Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Summing up the trade deadline and more

The trade deadline has come and gone, and judging by his comments, Garth Snow was unable to make the deals he wanted to make. If he wanted to trade significant veteran assets, perhaps he was thwarted by Mr.Wang, who most certainly would not want to throw in the towel when the team is in the thick of the playoff race, for PR purposes, of course. Either way, the lack of movement was a big mistake. The Isles are going nowhere fast. A team with the character of Oleg Kvasha CAN NOT succeed in the playoffs. They would have been much better off getting as many assets as possible in exchange for Miroslav Satan (if he was willing to waive his no trade clause), Josef Vasicek, and Ruslan Fedotenko (unless an extension is imminent).

To be fair, the deals that were made were solid moves. It’s a great sign to see Chris Simon go, considering his close relationship to Nolan. Nolan has often been criticized for playing favorites, and rightly so. How else do you justify Andy Hilbert on the top line for half the season, and Simon coming right in after a suspension to break up what was the most energetic line (Tambellini-Nielsen-Comeau) the Isles had all season? But hey, that’s besides the point. Good move getting Simon out of Nassau—he had clearly wore out his welcome with the Islanders faithful, and quite frankly, he brought absolutely nothing to the table. Jeff Tambellini will reclaim the roster spot and will not disappoint.

Ridding of M.A. Bergeron was another instance of addition by subtraction. Bergeron’s atrocious defensive play, combined with the disrespect he showed toward Gerard Gallant earlier this season, earned him a one-way ticket to Anaheim, where he will undoubtedly have a spot on the powerplay, if not a seat in the press box most nights. Keep an eye on him—if he gets a regular shot, he could be a solid pick-up for the stretch drive.

As for the acquisition of Rob Davison from San Jose, Snow succeeded in bringing in a solid third-pair defenseman with all-around skills. Davison was a healthy scratch most nights with the Sharks and will undoubtedly be thrilled to be playing a regular shift with the Isles. The 6’3" defenseman is known for sticking up for his teammates—a trait the Isles desperately needed.

Besides the dealing, Garth Snow also busied himself with signing Trent Hunter to a five-year deal. Hunter may be a loyal Islander, a decent checker, etc. But he is not worthy of a five-year contract, considering his declining play. Since joining the Isles for the infamous Toronto series in 2002, Hunter’s play has gotten progressively worse. His skating ability rivals that of Eric Godard, and he now boasts a shooting percentage of around 4%. The scary part is that Hunter should be in the prime of his career, and he is on pace for an 11-goal season. Like all long-term contracts, the question is how is this guy going to perform at the tail end of the deal? At this rate, Trent Hunter is destined to become the next Mark Lawrence.

Mike Comrie was also inked to a one-year contract extension for $4 million. $4 million you ask? What warranted the 25% increase? Who knows? Regardless, it’s a good signing in that Comrie has expressed his desire to remain with the Isles, though I am skeptical about his intentions. What if Hillary Duff decides hockey players aren’t her thing anymore? And what if Comrie actually puts up first line numbers? Either way, it’s good-bye, Mike Comrie. In all seriousness, if Snow is able to add a top line center (Jokinen?), and Comrie can drop to the second line, then this is a good move. Otherwise, don’t expect much more from Comrie than what we saw this year.


Hot

Miroslav Satan (14-21=35,-5) was going strong with three goals and two assists in a string of five games, but has since gone pointless with a –4 rating in his last two.

Trent Hunter (8-26=34,-9) has a goal and seven assists in his last ten games. The sad part is that he has just two goals since Christmas. The saddest part is that he’s signed for five more years.

Ruslan Fedotenko (15-16=31,-6) has seven goals and an assist in his last ten games, including a goal in each of his last two.

Josef Vasicek (13-16=29,+3) has two goals and seven assists in his last eight games.

Richard Park (9-14=23,-4) has fallen back to Earth and off the first line, and has one assist in his last nine games to show for it.

Sean Bergenheim (7-10=17,+3) has three goals and three assists in his last nine games, but he still finds himself stuck playing 4th line minutes. When one of the best players in the league (Teemu Selanne) says he should be playing more, maybe Ted Nolan should listen.


Cold

Rick DiPietro (25-23,3 SO,2.67 GAA,.907 S%) has played well enough to give the Isles a chance to win every night, with the exception of his last outing vs. Pittsburgh, when he allowed four goals on 21 shots.

Mike Comrie (18-27=45,-20) has gone pointless in four after a solid run of six games during which he contributed four goals and four assists. Comrie has a team-worst –20 rating on the season.

Bill Guerin (19-16=35,-13) has gone without a goal in eight games, adding just four assists in that time.

Bryan Berard (5-8=13,-13) has gone pointless in six games following a three point effort in Toronto. But, more importantly, Berard is now the undisputed powerplay quarterback after the trade of M.A. Bergeron. Expect a bump in BB’s production.


