3/4/09

Final Review of Islanders Trade Deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/04/2009 04:17:00 PM
All in all Islanders did not have a lot of options with Bill Guerin in a trade deadline the salary cap absolutely was an issue for many teams.

Garth Snow was obligated to sit out Guerin if there was trade he wanted to make to improve his club whether it fell through or not and the player had his NTC.

Having written this other clubs did get second rounders for players with less career playoff cache than Bill Guerin and considering what Phoenix did with some marginal pending UFA it begs the question should Snow have gambled on altering his mix by trading a Martinek, Witt or even Hunter for some of the players the Coyotes received from Philadelphia and the Rangers?

I'm not considering the trade for Jokinen, that was a financial deal the Coyotes had to make. I'm talking Upshall, Dawes, Prucha.

Numbers don't lie on Guerin's recent play but it looked like Snow he dealt from a position of weakness after he sat out and got less than one would expect for a player who was worth a first rounder two years ago who led a poor offensive club in scoring.

Overall the first rounder was the prize coming out of this deadline in the Campoli deal.

Moving forward this means Witt, Martinek should be part of the team. Doug Weight I thought could be in play but now he has no playoff prospects and should be in no rush to return to the lineup. If he does resign it will likely be without Guerin if he decides to continue his career at all.

Only big loser on this day for the Islanders was Jon Sim, who cleared waivers despite his recent play and was sent to Bridgeport. Obviously Nate Thompson is Scott Gordon's player, he seems bullet-proof and will be in the lineup as long as he is healthy.

I suspect Jon Sim is heading for buyout country this summer if his recent play was not enough to keep his roster spot.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has the highlights of Garth Snow's press conference with the media.




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