Mad Mike at it…again

CuJo for Yashin? Couldn’t be. Or could it? WFAN radio in NY reports that the New York Islanders have reached a deal with the Detroit Red Wings, sending C Alexei Yashin and cash to the Red Wings for G Curtis Joseph. CuJo has 2 years and $8 mil per season remaining on his contract, while Yashin has 8 years and about $9 mil per season left. The cash the Islanders are sending is to make up for the extra $1 mil that the Wings will add to their payroll.

The Islanders, who did not re-sign Garth Snow before the July 1st deadline, will now have a seasoned veteran to ease Rick Dipietro’s passage to the NHL. It also gives them a quality netminder for the next 2 years, without changing their salary structure. They are hoping that the emergence of the Blake-Scatchard-Wiemer line as a quality scoring line, and the return of Peca to full health, will cancel out the loss of Yashin.

The Red Wings, who had an extra goalie with the return of Dominik Hasek, sought to replace Fedorov. They believe that Yashin is a good solution, since he is a slightly overpriced star, just like CuJo. Otherwise, this trade wouldn’t happen.

The FAN says that the deal should be finalized in the next few days.


42 Responses to Mad Mike at it…again

  1. platinumx15 says:

    dont believe it will happen…..yashins contract is too disgusting for any team to take on it…..yes even the rangers…..the red wings do not have a reason to take on a contract that has 8 years left on it…..

  2. bruinfan37 says:

    This is very possible, and I think it is what will end up happening. But, why the hell would Cujo want to go to the Islanders? Every other team that wants him is more of a contender that the Isles.

  3. acebailey says:

    Unless Cujo is a friggin retard he would rather go to the Bruins, than to the Isles without Yashin. This rumor is so gay. You are!

  4. bruinfan37 says:

    Exactly! The 2 pieces of criteria that he gave were a contender, and good schools. Boston is apparently known for their great private schools. The Bruins are more of a contender that the Isles without Yashin! I’m beginning to want to call myself an idiot about saying that I think this will happen. It won’t, it can’t!

    CUJO TO BRUINS!

  5. j2digit says:

    Fact: Cujo would only take trades to Colorado, Vancouver, and St. Louis.

    Since Colorado and Vancouver is a no no, the only logical team he would ok is a trade to St. Louis., where he started out with.

    I would be surprised if he agrees to go the Isles.

  6. MantaRay says:

    If this is true (which I doubt) these two teams are trying to exchange their mistakes. Yashin proved he is NOT an elite player, but his contract is a huge burden. Cujo is not a playoff goalie and his contract is also a burden.

    I think Dipietro is ready and taking Cujo would hamper his progress. Trading a mistake for a mistake is yet another mistake.

  7. nskerr says:

    Being that it is “Mad Mike”, anything is possible especially when it comes to dealing with goaltending. He is a horrible evaluator of goalie talent and this would be up his alley. However the source is highly unreliable. WFAN covers the Rangers and is the same station that said the Isles completed a deal to send Isbister to Buffalo for Satan, which never came to being.

    If Milbury honestly thinks he can get by with Scatchard, Blake and Wiemer as his top line, he really has to be on crack. If this trade goes off, it would signal to me that the Isles ownership has given up on this team and is concerned strictly with breaking even financially and not the teams performance.

  8. PeterPuck says:

    To the contary, Mad Mike is a great judge of goaltending, just look at his past picks, problem is with Mike, he trades away the prospects for nothing,,,

  9. peanut_butter_shelf says:

    Here’s the only logic I see in this with Cujo’s demands and the Isles situation.

    The Isles would do anything to get out of that rediculous contract of Yashin’s and Detroit is desparate to get a good return on a goalie that the entire league knows must be traded.

    My thoughts:

    Isles trade Yashin to Detroit for Cujo. Then turn around and trade Cujo to Colorado for either forwards or forwards and a backup goalie.

    DiPietro has as much chance of taking this team to the cup as Cujo. It wouldn’t make any sense. They need offense without Yashin’s contract. They can swing a deal like this and replace Yashin with an entire line!(Not all from the trade of Cujo however).

  10. kremlin says:

    Deal makes a lot of sense and I even suggested this deal a while ago. Would be great for both teams.

  11. rrudd says:

    as a stars fan, i pray that this would happen (although i highly doubt it).

    that way detroit would be replacing fedorov with an unproductive waste of skin, and once yzerman’s health and age become exposed, detroit will be left without any top 2 centers when the music stops.

  12. B-man says:

    How sweet would it be for the isles to get Cujoke for yashin. Yashin is the teams only true goal scorer, and you would be trading him for a very overrated goalie. Cujo is nothing more than an average goalie.

