Qualifying offers & Isles notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2008 05:35:00 PM | | | |
Islanders website: Reports the club has extended extended qualifying offers to forwards Sean Bergenheim, Jeremy Colliton, Frans Nielsen, Jeff Tambellini and Ben Walter along with defenseman Bruno Gervais. All will become restricted free agent if they are not signed prior to July 1st, 2008.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The Islander, Sound Tiger and Utah rosters are updated. Due to a mistake on my part the pending Islander UFA profiles were all deleted but will stay as such unless they are resigned.

Nothing that was not in Greg Logan's update from early June, including Johnson not expected to be qualified which is really the only big news along with Steve Regier who has been a big part of Bridgeport for a long time. Bridgeport's defense needs to have more drafted prospects than Dustin Kohn.

Islanders website: Also report Garth Snow again on Wednesday was a guest on XM Satellite Radio’s Hockey Today with Scott Laughlin & on Tuesday night, Assistant General Manager Ryan Jankowski was a guest on The Pipeline Show, which airs weekly on the Team 1260 AM in Edmonton. Hosts Dean Millard and Guy Flaming discussed the 2008 Draft with the Isles assistant general manager.

Newsday: Greg Logan updated the Newsday blog on the qualifying offers with his own speculation on rosters spots along with why the club did not claim Kyle Wellwood from the Leafs.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What's important here that Mr Logan told us Bergenheim is the only qualified player who could elect salary arbitration among the players qualified.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio notes the moves but on the Bridgeport front Drew Fata, Mike Mole and Steve Regier were not included, making them unrestricted free agents.

Nothing on Masi Marjamaki or Luciano Aquino, I will ask Mr Fornabaio on his blog.
Mr Fornabaio answered on his blog and wrote he did not think a player sent home three times in Marjamaki or Aquino were going to get an automatic raise.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio also confirms this morning's report Wade Dubielewicz signed with Ak Bars in Russia from the clubs website.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I saw the report this morning on Dubie's two year deal this morning but went conservative until elite prospects/european prospects or a credible source confirmed.

All I can do is wish Wade Dubielewicz the best of luck. I only wish he got a chance in the NHL. My speculation is Islander fans have not seen the last of Dubie when his contract ends and he gets another chance to sign here. For what this is worth it is not confirmed Dubie is still able to sign with an NHL club as unlikely as that would appear but we see players leaving Russia all the time in season (including Garth Snow during the lockout) so we'll see how things play out and root for Dubie to dominate.

Tsn.ca: Reports Vancouver claimed Kyle Wellwood.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
This means New York had an opportunity to claim him and passed.