Updated: Anders Nilsson signs with AK Bars

Update 5/28: AK Bars has officially announced that they have signed Anders Nilsson

Original Post: Anders Nilsson is leaving the Islanders, according to the Russian sports website Sportbox.ru.

The Swedish goaltender has reportedly signed a deal with AK Bars of the KHL. Nilsson is a restricted free agent and recently said that he did not want to play in the AHL next season.

“My hope and my goal is to play in the NHL,” he told Expressen.se. “But I do not want to play in the AHL. So it will not be the NHL so it will be well anywhere in Europe.”

The 24-year-old netminder appeared in 19 games for the Islanders last season. In that span he went 8-7-0, with a goals against average of 3.11 and a save percentage of .898. Since being drafted in 2009 by the Isles he has played in a total of 23 NHL contests.




124 comments
Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

The Prince of Wales Trophy stays on ice for one more game at least.

mrcisback
mrcisback

                       I heard after the game Montreal filed a missing persons report with the local authorities on Thomas Vanek. Some unnamed sourses informed the police that he was spotted in Minnesota 2 days ago.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Wish Anders the best.  Can't blame him wanting to play in Russia as opposed to Bridgeport.  If he becomes awesome in Russia like Koskinen did I hope we still retain his rights to come back in a few years.

dkdk
dkdk

Please get this back to Montreal

shlo
shlo

Did vanek back check or is it the meds I am taking?

topshelf
topshelf

Thomas Vanek skates hard without the puck...said no one ever!

steviel
steviel

Sure doesn't look like championship hockey! Rangers  are definitely the better team,  still can't believe Montreal beat Boston. The Kings (or Chicago) will crush both these teams.  

jepliberty
jepliberty

Watching the Rangers/ Kings game I was waiting to hear Vanek's name mentioned, finally I did, I believe the announcer said the Hab's sent him to a bedding store to check out the mattresses, as he is an expert at resting.

Jerry Tee
Jerry Tee

The Islanders are a bad team. 

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

No question this kid's getting some bad advice from somebody, probably his agent. Let him go to Russia and learn how to be a goalie. It worked for Koskinen.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

Addition by subtraction. Not sure why the Isles, or Dunham, are taking heat for this kid's failures. Same repeated mistakes in net game after game. Hard to believe an accomplished goalie like Dunham hasn't coached him to make adjustments; kid just isn't getting it and relies on bad habits. His poor on ice performance is only outdone by his poor career decision making. never saw this guy as NHL caliber; in fact I said he was the worst prospect they've called up.


Last season it was time to see what the Isles had in Nilsson and Poulin; sadly, the answer was "not much". They're not 18 anymore. Keep Nabby as a backup; Poulin can play in AHL.

wylie
wylie

Mike Dunham--Goalie coach.Keep up the good work with all our prospects.Another coach with zero accountability.Are our prospects a bunch of busts or are they being mishandled??

shlo
shlo

I miss him already.....

steviel
steviel

@shlo Canadiens score 7 goals and Vanek is a minus 1with 9 minutes total ice time. How much you signing him for?

topshelf
topshelf

@Scott Weinstein not sure its bad advice...it doesnt appear that he will be successful in the NHL so if he plays in the AHL the next step will be to the NHL again (which he failed horribly at the first and second time!). That being said, he will make more money in the KHL and be closer to home. So i actually think that it was pretty GOOD advice.  What i didn't think was good was him voicing his displeasure about playing in the AHL after failing in the AHL. 


Hey if he didn't sign in the KHL i was going to reach out to him for my sunday night league, need a new goalie BAD.  LOL

since72
since72

@bubbamac19 I think that Nilsson agrees with your assessment.  This is why he has gone to Europe.  He knows that he will toil for years in the AHL and may never make it to the NHL.  It is actually a good decision for him because he may do well in that league.

shlo
shlo

@wylie I agree with you 100% on Dunham. Was calling for him to be fired for  months now. I have no idea what he does. The only reason he has the job is his friendship with Snow.

shlo
shlo

@steviel If you read some of my previous posts, I want him to pay us for the privilege of playing on the Island. 

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

@shlo @wylie Exactly. Just another patronage job like Trent Klatt is our head of scouting because he's a FOG (friend of Garth)

Don22
Don22

@shlo @wylie With all due respect, do we really think it's the goalie coach's fault?  Coaches can coach to make adjustments and to tweak slight technical flaws.  They can't teach you how to play goal.  The Mets fired their hitting coach yesterday.  Is it REALLY his fault the Mets can't hit?  Not really.


