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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders dropped their final preseason game at Barclays Center, 3-1, to the Washington Capitals. New York now has just one game remaining before the regular season opens Oct.?9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Monday's game was far from thrilling, but once again it gave us another look into what the team will be like once these games finally count. So here are a few things we learned:

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The preseason is winding down and the Islanders will see the Washington Capitals for the first of two exhibition meetings. Following Monday the Islanders will play their final preseason game in Washington D.C. against the Capitals on Sunday.

A few regulars are getting the night off, but the Islanders will field a pretty competitive roster in Brooklyn. Among the forwards on the ice will be Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey. Highlighting the defense is Marek Zidlicky, Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey.

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Kevin Poulin is headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning after be claimed off waivers. The Islanders placed the 25-year-old net minder on waivers on Saturday ahead of their preseason matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Poulin has had some rocky times during his tenure with the Islanders. He has 50 NHL games under his belt, but never really managed to fined consistency in his performances. There were times when he played well and looked like he was starting to find a rhythm, but that quickly end and his play would falter. Poulin, selected 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had a .899 save percentage in those 50 appearances and a 3.07 goals against average.

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The Islanders made their first round of cuts on Saturday, releasing three players from their PTOs, putting another eight players on waiver and sending down an additional 10 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Matt Carkner and goaltender Parker Milner were among the players that had their tryout contracts ended. Carkner was a long shot to make the Islanders roster and will likely end up in Bridgeport for this upcoming season.

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Islanders head coach Jack Capuano addressed reporters on Thursday after the team's practice session
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders won their second preseason game at Barclays Center, 2-1, against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, but lost during the 3-on-3 overtime that took place following regulation. The Islanders were once again tapped to test out the new 3-on-3 overtime rule during the preseason. Tyler Kennedy scored the winner in OT.

Another small, but passionate, crowd settled into Barclays Center for the exhibition matchup between the Devils and Islanders. Here are a few things we learned from Wednesday?s game:

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George McPhee spent last season scouting for the Islanders, and has now been hired?as a special advisor to general manager Garth Snow.

The team announced the hire shortly before 11 AM on Wednesday morning as the team prepared for it's second preseason game at Barclays Center this season. McPhee was the Washington Capitals general manager for 17 years before he was fired on April 26, 2014.

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The Islanders were victorious in their first game at Barclays Center this season, beating the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, on Monday night, while a second group lost to the Flyers by the score of 5-3 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

All eyes were on Brooklyn's game because a majority of the Isles starters were taking part in that game and it was their first real run-through in their new home. Here are few things we learned from Monday's game at Barclays Center...

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BROOKLYN, N.Y -- If you're on a Brooklyn-bound Long Island Rail Road train and you think that you spy a guy who looks like John Tavares, it may very well be him.

The Islanders kicked off their first day of work at Barclays Center, like so many other Long Islanders, by commuting to work on the train. The team road the rails, along with fellow Long Islanders, to their first morning skate in their new home rink.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders era in Brooklyn began on Monday morning with the team's first ever morning skate at their new home. It was also the team's first look at their new locker room and support facilities.

There will certainly be an adjustment period for the players to get used to their new digs. On the ice, the Islanders tried to get a feel for how the boards were and how the ice was. Despite there being a Madonna concert at the arena just two days ago, head coach Jack Capuano said the ice was good.

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Islanders fans worried that the team?s division and conference banners would not have a place at Barclays Center can breathe a sigh of relief.

In an open letter sent to the media and published on the Islanders? website, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark addressed the fans' concerns, which have been rising since the final days at Nassau Coliseum. The team has had replicas of their Stanley Cup banners hanging in Brooklyn for some time now, but there was uncertainty if the other ones would be making the journey west.

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SYOSSET,N.Y. -- Marek Zidlicky took his first spin at IceWorks on Saturday morning as a member of the New York Islanders.

Less than 24 hours before that, the Isles announced they had signed the veteran defenseman to a one-year deal. Rumors had been swirling for weeks that the two sides had been in talks to hammer out a contract. Zidlicky said everything came together very suddenly.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. -- This won't be a lesson Joshua Ho-Sang will soon forget.

