January 22, 2013
NHL notes: Isles prospect Nino Niederreiter asks to be traded
By QMI Agency
Nino Niederreiter's career has barely started with the New York Islanders but the Swiss forward wants out already.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, Niederreiter has asked for a trade because he's unhappy with his role with the organization. The Isles first-round pick in 2010, Niederreiter wasn't invited to training camp despite spending the 2011-12 season in New York and has been playing with Bridgeport of the AHL.
Niederreiter's agent told Islanders general manager Garth Snow of his client's request but it doesn't look like anything will happen on the trade front.
"Nino is one of our top prospects in the organization," Snow said. "We felt it was best for his development long-term to play in Bridgeport. Any conversations I have regarding players, that remains confidential."
Niederreiter, 20, played 55 games with the Islanders last season, recording just one goal in limited ice time, before being sent to Bridgeport. This season with the minor-league team, he has 19 goals and 17 assists in 39 games.
GILLIS HINTS AT DEAL
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis hinted that he could be close to dealing away goaltender Roberto Luongo.
But don't get excited Maple Leafs fans, Luongo's destination likely isn't Toronto.
"We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have -- and it's not who anybody thinks it is -- and so we have to wait," Gillis told the Vancouver Sun.
Luongo, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, has been linked to the Leafs in trade rumours for months but the goalie's preferred destination is the Florida Panthers. The Philadelphia Flyers might also be in the mix.
Cory Schneider was handed the starting job with the Canucks but struggled in the season opener and gave way to Luongo, who played in the second game.
HOPE FOR GREENE
Matt Greene's season might not be over after all.
The Los Angeles Kings defenceman, who was originally thought to be done for the year, will instead miss a minimum of six week due to a herniated disc, according to TSN. That leaves a significant hole in the Kings defence corps -- Willie Mitchell is also injured and not playing -- but Greene should be back before the playoffs get under way.
The Kings called up defenceman Andrew Bodnarchuk from Manchester of the AHL to replace Greene. He has just five games of NHL experience with the Boston Bruins.
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Slater Koekkoek, a defenceman with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, had shoulder surgery in Detroit and will be out 4-6 months. It was the second time Koekkoek, a first-round pick of the Lightning in 2012, had surgery on the shoulder ... The Detroit Red Wings called up forward Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids of the AHL to replace injured Mikael Samuelsson for Tuesday's home opener against the Dallas Stars ... The Vancouver Canucks called up 2009 first-round pick Jordan Schroeder from Chicago of the AHL. In a corresponding move, the Canucks assigned defenceman Jim Vandermeer to Chicago ... Calgary Flames centres Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler will likely play Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. Cervenka had been out of action due to a blood clot in his leg but was cleared medically on Tuesday. Hudler missed time to attend his father's funeral in the Czech Republic. He'll be added to the active roster Wednesday.