Point Blank: Mr Botta reports the Islanders Wednesday placed forward Jon Sim on waivers.
Sim has two days to be claimed by another club.
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog confirms Mr Botta's report from the club, gives his speculation on the move and also reports defenseman Joe Callahan has been returned to Bridgeport with Andy Sutton expected to play against Pittsburgh.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Could see this coming a mile away between his impact in games and the clubs record.
Sim has not had much of a role or looked like a good fit on any one line, a player who averaged seventeen goals a year in Atlanta seems a better scoring bet on paper here than it's turned out so far.
To be fair Scott Gordon never found a line for him where they could get the most out of his game, still he was on pace for fifteen goals.
Bottom line we have done this dance many times back to last summer between Sim, Comeau, Bergenheim and Tambellini. They have four left wings, Hilbert is also a left wing and has outplayed/outproduced him.
Something has to give whether or not he is claimed, as Mr Logan and most point out Sim is a very good team player.
Tambellini also has to return or face waivers. I'm not sure Garth Snow is done here with Comrie also due to come off IR based on Scott Gordon's comments. Mike Sillinger's time (or Comrie's) could be short for this franchise once he proves he is healthy unless the Islanders must take back salary to stay above the cap floor.
Given the record and the standings they have to give opportunities to the younger players.
Only mild surprise was Sim was one of the few veteran forwards under contract for next year if you look ahead to the possible departures of Guerin, Weight, Comrie.
Has to be noted another team could be placing someone on waivers, Islanders would be one of the first clubs who can put in a claim. This was around the time Mark Recchi went on waivers last season.