Folks I actually found some professional writers in newspapers willing to include the New York Islanders in the mix for some unrestricted free agents.
Star Tribune: Michael Russo reports the Islanders are one of several teams that could have interest in Brian Rolston if Tampa Bay cannot close a deal Monday with him after the Wild traded him for a conditional draft pick.
Boston Globe: Kevin-Paul Dupont reports the Islanders are one of a few clubs who could inflate the market for Senators defenseman Wade Redden with a big contract offer.
Calgary Sun: Report Edmonton traded forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene to the Los Angeles Kings for Lubomir Visnovsky. The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed defencemen John-Michael Liles and Adam Foote.
Bob McKenzie reported on TSN John-Micheal Liles and Adam Foote were both resigned by the Avalanche here.
Tsn.ca: Darren Dreger reports on the top free agent defenseman.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
All quiet on the Newsday front now that they have done all they can to get out their viewpoint players do not want to sign here. Our primary paper sure is not good for business or keeping the fans talking about the Isles unless it's negative news.
We can scratch John-Michael Liles and Ryan Malone off the unrestricted free agent list for New York. Liles was in that second tier of defenders you hope could have been signed with a call from Rick DiPietro and would have helped the powerplay while Malone given Pittsburgh's cup run inflated his price and got too long a contract for me. I would expect Tampa will ink Rolston just as they did Malone (who hardly signed for a discount) but of course the either way the Tampa papers will not be telling the readers the 30th ranked club in the NHL last season no one wants to sign there.