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MIKE: IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING

Tuesday, 08.02.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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MIKE: IT\'S ONLY THE BEGINNING
Another 'D' Move Expected Today; Still Looking at Forwards

In the wake of the signing of Alexei Zhitnik and the loss of a pair of respected veterans via free agency, Islanders general manager made the following comments in a conference call with beat reporters this evening and in a separate briefing with newyorkislanders.com.

"We want to thank Adrian Aucoin for the three great seasons he gave us and wish him the best in Chicago. We hoped to keep Adrian, but he received a better offer. This is the new NHL. There is going to be a lot of player movement, as was the case with Dave Scatchard, whom we also thank for his years with us. You never like to say goodbye to good players and people like them, but you have to do what's best for your team and forge on with your plan.
 
"That started tonight with our signing of Alexei Zhitnik. This is an excellent player that we're fortunate to bring on long-term. And it's only the beginning of a lot of work still to be done.

"We remain in position to bring in players that we feel can help us win a Stanley Cup, which is our only objective. We will look at everything -- free agency, trades and promotions from within. Our forwards and our goaltending are strong, for the present and the future. That said, we will continue to take a look at one or two forwards that can make us better. I'm very interested in offensive players, guys who should excel with the new rules changes.

"There's no question we have some work to do on the blueline. We hope to close a deal for a mobile, young defenseman tomorrow, and then there will still be work to be done. I also want to make clear to our fans that despite today's comings and goings, it has always been our plan to provide opportunities for some of our top young defensemen in Bridgeport. In Zhitnik, Janne Niinimaa and others we hope to bring on board, we'll have veteran defensemen who can show the way.


"We're proud of the time Adrian and Dave spent on Long Island. We acquired Adrian for a prospect and a pick and he turned into a top defenseman that every team in the league wanted. My hope is that, in the future, when a player like Adrian prospers here that we can work out a contract and keep him here forever. That's what we want to be all about, if that's possible in this new era. Now it's up to me and the staff to continue to find more players that will help us win and that our fans will be proud to root for. We will."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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