8:30 pm: Garth Snow made a great trade Friday evening, acquiring James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional third round draft choice in 2011. Wisniewski, signed by Anaheim this afternoon to a one-year, $3.2 million contract, makes up for the loss of physicality in Andy Sutton and at a much younger age.
The 5-11, 200-pound defenseman is 26 and averaged more than 24 minutes of icetime with Anaheim last season. The Ducks have several young defenseman ready to make their club, while the Islanders had the need and the salary cap space. Wisniewski could become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Read the last two paragraphs from this post of a week ago. Tonight, the Islanders are a much better hockey team because of Snow’s acquisition of Wisniewski.
Your comments on the Wisniewski acquistion are welcomed.