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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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.
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.
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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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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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).
Head coach Jack Capuano put the group through an energetic practice for the first day.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
"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."
?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.
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.
"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.
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)
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
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 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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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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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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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.
Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner remain members of the New York Islanders, for now. It was believed that at least one of them would have been dealt on Friday or Saturday. Instead, it was Griffin Reinhart who was sent to Edmonton in return for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this year's draft.
The market for Grabner and Okposo just was not there during the two day draft being held in Sunrise, Florida. More from Newsday:
On day two, the Islanders came away with five defenseman to replenish the team's blue line prospects. They even managed to make a bit of history with the selection of Andong Song, the first Chinese born player to be drafted by an NHL team.
The 2015 draft for the Islanders was one in which they could pick the best players available and not for need. They already have a strong group of prospects in the system and now they have the building blocks to make the team very good for many years to come.
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And that player was Mathew?Barzal.
The Islanders saw the opportunity to grab what could be the steal of the draft after Boston passed on selecting him three consecutive times. When Snow realized Barzal was still there for the taking, he made the decision to trade defenseman Griffin Rienhart to Edmonton.
Draft Ops, a daily fantasy sports operator, has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Barclays Center. The agreement includes sponsorship of the Islanders, which includes "on-and-off ice assets" (Forbes, June 24).
The fantasy sports website will also build an on-site?Fantasy Sports Book at Barclays Center. The Fantasy Sports Book?will begin being built in September and Draft Ops will launch it in connection with the Islanders season opener in October.
For Islanders captain John Tavares, the idea of 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is something that he likes. In an interview with the Toronto Sun -- before news broke that the change would be voted on by the NHL Board of Governors -- Tavares explained the appeal it could have for the fans.
"You get a lineup of, say, [Sidney] Crosby, [Evgeni] Malkin, [Kris] Letang going up against [Jonathan] Toews, [Patrick] Kane, Duncan Keith, what?s not to like?? he said. ?I think people might think it?s kind of gimmicky, but I think people will see the best players in the world with open ice make plays, I think it will be fun to play in and special to watch."
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But tonight in "Sin City", the odds-on favorite to win the award isn't Ovechkin this time, it's Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. Price is up for two other awards as well -- the Vezina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.
Tavares had a banner year for the Islanders in 2014-15. He had recorded a career-high in goals (38) and points (86) while playing in all 82 games of the regular season. Tavares also led the league in overtime goals (4) and he finished third in the NHL in game-winning goals (8).
Newsday's Arthur Staple reported on Saturday night that Kyle Okposo could be on the trading block, according to two leagues sources. There appears to be nothing imminent, according to the Newsday report, but Okposo is in the final year his five-year contract and his $2.8 million cap hit could be appetizing to a team strapped for cap space.
Okposo is certainly in line for a raise once his current deal is up and the dollar amount he likely will ask for could be too much for Snow.
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The camp will start on Tuesday, July 7, and run through Saturday, July 11. The Islanders will hold mini camp at Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park. Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang, Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Pulock will be among the prospects that take part in this years camp.
Mini camp and the prospect scrimmage have been held at the Nassau Coliseum and Islanders Iceworks in years past.
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Sundstrom was drafted 50th overall in the 2011 draft by the Islanders. He has spent the previous three seasons playing in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also appeared in 11 games with the Islanders during the 2013-14 season. In 72 games this year, he recorded seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. During the 2013-14 season Sundstrom scored eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 40 games.
His best statistical year came during his first pro season in North American when he put up 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games.
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General Manager Garth Snow attempted to lock him up, but negotiations never really got off the ground between the?Isles and the then 37-year-old veteran. Boyle eventually hit the free agent market and was signed by the New York Rangers to a two-year, $9 million deal. Boyle took less money to play on Broadway, but the two years was exactly what Boyle and agent George Bazos had been looking for.
Boyle's arrival to the Rangers was celebrated, while Islanders' fans felt that the organization had once again been spurned by a big name free agent. But in the end, Islanders should be thanking Boyle for not signing and heading off to free agency.
Staffan was the president of the Islanders' AHL affiliate for 10 years and was let go on Tuesday from his position. He also spent four years running Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment, the company that operates Webster Bank Arena (IPB, June 3).
Islanders owner Charles Wang controls both the Sound Tigers and Harbor Yards Sports and Entertainment. It is unclear at the moment if Picker will work in Bridgeport, on Long Island, or a combination of the two (Fornabio, June 4).
1. On the move to Brooklyn - "It's going to be different, but we're all excited."
2. Talking about the atmosphere at the Coliseum in it's final season - "The Coliseum was really something special this season. Especially with the year we had and the way our fan base rallied behind us. It was a special place. It's up to us to carry that tradition over."
In a Newsday feature highlighting the aspects that Barclays Center want to carry over from the team's days at Nassau Coliseum, CEO Brett Yormark discussed the desire to move to a larger radio station. The Islanders have been on WRHU since 2010. (June 2)
"I think it's fair to say that's probably not a place we'll end up," Yormark said bluntly.
The news comes as a surprise since it would appear the 22-year old defenseman would fit the Islanders defensive system. Russo has developed into a good offensive defenseman, who was a big part of the Fighting Irish's success. During his senior campaign, Russo recorded 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 40 games and was named to the CCM Hockey All-American team. Russo's 41 points were the most by a defenseman in the Hockey East conference. He also led the NCAA conference in goals by a defenseman.
Russo finished the season a plus-13 as well.
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Michael Dal Colle, the Islanders fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, and the Oshawa Generals won the Memorial Cup on Sunday after defeating the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 in overtime. Rookie Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winning goal 1:28 into OT to capture the win. Griffin Reinhart, the fourth overall selection in 2012, won the Memorial Cup last season with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Islanders' prospect did not end up on the score sheet in the championship game, but he did finish the tournament with five points (two goals, three assists) in four games for the Generals.