Tag:New York Islanders
Posted on: March 1, 2010 4:19 pm

2010 free agent lists (updated)

For those who missed our post in January, we've compiled a list of players due to become free agents this summer. We've updated these to reflect recent signings and trades that have already taken place.

Most trade rumors that have already surfaced (and will probably pop up in the next couple days) involve these players. Teams preparing for a cup run often look to add players whose contract are about to expire (i.e. Jordan Leopold) since they can be had for draft picks or little else in return.

Unrestricted Free Agents
Restricted Free Agents
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:03 pm

Odds & Ends: Feb. 25

With the Olympic break close to an end and NHL teams back on the ice, chatter is picking up once again...

  • Speaking of Hamhuis, the Predators defenseman is not close to re-signing with Nashville, making him trade bait. GM David Poile says if they do move Hamhuis, they'll need to add an experienced defenseman to the roster. That would possibly require a second deal. One possibility would be to move Dan Ellis, an unrestricted free agent at season's end. It is believed the Predators will not re-sign Ellis now that Pekka Rinne is under contract for the next two seasons. [Source: The Tennessean]
  • Jaromir Jagr has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the NHL. The 38-year-old will not be available until next season, though. Jagr's contract with Omsk of the KHL expires this summer. [Source: Washington Post]
  • One player not expected to return to the NHL, period, is Peter Forsberg. He is expected to finish this season with MoDo of the Swedish Elitserien and will probably retire. [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer]
Posted on: February 3, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 6:35 pm

Waddell to Kovalchuk: Pack your bags

Ilya Kovalchuk's days in Atlanta are done.

Thrashers GM Don Waddell met with Kovalchuk Wednesday and informed him to expect a trade within the next few hours or days, TSN reports.

"It certainly appears to be the direction the club is moving in," Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Ilya's disappointed. But we appreciate the fact they've been honest about what their plans are."

TSN's Bob McKenzie says about six teams are in the mix for Kovalchuk and that a deal may take a couple days to sort itself out.

Waddell has been busy scouting players in recent days, the Canadian Press and Journal-Constitution report.

The Canadian Press said Waddell scouted the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday during their trip to New Jersey, and took in an New York Islanders-Philadelphia Flyers game last week in Philadelphia. The Journal-Constitution confirms the latter.

The Kings are frequently linked to Kovalchuk talks due to their wealth of cap space and young prospects. The Islanders are in a similar situation, but GM Garth Snow has said he does not want to break up his team's core

Sources within the Flyers organization told Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia they are "all but out" of the bidding for Kovalchuk. A previous report in the Camden Courier Post suggested a deal would have to involve Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux and/or James vanRimesdyk.

According to Canadian network RDS, Waddell says the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers are among the teams after Kovalchuk.

Blogger and former Islanders VP of Communications Chris Botta says the Bruins have made a legitimage pitch to Atlanta. Sun Media's Bruce Garrioch also notes Boston GM Peter Chiarelli stepped up his efforts to land Kovalchuk. Boston Globe beat writer Kevin Paul Dupont, however, reports the Bruins are not considered one of the serious bidders.

The Chicago Blackhawks have also been mentioned as possible suitors for the five-time 40-goal scorer. Former Thrashers beat writer Craig Custance reports this is not the case. TSN's McKenzie says the Calgary Flames, also mentioned as an interested party, are out of the mix, too.

The teams that try to acquire Kovalchuk will have to do it somewhat blindly in regards to a contract extension. Waddell will not allow other teams to negotiate a new deal for the forward prior to any trade.

Another report in the Journal-Contitution, citing local sports radio host John Kincade, says Atlanta offered their captain a long-term deal that would have paid $10 million a season. The paper notes it would have been the largest contract ever offered to an unrestricted free agent.

Journal-Constitution sports columnist Jeff Schultz, also a former Thrashers beat writer, reports Kovalchuk wanted the maximum salary allowed under the collective bargaining agreement -- 20 percent of Atlanta's payroll or $11.3 million. The captain also sought a deal in the 10-to-12 year range. Atlanta's last offer was $101 million for 12 years, which breaks down to a little more than $8.4 million a season.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 3:40 pm

