The New York Islanders will buy out the remaining four years on captain Alexei Yashin's 10-year contract in the first step of an offseason overhaul they hope will include re-signing Jason Blake and Ryan Smyth.
New York reached the playoffs four times during Yashin's tenure but never got out of the first round. He had 11 goals and 27 points in 48 postseason games with the Islanders.
I think I have to send him a fruit basket.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow and [head coach Ted] Nolan wouldn't disclose the team's offseason strategy but acknowledged that re-signing Blake, their leading scorer, and Smyth would be priorities.
If he uses the extra money to keep Ryan Smyth AND sign Scott Gomez or Chris Drury, then he will be invited to my wedding. In the meantime, go see Emily's happiness. And don't miss the best picture of a goalie since Jim Craig wore a flag.