Thursday, March 09, 2006

Waiting till next year

Some teams raise the bar; others raise the white flag.

Sparky waves the Isles' freak flag high

Over the course of the past 24 hours the New York Islanders (whose mascot you see above) have traded four veteran players for two prospects and draft picks.

Granted, one of these vets, Oleg Kvasha, has long been a shaggy albatross round our necks. After signs last season that he may actually know what to do on a hockey rink, he's regressed, clogging the works and generally sucking the life from the team every shift he skates. I saw the Isles play New Jersey last month and he was so dreadful that I tried to start a chant mocking him. They benched him the last two periods and the Isles forced OT. Turning him into any sort of asset is a good move.

The rest? I like the deal with Los Angeles, even though it hurts losing the guys we gave up. Tambellini was the leading scorer for LA's top minor league affiliate and could do well given regular shifts the next four weeks. Not sure about the other kid yet. And draft picks, even modest third-rounders, are always an opportunity, and you never know who you may unearth.

In the meantime, we won't be seeing this any time soon.

Those stripes on the uniform sleeves?  These are the guys that earned them.
Gillies looks like he could still lace 'em up, actually.

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