then announce the signing of free agent Tony Amonte.

    OKAY WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

    ARE THEY STILL SAYING HE IS ALREADY LOCKED UP!

    ALSO NO MENTION OF THE ISLES IN THIS LATEST REPORT!

  19. titans says:

    I wasn’t aware we had any credability. This site is basically a buncha hockey geeks with almost no social skills yelling at each other for no apparent reason. Where’s the credability in that?

  20. Modano_Fan says:

    I just seen a report on SportsNet here in Canada about Amonte. They said that the Leafs have officially backed out and that “the numbers just didnt work for us”.

    As for the Rangers,they picked up the NY Times report,saying that Amonte is going to be in New York,but its not decided if that will be with the Rangers or Islanders. They said the Rangers are shopping Nedved around to make room for Amonte.

    They made no mention of the NHL forcing the Rangers to trim their pay roll. So all I can guess is that the Rangers are going to trade Nedved IF they sign Amonte because Nedved would have become expendable then anyway. I’d have to guess that Amonte is talking with the Isles and Rangers like a normal contract negotiation and that any moves the Rangers or Isles make after that will depend on if they sign Tony or not.

    Whole situation seems to be alot more complicated that it every had to be,and Tony Amonte is really annoying the hell out of me by almost signing with a differant team every day. In the lat 4 days he almost signed with Chicago,Toronto,Dallas,New York and possibly the Islanders. I wish he’d make up his mind on how much he wants and what team he’s goin to.

  21. nskerr says:

    If the Islanders are going to sign Amonte, and the news that they have to trade a defensemen is true to get it done, I just hope they sign Amonte first and then trade one of their D-men. I would hate to lose a quality defenseman with the expectation that Amonte would sign and then watch the Rangers up the offer just to screw the Islanders. I have a feeling that the Rangers want to rid themselves of Nedved either way, but if they don’t get Amonte’s services, they want to make sure that the Islanders either pay up, trade away talent or miss getting him altogether.

  22. bure10 says:

    if you are a ranger fan milkster isn’t it like the fourth period is teasing u everyday with amonte singing

  23. isles4life says:

    lol No offense Titan…but you seem to post an awful lot on here.LMAO

  24. NewYorkRangers says:

    Any news on Amonte and Nedved, mikster? Have the Rangers come close to any kind of deal?

  25. IslesFan888 says:

    It was reported in the NY Post that the Islanders have asked Yashin to defer some of his contract to help out to get Amonte, no word on if he agreed. It goes on to say that Bill Guerin of the Stars agreed to defer 4.5 million of his contract but people think the Stars are done since they signed Young. Also it says that Amonte has received calls from numerous Rangers and Islanders, Peca in particular. The Islanders won’t win a bidding war with the Rangers but it’s obvious Amonte has interest in the Isles or he would’ve signed a while ago for more money, I’m sure he wants more than there offerring though. It looks like both teams are making a final push. Anaheim is looking for a Dman now so maybe the Isles could do something there. Maybe a trade with Calgary involving Hamrlik and Morris, Morris makes half of Hamrlik’s $$. That would free up another 1.5 mil, Czerkawski’s 2.5 mil, Yashin some, and so on. What do you think?

  26. wayne2 says:

    Sorry but Yashin is the greediest ***** on the planet,take it from an Ottawa fan.

  27. Aetherial says:

    credibility

  28. nskerr says:

    If Yashin deferred some money, the Islanders scenario would work. I have a feeling Amonte would rather be an Islander than a Ranger based on his comments about the Ranger organization in the past. But I think $$$ is the big issue. If the Isles can get Yashin to defer some of his contract, they will get him. If not, he will be a Ranger.

    Although I didn’t see this report, I like this idea better than trading away a defenseman. I’m not sure if it is worth sending Hamrlik away for a measley 1.5 million in savings unless they got a solid d-man back making no money. And where are you going to get a good defenseman making no money?

  29. DARTHJIM says:

    It seems to me Amonte wants to be an Islander, or all this would be over with him signing with Toronto or the Rangers by now. But obviously he wants to cash in on free-agency also. My gut feeling is the Islanders will pull this off. If it is indeed true that Yashin is being asked to defer money. I think he would. He may be greedy (nod to Senator fans), but deferred doesn’t mean “giving up”. So Yashin wouldn’t lose any money, just get it later (Ms. Alt will have years of shopping in N.Y.) I also think Yashin would love to win a Cup and this move will definitly put them into immediate Cup Contender status.

    But I’m a realist and an American and I know all about the all-mighty dollar’s influence. The F-in Rangers will probably throw buckets of money his way in an attempt to screw the Islanders. That said Amonte isn’t a big fan of the Rangers organization (who is), and I hope he follows his heart more than the green backs…

    Just decide already…

  30. Modano_Fan says:

    How is Yashin greedy? Ottawa was screwing him,so he sat out..period…

    I think there must be more to this Amonte situation than it seems. If it was just a matter of trading someone to get him,then I think we would have seen him signed by now,and THEN someone traded. You don’t let a player like Amonte sit on the side lines while you try to make a trade,you sign him as soon as you can and work things out after that. There must be interest from other teams or else he’d be a Ranger by now. Im not saying he won’t end up a Ranger,and he probably will,but i wouldnt be at all surprised to hear he signed somewhere else. I don’t think its a done deal yet.

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