The draft is over, the selections made, we know who is qualified and
who is gone. Unrestricted free agency has begun.
Not the Islanders time of year. We usually see contract articles and
who is not returning and they all eventually sign and in the end
there is little to it.
Not necessarily a bad thing to go into the summer quiet and see if
anything happens. Beats expectations that will most likely not be
met. This team with all it's problems did have 83 points, four very
good defenders. They still have Yashin, Peca and the supporting cast.
There is a reasonable chance all of these players a year older will
make a difference and finally be ready. All it takes is a few and the
Isles go from a team with questions to a team loaded.
For now the Isles will sit on the sidelines while the big markets try
not to bring down the game more by overpaying for other teams stars.
Milbury is going to have to do something if Snow does go play for
Boston or another team and for now that's the only sidebar.
I do not see another team offering two million.
Why would Detroit want Eric Lindros the way he played at any price?
Why would the Rangers want Joseph over Dunham at his age and price?
Btw, twice Joseph as an unrestricted free agent passed on the
Rangers, both time they were ready to let go of Richter and left a
spot for him.
Just because the Wings covered themselves and picked up Hasek's
option does not mean he is playing. Until he decides to return and
play for Detroit there is no deal for anyone.
As for the big names, we will wait and see. I have to admit I love
how players leaving Edmonton talk about how great it is and even
though it's a small market want to stay. Same with the BlueJacket
players who want to be part of something, not just be overpaid.
I wish the players on the Islanders felt the same way. I do not think
it matters to most of them.