Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Seriously, WTF?

RANGERS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN JYRI NIEMI
Rangers and Islanders Complete First Trade in 37 Years

New York, May 25, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jyri Niemi from the New York Islanders in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers and Niemi have agreed to terms on a contract.

Niemi, 19, skated in 50 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points, along with 67 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating.

The 6-3, 210-pounder has appeared in 159 career regular season contests for Saskatoon, registering 29 goals and 66 assists for 95 points, along with 198 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating.

Internationally, Niemi has represented his native country in several international tournaments, most recently serving as Captain for Finland at the 2010 U-20 World Junior Championship. He finished the tournament tied for second among all defensemen and ranked second among Finnish skaters in goals (three), and tied for third on the team in points (five).

The Hameenkyro, Finland native was originally selected as the New York Islanders’ third round pick, 72nd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers and Islanders last completed a trade on November 14, 1972, when the Rangers sent right wing Ron Stewart to the Islanders in exchange for cash.
If the Flames and Oilers can make deals, then I guess anyone can but someone is going to have to give this guy a radiation shower to scrub the Islander stink off of him. I will leave it to Jess at Prospect Park to write up something about Niemi's upside (EDIT: and he did) but I have a hunch good ole Glen has this guy mistaken for the Blackhawk goaltender. If this guy isn't good enough to make the Islanders ...

7 comments:

Chris said...

Seriously, WTF? should apply to this childish post. You did 0 research on the player or the deal, instead settled on "from the islanders, must suck"

Most of your posts are way better than this, but this is what the mainstream media is talking about when they rail against bloggers...

Scotty Hockey said...

Sorry Chris, I did do research but, as I mentioned, I wanted to leave it to Jess at Prospect Park to write about the kid himself as he watched him play in the W. But I do admit, I stand by my "from the islanders, must suck" mentality seeing as they haven't had a good player I would want on the Rangers since, well, the dynasty.

Scotty Hockey said...

And, if you look back, I actually hyped the kid before the '08 draft to boot.

Dani G. said...

I haven't gone over to Prospect Park yet, but based on the fact that he was traded straight up for a 6th round pick, I'd assume his upside can't be THAT good. But here I go to look at what Jess wrote...

Dani G. said...

I take it back. Jess had very good things to say, and supposedly it was a steal.

Let's hope he turns into something and is ready to come up when Redden/Roszival arefinally done here!

Anonymous said...

Niemi is a pussy. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqf6wdoGFMs

Anonymous said...

Poor Sather, needs Snow's leftovers and Milbury's boy Gordie Clark to run things.

I guess Niemi had to work somewhere and for the NHL's forgotten team in the NHL's forgotten city will be good for him when he can ride the train to work in complete anonymity like Redden and every Rag.

I can't blame Scotty boy for being jealous of Tavares, Okposo, Bailey, MacDonald, DiPietro, Hunter, Hamonic and a bunch of others on the way when he has to root for Ted Drury's brother and Flukeqvist with his four goals on sixteen shots every two months each year.

I thought the Isles goal horn was going to go off in the Garden when Okposo scored in overtime with thousands of Islander fans celebrating.

Just thank us for you first real sellout since opening night, Scotty Boy.