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A source confirmed to the Daily Herald on Saturday that the Blackhawks and Islanders have been talking multiplayer trade with the centerpiece of the deal being New York center Frans Nielsen.
According to the source, the Hawks are seeking help on defense because they are nervous about going into the playoffs with Johnny Oduya as their fourth defenseman.
Chiarelli told CSNNE.com last weekend that he’s looking for a defenseman as well as a winger to enhance Boston’s roster, and a puck-moving left shot blueliner would be at the top of the list. In a perfect world the defenseman would also serve as the power play quarterback that Tomas Kaberle never was two years ago for Boston on its way to the Stanley Cup.
The perfect name at the top of Boston’s list would be Swiss defenseman Mark Streit, who is entering the final month of his walk year with the New York Islanders as an offensive defenseman. Those within the Isles organization have sent out of the smoke signals that they’re hoping to sign Streit to a contract extension, and they sit only a couple of points out of a playoff spot. Streit has five goals and 16 points along with a minus-14 for the Bruins this season, and six of fellow defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s nine points this season have been on the power play.
Told #Islanders have begun peliminary talks with D-man Lubo Visnovsky
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) March 25, 2013
HTR says that it is likely that if he does not resign that he will be traded in the next week
@KatieStrangESPN #Isles Per rules of the new CBA, DiPietro still carries cap hit of (pro-rated) $3.6mil ($4.5m minus $900k) even if he stays in Bridgeport
Looks like the Islanders have decided to part ways with Rick DiPietro.
Rick DiPietro placed on waivers by New York Islanders http://es.pn/VUdyhX
It appears the Rick DiPietro era is coming to a close on Long Island, as the Islanders put the goalie on waivers.
Just two points out of the playoffs, and with a respectable minus-2 goal differential, the New York Islanders are nevertheless seen as one of the league’s most logical sellers on deadline day. They are a young team, a team with a tight budget, and a team with a bunch of pending unrestricted free agents, so that’s understandable. Two players in particular – defencemen Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky – have been the subject of frequent trade rumours.
What are the Islanders plans for that duo? Newsday’s Arthur Staple provided some illumination on Saturday night.
With Nino Niederreiter still in the minors and not getting an invite to the Islanders’ shortened six-day training camp, his agent has asked the team for a trade, a league source confirmed.
The trade request, first reported by ESPN.com, came early last week in an email, right around the time the Islanders made call-ups from their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport in order to fill out the roster.
Niederreiter’s agent apparently was displeased his client was not part of that group, despite the fact Niederreiter played 55 games with the Islanders last season, and this season is leading the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team’s AHL affiliate, in scoring.
Lubomir Visnovsky‘s agent sent a Tweet late on Tuesday that suggests that the defenceman will soon return to North America to honour his contract with the New York Islanders.
Player agent Neil Sheehy said via Twitter, “Lubomir Visnovsky said he looks forward to reporting to the NYI after tending to “personal reasons” which have kept him from reporting.”
The status of the 36-year-old defenceman has been up in the air since he originally announced last week that he would be staying to play in the KHL in his native Slovakia for the rest of the season.
However, the KHL and NHL have an agreement on honouring contracts that prevents players with existing deals in one league from playing in the other.
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#Isles news: L. Visnovsky has decided to stay in Slovakia for the rest of the season, via his agent. Statement to come.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 7, 2013