Friday, August 17, 2007

Vasicek Joins the Middle on the Island

The Islanders remained busy this week by adding Josef Vasicek to the mix down the middle for the upcoming season. Vasicek signed a 1-year deal worth $750,000 and will join a long list of new faces to arrive on the Island this summer.

Vasicek scored 6 goals and 22 points last season between Carolina and Nashville in only 63 games. He didn't pick up a great deal of points, but in the two cities last season, he didn't see a great deal of ice time, only averaging about 13 minutes a game. He might be able to jump into a role which grants him more ice-time, possibly in the third line spot and may earn some more time if injuries start to plague the club. He's a long shot of a sleeper who may come around during a mid-season waiver draft.

Bill GuerinMike SillingerMiroslav Satan
Ruslan FedotenkoMike ComrieTrent Hunter
Richard ParkJon SimShawn Bates
Jeremy CollitionJosef VasicekChris Simon

Jeff Tambellini

Marc-Andre BergeronRadek Martinek
Andy Sutton
Chris Campoli
Brendan WittAaron Johnson
Rick DiPietro
Wade Dubielewicz

The addition of Vasicek down the middle has bumped Jeff Tambellini from the team update chart, but you can't count out the young forward to possibly make the cut in training camp. He will remain as the fifth centre, as Chris Simon still has games left on his suspension, but will still count against the cap.

This week also saw the unveiling of the club's new uniforms. They join the Buffalo Sabres with having the players' number on the front of the uniform, which I have heard will be a standard among all clubs in the coming years. The Islanders home jersey will have many of the same colours as it normally does doesn't look too bad. Since there is no third jerseys this season, the Islanders will not have their all-orange jerseys, which haven't been overly popular in some circles.

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Anonymous said...

Dude, his name is Jeff, Jeff Tambellini. Bot Steve, Lord Sakes!

opiatedsherpa said...

Ha ha ha... how right you are. The trouble with being a Canucks fan... having his Dad in the front office.