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#421 iamtheprodigy

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

If we don't re sign Greene and unload some stuff to Calgary I could feel better about the JBow deal. I mean we will have more space next year.


You mean the JBow deal that's not going to happen?
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:41 PM

You mean the JBow deal that's not going to happen?


Exactly. I'm still pretty firm in my opinion that it won't happen.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:51 PM

UPDATE: Zenon Konopka will not return to NYI:

Katie Strang just posted up a new article on Newsday.com:

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"It's one of those things that, if I was younger, maybe I'd scratch my head and be bitter, but you just learn to be grateful for the time spent there and the experience you had."

"I had a tremendous year as far as our team coming together and reconnecting with the fans and the community," Konopka said when reached by phone recently. "Whenever you have a year like that--to put that much time into the organization and city--it's tough to move on."

Konopka said he wasn't given a firm reason as to why the Islanders were not interested in bringing him back.

"At the end of the day, there are always reasons," he said. "Sometimes you don't figure out all the reasons, but it doesn't change much."
I'll definitely miss Z and he'll find a home somewhere but I can't say I didn't see this coming.

http://www.newsday.c....ency-1.2996357

Answer: "'Cause we're the Islanders....."
IMO if the price is right - this is a prefect grit guy to bring some toughness to our otherwise soft NJ team. Great Face-offs too.
Too bad the rest of the league knows it too.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:56 PM

UPDATE: Zenon Konopka will not return to NYI:

Katie Strang just posted up a new article on Newsday.com:

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"It's one of those things that, if I was younger, maybe I'd scratch my head and be bitter, but you just learn to be grateful for the time spent there and the experience you had."

"I had a tremendous year as far as our team coming together and reconnecting with the fans and the community," Konopka said when reached by phone recently. "Whenever you have a year like that--to put that much time into the organization and city--it's tough to move on."

Konopka said he wasn't given a firm reason as to why the Islanders were not interested in bringing him back.

"At the end of the day, there are always reasons," he said. "Sometimes you don't figure out all the reasons, but it doesn't change much."
I'll definitely miss Z and he'll find a home somewhere but I can't say I didn't see this coming.

http://www.newsday.c....ency-1.2996357

Answer: "'Cause we're the Islanders....."
IMO if the price is right - this is a prefect grit guy to bring some toughness to our otherwise soft NJ team. Great Face-offs too.
Too bad the rest of the league knows it too.


OK. I take back the 8th place seed as Konopka was really the glue that the team rallied around after Rolsson was dealt.
He made the team play bigger and together. This is the one guy the team could not afford to lose.

"Cause we're the Islanders" is appropriate.

Wow, I would love him here, tough, team guy and a great face-off player. Just Wow.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:01 PM

Opps, looks like Gomez maybe on his way to Flordia so they can hit the ceiling.

Nothing confirmed but Gomez contract apparently a drag on the franchise according to FAN590.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:11 PM

Opps, looks like Gomez maybe on his way to Flordia so they can hit the ceiling.

Nothing confirmed but Gomez contract apparently a drag on the franchise according to FAN590.


Damnit, Lou! Call the Panthers and don't stop saying "Rolston" until a deal is done!
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:13 PM

Looks like Gomez is headed to the boneyard along with Campbell.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:13 PM

Gomez swallows
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:15 PM

UPDATE: Zenon Konopka will not return to NYI:


its too bad because if there was no steckel, i'd say that there was a certain place for him here and it would make me feel much better about dealing clarkson. i mean, i suppose if you could get him in here at under $1MM and want to give him pelley's spot, i'd be good with that.

but something must be up that the isles are saying good bye. i'm not sure who they need to give his spot to.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:17 PM

its too bad because if there was no steckel, i'd say that there was a certain place for him here and it would make me feel much better about dealing clarkson. i mean, i suppose if you could get him in here at under $1MM and want to give him pelley's spot, i'd be good with that.

but something must be up that the isles are saying good bye. i'm not sure who they need to give his spot to.


Agree 100%. The reason I had read was because the Islanders re-signed Gillies (?)
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:20 PM

Agree 100%. The reason I had read was because the Islanders re-signed Gillies (?)



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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:38 PM

konopka is good at faceoffs and fighting, but other than that he's not a good hockey player, plus he takes a boatload of penalties. someone will overpay him.

if the islanders use strome in the NHL this year to hit the cap floor, they won't have room for konopka.

Edited by Triumph, 30 June 2011 - 02:39 PM.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:44 PM

konopka is good at faceoffs and fighting, but other than that he's not a good hockey player, plus he takes a boatload of penalties. someone will overpay him.

if the islanders use strome in the NHL this year to hit the cap floor, they won't have room for konopka.

He brings grit and face-offs - it all depends on his value proportionate to $$$ cost.
There's a reason why teams are interested in paying him.
Much rather have him then Steckel if he's under $1M.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:47 PM

Steckel just needs to become aware of the idea that he's a big body and use his size. He's shown flourishes like when he knocked Crosby's a$$ to the ground.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:48 PM

konopka is good at faceoffs and fighting, but other than that he's not a good hockey player, plus he takes a boatload of penalties. someone will overpay him.

if the islanders use strome in the NHL this year to hit the cap floor, they won't have room for konopka.



This is Tri's insecure, knee-jerk reaction to my praising Konopka.

If I would have said Konopka sucks, then Tri would have put him up on a Pedestal along with Gretzky, Howe, Lemieiux and Mark Fayne.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:49 PM

Can we get another thread for FA signings, or change the title of this thread?
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:50 PM

Can we get another thread for FA signings, or change the title of this thread?

I've been posting individual threads per NEW Signing - but this one for Speculation.
I'll change the title.

DONE.

I think CONFIRMED individual UFA signings should warrant their own thread discussion.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:52 PM

This is Tri's insecure, knee-jerk reaction to my praising Konopka.

If I would have said Konopka sucks, then Tri would have put him up on a Pedestal along with Gretzky, Howe, Lemieiux and Mark Fayne.


Keep thinking that everything is about you. Konopka has his uses on a bad team - being good at faceoffs is a good skill to have when you're always in your own defensive zone - but he makes little sense for a good team, which is what the Devils are.

Steckel is a better player, and probably a better value.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:57 PM

Keep thinking that everything is about you. Konopka has his uses on a bad team - being good at faceoffs is a good skill to have when you're always in your own defensive zone - but he makes little sense for a good team, which is what the Devils are.

Steckel is a better player, and probably a better value.

Disagree - Steckel is as soft as Charmin - ask any Caps fan.

He's big but will never use his size.

NJ lacks grit and we need more players who can bring the big body.
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:59 PM

NJ lacks grit and we need more players who can bring the big body.


We have size but we don't use it as much as we can to be gritty(Kovalchuk, Zubrus, White, Clarkson, Rolston,) :(
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