New York in the Sundin-Schneider mix/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/28/2008 01:09:00 PM | | Darren Dreger describes the Islanders as a dark horse team in the mix for Leafs unrestricted free agent Mats Sundin claiming general manager Garth Snow has been persistant to keep his team in the mix.

Mr Dreger also speculates the Islanders have an interest in bringing back Mathieu Schneider.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
These things are what they are until Sundin and Schneider's agents confirm or deny the Isles involvement unless Garth Snow actually has something to say and he is very unlikely to do so.

Considering the Isles have a lot of depth at center I would think if Sundin did sign here Mike Sillinger or Mike Comrie would be traded unless Sillinger does not intend to return or unable to.

On defense six defenders (not including Jack Hillen) are under contract for at least the next two years so do not bet on Schneider returning for his second go around with New York because he's not a durable player and not in line with what this team is advertising with a youth movement if it plans to give Campoli, Gervais or Hillen an opportunity among others.

Let's just hope if Mr Logan (or another Newsday reporter) writes about Sundin signing somewhere when they come around to mentioning the Islanders possible involvement make sure to include whether the Islanders offered a front-loaded contract
here with bonus money which the Islander beatwriter failed to do last summer instead of waving the everyone wants to be Ranger pom poms (as Larry Brooks did claiming it was not about the economics) and only providing the public the part of the story that would stir up Islander fans omitting that a corporate team is better suited to offer a front-loaded contract and an advantage the CBA did not take into account.

Of course Garth Snow made it very easy for Greg Logan to omit that part when he's bringing up the Coliseum as an issue but it's still something our beatwriter should have made clear if he's talking about the Islanders offering those players similar contracts.

Don't think for a second front-loaded contracts and bonus money are not a big deal to a free agent because by the final years of that agreement they can be bought out and lose a big part of the money they signed for (see Alexei Yashin) if you need any proof.

Cory Witt in his Islander media blog posted a very classy letter from blog boxer Jon Jordan announcing he will not be part of the program next season here with his reasons.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
NYI Fan Central wishes Mr Jordan the best of luck moving forward with his writing career and will continue to carry his work in our blog box feeder here at NYI Fan Central because of the outstanding quality and content.


  1. 1) Have to agree that this rumor makes zero sense for all involved. Sundin in our opinion is unlikely to play anywhere but in Canada, and certainly not to a US based team that is in a ‘rebuilding’ mode
    2) The Isles would unlikely spend big bucks on a 37 yr old for 1 season, displacing a roster spot/quality ice time from a younger developing player
    3) Its late August. very little real hockey news so some are forced to create their own. Of course Eklund makes up stuff year round. ; )
    4)Hadn't heard the Schneider-to Isles rumor til now. he might like to return home to his native NY, but he also has a big contract and doubt wang/snow want/need his services.

  2. Hi Faux,

    1. Only Sundin and his agent have any real idea, no one from the Isles is officially talking either way.

    2. I'm not sure in the event Sundin signed here it would be replacing anyone but Mike Sillinger and pairing Sundin with Okposo and one of the left wings in Bergenheim, Comeau or Tambellini is not a bad idea and changes nothing. Snow was in the mix for Forsberg too last year so this is nothing new.

    Sillinger if reports are correct did not start skating from his hip surgery until August.

    Only place you ask questions here if it's blocks Josh Bailey from a roster spot going into camp.

    If it means Hilbert or Richard Park depart I would not see that as sacrificing any youth movement.

    3. If it comes from Mr Dreger of Tsn it's notable, if it comes from the site you mentioned it has no place here.

    4. Islanders have too many defenders locked up for at least the next two year to sign Schneider and I think that would be a major blow to any chance Campoli or Gervais have to qb the powerplay with Streit. Schneider is not a durable player or that productive at this point and his defense is questionable.

    Thank You.


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