Islanders announce signing of RW sniper Juraj Kolnik and other team notes

By Bill Bennett

Last season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec League, the 19-year old right wing posted 53 goals and 106 points in just 47 games. Kolnik also notched 15 goals and 37 points for the Quebec League Champions in 18 postseason games.

His two year junior totals produced 95 goals in 109 career games. His linemate Brad Richards was signed to a three year deal with Tampa Bay earlier this summer.

Kolnik is likely to spend a year in the Islanders minor league affiliate in Lowell because the Isles have few spots open on the teams depth chart at right wing with Maruisz Czerkwski and Mark Parrish on the first two lines, Dave Scatchard, Bill Muckalt, or Mats Lindgren as right wing on the third line, and Steve Webb as the 4th line right wing. Mike Stapleton and Claude La Pointe will likely be on the teams 4th line with Webb.

As Al Arbour once said about another right wing named Mike Bossy, ” Give me the homerun hitter ”

In Juraj Kolnik the Islanders have got one.

Taylor Pyatt from all indications is ready to join the Islanders and is likely to be the rookie forward who joins the team this year.

Dimitri Nabakov and former Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog, who looked very good after going to Providence after a poor start at Lowell will also get a chance to make the team so its going to be very competitive.

And camp includes Robert Petrovicky, Jesse Belanger and Jeff Toms, who at 27 was on a point a game pace playing in thirty plus games in the Caps farm system and may challenge enforcer Steve Webb, who drew penalities, threw clean hard hits
and earned his play time.

In other Islander news:

The team has invited Barrie Colts Goaltender Mike D’Alessandro to the teams training camp which opens September 6th in Lake Placid.

D’Alessandro 19 was 11-3-0 with a 2.67 GAA and may find a home if Rick Di Pietro makes the big team.

The Islanders have announced they will have their own minor league affiliate in Bridgeport next season, and will be run by the teams origional owner Roy Boe.

The Isles current agreement with Lowell in the Ahl will not be renewed after this season, and again this season the Kings and Isles will provide players to fill the roster.

The New Ownership will be honoring former President and General Manager Bill Torrey on Jan 13 before a game against Pittsburgh.

Several players reported this week to work out on Long Island and unsigned players Brad Isbsiter and
Zedeno Chara were among them and are both taking a low key approach to negotiations, with Isbsiter saying yesterday ” Its just Negotiations ”

From the: Its more than just negotiations dept.

Roman Hamrlik is waiting for a better offer than the one he received and for the most part his agent has maintained the Isles be fair, but did say ” The later it gets the harder its going to be to get a deal done” I think the big question is, do we want Roman Hamrlik for six years ?

I think he will be signed because Milbury made this deal and does not have any leverage and the organization needs to sign their marquee player.
Reportedly the Isles have offered 6 years 20-25 million, I say give him three years 12 million and at age 29 we still control his rights, three years is a long time and Roman needs to do more than just produce on the powerplay, he needs to produce at even strenght also.

Little is happening on the Kenny Jonsson front as Mike Milbury is standing firm on not giving the teams captain a raise, but to this point it has not become Anson Carter and Harry Sinden in the media. Based on everything Jonsson said at the trading deadline last year Jonsson wants to be an Islander and likes playing for coach Butch Goring. He wants to be compensated for basically being left out to dry without help the last few years and in truth he has a point and should get a moderate raise.

From the teams side they want to see if he is concussion-free and Milbury talked about a deal for him by Christmas if he shows he can stay healthy and contribute as he did the year he scored 14 goals.

Were going to get our answers soon.

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