Both defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron and winger Chris Simon were traded at the deadline for draft picks making them the newest FIs this season. Bergeron was sent to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the upcoming 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Bergeron's booming shot will be missed at the blueline but it appears that he never fit in with the Isles coaching staff, especially notable after a scrap earlier in the season with assistant coach Gerard Gallant. Chris Simon was sent to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 6th round pick in the draft, as well.
Bergeron played 69 games over the last 2 seasons with the Isles after arriving in a trade that sent defensive prospect Denis Grebeshkov to the Edmonton Oilers. Bergeron has 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points over that time including 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) on the powerplay. A gentlemanly d-man, he managed only 26 penalty minutes along with 2 game winning goals, a -9 rating and a healthy shooting percentage of .099.
The troubled Simon played 105 games over the last 2 seasons with the Islanders missing 55 while sitting out 2 separate, record-setting suspensions. Simon had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points. He compiled 118 penalty minutes, a healthy +16 rating and 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) on the man advantage. He never found a spark this season managing only 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points on 28 games.
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