On Friday the Ottawa Senators acquired a familiar face, Mike Comrie, in addition to Defenceman Chris Campoli from the New York Islanders for veteran left winger Dean McAmmond and the rights to a first round draft pick. Comrie has long been rumored to be the subject of a possible trade; his contract expires after the end of the 2008-2009 NHL season, and his uninspired play this season hasn’t made him a popular figure among Islander fans.
“It’s an exciting place to play and a great group of guys and I’m obviously thrilled about the opportunity to play on a great team,” said Comrie upon hearing of the trade.
The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders on Friday night by a score of 2-1, thanks in part to goals from Zach Parise and Patrick Elias. The Isles managed 26 shots on goal, but like many teams, had no answer for Martin Brodeur. Marty made 25 saves on the night, getting off to a fast start in a potential 2009/2009 Vezina Trophy bid.
“Marty is Marty. He is the best goalie of all-time,” said center Brian Rolston, acquired by the Devils over the off-season. “He was awesome again tonight and unfortunately that is what everyone is expecting of him.”
The New York Islanders are stumbling to the starting gate of the 2008/2009 NHL season. Last night they endured a 6-0 loss to the Florida Panthers. Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun looked to be in mid-season form, blocking each one of the 29 attempted shots on goal. Goals for the Panthers were scored by Anthony Stewart, Kamil Kreps, Rostislav Olesz , Jay Bouwmeester, Brett McLean and Nathan Horton. Left winger Ville Peltonen pitched in as well, notching three assists.
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