Islanders trim to 24

By Bill Bennett

Here is a list from the teams website of players cut today:

Goaltenders (4): Rick DiPietro, Dusan Salficky, David St. Germain, Stephen Valiquette

Defensemen (6): Chris Armstrong, Ray Giroux, Marko Kiprusoff, Evgeny Korolev, Branislav Mezei, Ray Schultz

Forwards (10): Marco Charpentier, Ben Guite, Trent Hunter, Juraj Kolnik, Petr Mika, Justin Mapletoft, Dave Roche, Jason Podollan, Marko Tuomainen, Raffi Torres

Forward David Nemirovsky was released. Bridgeport signees Graham Belak and Bob Lachance remain Sound Tigers property.

What’s next ?

Today moves leave the Islanders with a few decisions to make, and some of them could be the end of the line for a few players. Alan Hahn in Newsday, says the teams payroll is over budget so some players could be bought out of contracts if they are not traded with the Isles taking on part of the salaries.Â

Jason Krog-The former Hobey Baker Winner was on the teams waiver list Friday and went unclaimed. Krog has not been in the teams final exhibition games and was not among the cuts today. If he were in the Isles plans he would have been in the lineup, but with several smaller players on the Isles he seems to be the odd-man out of the organization.

 His new two-year contract may be what kept him from being claimed Friday. Going by the last two years the numbers are there for Krog, despite the Isles affiliate problems. His scoring background in College should make him someone the Isles wanted to protect because he has never really gotten a real look on an experienced team. He is also a player Peter Laviolette knows well because Krog was on the Providence Bruins when they won the Calder Cup. Now the question is do the Isles pay part of his salary so he can play for another team or does the twenty-six year old wind up in Bridgeport until something can be done ?

Alexander Kharitonov-Included in the Aucoin trade it was kind of surprising to see a player with only one year in North America, and someone who made the Lightning roster a year ago would be on the Isles waiver list after such a quick camp and preseason. Makes you wonder why the Isles did not ask for another player in the trade. Is likely the final cut when Dave Scatchard returns and has been in the lineup in the final preseason games.

Steve Webb-I think its time to acknowledge that unless Webb is part of a trade, he is going to make the Islanders and again took the hits that drew power plays in the preseason. A guy who puts your team on a power play is a great thing to have and Webb does this very well.

 He can also sit in the stands on several nights and be inserted for the more physical games. The Islanders want a physical wing, it was not Dave Roche, who was sent to Bridgeport and they did not keep Craig Berube or pick up one in the waiver draft. Unless you add a physical goal-scorer (and teams do not trade them) Webb is going to be the player.

Mats Lindgren-Was protected by the Isles and his game is starting to come to form. He has been injured for the better part of two years and was singled out for praise by the coaching staff for tough play. He is being mentioned here because he is the one guy who someone could beat out for a spot in a long shot.

On Defense:

Radek Martinek-Survived the cut today and the Isles sat Hamrlik and Cairns in the final two preseason games to give him time. This is the player the Isles are giving the longest look and is a fast puck-moving defense man, who at age 25 can step in here. The only thing keeping him out may be that the team cannot trade another defender.

Kevin Haller-Has been very physical in the Isles final two preseason games and is recovering from a groin injury. From the start of camp, this is one of the players Peter Laviolette has wanted on his team and protected on Friday, although he was placed on waivers earlier. He has had no problems getting involved in his brief preseason.

Ken Sutton-Seems to be the odd-player out on defense and was available on waivers Friday. The change in Haller’s status looks like it changed the need for signing Sutton. What is good about this one is Sutton is a player who can sit for long stretches and come in and play well Considering the many fragile defenders on the Isles, he will see plenty of time. Only thing is he may not have signed here for that role and that would explain him being put on waivers.

Dick Tarnstrom-Remains on the Isles roster after today, even though he recorded an assist in Bridgeport’s final exhibition game last night. Has not played in the recent preseason games for the Isles, so if he was in the mix, he would have been here.


Garth Snow-It’s already been pointed out in several Newspaper articles that Garth Snow seems to be the player the Isles want to shop in a trade, and also was the player to be put on waivers after Chris Osgood was claimed. The contract he signed is an expensive one and not going to be easy to move. There isn’t an NHL team that would start him or take his contract, and considering Osgood played 52 games last season because he struggled, this would seem to be a perfect role for Snow. Rick DiPietro was sent down despite rumors the Isles want him to be Osgood’s backup. This is why you sign a guy like Snow for less, so he can be moved easier, but it’s done and a year in Bridgeport would not be bad at all for DiPietro, it will just not be good for Mike Milbury.

Dusan Salficky-Very hard to get a great read on a goalie that played on just one exhibition game and gave up five goals and has little written about him.  He won a prospect game against New Jersey, but now the big question is where can he play ? The only thing that can be read into his goaltending is that he did not do enough in the teams camp to convince the team he can play at the NHL level and that is why he was signed to an NHL contract to begin with. With Steven Valiquette, DiPietro, StGermain and now Salficky two goalies have to find places to play with Trenton being the next stop for someone. Valiquette and St Germain have played the Bridgeport Preseason games.

Rick DiPietro-He was cut today, but this may not be the end of DiPietro making the Islanders. He may stay in Bridgeport as long as the Isles hang onto Snow and move him back up. All indications are he did not do enough in camp/preseason to win a spot and with Osgood/Snow here the Isles are covered in net.