New York Islander Fan Central for Thursday has an update on the club signing Brent Skinner, the daily articles, a blog on the team's roster, the departure of Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko to Pittsburgh, and the upcoming blog notables among several items.
Newsday: Greg Logan's article has Garth Snow's comments that he absolutely signed Doug Weight because of his relationship with Bill Guerin and that both have always been good when teamed together with the writer's speculation that Weight's bonus incentive could be tied to how many goals he sets up for the captain.
The general manager also thought his team needed an upgrade at center with Mike Comrie, Mike Sillinger, Richard Park, and Frans Nielsen. He thought that Richard Park can also play wing and that his line-up needed more offense from the center position to distribute the puck and make their line mates better and that Weight will help the power play.
In terms of Mike Sillinger not skating until August, Snow is quoted as saying this was not really why he signed Weight, but to give the coaches more options and create line chemistry.
Mr. Logan speculated on the potential lines and limited openings with too many
one-way contracts with Garth Snow's comments he probably is done shopping for free-agent help, but he will still poke around and make calls with the beat writer reporting Danis will be the new starting goaltender for Bridgeport.
Newsday: Greg Logan updated the Isles blog with a lot of line speculation which mostly centered around where Ted Nolan would play Jeff Tambellini vs. Sean Bergenheim.
Mr. Logan also reports that because of the Weight signing, the Streit feature will be pushed back to Friday's paper.
NY Times: Stu Hackel's blog had comments from Shawn Avery that nothing was really going on with the Islanders, but if they were smart they would have made a bid for his services. Another blog was done here on the NHL, but ends with a long commentary on the Islanders signing Mark Streit here.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a few words from the newest Islanders/Sound Tiger in Yann Danis along with comments from coach Jack Capuano and Team President Howard Saffin about both Danis and Mike Iggulden.
Ct Post: Mr. Fornabaio has several updates in the Ct Post blog along with some of his own speculation that Garth Snow could still tinker with the roster.
Sound Tigers.com: Announce the signings of center Mike Iggulden and defenseman Brett Skinner to one-year, two-way contracts.
Mike Iggulden was profiled yesterday and in the Ct Post today.
Brent Skinner spent last season with the Providence Bruins and posted the best numbers of his career scoring seven goals and 40 assists for 47 points. The 25-year-old has played three seasons in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose, Portland Pirates, and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights totaling 17 goals and 73 assists for 90 points. Prior to his AHL career, Skinner played three seasons with the University of Denver winning two National Championships in 2004 and 2005.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has been keeping a depth chart of players under contract to New York/Bridgeport for next season.
Newsday: Greg Logan updated the Islanders Newsday blog and corrected an error on how many one-way contracts he reported, but again notes the few spots on the current roster if any more players are signed.
He also notes the two way qualifying offers to most of the prospects and that Tambellini, Gervais, Walter, and Colliton all would have to clear waivers on the way down to the AHL if they were assigned to Bridgeport and that Frans Nielsen was qualified on a two-way contract for 30 more NHL games.
In the notables department, Tsn.ca reports here that the Pittsburgh Penguins have verbally agreed to deals with forwards Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko with both one-year contracts, with Satan earning $3.5 million next year and Fedotenko $2.5 million.