UPDATE Monday 3 p.m. EST: The Trade Deadline has passed, and the Islanders have ... done nothing. The only roster moves were Nathan Lawson clearing waivers and Rob Schremp...not. Schremp was claimed by Atlanta. For those interested, I will discuss the deadline with Steven Grill on Binghamton radio WHRW 90.5 FM Binghamton at 4:30 p.m EST Monday.
The trade speculation has spilled over into Saturday night's recaps and FanShots -- Strang tweeting that Radek Martinek garners "lots of interest" from teams East and West -- so please consider this post our LHH open thread for NHL Trade Deadline discussion (Islanders and otherwise) from now on through the deadline. If it fills up too much, we'll start another one; if there is an Islanders move, we'll create a separate thread dedicated to that. (Note: WebBard's Sunday Bridgeport/prospect update is here.)
First, one plea: You can discuss rumors for argument's sake here, but please do not post every rumor or "my source says" from every hack, sewer-dweller or other sap who runs a rumor site or Twitter account. That request is an (lhh5). If you see rumors, do not share them as if they are true/happening, because usually they are not. In fact, you know the best way to discuss any rumor or report? Take the extra few seconds to post your source and include a link (if on the Web; otherwise cite radio/TV/your janitor, etc.) Then we're covered, and no one gets misled.
A Few Trade Deadline Resources
Our trade deadline primer from last week, just so you know the existing opinion/debate at this site, and so you can bust me for being wrong.
Waiver Questions: Rob Schremp Hockey (and Nathan Lawson) was placed on waivers Saturday. That means the 48-hour period isn't up until Monday at noon. We will not know RSH's fate until then. His waiving could have been a message, a procedural move in case the Isles add bodies, an attempt to cut bait, or an attempt to get him to BPT. We'll know more Monday afternoon.
Katie Strang's Twitter account: @KatieStrangNYI. If the Isles are doing it, she'll have it in due time.
- Bob McKenzie's Twitter account: @TSNBobMcKenzie. The man doesn't spend decades building up credibility just to troll in rumors. If you see it on his account, you can trust it.
- NHL's Trade Deadline blog: A surprisingly good one, with multiple contributors. Their trade tracker.
- TSN's NHL page: It's not the only source, but it's a good one.
- Finally, here's that SB Nation NHL Trade Deadline feed again, with posts from all our team-centric blogs.
Have fun. The Islanders shouldn't be too busy, but you never know. Either way, this is a great chance to shoot the breeze about all the comings and goings in the NHL.