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Ryan Miller is looking forward to playing less in 2011-12.


"Miller said he's the kind of person who benefits from a strong relationship with his goaltending partner, and said that Enroth has been slow to come out of his shell in Buffalo as compared to the more "rah rah" type of compatriot that Lalime was, but he's impressed with Enroth's talent and is excited to work with his next season."


"When asked about how many games he'd like to play, Miller brought up the stat that no goaltender in the past few years who's won a Cup played more than 65 games in a season, and said he'd gladly play a reduced number if that's the formula."


From Chris Botta (reputable Islanders blogger and former beat writer):


"This is what SNY Point Blank has been told this evening. Another hockey move is on its way. For what it’s worth, we were also told that we’re going to like this one. In our view, it’s the only way spending $3 million on Brian Rolston instead of somebody younger and better makes sense."


Let the speculation begin. Komisarek? Ballard? Doubtful. If it sounds like a hockey move that "will be liked," I assume the Isles will be adding a legitimate talent to their team. Which teams are tight against the cap right now. Buffalo. Do they move Boyes to Long Island? Do the Islanders want or need Boyes?


What do you think will happen?


An interesting read from a few weeks ago - what if the Canucks traded Ballard for Blake Comeau, and signed Chris Campoli? Ballard never got a fair shake last season, but a fresh start may be in order. Speculation is fun, isn't it?!


Colorado signed their two recent 1st round picks yesterday - Landeskog and Siemens. Landeskog has a great shot at making the team, while Siemens (Stefan Elliot's defensive partner) is likely headed back to the WHL.


The Blackhawks have invited Ray Emery to training camp. Emery will battle with Alexander Salak for the back p gig behind Corey Crawford. Salak has a two-year, one-way contract.


Canucks re-signed Jannik Hansen to a three-year deal worth about $1.3 million per. Very good term and dollar figure for a versatile and underrated forward. I think the team may toy with the idea of placing him with the twins at times this season if they can't find a winger for Kesler until the deadline (thus moving Burrows back to line two). Just a thought.


The slap shot on the penalty shot is slightly more common nowadays thanks to Mr. Rolston - I still don't think Luongo understands what happened:


Some thoughts on the Blue Jackets and their 2011-12 power play.

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Czechline said:

Miller I'm glad Miller is planning on sitting a bit more this season... Buffalo has the most pairs of back-2-back games this year, by far with 21 pairs. Enroth will probably get about 20 starts from that alone, knocking Miller back to about 62 starts AT MOST this year... likely less.
July 29, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... If acquiring Rolston is the prelude to another deal, then I doubt that deal would be for another forward, so I don't think Boyes makes much sense here.

@Kevin Luu

Why are the Isles the bad guys there? They were perfectly within their rights to claim Nabokov off waivers and if they hadn't done it, another team certainly would have.


Hamonic is worth at least as much as Schneider, so how is it that the Isles would not only bail the Canucks out on Ballard, but also give them Nabokov and a good young forward in Comeau on top of that?


Bailey has been a big disappointment so far, but Bogosian hasn't taken the league by storm either. There's no way the Isles trade both Bailey and Comeau (24 goals last year) for Bogosian unless they get a little more back than Jim Slater.

July 29, 2011
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Tim Lucarelli said:

Josh Bailey For what it's worth, I seriously think Josh Bailey is on his way out of Long Island.
July 29, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Boyes to NYI Nice prediction there. (seriously)
I like it. Makes sense.
July 29, 2011
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fzusher said:

NYI The Rolston move made perfect cap sense, and Rolston is arguably an improvement on Hunter. If this deal was also needed to facilitate another deal, then either
(1) Hunter needed to be moved to make room, which can't be it as Rolston is higher that Hunter on the depth chart of the same position, or
(2) They needed Rolston to cover for someone being shipped out.

Now Rolston is a 3rd liner at best 5-on-5, but has value on PP and perhaps PK. So whoever he is making available is a PP guy. Parenteau was Isles' no. 2 in PP time per game last year, Comeau 7th and Bailey 8th (I am not counting Weight, who only played 18 games, but am counting Okposo, who played 3smilies/cool.gif. Macdonald was the only D in the top 8, btw, with Hamonic 9th and Jurcina 10th among players with over 20 games (Motteau and Hunter had more time per game than Jurcina, but 20 or less games), so the return of Streit doesn't replace a forward in this top 10. So it seems to me pretty clear it is one of those 3 Fs (Parenteau, Comeau, Bailey) who'll be gone. My bet is on Bailey, as he is unsigned and toughest to quantify - former first rounder with lots of talent but performance that didn't live up to talent and no clear spot in the lineup (3rd C? Winger?). But perhaps even 2 of the 3, as they have Niederreiter to step in as well.

What's the bounty? They need another C, as Nielsen is better suited to being a top 3rd line C than as a 2nd line C. (actually, come to think of it, Nielsen could also be the trade bait). They could definitely use another D, ideally one who brings both physicality and some PP acumen (enough for the second unit). Boyes could be it, though I am not sure he is what the Isles need. I always said I think the Isles could use Komisarek (a local boy), but he's not worth more than a pick. So I'm stumped here.

Which is why i'll go for an off the wall boom or bust suggestion:

Comeau+Bailey+Jurcina/Motau for Bogosian + Slater

Just for shits and giggles (though it does kinda make sense in terms of teams' roster needs and Bogo also being unsigned RFA).
July 29, 2011
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iamlilc said:

... Comeau + Hamonic + Nabokov


Ballard + Schneider
July 29, 2011
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paul said:

... Komisarek looks like a good move, local kid-large contract-crease clearing size

then again why help TML ?
July 29, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

... Unless its a salary pickup, I'd expect 1 of Comeau or Bailey to be included in this deal.
July 29, 2011
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Brayden said:

Joensuu Joensuu has signed a two-year contract with HV71 in the Elitserien.
July 29, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... Jason, read the post again.

For what it’s worth, we were also told that we’re going to like this one.
July 29, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

NYI moves The Rolston move was more to add salery than anything... and they are likley to make a similer move again for a bad contract that can hold for hit the $48 mill cap minimum.

No Bad Contract is Safe.. Huet, Finger, Redden... Marc Savard isnt even outta this... Marc Savard would be a very good move...

A) he could go on LTIR which doesnt have any cap effect unless you go over the cap, so its a given number they can absorb.

B) if he's on IR he doesnt take a roster spot from a young up and comer

After the Islanders sign Comeau, Bailey, Haley and Joensuu thy will likely still need 2-3 million just to hit the bottom of the cap....
July 29, 2011
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Brayden said:

... Preds sign Tyler Sloan
Canucks sign Brad Winchester
Devils sign Stephane Veilleux
July 28, 2011
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Kevin Luu said:

NYI Move nabby u islander scumbags!!
July 28, 2011
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