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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Transaction post-mortem

So, the Isles traded Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston on Monday, after losing Tim Wallace on waivers a few days earlier.  The three departed players combined to play in 109 games this season, tallying 4 goals (all by Rolston) and eight 8 assists, while registering a combined -29:

Mottau 0-2-2  -10
Rolston 4-5-9 -12
Wallace 0-1-1  -7

Wallace by the way left the Isles last week with a few distinctions.

With only 1 point in 31 games, he is the only forward (and 1 of 2 skaters) to appear in that many games in his Islander career and record one point or fewer (John Erskine had 1 point in 34 games)

Wallace is one of 6 forwards in Isles history to play in that many games with 0 goals  (Marty Reasoner 42, Wyatt Smith 42, Craig Berube 38, David Maley 37, Raffi Torres 31)  Ironically, Reasoner had scored 96 goals before joining the Islanders and Raffi Torres has scored 121 since.

Wallace has played 57 NHL games with 0 career goals -- it is the 5th highest total of games played among those who have forwards who have never scored an NHL goal and is 21st among all skaters.

The Isles acquired two minor leaguers in the trade for Mottau and Rolston.

One of them got a welcome to the organization from PA Parenteau via twitter:  "
I would like to welcome Yannick Riendeau to the organization. The fans will enjoy this kid "  Riendeau was a 58-goal scorer as an overager in junior, but has struggled to find the back of the net in the pros.

The other acquisition, defenseman Marc Cantin earned a bit of a reputation during training camp for his "compete level"  -- always at a level 10.

Both new acquisitions are still under Entry Level Contracts. Riendeau will be a restricted free agent after this season while Cantin is in the first year of a 3-year ELC.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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