Several good goalies were traded over the last few weeks for not much in return. The Islanders had a great opportunity to "audition" at least one of them this season with a move over the past few weeks, but chose not to do so. A mistake in my mind.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Per Katie Strang, "GM Garth Snow said he felt this trade deadline was "very quiet." Snow continued, "There wasn't the same action you usually see at the trade deadline."
Katie Strang adds, "Only fair to point out the list of names moved in past week: Callahan, St. Louis, Luongo, Gaborik, Moulson, Miller, Halak, etc." In addition, "Snow said MTL deal was their best offer "by far" and that Is, les felt "very fortunate" to have made that trade."
Snow had showed a decent eye using the waiver wire or grabbing dark horse prospects to fill holes in the organization. While this is a good thing to pull off once in a while, a GM should never use it as a go to method to bring new blood into a team he sees as on the rise. Successful organizations develop talent and then add quality veteran pieces to rise in prominence. To initiate a "Shift in Power," as it were.
On February 6th, Garth Snow got only a 4th round pick for 2 of his three free agent signings (Bouchard & Regin) when he dealt them to the Chicago Blackhawks. While I guess its better to get back an asset for two players who failed to live up to their perceived "potential," the main issue I had was the lack of success the team had in free agency. They even seemed forced to made an immediate Nabokov resigning because all other quality goaltenders were taken off the market before their eyes. These were the Islanders big July 1st Free Agent acquisitions. While I think Bouchard was a bust, Regin had his place as a defensive forward and PK specialist, but again, didn't pan out. So over all, I think this move made the best of a bad situation. Better quality signings must be made on July 1st if an Islanders team intends to move forward and be taken seriously.
The 1st Isles deadline type trade that went down happened on Tuesday. Andrew MacDonald has been sent to the Philadelphia Flyers for 2014 3rd-round pick, 2015 2nd-round pick & C, Matt Mangene.
A '14 3rd round pick and '15 2nd round pick are a decent return for MacDonald who was a career Isles product from the start. Known for his shot blocking and strong defensive play, MacDonald's play took a hit this year after the team had him as a top pairing defensemen and a regular on special teams. He seemed to miss assignments and make mistakes regularly this season, attracting the ire of Isles country. Early in February, Andrew MacDonald turned down a 4-year, $16 million deal from the Islanders. After that, it was clear that MacDonald needed to be traded or be lost in free agency. Matt Mangene can be given some time in Stockton or on Bridgeport to see what he can contribute if given the opportunity. I am ok with this deal.
Fast forwarding to today, while I was surprised the way deadline day went by, I saw a few good trades, a few sad trades and some others that didn't really stand out to me. I did notice how prices were lower and it seemed to be a buyers deadline. It seemed very few 2nd or 3rd rd picks were traded away, and some key players looked difficult to move.
I was psyched when the Isles got Thomas Vanek, even though the cost was high. Other were angry Moulson was let go with a '14 or '15 1st rd pick (Isles choice) and a '15 2nd rd pick, some just didn't like the move because of the cost for a rental, even if he was an elite forward in the NHL. I understand that Mgmt. has better success signing a player after they have been assimilated into the organization, so it was a gamble they would take. Vanek's eventual success with JT on the top line was great to see and he seemed to be embracing his time here. But soon enough, he leaked to the press that he still had a desire to test being a UFA. This took a lot of bargaining power from Snow and the Islanders organization in any possible trade scenarios. It was a move made with good intentions, but ultimately, mishandled by Snow.
I wrote the following blurb February 4th on Vanek's rejection of the Isles contract offer:
Per KoC, "Thomas Vanek recently turned down a contract offer from the Islanders. Apparently the offer was similar to the one Vanek turned down from Buffalo in the neighborhood of 7 yrs, $50 M. It is also rumored that the Isles weren't done in negotiations and could have offered more in term and length if he was interested, but Vanek wants to test his UFA status and some say, sign with Minnesota."
It was obvious, Vanek needed to be moved to try and recoup the 1st and 2nd round picks given up with Matt Moulson to acquire Vanek from Buffalo.
