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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

One of the most fluid and insanely unpredictable weeks in recent NHL memory is now over with the conclusion of the 2017 NHL entry draft. Prior to that, we had the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, awkwardly held in the middle of an awards gala, and some good old fashioned wheeling-and-dealing.

General managers have now returned home to celebrate their victories, or size up their losses, with five days before unrestricted free agency, which begins this Saturday, July 1.

Tags: John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Islanders traded forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick to have the Las Vegas Golden Knights select goaltender J-F Berube

Grabovski, who had 44 points in his first two seasons in New York, has not suited up in a game for the Islanders since March 2016 after he suffered a concussion. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. 

Bischoff, a seventh-round pick in 2012, had three points in six games with the AHL's Sound Tigers last season after finishing his time at the University of Minnesota. 

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New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski skates on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski skates on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders are reportedly likely to lose forward Mikhail Grabovski to the Las Vegas Golden Knights as part of expansion draft trades, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

The Islanders only put three forwards -- John TavaresAnders Lee and Andrew Ladd -- on the protected list, as Jason ChimeraCasey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck were among the 25 players they made available.

New York will reportedly send its first-round pick to Vegas in order to prevent the Golden Knights from taking one of their forwards. There will be a third component to the deal, according to Staple, however it is not yet known what it would be.

Tags: Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin
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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Avalanche are open to trading C Matt Duchene, with Colorado perhaps seeking a young defenseman or defensive prospects in return, reports Elliotte Friedman of TSN.

Duchene, 25, has 13 goals and 11 assists in 33 games this season.

He has 169 goals and 232 assists in 528 games spanning eight seasons in the NHL -- all with Colorado.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

ESPN has a plan for how the Islanders can turn their franchise's fortunes around.

Matthew Coller lists (Insider required) letting Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen walk, signing Andrew Ladd, and poor goaltending performances as the primary factors that got the Islanders into this mess. To get out of it, Coller suggests selling at the deadline, exercising patience with their young talent, and most notably (and controversially), getting an answer on John Tavares' future as ways to fix things.

"One player holds the key to the Islanders' future: Tavares. He is set to hit free agency in 2018, and his decision to stay or go will ultimately decide if the Islanders have to go back into rebuild mode or keep swinging for a Stanley Cup," Coller writes. "If their former No. 1 overall pick is willing to sign a long-term deal, Snow, or whoever the GM is after this debacle, can start moving assets to acquire win-now players around Tavares. If he decides to test the market, then he needs to be traded as soon as possible. Even if other teams knew the Islanders' hand was forced, 29 teams would be making a call to see if they could acquire one of the NHL's elite centers."

Tags: Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Mikhail Grabovski
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders have some uncertaintly awaiting them in the years ahead, and at least one writer thinks it create a ton of intrigue. In his latest edition of 30 Thoughts on Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman says the Isles' future is both interesting and difficult to predict, and that both ownership and the team's approach to their own free agents will have a lot to do with the direction the team will take in the coming years.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Recently, sources told SNY that Mikhail Grabovski would be seeing Islanders team doctors in an attempt to get cleared for training camp, which began last Thursday morning at the Long Island Marriott with media day.

Last Friday, the Islanders announced that Grabovski had failed his physical. And on Monday, it was announced that Grabovski had been placed on IR due to an upper body injury, retroactive to March 16.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Frans Nielsen, Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

It's remarkable when you sit down and examine, in your own mind, the concept of time. As you get older, it seems to move faster and faster. Of course, time doesn't actually go faster, it just seems that way with increased responsibilities taking up most of the free hours we hold so dear.

I'm sure hockey players are no different in this mental phenomenon. To the New York Islanders, it probably seems as if the season just ended this past Sunday instead of May 8 in Tampa with a 4-0 loss eliminating them from the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Now, it's back in the gym preparing for a training camp in September that will be here in the blink of an eye, approximately eight short weeks away.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mikhail Grabovski, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (84) skates on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)
New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (84) skates on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)

Mikhail Grabovski's time as an Islander has seen the talented, but maligned forward riddled with injuries. And he may not be past his latest yet.