  13. yoda0037 says:

    What is your source vancouver , Yeah Right why would he want to got there…

  14. Freeze says:

    It appears that the Wings are close to signing Fedorov for $8 million for up to 4 years. Adding a $9 million player like Yashin would blow Detroit’s budget right out of the water. Detroit could be using this as a ploy to lure Fedorov back into the fold.

    I really don’t think this trade will happen. Boston is a far better team than the Islanders and Cujo turned them down already. This trade make no sense at all.

  15. 10TimeChamps says:

    It’s a snowball’s chance in hell that it will happen. I think he has 8 years 75 mill left on his contract. I could be wrong though. But its close to that.

  16. jofa says:

    Who the hell signs players for 10 year contracts anyway??? Oh yeah…

    Blake-Scatchard-Wiemer as a scoring line would likely be the weakest top lines in the entire league. Good defense on the team though, and Cujo would be a step up from Snow.

  17. nskerr says:

    Cujo is extremely overrated. He has blown opportunities now with 2 good teams two years in a row. Not worth the money.

  18. bugreaper says:

    Are you nuts?!? Why would the Wings want to take on 8 more years at 9 mill a year for an over-rated player like Yashin? Makes absolutely no sense, the Wings are not the Leafs, the Wings think things through and make good decisions. Besides, Cujo would never agree to go play for the Islanders and hey, can you blame him?

  19. JohnFlan22 says:

    This won’t happen, not unless it’s a 3-way deal. That would be sweet for the isles. Trade Yashin for Cujo and then trade Cujo for Doug Weight. Isles get a better 1st line center AND rid themselves of 8 years of burden. St. loius gets there goalie and despite what you all say Yashin would rip it up in detroit. Look at what he did in ottawa, he would have even better players to play with in detroit ie Hull, Shanahan, Datsyuk etc. and put up an easy 100 pts plus he would have alot more desire considering he would be much closer to a championship since they have the goalie and dfense to outway his lack of defensive play.

  20. beefer says:

    That 3-way deal is what I would like the Rangers to do. Send Lindros to Detriot for Cujo, then flip him to St. Louis for Weight. I’d love to have Weight back as 1st line center for NYR.

  21. aafiv says:

    Sounds to me like the Wings are using Milbury as leverage to bring Fedorov back to Earth. No way that Detroit has both useless and selfish Russians on the same team. No way, no how.

  22. yoda0037 says:

    how do we know if cujo turned it down???his agent to the boston herald nothing has came up in reguard to cujo coming to boston

  23. bruinfan37 says:

    HE has blown it with TWO teams?????? It was not his fault that they lost to Anaheim. Not even close, so get your head outta your ass. He basically carried Toronto on many separate occasions

  24. KCMDux88 says:

    This doesn’t make any sense to me. Where did the Islanders come from? And why would the Islanders trade away their best goal scorer? Do they honestly think they have a shot at the cup? I don’t see the Islanders being any good for a few years at least. No, this doesn’t make any sense at all. Neither does a 10 year contract, unless its for Joe Thornton. O’Connell hint hint…..

  25. bruinfan37 says:

    The very reliable FAN 590 said this. This is a Toronto station, and if your not a Leaf fan, then you know that this station is not credible! They bring up countless stupid leaf rumours, and tons of things they bring up, are NOT true.

  26. aaron says:

    No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

    NNNNNOOOOO!!!!

    This is NOT going to happen. Holland is not a freakin’ idiot. There’s no doubt that with Detroit’s supporting cast, Yashin could put up 100 points, but that’s meaningless. The Wings do not need to be dishing out 9 million dollars a year for him until the year 2010.

    Not going to happen. No freakin’ way.

  27. Bluenose_II says:

    You have got to be kidding!

    Who in their right mind would take on this contract. Let me see how many players put up the same numbers as Yash and don’t see near that amount of $ or commitment….ghee A LOT.

    The Islanders would do well to trade Mad Cow Mike and Yashin for a bag of pucks… or better yet…sell them on EBAY.

    How could the FAN know this information? It would not get leaked at this point in the year. This will NOT HAPPEN.

    At Peca’s age…trading him would not be a bad idea either. Trade THEM ALL!!!! Get a bunch of 20 year olds and start again. Bring back Tonelli to coach and Arbor as GM.

    Just looking at what Mil is doing from my perspective seems to indicate he is making some bad choices. WHy DO THEY KEEP HIM?????

  28. aaron says:

    And why are you telling me this? I agree 100%. Well, except about Peca, I dunno why ppl keep dissing on him.

