The Isles need defense as well to help guys like Streit out on the blue line. Remember Andy Sutton? He's a free agent as well and he would be a good fit for the Islanders' blue line next season, again. I can see Garth going after him again. But theirs also guys like Paul Martin that would fit well with the Islanders roster.
Now for the goaltending situation. Expect Martin Biron to be gone. DiPietro has been battling injuries for the past couple seasons. He will most likely be back next season. But of course Garth needs to find a solid backup goaltender in case DP gets injured again. Which is most likely the case. Snow may keep Biron and Rolie or he may just keep one. Rolie is signed into a 2 year contract with the Isles so I don't think he will be going anywhere. But Garth could have a trade up his sleeve.
Its very likely that you wont see Sim or Park back next season.They haven't shown much on the 4th line this season.
According to Islanderspointblank, the Isles have about 6-8 million dollars to spend on contracts. So they will most likely spend it wisely.
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Hey all, and happy off season, if there is such a thing.
As all of our readers know, this past NHL season was the first year that this Islanders Hockey Blog was on the Bloguin network. And throughout the season, blog operator Christian added a few contributors, including myself, to his roster of writers for the blog.
In getting ready for the second season here on the Bloguin network, we are the IHB have decided to give our readers a little inside information on those of us who contribute to the site. We hope that forging a personal connection with our readers will make you better understand our writings and better enjoy our pieces and the IHB as a whole.
Specifics are still being ironed out, but it is hoped that starting this Wednesday or next, and continuing every Wednesday there throughout, that one member of the IHB will post a little bio on himself for all to read. Eventually ever contributor will have posted his bio and we will have hopefully made you readers feel more comfortable with us and the blog.
We thank you for your support this past season, look forward to writing for you all again this upcoming season and hope that you enjoy getting to us across the coming weeks.]]>
Dave Captures Islander fans suprise over the Islanders selection of Nino.
Here is buddy, Isles Blogger, video of "El Nino" talking to the media after beging drafted fifth by the Islanders.
Islanders 7th Women and Hockey Buzz writer, Dee Karl, captures Matt Moulson's presser with the media at the Islanders Draft Party.
Finally Nino sits down with ITV to speak to the fans about being drafted by the islanders.]]>
Erik Gudbranson: The 6-3, 195lbs Gudbranson began his OHL career with Kingston Frontenacs in the 08-09 season. During his rookie year he put up 3 goals, 19 assists and 22 points in 63 games finishing the season a -16. In his 09-10 season, Gudbranson tallied 2 goals, 21 assists and 23 points in 41 games and finishing the season a +11. During Kingston's playoff series Gudbranson put up 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 points before his team was knocked out in seven games. He Captained team Ontario during the U-17 championship and was a member of team Canada for the U-18 championships. Gudbranson was also named the OHL's Scholastic Player of the year this past season.
What the Scouts Say
E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting: "Gudbranson to me is a guaranteed long-term NHLer. In my opinion, Gudbranson is another Chris Pronger-type, what he brings that (Pronger) really didn't do much of, though, is he'll fight. He is some kind of tough. Chris Pronger is mean and will hit you; Gudbranson will hit you and fight you. Pronger is three inches taller than Gudbranson, so maybe Dion Phaneuf would be an even better comparison" (NHL.com)
Hockey's Future: "Gudbranson is a talented defender with enough of a mean streak to keep opponents on their toes. His game is a combination of skill, toughness and leadership that most teams desire in a defensive prospect."
Bob McKenzie: "No fewer than two scouts told TSN they now rate the Kingston Frontenacs' hard-rock defenceman ahead of Fowler. And he wasn't able to play in the CHL Prospects Game because of an enlarged spleen as a result of a bout of mononucleosis." (TSN.com)
Brandon Gormley: Gormley has spent the past two years with the Wildcats of Moncton in the QMJHL. Gormley Stands at 6-1 and 175lbs, smaller and lighter than the other two kids on this list. During his rookie season with Moncton, 08-09, Gormley put up 7 goals, 20 assists, 27 points and finished a +9 in 63 games. During Moncton's play off run that year he tallied another goal, 3 assists, and 4 points. He was named Moncton's rookie of the year in 08-09 as well. In 09-10, he scored 9 goals, 34 assists, 43 points and finished +31 in 58 games. As well as playing a key role in guiding Moncton to a QMJHL Championship, scoring 2 goals, 15 assists and 17 points. Gormley Played for TeamCanada at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and played for team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top prospect game. He was also the only 17 year old to attend the 2010 World Junior evaluation camp for team Canada.
What the Scouts Say
E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting: "He is what a lot of teams are going for, he's a good defenseman who can score and handle the puck, smart. Gormley has got the whole package. He's got a good shot from the point, an accurate shot, low and can be deflected." (NHL.com)
Hockey's Future: "Poised is the best way to describe this 18-year-old defenseman. Always making the safe play in his own zone to effortlessly break up chances and rarely making a poor decision when contributing offensively, Gormley's steady play is an integral part of Moncton's success. Though he is thought of as primarily a defense-first player, Gormley's ability to read the play makes him a key part of the Wildcats power play as well."