Grabovski, who had his last two seasons derailed by concussions and played in just one game after February 19 last year, could miss the start of the regular season.

In a Twitter Q&A on Wednesday, Newsday's Art Staple said that he has heard conflicting reports on Grabovski's availability for the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Sunday afternoon, an unconfirmed rumor made the rounds across Twitter, saying the New York Islanders were close to a deal involving Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, mentioning Ryan Strome as part of the package heading to South Florida.

A league source told IPB that this is not the case at the present time. While it's true that GM Garth Snow has 30 lines in the water still hoping to hook a trophy catch before the puck drops on the 2016-17 season, including one in Tampa, there are a number of reasons why this (and perhaps Tampa in general) isn't a match...

1.) Salary Cap Issues: These are not your Islanders from five years ago, with a roster made up of a star in the making, a couple of low-priced entry-level deals and veterans on show-me contracts. They don't have the cap space to play with like they did back in the grim days.

Tags: Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Andy Graziano
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On this week's show, Brian Compton and Mike Carver preview the Isles' first round matchup with the Florida Panthers. The guys discuss injuries to Travis Hamonic, Mikhail Grabovski, and Jaroslav Halak, and dish out their predictions for the first round. The guys also welcome rookie defenseman, Ryan Pulock to the show, where they finally get a confirmation on the pronunciation of his last name, and his thoughts on the Panthers.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on the bench during the game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on the bench during the game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)

As the final eight games of the regular season get set to unfold, the Islanders faithful is stuck in a strange purgatory. New York's performance has been so uneven this season that it has left fans to wrestle with the notion that a playoff run (or even a playoff berth) is in the cards. Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, though, has a theory on why the Isles haven't been able to sustain their best level of hockey for as long as anyone would like: injuries.

Capuano told Newsday's Steven Marcus the Islanders don't get enough credit for overcoming the rash of injuries they've sustained this season.

"We've got 40 wins this year. Nobody gives this team any credit," Capuano said. "There's some other teams that have had some significant injuries, they struggled. These guys have struggled, but they're competing and they're right in the race. That's what I like about this group. They're battling hard every single day [in] practice, games.''

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Marek Zidlicky, Mikhail Grabovski, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Adam Pelech, who was very impressive in a seven-game stint earlier in the season before being set back by a serious medical condition that required immediate treatment, finally returned to full contact practice on Monday as the team assembled at Northwell Health Ice Center to prepare for its crucial game at home on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

Pelech did an outstanding job with his initial recall, playing two games in November and being used carefully by head coach Jack Capuano in a win over the Anaheim Ducks (13:19 TOI) and a loss to the Montreal Canadiens (10:45). He then returned to the squad for a five-game run that began with a Jan. 3 meeting with the dangerous Stars. He competed for a tough 22:21 over the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin, even sliding to block a slapper from the bottom of the left circle by one of the league's deadliest snipers.

After picking up two assists against the New York Rangers on Jan. 14, Pelech and the medical team learned of his condition and started the wheels in motion to figure out the nature of the problem before coming up with a plan to treat it. Indications from various sources was that the defenseman's career was very much in jeopardy for a time at the onset of discovery. Now it looks as if he could return in the first round of the playoffs.

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Mikhail Grabovski has not appeared in a game since Feb. 19. (Reinhold Matay)
Mikhail Grabovski has not appeared in a game since Feb. 19. (Reinhold Matay)

The New York Islanders have activated forward Mikhail Grabovski off the team's IR, according to Newsday's Art Staple.

Grabovski, 32, has not appeared in a game since Feb. 19 due to an upper-body injury.

He has nine goals and 15 assists this season. 

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New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan sends a pass during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan sends a pass during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders' Calvin de Haan and Mikhail Grabovski are both likely to miss Sunday's game against the Rangers, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

De Haan was activated off injured reserve earlier this week after suffering a lower-body injury in mid-February.

Grabovski, who was placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 19, skated on the ice on Saturday, but is still "some time away" from returning, coach Jack Capuano told Staple.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brock Nelson's team-leading 20th goal broke a tie late in the second period, Jean-Francois Berube made 40 saves for his first NHL win, and the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 Tuesday night.

