9/5/08

Friday Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/05/2008 08:39:00 AM
One week to prospects camp, two weeks to training camp.

Sarnia Observer: Dave Borody has a few words on Islander prospects Matt Martin and Justin DiBenedetto getting in their final games before reporting to Islander prospect camp next week.

Lewiston website: Reports recently acquired Maxim Gratchev has three goals and five assist in an inter squad scrimmage.

Barrie Examiner/countless sources: Report the Atlanta Thrashers signed first-round pick Zach Bogosian to an entry- level contract, while the St. Louis Blues signed defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, the fourth overall pick in the June draft.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I would guess given Mr Botta's recent speculation on Josh Bailey signing the Islanders are working on a contract for Bailey that will be announced during or before camp for the same reasons many of the top picks are being signed to entry level deals.

Associated Press/several outlets: John Wawrow reports the KHL issued a release accusing the NHL of signing Russian players under contract negating the agreement reached earlier not to sign another leagues signed prospects with deputy commissioner Bill Daly's comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's not as easy to find out if these players signed by NHL teams were under contract to Russian clubs as easy as it would be to know Alexander Radulov had a signed contract with Nashville. Mr Daly says they were not under contract to Russian clubs while the Russians said they are.

What's clear is the Russians did not or could not stop Radulov for signing despite his Nashville contract so they redrew the line in terms of the agreement and did not want to get involved.

One thing for sure is if they cannot get together on this, a new transfer agreement with Russia involved is not looking good.






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