The Morning Skate: News and Notes

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Islander County has calmed down considerably in the last 24 plus hours since the whirlwind start to the week that saw the Islanders make a huge trade and then play their first of the year against the rival Rangers. 

At practice, Brock Nelson has been bouncing around the lines, spending time as the first line’s extra yesterday and now the second line’s extra player today. On Tuesday against the Rangers, Nelson took Colin McDonald’s spot on the right wing of the fourth line.

Thus far, there have been no updates on the injured Brian Strait and the concussed Lubomir Visnovsky.


A large portion of Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts column this week focused on the Vanek trade. Here’s one of the bullet points, where he speculates that the price for Ryan Miller is north of the price for Vanek. If true, that’s kind of frightening to think about what the Islanders would have had to give to get Miller:

2. Islanders GM Garth Snow is getting grief for taking Thomas Vanek instead of Ryan Miller, but the way Miller is going, do you think Regier is trading him for Matt Moulson’s expiring contract, a first-round and second-round draft pick? Me neither. Regier said Monday he has “no offers” for Miller, and really hasn’t had any since the summer. When the goalie does get traded, the bet is it’s for a price Snow wasn’t willing to pay for a rental.

Speaking of Ryan Miller, I think it’s also about time win-loss record for goalies stopped being a way to judge how a goalie is performing or even a statistic this is tracked at all. Wins and losses are obviously something the whole team is responsible for, not just the goalie, and Miller is the perfect example.

Thus far Miller is 1-9 with the Sabres, which is a horrdenous record and is outside of the Top 30 in the league in wins. But it doesn’t match who Miller is as a goalie. Despite playing on an awful team and being 1-9, Miller still has a .914 SVP, which puts him 18th in the NHL – *cough* better than Nabokov *cough* . He’s also the goalie that every fanbase without a solid starter wants to trade for, including this one. So yeah, 1-9 is not even close to representative of his talents or even how anyone is currently judging his talents. Let’s just leave W/L on the curb for the garbage truck.


Bridgeport captain Chris Bruton is out a month. The Sound Tigers lost 5-3 in Hartford last night. They gave up another shorthanded goal, which makes six allowed already on the year. They’re also 4-for-47 on the year with the man advantage, so they’re actually getting outscored on the power play through their first seven games.


In ex-Isle news, Rick DiPietro got his first AHL start yesterday for the Charlotte Checkers. He allowed four on 29 shots and wore a red uniform, which just looks weird.

LHH also debuted the Rick DiPietro owner’s manual, which is hilarious and you should go read it.


Defensive prospect Adam Pelech made the OHL Super Series team. Pelech has 13 points in 15 games and is a +10 for Erie so far this season.


Also: This insane columnist wants the Caps to trade Alex Ovechkin. Ok…

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