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Vanek for Collberg

The Islanders traded Thomas Vanek to Montreal at the wire, bringing back Sebastian Collberg, a 20-year-old right winger, under contract per CapGeek but playing at home with Frolunda (SHL). There are conditional draft picks reported in a few different directions contingent on the Habs’ making the playoffs. Collberg was the 33rd pick in the 2012 […] [Read More]
Categories: Transactions

AMac for Mangene (and some picks)

The Islanders have traded mainstay Andrew MacDonald for a Maine Black Bear and two draft picks. MacDonald goes to the Flyers; they get two picks and Matt Mangene, second-year pro forward who’s been with Adirondack. Capgeek has him a restricted free agent after this year. Edit: As you’d expect, AHL transactions have Mangene assigned to […] [Read More]
Categories: Mangene, Transactions

Isles cut to 23

Nothing stunning in what the Islanders did today to get to 23. Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson stick, as does Griffin Reinhart, at least for the moment. They kept 13-8-2, sending down Joe Finley along with most of the cast that you pretty much figured were on the way. If Nelson and Donovan were in, […] [Read More]

Finley on waivers

Bob McKenzie first reported this morning that Joe Finley is on waivers. If he clears, he’s eligible to be sent to Bridgeport. Finley has been practicing with that Syosset/don’t-call-it-Bridgeport group. This seems to point in a direction, but of course final decisions aren’t due until tomorrow afternoon. The Islanders play their last Grapefruit-League split-squad games […] [Read More]

First cuts ’13/Quine signs (updated)

Basically the only two people who survived that mini-Sound Tigers camp this week were two tryouts. Sean Wiles and Brayden Irwin remain on their PTOs; the rest of the cast is headed for California. Assigned to Stockton were Mathieu Coderre-Gagnon, Ben Rosen, Nick Larson, Sean Escobedo and Parker Milner. Released from their tryouts and sent […] [Read More]

Sound Tigers sign five

The Sound Tigers just announced five signings, some we’d heard, but probably most notably Justin Johnson, late of Manchester. Johnson becomes the first of the likely Sound Tigers with over 200 pro games (293, in fact 317 — forgot playoffs), with 103 107 of those in the AHL for the Monarchs. Here’s a nice Dan […] [Read More]
Categories: Escobedo , Gagnon , Johnson , Milner , Rosen | More

Merry Christmas (transitionally observed): Free agency begins

Quickly, the Islanders made their first two moves: Arthur Staple broke both Evgeni Nabokov’s return and Peter Regin’s arrival from Ottawa on one-year contracts. Our lists are up, and we’ll update here throughout the day. –The first real AHL note: Hershey signed onetime Sound Tigers centerman Jamie Johnson, returning from Europe. –The NHL’s full list […] [Read More]

Buyouts, non-tenders ’13

As usual, no claims that this is complete; your help is most welcome. Compiled along the way, with much help from all over Twitter and the rest of the ‘net, and it’s quite possible I missed some or forgot to add others. Adds since the first post are in italics. Edit: The full and final […] [Read More]

Draft day: Nino to the Wild/picks/Greenwich everywhere

Nino Niederreiter and his agent got their wish: Arthur Staple first reported Niederreiter to the Wild for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick today. Clutterbuck adds grit and some skill to the Big Club (and, as I think Katie Strang first noted, was a teammate of John Tavares’ in junior). Niederreiter obviously has bunches of […] [Read More]

Harper, transition, etc.

He’s an afterthought in the press release*, but the Islanders acquired Shane Harper from the Flyers as part of the deal that sent Mark Streit’s rights to Philadelphia. Harper’s a restricted free agent this summer, due a qualifying offer by July 2 (transition rules) after his entry-level contract expired. Michael Cignoli caught up with him […] [Read More]