Reaction was still rolling in on Saturday as details continued to come out about Ho-Sang's dismissal from training camp after showing up late the first day. The Islanders took a hard-line stance with the young, sometimes controversial, forward. General manager Garth Snow even made a candid remark to Newsday early on Saturday.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. -- About an hour after the first group of Islanders hit the ice for training camp, the second group was out there for spin at IceWorks.

The second group was highlighted by Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Kirill Petrov, Ryan Pulock and Nick Leddy. One of the more intriguing items from the second groups skate was the all Russian line (Petrov-Grabovski-Kulemin).

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SYOSSET, N.Y. ? The first group of Islanders hit the ice on Long Island early on Friday. Among the players in the first group were John Tavares, Anders Lee, Steve Bernier, Cal Clutterbuck, Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey, and Matt Martin. Calvin de Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Matt Carkner and Jaroslav Halak.

Head coach Jack Capuano put the group through an energetic practice for the first day.

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Islanders fans can expect much of the same when they tune in to Islanders telecasts on MSG Networks.

The Islanders will appear on MSG Networks 77 times this season, with five other games being broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The broadcast crew remains the same. Howie Rose and Butch Goring will be on the call, Shannon Hogan returns as host/reporter, and Stan Fischler is back as a correspondent during home games.

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The Islanders open training camp in a matter of days with the roster remaining mostly the same as it was at the end of last season.

Management has symbolically given the current roster a vote of confidence by the lack of movement during the offseason, and the expectation from the team is to win now. The players in the dressing room have taken notice of the gesture and they're glad that the front office believes in the assembled squad.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. ? Back for another day of practice at IceWorks, the Islanders? rookies had an early start to their workweek. The group hit the ice around 8:45 with Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson running the roughly hour-long session.

The group was put through the usual drills and the goaltenders received some individualized attention during the practice. The rookies have been on the Island for the last four days now preparing for training camp, which begins later this week.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. ? The first day of Islanders rookie camp opened up Friday on Long Island. It was a spirited session that saw the group of rookies spend about an hour on the ice at Islanders IceWorks.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. ? Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The Islanders roster doesn?t boast anyone from the New York area, but the significance of the day is not lost on the team.

Through their time playing hockey in New York, several players have gained a greater appreciation of what the city went through on the morning of and the days following the 9/11 attacks.

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The Islanders may be headed to Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean their involvement in the Long Island community is coming to an end.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow, along with several current and former players, will take part in a charity golf outing on Monday at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York to raise awareness for the need for a hockey rink on the east end of Long Island. The event is being held by?The Twin Forks Peconic Ice Hockey Rink, founded by Troy Albert, Pete Bendzlowitz, Dan Butler, John Engelhardt, Mike Potter, and Carl Hoey.

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A star-studded affair will take place at the on the east end of Long Island to help raise awareness to bring a hockey rink?
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There is plenty of concern that restricted free agent Brock Nelson will not be at training camp, but Islanders captain John Tavares doesn't seem too worried.

"I'm not too concerned," Tavares told ESPN's Craig Custance, "I believe it?ll get done."

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Ryan Pilon, the Islanders fifth round pick in the 2015 draft, is leaving the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The 19-year-old defenseman is departing the team for "personal reasons" the Western Hockey League club said in a statement released on Friday afternoon. Pilon had been with the Wheat Kings since the 2013-14 season, when he was traded from the Lethbridge Hurricanes early in the year.

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Only a few weeks removed from training camp, the Islanders may have an issue and it isn't their prospective new third jerseys.

With the 2015-16 campaign quickly approaching, the Islanders still have not re-signed restricted free-agent Brock Nelson to a new deal. Nelson's three-year entry level contract ended last season and things have remained quiet throughout the summer between the two sides.

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Rumors that the Islanders and Kyle Okposo have started contract extensions may not be true.

Newsday?s Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple is reporting that the Brooklyn-bound hockey team and their star winger have not had any talks yet regarding an extension. He also added that things have been quiet most of the summer (Sept. 4).

