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Isles in Talks to Extend Streit, Boyes, Visnovsky and Nabokov

Posted by on 16 Mar 2013 | Tagged as: Free Agency, News

freeagentsYou just never know what news might come out on any given day.

Just last week, when Visnovsky returned from a wake in Slovakia, he had his family in tow. News had broken that he had rented a house on Long Island and that he (no surprise) LOVED the area and the team.

Moments ago on Twitter, Arthur Staple of Newsday Tweeted out that the Islanders are still in talks with Mark Streit on a contract extension, which we had heard some time ago. But there was NEW, news as well. The Islanders were also to begin talks with Visnovsky, Nabokov and Brad Boyes – all pending unrestricted free agents.

All in all, this isn’t surprising news. We know that Evgeni Nabokov has been playing some great hockey, and was extended last season into this season. He must feel he has a lot left to offer and could be disappointed with the shortened season due to the lockout.

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Joensuu Signs Two Year Deal in Sweden!

Posted by on 01 Jul 2011 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Hot Headlines, News

With the 2011 NHL Free Agency period beginning at 12 noon Eastern today, the Islanders have already struck out when they traded for the rights to Christian Ehrhoff earlier in the week.

Looking back to last year, the team suffered the same fate when Paul Martin and Dan Hamhuis spurned the Islanders for “better” teams.

Apparently, Jesse Joensuu has opted to sign in Sweden with HV71 of the SEL for two years, as opposed to the Bridgeport to Islanders shuttle he’s ridden the last few seasons here in North America.

This has been Confirmed by the Islanders this morning.

Update: translated link to HV71

While this doesn’t have too much of an effect on the Islanders – the Sound Tigers lose a pretty integral piece.

While the organization loses Joensuu for the time being, they will retain his rights and could always wind up back in North America.

Islanders Sign Defenseman Mark Eaton!

Posted by on 02 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: Free Agency, News, Signings

Well, Garth Snow has finally jumped into the free agent pool, signing 33-year-old Mark Eaton, formerly of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Eaton is 6-2, 205 pounds and gives some more size to the back end to the Isles.

The deal is a two year contract at $2.5 million a year.

You can add Milan Jurcina and PA Parenteau to the list, as both were signed to one year deals a few minutes ago.

Islanders have just signed tough guy Zenon Konopka, formerly of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He replaces recently departed enforcer Tim Jackman.

More to come!

Islanders Tender Qualifying Offers to Five

Posted by on 28 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: Free Agency, News, Off Season

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!

Martin Biron Signed to One Year Deal

Posted by on 22 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Free Agency, News, Signings

Breaking news folks, the Islanders have signed free agent goaltender Martin Biron to a one year contract worth $1.4 million dollars. This is all according to the New York Post.

There was speculation that on-the-mend all star netminder Rick DiPietro was going to be allowed plenty of time to heal, it’s pretty much a given now with Roloson and now Biron that he can take his sweet time returning.

I can hear it now though, an entire hockey fan base just either laughed or sighed about the true status of DiPietro. After all the gaffes last season with Ricky’s knees and hips, is this just a play-it-safe move or insurance JUST IN CASE he cannot make it back another season? In either case, Biron made $3.5 million dollars last season, so for Garth Snow to go out and sign TWO well known goaltenders for under $5 million, I would say he got himself a few steals.

Now that goaltending has been addressed, it’s time to move on to two other areas – Scoring and Toughness.

Just to calm the initial fears of some of the “oh the sky is falling Islanders fans” – Please read the following quote from the NY Post story:

“If DiPietro is healthy enough to become part of the Islanders’ early-season rotation, Snow will have a comparably cheap asset (Biron) to move for players or draft picks. If DiPietro needs more time, however, the Islanders will be able to sleep well at night.”

I now ask you this question; Would you rather have TWO, count them TWO – fully capable goaltenders whom can keep the Islanders at least entertaining, should DiPietro not make it back at some point? Do you want DiPietro to rush back into action, again? Do you want this team to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again?

Come on, this move is a necessary evil regardless of what it means. Why cant we all just relax and enjoy the summer and take each and every day of DiPietro’s recovery and rehabilitation, one small step at a time?

Updated 6:24pm with Team Release:

The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron.

Biron appeared in 55 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, posting a 29-19-5 record and a 2.76 goals against average. The Lac St. Charles, QC native led the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording a 9-8 record and a 2.97 goals against average.

“Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. “We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.”

Biron has played a total of 433 games in the NHL and comes to the Islanders with a career record of 199-162-25-20-25 (W-L-T-OT-SO), a goals against average of 2.59 and a save percentage of .912. The 6’3, 180 pound net-minder began his career with the Buffalo Sabres where he played parts of seven seasons with both the Sabres and the team’s American Hockey League affiliate at the time, the Rochester Americans. He currently ranks second on Buffalo’s All-Time List in shutouts (18) and third in game played (300) and wins (134).

Islanders Sign Dwayne Roloson!

Posted by on 01 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Free Agency, General, Roster Moves, Signings

All that talk of help for DiPietro turned out to be true. The Islanders signed goaltender Dwayne Roloson to a two year $5million dollar contract to open up their free agency spending.

