Wally World, Lou?

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It’s nice to see that somebody wanted Ben Walter, and in particular wanted him enough to deal a couple of assets to get him 18 hours before he would theoretically hit the open market. The Islanders picked up the rights to a Long Island native Tony Romano, which rights are Van Ryn-rule protected through June […] [Read More]

TLC

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This is an attempt at compiling those players who weren’t tendered a qualifying offer, rendering them unrestricted free agents. It’s probably only a so-so attempt. Lists are compiled off links from official sources or news reports, except for the first (source: one post below). Thus, I won’t claim they’re complete. Only have about half the […] [Read More]

A qualified ‘yes’

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Just got word that the Islanders did not tender Jamie Fraser and Jason Pitton in addition to the Botta-reported Peter Mannino. Those three will be unrestricted free agents on Wednesday. They did tender Blake Comeau, Jack Hillen, Nathan Lawson and Trevor Smith — little surprise on any — and Jeremy Colliton, as well, keeping his […] [Read More]

A qualified ‘yes’

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Just got word that the Islanders did not tender Jamie Fraser and Jason Pitton in addition to the Botta-reported Peter Mannino. Those three will be unrestricted free agents on Wednesday. They did tender Blake Comeau, Jack Hillen, Nathan Lawson and Trevor Smith — little surprise on any — and Jeremy Colliton, as well, keeping his […] [Read More]

A qualified 'yes'

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Just got word that the Islanders did not tender Jamie Fraser and Jason Pitton in addition to the Botta-reported Peter Mannino. Those three will be unrestricted free agents on Wednesday. They did tender Blake Comeau, Jack Hillen, Nathan Lawson and Trevor Smith — little surprise on any — and Jeremy Colliton, as well, keeping his […] [Read More]
Categories: General

All I want is to just be free

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Qualifying offers are due at 5 p.m. today, around which time I’ll probably be seeking an audience with Tommy John. It has been that kind of summer. We’ll see what we can get in the meantime. Chris Botta reports that Nathan Lawson was qualified, while Peter Mannino was not. Haven’t confirmed this independently, but a) […] [Read More]
Categories: RIP, Transactions

Rentschler Field

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I must’ve known that this used to be Pratt & Whitney’s airfield. But I’d forgotten until I got up here. In back of the press box is a balcony that looks out over the airfield, with the tower still in the distance and a couple of runways still basically intact. Pretty nice setup here. Got […] [Read More]
Categories: Schools

Science breaks down at those dimensions

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We may get to see the initial returns on whether the Islanders’ second-round pick pans out: Large goalie Mikko Koskinen turns 21 on July 18 and, Greg Logan reports, wants to come over this season. He’s listed as 6-foot-5, 187 pounds, but he’s apparently two inches taller. That’s even bigger than Stephen Valiquette. He talks […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Inexact Science, Vol. 2

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If we had a draft preview, you know it’d be something cynical like this “Alex Daigle or Chris Pronger?” piece from TSN. For the record, This Space has gone back and forth for months between “how can you pass up a goal-scorer?” and “how can you pass up that defenseman?” — and I’m not sure […] [Read More]

Be careful what you do/because the lie becomes the truth

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As Hank noted in the comments, Abbotsford has a logo and sweaters. There’s only so much you can do with “Heat,” I guess. They have themselves a real URL, too. From Tom Benjamin: “Widows 1, Bettman 0.” Mark McGuire of our sister paper in Albany saw a 9-4-5-2-8 putout… at third base. RIP, Farrah Fawcett, […] [Read More]