NHL free agents:
Asham has been seen a lot in the Atlantic Division, becoming the first player to appear in a regular season game with the five current teams. The forward knows how to give good quality minutes, while also providing a scoring touch.
The Canadian born hockey player has appeared in 756 NHL games, tallying 206 points (92-144-206) while also amassing 940 penalty minutes. Asham is a good fit in the John Tortorella system of grinding and fore-checking.
Haley, meanwhile, was an instant hit with the fans at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum thanks to his hard hits and ability to stand-up for his teammates. The 26-year-old was ranked second on the Islanders with his seven fighting majors, and will be a fan favorite again amongst the Blueshirts faithful at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have also re-signed keeper Martin Biron and Stu Bickel, but the free agency was not without its losses as Brandon Prust, John Mitchell, Chad Johnson and minor league forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault all signed on with other teams.
Probably one of the biggest issues that the Blueshirts need to address is finding another sniper to help round out the scoring for next season. The biggest buzz name wise are Rick Nash and Zach Parise, who are still without a team.
Boyes, who signed a one-year deal, was last seen with the Buffalo Sabers’ scored 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 65 games last season. The winger has recorded 372 points (158 goals, 214 assists) in 558 career NHL Games, while bringing playoff experience to a young and hungry team.
The Mississauga, ON-native has appeared in 11 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording four points (three goals and one assist).
“We are extremely excited to add a player of Brad’s caliber to our team,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He’s a gifted player who will add a scoring touch to our lineup.”
Carkner, who signed a three-year deal with the Islanders, will add another dimension to the Islanders defense, with both his size and playoff experience.
“We are very happy to add matt to our defensive core for the next three seasons,” said Snow. “He brings good size and toughness to our blue line.”
The Winchester, ON-native missed the majority of last season with a knee injury, will look to make the competition tougher out on the Island. In 162 career NHL games, Carkner collected 22 points (four goals, 18 assist) with 361 penalty minutes, while also adding a goal and an assist in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Two of the toughest losses for those faithful to the Orange and Blue were that of Michael Haley and P.A. Parenteau, as both stars provided plenty of spark and great memories in their time with the team.
Big Apple All-Stars:
There were six stars of the New York Major League Baseball scene named to the 2012 All-Star team, as the Yankees’ had four representatives and the Mets had two named to the Midsummer classic.
Named to the Bombers were Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and C.C. Sabathia, who will make the trip to Kansas City-but won’t take the mound due to a groin injury. Making the team for the 13 time in his Hall of Fame career was shortstop Derek Jeter, who is currently the Major Leagues’ active hits leader.
Representing the New York Mets will be starting pitcher R.A. Dickey and third baseman David Wright, who are both on track for feel good stories of the year. For Dickey, the knuckleball specialist is making his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic thanks to an amazing season on the hill.
Dickey is having one of the best statistical first halves by any Mets pitchers in history, recording 44 2/3 consecutive innings without an earned run earlier this season, which stands as the second longest in the history of the Amazin’s franchise.
Wright meanwhile is having a monster season, leading NL third baseman in average, OBP, slugging, hits and runs scored, while shattering several Mets records’ this season. The third baseman became the leader in all-time RBI’s and runs, while climbing the list of all-time home run leaders and batting average.