This move addresses a need, but is two years for a 40 year old goalie the smartest?

Per Greg Logan’s blog.

The Islanders have reached agreement with Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson on a two-year deal believed to be worth $5 million. Signing a veteran starting goaltender solves their top priority, which was to have a 1A-caliber backup for starter Rick DiPietro in the event his injury problems continue.

Roloson turns 40 on Oct. 12, but he was the Oilers’ MVP last season with a 28-24-9 record, 2.77 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. He also recorded a spectacular .930 save percentage for Canada at the World Championships, a gold-medal effort.

Depth Signings!

Posted by on 03 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Signings, Sound Tigers

Between yesterday and today, the Islanders have stocked the farm system once again by signing a whole handful of players to two-way contracts, including a goaltender who allegedly broke all of Dubielewicz’s records at the University of Denver. In no particular order they have signed Mike Iggulden, Kurtis McLean, Chris Lee, Mitch Fritz, goaltender Peter Mannino, and Brett Skinner.

You can read about the signings at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers website, I don’t claim to be an expert at AHL players – that is Tom Liodice’s gig (but he is on vacation).

The cupboard, is no longer bear.

The Islanders have also posted a nice little article on 6 of the recent signings, you can check it out on the teams website.

Doug Weight Signed!

Posted by on 02 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Signings

Botta claims in his blog deal is done, one year deal.

More in a bit

Confirmed! Check out the Islanders Website!

Once again I ran out to take care of something and signings break! We all knew this was coming, it was rumored to happen back at the trade deadline when talk of a Guerin/Weight reunion was spoken about. Doug Weight is another great veteran presence at the center position who can dish the puck off and position his wingers correctly. His experience and skill is invaluable to the younger players and this is another good signing for Garth.

Greg Logan has the breakdown of the contract on his blog, but it appears to be a one year deal worth $1.74-million with the opportunity to reach $4.3-million in performance bonuses. I am also not the only one speaking the praises of signing Weight, check out Chris Botta’s blog and while your at it fellow Blog Boxer Okposo Net.

Per the Islanders official statement:

The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year contract with four-time NHL All-Star center Doug Weight. A Stanley Cup champion with Carolina in 2005-06 and Olympic Silver Medalist with the United States in 2002, Weight brings a total of 1,131 NHL games to the Islanders along with 265 career goals and 704 assists for 969 points in 16 NHL seasons.

“Bringing Doug aboard was a priority for us. He not only brings a wealth of NHL games and experience with him, but he’s the type of player we want our younger players to learn from,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow.

Last season, Weight split his time between St. Louis and Anaheim and scored a total of ten goals with 15 assists for 25 points in 67 games. The 37-year old is among the NHL’s all-time active leaders in assists and points, ranking eighth with 704 assists and twelfth with 969 points. Weight is also among the all-time United States-born leaders, ranking fifth in assists and eighth in points.

Weight has played on the United States Olympic Team twice, in 1998 and 2002, and also represented the United States in the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004.

A native of Warren, Michigan, Weight played collegiate hockey for two years with Lake Superior State University from 1989 to 1991. After the 1990-91 season, Weight was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team and the NCAA’s West Second All-American Team.

Ken Morrow on the signing of Doug Weight on Islanders TV:

Goaltender Yann Danis Signed!

Posted by on 02 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Signings

In a confusing bit of news, it appears the Islanders have signed former Canadiens goaltender Yann Denis. No official word, but a sharp eyed poster on Islandermania spotted him on the players page.

Nothing more than a depth signing I am sure, but some theorize he will make things harder on Joey MacDonald now. We shall see.

More as it develops.


Per the New York Islanders website:

The New York Islanders have signed goaltender Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way contract. A former NCAA All-American with Brown University, Danis has a record of 81-67-18 in 176 career AHL games with a 2.78 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

Following a standout four-year career at Brown University, Danis signed as an undrafted free agent with Montreal in March of 2004. In his time with the Canadiens’ organization, Danis played in six games with Montreal and had a record of 3-2-0 with a 2.69 goals against average and a save percentage of .908. Danis, a native of Québec, Canada spent the majority of the last five seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

During his time at Brown, Danis played in 100 games and finished with a record of 43- 43-12. He also had 13 shutouts to go along with a goals against average of 2.19 and a save percentage of .930. Danis won several colligate honors, including being named as an NCAA All-American in 2003-04 and received All-Conference honors in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Thanks to CMB for the heads-up!

Streit Signed!

Posted by on 01 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Signings

EVERYTIME I walk away from the computer, something happens!

The Islanders have just signed 30-year old defenseman and former Montreal Canadien Mark Streit to a 5 year deal worth $20.5-million. Streit was ranked second among all defenseman last year in points and is that power play quarterback the Islanders have sorely needed the past several years. Streit was originally drafted by Montreal in the ninth round (262nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. If you read the quotes from Greg’s blog below, it seems that the Islanders may have gotten themselves a steal.

