Today the New York Islanders have extended qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: Matt Moulson, Rob Schremp, Dustin Kohn, Dylan Reese, and Nathan Lawson.
If you are noticing some players missing off of that list, you’re not mistaken – as several players remain, unsigned. If you have not figured it out just yet, they are: Sean Bergenheim and Jeff Tambellini.
It’s no secret that those two players who have not been tendered qualifying offers, have how do you say – struggled, under head coach Scott Gordon, so they may have played their respective last games in Islanders orange and blue.
What is a qualifying offer you ask?
Per the Islanders website:
Qualifying offers are tendered to players who are no longer on their entry-level deals but do not qualify as un-restricted free agents, making them restricted free agents. Teams must extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents to retain their negotiating rights and have the right of first refusal.
As of Thursday, July 1, those players who have received qualifying offers will have until Thursday, July 15 to accept. The deadline for players to elect to go to salary arbitration is Monday, July 5. If a player rejects the qualifying offer, but does not elect to go to salary arbitration, the Islanders will still retain their rights until and agreement is made or they become eligible for unrestricted free-agency.
The NHL club can also elect to take a player to salary arbitration and the deadline for club arbitration is Tuesday, July 6.
Salary arbitration hearing take place starting on Tuesday, July 20 with the final date set for Wednesday, August 4.
While we are talkin’ contract – there are several Islanders who will reach unrestricted free agency July 1st: Martin Biron, Freddy Meyer, Jon Sim, Richard Park, and Tim Jackman. Many of which, may also find themselves in a different uniform come next week.
Stay Tuned folks, this is where the off season gets really fun!
The New York Islanders have selected goaltender Cody Rosen with the 185th pick of the seventh round.
The New York Islanders have traded both of their sixh round picks in 2010 (155th and 160th) to Atlanta for a fifth round pick in 2011.
The Islanders have selected defenseman Tony DeHart with the 125th pick of the fifth round.
DeHart is currently with the Oshawa Generals and is 6’2″ and 202lbs.
The Islanders have traded their 95th pick of the fourth round to Colorado for a third round pick in 2011.
The Islanders have selected left wing/center Jason Clark with the 58th pick of the third round.
Jason Clark is a 6’2″ 182lb forward with a left handed shot. Last season he played for Shattuck-St Mary’s HS in Minnesota and has trained with fellow Minnesotan Kyle Okposo. In 54 games this season, Clark had 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points.
Clark has committed to play for the University of Wisconsin next season.
Clark, according to Kyle Woodlief, of Red Line Report:
“He’s got the size and the tools – good hands and scoring touch – that NHL teams are looking for,” “He just hasn’t put it all together. He needs more intensity and drive.”
“He’s very effective when he plays a physical game”
Woodlief also notes that Clark is more of a shooter, then a playmaker.
The Islanders have selected wildcard (and wild child) Kirill Kabanov with the 65th pick of the third round.
It’s a similar situation to Kirill Petrov in that should Kabanov pan out, it’s a great pick – but it differs in that he is already playing in North America (Moncton Wildcats) and the Islanders do not have to wait for a KHL contract to expire. It’s also a safer pick in the third round then it would’ve been earlier in the draft.
However, all reports on Kabanov indicate he is a bit of a wild child and could become quite a distraction if he isn’t reeled in.
In 22 games with the Wildcats, Kabanov had 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points.
For a great read on Kirill Kabanov, head on over to Puck Daddy – where you can also see one of the photos I had taken featured front and center.
Good afternoon once again live from the Staples Center here in Los Angeles, California.
Today at the draft we have a rapid fire round of selections, from round two to round seven. There are no photo ops, no long winded introductions, just pick after pick, after well – pick.
The Islanders have no selections here in the second round (for now) and we are currently at pick number 55 – so they may not elect to move up.
Should be an interesting morning.
The New York Islanders have traded both of their second round picks (35th and 58th) to Chicago and move up to the 30th overall and select Center Brock Nelson. Just a note of interest, Kevin Connolly announced the pick at the podium.
Some info on Nelson, according to Hockey’s Future:
2009-10: Played for Warroad High School in Minnesota. In 31 games for Warroad, Nelson scored 53 goals and added 42 assists for 95 points. He finished with a +55 rating on the season. Nelson was a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award as Minnesota’s top high school hockey player. Nelson is the nephew of former NHL player and 1980 Team USA member Dave Christian.
Nelson is committed to play for the University of North Dakota next year.
Here is a photo of Brock Nelson on the phone with Kyle Okposo, a fellow Minnesota resident.
Just uploaded some pics and a video of the press conference for Nino Niederreiter, check them out!
The Islanders select Nino Niederreiter with the 5th overall selection
By being selected fifth overall, Niederreiter has been drafted highest of any Swiss player ever. The closest was Michel Riesen at 14th overall in 1997.
The addition of Niederreiter to an already stocked farm system means that the Islanders are that much closer to competing at a level they hope they can. The last few years have given them some top tier talent and enabled them an entire crop of home grown players. That’s a great feeling.