Projected lines

Hilbert-Comrie-Guerin
Fedotenko-Vasicek-Hunter
Bergenheim-Park-Satan
Tambellini-Nielsen-Comeau

Witt-Martinek
Gervais-Meyer
Davison-Berard

Scratches: Johnson (if Witt returns)

PP1: Gervais-Berard-Satan-Comrie-Guerin


On the mend

*D Andy Sutton (torn hamstring) is out until at least late March.
*D Brendan Witt (sprained knee) is day-to-day.
*F Mike Sillinger (hip) opted for surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
*D Chris Campoli (shoulder) is out for the season.
*F Shawn Bates (hip) is out indefinitely.
*F Jon Sim (knee) is out for the season.


Upcoming schedule

Thu. 2/28 @ Atlanta
Sat. 3/1 vs. Philadelphia
Sun. 3/2 vs. Florida
Tue. 3/4 @ Rangers
Thu. 3/6 vs. Rangers

Direct questions and comments to FantasyNYI@hotmail.com.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found this site using [url=http://google.com]google.com[/url] And i want to thank you for your work. You have done really very good site. Great work, great site! Thank you!

Sorry for offtopic

Anonymous said...

Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

Anonymous said...

Hi !.
might , perhaps curious to know how one can collect a huge starting capital .
There is no initial capital needed You may commense to receive yields with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you need
AimTrust incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

Its head office is in Panama with structures around the world.
Do you want to become a happy investor?
That`s your chance That`s what you desire!

I`m happy and lucky, I began to get real money with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. If it gets down to choose a proper partner who uses your money in a right way - that`s AimTrust!.
I earn US$2,000 per day, and what I started with was a funny sum of 500 bucks!
It`s easy to join , just click this link http://wurudefyma.maddsites.com/irywywe.html
and lucky you`re! Let`s take this option together to get rid of nastiness of the life

Anonymous said...

Hello !.
might , perhaps very interested to know how one can make real money .
There is no need to invest much at first. You may begin earning with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you need
The firm represents an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

It is based in Panama with affiliates around the world.
Do you want to become a happy investor?
That`s your chance That`s what you wish in the long run!

I feel good, I started to get real money with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to select a proper partner utilizes your savings in a right way - that`s it!.
I make 2G daily, and my first deposit was 1 grand only!
It`s easy to start , just click this link http://ozilokeso.o-f.com/vucode.html
and lucky you`re! Let`s take our chance together to get rid of nastiness of the life

Anonymous said...

Hi !.
You may , probably very interested to know how one can reach 2000 per day of income .
There is no initial capital needed You may commense earning with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you need
The company incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

It is based in Panama with affiliates everywhere: In USA, Canada, Cyprus.
Do you want to become really rich in short time?
That`s your chance That`s what you wish in the long run!

I`m happy and lucky, I started to get real money with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. If it gets down to choose a proper companion utilizes your money in a right way - that`s the AimTrust!.
I take now up to 2G every day, and my first deposit was 1 grand only!
It`s easy to get involved , just click this link http://itiwapyxu.servetown.com/xexemi.html
and lucky you`re! Let`s take this option together to become rich

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone!
I would like to burn a theme at here. There is such a nicey, called HYIP, or High Yield Investment Program. It reminds of financial piramyde, but in rare cases one may happen to meet a company that really pays up to 2% daily not on invested money, but from real profits.

For quite a long time, I make money with the help of these programs.
I'm with no money problems now, but there are heights that must be conquered . I make 2G daily, and my first investment was 500 dollars only.
Right now, I managed to catch a guaranteed variant to make a sharp rise . Visit my web site to get additional info.

http://theblogmoney.com

Anonymous said...

Good day, sun shines!
There have were times of troubles when I didn't know about opportunities of getting high yields on investments. I was a dump and downright pessimistic person.
I have never thought that there weren't any need in large starting capital.
Now, I'm happy and lucky , I begin take up real income.
It gets down to choose a correct partner who utilizes your money in a right way - that is incorporate it in real deals, and shares the profit with me.

You may get interested, if there are such firms? I'm obliged to answer the truth, YES, there are. Please get to know about one of them:
[url=http://theblogmoney.com] Online investment blog[/url]

Anonymous said...

World delivery triphala Online nexium Buy tulasi ED benemid Free pills biaxin 10mg aricept

Anonymous said...

Certainly, never it is impossible to be assured.

Anonymous said...

Glad to materialize here. Good day or night everybody!

Let me introduce myself,
my name is Nikolas.
Generally I’m a venturesome analyst. for a long time I’m keen on online-casino and poker.
Not long time ago I started my own blog, where I describe my virtual adventures.
Probably, it will be interesting for you to utilize special software facilitating winnings .
Please visit my web site. http://allbestcasino.com I’ll be glad would you find time to leave your opinion.

Anonymous said...

It is remarkable, rather useful message

Anonymous said...

40489.....68454

Anonymous said...

[url=http://sexrolikov.net.ua/tags/Sweets/]Sweets[/url] Online porno : [url=http://sexrolikov.net.ua/tags/%EF%E0%F5%F3%F7%F3%FE/]пахучую[/url] , это все смотри