A bit of video first:

Per Greg Logan’s blog entry:

Streit’s 62 points tied for third in the NHL behind Detroit’s Niklas Lidstrom (70) and Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar (65). His 13 goals tied for seventh, and his 49 assists ranked fourth. More importantly, Streit’s play was one of the major reasons Montreal’s power play ranked first in the league with a 24.1 percent success rate compared to the 29th-ranked Islanders power play (14.6 percent).

The Swiss native made just $600,000 in his third full NHL season, so, he’ll be making a big leap with a five-year contract for $20.5 million. But when you look at the deals the other top offensive defensemen have received today, Streit’s $4.1 million average salary ranks just a tick ahead of the $4 million average Colorado’s John-Michael Liles got to re-sign with the Avalanche. Yet, Streit had more than double the six goals scored by Liles or, for that matter, the six goals scored by new Ranger Wade Redden, whose six-year deal averages $6.5 million. Redden also brings the physical element, but Streit is a young 31 in terms of wear and tear and should be a good puck-mover on the third pairing for the Isles.

In an interesting bit of semi-off topic news, someone has already edited Streit’s Wikipedia entry. How funny is that?

Per the Islanders official release:

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Mark Streit to a five-year contract. Last year with Montreal, Streit played in 81 games and scored 13 goals with 49 assists for 62 points. A specialist on the power play, Streit scored seven goals with 27 assists for 34 points on the man advantage.

“Mark was someone we targeted from the beginning and we’re thrilled he’s an Islander,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “Mark provides us with the stability on the blueline that we were looking for.”

Said Streit, who agreed to the contract at 2:00 AM in Switzerland on Tuesday: “It’s late in Europe right now, but I’m really happy to be an Islander. The whole day, the Islanders showed interest in me and this is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

A native of Englisberg, Switzerland, Streit is a veteran of 205 NHL games and has scored 25 goals and 84 assists for 109 points. On the power play over the course of three NHL seasons, Streit has scored a total of 11 power goals with 45 assists for 56 points.

Last season, Streit finished tied for 11th in the NHL in power play scoring and finished tied for second among defensemen.

Streit also has eight years of experience in the Swiss league where he scored a total of 57 goals and 139 assists for 196 points in 363 games.

The 30-year old Streit was originally drafted by Montreal in the ninth round (262nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Ken Morrow statement on Islanders TV:

To add a little bit of an opinion to all of this, there will always be a comparison to the other UFA defenseman of this class – there just will be. Despite the fact that Streit is 30, he has only been in the league 3 years and was drafted at a late age (26). This wasn’t because he was a late bloomer or not skilled enough, it was because he decided his place at the time was in Switzerland. He has posted respectable numbers (57 goals and 139 assists for 196 points in 363 games) prior to his time in the NHL – so there really shouldn’t be an issue now that he is not in Montreal.

Do the Islanders lack the skilled forwards that the Canadiens have? Yes, but for how long is anyone’s guess. Streit has ample time to grow with the up and coming batch of future Islanders – he could very well surprise everyone and make those around him that much better. You watch.

Great job today Garth, please keep up the great work!

Islanders After Hossa?

Posted by on 01 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Rumors

It’s Eklund, so take it for what it’s worth:

“Source: Isles putting together “mega offer for Hossa””
– Eklund

This Isles fan wouldn’t be surprised if Hossa was part of the plan all along and Charles gave the go ahead on one of his INSANE contract offers.

More IF it develops.

Apparently Eklund made a mistake in the time it took me to get where I was going. Offer is to Rolston.

Thanks to Joe for reminding me to update!

Weights and Measures

Posted by on 30 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: Free Agency, Rumors

Doug WeightAlright, excuse my attempt at a witty title.

I try to avoid posting crazy rumors and speculation, but I will always post something when I feel it it has somewhat of a credible substance. Why post anything about Doug Weight however, especially if we are supposedly in a rebuild?

That is an easy question to answer.

Doug Weight is a 37 year old center and big-bodied forward, born from the same class of current Islanders players such as Bill Guerin and Mike Sillinger. I have said on numerous occasions that you need gritty veterans around to show the youngsters the ropes and pass on all the knowledge they have gathered during their long NHL careers. Doug Weight fills numerous roles, he can pot some goals, he is a centerman, he fits the above criteria on teaching the Islanders youth of tomorrow and most importantly – is a very close friend of the aforementioned Bill Guerin.

Some of Weight’s stats from the past two seasons:

Season Team League Games Goals Assists PTS PIM
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 16 43 59 56
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 29 4 7 11 12
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 38 6 8 14 20

While Weight had a decline in production last season, this was mostly due to playing on a sniper depleted team in the Blues and in new territory after being traded to Anaheim at last years trade deadline. He is only one season removed from a 59 point output – which he should be able to get back to if lined up with some potential stars in Okposo and Bergenheim.

Do I think Doug Weight is a savior or a means to an end? No, but I think he will serve the perfect veteran role on the Islanders and provide them with secondary scoring they so sorely lack. Chris Botta really hits a home run with his post tonight on Weight, which is the real inspiration to expand on the notion of his addition.