Odds & Ends: Jan. 26

With the trade deadline five weeks away, the rumor mill is starting to churn. Time for some six degrees of separation to make sense of the news and hearsay coming out of the NHL...
  • GMs looking to swing a deal with the Boston Bruins can forget asking about the pick they acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade. GM Peter Chiarelli is keen on the idea of landing a top prospect. The Maple Leafs currently have the third-worst record in the NHL, and lottery rules state they can draft no worse than fourth overall. [Source: Boston Globe]
  • Speaking of Kovalchuk... should Atlanta decide to trade him, the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are the most likely suitors. The Thrashers are expected to demand a No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, established NHLers and prospects in return for Kovalchuk. [Sources: Boston Globe, Ottawa Sun
  • With Jonas Gustavsson slated to start most of Toronto's remaining games, the Maple Leafs may look to part with Vesa Toskala. One possible destination for the netminder is Calgary, where he'd be reunited with Flames GM Darryl Sutter, who coached the Finn in San Jose. [Source: Toronto Sun]
  • Speaking of Gustavsson... if the rookie can't handle the workload in the upcoming weeks, Toronto may look elsewhere for a steady netminder. That could end up being Florida's Tomas Vokoun. Should the Panthers falter before the trade deadline, GM Randy Sexton would look to unload Vokoun and his $5.7 million cap hit. The goaltender, who has one year left on his contract, registered shutouts in three of his last eight games and is 5-1-2 in that span. Other goalies who could land on the radar of Leafs GM Brian Burke include: Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere, San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov, Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Dan Ellis, Dallas' Marty Turco, St. Louis' Chris Mason and the New York Islanders' Martin Biron. [Source: Globe & Mail]
  • After stating they would "never" trade Scott Niedermayer, the Ducks may be looking into the possibility of trading the veteran defenseman. New Jersey is the most likely suitor for Niedermayer, who won three Stanley Cups with the Devils. Such a deal would also reunite him with his brother, Rob. New Jersey may also be interested in Ducks center Saku Koivu. [Source: New York Post]
  • Teams have been scouting Florida heavily in recent weeks as they believe the Panthers may be willing to make deals in coming weeks. Whether they are buyers or sellers depend on their success during the run up to the Olympic break. If Florida is in the playoff mix or a couple points out, expect them to look to improve their offense.  [Source: Miami Herald]
Posted on: January 20, 2010 4:15 pm

2010 free agent lists

The NHL trade deadline is March 3 and due to the upcoming Olympic break, the league is imposing a two-week trade moratorium. That leaves a little more than three weeks for general managers to make a move.

Most of the rumors that surface this time of year involve players slated to become unrestricted free agents. Teams gearing up for the playoffs tend to target UFA's at the deadline because they bring experience, can be had for little more than journeymen, prospects or draft picks and don't carry the burden of a long-term deal.

We've done some preemptive heavy lifting by compiling a list of players whose contracts expire at season's end. Chances are, you'll see these names mentioned in the rumor mill over the next few weeks. If you don't, you'll at least have an idea of who could be on the trading block.

Unrestricted Free Agents
Restricted Free Agents

Posted on: January 19, 2010 2:56 pm

Hawks seeking depth in net

Can Cristobal Huet carry the Chicago Blackhawks through the playoffs? The Hawks don't appear convinced.

Despite the fact Huet ranks among the top 10 in goals-against average and wins, Chicago GM Stan Bowman is searching the market for a netminder, says Sun Media.

The New York Islanders could be a solid trading partner for the Blackhawks, who are also looking to dump salary to fit under next season's cap. If New York feels comfortable moving forward with Rick DiPietro, who recently returned to the lineup, the Isles could part with Martin Biron or Dwayne Roloson. In return, they could end up with Kris VersteegCam Barker or Patrick Sharp, who are frequently mentioned as trade bait.

Other goaltenders who could be available before the trade deadline include Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Montreal's Jaroslav Halak.
Posted on: January 15, 2010 5:52 pm

Kovalchuk not in Isles plans

A report in Thursday's New York Post suggested the New York Islanders were planning to pursue Ilya Kovalchuk should the Atlanta Thrashers place him on the block before the March 3 trade deadline

Isles GM Garth Snow denied the rumor, however, telling the Post and Newsday he does not want to deviate from the team's plan to build through the draft and "breaking up our young core."

The Post speculates the addition of Kovalchuk could improve the value of the Islanders, who are lobbying for a new arena on Long Island. It was believed John Tavares and Kyle Okposo would have been off limits, but the Thrashers would have had their pick of top prospects, including defensemen Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Jyri Niemi and forwards Kirill Petrov and Jesse Joensuu.

Kovalchuk, an unrestricted free agent this summer, is seeking a 12-year deal worth $120 million.

Those demands could scare off owner Charles Wang, whose franchise has not fared well when signing Stars to big contracts. Former Islander Alexei Yashin inked a 10-year, $87 million deal in 2001, but ended up being bought out of the last half of the contract after underachieving. In 2006, New York signed franchise goalie Rick DiPietro to a 15-year, $67.5 million deal. Hobbled by hip injuries, DiPietro has appeared in just six games over the past two seasons.
Posted on: November 3, 2009 11:51 am

Odds & Ends: Nov. 3

  • Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wants Dany Heatley to repay the $4 million bonus he received this summer before being traded to the San Jose Sharks. Melnyk contends Heatley's decision to nix a trade to Edmonton hurt Ottawa's ability to sell tickets during the offseason. [Source: Ottawa Sun]
  • The New York Rangers are looking to move winger Chris Higgins, who has been less than impressive on Broadway with just two assists in 13 games. [Source: Toronto Sun]
  • Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray are working the phones, each seeking a scoring forward. [Source: Toronto Sun]
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