NHL Free Agency: New York Islanders Avoiding the Frenzy

July 2nd, 2010 by Michael Gasparino Leave a reply »
While the rest of the free world stands vigil awaiting the decision made by LeBron James as to where to next collect his basketball millions, NHL fans themselves are geared up for the silly season.

The free agency period began July 1, and there was a landslide of activity .

But not on Long Island.

Islanders fans have come to learn that when the clock strikes midnight on the first day of free agency, that it doesn't pay to stay up late, or even scour the headlines the next morning. Or the following day, for that matter. Because when it comes to free agents—at least the marquee ones—the Islanders aren't interested.

And you wonder if the feeling is mutual.

A year ago, I suggested in my wish list post that the Isles go out and get Mike Cammalleri, Maxim Afinogenov, and Mike Komisarek. Cammelleri lit it up for the Canadiens, Afinogenov scored 24 goals for Atlanta (and could be bound for Russia this season), and hometown boy Komisarek , well, he had a forgettable year in Toronto. Hey, two out of three ain't bad (maybe now the Isles can get him cheap).

The Islanders could sure use a veteran defenseman, and in day one of th ...

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