You know, every time I think it’s going to be a busy deadline, nothing….and everytime I think it’s not going to be busy it is (see Ryan Smyth). This year is more of the same.
As we all know Garth Snow has been shopping defenseman Radek Martinek, and Center Rob Schremp. He’s been listening to offers for Zenon Konopka and i’m sure he’ll hear other offers for some of his other “fringe players”. Just because it’s the deadline and the Islanders are again looking at being a lottery team, doesn’t mean that Garth can’t further the cause a bit more. The market for defenseman and depth players is high this year and I could see Garth moving more than just the above players.
It goes without saying that Martinek will be moved, (I have a feeling he’s been sitting not to make his injury any worse). He should catch at least a 2nd rounder, depending on how desperate the acquiring team is, whether a prospect is included as well. Schremp as we all know is now on waivers, and if no one claims him, he should be in Bridgeport before long. Z, as everyone calls him, may be enough of an asset to fetch Snow another 2nd rounder, though I think that may be shooting high (though if Ian White can get a 2nd rounder, why not Konopka).
A player that definitely could be moved is Blake Comeau. Comeau, who is having a statistically strong season, has seen his top 6 minutes diminish as the season has gone on, and Michael Grabner has improved. In my opinion, a players like Comeau, who makes a small salary, is not going to see top 6 minutes (considering he isn’t now and the Islanders have Nino Niederreiter and another top 5 talent coming in June), could be a very valuable player come tomorrow afternoon. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk, but Comeau is someone who could be in play.
Now I know people have heard the names Bogosian and Penner thrown around today on the Internet, I say those names are not coming to Long Island. Not that a trade for either of those guys wouldn’t make sense (Bogosian more than Penner), but I don’t see it happening. I personally would call Atlanta and at least have a discussion about a Josh Bailey for Zach Bogosian deal as it may be a perfect move for both players and quite frankly both teams as well. Bogosian would join a defense crew that includes Streit, Hamonic, MacDonald, de Haan, Wishart and Jurcina and Bailey could be on a line with the likes of Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler. Not saying it’s going to happen, or that it’s even been discussed, but if I were GM, I would look into it. Both of these kids could use a fresh start.
So in review, if Snow does in fact acquire 2nd rounders for Martinek and Konopka and who knows what for Comeau, it could be a fairly busy day for Islanders country, and if that were the case, Garth would own 4 picks in the 2nd round this coming June….more than enough to get him back into the 1st round to snag another top 30 prospect.
18 hours and counting….
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