Lost in the flurry of what fans are referring affectionately as "Lubo Gate", the Islanders became a whole lot tougher in the off season. They did this by signing a man who has no problem dropping the gloves in defense of his teammates.
Matt Carkner quietly signed a three year deal worth $4.5 million dollars. Carkner is not what you would call an offensive defenseman but he does come with a grittiness that leaves a mark.
Just ask the players that had to be scraped off of the boards from his bone crunching hits.
In his unofficial initiation to Islanders fans' hearts, he became public enemy number one during the Senators' playoff series where they pushed the Rangers to the limit. Who can forget his assault on Brian Boyle which earned him a one game suspension?
The first player that will be looked at in the new revamped ‘Where Are They Now’ is Brad Isbister. For those who don’t remember Isbister was apart of the Islanders team that finished 5th in the Eastern Conference and lost in seven games to the Maple Leafs in 2001-2002 season.
Isbister was drafted in the 3rd (67th overall) 1995 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets; this was the same draft the Islanders selected Wade Redden then moved him in a package to the Ottawa Senators for the 1st overall pick in 1995 Bryan Berard.
Ottawa Senators fans will miss Nick Foligno. He is a heart and soul player who gave everything he had for the club. He has a great personality in the locker room, and could be called upon in all situations.
But, Senators fan will love Mark Methot. Methot is the type of shut-down, hard-nosed defenseman Ottawa has been missing since the A-Train (Anton Volchenkov) left to free agency. He blocks shots, starts against top competition, and frequently penalty kills and has defensive-zone starts.
Guillaume Latendresse is a true buy-low free agent. Latendresse has been dynamic at times, frustrating at others, and just purely not playing most of the time. Murray took a gamble by signing...
The biggest sports team in Canada's capital city will be looking to make a huge splash on Canada Day.
The Ottawa Senators will definitely be looking for help on defense. None of their defensive prospects look ready to make the jump to the NHL, so Senators general manager Bryan Murray will be looking to add help through free agency.
The team has not re-signed UFAs Matt Carkner, Matt Gilroy and Filip Kuba. It is likely the team will bring back Carkner, but not the others. It is curious that Kuba was not brought back considering how well he played alongside Norris-winner Erik Karlsson.
Murray likely has plans for a UFA he would like Karlsson to skate with, or he might b...
Being eliminated in game seven is always heart-breaking, even if you weren't supposed to be there in the first place.
The Ottawa Senators were not picked to make the playoffs by anyone save delusional fans, and have had what can only be called a stellar season. The team was selecting by many pundits, analysts, writers, bloggers, and even fans to finish in the bottom two in the conference. I predicted tenth place, which was still outside of the playoffs.
The reality of the rebuild has been much different. The team has been inconsistent this season - a hallmark of young teams - but exciting at all times. This team skates with passion and comes to play every night, even the b...