Mikhail Grabovski and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders.

Charlie CoyleJason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter had the goals for the Wild, who have lost eight of their last nine (1-7-1). Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 30 shots, and Darcy Kuemper stopped all eight shots he faced.

After the Islanders took a 2-1 lead on goals by Grabovski and Lee early in the second, Pominville tied it with 1:34 left in the period. Nelson put New York back ahead for good with 42 seconds remaining. >> Read more

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Alexei Marchenko and New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski tussle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Alexei Marchenko and New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski tussle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

(AP) -- Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser scored 1:11 apart in the second period to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night.

Brad Richards scored in the first period and Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots to give the Red Wings their second win in five games (2-2-1). Luke Glendenning added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal Detroit's third win in the last 11 meetings (3-6-2) against the Islanders.

Brock Nelson and Mikhail Grabovski scored for New York, and Jaroslav Halak had 22 saves while the Islanders lost in regulation for the first time in five games (3-1-1).

Both teams were playing for the last time before the All-Star Game this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. >> Read more...

Tags: Brock Nelson, Detroit Red Wings, Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski

New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck is congratulated by center Casey Cizikas after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck is congratulated by center Casey Cizikas after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kyle Okposo had two goals and an assist, Cal Clutterbuck scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the NHL-best Dallas Stars 6-5 on Sunday.

Anders Lee had a goal and an assist, and Mikhail Grabovski also scored to help the Islanders win for the fourth time in six games and improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Stars. Thomas Greiss finished with 36 saves.

New York trailed 2-1 in the first period before scoring the next four goals and then held off Dallas in the third to improve to 12-4-1 against Western Conference teams. >> Read more...

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Dallas Stars, Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) allows a puck past him by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin (not pictured) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) allows a puck past him by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin (not pictured) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)

The Isles have been a little unlucky in their last two losses, but it's time for them to start making their own fortunes.

With just under four minutes to go in regulation, Colorado controlled the puck in the Isles' zone, and Francois Beauchemin threw the puck toward the front of the net. It caromed off Mikhail Grabovski's skate, and past Thomas Greiss to give the Avalanche the eventual-game winner with just 3:48 remaining.

"We got one [Nelson's second-period marker] on the power play tonight, but you have that power play with eight minutes left and you don't get a shot," Jack Capuano told reporters after the game. "We passed up a shot and decided to make the sexy pass instead. It's really hurt us lately. We're not building any momentum off the power play."

Tags: Mikhail Grabovski, Thomas Greiss, Brian Erni
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The New York Islanders celebrate the win against the St. Louis Blues at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
The New York Islanders celebrate the win against the St. Louis Blues at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

(AP) -- John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski have played key roles for the New York Islanders during their surge, but neither has had much success facing the Ottawa Senators.

They'll try to change that while helping the visiting Islanders extend their longest winning streak of the season to five Saturday night against the red-hot Mike Hoffman and the Senators.

Tavares has sparked New York's improving power play with two goals in those situations during the win streak. He had the lone goal on the power play for the Islanders in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout win over the rival New York Rangers.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss before the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss before the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored in the shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Mikhail Grabovski tied it early in the third period for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss, making his third start in four games, stopped 31 shots through overtime. He also denied both St. Louis shooters in the tiebreaker.

Tags: Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, St. Louis Blues
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The Islanders may have a few changes in their lineup when they take the ice for Game 5, and a big one may be the addition of Mikhail Grabovski.

The Islanders' forward has not appeared in a game since suffering a concussion on February 19 against the Nashville?Predators, but could make his return on Thursday. Grabovski has been skating in practice in recent weeks and Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said "there's a real good chance" he plays in Game 5.

"We have some decisions to make whether he plays in the middle or does he play wing," Capuano added. "So those are decisions we have to sit down this afternoon and go over. You'll probably see some changes in our lineup, but...we have to have four lines that are balanced. I think that is the best thing for us, that way just to change their matches a little bit and to try to figure out what they're thinking."

