LOCKER ROOM BUZZING AFTER TRADE

Tuesday, 02.27.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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LOCKER ROOM BUZZING AFTER TRADE
Players excited about the arrival of Ryan Smyth

The news of the Islanders' acquisition of all-star Ryan Smyth swept through the team's locker room with nothing but positive reactions. Players were talking amongst themselves and the media with smiles creeping across their faces whenever they were asked  about Smyth 's   arrival on Long Island.

"Everyone is happy," said  veteran Arron Asham. "We have one of the top players in the league coming here. You get a guy like Ryan and it shows us players and the fans we're serious about making a run for the playoffs and doing some damage once we get there."

People know of Smyth's on-ice ability, but it's the off-ice leadership that the team couldn't help but mention.

"It's exciting to get a player of his character and leadership," said Ted Nolan. "He's referred to as ËœCaptain Canada' so it proves that he is a true leader. He's a playoff performer and everything we want to instill in this organization."

Players such as Chris Campoli are looking forward to the opportunity to play with a veteran such as Smyth.

"It's exciting to be a part of this," said Campoli. "Not only on the ice, but off the ice it's going to be great, especially  me  being a young guy."

One player who is most familiar with Smyth is his long-time teammate in Edmonton, Marc-Andre Bergeron.

"I couldn't believe it," said Bergeron. "The guys are excited and know how valuable he is. He's one of the best players I've ever played with. A player like that means so much to a hockey team.  I played with him for four years. In Edmonton, whenever I shot pucks at him he would tip everything. He's going to be a real asset down the road. He's  a well-rounded, smart, reliable player. When I started with Edmonton, I stayed with him for the first four months and  he  took me under his wing."

Even with the acquisition of a talent such as Smyth, Campoli still put things in perspective.

"We're excited, but we have to focus on the game tonight," said Campoli. "This puts us in a legitimate position to make the playoffs. Garth has given us that chance, and now we have to prove it on the ice."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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