  29. NYIsles724 says:

    FIRST OF ALL I CALLED WFAN AND THEY SAID THAT’S COMPLETELY NOT TRUE!!!

    Second- Steve Stirling the Islanders new coach was on WFAN the other day and I heard the interview. All he was talking about was how Alexei Yashin is really working hard in the offseason to come back with a good season and how he’s excited under the new coach and blah blah.

    And Third- Why would the Islanders trade Osgood at the end of lastyear and then try to get Cujo now. That makes no sense for either the Islanders or Red Wings. The Wings don’t want the money of Alexei and the Islanders have DiPietro. Somebody else also commented about it turning into a 3 way trade with Cujo going to the Avs. That’s bull too because why would the Red Wings trade Cujo to the Islanders for the Islanders to turn around and trade him to the Avalanche. The Red Wings would never let that happen, they wouldn’t let the Avalanche get even more powerful without tryin to prevent it first. SOOO WAY TO MAKE UP RUMORS…718-937-6666…anybody wants to ask WFAN go ahead they’ll tell you it’s not true also

  30. Leaf_Expert says:

    Yea, I checked the WFAN aswell and I didn’t find this rumor anywhere.

    Looks like somebody was just looking to get known…

  31. NYIsles724 says:

    Plus WFAN doesn’t report rumors. They’re really not aloud to. They can really only report on facts and news that are true. When I read that article posted as “mad mike at it…again.” What that person said was made up. I have no doubts in my mind. The Islanders even said they’re excited to see DiPietro get his chance this year. They have to get a back-up goaltender for him but not Cujo. Plus Islander fans hate that guy! I would know being a season ticket holder for them, trust me! I want to know what’s going on with signing back Garth Snow. I had also heard the Islanders wanted to try to get another decent defensmen to give some back-up if they trade Hamrlik. I haven’t heard much more of that Hamrlik to Tampa deal, i’m kind of guessing that rumor is dead. We’ll see though I just hate when somebody makes up something and posts it. Post something that has a media link to back it up

  32. LetsGoPanthers says:

    HOW WOULD AN 8 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR A 9 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT BLOW DETROIT’S BUDGET OUT OF THE WATER?

  33. j2digit says:

    one of his criteria to accept to waive his no trade clause was: to go to a team that has a chance on winning the cup. Vancouver is maybe a couple of players away from getting to the Stanley cup, and remember that they are fast running out of patience for Dan Cloutier, look at what they did, they signed him for only one year. Last chance maybe to redeem his self.

    But he’s not going there directly if ever from Detroit., Ken is much to smart to let him end up there to haunt him later on. But he could still end up there after Detroit trades him. (I mean after you trade the guy, you no longer have control of the team you traded the guy too right.)

  34. kidhenry1 says:

    Riddle me this:

    Why would the islanders fire a winning coach, and promote one of the most succesful coaches in the AHL if they weren’t going to give DiPietro the job? Stirling coached him for two years, and made him a viable NHL goalie in his system.

    Next, why would the wings pick up 8 years of Alexei Yashin when they have the CBA to worry about?

    Finally, the isles are where Yashin wants to be! He would bitch and moan ’till the cows come home if he got traded (remember Ottowa–he’s good at that!)

    Yashin became better and better as Peca got better and better–he’s healthy, Milbury loves him–this deal doesn’t make any sense for either team

  35. NHLman says:

    I’m pretty sure that Yashin would not be traded. Yashin is their franchise player (with his contract he better be). If the Islanders did trade Yashin it would prove, in my mind, that the Islanders ownership is not committed to this team.

    The Islanders would probably be better off without Yashin (provided they acquire an adequate replacement). What a huge idiotic contract he is under, from his and the ownerships perspective. Yashin basically signed his life away and the Islanders allowed him to sign a contract that threatens the prgress of the team. His salary hampers the Islanders from making improvements through free agent signings. Yashin is a big investment that has not matured, and since the Islanders have showed that the team is ran as a business investment it would only make sense that they cut their loses now. Meaning the trade is plausible.

  36. NHLman says:

    I’m pretty sure that Yashin would not be traded. Yashin is their franchise player (with his contract he better be). If the Islanders did trade Yashin it would prove, in my mind, that the Islanders ownership is not committed to this team.

    The Islanders would probably be better off without Yashin (provided they acquire an adequate replacement). What a huge idiotic contract he is under, from his and the ownerships perspective. Yashin basically signed his life away and the Islanders allowed him to sign a contract that threatens the prgress of the team. His salary hampers the Islanders from making improvements through free agent signings. Yashin is a big investment that has not matured, and since the Islanders have showed that the team is ran as a business investment it would only make sense that they cut their loses now. Meaning the trade is plausible.

