Category Archives: New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are in the midst of a terrible season and are currently dealing with an eight-game losing streak. That is likely making head coach Jack Capuano’s seat quite toasty. According to Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal, if the Isles were to make a move, Peter Laviolette would be a top candidate to replace Capuano.
In the past week or so, Snow has watched Thomas Vanek strike a strong chemistry with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the Isles’ top line, which must have been exactly what he envisioned when he sent Matt Moulson, plus first- and second-round draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27 in exchange for the Austrian sniper. But as the losses mount on Long Island, we can’t help but wonder if watching Vanek and Co. go to work on opposition goalies is only serving to remind Snow what his team’s biggest need is—and was all along—somebody who can stop the puck.
Given his team’s 2-10-2 skid, there’s room to add just about anywhere, but here are a few names that have been mentioned around the league as trade bait and where, based on conversations with several people across the NHL, the Isles might stand in trade talks:
The New York Islanders haven’t lived up to the expectations they made for themselves after pushing the Pittsburgh Penguins to the limit with a seven-game series last spring.
That has GM Garth Snow working the phones.
The Islanders are in trouble on defense — bigger trouble now that Thomas Hickey, one of the few remaining reliable defensemen, is likely out.
The Rangers need to make a change and want Michael Del Zotto to be the one moving out.
Here is a not-so-modest, but sensible, proposal: A real trade between the Isles and Rangers.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow has had his usual trade discussions with his fellow GMs around the league, but there aren’t many reasonable prices for usable defensemen. Having already surrendered next June’s first-round pick (provided it is not a top-10 selection; in that case, the Islanders can defer it to 2015) in the deal that brought in Thomas Vanek, the Islanders don’t have any big chips to offer for a defenseman who might be available.
On Thursday, Anaheim activated Viktor Fasth from his AHL conditioning stint. At the same time, the Ducks assigned Frederik Andersen to Norfolk. During his brief NHL audition, Andersen proved his AHL apprenticeship doesn’t have to be much longer. The 24-year-old went 6-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA and .943 save percentage while sharing the net with Jonas Hiller.
A few teams are watching one of Snow’s guys very closely: defenceman Andrew MacDonald. He’s unrestricted after the season, and a greatly improved player.
Islanders GM Garth Snow pulled the trigger on a huge trade on Sunday, acquiring Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres, but he might not be finished.
The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick.
The market for Danny Briere is starting to take shape.
When the Flyers bought out the remainder of the veteran’s contract, attention immediately turned to where he might be a good fit. He is certainly on the downside of his career after scoring just six goals with 10 assists this season in Philly and will turn 36 about the time that the season begins. Not to mention he feels right at home in Philly and has been open about not wanting to go too far away; he has his kids to think about.
Luckily, Philadephia is pretty centrally located in the Eastern Conference, leaving a few more options. A few teams are already showing signs of interest.
According to Mike Carver of WFAN, the Islanders have initiated trade talks for Sabres netminder Ryan Miller. Last season, Ryan Miller posted a .915 Save Percentage, a 2.81 Goals Against Average while winning 17 games in 34 games played.
Personally, if I were Garth Snow, I would not make this deal. While Ryan Miller is a solid goaltender and an upgrade from current goaltender Nabokov (sorry Nabby, but I do like you better), I don’t think Miller is worth his cap hit of over six million dollars per season. There are plenty of other goaltenders in the NHL of Miller’s caliber that get paid much less (Halak, perhaps).
The Islanders may not be content to sit tight with some combination of Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson in goal next year — and they shouldn’t be. According to Newsday, the Islanders are “in the mix” for Los Angeles Kings goalie Jon Bernier. According to TSN, the Kings have been actively shopping Bernier around the NHL for the past week or so.