The Islanders have dealt Nino Niederreiter to the Minnesota Wild for Cal Clutterbuck and a third round pick in a draft day trade.
Niederreiter and the Islanders have been at odds over this past season and had demanded a trade if he wasn’t going to be called up to the Islanders. He spent the year in AHL Bridgeport, where he put up 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists) in 74 games. Niederreiter was drafted fifth overall in 2010, but just did not pan out in the Isles organization.
In return for the 20-year-old the Islanders receive Clutterbuck, who put up 10 points (4 goals 6 assists). He has also come in second the last three years behind the Islanders’ Matt Martin in hits. They also get the 3rd round selection in this years draft.
The Philadelphia Flyers have inquired about Evgeni Nabokov, according to a report by CSNPhilly.com.
A source told the website that the Flyers had talked to the Islanders about the 38-year-old goaltender. Nabokov has expressed interest in staying with the team, but it seems that he and the Islanders will part ways come July 5th when the free agency period begins.
During the regular season Nabokov had a 2.50 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. However during the post-season his play became inconsistent and Nabokov’s numbers dropped to a 4.44 GAA and a .842 save percentage.
NEWARK, N.J. — It is just a day away from the NHL Draft in Newark and four of the top prospects took to the ice this afternoon with some local youth hockey players for clinic at AmeriHealth Pavilion.
Also on hand were several New Jersey Devil’s alumni and the New Jersey Devil.
Islanders Point Blank is reporting that there could be a change in the Isles radio coverage. A source told the SNY.TV blog that “a change to the Islanders radio deal is imminent and could happen as early as next season.”
Since 2010, WRHU Radio Hofstra University has carried every Islander hockey game, with veteran play-by-play man Chris King calling the game alongside Hofstra broadcast students. With WHRU being a college station the range is limited and it showed in Arbitron ratings released today. The Islanders had the lowest cume (which is the cumulative audience of a broadcast) among Persons 6+ with just 2,000 and had just a 0.1 share when it came to men ages 25-54.
As expected the Rangers, who’s games are broadcast on ESPN New York 98.7, and Devils, who are on WFAN, both finished ahead of the Islanders.
WFAN and ESPN New York both carried Isles games during the team’s first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However those game were produced by the students at WRHU.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark also suggested the team would try to get on a “major” radio station when asked by a fan on twitter. Yormark and the Barclays Business operations staff is now running the business side of the Islanders.