New York Islanders

Islanders News Articles 6/1 Goodbye Dubie? No deadline on Ridderwall/Johnasson

NYI Fan CentralSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2008

New York Islander Fan Central breaks down Newsday's latest article on the state of the team with general manager Garth Snow's comments.

Among the highlights:

* In short, no offers to Satan, Vasicek, Fedotenko, Berard because the team does not want to load up on players who could take spots from the younger players.

* Tim Jackman is close on a two-way contract extension.

* Jeff Tambellini, Frans Nielsen and Ben Walter will receive qualifying offers along with forwards Sean Bergenheim, Jeremy Colliton and defenseman Bruno Gervais.

* According to the GM, goaltender Wade Dubielewicz turned down the club's contract offer (which Mr. Logan speculates could have been  a two way deal) and outright blames him for DiPietro's workload because he was in poor shape and could not be trusted by the coaching staff to play.

* The Isles interviewed about 100 prospects in preparation for the draft June 20-21 in Ottawa but the draft board is still not set with another two rounds of amateur meetings.

* Mr Logan speculates Aaron Johnson is not likely to receive a qualifying offer because he can go to arbitration and possibly win a one-way contract to secure one of 23 NHL roster spots.

An update from Chris Dey from 5/29 in the LI Business News is also featured.

For those wondering the IIHF and the NHL transfer agreement which the Czech Republic opted out of in January (joining Russia) put the European 2006 Draft class in limbo with no 6/1 deadline to sign prospects Stefan Ridderwall or Kim Johnasson.


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