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Islanders minority owner Jonathan Ledecky is calling potential season ticket holders in an effort to close ticket sales, according to a report from the New York Post (Sept. 3).

The article appeared?in Thursday's print edition of the newspaper and on the New York Post's website.

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The Islanders will hold this years training camp at the Twin Rinks Ice Center in Eisenhower park, which is set to become the Islanders official practice facility and hold the team's offices (Newsday, Aug 31).

 

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Former Islanders' general manager Bill Torrey and former captain Denis Potvin were as heart broken as anyone over the news that Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour had passed away?Friday morning.

"Al Arbour was a special person," Torrey said during a conference call with reporters. "He was a special man in all of our lives. He was a great family man, he was a great hockey man. Outside of his family nothing was more important to him than his players and his team. Hockey was a major part of his life."

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Reactions continue to roll in about the death of Islanders' Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined the collection of people sending their condolences to the Arbour family.

?The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Al Arbour, revered head coach of the dynastic New York Islanders," Bettman said in a statement released by the league.

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The Islanders are in early talks with Kyle Okposo about a contract extension for the 27-year-old winger, according to a report by The Fourth Period (Aug. 24).

Okposo's agent and Isles general manager Garth Snow have had conversations, but they are in the beginning stages of negotiations. Talks are expected to heat up early next month, with the hope of signing Okposo to an extension before the season starts in October. It is unclear if negotiations will continue during the season if a deal isn't reached by the time the 2015-16 season begins.

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The on-ice skills of John Tavares are quite apparent to anyone watching him during a game, but Islanders' general manager Garth Snow believes it's his character off the ice that has helped the team the most.

"He's one of the elite players in this league, for sure," Snow told NHL.com. "We were very fortunate to win the lottery the year that we had the first overall pick. His hockey game speaks for itself. Anyone that watches him play realizes he's a special talent.

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Just because the Islanders lease at Nassau Coliseum is up doesn't mean the drama with their former lease partner?Service Management Group Inc. (SMG) is over.

The Islanders filed a lawsuit against the arena management company, claiming that SMG "failed to fulfill the terms of an arena sublease and owes the club at least $1 million." SMG countered on Thursday by arguing that the Islanders defaulted on more than $10 million payments that the team owed before the July 31 expiration date of their lease at Nassau Coliseum. (Newsday, Aug. 20)

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The game will go on, for now.

Thats what Philadelphia Flyers officials told the Philadelphia Daily News about the scheduled Sept.?25 preseason matchup between the Flyers and Islanders at Wells Fargo Center. Massive road closures, due to Pope Frances' planned visit to the City of Brotherly Love on Sept. 26 and 27, could affect fans trying to leave the exhibition contest. Nearby Temple University will close its campus on Sept. 25 due to the papal visit the following two days

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Matt Carkner will be a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the next two years, the Islanders' minor league affiliate announced Tuesday.

The 34-year-old defenseman signed an AHL contract to remain in the organization. Newsday's Arthur Staple reported that Carkner will have a player/coach role in Bridgeport (August 11).

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The Long Island Railroad will be adding extra service to and from Barclays Center during Islanders' home games this upcoming season (Newsday, Aug. 3).

The LIRR will add two additional eastbound trains to Farmingdale and Babylon that will depart Atlantic Terminal 20 minutes after the end of weekday home games. Fans looking for other?lines will transfer at Jamaica. In addition, two west bound trains will be added to the schedule on the weekend along with two extra eastbound trains after games.

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For 43 year the Islanders have called Nassau Coliseum home. After the 2014-15 campaign ended, the team began their migration west to Brooklyn.

On Saturday, their departure became complete with the last signage of the team's presence at Nassau Coliseum coming down. Former Islanders Point Blank lead writer Kevin Schultz tweeted out a picture of a barren Nassau Coliseum.

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Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is considering options to play in Europe next season.

