NHL free agency frenzy kicked off Tuesday, and there was enough money thrown around to end world hunger. But sometimes, general managers and owners act irresponsibly with their wallets.
What are the New York Islanders thinking? Could they possibly believe that they are going to pick up where they left off last year with Evgeni Nabokov in goal?
There is a goalie who is available who can step into Billy Smith’s long-empty shoes. His name is Tim Thomas.
New York will pay the 31-year-old goalie $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact.
The club will have to pay DiPietro $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact with New York.
According to a report in Newsday, the Islanders will use a compliance buyout to rid themselves of the remaining eight years and $36 million on the now-31-year-old goaltender’s once-historic contract.
For the Isles, it’s all about the next move — and I don’t mean the one to Brooklyn, though that will help, too.
The Isles will assess and look to see what they can improve on this summer. However, the shopping list that has excited fans on Twitter, message boards and in regular conversation is simply unrealistic.
No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.
The Islanders say they are aware of DiPietro’s comments about depression and suicide, and plan to handle the matter internally.
New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has cleared waivers and been assigned to Bridgeport, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.
What Rick DiPietro did back in September 2006 was probably what any of us would have done. He secured his future. And anyone who blames him for that, regardless of how his career turned out, is just a fool.
Embattled and oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro has been placed on waivers by the Islanders and will likely be headed to the minors once he clears, as expected.
Andre Benoit and Dave Dziurzynski scored their first NHL goals and Craig Anderson made 37 saves and the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday.
The look on John Tavares’ face as Monday night’s game ended told you everything you needed to know about the Islanders’ current state of affairs. None of it is good.