The Islanders have sent D Devon Toews and C Jan Kovar to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, per Newsday's Andrew Gross.
President and GM Lou Lamoriello has to submit his 23-man roster by the end of the day, and Toews and Kovar were the moves necessary to reach that number. The Islanders are also waiting to see if F Tom Kuhnhackl cleared waivers, so they could send him to Bridgeport as well.
"What you do in situations like this is give yourself flexibility, that's what we did," Lamoriello said. "If a player gets claimed, that's part of the game."
Lamoriello gave Toews, a fourth-rounder in the 2014 NHL Draft, some praise saying he has the ability to play at the highest level, but can use some grooming and regular minutes to develop his skills more.
"Right now, we've got four centers pretty well set," Lamoriello said, referring to Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, and Valtteri Filppula. "Toews is a young player and has the ability but it's not going to hurt him at all. It's going to help him. I had a great conversation with him yesterday. There are things he can work on and play a lot of minutes. A young player, especially a defenseman, should play a lot of minutes when they can."
Kovar played the past five seasons in the KHL before coming over to New York this season.
The Islanders also placed Andrew Ladd on the IR, but Lamoriello is confident he will return to practice on Wednesday. He is eligible to be activated whenever Islanders deem him ready for game action.
The Isles open up their 2018-19 season on Thursday night against the Hurricanes on the road at 7 p.m.