I am surprised I am not hearing the Islanders mentioned in the Keith Tkachuk
rumors. I know Milbury loves him as he almost traded for him twice. The
first time was about 4 years ago and it would have been a blockbuster that
reshaped the Islanders in more ways than you can imagine. It was about 2
months after Gluckswine had taken over and he wanted Milbury to make a big
trade for some Phoenix players that he knew when he was the owner just a
short few months ago. The deal would have sent Tkachuk and Oleg Tverdovsky
to the Islanders for Zigmund Palffy and Bryan Berard. On the same day the
Islanders were supposed to resign Rich Pilon and trade him to Philadelphia
for Janne Ninnima. The Islanders did give Pilon a 3 yr deal but after the
deal was verbally agreed upon Bob Clarke backed out.(sound familiar?) If I
remember right that somehow affected the Phoenix deal, maybe Niinnima would
have been added to Palffy and Berard for Tkachuk,Tverdovsky and Carney.
The Islanders need a center a lot more than they need a powerforward LW
but Tkachuk is the franchise player they need to build around. Maybe if they
got Tkachuk in a trade it would be easier to sign Roenick as a free agent
since they are good friends despite what the media portrays sometimes. I
would think the Isles would be involved in any big name forward trade talks
whether it be Tkachuk,Yashin,Weight, Selanne, Lindros, etc. and wait for the
best deal to come along.
I was listening to the Islander/Devil game on the radio for a few
minutes and Cerny and King were discussing the Islanders future plans for a
1st line center. The way they see it is the Islanders have a chance at 3
different centers whether it is through a trade or free agent. First let me
say that they feel the Isles don't have a chance at Jeremy Roenick. Though
they understand how much Milbury adores JR they feel Gretzky loves him just
as much and will get him signed before 7-1-01. They said they would
guarantee that Joe Sakic would never sign with the Isles. They felt the only
big time forward/center they have a chance at is Pierre Turgeon. They were
saying how great it would be to watch Turgeon "dish" to Czerkawski and
Isbister. Cerny and King were talking about how he has added a grittiness to
his game that he didn't have in 1993.
They said because of financial restraints in small markets that
Alexei Yashin and Doug Weight could come available in a trade.
I really wonder how many guys will actually become UFA's come the summer.
I wouldn't be surprised if say 3 or 4 big names get signed before July.
Let's hope for the best.
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 10:27 PM
Subject: [NewYorkIslanders] Espn Rumors
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Pronger injury may necessitate trade
By Al Morganti
Special to ESPN.com
Already stressed by injuries, the St. Louis Blues season
could be viewed as a breaking point on Monday night when
Pronger suffered the broken left arm which will end his
With Al MacInnis already out with an eye injury, the
whether or not the Blues will make another trade before the
trade deadline has now become WHEN will they make the trade,
will they acquire. Remember, the Blues were keenly
interested in Rob
Blake before he went from Los Angeles to Colorado.
With Blake off the shelf, the Blues shopping list will
defensemen such as Darius Kasparaitis of the Pittsburgh
Sandis Ozolinsh of the Carolina Hurricanes, Robert Svehla of
Florida Panthers, and Sean O'Donnell of the Minnesota Wild.
You can also expect the Blues to check with the New York
about one of three defensemen, Roman Hamrlik, Kenny Jonsson,
Zdeno Chara. The Blues have plenty of young talent to give
up, and in
order to get the upgrade they need, they might have to part
either one of two young prospects on defense, Mike Van Ryn
The injury to Pronger puts even more pressure on a franchise
already in a cauldron of emotional involvement and
its fans. Over the past few seasons, the Blues have been one
better managed, better coached -- and better performing
the NHL. But they remain stationed behind Dallas and
playoff success, and last season's first-round ejection by
left them smarting.
The Blues are serious about winning it all. This time last
attempted to acquire Ray Bourque, only to see him land in
This year they were scouting both goalie Mike Richter, whose
is now over because of injury, and defenseman Rob Blake --
one who got away to Colorado.
