Niederreiter requests trade from Islanders: source
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.
“Any conversations I have with players, that remains between us,” Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow said last night.
Snow said there was no intention of trying to trade left winger Niederreiter, 20, who has 19 goals and 36 points in 39 games, making the AHL All-Star team. Last season’s decision to have him play in the NHL — where he often got lost on a fourth line and registered just one goal and no assists — was more a byproduct of his youth.