New York Islanders Daily Insight 7/2/17: Free Agency Speculation and Joe Sakic's Unrealistic Demands
Mar 5, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (42) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

With Free Agency window set to open today at 12:00 p.m., the New York Islanders have been mentioned with the name of a couple free Agents, including Justin Williams.

The Islanders are not expected to be very active in free agency, but it hasn’t stopped General Manager Garth Snow from inquiring on some pending UFA’s.

There has also been a lot of buzz surrounding 23-year-old LW Alex Galchenyuk. A move from Montreal would make sense for the young 30-goal scorer, as they acquired Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this month.

Joe Sakic‘s Unrealistic Demands

On June 24, General Manager Garth Snow made the decision to move on from Travis Hamonic for a plethora of draft picks. It was believed at first that the picks would almost immediately be flipped for a return along the lines of a second-line center, with Matt Duchene being the likely candidate.

It is now apparent that Joe Sakic does not intend to budge on his asking price, and refused an offer from the Islanders which contained Hamonic, Michael Dal Colle, and a 1st-round draft pick.

Most insiders believe the price offered for Matt Duchene was 100% appropriate, and it’s safe to say:

Joe Sakic is ridiculously overpricing Matt Duchene, and it’s starting to irritate the forward.

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Joe Sakic completely handcuffed his star center.

It’s a move that’s completely unfair to Matt Duchene, Pat Brisson, and, as a result, John Tavares. With an offer like that on the table, he’d be in a perfect spot to gain immediate defensive help with some provided spice in the 1st round draft pick, and a prospect selected 5th overall in 2014.

Joe Sakic is subjecting his star center to complete uncertainty, and in the process increasing an only-growing tension with Pat Brisson, who represents not only Duchene but the Islanders’ captain John Tavares himself.

Rookies Impress at Prospect Camp

Thursday night’s prospect camp put on a terrific display of talent that the Islanders have prepared to emerge from the pipeline.

Outside of the fresh faces with some NHL experience in Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier, and if you regard the two games Matt Barzal played as noteworthy, the crop of players had not seen NHL ice.

Names such as the aforementioned impressed with camp, including Eamon McAdam who had an admirable outing and despite being peppered with shots in the first parts of the game, Linus Soderstrom got some valuable experience from the staff as did the entire crop of prospects.

Other notable inclusions are Devon Toews, Mitchell Vande Sompel and Parker Wortherspoon, to name a few.

One notable player left off the roster is the defensive prospect near the top of the depth chart, Ryan Pulock.

Hopefully, not having him at camp means the Islanders finally recognize his development in the AHL is nearing an end and that he should start with the big club next season.

 NEXT: New York Islanders: With Matt Duchene Out of the Picture, Who’s Left? 


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Matt Di Giacomo

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Spent 3 1/2 years at West Chester University, now concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more.

Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @BR_SportsCast and check out his reviews on YouTube.