It figures that the one day I am not glued to my PDA because of work, I miss a trade involving the Islanders. I guess we can’t ALWAYS catch everything as it happens, right? Here is what went down;
To Boston: Petteri Nokelainen
To NY Islanders: Ben Walter and a conditional 2nd round pick in 2009
This has the potential to be a great trade for the Islanders, as Nokelainen suffered a major knee injury a few seasons ago and has yet to fully recover. He still has game left at the ripe old age of 21 years old, and should be able to provide Boston with offense if he remains healthy.
Walter, 23 – is described as a two way forward that can score big goals, so his addition should have an immediate impact in Bridgeport. I say Bridgeport because given the amount of players attending camp – I really do not see him making the Islanders out of camp.
I am definitely supportive of this player swap because Snow and Nolan are definitely building their type of team and casting away pieces left over from the Milbury years. I have heard from several sites now, that it is a shame that they are trading away all these former first rounder’s, but if you look at what they have accomplished thus far in their career compared to the players brought in, we appear slightly better off.
You can read more about both players on the Islanders Website.