  37. NYIsles724 says:

    I’m really glad that KingHenry and myself are the only 2 that might just have some knowledge of the Islanders. Knowing damn well that there is absolutley no way in hell that Yashin is going to the Red Wings or anything team for that matter. That was a RUMOR MADE UP BY SOMEONE ON THE WEBSITE!

  38. Gretzky92163 says:

    Eventhough I’m a Ranger fan, I know the Islanders pretty well. I know that Mike Milbury would never pull that trade off, and would never think of it. He’s too busy penny-pinching. They won’t sign Slava Kozlov or Ray Whitney to compliment Yashin on the wings… for about $3-$4 mill… what makes you think that they’ll get Cujo who has 2 years left on his contract at $8 mill a piece? Detroit’s not going to eat most of his contract either in that trade, they can call the shots because the Islanders need Cujo more than Detroit needs to get rid of him.

  39. Gretzky92163 says:

    Eventhough I’m a Ranger fan, I know the Islanders pretty well. I know that Mike Milbury would never pull that trade off, and would never think of it. He’s too busy penny-pinching. They won’t sign Slava Kozlov or Ray Whitney to compliment Yashin on the wings… for about $3-$4 mill… what makes you think that they’ll get Cujo who has 2 years left on his contract at $8 mill a piece? Detroit’s not going to eat most of his contract either in that trade, they can call the shots because the Islanders need Cujo more than Detroit needs to get rid of him.

  40. DIDDLEY says:

    I’M JUST WONDERING WHAT MAKES COLORADO AND VANCOUVER A NO NO BUT ST.LOUIS OK. I KNOW YOUR NOT GOING TO TRY TO TELL ME THAT VANCOUVER IS A BETTER TEAM THAN ST.LOUIS JUST BECAUSE OF LAST YEAR. IF SO THAN WAKE UP .YEH THEY BEAT THE BLUES BUT THERE GOON MAY KNOCKED OUT TKACHUCK THREE WEEKS OR SO BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS WITH A LATE HIT AND HE WAS STILL STUGGLING TO GET HIS TIMMING BACK AND PRONGER MISSED THE ENTIRE REGULAR SEASON AND MCINNIS MISSED GAMES THREE , FOUR , AND FIVE . I’M NOT SAYING THATS WHY THE BLUES LOST BECAUSE THEY STILL SHOULD HAVE WON, BUT THATS A LOT OF TALENT TO BE MISSING.BUT ANYWAY I WOULD APPRECIATE AN EXPLANATION IF YOU DON’T MIND.

  41. DIDDLEY says:

    I’M JUST WONDERING WHAT MAKES COLORADO AND VANCOUVER A NO NO BUT ST.LOUIS OK. I KNOW YOUR NOT GOING TO TRY TO TELL ME THAT VANCOUVER IS A BETTER TEAM THAN ST.LOUIS JUST BECAUSE OF LAST YEAR. IF SO THAN WAKE UP YEH THEY BEAT THE BLUES BUT THERE GOON MAY KNOCKED OUT TKACHUCK THREE WEEKS OR SO BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS WITH A LATE HIT AND HE WAS STILL STUGGLING TO GET HIS TIMMING BACK AND PRONGER MISSED THE ENTIRE .REGULAR SEASON AND MCINNIS MISSED GAMES THREE , FOUR , AND FIVE . I’M NOT SAYING THATS WHY THE BLUES LOST BECAUSE THEY STILL SHOULD HAVE WON, BUT THATS A LOT OF TALENT TO BE MISSING.BUT ANYWAY I WOULD APPRECIATE AN EXPLANATION IF YOU DON’T MIND. THIS POST WAS SUPPOSE TO BE RESPONING TO J2DIGIT NOT TO THE ORIGINAL MAD MIKE POST.

  42. j2digit says:

    if you’ve payed any attention to the rivalry that has been brewing between detroit and the avs then you know know why this is so. Look, detroit is very limited to the teams they can trade cujo to (no trade clause) the fact that he can invoke his no trade clause very much limits detroit to which team they can trade him to. Its been reported already that if he has to make a choice, it’ll be with St. Louis since he’s played there before.

    Anyway, I myself would like colorado to get him so that when playoff time comes, …..NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!

    same with the blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t want to hear the same excuses you’re giving right now…..

    Look injuries, un lucky breaks are all part of playoff hockey. winners don’t make excuses,………..whinners do.

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