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Report: Isles have no plans to trade Niederreiter

Jan 23, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

Nino Niederreiter

It appears the New York Islanders aren’t going to entertain the idea of dealing Nino Niederreiter.

One day after reports surfaced that the Isles prospect wanted out of the organization, a Newsday source claimed GM Garth Snow had no plans to move Neiderreiter.

Snow wouldn’t comment on the demand, but did offer the following:

“All conversations with players remain private, but I will say that Nino has never told me that he’s unhappy.”

According to Newsday, Andre Rufener — Niederreiter’s Switzerland-based agent — recently sent Snow an email asking that he try to trade his client, New York’s first-round pick (fifth overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Here’s more, from Newsday:

Rufener declined to comment on the trade request, which was first reported by

Rufener sent Snow the email last week, during the Islanders’ six-day training camp prior to the start of the current, 48-game season, voicing his displeasure with the team’s handling of his client.

The next day, Snow, along with his coaches from the Islanders and in Bridgeport [New York’s AHL affiliate], sat down with Niederreiter after the scrimmage between the Islanders and the Sound Tigers and discussed why Niederreiter did not get an invite to the NHL camp.

Niederreiter took the training camp snub in stride — “I’ve learned that there are things you cannot control and you can’t worry about those,” he said — but that didn’t make the situation any less strange.

During a camp scrimmage between Bridgeport and the Isles, Niederreiter was one of the best players on the ice, scoring a pretty goal (out-muscling 6-foot-4, 240-pound defenseman Matt Carkner and beating No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the process.)

There are also questions about how much more Niederreiter has to gain at the AHL level. He was recently named to the league’s Eastern Conference All-Star team and has 36 points in 39 games.

That said, there are arguments in favor of keeping him in the minors. Niederreiter had a difficult rookie campaign in 2011-12, scoring just one goal (his only point) in 55 games while posting a minus-29 rating.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Couldn’t hurt to try

  2. killerpgh - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    So everything remains private, but I will tell you this. That makes sense.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      don’t change the quote around to meet your point. he said “All conversations with players remain private, but I will say that Nino has never told me that he’s unhappy.” doesn’t say anything about telling what WASN’T in the conversations.

      • killerpgh - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        He more or less said he wasn’t happy. Why else would his agent, the person Niño pays to repesent him, tell Snow he wants to be traded? Happy players don’t ask for a trade. Unless Niño fires his agent very soon you have to believe his agent was doing what he was told.

      • bcisleman - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        Nino’s just a kid. He is no doubt frustrated at not being in the NHL. He has been pushing to get there all along. I’m guessing that his agent goaded him into this because the agent wants his client to get better compensation so he’ll get a bigger cut. He isn’t being well served by his agent in any event. The AHL is the best place for him now and likely where he’d wind up if he was traded as well.

  3. dkphilly1122 - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Why wouldn’t the Isles at least put him up for the 6 games and see how he does. If he needs more seasoning than you drop him down to the AHL. He couldn’t really hurt the team. If anything he could help them. Either way then they would know where to go after that.

    • islesjb - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Because he’s better served playing top minutes in the AHL instead of playing on our 3rd or 4th line. There is no room for Nino right now on our top two.


      Josh Bailey is coming back soon as well.

      • 19to77 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Brad 23-points-last-year Boyes is in your top six? How the hell wouldn’t Nino be a better choice than that scrub? Grabner can play both wings. Set Nino up on whichever one he’s more comfortable with and watch him go.

      • jl9830 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Because Nino had 1 goal and a -29 last year in the NHL, and Islanders want him, along with Donovan, Ness, Sundstrom, and Nelson, to have a full season in the AHL.

      • islesjb - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        As jl9830, Garth has a plan and he’s sticking to it. He wants Nino to have a full season in the AHL so he can rebound from his abysmal rookie season.

        Boyes is a former 40+ goal scorer who has looked good so far, despite not scoring. At the very least, he is a stop-gap until the organization feels that our prospects are ready. So go ahead and say that Snow doesn’t know what he’s doing by keeping Nino in the AHL. You’re probably one of the same people that say the Isles ruined Josh Bailey by rushing him to the NHL. The Islanders can’t win in the court of public opinion no matter what they do

    • bcisleman - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      5 games and the Isles, like a lot of teams, didn’t want to focus on the kids in a short season. That’s why Ryan Strome was sent back to Niagara==without complaint BTW.

  4. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Im not surprised but if I were the Islanders GM I would try to trade him. They might be able to get something back for him.

  5. 19to77 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Oh, I’m sure Nino hasn’t personally told you he’s unhappy, Garth, I’m right with you there. But when his agent has told you about ten thousand times, it’s what we call a lie of omission. You know damn well he’s pissed off at you, you know why, and you’ve known for a long damn time. Don’t lie to the camera, Garth. You’re bad at it.

    • jl9830 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Who said he’s told him ten thousand times? And since when do 20 year olds who had 1 point in a full NHL season last year get to run the show? Garth Snow is the GM; he runs the show. He hasn’t done a single thing wrong. Nino needs to pipe down and play hockey. Calm down; I can’t understand all the vitriol towards Garth Snow. He’s been a good GM for the Islanders.

      • islesjb - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        19to77 is the same person who said yesterday that Nino thinks the Islanders plan on keeping him in the AHL until he’s 30 and that he’s “wasting away” on the Islanders, while being among the AHL leaders in points.

        His opinion on the Islanders means nothing (yet I still feel the need to point out how clueless he is)

  6. pooinyourface - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    The Wang Dynasty begins next year my friends. That is all…

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