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08:16 AM ET 01.23 | Being Swiss has nothing to do with Nino Niederreiter's neutrality on a certain subject. [Niederreiter's] camp has requested a trade from the New York Islanders, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. The former first-round pick (fifth overall, 2010) is unhappy with his current situation, the source said, and feels he would be better served playing somewhere else. The 20-year-old Swiss winger, who spent more than half the season with the big club last season, was not even invited to the team's training camp despite leading the team's AHL affiliate in scoring. Niederreiter has 19 goals and 17 assists in 39 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. His agent informed Islanders general manager Garth Snow of the request last week, the source said.

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January 23, 2013  08:45 AM ET

No sense looking for that immunity idol . Read the votes Jeff!

January 23, 2013  08:46 AM ET

He's 20 and had 1 goal in 55 games in a limited role. Instead of flourishing in that role he sulked. So, Garth decided to put him in Bridgeport this year to help him develop (which it has as he's tearing it up).

So, what's the problem?!

Also, this came from his agent, not Nino. Garth did a good job deflecting this situation in saying he never heard anything like this from Nino.

You want a spot on the team Nino, you have to earn it.

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January 23, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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I get he wasn't impressive last season on the fourth line last year, but what benefit is there leaving him in the A right now? And to not even invite him to camp?

The camp invite thing was a bit strange to me but there are a bunch of other Isles that are in the same boat as Nino and didn't get invites either. The decision was made to spend the season in the AHL and develop. The Isles has mishandled a few of these high draft picks and they are learning from their mistakes. They are trying to not do the same thing with Nino.

January 23, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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I forgot about all the stud wingers the Isles have right now, guys like Brad Boyes and Colin McDonald making their chops and trying to grow from their combined 8 goals (all by Boyes) last season.Rebuilding years are for letting the youth get accustomed to the show. He's shown he can handle the A, give him the chance this year to make the adaption to the big time.

McDonald was the captain of their affiliate and earned his invite. Boyes was a low risk, high reward signing.

I like Nino, and I think he'll be good but watching the games last year he looked a little lost out there.

January 23, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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You want a spot on the team Nino, you have to earn it.

this....this is the bottom line.
As I alwys tell my son, you have to make it impossible for the coach to NOT have you out there

January 23, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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this....this is the bottom line.As I alwys tell my son, you have to make it impossible for the coach to NOT have you out there

He's 20, he's anxious to play, he wants to contribute and he said something stupid. Garth can do one of two things, let Nino know he's part of the future of the team or trade him. Garth has already said he's on the call-up list of player from Bridgeport.

If I were Garth, I'd unload this guy after he spends the entire season in the AHL for a top 4 defensemen. Isles need the payroll on the books and need a veteran blueliner. Although a top 4 on the Isles is usually the bottom 2 for any other team......

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January 23, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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If they're gonna use him as trade bait (and I don't think that's a bad idea at all), maybe keeping him in the A and hiding any flaws they may believe he has is the smart move.And maybe the agent knows this, and is trying to force Snow's hand.Lot of what-ifs. To the blind eye, however, he should be on the big club.

I get what you're saying. From afar it seems like the Isles are bad enough that he should have a spot on the team. But the guy did himself no favors in the 55 games he played last season.

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January 23, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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He's 20 and had 1 goal in 55 games in a limited role. Instead of flourishing in that role he sulked. So, Garth decided to put him in Bridgeport this year to help him develop (which it has as he's tearing it up). So, what's the problem?!Also, this came from his agent, not Nino. Garth did a good job deflecting this situation in saying he never heard anything like this from Nino. You want a spot on the team Nino, you have to earn it.

Agree with this post. If it is indeed a bad fit, then maybe he could work out on another team, but it would take an ambitious GM to make that call.

January 23, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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What point is there leaving him there?

Truth be told, I don't think he'll be there that long. He'll get a call up this year for sure.

January 23, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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I get what you're saying. From afar it seems like the Isles are bad enough that he should have a spot on the team. But the guy did himself no favors in the 55 games he played last season.

again...this is the whole point...
you want to play? earn it...
and once you do....keep it

January 23, 2013  09:43 AM ET

I've never heard of a 20 yr old in any professional sport demanding a trade before.

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January 23, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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He hasn't?Like I said before, going by last season is really unfair. He was set up to fail.And, of note, the only other guy picked in the top ten of Nino's draft to not be currently on an NHL roster is Dylan McIlrath, and he missed half the year hurt.

He may have been set to fail, but he never really embraced that role and showed the Isles anything. He was just a warm body on the ice last year. They rushed Bailey to the NHL and he's average. Let the guy tear it up in the AHL, and he'll be up in the big club soon enough.

A 20 year old whining about NHL playing time after he sucked at the NHL level isn't a good sign. He may feel he's ready and that's all good and great. But just keep your yap shut, play hard and you'll get there.

January 23, 2013  09:53 AM ET

I think Snow's been listening to the play-by-play guy.

January 23, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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And, of note, the only other guy picked in the top ten of Nino's draft to not be currently on an NHL roster is Dylan McIlrath, and he missed half the year hurt.

I like Nino as a player. And McIlrath had no business being drafted in the first round, let alone the top ten.


Was there ever a chance that the Isles could have bought out Rickety much like Gomez and Redden were?

 
January 23, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Was there ever a chance that the Isles could have bought out Rickety much like Gomez and Redden were?

I think there was a decent chance they could have bought him out. I'm not sure why they didn't. Maybe they are just hoping for one last injury and he'll retire. I truly feel bad for the guy, he's a good team player and has always had a great attitude. All these injuries humbled the younger arrogant DP.

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