Espn: David Amber of our favorite network where Scott Burnside, Teri Frei and THN's Adam Proteau who make their living at bashing the Islanders today rates the moves that have worked out best to this point so far among NHL teams and has the Islanders signings this summer at third.
3. Comrie, Fedotenko and Guerin sign with Islanders
The Islanders took a huge hit this offseason after losing three of their five top scorers (Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin and Viktor Kozlov) and failing to re-sign Smyth. With 40 percent of their offense gone, GM Garth Snow had some work to do. On July 4, the fireworks began as free agents Mike Comrie, Ruslan Fedotenko and Bill Guerin were all signed within a 24-hour period, and Snow did it without having to destroy the team's salary cap by getting locked into long-term deals. In the Isles' first 10 games, the trio combined for 14 goals and 33 points. Comrie and Fedotenko are proven scorers who are both playing for contracts next season, while Guerin is coming off a 36-goal season and provides leadership to a young team.
Comrie signed a one-year $3.375 million deal; Fedotenko signed a one-year $2.9 million contract and Guerin has a two-year, $9 million deal.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good job overall by Amber here and the words " so far " are the key.
It's kind of boring to write this but you cannot make a determination in July, August, September, October or November. Nice comments but a season is a marathon, not a sprint.
Islanders are off to a good start so far and have reached twelve games. Ask me when we get to March and April and if the Islanders are in contention and if they are built to win come playoff time. Then we'll know if these signings were the right call.
Would have been nice to see Burnside or Frei do this and give a little credit instead but its not laced with sacrasm or insults.
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