Islanders' Tavares signs three-year c...

Islanders' Tavares signs three-year contract

There are 68 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 15, 2009, titled Islanders' Tavares signs three-year contract. In it, Newsday reports that:

John Tavares Wednesday answered the pundit in Toronto who suggested that the pride of Ontario should reject the Islanders if they drafted him No.

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David Volek

Rockaway Park, NY

#62 Jul 17, 2009
Busey wrote:
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wait sorry... I just missed this...
He traded away the 3 top prospects?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHA....
They were healthy scratches who were UFAs after the season....
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA...you are such a moron its great.....
whew...thanks for the laugh...
Ok, have a good weekend everyone.
Im a moron??? Dawes and Prucha were healthy scratches because the Rangers had too many forwards. Before they cracked the NHL lineup they were considered blue chips......
Regardless if they were UFAs or not Sather traded them for nothing..........THAT WAS MY POINT.
David Volek

Rockaway Park, NY

#63 Jul 17, 2009
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Huh? Can you read dude?
I just said that Sather was a moron.
Learn to read before you question me boy.
You also said that the islander fans should beg for a new GM. My post was a direct response to yours. I dont feel Snow did a poor job as GM. My point, was that he was doing a beter job than Sather.
David Volek

Rockaway Park, NY

#64 Jul 17, 2009
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I have no problem with the gamble. It was really the last gasp at trying to win now. Nilsson is an OK player, O ' Marra has yet to crack the Oiler lineup, and their draft pick--a defender--looks promising but has been injured.
My problem is that he did not say to Ryan that he needed to decide at some point in June so that we could trade his rights if he wasn't going to sign. A third round pick in the 2007 draft might be NHL-ready by now.
The De Haan thing is a pure gamble. They are counting on him being the next Mark Streit. They have insisted that De Haan's experience with JT doesn't enter in. It would be pretty silly if they chose him because of JT. First, he won't be NHL-ready for two to three years. By that time, hopefully JT has established new chemistry with his Islander teammmates. Second, JT's critical chemistry will be with his linemates, not with the eventual PP QB.
Kulikoff is the real deal. Bill T. was interviewed and he expects him to compete for a job THIS YEAR. And with FL's blueline losses to FA, expect him to make the team. He is a terriffic skater, shooter, passer, loves to hit and get hit, and is excellent defensively. He was taken out of a game in the third period after playing 30+ minutes and was VERY angry with his coach. He is a total ANIMAL (I mean that in a good way).
I hear what you are saying, and in a perfect world I would agree with you. The problem is Smyth was going to test the waters no matter what. Judging by the fact that he took less money to go to the AVs, i think its pretty obvious that his mind was made up before July 1st came and went. No matter what anyone says, he pulled a punk move, and I lost a tremendous amount of respect for him. Not just because im an islander fan, but if that happened to any other team i would have felt the same way. Better he should have signed with the isles and then told them privately he wanted to be traded, so they could have at least gotten something for him. He knew they were looking to him to be that guy, and instead of being "that guy" he left the islanders holding the bag, and made an already frowned upon organization look even worse.........shame on him. Thats not professional, and thats certainly not the kind of player the isles thought they were getting.

As for the draft picks........you never know. Either way, we wont know until DeHaan makes the club, which wont be for a few years.
Bill

New Westminster, Canada

#65 Jul 17, 2009
David Volek wrote:
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I hear what you are saying, and in a perfect world I would agree with you. The problem is Smyth was going to test the waters no matter what. Judging by the fact that he took less money to go to the AVs, i think its pretty obvious that his mind was made up before July 1st came and went. No matter what anyone says, he pulled a punk move, and I lost a tremendous amount of respect for him. Not just because im an islander fan, but if that happened to any other team i would have felt the same way. Better he should have signed with the isles and then told them privately he wanted to be traded, so they could have at least gotten something for him. He knew they were looking to him to be that guy, and instead of being "that guy" he left the islanders holding the bag, and made an already frowned upon organization look even worse.........shame on him. Thats not professional, and thats certainly not the kind of player the isles thought they were getting.
As for the draft picks........you never know. Either way, we wont know until DeHaan makes the club, which wont be for a few years.
My point is that Garth should have protected himself and gotten something. Nobody from the third round on jumps out at me other than our own picks, but you never know.

We won't know about De Haan for a few years, but expect Kulikoff to compete with JT and Big Victor for the Calder THIS YEAR.
cheba

Eastport, NY

#66 Jul 17, 2009
David Volek wrote:
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Im a moron??? Dawes and Prucha were healthy scratches because the Rangers had too many forwards. Before they cracked the NHL lineup they were considered blue chips......
Regardless if they were UFAs or not Sather traded them for nothing..........THAT WAS MY POINT.
Korprikosky and Dawes were rated as two of the rags top ten propspects as late as April by most scouting sites. This Busey guy is retarded.
On another note, the Yotes couldnt handle Dawes salary so he got put on waivers and was picked up by the Flames. Isles should have definitely tried to pick him up.
David Volek

Rockaway Park, NY

#67 Jul 17, 2009
Bill wrote:
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My point is that Garth should have protected himself and gotten something. Nobody from the third round on jumps out at me other than our own picks, but you never know.
We won't know about De Haan for a few years, but expect Kulikoff to compete with JT and Big Victor for the Calder THIS YEAR.
WOW.......BOLD statement. Well I hope you are wrong, because I would for the Calder winner to be Tavares. haha Hey, call me selfish....
Bill

New Westminster, Canada

#68 Jul 17, 2009
David Volek wrote:
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WOW.......BOLD statement. Well I hope you are wrong, because I would for the Calder winner to be Tavares. haha Hey, call me selfish....
I said he'd compete with Big Victor and JT for it. He might win it. He has an advantage over BV and JT in that his team may compete for a playoff spot....so he might be in a position to help his team actually win something.
Rob

United States

#69 Jul 20, 2009
Bill wrote:
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I said he'd compete with Big Victor and JT for it. He might win it. He has an advantage over BV and JT in that his team may compete for a playoff spot....so he might be in a position to help his team actually win something.
I thought Kulikoff was under contract in Russia and not expected to join the NHL this year. Has there been information to the contrary? Given that they already have Petrov in that situation I think it was very understandable that the Isles stayed away - even if Kulikoff does end up joining the NHL sooner rather than later.

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