> The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are about to throw in the towel on their
free agent spendy frenzy from a few seasons ago.
> General manager Bryan Murray says when the protected list for this
week's waiver draft is submitted, defenseman Jason York and forwards
German Titov and Denny Lambert will not be on it. >>>
--- In Islanders-SoundTigers@y..., chapin_landvogt@l... wrote:
> If I'm Milbury, I offer Murray a 9th rounder for York right now.
He'd be a nice number 7, although I think his 2 million contract
what's scaring people off.
> Well, on second thought.....
> I'll be curious to see where these guys wind up.>>>
Between the payroll and many less expensive choices available, I do
not see the Isles involved. York has been going downhill for a
while. Where would he wind up ? How about Philadelphia or St.Louis
for York because those teams have not flexed their financial muscle
much all summer ? Tampa if they would pay would be a nice spot too.
> I will say that Colorado has just added the missing piece on the
backline. That group of Dmen is very impressive and I'm curious to
see how Blake will groom Morris, who has been compared to him in the
past. Up front, Schantz was always better than Yelle IMHO. In
addition, McAmmond - a much traveled player - did have 50 + points
last season. I wonder why he was thrown into the mix? That baffles
me a bit. Basically, Shantz takes over the 4th line center role and
McAmmond becomes a partner for Reinprecht. Meanwhile, guys like
Nedorost and Vrbata can be incorporated more on the first two lines.
Very good move for Colorado if you ask me.>>>>
They just replaced Kasparaitis in Colorado, and got a guy who can
play both ends of the ice. McAmmond was likely thrown in because of
the money and like our friend Wiemer seems to wind up in trades.
> As for Calgary, well - I don't think much of Yelle. Drury will
now have to pick things up, something he couldn't do with a more
talented Colorado team that was missing Forsberg. Drury's arrival
means the departure of Savard is probably immenant.>>>
I don't know, Savard went public again last week and said he wanted
to stay. Maybe Calgary does not care what he thinks anymore because
they lost with him, they can lose without him.
Re: Dixon Ward..
> Welp, it looks like the Rags are in the playoffs now!>>>
If it keeps Lundmark, Samuelsson off the ice, I like the move a
lot. If it keep Ruckinsky out of Manhattan, even better. Another old
guy for an old team.
> About fighting:
> Like seeing this. The question coming more and more
to the forefront: is Goddard ready for the show RIGHT now?
Asham is a higher scoring Steve Webb; Goddard is a better
fighter than Webb. Webb is injured and only got a one year
deal. Is his time as an Isle coming to an end???>>>
For this year I see Webb in the role. He is too popular to lose his
spot from last year, but his time here may be ending after this
season, he got that one year deal because of Godard. Asham ? Would
not shock me to see him in Bridgeport.
> Goaltender juggle involved:
> As for Hurme going to Florida, this is a good thing for them. They
are set in goal. Now the Kitty-cats have an alternative the moment
Luongo is about 10-21 and they're tired of the 1 win for every 2
Hurme was rumored to be taking the starting job in Ottawa, now
Florida got him for what would seem very little in return ? Big
upgrade for Florida at that spot.
> Back to this Dipietro stoy from Foxsports:
> Frankly, the kid let his ego get in the way, and he ended up
richer than he would have been had he stayed in college but
outflanked regarding NHL ice time. It was a good strategy on
the part of Islanders management, and DiPietro had all the
options explained to him well before he signed the
deal. He just didn't see it happening the way it has.
> There may come a point when he's ready to step in and challenge
for the No. 1 job on the Island, or perhaps somewhere else in the
NHL, but for now, the Islanders are content to let him develop on
their terms and at a more sensible price point.>>
As to the Fox Spots taking about this kids ego, I say that's
garbage, they never see him play or cover him and have no right to
label him that way. As for the Islanders strategy they were the ones
talking about him playing in the NHL at age eighteen, it worked out
and now it seems like a strategy, but they had no idea a goalie like
Osgood would become available. The Islanders, DiPietro, no one saw
things happening the way it has.
> I've got more to say to this:
1) Goalies take the longest to develop. He still needs to develop.
2) Most likely misconstrued, his challenging of management on the
money issue was a dumb thing. Then having the nerve to say he'd
be "willing" to take back payments was just ridiculous. Point is
Dipi, they don't want to pay you gobs of money to have you do
something that - at this point - both Osgood and Snow can do better,
and that is, play NHL hockey.
3) Last season was a plus and a building stone for Dipi. This year
he needs to get 35+ wins and keep his losses under 20. That is
possible with the current Bport team. He must bang on the NHL door
from the attic of the AHL. There's no other way.
4) He's young and obviously in a position that he views as a waste
of his time. Nonetheless, there's no rush. Enjoy life Rick and kick
some ass this winter. Your time will come - either here or on another
I guess the only part I disagree with is the offer to change his
contract. Maybe he had good intentions, maybe he thought that was the
only obstacle. I think if the money were even, I still do not want
him playing as few games he would get behind Osgood. I think for one
year Snow is better suited to that role. As for comparing talent,
it's DiPietro over Snow by miles in the long run.
I hope he does not see his time in Bridgeport as a waste, the loss
total with a team that outshot their opposition most nights is and
has to be a concern for him.
> From the AHL Bport report:
> The New York Islanders returned Marcus Paulsson to
Saskatoon of the junior Western Hockey League. The
Swedish winger, an Islander draft pick this summer
who turns 18 today, played respectably in training
camp in his first month of North American hockey.>>>
> Can you imagine being 17, coming to North America for the first
time and being thrust into competition including everything from
tryout juniors to NHL veterans in a 3 week period? What great
experience and the kid apparently did fairly well. The draft reports
called him a bit of hidden gem who just didn't get the necessary ice
time last year. Coming to the WHL isn't a bad move and certainly
shows that this boy has his eyes set on the NHL. I'll be watching
his development VERY curiously.>>>
The people in Saskatoon were raving when they got this kid in the
WHL draft. I am very curious to see how he does and I was wondering
if he was actually going to get an AHL contract because he really did
stay a long time.