The second Isles trade came to light today, after late trades trickled in after the 3PM deadline. Thomas Vanek (and a 5th round Isles pick if MTL makes the playoffs) has been sent to the Montreal Canadiens for Sebastian Collberg and a 2014 2nd round selection (if MTL makes the playoffs). So, if MTL misses the playoffs, the Islanders got Collberg for Vanek. No, seriously. I realize the climate was barren today, but I cant help but feel what the rest of Isles country is feeling on this trade. Angry and embarrassed. Even with all the factors in play, to get so little for Vanek was puzzling indeed. As one of the premier forwards available, Snow wasn't even able to deal or package Vanek to get more than Buffalo got for fan favorite, Matt Moulson (packaged w/ Cody McCormick, Buffalo got a '14 & '16 2nd rd pick and F, Torrey Mitchell.) Moulson, the very player the Isles traded to get Vanek garnered more for the Sabers, and increased their assets after everything was said and done. Bad trade for the Organization.
Per Arthur Staple," Couple quotes from Thomas Vanek just before he departed: "That line, with Okie and Johnny, it was the best line I ever played on."
Per Bryan Curran, "By the transitive property, Moulson a 1st and 2nd for a 2nd and a prospect. Enron was run better than this team."
Sebastian Collberg is a minor league prospect included in the deal. The following was tweeted by my colleagues on Collberg:
Per Arthur Staple, “Collberg, 20, was Habs 2nd round pick in 2012. Plays for Frolunda in Swedish League.”
B.D. Gallof adds, “Collberg was someone they chased during the draft and missed when MTL took him. They in turn took Ville Pokka."
“Collberg was considered by many a 1st rd value who went in the early 2nd rd. something to consider when done with hissy fits.”
“final scouting reports on Isles Collberg rated: THN & McKeens: 14, Red Line Report: 22, central #3 European, ISS: 11, TSN: 28, overall.”
Per Eric Hornick, "Pierre McGuire referred to Sebastian Colberg as a "B-level" prospect. Hopefully the B Becomes an A."
Hopefully, Collberg with be the silver lining in a trade we all want to forget, but will never be able to erase from our minds. We will file it away with all the other embarrassments and punch lines Isles fans are subjected to, year in and year out for doing nothing but being faithful fans. Fans to the ruin of a once great franchise that has so many things going for it, but seems to falter and fail every time it is called upon to defend its honor.
Per Matt Saidman, " fans, I hope you stick by your boys on the ice. They play their asses off for you every game and deserve support. Don't abandon them."
I beLIeve in the crest and support the players who wear my colors.
Travis Mills in the ceremonial face off for the Islanders on 1/27.
Eric Boulton suffered a broken hand in last nights game. Mike Halmo & Matt Donovan have been recalled from the BST.
Per The Goalie Guild, "As if Snow wasn't under enough pressure, his goaltending situation is pretty murky. Nabokov (37) an UFA, Nilsson and Poulin are RFA's."
"Should point out that Nilsson went 7-1-0 with a 2.38 GAA and .918 SV% in February for Bridgeport. Before that, he was 2-7-1 in previous 10."
Per Darryl Hunt, "BTW, not to get lost in the NHL trade deadline, but NHL players not on AHL rosters at 3pm EST are ineligible for the AHL for rest of season.
TSN's trade list.
Per HockeyRumors&Trades, Pending UFA's.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Your New York Islanders are in Winnipeg to face the improving Jets. Winnipeg is 7-2-1 in their last 10 and just 2 pts out of a playoff spot behind new coach, Paul Maurice. The Isles are coming off back to back games in which they had breakdowns that resulted in the loss. Staple, "Okposo, Visnovsky, Hamonic wearing 'A's." Matt Martin returns from injury tonight for the Isles while Martinek and Vanek (due to trade deadline tomorrow) are healthy scratches.
Andrew MacDonald was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers for 2014 3rd-round pick, 2015 2nd-round pick & C, Matt Mangene.
Eric Hornick points out a vital stat that can not be ignored. "Isles are 6-0-2 in last 8 games Jiggs has done (back to last season)."
Forwards: Grabner-Nielsen-Okposo; Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck; Lee-Strome-McDonald; Martin-Cizikas-Boulton.
D-Pairings: de Haan-Hamonic; Strait-Carkner; Hickey-Visnovsky.
Anders Nilsson is in the net with Evgeni Nabokov on the bench.
Nilsson with a few good saves early in the period, efforts at rebound control seems to be improving. Winnipeg opens the scoring midway in the period for a 1-0 Jets lead. The goal was a result of a faceoff win and a blown assignment by Hamonic that left Ladd open to fire point blank at the net. Colin McDonald is relentless on the puck and evens the score at 1-1 (Strome & Lee) in the final minutes of the period. That's 3 points in the last four games for Strome. Boulton and Martin make Jets answer for liberties taken on Isles behalf. Matt Martin left the bench and went into the locker room (had fight with Thorborn in the first period.) He would return soon afterwards. New York finishing their hits and playing with good legs in the first period. Islanders lead in shots, 13-9 in the period.
