Monday, August 3, 2015

New Coliseum Name Within 30 Days?

According to the Sports Business Daily Journal, the refurbished Coliseum could have a corporate name within 30 days.  When news broke last year that they would seek a naming rights deal for the arena I tried to think of who it could be but nothing really fit for me so I am curious to see who ends up getting the deal.  Additionally, like was alluded to in a Newsday article last year, I hope they follow through with having the Veterans Memorial name still serve a presence on the grounds, it would be a real shame if they failed to do that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Agent Frenzy

With today being the start of NHL free agency, we will do our best to keep track of each signing here.

2:05 Buffalo signs Matt Donovan

1:55 Cody Hodgson signs 1 year deal worth 1 million dollars with Nashville

1:55 Bruins trade Zack Kassian to Montreal in exchange for Brandon Prust and a 5th round pick

1:51 Penguins sign Kael Mouillierat to a two way contract

1:51 Lightning sign Erik Condra to a 3 year deal worth 1.25 million per season

1:39 Leafs sign Pa Parenteau

1:31 Jets sign Alexander Burmistrov to a two year contract

1:31 Kings sign Jhonas Enroth to 1 year contract worth 1,250,000

1:24 Coyotes sign Zybnek Michalek to a 2 year deal worth 3.2 million per season

1:03 Calgary signs Michael Frolik to a 5 year contract worth 4.3 million per season

12:54 Phil Kessel traded to the Penguins

12:48 Oilers sign Mark Letestu to 3 year contract worth 1.8 per season

12:48 Flyers sign Micheal Neuvirth to a 2 year deal worth 3.25 million

12:45 Avalanche sign Blake Comeau to 3 year contract worth 2.4 million per

12:44 Andrej Sekera signs a 6 year contract worth 5.5 per with the Oilers

12:39 Sharks sign Paul Martin to 4 year contract worth 4.85 million per season

12:20 Francois Beauchemin signs a 3 year deal worth 4.5 per season with Colorado

12:14 Islanders re-sign Thomas Hickey to 3 year contract worth 2.2 per season

12:12 Islanders sign Thomas Greiss to a 2 year deal worth 3 million

12:10 Leafs sign Matt Hunwick to a 2 year contract worth 1.2 per season

12:04 Predators re-sign Mike Ribeiro for 2 years 3.5 million per season

12:00 Yannick Weber re-signs in Vancouver for 1 year 1,5 million

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Isles Sign Lee To 4 Year Extension

Photo by Zimbio

According to Arthur Staple, the Islanders have signed Anders Lee to a 4 year extension worth 3.75 million per season.
Lee had a breakout season last year scoring 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games.  He also had 1 point in 5 playoff games.  Throughout the season, Lee made the front of the net home and he was rewarded handsomely for it.  Late in the season, an article came out how Lee was offered a multi year extension last summer but instead of taking it took a one year contract betting on himself that he could earn more and it paid off.  Qualities of confidence and determination like that to me are things you look for in guys who wear letters on their uniform.

While the number is a bit higher then I anticipated this is an example of the Islanders betting on Lees goal scoring potential and that he will continue to mature.  With the Islanders lack of size and skill that Lee posses it is great that they were able to get a long term deal done rather than just another short term deal.

Isles Closing In On Deals For Hickey, Lee

According to The Score, the Islanders are closing in on a 3 year 6.5 million dollar contract extension for defenseman Thomas Hickey.

Hickey, who the Islanders claimed on waivers before the lockout shortened 2012/2013 season has had an up and down time with the Islanders.  At times you see what made Hickey worthy of the 4th overall pick in 2007 by the Kings.  However, at times you also see why Hickey was never given a chance in their organization other then their great depth.

I personally don't love this number for Hickey, however it isn't as bad as it could be.

Yesterday, Arthur Staple from Newsday reported that the Islanders were also closing in on an extension with restricted free agent forward Anders Lee.
After not making the team out of camp last year, Lee quickly showed them why that was a mistake as he ended up with 25 goals in his first full NHL season.  Those 25 goals left Lee at 9th in the rookie of the year voting at the NHL awards last week.

I am curious what the salary number will look like for Lee.  I would expect at least 2 million per season after seeing what other players have gotten in similar bridge contracts.  As far as next season for Lee, with the left wing spot open on John Tavares line the sky is the limit for him.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Meet Mathew Barzal

photo by hockeynow

Last night, the Islanders traded Griffin Reinhart to the Oilers for a first and second round pick in the draft.

With the first round pick, they selected center Mathew Barzal from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.  In 44 games last season, Barzal had 57 points including 45 assists.  

The pick was praised among pretty much all fans and most analysts as well.  Prior to the start of the season, Barzal was thought to be a top 5 talent in this draft class.  The main reason he slipped so low was due to a knee injury that kept him out for part of the season of the season.  According to Arthur Staple, Barzals presence at 16 was the only reason the Islanders made the deal with the Oilers.  
The main strength of Barzals game is his play making ability as evidenced by his high assist total this season.  He is also an above average skater, according to hockey's future.

I hadn't thought about it til now but does his selection signal that Frans Nielsen time with the team could be winding down?  Interesting to think about in the coming season as Nielsen is in the final year of a 4 year contract

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Isles Trade Back Into Round 1

After dealing Griffin Reinhart tonight, you probably thought the night was over for the Islanders.  However, you would've been incorrect as for the second consecutive year the Islanders traded back into late in the first round.  They acquired the Lightnings 28th overall pick in exchange for the second round pick acquired from the Oilers in the Reinhart deal and a third round pick.

With the pick, the Islanders selected left wing Anthony Beauvillier.  Beauvillier had 94 points for Shawinigan in the QMJHL last season.

BREAKING: ISLES Trade Reinhart To Oilers For Picks

photo by ESPN

After years of speculation, it finally happened.  Tonight, the Islanders traded former number 4 overall pick Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for a first and second round pick in the draft.  The Islanders had been without first and second round picks due to the Thomas Vanek trade and the Johnny Boychuk trade respectively.  

It had been rumored on and off for years that the Oilers were interested in Reinhart so them as his destination shouldn't come as a surprise.

I know on the surface it doesn't look like a sexy return for a former top 5 pick just three years ago.  However, this was on a similar level to what the Bruins got for Dougie Hamilton.  All be it very different situations, however, even so, when thinking of it like that Garth Snow should be applauded.

Some may that the Islanders didn't give Reinhart a chance to develop as defensemen traditionally take longer to develop then forwards.  However, it was pretty evident to anyone that saw Reinhart this year that he was very slow on his skates and without tremendous improvement in that area he would never really fit in the up tempo system the Islanders play.