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Friday, November 2, 2001
How the Islanders were built

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These aren't your father's Islanders. They aren't even your older brother's.

They're Mike Milbury's.

Milbury was hired as head coach of the Islanders on July 5, 1995. Fewer than six months later, on Dec. 12, he received the additional duties of general manager. Since then, Milbury has signed, acquired, drafted or plucked from waivers every player on the current roster. In fact, not a single player remains from the 1994-95 Islanders team -- the team that started the franchise's current, seven-year playoff drought. Only Swedish defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, who was drafted in 1994 but didn't join the team until this season, remains from the pre-Milbury regime.

Below is a chart of how the 2001-02 Islanders were built, including players who have participated in at least one game. Current players are linked to their player cards.

1994 DRAFT FREE AGENT WAIVERS TRADE
June 29 Dick Tarnstrom, D (11th round, 272 overall)      
1996
March 13       Kenny Jonsson, D; Sean Haggerty, F; Darby Hendrickson, F; and a 1997 first-round pick (Roberto Luongo, G) from Toronto for Wendel Clark, F; Mathieu Schneider, D; and D.J. Smith, D
Aug. 22   Claude Lapointe, LW/C (Calgary)    
Oct. 14   Steve Webb, RW (Buffalo)    
1997
Aug. 25       Mariusz Czerkawski, RW, from Edmonton for Dan Lacouture, F
1998
Dec. 22     Eric Cairns, D
(N.Y. Rangers)
 
1999
March 20       Brad Isbister, LW, and a 1999 third-round pick from Phoenix for Robert Reichel, F; the Islanders 1999 third-round pick and Ottawa's 1999 fourth-round pick

Mats Lindgren, C/LW, and a 1999 eighth-round pick from Edmonton for Tommy Salo, G
June 26 Radek Martinek, D (8th round, 228 overall)      
Dec. 19       Dave Scatchard, C; Bill Muckalt, F, and Kevin Weekes, G, from Vancouver for Felix Potvin, G, a 2000 compensatory second-round pick and a 2000 third-round pick
2000
June 24       Roman Hamrlik, D, from Edmonton for Eric Brewer, D; Josh Green, F; and a 2000 second-round pick

Oleg Kvasha, LW/C, and Mark Parrish, RW, from Florida for Roberto Luongo, G, and Olli Jokinen, F
July 3   Kevin Haller, D (Ahaheim)    
2001
Jan. 3       Jason Blake, C, from Los Angeles for a conditional draft pick
June 15   Marko Kiprusoff, D (Montreal)    
June 22       Adrian Aucoin, D, and Alexander Kharitonov, F, from Tampa Bay for Mathieu Biron, D, and a 2001 second-round pick
June 23       Alexei Yashin, C, from Ottawa for Zdeno Chara, D; Bill Muckalt, F; and 2001 first-round pick
June 24       Michael Peca, C, from Buffalo for Tim Connolly, F; and Taylor Pyatt, F
July 1   Garth Snow, G
(Pittsburgh)
   
July 5   Ken Sutton, D (New Jersey)    
July 6   Shawn Bates, C (Boston)    
July 18   Marko Tuomainen, LW (Los Angeles)    
Aug. 24   Jason Podollan, RW (Los Angeles)    
Sept. 28     Chris Osgood, G (Detroit)