Islander/NHL Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/10/2008 02:49:00 PM | | | | | | | | | | | |
Isles website:Posted the XM interview with Brendan Witt who appeared on XM Satellite Radio's "The Power Play" on Channel 204 NHL Home Ice, with Jim Tatti & Gary Green.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Nice job by the Isles getting this for the fans. I do not have XM radio and thanks to them I got to listen to Witt give us a good interview where I learned about what he thinks about the club, we do not get nearly enough insights from the assistant captain.

Globe & Mail: Report Calgary Flames have announced former Islander Duane Sutter has been named as their director of player personnel with another former Islander Jamie McLennan has been appointment pro scout and director of goaltender development with comments from Darryl Sutter and Flames President & CEO Ken King.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Congratulations to Duane Sutter and Jamie McLennan. Report the Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Pavol Demitra for two years/four million.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not much else out there in terms of those " name " free agents forwards unless were talking Sundin, Sakic, Shanahan, Selanne and of course Peter Forsberg. Not sure I left anyone else out but a lot of age/injury problems come into play with this group.

Globe & Mail: Eric Duhatschek/several media sources report the Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Nikita Filatov to a three year contract with the legal battle for his rights expected to begin with GM Scott Howson and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly's comments. : Report on the talks regarding the transfer agreement with Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly representing the NHL, Executive Director Paul Kelly representing the NHLPA. The meeting was hosted and led by IIHF President René Fasel. Have more on the IIHF report that both sides will respect the others contracts with comments from Bill Daily, Rene Fassel & Paul Kelly. Russian league founder Alexander Medvedev also attended but left early with all sides expected to gather in New York on September 4th. Mark Seidel who is the chief scout for North American Central Scouting in his Hockey News blog gave the New York Islanders an A+ grade for their performance at the draft while pointing out some downside on Cory Trivino and Aaron Ness.

Other notables:
European here reports:
Rob Davison had signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
Former goaltending prospect Andy Chiodo has transferred to Dinamo Minsk.
Mike Morrison has transfered from Bridgeport to HDD Olimpija Ljubljana.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Rob Davison for a player sitting for months in San Jose stepped in and did a good job after the trade deadline, rarely did he get beat or make mistakes.

I remember the folks going wild when Chiodo was not signed and actually made it to the NHL with Pittsburgh for a while.

With the signings of Mannino and Danis it seemed like a lock he would not be back in Bridgeport. I wonder where Mike Mole who was not qualified finds a spot?

Wataway News: Philip Paul-Martin has a feature on former Kitchner Rangers and UNB player (Rob Hennigar's team) Nathan O’Nabigon who Ted Nolan was impressed with according to the writer after watching him an an exhibition game last fall who is looking to make the jump to the AHL this fall.