Arthur Staple tweeted that one prospect, Nino Niederreiter, had declined the option to attend the camp given that the has already done so three times and thus, is not required to go. In follow up, Staple also said that, in his opinion, "team and player aren't in a good place right now."
As he asserted, it is fair to assume that since Niederreiter had a fit about not getting the invite to training camp and asked for a trade in January relations are not warm and fuzzy.
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Niederreiter leads the Swiss team in goals with four, tying him with NHLers such as Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny in goals during the tournament (Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk leads all scorers with eight). The Islanders prospect is helping lead Switzerland's top line along with Martin Pluss and Simon Moser.
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Yet, somehow Albany's power play found a way to be worse.
Albany was 0-for-3, failing to score on a 5-minute first-period major. Plus, when given a third-period man advantage, the Devils surrendered a shorthanded goal-- the game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 2-0 win.
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But the truth is that the grandfathering in of visors is something that is coming. It's just a matter of time until the NHLPA agrees to it. What it takes to get them to agree to it; probably a?gruesome?on-ice incident. Is the shot to Staal's face enough? We'll see.
The Rangers have also called up Michael Haley and that resulted in Scott Hartnell taking a swipe at Haley on the Rangers' bench last night. Should be interesting tomorrow.
And here we are today. Almost exactly a year later, and look at that statistic up there. Isn't it beautiful?
After last night's hat trick, Tavares sits tied for first in the league in goals with James Neal and Thomas Vanek, and is 6th in the league in points. Not far behind is Matt Moulson who is 10th in points with 17. Tavares has 20 points in 14 games this season, and is absolutely en fuego. Now if they can get some secondary scoring...
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Here's what Katie Strang wrote last October:
[sny-box]It seems that?New York Islanders?coach Jack Capuano is sending a message to his team that no player is safe.
Sunday night was the skills competition and Donovan took part in the hardest shot contest:
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Point Blank sent an email to?Andre Rufener, Niederreiter's Switzerland-based agent, in hopes of finding out why the smile came off Nino's face and how this week's episode could come to an end.
Rufener politely declined.
So the one person we haven't heard a lot in the english press from is the agent, Andy Rufener. He declined to talk to Newsday for their story Tuesday night and was cited as delivering the news to Garth Snow by ESPN but again, wasn't reached for comment.
However, Rufener did give an interview to the Swiss outlet 20 Minutes. In it, Ruefener deflects some of the blame for the situation away from his client and towards himself. He also comes across as taking this as the end of days a bit of a hard line. Swiss IPB reader Oliver sent in a translated version of the article. Writes Oliver:
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This story is a significant story and not something to be lightly pushed aside as simply the work of an "irresponsible journalist." It's important because it is the first time one of the all important youths of this rebuild has (allegedly) spoken up in a negative light. Brian Rolston throwing rocks on his way out is one thing. An important piece of the rebuild causing a ruckus is another.
It's concerning because since the summer of 2007, when the Islanders couldn?t court Ryan Smyth, the entire trajectory of the team has changed to build via the draft and through prospects such as Niederreiter.
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The funny thing about this particular game is you could tell a little bit about who was in game shape and who had extra motivation. The Sound Tigers for the most part had both of those things, as they're in the middle of the season and if you were on that roster, you didn't get a camp invite (save for the two junior invitees). One particular player who skated like a bat out of hell was Nino Niederreiter. Newsday found Nino after the game:
[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"Of course I was disappointed, but I've learned that there are things you cannot control and you can't worry about those," Niederreiter said after scoring a nifty goal for the Sound Tigers in the scrimmage with the Isles . "I promised myself I wouldn't get frustrated about those things this year. All I can control is what I do on the ice."[/sny-box]
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"He's under contract with the Islanders and he should be here," Garth Snow told the assembled media yesterday. The 'he', of course, is Lubomir Visnovsky the staying/going/not coming defenseman of the Islanders and, more recently, HC Slovan. Visnovsky has until 10am today to report to the Island or be suspended. By the looks of it, he's not coming and we'll have
an international incident to wait and see what the next steps are. If the KHL doesn't enforce the memorandum, this may end up in court. We'll have to wait and see.
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Training camps are tentatively set for Sunday, which could make for some very tired Sound Tigers. It really depends on how this all shakes out and what the rules are regarding bringing AHL players up for camp. The Sound Tigers play a triple threat this weekend; Friday night in Providence, Saturday night in Bridgeport, and late Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City. That means that the team may have to choose between whether to send players to camp or the game Sunday. It could also be a long week for any players who end up getting a call up on Monday.
LAST WORD ON THE SCHEDULE
I wrote more than enough on the schedule yesterday, so here's one last note before I stop beating the dead horse. The Islanders will have an afternoon matinee on the 21st, Martin Luther King Day (confirmed by Newsday), as is sort of a tradition. They have had a home date on MLK Day dating back to 2007. I've been told that the Islanders opponent is expected to be Tampa Bay.
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Michael Grabner: "Should be" ready by January 15th after a lower-body injury
Brock Nelson: Broken jaw out 2-3 weeks as of 12/29
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Would amnesty be used on Slick Rick?When it comes to RDP and the Islanders, you never know just how things will work out. While buying him out seems like the obvious choice, well, you just never know. Lighthouse examined the whole situation pretty thoroughly the other day, and had two interesting sticking points that could muddle the relatively easy decision:
It does cause some problems for the Islanders to amnesty DiPietro, however. It would definitely make it harder for the cash-strapped club to make the salary cap floor. $4.5 million is a lot to make up for a club who needed to ride Brian Rolston's undeserved $5 million contract last season for cap purposes.
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It's been a tough week on Long Island and all over the tri-state area -- 250,000 on LI still without power at this moment -- but it's always good to see an organization that does the right thing and recognizes its place in the landscape. Sports are an escape and spending a night at a hockey game can be one way to do that.