stefan persson

In the seven spot on the countdown -- yep, only a week left to go -- are two role players for two different Islander teams. The first is Stefan Persson, who along with Anders Kallur (#28), were the first Europeans to win the Stanley Cup.Persson spent his entire career with the Islanders and was originally a 14th, yes fourteenth, round selection in the 1974 draft. After a few more years in the Swedish league, Persson came to North America for the 1977-78 season and was outstanding. He had 50 assists and 56 points in only 65 games. Although he only scored double digit goals once, Persson was an excellent setup man and five times had 35 or more assists, including three seasons with more than 50 helpers. He was also a key part of the Islanders power play, throughout the early 1980s. Persson would spend nine years with the Islanders and total 369 points in 622 games. He still has the eighth most assists in franchise history.More recently, Trent Hunter wore the #7 for the Islanders for eight years. Hunter was acquired for a fourth round pick in 2000 from Anaheim and made his Islanders debut at the end of the 2002-03 season. He made an immediate impact with four points in eight games and then another two in the series against Toronto in 2002.Hunter would continue to help the Islanders in the following years even though the team had already reach its high point. In 2003-04, he scored 25 goals and 51 points, both which would be career highs. For the next five seasons he would notch 15-20 goals and 30-40 points for the Islanders on some bad teams. In 2010-11, a torn MCL would limit him to only 17 games and the Islanders would choose not to renew his contract at the end of the season.7Germain Gagnon (1973-1974)Dave Fortier (1975-1976)Stefan Persson (1978-1986)Greg Gilbert (1987-1989)Tom Fitzgerald (1990)John Tucker (1991)Scott Lachance (1992-1999)Brad Turner (1992)Greg Parks (1992)Ray Schultz (2000)Dallas Eakins (2000)Kevin Haller (2001-2002)Trent Hunter (2004-2011)Matt Carkner (2013)
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Or is asking for them to be sane asking too much?The NHL and NHLPA have brought back in government mediators and met separately with the mediators yesterday. More of that is expected today... I'm not holding my breath.

Would amnesty be used on Slick Rick?When it comes to RDP and the Islanders, you never know just how things will work out. While buying him out seems like the obvious choice, well, you just never know. Lighthouse examined the whole situation pretty thoroughly the other day, and had two interesting sticking points that could muddle the relatively easy decision:

It does cause some problems for the Islanders to amnesty DiPietro, however. It would definitely make it harder for the cash-strapped club to make the salary cap floor. $4.5 million is a lot to make up for a club who needed to ride Brian Rolston's undeserved $5 million contract last season for cap purposes.

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