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Islanders cut Yashin loose....Please, Toronto, don't even think about it.....

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    The epitome of the "Take the money and run" athlete.


    Yashin, 33, signed an $87.5-million (U.S.) contract after the Islanders acquired him from Ottawa in 2001. The four years left on the deal are worth $26.45 million, according to Newsday.

    Under the NHL collective bargaining agreement, the Islanders can buy Yashin out by paying two-thirds of the remaining amount ($17.63 million) over the next eight years. The salary-cap hit will be some $2.2 million per season over that time.

    Have a nice flight back to Moscow. No one in the NHL will touch you.
  2. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    He's got so much potential though.
  3. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    First a 15-year contract for a goalie and now buyout of a top player. What's next Islanders, bringing back Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Bobby Nystrom, Ken Morrow and John Tonelli?
  4. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Somebody will take a flier on him. There will be a coach who thinks he can be the guy to motivate him every night. He'll be wrong, but somebody will give him a shot.
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately you're probably right.

    Someone will think that Yashin would make a good reclamation project.

    Let's see. Who's the dumbest GM in the NHL?
  6. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Dale Tallon?
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but Wirtz is too cheap.
  8. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Re: Islanders cut Yashin loose....Please, Toronto, don't even think about it....

    Isn't the Yashin buyout merely the first finger down the throat in the Islanders' post-Milbury purge?
  9. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I think Wang was behind the original Yashin signing like he was with the DiPietro signing.

    Some good stuff on this in James Mirtle's blog today:


    The word has been that Ryan Smyth wasn't crazy about returning to the Islanders with Yashin as the team's captain, and given Snow forfeited a trio of nice assets for what amounted to 23 games played in Long Island, the organization's going to be in the Smyth bidding right up until the end.
  10. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    I would have suggested Doug MacLean in Columbus, where he could put Yashin in a room with Fedorov and Zherdev. Too late for that now, though. Maybe Jacques Martin in Florida? Had him in Ottawa, and might be able to convince him it's his last shot. A one or two year deal, working cheap, might pay off
  11. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    Unless I've missed something when did Yashin become a top player. Having talent and using it are two completely different things.
  12. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Careful ... buying out DiPietro's contract paving the way for Billy Smith to return might be next.
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