Brian Compton reports, "Eric Boulton out for the remainder of the game with a hand injury."
Anders Lee jumps into the play at the 1:33 mark on the change and taps a bouncing puck into the net behind Pavlec, 2-1 Isles. Two more points for Anders Lee so far tonight and 4th goal in 6th game with the Isles. Two positive observations so far tonight. 1) Nilsson with some quiet heroics when called upon in the second period. 2) The Islanders are playing with more jump. Josh Bailey comes up empty on a nice breakaway set up by K.O. Nilsson with a big save in close on a Winnipeg PP chance with 7:13 remaining in the second. Winnipeg with a lot of pressure mounting in the Isles zone. Winnipeg had a 17-7 shots advantage in the period and a 26-20 total after two periods.
The Islanders come out strong again in the third period and continue checking well and creating offensive pressure, but the Jets are not going away. Both teams working for every inch and waiting for the opportunity to exploit the other's mistakes. Andrew Ladd converts a bad Josh Bailey turnover into a breakaway with the Isles D out of position and a questionable goal against Nilsson, game tied at 2-2 at 14:53. Nilsson over handles the puck and takes a delay of game, Jets to the PP late in the third. Isles kill off the penalty and enter the final minute of regulation. Isles get a point and the game will go to O.T. Shots were 11-7 in the period and 37-25 in regulation in favor of the Jets.
Hamonic breaks his stick in as a 2 on 1 break out opportunity developed in O.T. Shortly after, Okposo's stick breaks at the tail end of a 1 on 1 break out chance. Michael Grabner's stick didn't break on his 1 on 1, Isles win 3-2 in O.T.! Nilsson (36 for 38 with a .947Sv%) good enough to get the win tonight.
Isles improve to 6-0-0 in road O.T. games. You can't make this stuff up.
The Officials put away their whistles and ignored at least 5 infractions against the Isles in the O.T. period that I counted. That didn't matter. On the eve of the NHL trading deadline, the Isles came together and fought hard to over come several mistakes and keep themselves in the game. After surrendering the tying goal and committing a stupid penalty, the team and goaltender dug deep and focused well enough for the win. Several young guys are getting regular minutes and can focus on playing in the final stretch of game. Playoffs are probably not a remote possibility, but lets see what these guys can get from playing together and going into the summer. With a Donovan call up coming soon and with the play of Nelson, Strome, Lee & de Haan making a difference thus far, the Isles may have a few more surprises in store for us.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Your New York Islanders are back at it this afternoon against the Florida Panthers. Travis Hamonic will serve his one game suspension from his action in yesterdays game against the Devils. Florida comes in at the bottom of the PP & PK stats not to mention allowing 48 more goals than they scored, placing them 3rd from the bottom of all NHL teams in goal differential. Frans Nielsen is back in the line up with Mike Halmo returned to the BST. Matt Martin is still day-to-day.
The struggling Josh Bailey has somehow found himself on the Isles top line while Okposo anchors the second.
This is the last home game before the trade deadline on Wednesday. Will Thomas Vanek, Andrew MacDonald or any other players with the Islanders be playing their last game for New York? Time will tell.
Forwards: Lee-Nielsen-Bailey, Grabner-Strome-Okposo, Vanek-Nelson-Clutterbuck, Boulton-Cizikas-McDonald.
D-Pairings: Strait-MacDonald, Hickey-Visnovsky, de Haan-Carkner.
Anders Nilsson (Riding a 19 ga, 7-0-1 streak with BST) is in the net with Evgeni Nabokov on the bench.
13,008 fans are in attendance for this afternoons game. Boulton and Barch drop the gloves just 2:25 into the game, then Strait and Huberdeau go after it off an icing just after the faceoff. Two angry teams with something to prove early on in a slow paced, ugly game. de Haan to Clutterbuck, back to Vanek gives the Islanders a 1-0 lead at the 13:00 mark of the first period. Vanek makes it 2-0 Isles, with a PPG (Visnovsky & Nielsen) that beats Thomas. Eric Hornick points out that Vanek has now reached the 20+ goal mark in each of his last 9 seasons with the tally. Isles turn on juice & get lots of rubber to Florida net with a 5 on 3 opportunity, but fall short. Islanders play in both zones has improved late in the period while Nilsson making the save when he is asked to do so. NVMC crowd appreciates the teams effort and acknowledges Anders Lee for coming to Straits aid as time expires. Isles out shooting Panthers 14-11, but are only 1 for 4 on the PP.
