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Report: Alexei Yashin’s agent says they’re negotiating with Islanders, ‘seriously considering’ the offer

Jul 22, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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While there is an undercurrent of semi-decent deals, the New York Islanders still seem like a franchise that’s capable of just about anything. GM Garth Snow seemingly began the “lifetime contract” movement with a thud by signing Rick DiPietro to that ill-fated deal. There’s also that whole fiasco with Chris Botta from a media standpoint and the fact that the team’s future hangs in the balance of a vote for a new arena to keep the hockey world entertained.

The Islanders apparently didn’t reach their “weird” quota yet during this off-season, however. Dmitry Chesnokov passes along word from Sovetsky Sport that Alexei Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler said that they are negotiating with the Isles and they are “seriously considering their offer.” Chesnokov reports that Gandler didn’t elaborate any further.

As we discussed earlier this week, it’s quite possible that Gandler is using the dangling carrot of an NHL return as a negotiating ploy to drive up his client’s value in the KHL.

That being said, it’s widely known that Islanders owner Charles Wang is quite fond of Yashin from his previous stint with the team. (Even though they eventually opted to buyout his monstrous contract in 2007, a decision that carries more than a $2 million cap hit for the next four years.)

Yashin acquitted himself reasonably well in an injury-shortened final season in the NHL, scoring 50 points in 58 games in 2006-07. The mercurial Russian forward was productive in his time overseas too, scoring 187 points in 220 regular season games and 40 points in 43 playoff games.

Of course, Yashin has a reputation for affecting teams negatively in ways that aren’t as obvious as the simplest of hockey statistics. Then again, some of those issues probably resulted from the baggage related to his comical contract and other money-related disputes. If his “second” paycheck with the Islanders would be reasonable, perhaps he would be able to get something close to a clean slate in Long Island.

It’s unlikely that hockey humorists will cut him or the Islanders a break, though. If this far-fetched situation actually ends up coming to fruition, it should be equally entertaining whether Yashin succeeds, fails or falls somewhere in between. We’ll guide you through the twists and turns along the way.

  1. islandersfan - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Dear Mr Wang/Garth Snow

    I do not know if this report is true or not but please believe me when i say as an huge fan of the Islanders … I seriously hope this is just yashins agent talking out of his rear. If I ever see Yashin in the NHL again he belongs with another group of mercenaries in New York commonly referred to as the Rangers. Islander fans have been though this one too many times already!

    • mattinglyssideburns27 - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      man im a MASSIVE islanders fan too, and i couldnt disagree anymore. yeah we got the shaft with the first unbelievable deal. but that was milburys fault. he wasnt as good as what he got paid, of course he was going to underachieve. but at a discounted price he may be servicable, if even to court nabokov to play with us, because they are buddies. we have a goaltending issue, and that needs to be resolved. but yashin could be alright playin on the third and powerplay. if he gets a spot ahead of bailey up the middle ill lose my mind though

      • islandersfan - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        a) the only goaltending issue we have is DiPietro is broken, behind him we have some good young talent and Nabakov/Montya who can hold the fort until they are ready

        b) from a strict talent standpoint you may be right but the bad memories alone are enough to make me cringe and some break ups are just meant to be final. Throw in the fact that he’s never been a good “leader” type in the locker room and the fact we have a very under rated young impressionable team and I treat him as nucleur waste to be shipped anywhere but here.

  2. thegonz13 - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Once he returns to the NHL, he Will return to his overpaid, overrated, underachieving ways.

    Leave Yashin in Russia. He was not missed here!

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