Wisniewski – The view from Long Island

Here are some perspectives about the newest member of the Canadiens, James Wisniewski, from those who have followed his play this season with the Islanders.

From Arthur Staple, Newsday – “Two things are clear from this deal: 1) Garth Snow is already in full
future-planning mode, and 2) James Wisniewski was not going to re-sign
with the Isles given the chance.”

From Chris Botta, Islanderspointblank.com – “Since he won’t be asked to be the man in Montreal, Wisniewski – unable to
shoulder the load when Mark Streit was sidelined with a serious
shoulder injury – should be okay for the Habs.”

From BD Gallof,
– “James Wisniewski: point leader on the car
wreck on Long Island, yet also
with a booming -18 that gives the clear indicator that despite his use,
he is not meant for the top pairings. It means he was playing out of
his depth. He is and was not the 2nd coming of Aucoin…

“Isles got great
value here. Sorry to deflate some balloons here, but it
is nothing more than smart GMing. Get max value for a guy who did well
in a pinch, but still has severe and clear limitations and fit in the
longterm….Wiz will be a far better fit in Montreal, where he will be
used on the
powerplay and at the 4-5th man spot.”

Mike Hume, ESPN New York – “Defensive metrics are tricky to pin down and seldom tell an accurate
story, but Wisniewski’s +/- was a very suspect minus-18. Pretty
wretched. But considering he spent 70 more minutes on the ice than the
next closest Islander and his team allowed 3.3 goals per game, while
scoring just 2.3, that’s not as terrible as it could be. There are four
other skaters and a goalie out there with him after all. For his career,
Wisniewski’s +/- stands at plus-1, a figure that stood at plus-19
before he joined the Islanders.”

Dominik, Lighthouse Hockey – “Under two Islanders coaches this year, Wisniewski was seldom put out against top competition. Even still, his even strength play was
often…well ‘marked by curious decision-making’ is how I’d put it. It
may have been simply a matter of too much ice time hurting his game….That’s not to bash Wiz: He
obviously brings some things to the table, which is why many (including
me) were thrilled to get him from the discount bin a few months ago….Wiz is far from a Mark Streit — and that’s not his fault — but
his big shot was a PP threat that must somehow be replaced.”

John Panarese, Eyes On The Isles – “Personally, I think Wisniewski had a lot thrust upon him with the
injuries to Mark Streit and most of the other ‘veteran’ defensemen.  You
can only ask so much of a guy who is not accustom to, perhaps, having
to do it all.  Whether it is excuses or not, he demonstrated his moments
of brilliance out there, but in other instances, it was clear that the
load might have been too much for him.  The bottom line is he has a much
better situation for himself in Montreal, and the Islanders have lost a
veteran presence on the ice and in the locker room.  From my
perspective, I was really starting to like the guy and felt that things
would have gotten much better for him upon the return of Mark Streit.”

More from Arthur Staple, Newsday – “Now he has half a season plus the playoffs to make an impression in
Montreal, where the Canadiens are looking to fill the void left by the
absence of Andrei Markov.

the history, the tradition up there, 18,000 screaming diehards every
night,’ Wisniewski said. ‘I just have to do what I can to help the team
I’m with. Now, that’s the Montreal Canadiens.'”




  1. ctony says:

    just curious – do you think gomez would be claimed for $3.6m, would you want him eating that much in cap space here while playing for another team

  2. J_P says:

    Excuse me? Dont buy that “cammy and gionta” came here because of gomez BS.  Cammy had 30 million reasons to come here and Gionta had 25 million reasons.  Neither player was going to get that money elsewhere.  We overpaid them just like weve overpaid every “marquee” free agent weve signed over the last 20 years.

    Im terribly sorry to be rude, but these arguments that you gomez apologists come up with are getting more ridiculous by the day.


  3. ctony says:

    (most) players sign the best deal.  i don’t recall other teams offering gionta and cammi more money than pg did.  few players come to mind who signed to play with friends – lebron (nba), koivu to play with selannne (although i think he would have resigned with us given a chance), kariya to play with selanne.  teeu must be a pretty cool guy.

  4. LA Loyalist says:

    Yeah, Gionta’s worked out great this year hasn’t he? You’d think his C was made of concrete. Cammy is the one out of three that’s worked out, and he’s too streaky to build around.