The 38-year-old blue liner is mulling over starting the 2015-16 season overseas -- potentially in the Swiss or Czech leagues -- while he waits for an NHL offer, according to Slovakian newspaper Novy Cas. Visnovsky told IIHF.com earlier this month that he had been offered another one-year deal by the Islanders.

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This year's minicamp -- held earlier this month -- would have been defenseman Scott Mayfield's fifth since being drafted by the Islanders 34th overall in 2011. Instead, the Denver University product watched from the stands on the final day of camp, which ended July 11.

"It's good to come out here and watch everyone. Kind of see the younger group of guys," Mayfield said during a conversation with Islanders Point Blank.

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The start time of four 2015-16 Islanders' contests have been amended by the NHL from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. face-offs?(Staple, July 23).

The Nov.?25 game vs. Philadelphia, the Feb.?2 game at Washington, the March 8 game vs. Pittsburgh and March 21 game vs Philadelphia have all been?pushed back a half hour. All four dates are weekday contests.

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The Islanders have agreed to terms on a 1-year, two-way deal with Louis Leblanc, a first round draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 2009.

Leblanc has spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs and most recently the Norfolk Admirals. In 71 games last season with the Admirals, he recorded 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. ?Leblanc?did appear in 42 NHL games in 2011-12 with the Canaidens, where he put up?10 points (five goals, five assists). He played in another eight NHL contests in 2013-14.

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The Nassau County Legislature's Rules Committee voted to approve an agreement between the county and New York Islanders that would allow the team to renovate the ice rink at?Cantiague Park and use it as their practice facility. It also ?allows for the Islanders to use some of the space for team offices (Newsday, July 13).

The committee voted unanimously to approve the deal, which calls for the Islanders to hold?regular open practices and autograph sessions at the new facility once it opens. The Islanders' lease with the county will run 10 years with options for two, five-year renewals. Nassau County will receive $200,000 a year as part of the agreement and the Islanders will contribute $4.5 million into upgrading the rink.

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BROOKLYN, New York? The Smile never really seemed to leave Joshua Ho-Sang?s face when he was speaking to reporters Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old forward had every reason to enjoy himself during the Islanders Blue and White Scrimmage at Barclays Center. He had three assists in the game and was one of the most noticeable players on the ice. His skating ability and his hands impressed the crowd of 6,311, and his shootout move during the skills competition gave everyone a chuckle.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- There is still plenty to do before the Islanders move into Barclays Center, but general manager Garth Snow and Anders Lee are excited by what is being constructed in the bowels of their new home.

Barclays Center is constructing the Islanders' new facilities, which will be completed before NHL training camps open in September. The facilities, which are being called the "Islanders' campus," will encompass 10,000 square feet of Barclays Center and include state-of-the-art amenities. Lee says it will make the transition easier.

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Ryan Pulock and Griffin Reinhart were expected to battle for a roster spot when training camp opened in September. When Reinhart was traded to Edmonton during the NHL draft it eliminated some of the competition for Pulock, but that doesn't mean he has a guaranteed spot on the Isles' roster.

"There's still that competition there," Pulock said after the first day of minicamp. "It doesn't give me a free spot. I'm still fighting every inch for a spot, so things really haven't changed that way. But I guess it's one less prospect fighting for that one spot."

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Michael Dal Colle and Mathew Barzal seemed as comfortable as ever with one another as they left the ice after the first day of Islanders minicamp. Dal Colle smirked as he fielded questions at his stall and chirped Barzal -- who was drafted 16th overall in the recent NHL Draft -- under his breath as the inquisitive media horde began to scatter.

The first day of camp saw Dal Colle and Barzal skate on the same line, with Sebastian Collberg rounding out the unit. Both Dal Colle and Barzal are expected to be impact players with the Islanders, but the two began the week-long camp at much different points in their hockey careers.

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The Islanders have officially signed Russian prospect Kirill Petrov to a one-year entry-level contract (Staple, July 1).

Petrov and AK Bars of the KHL agreed to terms on terminating his contract on June 8 so that he could make the move join the Islanders. He had five goals and 10 assists in 47 games with AK Bars last season ?(IPB, June 8).

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