The New York Islanders have seen their fair share of ups and downs over the past ten years. They were mostly in a rebuilding stage, and saw many different players come in and out. There was not too much stability like there finally is now.
Let’s look back ten years ago at the 2005-06 New York Islanders’ roster and see where they all are now.
This was the year just after the lockout and they missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. GM Mike Milbury and coach Steve Stirling were both fired.
Miroslav Satan- Satan was recently named the GM for team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,about a year after retiring in the KHL. He played in over 100 NHL games in his career and led the Islanders in scoring in 2005-06.
Alexei Yashin- Currently the GM of the Russian women’s national hockey team. He was named captain of the Islanders that season.
Jason Blake- Went on to play for the Maple Leafs and Ducks to end of successful NHL career in which he played in over 800 games.
Mike York- York was a solid 40-50 point scorer before having a couple really disappointing seasons. However, the 37-year-old still plays hockey in Germany.
Mark Parrish- After a successful 700-game-plus NHL career, Parrish retired during the 2012 lockout. He currently coaches a high school hockey team in Minnesota.
Trent Hunter-Technically still an NHL free agent, the 35-year-old recently played in the Chinook Hockey league, a prestigious senior-level hockey league in Alberta.
Shawn Bates- Bought out by the Islanders in 2008, Bates played a few seasons in Europe and a had a stint in the AHL before retiring.
Arron Asham- Currently playing senior hockey in Newfoundland.
Oleg Kvasha- Kvasha plays for Astana Barys of the KHL.
Robert Nilsson- A rookie at the time, Nilsson now plays for the ZSC Lions in Switzerland.
Sean Bergenheim- Known for his stellar playoff performances, Bergenheim is still a free agent after having played last year with Minnesota.
Joel Bouchard- Is now the general manager of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league (QMJHL).
Chris Campoli- The 31-year-old now plays in the Swedish Hockey League.
Alexei Zhitnik- Retired from hockey in 2010 after a couple seasons in the KHL.
Brent Sopel- The journeyman defenceman retired midway through the 2015 season while playing for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.
Radek Martinek- After coming back to the Islanders in 2011, the 39-year-old is currently a free agent
Brad Lukowich- The 39-year-old was recently an assistant coach in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Janne Niinimaa- He played pro in six different countries in his career, and announced his retirement in 2014.
Rick DiPietro- The oft-injured goalie has a new gig as a host on an ESPN radio.
Wade Dubielewicz- The retired 36-year-old is now a goalie coach in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
Garth Snow- We all know where he is. He was hired as GM after this season with no management experience.