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As the Islanders skated around the Nassau Coliseum, not much had changed as far as the team's line combinations. The previous night, head coach Jack Capuano hinted at changing things up for Game 3.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when things looked the same as they did in Game 2.

"That's because you guys were all here," Capuano jokingly said when asked about the practice lines. The fact the lines remained the same doesn't necessarily mean that things won't change at game time on Sunday.

Tags: Islanders, Islanders Notebook, john tavares, josh bailey, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, Washington Capitals
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The following is a guest post from Billy Thomas,?written exclusively for Point Blank.?Billy Thomas is currently a Freshman at St. John's University majoring in sports?management. He is a lifelong Islander fan and lives a stones throw away from Nassau?Coliseum. He can be found on twitter:?@BillyThomasSPM


Mikhail Grabovski has begun practicing with the team for the first time since suffering a brutal concussion on February 19th in the 5-2 victory against the Nashville Predators and is on pace for a return during the playoffs. He is already wearing a full-contact jersey during practice, meaning his return is beginning to appear on the horizon. The Islanders have struggled during Grabovski?s absence, winning only seven out of 20 games and have lacked the offensive drive they had all season

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It is status quo for the injured Islanders as the team heads to Pittsburgh to battle the Penguins.

Islander Coach Jack Capuano told reporters following Thursday's practice that Matt Martin, Frans Nielsen and Cal Clutterbuck were still all day-to-day.

"We'll continue to monitor as we move forward," he said.

Tags: frans nielsen, Islanders, Jaroslav Halak, matt martin, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, News
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Mikhail Grabovski is still not ready to play in games for the Islanders, but he will be traveling with the team on their trip to Philadelphia.

The offseason acquisition skated with the rest of his teammates during the Isles' practice at Nassau Coliseum on Monday. He also skated on Saturday during the team's optional morning skate.

"Right now just see how he feels on a day-to-day basis," head coach Jack Capuano said. "Obviously he's not close to playing here yet, but it's good to have him back out there."

Tags: frans nielsen, Islanders, matt martin, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, News
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The lineup that was on the ice Tuesday will be the same that will be on the ice for tonight.

The Islanders will field the same forwards, defensemen and goaltenders when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at Nassau Coliseum. Jaroslav Halak will look for his 36th win of the season in his third straight start between the pipes. He has given the Islanders several quality performances in his three previous games.

For the Islanders to have Halak playing at his current level this late in the season is a good sign.

Tags: Islanders, Jaroslav Halak, Lubormir Visnovsky, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders
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The Islanders have placed Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve with an expected concussion (Stable, Feb. 21).

Grabovski suffered the injury during Thursday night's?win?against the Predators. "I'm sure he's going to be out a while," Head coach Jack Capuano said of Grabovski.

Kael?Mouillierat has been recalled to fill in during his absence.

Tags: capitals, Islanders, jack capuano, kael mouillierate, Mikhail Grabovski, predators, sound tigers, Andrew Vazzano
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Islanders' head coach Jack Capuano did not sound all that optimistic after the game about forward Mikhail Grabovski.

Grabovski took a big hit from Eric Nystrom at 8:39 of the first period of Thursday's 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. The Islander forward laid on the ice for a few minutes after the hit and a stretcher was even brought out onto the ice after a few minutes. He did eventually sit up and skate off under his own power.

The Islanders later announced he would miss the remainder of the game with an upper-body injury.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- If there were any concerns about the Islanders playing the next 6-8 weeks without Kyle Okposo, they quelled them very quickly on Tuesday night.

The Islanders routed the New York Rangers and the newly pieced together top line gelled pretty quickly. Josh Bailey and Johnny Boychuk set up Mikhail Grabovski for the opening goal of the night.

"Grabo has great hockey sense," John Tavares said about his line mate. "He knows his way around the ice. Obviously playing a left shot on the right side is a little different and different style of game, but just try to keep it simple. Don't try to do too much and I think for both of us -- even [Bailey] -- the first game back everyone is trying to get their legs under them.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders may have a tough decision on their hands when they return from the All-Star break.

