Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Newsday’s Arthur Staple calls in

NHL.com’s Brian Compton looks into the Isles’ free agent signings from goaltender Chad Johnson to forwards Mikhail Grabovsky and Nikolai Kulemin. Plus, Brian welcomes Newsday’s Arthur Staple to the show for his take on last week’s signings.

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28 comments
Frank Trovato
Frank Trovato

All efforts should be made to bring Yandle here. If you have to do a 3 for 1 or 3- for 2 trade... you have to do it. Bailey, Grabner, Mayfield, Pokka, Pelech... any of those guys can and should be in the mix if they are talking to Arizona. 

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Guys I only mentioned Free agent Del Zotto and trade for Johnny Oydua because it won't cost as much. Players like Yandle, Edler, Dustin B., Dion P, and others...the teams want someone like Lee, Brock, Nielson, or the top 2 Defenseman in the system.

Other alternative besides Del Zotto and Johnny Oyuda would be Weidman from The flames but again teams don't want Colin McDonald, Donovan, and Grabner cast offs.

dinbigd
dinbigd

C'mon guys Isles are better now than they have been since the Ozzy years. Granted the games must still be played but how after all the offseasons of nothing can you not get excited about this team. I agree now that the questionmarks lie on the players & coaches for this team. A losing streak of more than 5 should not be tolerated by Garth. Heres to a good closeout season for the Coli.

mrcisback
mrcisback

 I read that Calgary made an offer for Josh Bailey. I'm curious to what that offer was.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Snow has to go trade for a defenseman we are so clogged in the forward position. If nothing at least trade Josh Bailey and Matt Donovan for a 2nd pick.

Fall back is Michael del Zotto sign for 2 yrs.

I like to see them sign Yandle but coyotes will ask for a big return and just feel Jets are not sure if they want to let go of Dustin B. As for Dion P from Toronto he will not accept a trade to the islanders.

Ajay Gill
Ajay Gill

What about Lee BC didn't Q staple when he left him off his top3 line prediction? Also didn't mention that Pokka is playing in Europe so it's either LI or Finland. Don't get me wrong its great to have some dialogue about the Isles but not much mentioned other than Frans is staying rest could've been made by any fan.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Just wanted to comment on the move to Brooklyn. Living in canada all my life I've only been to the coli a few times. I've been a die hard since 78. And that rink is the only rink I've ever felt at home in. There is no place like it. Just love it. I'm not happy about the move but you guys will know way more that goes on behind the scenes then I will as far as the political side goes. I will be making the trip for the final regular season game. Will Brooklyn work? Only time will tell. And that will be if they win or not. The core is there and the depth is there. So it's now up to the guys on the ice and the coaches to get it done. Garth has done his part. This is going to be a great season. I feel we will get to the second round. I'll say this if they win a series and the clincher is on Long Island those walls may cave in due to the noise. I'm pumped beyond belief for what we are going to accomplish this year.

since72
since72

@David Di Gesu  Forget Oydua, the Hawks want picks or prospects for cap reasons and we are trying to move Bailey and cut down on our excess forwards.


The need for a vet D is to mentor our young guys for a couple of years.  Del Zotto doesn't fit that need.  


Wideman is a good name.  Big cap hit, but we can take that.  The Flames are interested in Bailey.  If it takes adding Dono, I would do that.  


No way do I trade Nelson, Lee, or Strome.  I would stand pat with what we have before dealing them.

dzruggie
dzruggie

Where did you read this?

dzruggie
dzruggie

@David Di Gesu Have you not been following or listening to what Snow said about a top 4 d?  The return was would have the fan base go nits which means it would KO, or Strome, Neloson package etc.  You just can't throw out the absurd notions / names.  You have to believe Snow made inquiries about available D but there was no trade to be had.  

philj
philj

@David Di Gesu Keep in mind we have the pieces to overpay for a defender. Bailey, Martin, MacDonald, Boulton, Carkner, Strait, Donovan.

I would package Bailey Strait + Donovan for Franson (Isles take back some salary)

-or-

I would package Bailey Martin + Donovan for Petry


I personally wouldn't mind either of these deals but I think Boulton should be waived.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

A player in mind that won't take a king ransom to trade for is Johnny Oyuda

kevinpt
kevinpt

@orange2327

Don't get me wrong, I'd love for them to trade for a 1st/2nd pairing defenseman, but I honestly think they'll be okay with the D they have as long as one of the two things happens: Viz comes back healthy or Reinhart plays like everyone is saying he can. Ideally, both things happen, and hopefully guys like CDH and Donovan continue to improve.  With a huge upgrade in goal and hopefully some better offense and more time spent in the offensive zone, I think the defense overall will be better than people think.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

Whoa Vic, he is still counting the defensemen, hasn't gotten to the forwards yet.lol

mrcisback
mrcisback

@dzruggie Actually it was from the Buzz for what its worth. I get those two confused. Spectors had Edmonton, and others interested in Bailey.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@dzruggie I read that two days ago on spectors.

army72
army72

@philj @David Di Gesu I live in Ontario and leafs are everywhere. I watched many leaf games. Franson is not worth Bailey Martin and Donovan. I would not do more than Donovan +pick for Franson.  There's a reason why the leafs had the worst shot for and against ratio in the league.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@philj @David Di Gesu FIrst you cannot package the throw offs from one of the worst teams and expect another GM to say - this is great.  No.  That said Petry is a great option.  He is young and a big body, shoot right and plays minutes.  The Oilers need a center and we have tons.  The rumor is they asked for Nelson.....But if I am Snow I hold out and try to hook them on Bailey and another asset.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

@philj @David Di Gesu I disagree about Matt Martin. He is a player any Cup team needs. It's not the score sheet with him, but ask his teammates if they'd rather play with him, or without him. Night in and night out, he gives it everything he's got and more.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Your relying a lot on a first year player in Griffin Reinhardt. Other then Lubor V. You don't have any power play specialist

jepliberty
jepliberty

@wangbegone 

That sounds like an infatuation there. Hope he means dreaming and not dreamy, unless DW Fraser is a female.

swan
swan

@orange2327 Sigh, you really need to know the game better for as much as you guys post. MDZ and Oduya are the definition of poor options.  Both are lefty shots and neither are top 4 dmen.  Jeez, Louise.


Oduya is a 3rd pairing on a good team and would only prevent Reinhart from making the jump this season.  Del Zotto is still a prospect with more potential than a regular NHL game.  Which is why he still doesn't have a job.  Would rather see Reinhart, Pokka, Pulock get protected time to develop their game than Del Zotto.  TJ is a better option for the Isles than Del Zotto.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@orange2327

I'd love to have a legit no1 dman, but that's not happening - not in a trade or free agent signing. The isles best hope of having a no1 dman is developing one of their prospects into one. Hence why they need to give guys like Reinhart a chance this season.