The announcement of Doug Weight‘s injury only reinforces our hunch that the March 4 trade deadline day, somewhat unfortunately, is not going to bring back a bonanza of draft picks and prospects. We’ll continue to do segments of True Value each week, but here’s our latest perspective after Thursday’s news.
Doug Weight: Credit to the Islanders for their honesty today, basically eliminating the notion that the 38-year center will be traded before the March 4 deadline. Since the Islanders like Weight very much, perhaps he will be this year’s deadline version of Mike Comrie and receive a one-year contract offer. Will Weight accept, or will he choose to talk it over with his family in the offseason?
Bill Guerin: The captain has a no-move clause. As of this writing, Point Blank is unaware of any teams in hot pursuit of the 38-year old right wing with a team-leading 15 goals. The rest of the NHL may understand Guerin won’t move far – if he consents to move at all. We don’t see an offer of a contract extension for Guerin in the near future, but that could change based on the play of the captain and his team down the stretch.
Mike Comrie: It’s ultimately up to a player to perform, but Comrie certainly was not showcased when he played all of 12:30 on Wednesday. If the Islanders want to get something of value for the second-line center – a UFA on July 1 – he needs to play his best and the team has to put him in the best situation to succeed.
Brendan Witt: Scouts polled after the last two Islanders games told Point Blank they didn’t expect a serious bidding war for the 34-year old defenseman who is not quite thriving in the Islanders’ system. Those fans who yearned for the fan favorite to be back next season may get their wish. We maintain our position that a trade would be best for both Witt and the Islanders.
Richard Park, Andy Hilbert, Radek Martinek: Three players respected by management and the coaching staff, three players on very fair contracts. None of them would bring back a major piece in a trade. Expect the Islanders to try and re-sign Hilbert.
Trent Hunter: Same as the trio above, and with four years left on his contract. Not going anywhere.
Joey MacDonald, Yann Danis: For the mid-round pick they might get for one of them from teams in search of goaltending depth, the Islanders are better served just letting them battle the rest of the season.
Chris Campoli, Sean Bergenheim: This is where it could get interesting. The Islanders are in a rebuild, so why would they trade either or both of these young home-grown players? Most likely they will not, but consider this. They are the two young Islanders who both a) once again, are having up-and-down seasons with a new coach and b) are skilled enough to garner interest around the league. If the Islanders make the hard decision that this is as far as these two players can go on this team, they could decide the sell high.
To be clear, we would not recommend trading Campoli or Bergenheim and would instead like to see the organization continue attempts to maximize their talents. But from what we’ve seen, it’s impossible to sit here and declare there’s no chance they will be dealt.