Bob McKenzie: "One scout surveyed has the Moncton Wildcats blueliner as the No. 1 defenceman, ahead of both Cam Fowler and Erik Gudbranson." (TSN.com)
Danny Flynn, Moncton Wildcats head coach: "He's got a laid-back personality. He's got the maturity of a 30 year old. Take away hockey -- he's just a rock-solid young man. He's got a number of great qualities. He's got really good size, he's 6-2, headed to 6-3, and starting to fill out. He's got outstanding hockey sense. He's got that poise, that innate ability to recognize when he has time and when he doesn't have time. ... He plays a Nick Lidstrom style of game, he's smart and skilled and poised with the puck. The type of game he plays is similar to his. As you watch him and see how efficient he is you grow to like his game." (NHL.com)
Cam Fowler: A native of North Ville, Michigan, Cam Fowler is an offensive defensemen who spent last OHL season competing along side OHL superstar Taylor Hall. During the 08-09 season, Fowler spent time competing with the U.S. NTDP U-18 team. He won a gold medal at the 2008 U-18 Four Nations Cup and led all defensemen in scoring. He earned another goal medal at the 2009 World Under-18 Championship in Fargo, North Dakota as a member of Team USA. He also earned a spot on the tournament all-star team and was named best defensemen. In his rookie season with Windsor, this past season, he scored 8 goals, 47 assists, 55 points and was a +38 in 55 games. During Windsor's playoff run, he added 3 goals, 11 assists and 14 points on the way to Windsor capturing the OHL Championship. Fowler also was a member of the gold medal winning team USA at this past World Juniors.
What the Scouts Say
E.J. McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting: "He's your prototypical offensive-defenseman. He's your (quarterback) on your (power-play), he's your great skating offensive-defenseman and he controls the puck with his skills. If you're looking for a comparison, think of Kaberle with the Maple Leafs. But in sticking with his country, maybe even a future Leetch or Housley." (NHL.com)
Hockey's Future: "Fowler is an offensively oriented defenseman in the mold of a Scott Niedermayer. He is an excellent skater and puck handler, and his instincts and hockey sense are as good as any defenseman in his draft class. Fowler isn't all offense, however, as his play in his own end is usually solid."
Bob McKenzie: "To no one's surprise, Hall's Windsor teammate is the consensus No. 3 on the TSN list, but his status as the top defenceman is being seriously challenged by Erik Gudbranson and Brandon Gormley."
Bob Boughner, Windsor Spitfires head coach: "Cam's vision, skating and passing are his greatest assets. He gets himself out of trouble with his feet and his mobility makes it very difficult for opposing players to get by him. Cam has good size and once he fills out, he will anchor an NHL club's back end for many years."
It was reported Wednesday and finally confirmed this morning, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers for a first round pick (24th overall), a second round pick (54th overall), Marty Reasoner, Joseph Crabb and Jeremy Morin in a salary cap casualty for the Stanley Cup Champion Hawks.
With big contracts to players like Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa, Campbell and Huet, plus Niemi due a raise after leading the team in net to the Cup, Chicago knew they had to cut some ties to superstars this off-season.
The two draft picks Atlanta ships to Chicago they acquired in the deal with New Jersey prior to the trade deadline that moved star winger Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils. So essentially Atlanta has traded Kovalchuk for Byfuglien, more or less, meaning they haven’t done all that bad. For Chicago, it’s never good to lose a player who scored five game winning goals for you in the postseason, but moves have to be made.
The Blackhawks should have no problem this upcoming season and should be a threat to repeat as champions. After this trade and playing in the mediocre Eastern Conference, Atlanta has the potential to make the playoffs next season for only the second time in franchise history.]]>
Will John Tavares of New York, Steven Stemkosom? What about Rick DiPietro? Waiting for a Long Island Kirill Petrov? On the questions of "Epicenter" said author Islandershockeyblog Christian Ern.
- Last summer the composition of the Islanders has been strengthened a number of interesting hockey. Admit it, deep down inside you were hoping that the "natives" could be the opening of the season?
- No one expected that the Islanders will be competing for a place in the playoffs, so that in the middle of the season, the team kept in the cup eight, is a pleasant surprise. However, everything fell into place after the break for the Olympics. Islanders fell closer to the bottom of the standings table, again received a high choice in the NHL Draft. It's not so bad, and compared to last season the team played much better.
- Many likened John Tavares with Sidney Crosby, waiting from beginner Islanders same sverhrezultativnoy game. Crosby, recall, received more than 100 points in the first season, but Tavarez hardly crossed the 50 mark.
- I think that the comparison with John Crosby and Gretzky were not quite correct. I think that for a beginner Tavares played decently - he scored 20 odd goals, scored over 50 points. It's great to show yourself at the world championship, threw seven washers, and many fans are hoping that next year, John will repeat the path Stemkosa. He is also not too impressive debut season has brightly played at the World Championships, and then chop 50 goals. Maybe fifty washers Tavarez and not abandoned, but thirty of it should put to ease.
One of the downsides of John, which he must necessarily correct, it is skating. However, knew about it before the draft, and, given the ambitions of Tavares, have no doubt that in the off-season he would devote much attention to this aspect. Another disadvantage - weak implementation of moments. He should score more and more stable. In the middle of the season, Tavares was goalless series of 12 matches, during which he obstuchal all the bars and missed a lot of opportunities. Above this he will also have to work on.
Captain Doug Weight will return for a 19th season and third with the Isles.
The center confirmed on Tuesday that he had reached agreement with the team but said in a text message to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that details of the contract were still being finalized. Islanders general manager Garth Snow confirmed the agreement.
Battling shoulder injuries last season, Weight had one goal and 16 assists in 36 games.
The four-time All-Star has 276 goals and 748 assists in his career with the Rangers, Oilers, Blues, Hurricanes, Ducks and Islanders. He will turn 40 in January of next season.