SNOW UNABLE TO MOVE KONOPKA, MARTINEKDeadline thread: NYI couldn't get their price

4:00 pm: After making their two big moves two months ago, the Islanders made none at the trade deadline other than losing Rob Schremp on waivers and calling up Justin DiBenedetto.

Garth Snow wanted to deal Zenon Konopka, but knew he couldn’t dump the fan and player favorite for merely a mid-round draft pick. He sent out word through the media that a few teams were interested, but could not start a bidding war. There was little chance any team was going to give up a second round pick for Konopka, and no one called Snow’s bluff. When Anaheim moved on and traded a third round pick for Brad Winchester, Snow didn’t have any strong offers.

Radek Martinek was available, but Snow was unable to get the second round pick he required. The defenseman’s long injury history, which includes the present, made it impossible for Snow to ask for much.

In the final analysis for the season’s dealings, Snow did okay for his club. There was no goalie market, so getting a decent prospect for Dwayne Roloson was as good as the general manager was ever going to do. He also saved ownership a lot of money by moving Roloson with more than three months left in the season. The market for defensemen was busy, so maybe Snow could have got a bit more than a 2 and 5 for James Wisniewski. Still, he again saved his team a lot of money by moving him in December and it’s doubtful he would have gotten much more for the struggling defenseman.

Thanks to everyone for checking out Point Blank. I’ll see you tomorrow with a video interview from SNY that I believe you’ll enjoy. (CB)

3:30pm: TSN reporting LI native Chris Higgins traded to Vancouver for Evan Oberg and a pick. Also reporting that the Caps have acquired Jason Arnott from Jersey for David Steckel and 2nd rounder.

3:20pm: Isles announce that they have recalled Justin DiBenedetto from BP. 15G and 23 PTS in 40 games this season in the A.


@KateStrangNYI: #Isles officially done.

3:00pm: TSN is reporting the Leafs have dealt John Mitchell to the Rangers.

2:45pm: Only 15 minutes to go until the deadline but remember trades can still filter through to our ears well after 3 PM if they’re submitted to the league in time. (KS)

2:25 pm: Dustin Penner to LA for first rounder, Teubert and another pick. Brad Winchester to Anaheim, so options for Konopka getting slimmer.

2:00 pm: Chris Campoli to Chicago for pick and prospect. He has to be overjoyed. Smart pickup by Hawks.

1:00 pm: Bob McKenzie – Klesla to Coyotes for Lepisto and Upshall.

12:55 pm: We’ll find out in the next two hours if the Islanders were able to get value for Konopka and Martinek. Anaheim still the leader of a very small group of teams interested in ZK. A half-dozen teams bidding for RM. Snow wants at least 2s for both.

12:05 pm: Rob Schremp claimed by Atlanta. Wideman to Caps for prospect and a 3.

11:05 am: NHL source tells Point Blank that Konopka to the Ducks is a “possibility.”

10:40 am: Apparently, Atlanta no longer viewed Niclas Bergfors as a strong prospect. Traded to Florida for Radek Dvorak.

10:15 am: A Canucks source to Point Blank a minute ago: “I’ve heard the rumors, but Zenon Konopka is not high on our wish list. He’s not even in the middle of our list.”

10:10 am: If the Islanders move Zenon Konopka today, it will confirm that they didn’t believe the Friday war against the Penguins was any big deal, along with my suspicions that management is not a big fan of Konopka.

Monday, 9:30 am: The countdown to the possible farewell of Radek Martinek from the Islanders begins in earnest. If Garth Snow can get a 2 for him, have to believe Martinek will be on the move. Plenty of teams need a depth defenseman today, including Chicago, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. (CB)

11:40 pm: Good pickup by Buffalo. Brad Boyes from St. Louis for a 2.

11:00 pm: Chris Phillips re-signs for three years with Ottawa. Good to see a respected veteran and solid player stay when the ship is leaking.

9:00pm: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Canucks have an interest in Konopka. Says that in general they’re looking for a “big, tough… FO artist”. Sounds like someone we know:

@TSNBobMcKenzie: OTT’s Chris Neil may be touch too rich but you never know. NYI Zenon Konopka may be person of interest for VAN. Good on faceoffs/team guy.


7:30pm: I see a lot of questions in comments about potential trades and value. I’ll throw out some opinions. Personally, who I think could be moved outside of the three CB outlined below…. Nobody. There’s obviously a certain “core” that will be kept unless Garth gets blown away by an offer (and I doubt any such offers will/do exist). We know who they are.

There’s also a group that has little or no trade value. Gervais and Hillen won’t really bring back anything. Even if they could be traded, they’re probably worth, at the least, holding onto for the depth. Comeau could have some value but he’s probably part of the core and, again, isn’t worth giving up for the 5th (?) round pick he would be worth. Honestly, “3rd line winger” isn’t really at the top of a lot of shopping lists. And in terms of trading Islanders picks, especially first rounders, no. No. There’s no guarantee any Isles first rounds picks in the coming year(s) are going to be outside of the Top 5. So that’s more valuable than anything else and not worth parting with. Imagine how it feels in Toronto to watch the Bruins draft Tyler Seguin in 2010 and still have another lottery pick to use in 2011.

However, as I wrote last week I’m pretty optimistic about where this team could be next year. There’s a nice bunch of forwards with an impact player in the WHL who could be ready in September. If the defense can stay healthy, it’s solid. The biggest issues heading into training camp will likely be between the pipes. (KS)

6:30pm: Schultz here. All quiet so far today across the NHL. Maybe NHL GMs are preparing for their Oscar parties? No? Anyway, I’ll be here for the next few hours in case anything happens. I’ll also be around in the comments and you can always catch me on Twitter. My prediction is a quiet deadline since we’ve already seen so much action over the past few weeks and months. (KS)

5:00 pm: Before we go any further, let’s make one thing perfectly clear! Just because Schultz and I are hosting this marathon deadline blog post, it doesn’t mean we’re counting on anything major happening specific to Islanders Country. No false advertising here. All you have to do is read below and read my post from Friday morning on Martinek, Konopka and Schremp to see where expectations have been set. Fair enough? Don’t say we didn’t tell you. It’s hockey, so have fun with it. (CB)

3:15 pm: “If Garth wants to move Martinek, he’ll have no problem doing it.” This was an NHL assistant general manager to Point Blank on Sunday morning. He estimated there are at least four teams interested, including his own. The likely price for the future UFA defenseman is a late second round pick or a prospect. Getting both for Martinek would be a coup for Snow, but it’s possible when you see the prices already paid for defensemen over the last month. (CB)

3:00 pm: The NHL trade deadline is 24 hours from now. Garth Snow traded his two biggest chips – Dwayne Roloson and James Wisniewski – before the season was half-over, but there are still moves the Islanders can make. Join Chris Botta and Kevin Schultz as we post league trades and analysis right until the deadline and, since deals are often completed late, beyond.

In a market in which Tomas Kaberle brings back a good prospect, a first round pick and a conditional second round pick, anything can happen. Kris Versteeg was traded for first and third round picks. Brian Burke also acquired a strong defense prospect for Francois Beauchemin, so he maximized his chips. Mike Fisher also returned a first round pick for Bryan Murray, who once traded a first rounder for Chris Campoli. Even the Ian Whites and Chris Kellys are snagging second round picks. 

After trading Roloson for Ty Wishart and getting a 2 and a 5 for Wisniewski, could Snow spring a surprise before the trade deadline? We want to hear from you throughout, so thanks for participating.

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