Play has evened out in the second period with the Islanders still struggling on the PP. Both teams have had chances, but its a slow moving period. An Isles turnover off a Florida slash late in the period gets the Panthers on the board with a rebound goal, 2-1 Isles. Ryan Strome makes it 3-1 (Vanek & Okposo) less than a minute later. Its Strome's second career NHL goal! Isles with a 13-10 shots advantage in the period and a 27-21 edge in the game. Isles PP is now 1 for 6.
Florida scores twice between the third and fourth minute of the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Goal #3 was a Carkner deflection over Nilsson and #4 was a blown defensive assignment by MacDonald and delay of game call by the Officials, puck found its way in somehow. Isles continue to scramble in front of Thomas, but fail to score on numerous attempts. Team seems to be lost. Per Arthur Staple, "12th time in 63 games Isles have surrendered a 2-goal lead. 2-5-4 in previous 11." Panthers put in an odd rebound to take the lead, 4-3. Panthers score again off a skate deflection, 5-3 Panthers. Cizikas takes a frustration penalty, Florida to the PP, Isles kill it off. Capuano calls a timeout with :32 seconds remaining. Isles pull Nilsson for the extra skater, 5-3 Florida is the final after Isles give up 4 goals in the final period. Florida outshoots Isles 13-11 in period, Isles hold 38-34 shots edge in game.
Isles fall to 9 wins in 33 games at home. Per Eric Hornick, "8-5-4 when leading after 2 pds (7-4-4 on home-ice). 3rd straight L when leading by at least 2 goals at home after 2 pds (LA/Ana)."
This team ran wild with no direction as the game went on and Nilsson struggled in net when his team slowed in front of him. There was very little physicality or checking pressure where it mattered, no crease clearing and a disorganized, slow paced response to the Panthers surge by the Isles. The Isles head into the trading deadline with 1 road game remaining. Without a stroke of genius by Snow, we may be doomed to only watch for what the team's draft position will be. Again.
Matt Saidman is right there by the dressing room. "Coming off the ice, Isles looked more dejected than they have all year long. Looked like a heartbroken group of guys."
Per Chris Botta, "Vanek was 0-3-3 in previous 8, 2-1-3 today. Now he should sit until a trade."
Per Brett Cyrgalis, "Capuano on Hamonic's actions yesterday: I have no problem with that. He [felt] they took a liberty with one of our guys, and he responded."
Next week, the Isles are on the road vs. the Jets @8pm on Tuesday, 3/4, the Oilers @9:30pm on Thursday, 3/6 and the Flames @9pm on Friday, 3/5. They close the road trip vs. Canucks @10pm, on Monday, 3/10.
I will most likely cover the Calgary and Vancouver games with a Lookback on Tuesday.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Your New York Islanders face New Jersey at the NVMC this afternoon in what could very well be the final game for Martin Brodeur as a Devil. The red hot, Anders Nilsson (Only 19 ga & 7-1-0 in last 8 w/BST) has been recalled from the BST and Kevin Poulin sent to Bridgeport for what is reportedly to get some playing time after a long layoff. " Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen are said to be showing improvement, but are still day-to-day. Carkner and Martinek are also scratched.
Forwards: Vanek-Nelson-Okposo; Grabner-Bailey-Clutterbuck; Lee-Strome-McDonald; Boulton-Cizikas-Halmo.
D-Pairings: de Haan-Hamonic; Strait-MacDonald; Hickey-Visnovsky.
Evgeni Nabokov will get the start and Anders Nilsson is on the bench.
The Isles came out with jump, but NJ drew first blood on the PP just 5 minutes into the first period, 1-0 Devils. The Isles come close on a couple of dirty attempts around Brodeur, but cant score. Most notables in the first period, Halmo is making things happen while Vanek is struggling to find his game. Isles with 10-8 shots advantage, but trail by one.
Isles slow to start the period and playing back on their heels. Jagr gets the 700th goal of his career, 2-0 Devils. Clowe gets a PPG, 3-0 Devils early in the second. Soon after, Vanek puts a shot on net and Okposo (Vanek & Bailey) gets the Isles on the board with a nifty deflection, 3-1 Devils. Nabokov lets in another questionable goal on the PK, 4-1 Devils. New Jersey with another PPG, 5-1 Devils. BST line (Lee-Strome_Halmo) finally reunited in desperation ploy. Nabokov not playing well, nor is the team in front of him. Just a miserable effort by the Islanders in the period, even their steady PK'ers are struggling. Very little discipline being shown by Capuano's Islanders. Devils out shoot Isles 11-3 in the period. Nabokov finishes with 14 for 17 and a .737Sv%.
