Kozlov to the Islanders!

The Islanders will sign center Viktor Kozlov to a one-year deal, The Post has learned, though goalie Rick DiPietro .

In signing Kozlov, the Isles gain some bulk up the middle in the 6-foot-4 Russian pivot. He was also money in shootouts last season with the Devils, converting on eight of 12 chances – second best in the NHL.


14 Responses to Kozlov to the Islanders!

  1. beckfan05 says:

    Maybe they can get Kvasha back and form a line with those two and Yashin and have the laziest Russians in the league on it!

  2. OldGoalie says:

    Only one year? After the DiPietro thing, I would’ve thought they’d want to lock Kozlov up for at least 8-10.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    is it a 15 year deal?

    worst org. ever.

  4. Ortep says:

    I think the plan is to trade Kozlov to Toronto for Antropov mid-season and lock up Nik up at 8yr/$40 million.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Good player.

    Honestly all the madness around the NYI aside, I think they made some really smart moves this summer.

    Sillinger, Simon, and Kozlov will give them pretty good forwards, and Witt helps on the blue line.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and take them as a big underdog to make the playoffs this year. Assuming Yashin, Zhitnik, Satan, and Ricky D play close to what they’re capable of. And, I think Ted Nolan could get more out of those guys then was shown last year.

  6. gg_idiot says:

    Shhh you’ll reveal Wang’s secrets!~

  7. TheStryker says:

    I wouldn’t say good player, I would say extremely talented with the heart and work ethic the size of a flea. If this guy had the heart of a Saku Koivu he would be lights out.

  8. wingerxxx says:

    Kozlov is the Vladimir Malakhov of NHL forwards.

    Just absolutely great talent…but is not, and never has been, the sum of his parts. Great wrister…pretty good passer…very good skater. But he’s not an upper echelon forward, like he should be. At this point, I doubt he ever will be.

    He’ll be better in Long Island, by virtue of simply getting more ice time, and playing in a friendlier system than in New Jersey, which was a completely wrong fit for him.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Isles try playing Kozlov on Yashin’s wing. The one plus, is that, yes, he is solid gold in shootouts, and that’s a pretty underrated part of the game now.

  9. Aetherial says:

    Don’t agree.

  10. tacitus says:

    ya they signed role players. They signed players nobody else wanted. How many times has Sillinger, Simon been traded??

  11. wheresthesoda says:

    yup, seems like teh rangers picking up aging players past prime

  12. mojo19 says:

    Well, I agree that the guys they signed are just role players, but I still think Chris Simon is kind of a steal, he can make a big impact as a tough guy and hes got some skill too.

    And I believe Ted Nolan is a smart coach, now its just a matter of getting Yashin, Kozlov, and Satan to perform.

    I didn’t expect a lot of people to agree with me, but honestly, the east to me, is a very balanced conference, a lot of teams have their strengths and weaknesses and I think just about every team has a shot at making the playoffs with a couple of exceptions.

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