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PHT Morning Skate: Where Islanders won’t make ‘quick fix’ trade

Feb 21, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The amount of money the Ottawa Senators have on the sidelines is staggering, but will they get help via the trade market? (Ottawa Citizen)

The Washington Capitals are likely to err on the side of caution with defenseman Mike Green (lower body) after he returned too quickly from a groin injury last season and suffered a setback. (Washington Times)

At this rate, the New York Islanders will miss the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, but GM Garth Snow sounds like someone who largely wants to stay the course. “We’re not going to mortgage our future to make a quick fix,” Snow said. “That’s not our plan.” (New York Newsday)

Bruins coach Claude Julien had nothing but praise for Lindy Ruff after he got relieved of his duties as the Buffalo Sabres’ bench boss. (CSN New England)

Meanwhile Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that coaches can sense when they’re about to get fired. Hitchcock had a chance to work with Ruff during the 2010 Winter Olympics and he thinks Ruff won’t have any trouble finding a coaching gig. Detroit bench boss Mike Babcock added that “someone is going to get themselves one hell of a person and a great, great coach.” (

It looks like Dallas Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp will get another chance to earn his first career NHL win on Thursday. (Dallas Morning News)

The San Jose Sharks have finally stopped the bleeding, but now they have to build some momentum off of their first February win. (San Jose Mercury News)

Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd will get to play his 500th game against the team that drafted him in 2004, the Carolina Hurricanes. (Winnipeg Sun)

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  1. ahuophfe - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Reblogged this on bnfblogs.

  2. thecheeman - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Wow the Isles aren’t going to trade cheap young players for higher priced veterans? That’s weird glad Newsday cleared that one up.

    • bcisleman - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      No. The Isles aren’t going to trade away their future for a quick temporary fix now. That has been Garth Snow’s policy from the start and he will not change. He is the un-Milbury. And if you read former Islander asst GM and Detroit GM and current Detroit senior VP Jimmy Devellano’s book The Road to Hockeytown, that is precisely what he should be doing. Garth doesn’t stick his finger in the air day to day and change strategies based on current issues. He projects years down the road, decides on strategy accordingly and sticks to it.

      • thecheeman - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Appreciate the sentiment there, and I’m not suggesting they should, the article is just funny. Like was anyone out there asking “I wonder which player that actually costs money the Islanders are going to try and acquire?” Of course not.

        If they could trade Mark Streit for a dead player who could count against the cap without spending a penny they would. Tim Thomas is their third highest “paid” player after all.

      • bcisleman - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Disagree with your Streit comment. Garth does not trade away players who help the team and are reasonable in their demands. Given his TOI, production and value in mentoring defensive prospects, there can be no doubt as to Streiter’s value. He also very much wants to stay and will almost certainly ask for an inflated deal that goes well beyond his real value as PA and Blake did.

        Garth brings in players who will meet needs. He doesn’t spend money for the sake of spending money. If he can meet organizational needs through waiver pick ups and inexpensive free agents, why not? What high priced FA F has been of equal much less greater value than Matt Moulson over the last 3+ years?

      • bcisleman - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Obviously the word not should be inserted between certainly and ask!

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