Buzz: Nino Niederreiter Is Seeking A Trade (Updates)

Update, 3:45pm: Arthur Staple gets a quote from Garth Snow:

GM Garth Snow: “All convos with players remain private, but I haven’t heard from Nino himself that he’s unhappy.”

3:40pm: Niederreiter has a bit of history with being upset about his role. Last year, he tweeted cryptically about his role on the team early in the season (that link also discusses the cap implications of him being on the 2011-12 team).

3:25pm: More from Strang:

His agent informed Islanders general manager Garth Snow of the request last week, the source said, although Snow is not believed to be amenable to doing a deal — at least at the moment.

During the lockout, Niederreiter began the year in Bridgeport and has flourished, leaving him and his camp baffled as to why he didn’t get a chance to crack the roster.

According to a tweet from Katie Strang of ESPN NY, Nino Niederreiter is requesting a trade from the Islanders organization because he is unhappy with his current situation.

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If this is true and Niederreiter has asked for a trade, then the Islanders have vastly miscalculated their current strategy of keeping their youngest players off the roster this season.

Ryan Strome was promptly returned to junior without as much as a five-game tryout. Casey Cizikas has played five minutes in two games with the big club. Aaron Ness is arguably in the conversation of being held down as well. Niederreiter and defender Matt Donovan are both AHL All-Stars and both weren’t even invited to training camp. Now, one of those players is (reportedly) unhappy enough with the snub to ask for a trade. If Niederreiter is unhappy a big question becomes; how do the others feel?

Giving Niederreiter another year to develop in the minors is a good idea in my opinion but if this tweet is true and it’s how Niederreiter truly feels, then by not inviting him to camp or giving him any kind of a look for the big club, the Islanders don’t even know their own player. Imagine how it feels to be Niederreiter, a year removed from the big club, making less money, sitting on buses, watching the Islanders pick up four players off the waiver wire. All those players were given spots on the big club. Niederreiter, among others, not even invited.

It’s also not right for Niederreiter (or someone in his camp) to be pushing this public. It kills his trade value and it won’t get him promoted immediately, as the Islanders won’t give in to the demands of a 20-year old. He should be able to handle the situation privately at the very least. But after being mishandled by being stuck on a fourth line with poor talent for all of last season, Niederreiter was mishandled again this year by not getting a look at camp. No wonder why he looked extra motivated at the scrimmage last week.

Stay tuned.