Blues management won't simply make a trade to make a change,
did start the whole trade parade rolling when they got Scott
from Florida -- and they are likely to be active right up
final minutes of the March 13 trade deadline. The Blues
truly have to
be on guard against the Dallas Stars landing Michael Peca
Buffalo, or a similar move by the Red Wings.
Even before the playoffs, the Blues have to remain poised,
any slip at all could be the difference between facing a
place team, or a first-round match up against the Red Wings
The playoff pressure has already begun in St. Louis, from
the GM to
coach Joel Quenneville, to goalie Roman Turek, who will
truly get a
test with Pronger and MacInnis out longer. The Blues might
short-term read on whether players such as Turek, Pierre
Pavol Demitra (when he's back) and others fit into their
But for now, the only "future" is keeping it all together to
some confidence for a truly crucial playoff season in St.
Stop the music
The goalie anticipated goalie-go-round at the trade deadline
of its horses when Montreal's Jeff Hackett suffered a
hand injury. The result will be more attempts to get Nick
from Phoenix. The Coyotes decision to extend the contract of
Sean Burke is likely to mean an exit for free agent
Within a very short time, expect either the New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins to make serious bids for Khabiboulin.
question is whether or not Phoenix will try to make a truly
involving Keith Tkachuk instead.
After a truly horrible start, the Washington Capitals have
most productive team in the NHL since December 1. The
is a guy who wasn't even supposed to be with the team this
the season, Peter Bondra. The only deal that Bondra was
with the Caps at the start of the season was a gentleman's
between himself and GM George McPhee. The deal in place was
Bondra played hard, the Caps would try to get him the trade
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to another city. In
place, a deal with Montreal was nixed by Bondra, who then he
he was having too much fun in Washington. The result was a
year deal (through 2002-03) with two more years at a club
was signed in December.
"There was a lot of finesse involved in this, and I think it
work out because we were all civil throughout it" said Caps
manager George McPhee. "When he (Bondra) told me he wanted
trade him, he said he would agree to a long-term deal with
he was being traded to, because that would help make a deal.
really always felt that in his heart, Peter did not want to
Washington. He was banged up with injuries last season, and
"When I got a call from his agent that maybe something could
worked out, I knew he really, really wanted to stay."
With the real deal in place, Bondra leads the league with 17
play goals, and is third overall in goals. The Caps came
week with a 12-game unbeaten streak, with big conference
home against Toronto and Pittsburgh late in the week.
Bondra is only part of the story which also includes 10
10 or more goals, the comfort of having Chris Simon on the
another superb year from Adam Oates, who is third in the NHL
assists. Like Bourque in Colorado, Oates shows no signs of
and tear of age.
Of course, the Caps truly devastating playoff weapon is Olaf
Unlike past seasons, Kolzig has not had to be exceptional to
every night. But he is hitting a nice groove as the season
toward the playoffs, and Kolzig is very capable of being the
difference in any series.
Devils adding depth, not dimensions
The defending champion New Jersey Devils haven't made the
such as the decision to bring in Vladimir Malakhov and
Mogilny at last year's trade deadline, but they improve
last week when they signed veteran forward Bob Corkum, who
waived by the Kings. The move is effective on two levels,
Devils have been missing both Jason Arnott and Scott Gomez
back injuries, and those can flare up at any time. Second,
will help a penalty killing unit which already features a
Trade talk âEUR¦
The Pittsburgh Penguins are still trying to move defenseman
More than a few general managers who are searching for a
at the trade deadline are amazed that the Montreal Canadiens
Weinrich go to the Boston Bruins for Patrick Traverse. Seems
feel they could have made a much better offer, and did make
offers. Maybe the Habs will get more in return when they
Martin Rucinsky or Patrice Brisbois -- or certainly goalie
The San Jose Sharks fate as a division winner or lower
might be sealed at the end of their six game road trip which
through this week into the middle of next week. âEUR¦
Don't count the Eric Lindros to Toronto talks totally dead
The never-ending saga still might be revived over the next
if the Leafs call Philadelphia and decide they are willing
about trading defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Leafs general
Quinn has little interest in such a deal, but ownership
Al Morganti covers the NHL for ESPN.
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