Milbury shoots down trade rumors

On the Islanders web site, Mike Milbury commented on the state of the Islanders as well as the “ludicrous” trade tumors as he calls them. Here are his comments.
“Lots of trade tumors lately. No, that is not a typographical error. That is what trade rumors are: cancerous lesions that can kill a team spirit if a coach and manager are not careful. Some of the stuff floating around out there is so ludicrous that it shouldn’t be taken seriously but unfortunately some unprofessional reporters can’t help themselves. While I shrug off most of the mularkey, I must tell you that I was annoyed at the report that we told Brad Isbister that he was traded to Boston but then the Bruins backed off. COME ON!!! For future reference, the NHL has in place a procedure. When two clubs have agreed to a deal, then they contact a league official who will conduct a conference with the two general managers involved. All three involved usually have lawyers at their sides and always have the contracts of the players who are being exchanged. Every clause in the contracts is discussed. All financial obligations are put on the table. Any injuries are discussed and if either club insists, a physical can be required to complete the deal. Once that conference call is completed, each manager will inform his player of the trade. It is this procedure that insures against all manner of problems that clubs had years ago. And it prevents any player from being prematurely informed of a trade.

We’re always looking to make the team better but, to be honest, I am not close to doing anything on a major scale. So, if any players are out there reading this, take a breath. And what’s the sense of stressing anyway. The only thing a player can control is his performance.”

With the Islanders hanging around the 7-8th spot in the conference, I have to believe Milbury that he is not looking to make a deal. However unlike last year, I ahve a feeling that the days leading up to the deadline this year will be active. I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in DiPietro and possibly Osgood, and the Islanders might use one of them or Isbister as bait to fill their holes going into the final stretch.

17 Responses to Milbury shoots down trade rumors

  1. wingerxx says:

    Good for Milbury…I never did think the Isbister/McLaren stuff made much sense. Or that 3-way trade nonsense. He did a good thing here, and maybe it will put his boys at ease about all this trade garbage flying around his locker room.

  2. NYIchooch75 says:

    I still have to believe that Milbury will pull the trigger on a deal for a scoring winger to be on Yashin’s line. It will be interesting to see who is available at the deadline. We all know that Kovalev is a possibility, but I don’t know for what. Maybe Isbister or Torres and Martinek. I don’t think DiPietro is going anywhere, and neither is Osgood. That decision will be done in the offseason. Satan, Robitaille, Bonk and Arvedsson are potentially trade bait. Who knows? This will probably be one of the busiest deadlines in a long time, especially in the East where so many teams are jam packed for the last 4 spots.

  3. CaptainModano says:

    I’ve heard a lot about Isbister and Hamrlik rumors, but I think the Isles should consider hanging onto those players. Yashin needs some support, and he’s got some talent in those two. Of course, Milbury could also ship them over to Dallas for a good package…..what that package would be, I don’t know, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Hamrlik and Zubov working the point on a power play. Or Isbister being added to a now-lethal Stars checking roster.

    Maybe the Isles could use Hatcher, because he seems to be making himself look very good to other teams, as he’s still considered on the blocks.

  4. caskade says:

    good for milbury – a GM not afraid to speak out to either shake up or settle down his boys.

    notice how whenever you see a rumor about a trade with the isles its from some other teams fan wondering how well that islander will play on his team? hamrlik, recently named three time all star, core of the isles defense, will be traded to dallas take the team into the final stretch. yeah thats gonna happen.

    i think gretzky would play great on yashin’s line in an islander uniform….. rumor has it he is coming out of retirement to do so.

    oops… wait… now i sound like an official canadian media source.

  5. edmontonrules says:

    Are you bashing Canadians? Cuz it really sounds like it.

  6. dereksanderson says:

    Hey buddy its our game we are allowed to shoot off our mouths a little bit.

  7. dereksanderson says:

    If I were an Islanders fan I would most definatley not want to part with Roman Hamerlik. Hamerlik is doing everything he should be doing and Tampa Bay is just trying to sneak in and screw over the Isles. I think the Isbister for Mclaren trade would be pretty good for the Isles because then they would have the best defence in the east hands-down!!!! The Isles would have 4 top notch d-men and they could give Torres a much deserved spot on the roster.

    I think the Mclaren/Isbister deal was going to go down but then the B’s suddenly realized they are in need of a goalie so they heald back(for goodness knows how long). I wouldn’t beleive everything Milbury says because Managers tend to cloak what they are doing until it is done.

  8. Sensfan says:

    Of coarse Milbury will shoot down trade rumours, the rumours are all better than he is asking for and all the other GM’s think that they can make him bend over a little more when they *&%#b him.

  9. mikster says:

    Well, he obviously wouldn’t say the rumors are true.

  10. mikster says:

    At least they have a clue of what hockey actually is.

  11. isles4life says:

    Blah blah blah blah blah.Who are you to talk when you dont even live in canada.For a moderator you sure are pretty good hypocrite

  12. isles4life says:

    Why dont you read what it says its pretty simple to understand.It doesnt not bash canadiens just the canadian media

    oops… wait… now i sound like an official canadian media source

    official canadian media source

  13. isles4life says:

    Inteligent post…try not to kill to many more brain cells guy.

  14. AvangardChistov says:

    i agree, and although he has potential, Weinhandl [sp.?] is not exactly the optimal winger for a centre of Yashin’s calibre.

    #79 needs to be flanked by a 30-40 goal sniper or else he’s a waste of money.

  15. AvangardChistov says:

    why would the Stars, arguably the best team in the NHL, trade off Sergei Zubov (who is having a career year?)

    or Hatcher, for that matter, who will be the Norris trophy winner this year.

    what could NYI possibly offer in return that would make Stars’ management pull the trigger on either of those deals?

  16. AvangardChistov says:




    Tverdovsky-Daneyko [sp.?]

    admittedly, any backline w/ Aucoin, Jonsson, Hamrlik is rock solid, but adding a holdout/headcase (McClaren) would hardly make them the ‘best defensive core’, IMO.

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