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Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 3:59 pm
By: Adam Gretz

Last week we passed along the report that Alexei Yashin's KHL contract would not be renewed, and the claim from his agent that at least one NHL team was interested. It appears that team is Yashin's most recent NHL employer (and the one that's still paying him): the New York Islanders.

Following a report from Sovetsky Sport on Friday that the Islanders and Yashin were in talks, Katie Strang of Newsday also confirmed that agent Mark Gandler and Islanders general manager Garth Snow have discussed a possible return to Long Island. Yashin's contract was bought out by the Islanders in 2007 and he still counts over $2 million against their salary cap through the 2014-15 season as a result of that buyout. 

Said Snow, via Newsday:
"I've had discussions with both Mark and Alexei," Snow said when reached by phone Friday. "I'd rather keep those conversations private, but Alexei has been skating at our practice rink in Syosset and he looks great. I've been on record saying I'd explore all options and any player that would improve our team and help us make that step."
The news of the Islanders interest has certainly drawn some mixed reviews. Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank wonders how, with the future of the franchise at stake, the Islanders can contemplate such a move, even if it's to help Yashin's value on the open market at a time when they need 100 percent of their fans support. And the return of Yashin would certainly have the potential to be a polarizing move within the Islanders fan base.

The Islanders are still $9 million below the NHL's salary cap floor with 20 players currently under contract for the upcoming season. It's hard to believe that Yashin, at this point in his career -- he's 37 and coming off a 15-goal season in Russia -- with no other reported interest from any other NHL club, could demand a huge pay day.

Yashin's potential return to the Islanders, as well as the entire Jaromir Jagr saga that unfolded earlier this month, have been two of the more bizarre stories to follow in recent years, and this one might be the craziest.

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Category: NHL

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:43 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

A perfect match - a garbage player for a garbage team.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:55 am

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

Yashin should play for free since he still costs Islanders $2million agains cap. 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:12 am

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

oh we're so happy your Bruins won like your 2nd Cup in 100 years....that's a real accomplishment.  You won't even win the division this year - congratulations.  The start of the NHL's most prolific dynasty has begun - THE BUFFALO SABRES!!!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:08 am

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

Who cares????  You guys are arguing about Yashin....a player that has always sucked.  Now he's just a washed up player who still sucks.  And you guys are arguing about the Islanders - seriously???

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:32 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

I'm a die hard Isles fan dating back to the late 70's. The only possible scenario that would make sense here is to offer him an incentive contract that only plays if he reaches specific levels. Hell they are paying him 2 million already, he could be a good 4th line centre and a bargin at say $100,000 on the season plus the 2 million he's making with the bonus potentials if he happens to pull it off.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:05 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

It's obviously a completely, stupid move. I can't understand it, nor can I wrap my head around this as a possibility. If they sign Yashin the Isles we'll be paying him 2 million not to play from his buyout, plus a new contract to play. Only the Islanders are capable of such insanity. This team is trying so desperately to win back the support of the fans and the respect of the rest of the NHL, as well as support for a new arena. This is not the way to go about it. However, I must also say that I don't know why fans of other NHL teams give a "F" about what the Islanders are doing. There are 30 NHL teams, 14 teams didn't even make the playoffs including the Isles, and the other 15 pretenders didn't win the Stanley Cup. Unless your a Bruin fan save the pity and sarcasm for your own F'N team. 

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:39 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

This franchise is a complete joke.

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:52 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

What has  Garth Snow  got on the Islanders owner. Snow wasnt much of a goalie and an even worse GM. Didn't he have 5 of 6 goalies signed at the same time. Does he realize only one at a time can be in the net. Was he not around when yashin was there the last time. Maybe they should try and get Alexie Kovalev too. Those two play some of the most unispired hockey ever seen. How bad do you have to be as a player that a KHL team won't even resign you. And how bad a Gm do you have to be that you would bring back a lazy useless player that makes kovalev look like he tries hard.  

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: July 23, 2011 10:31 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

Leave Pat LaFontaine out of it!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:53 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

Garth Snow's ignorance amazes me. I really feel bad for the Islanders as an organization and all 4 of their fans. 

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