    Gainey panicked. It’s that freaking simple. And it’s going to take another 2 or 3 years to get over it.

  5. joeybarrie says:

    I guess the fact the Gil and his buddies kept the shots to the outside, and that Cammi stole the puck every time he scored. I guess the fact the Gomez had points in almost every single Habs win in the playoffs was simpl a fluke… I guess some people just REFUSE to wake up to reality.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  6. J_P says:

    Pleks is our leading scorer, and actually does all the things that gomez apologists say gomez does.  Killing penalties, starting the rush…Hes by far and away our best player right now.

    IF you think Pleks isnt worth $5 million than what does that make gomez truly worth? 1.5?

    Seeing as theres this thing called a SALARY CAP, salary given to an underperforming player is salary that you dont have to give to another player to improve the team.  You have to judge a players contributions relative to his salary.  If you dont, than you end up making the same stupid mistake that gainey made in acquiring a guy like scott gomez.  If we were paying gomez the 3.5 million that hes currently worth (and thats being generous) we would have another 4 million in cap space to acquire another player.  If we didnt have gomez, we would be able to trade for brad richards, jerome iginla, etc… 

  7. LA Loyalist says:

    Well thank you. Ultimately Gomez is responsible for Gomez. But the problem is there is no where to bury his contract, so we are stuck for another 2 years with a guy who’s not carrying the wood up the hill. And the way he’s played, as a veteran, what kind of example is that for the young’uns?

    From your fresh perch are you seeing any options that we have not beaten to death? You and I have head-butted but I and the royal we are certainly open to fresh ideas.

  8. J_P says:

    He doesnt play like a prototypical center, and cant win draws, I dont get why he gets to play center.  Seems like he would be a more effective winger. 

  9. spos080808 says:

    Wow you really are a blind hater.


    Are you kidding me? A top 6 forward and a guy who was suppossed to be the miscle for the team.

    Gainey did exactly the right thing in that offseason. If you even come close to debating that then buddy you are the biggest troll this side of Timo.

    The team was just the #1 overall seed, basically had their whole team back, and then adds a top 6, some muscle, and depth. But yah awful decisions by Gainey.

    God you are pathetic.

  10. ManApart says:

    You make me laugh. Tanguay and Laraque lol. As dumb a moves as Gomez. This regime is a joke, and always has been. At the end of the year they absolutely must be fired. You go cheer for the Leafs, you seem to like dummy manage,ment.

  11. spos080808 says:

    This is a joke post right?

    Did you even watch the playoffs?

    Gomez played great what the hell are you talking about.

    Now you are just sounding like a complete idiot buddy.

    Oh and one more thing, “Scotty has sucked defensively this year”. That comment gives you NO credibility at all. Before this losing stretch, Scotty was playing incredible in the Dzone, which is a huge reason why the goals against was so low. Get your head out of your ass.

  12. ManApart says:

    Give me a break. it was Halak and Cammy that got the Habs anywhere near the 3rd round. You trade Gomez for Koivu and it would have made no difference. The Habs probably would have been better off with Koivu.  “he couldn’t get us as far as Gomez did” Don’t even try to give Gomez credit for what happened in last year’s playoffs. This year Gomez has been a complete joke so far. Not only is he not producing, he’s sucking defensively. With his salary he’s the most detrimental part of this team.

  13. spos080808 says:

    You are right Gainey sucked. He only led the team to a 1st overall see in the Eastern Conference one season.

    And following that season what did he do?


    He added a top 6 forward in Tanguay and added toughness in Laraque that all us fans say he needed to.

    But yah Gainey did nothing.

    Give me a break.

    Go cheer for the LEafs.

  14. larisalapointe says:

    So as of tomorrow morning, you’re the new GM. What are you going to do to have the Stanley Cup in June?

    Complete strategic plan please. Don’t leave anything out.


    Wiz had me at his Mr. Freezie gesture to Sean Avery

  15. spos080808 says:

    Actually that was a horrendous call. You are allowed to be up against the boards WITHOUT the penalty being called. You have what is termed a “safe zone”. Gomez was in the zone of the bench and was getting off. No penalty should have been called. It was a very bad call plain and simple.

    And by the way, watch ALL players when they skate to the bench. They all glide toward it.

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