<<At the stroke of midnight, the Islanders will start
to enjoy the fruits of the groundwork laid last year in what GM Mike
Milbury has called a renaissance season.<<
> It seems Mr. Grossman is alot more optimistic about the Isles
chances of landing a free agent.<<<
This is the first time Grossman has written anything on the Isles
since game seven, he is out of the loop on info or get's what his pal
Brooks hands him and creates something. It's of no value, IMHO.
> Amonte, a speedy right wing and former Blackhawk captain, is said to
be looking for a deal in the neighborhood of $5.25 million per for
> I'm more likely to believe the 8 mil a year figure,
No way Amonte settles for 5.25 million a year the one time he is
> Kasparitis is also said to be seeking a very high number, 5 mil.
per. But the one thing is just because these guys and their agents
have set their high number it doesn't mean that any team will match
it. Let's say Kaspar wants 5, the best offer he'll get will be 4.6
but probably from a team he doesn't really want to go to so maybe
he'll get an offer of 4.4 from a team he likes. So if the Isles give
him 3.8 maybe they can strike a deal. That would be a raise of 260%
from last year. >>>>
Unless that team he does not like offers him more than five
million, which they will because that's how they get players to go
play for them, and we know what team I am talking about. As for the
Isles and discounts, do not expect many breaks from Kasparaitis or
his agent. The man wants to be paid and very well, much higher than
his value and I do not see any way he takes less that 4.5 million
from the Isles either. None.
< Also if the Islanders aren't going
hard after Amonte,Guerin,Holik are Selanne then maybe they can offer
4.0 even. >>>
They can go for defense if that's the case but it does not solve a
big problem that is getting bigger. No Czerkawski, no Peca, and no
free agents to replace the goals and points. To ask the kids to
replace both is asking for too much when you see Kvasha, Scatchard,
Parrish and Bates. We have no idea who will produce what ?
> The only thing is if this means the Isles are going to trade
Hamrlik for a player who makes less than it's not even worth it. >>
If getting Kasparaitis means handing over Hamrlik, it's a poor move
and one they should pass on. But they better do something because
they have been promising one more big signing and the fans are not
going to forget it if they do not and the team loses.