It's a quiet week when you have a press release about a veteran AHL signing, but that's what the Islanders added to the organization in the one-year, two-way deal with center Trevor Frischmon.
Michael Fornabaio, Sound Tigers beat writer at the Connecticut Post, says Frischmon "sounds a bit like Jeremy Colliton: Win draws, play defense, kill penalties, a heart-and-soul kind of guy. He hasn’t posted anything like Colliton’s offensive numbers, though..." That's with the help of some articles here and here.
Sticking with that Fornabaio post, he also shares word of official AHL realignment. Gone (for now) are the seven- and eight-team divisions, as the former Atlantic-residing Sound Tigers now form one-fifth of a new Northeast Division that still includes Springfield and Connecticut but now adds the Flyers affiliate in Adirondack and the Devils affiliate in. If you're keeping track at home: Goodbye Manchester, Providence and Portland.
Islanders and Such
- These were discussed plenty yesterday, but Blake Comeau will file for arbitration, and Zenon Konopka has signed with the Senators, where he can look to create a ruckus.
- Contributions around LHH lately: Thinking through the areener referendum and what happens afterward; debating the "C" word. And if you missed it in comments last week, here's some added discussion (and a look) at that Islanders 40th anniversary patch.
- Arbitration filings: There are a whole lot more where Comeau's filing comes from, and most have the same sort of mixed baggage with them. But then there's Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky both for the Rangers.
- Fun interview with Islanders 2011 draft picks Ryan Strome and Mitchell Theoret, junior teammates picked at opposite ends of the draft. Theoret is prepared to bring the crazy.
- Portland braintrust discuss prospects, and why they ever drafted Nino Niederreiter.
- Also discussed plenty: Cross Keith Yandle off your fantastic dream list, as the Coyotes have kept him in the fold for the next five years. (Conspiracist/rumor monger: "Unless...it was a SIGN AND TRADE!!11")
- Nathan Lawson lands on his feet in the Canadiens organization on a one-year, two-way deal. [Edited. Sorry, had that reversed originally.] Good for him. Absolutely rough year up and down last season, but his prior two seasons were worthy of continued employment.
- Heh, and Tampa Bay adds to its cabal of ex-Isles with ... Trevor Smith.
NHL and Such
Your updated list of who's off the market is at nhl.com here.
Free agency grades at Puck Daddy: Basically, if you spent a whole boatload of stupid money then you got an A, and if you didn't you got a C.
Derek Zona tries to be diplomatic about the Oilers' remnant needs after their big, uh, July moves.
Gabe Descjardins at Arctic Ice Hockey (formerly Behind the Net) is less diplomatic about how silly Dale Tallon's massive moves were:
That's a big long-term financial commitment to declining players; it's a substantial overpay for basically every player on the list; and it still leaves Florida five wins shy of a playoff spot. If you were going to acquire players willy-nilly to get to the salary floor, why wouldn't you adopt a different strategy?
'ockey in Seattle? Long way off, long way.
Puck Podcast about goons and obsolescence.
From comments here (and the Onion, naturally): The Stanley Cup does a lot of important community service.
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Hope those of you who were able to celebrate had a good 4th...and 5th (what day is it again?). Apologies for not being as active in comments this week, but a man's gotta rest and tend to his tan. (Laundry comes later; gym never arrives.)