Anders Nilsson gets the start in net to open the third period. New Jersey resumes the dominant play and pushing Isles into mistakes. Nilsson looks comfortable and helping to stabilize a shaky Isles team. Nilsson bumped after whistle, no call made by Officials. Travis Hamonic lost temper and gets 27 minutes in penalties, 32 on the game before leaving ice. Boulton escorted off as well with misconduct as frustration builds. Devils keep top PP unit out in final minutes of 5-1 game, get 5 on 3 PP goal, 6-1 Devils. Class. Game ends on man up situation for New Jersey. Nilsson looked solid in relief, going 15 for 16 and a .938Sv%. Shots finished 16-9 in the period and 35-19 for the game in favor of New Jersey.
The Islanders came out hitting and did well in the face off circle, but played a weak game in all other areas. Especially on the PK, allowing New Jersey to score 4 times in 8 opportunities on the PP. Isles finished with 66 collective penalty minutes in a sloppy and uninspired effort. Another painful home loss for the sinking Islanders. There are a few guys who never stopped working, others were probably amazed at the way things unfolded and some were struggling or watched as the game went by them without any semblance of control.
Without some real changes in coaching, attitude and support coming soon, there wont be much to smile about for the Islanders.
UPDATE Per NHL.com, New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of NHL Game No. 903 at Nassau Coliseum this afternoon, March 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. In addition, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been fined $10,000.
Hamonic was assessed a minor penalty for instigation, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct at 15:23 of the third period. Both the suspension to the player and the fine of the coach are automatic for a violation of Rule 46.22.
The Isles have only won 9 of 32 games at home this season.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Your New York Islanders were back in action at the NVMC tonight against the red-hot Maple Leafs. Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Mike Halmo (1st NHL game) are in the line up with Tavares, Nielsen on IR and Martin, Carkner & Martinek scratched for the Isles. Points are huge, but how the team responds to their current situation is bigger. Gut check incoming.
Forwards: Vanek-Nelson-Okposo; Grabner-Bailey-Clutterbuck; Lee-Strome-McDonald; Boulton-Cizikas-Halmo.
D-Pairings: de Haan-Hamonic; Strait-MacDonald; Hickey-Visnovsky.
Evgeni Nabokov gets the start and Kevin Poulin is on the bench.
Shortly after Toronto took a 2-0 lead, Michael Grabner (Cizikas) scored two SHG's in under a minute to give the Isles a 2-1 lead. Eric Hornick tells us that the last Islanders player w 2 SH goals in game: Mike Sillinger 1/22/08; Ziggy Palffy last w 2 on one PP 4/17/99. Isles taking the physicality to the Maple Leafs. Mike Halmo and Anders Lee are really making an impact by playing the body on the fore-check while Eric Boulton is making some noise while moving the puck and throwing fists to defend the honor of the crest.
The Isles would continue to stir in the second period by attacking the Toronto net, blocking shots and throwing hits, but fail to score. Evgeni Nabokov responds to Toronto's push by making some huge saves in the second period including a sick stop on Kessel. Per Christian Arnold, "Through two periods Halmo has seen 6:03 of playing time; Strome has seen 9:04; Lee has seen 8:46." Isles are 0 for 3 on PP so far, but 4 for 4 on PK.
Isles take a slim 1 goal lead into the third period, but continue to play aggressively and with an edge, but cat find the back of the net. A loose puck is knocked in from a deflection off the post. Matt Saidman declares, " The puck was knocked down and forward by JVR's glove, touched next by Ranger in the crease. 100% should have been blown for hand-pass." Regardless, its a 2-2 game, midway through the third period. Officials miss a hooking call in the Isles zone, Phanueff scores as a result to give Toronto a 3-2 lead. Isles apply pressure and get rewarded with a PP. Anders Lee (Bailey & de Haan) sweeps a loose puck in for a PPG and the tie, game even at 3-3. A minute later, the Leafs score on a rush to make it 4-3 with 6:06 remaining. Isles were caught out of position on defense. Isles apply more pressure and Anders Lee (Strome & Hamonic) banks the puck in off Reimer, game tied at 4-4. Isles will get a point and the game will go to O.T. Isles outshot Toronto 31-22 after three periods.