I just don't think these 2 guys have lived up to their expectations.  Can they still become good NHL goalies?  Maybe, but I don't their goalie coach is going to be the one that makes it happen. 

Don22
Don22

@jepliberty @orange2327 But he did also make some fantastic saves.  I think the Rags could have scored at least 2-3 more times.  I think the Rangers are still going to win, but I don't think it will be because of Tokarski.

Don22
Don22

@slapshot18_rs @Don22 I was going to say the same thing.  For as lousy as he is playing right now, he's not going in th bargain bin.  He may not match the 7 years/7 mil the Isles allegedly offered, but he will still get a good contract from someone. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Don22 yup - hes not having a good playoff run right now, although he was doing well earlier in the playoffs - but at that term you have to sign him.  he'll put up a point a game and at 5 mil a year, you cant overlook that.  we're not bringing in ANYONE thats going to have that type of production.  for 4 years 20 mil, i do that deal. 


i just dont see the market getting that low for him.  he might not a GMs ideal star player to acquire, but when you realize that theres no one better, he'll get signed to close to the money he wants. 

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 I get why some wouldn't want to sign him.  But if you can get him for 4 years for 5 mil or so, you do it.  You pay for him to score goals.  He does it well.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

I see your point, however at what price would they be willing to sign him for, I hope he hasn't been jaded so much he only goes through the motions even more then he has done the past year, his signing scares me.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

Orange, like I said, I don't really want him, his lack of focus and, and tenacity on the ice could be detrimental to the young guys coming up next season, he could be a bad influence to them, instead of a role model. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

My fear is that after the POs are over, and he makes his play for the Stars, that they do not want him, and he then gives Garth a call and Snow signs him even at a discounted rate, I don't want him at any price, he does not fit into the big 'rebuild' Garth is overseeing with this team.

steviel
steviel

@orange2327 i think he is speed dialing Garth right now! i'll bet JT and 50mil sounds pretty good to him right now! no way, no how is right!

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

From the dregs at the bottom, to just an abomination of a team, so I guess we can call that an improvement, and on the way up as they couldn't go any lower.

shlo
shlo

@orange2327 Your guess is as good as mine. Draft at 15 instead of 5??

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 Unless the Isles are under new management, no rooting for them next season.  You are banned.

isles23
isles23

@scott. I'm not saying a change isn't in order or wouldn't hurt but let's not act like we are talking about a guy that has zero qualifications here. Dunham played a number of years in the league and a few good seasons in there. He's not some Joe shmo off the street.

shlo
shlo

@Don22 Forgot about his injury. He may be  what I thought he would, I just don't see any improvement in his game. If Dunham does not get to him  than someone else should.

shlo
shlo

@Isleguy27 If these are his exact words , I stand corrected. The word at the time was that Roy was high on Poulin's abilities in general.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy once described Kevin Poulin as the best goalie in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Roy will see first-hand how much progress Poulin has made when he starts Friday for the New York Islanders at Pepsi Center.

Roy was coaching the Quebec Remparts when Poulin was playing for the Victoriaville Tigres. Now 23, Poulin was a fifth-round pick (No. 126) of the Islanders in the 2008 NHL Draft and is in his fourth season with the team.

"He played well in junior," Roy said. "We played him one year in the playoffs and he was outstanding. I thought he was the reason why their team beat us. I'm happy to see him have a bit of success. Unfortunately, we don't see too much about the Islanders, but he seems to be taking advantage of that opportunity.

Roy never said that Poulin would be successful at the NHL level.

Don22
Don22

@shlo @Don22 And he very well might be a first class goalie.  But he hasn't proven it yet, and I just don't think that Dunham is the reason.  And for what it's worth, Poulin looked pretty good before he hurt his knee.  Now would you credit Dunham for his success prior to the injury?  I don't think it helps that he (they) have played behind a poor defense too.


I guess my point is in my opinion - a goalie coach doesn't make a goalie no more than he will break a goalie either.  


I think with goalies you just never know how they will pan out. 

shlo
shlo

@Don22 Agree with you on Nilson he was probably a "bad' pick, however  if you remember, Patrick Roy said at one point that Poulin has a ton of talent and will be a first class goalie. I am not a judge of goalie talent but I'll take Roy's opinion (and he could be wrong too) but this is where the coaching comes to play. He did not improve, was all over the place. This is where the organization (coach)failed. You may say that he needs more AHL seasoning, I can live with that.