Isles on a signing spree
Over the past week the Islanders have re-signed five of their key playersFirst up was Dave Scatchard. The gritty center who posted career numbers in 2002-2003 fell of last year following an early season shoulder injury. He never looked like the man that scored 27 goals the year before. However with him being re-signed only Mark Parrish, Jason Blake, Adrian Aucoin and Janne Niinimaa were going to arbitration
Next was another arbitration person, my favorite player, Mark Parrish. Parrish accepted his qualifing offer of 2.35 million. Scoring 24 goals in only 53 games after missing a chunk of time with a sprained ankle. Parrish is one of the best at picking up loose garbage in front of the net and re-directing shots in the league
3rd was where he finished in the Calder trophy rankings, Trent Hunter. The rookie led the Islanders in points with 51 and goals with 24. He accepted only his qualifing offer of a little over $800,000. Hunter finsihed behind winner Andrew Raycroft of the Bruins and Michael Ryder of the Habs in the calder voting for top rookie
After Hunter came Mattias Weinhandl, the young sweedish sniper considered an up-and comming star with an uncanny vision despite being partailly blind the same way Bryan Berard is. He picked up alot of playing time late in the season scoring clutch goals
Fianlly came the speady enigizer Jason Blake. A seemingly career 4th liner until his break out season of 25 goals 2 years ago led to his 22 this year and being a main catalyst the offence. Blake signed a 3 year deal to keep him as an Islander after the lockout if there is one
RUMOR: The Islanders might walk away from Janne Niinimaa’s arbitration decision if Adrian Aucoin’s is too steep.