Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Islanders Holding Firesale?

Many people are looking to teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers to start unloading players before the trade deadline but they might want to start watching the New York Islanders. Last nights 3-0 loss against the Ducks dropped the Isles to 13th in the East, just 3 points ahead of Toronto. They also lost Miro Satan to injury after finding out that Mike Sillinger will be gone for the foreseeable future.

Ted Nolan’s a good coach but he’s not that good.

Here’s a list of the Islanders who will be unrestricted free agents in July.

Miroslav Satan
Mike Comrie
Ruslan Fedotenko
Trent Hunter
Josef Vasicek
Chris Simon
Bryan Berard
Freddy Meyer
Wade Dublielewicz

That’s pretty much the core of the team and Sillinger and Bill Guerin only have one more year on their contracts. GM Garth Snow absolutely has to get some assets in return for these guys or the Islanders will be in a lot of trouble this summer.

I’m positive that teams will be making a pitch for Comrie, Hunter and feisty defenseman Meyer. Ruslan Fedotenko has gone into the tank this year but many will remember how he contributed to Tampa Bay’s Cup win in 2004. Comrie could very well end back up with the Senators where he played some good hockey last year.

Wouldn’t a healthy Satan be perfect on the Devils?

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