Maple Leafs with sloppy play in their own zone, turn over the puck to a waiting Visnovsky in the slot who puts it behind Reimer with a sweet one timer. Isles win 5-4 in O.T. Isles led 35-22 in shots after O.T. Evgeni Nabokov finishes the game going 18 for 22 with a .818Sv%.
So, its safe to say Michael Grabner brought back some Olympic fire and helped the Isles get a win tonight. The BST call ups of Strome, Lee and Halmo were awesome in tonight's game as well. These were the guys I felt were most likely to get the call from the front office, they were chosen and showed why they were selected by this organization. Character and skill. Experience and fine-tuning will come. Strome continued where he left off before the Olympic break and contributed to a good team win, including an assist tonight. Lee and Halmo were throwing bodies and Lee scored two big goals. That's 4 pts in 3 career NHL games for Lee. Isles rallied and fought hard for this win without John Tavares. Also, the Isles 6 game home losing streak is over.
Its a good start for the Isles. Lets see where they can get in the final 22 games.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
John Tavares had some good news for reporters after Isles practice today.
Tavares said he had the same partial MCL tear in left knee at age 16 and he needed 6 weeks to recover with rehab. He seemed comfortable with how to go about the recovery process because of his familiarity with his injury. When asked about how the knee feels, he told @StephenCLorenzo, "A pretty good first few days actually, my knee’s responded really well. Having a gold medal has helped out as well I think."
Tavares told NHL.com, "I had a real good response the first time around my first season back from that injury. I'm just hoping to come back even better and stronger and I've got a good amount of time to work on that."
He added, "Anytime you can avoid [surgery], and that's not necessary, I think that can make a big difference. This will really give me a good offseason to get some rest and get stronger and work on a lot of things again, so I'm really looking forward to that. That's where I'm trying to put my focus now, so certainly that's a big step."
Tavares said that he appreciated all the support from the Isles organization and his teammates in his Olympic bid and with his injury. He concluded that he hopes to comeback and make an impact on the Islanders soon.
Lines at practice today: Vanek-Nelson-Okposo, Grabner-Bailey-Clutterbuck, Lee-Strome-McDonald, Halmo-Cizikas-Boulton.
Per Matt Saidman, "Martin and Nielsen are skating on their own, doing simple puck handling and skating drills. Very little shooting."
Mike Halmo is wearing No. 43 for the Isles.
Per Hockey Rumors & Trades!, Boston media is reporting that the Bruins are considering using Malcolm Subban as a trade chip to acquire a Dman replacement for the injured Dennis Seidenberg. The Bruins are believed to be very interested in Islanders Andrew MacDonald.
B.D. Gallof says the Isles interest in Bruins Malcolm Subban is ZERO.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The New York Islanders announced today that forwards Ryan Strome, Anders Lee & Mike Halmo have been recalled on an emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. All three are logical call ups for the Isles. Aside from all being part of a red hot BST line, the three are top scorers on the team and are the most likely players to be NHL ready. With Isles Captain, John Tavares, Frans Nielsen on IR and Matt Martin injured, the trio should be ready to insert into the Isles line up for practice tomorrow.
Ryan Strome is an AHL All-Star and the Sound Tigers team scoring leader with 49 pts (13 and 36) in 37 games. The Islanders selected Strome in the first round (5th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Strome has 1 and 3 for 4 points while on the Isles roster for 15 games this season.
Anders Lee has 22 (leads team in goals) and 19 for 41 pts in 54 games this season with the BST. The Islanders selected Lee in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Lee has appeared in two NHL games with the Isles (12-13) and scored his first NHL goal in his first game, on his first shot.
Mike Halmo has 17 and 20 for 37 pts in 53 games this season at Bridgeport. The Islanders signed Halmo as a free agent on March 10, 2012. Halmo was suspended for 10 games at the end of the 11-12 CHL season for an illegal hit on Nail Yakupov and is known for his physical play as well as his scoring abilities.
These were the first moves initiated by Snow to address the needs of team to finish the 13-14 NHL season. Although fans are anxious to see what moves can be made by the team before the March 5th trade deadline, these are hardly stop gap moves by the Isles. They are highly skilled players that directly figure into the future plans of the Organization. It will be a good opportunity for them to get incorporated into the Isles line up and give them a real chance to make an impact and remain with the team.
Snarky comments incoming.