On the second day of free agency the New York Islanders spent money, lots of it, on top-6 scoring.
The opening 15min of Christmas In July is normally chaos. A new signing every minute, dollar figures higher than most can count, and pairings of odd bedfellows. That happened to a degree, but after Hour Two.
Nikita Nikitin made the news today. Something about him being a free agent defenseman, negotiating rights, and how he’s the missing Edmonton blue liner. Ok. With Dan Boyle politely declining to sign, the search is still on for a top-pairing defenseman.
So….HOW DID GARTH SCREW THIS UP NIKITIN WAS AVAILABLE OH MY GOD THE BAD FEELS!
The New York Islanders have made their first management changes of the 2014 off season.
Garth Snow is getting more aggressive.
9. Long Island News 12 producer Rob Del Muro with a good tip: Islanders GM Garth Snow attended a season-ticket holder event last week and told one fan, “It would be a safe wager on his part that we would utilize this year’s (first-round draft) pick.” The team has until June 1 to let the Buffalo Sabres know about the selection. If not, Buffalo gets New York’s 2015 first-rounder. The GM added the fan “could wager any amount of money because it wasn’t MY money.” Good line.
“Utilize.” That doesn’t exactly sound like “we will be using the pick to draft a player” now does it.
Garth Snow bluntly stated he is going to revamp his goaltending, as he has no goalies under contract for next season (aside from himself). He promises the best goaltending he can get his hands on. Evgeni Nabokov is staring at an open door to the end of his tenure as an Islander, quite possibly the end of a career. Anders Nilsson has decided to kick his own exit door open with his comments about not wanting to play in Bridgeport. Kevin Poulin is hoping someone remembers he did well enough in Bridgeport to e qualified for 2014-15. Poor Kevin.
Already, a few teams have made moves that have shaped the market for stoppers.
The quality of the final (full) year in Nassau County is going to be on Garth Snow. While acknowledging his lack of roster improvement after qualifying for the playoffs, he has stated Jack Capuano will return behind the bench. Assistant coach Brent Thompson has been assigned to run the Sound Tigers. Retaining Capuano is the vote of confidence that he can return a similar, but hopefully revamped, roster to the playoffs. Why not give Jack more to work with.