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sleep 51:25 pm, Iceworks - Looks like Jon Sim will return from semi-retirement and the Islanders will not recall a prospect for tomorrow's matinee. Jeremy Colliton, Trevor Smith and your Bridgeport Sound Tigers host the Philadelphia Phantoms tonight, so if the kids are in the lineup at 7:00 pm in Connecticut they're not playing a day game tomorrow in Philadelphia with the Islanders.


Since Sim has been persona non-grata for so long and has cleared waivers, makes you wonder why the team doesn't send him to Bridgeport, move or release him so they can get another prospect in the lineup.


Here are the lines from today's practice, with an eye-opening change among the kiddie corps:


Sim - Comrie - Guerin


Bergenheim - Nielsen - Okposo


Hilbert - Bailey - Jackman


Tambellini - Park - Comeau



The Bergie-Frans-KO trio is intriguing. Perhaps it's another opportunity for young Sean to show what he can do. On paper, sounds like a good line for next season.


When asked by Chris King of Islanders Radio, coach Scott Gordon would not commit to his combinations for tomorrow, saying "These lines were about today's practice." That would be unique, practicing for an hour the day before a game with one set of combinations and then actually playing another.


Doubt it will happen, but really no biggie. What's he got to lose?



ETC: Mark Streit was on the ice for extra work post-practice and is likely out for the Flyers game.


No official timeline yet for Trent Hunter, but he's out tomorrow and Howie Rose speculated on Wednesday's broadcast it could be at least a week to ten days.


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