Head Coach Jack Capuano said that Mikhail Grabovski could be ready once the team returns from the break. He has been out with a lower-body injury since leaving the game early on January 9 against New Jersey. Grabovski, along with injured defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, both skated before Monday's matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Grabbo is getting real close and could be ready when we return," Capuano said. "Visnovsky again skated this morning. Felt really good, but don't know if he'd be ready right after the break. They're still day-to-day, but it's good to see both of them on the ice going through the drills. Now we will just get them in some contact."

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Mikhail Grabovski and Lubomir Visnovsky skated prior to the Islanders' practice at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, but both players?are still day-to-day according to head coach Jack Capuano.

It is extremely unlikely that either player suits up for Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Grabovski left Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils with a lower body injury. Visnovsky is on injured reserve with a upper body injury.

Tags: Islanders, lubomir visnovsky, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, News

The Islanders were on the ice Monday morning in preparation for their Tuesday battle with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Mikhail Grabovski and Lubomir Visnovsky did not take part in the Islanders' skate at IceWorks in Syosset. Grabovski did do some off-ice work, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple, at the Islanders' practice facility. Visnovsky is on IR retroactive to January 4 and Grabovski is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Tuesday?s game will be important for both clubs. The Islanders are trying to put some more space between themselves and the teams below them and the Rangers are trying catch up with the Metropolitan Division-leading Isles.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Injured Forward Mikhail Grabovski might be back sooner than people expected. Grabovski skated prior to the Islanders optional morning skate on Tuesday and Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said he was day-to-day.

"I don't know if it's going to be long term," he said referring to the injury. "He's day-to-day. He's here every morning getting his rehab and actually went on the ice there a little bit. We'll know a little bit more as each day goes by."

Capuano characterized Grabovski's skate on Tuesday morning as a "light skate, but it's a good sign that he's progressing." Grabovski left last Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks after being hit hard by John Scott. He originally passed a concussion test, but woke up on Friday with concussion like symptoms.

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Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion.

He had originally passed a concussion test after leaving Thursday night's game against the San Jose Sharks in the first period. But Grabovski woke up on Friday and was dealing with concussion like symptoms, according to General Manager Garth Snow.

A return date is unknown at this time. Grabovski will not be reevaluated until Monday at the earliest and will require a doctors?clearance?before returning to the ice.

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Islanders coach Jack Capuano said forward Colin McDonald will make his season debut Saturday night in Pittsburgh, replacing the injured Mikhail Grabovski. (Islanders, Oct. 18).

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders (4-0) against the Penguins.

Grabovski is out with what is characterized as an "upper body injury", though he reportedly does not have a concussion. Grabovski (5 feet 11, 183 pounds) was hit and sent to the ice by San Jose's John Scott (6-8, 260) in Thursday's victory. McDonald has been a healthy scratch for the first four games.

Tags: colin mcdonald, Islanders, Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Jerry McGuire
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders got one of their two injured defenseman back on Thursday, and are close to getting the other one back soon as well.

Calvin de Haan made his season debut against the San Jose Sharks after missing the first three games of the season with an upper body injury. Now, it appears that Lubomir Visnovsky could be close to returning as well. The Islander defenseman has been dealing with back spasms and the team put him on injured reserve on October 7.

Visnovsky skated Thursday during the morning skate.

Tags: calvin de haan, Islanders, Islanders Notebook, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, Mikhail Grabovski, new york islanders, News
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The injury bug struck the Islanders in the first period of Thursday's game against the San Jose Shark.

Mikhail Grabovski left the game late in the opening period after taking a big hit up high by John Scott. Grabovski was down on the ice for several moments while an Islander trainer came on the ice to check on him. Grabovski did skate off on his own power, but did not return to the game due to an upper body injury.

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One thing a lot of Islander fans have been watching has been the line combinations that Jack Capuano has been using during practices in the preseason.

Capuano has done a lot of mixing and matching throughout training camp, but has finally come to a decision on the lines for opening night. On Tuesday Arthur Staple broke the news to the Islanders faithful:

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