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).
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.
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).
Bridgeport, the Islanders AHL farm team, played the 2014-15 campaign in the Northeast Division. They will remain in the same division as the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) and the Springfield Falcons (Arizona Coyotes), but will see five new clubs enter their division.
Joining the Sound Tigers in the Atlantic Division will be the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), Portland Pirates (Florida Panthers), Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins), and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins).
The Sound Tigers' center, who made his NHL debut in February with the Islanders, scored a lacrosse style goal during Bridgeport's 7-1 win over the Binghamton?Senators. The goal came 2:19 into the first period of the matinee contest. Sebastian Colberg missed the net on a shot and the puck found its' way to the stick of Kevin Czuczman. The Sound Tiger defenseman sent the puck to Mouillierat behind the net and that's when he scored.
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.
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The Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate, will host a Pucks and Pigskins Night during this Saturday's game against the Portland Pirates. Fans who bring deflated footballs to the arena will receive $10 off their tickets. The footballs will be inflated?and donated to?the Cardinal Sheehan Center in Bridgeport. Deflated basketballs and volleyballs will also be accepted.
Fans who show up to the game in a football jersey or other football attire will get a $5 off their tickets.
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If you have spent anytime on the internet over the last few days you've seen numerous hockey stars taking part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge." Participants dump buckets of ice water onto their heads to help raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. NHL stars such as Craig Adams, Zdeno Chara and Sidney Crosby have all accepted the challenge... And now the Islanders have gotten in on the fun via their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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- On Saturday night, the Sound Tigers got trounced 5-0 by Syracuse in their first road game of the year. All five goals were conceded in a miserable second period that saw them get out shot 22-5. The way the game played out, it could have easily been 7-1. Ryan Strome rung one off the post in the first period and early in the second, the Sound Tigers had one big chance early in the period. There was a wild scramble in front of the Syracuse net, which of course led to a rush back the other way and a soft goal through Nilsson's five hole. Syracuse missed on some big chances of their own too, so a five spot could have been worse.
- And as far as Nilsson, it's best for his development if he keeps playing and sees game action. However he has not looked good. Not all five goals were on him -- he got hung out to dry on breakaways on at least two of them -- but there were easily two of the five that were softies. (1) The first goal on the counter attack seemed to surprise even the shooter, as Nilsson couldn't close the five-hole fast enough. (2) The third goal of the game ticked off his glove and into the back of the net, vaguely similar to the puck that went off Regin, Talbot and Girardi last night. He did bail out his teammates on a nice breakaway stop in the first period but it's safe to say he has not looked good this season so far, and had some bad miscues on Saturday.
- Yes, the team has not looked great in front of Nilsson, either. As I mentioned there were more than a couple breakaways allowed and Syracuse's Russian connection of Namestnikov and Kucherov gave the Sound Tigers fits all night. The Sound Tigers got caught on a change a couple times, had trouble gaining and keeping the opponent's zone most of the night. They've lost games this year but have had spurts of good play and looked decent at times, but not at all on this night. They were getting a lot of shots blocked, getting almost no good transitions, hesitating a lot, not finding good lanes. We'll see how they bounce back or if they go further down the rabbit hole.Bridgeport is 1-4-1 on the year and goes up against the Hartford Wolfpack tonight.
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- Anders Lee looks pretty good -- as he should, I know -- even doing a sort of Kabanov deke around a defender on Saturday night. It didn't end up in the back of the net, though.
- Andrey Pedan had three points in two games last weekend but was a healthy scratch for both games this weekend. There doesn't appear to be an explicit reason why, but if you read between the lines he may be getting his own discipline for being late. If you recall, Pedan was the other Sound Tiger late to practice the day Kabanov was late and consequently punted to Stockton. Here's what Fornabaio had on Wednesday: "No Andrey Pedan this morning in practice; Pellerin said he was on ?earlier this morning for some skill development and conditioning skate. He wasn?t feeling well after the skate. He?s going to come back for a workout. He?s going to be doing a little individual work with me this week.? For one reason or another, looks like he got singled out by the coach. On Twitter, Pedan had some frustration but without context it's impossible to know if that's about sitting out or because he left dinner on the stove too long.
- Alan Quine, drafted as a forward this past June has been playing point on the power play with Calvin de Haan. That's something Quine has done previously in juniors.
- Ryan Strome was held off the scoresheet, registering six shots. Don't read too much into it, he still looks good. In Sunday's first period he went coast-to-coast right up the middle of the ice (on the powerplay, no less). A nice play, but wasn't able to convert.
- The final bullet point goes to Johan Sundstrom for having the team's only goal of the weekend. It's Sundstrom's first since January 11th.
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[sny-box]"Our agreement with the City of Bridgeport ends on?August 31st, 2020. We have seven years remaining on this deal. The Sound Tigers have an agreement to play in Webster Bank Arena until then and plan on doing so until we hear otherwise from our owner. There is no agreement in place between the Islanders organization and the Ratner Group or Barclays Center. The Sound Tigers love being in Bridgeport and absolutely plan on spending at least the next seven AHL seasons here"[/sny-box]
Charles Wang owns both the Islanders and Sound Tigers in addition to Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment, which manages the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
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For one, defender Andrey Pedan, who scored a few goals for his team, was knocked out of the OHL playoffs tonight. If you read his twitter, it sounds like his bags are already packed. Pedan thanked "everybody for supporting [him] in Guelph," and "that [he] will be missing every one of you." He then proceeded to retweet a few dozen Islander fans, so yeah, I'd say he's headed eastward. Pedan doesn't yet have an ELC with the Isles.
Ryan Strome's IceDogs also lost tonight as did Scott Mayfield's Denver Pioneers. Strome has pretty clearly outgrown the OHL, scoring 34 goals and 94 points in 53 games. For Mayfield, he could still return to school as he is finishing up his sophomore year of college but all signs seem to point to him leaving early.
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The 5-6, 170-pound winger's game is tenacious and feisty. Playing such a game has enabled him to record 85 points in 122 AHL games in Albany.
"He's playing with intensity, he's competing," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said Sunday after Albany's 2-0 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. "He's not a big guy, but he's strong on the puck. He's been doing it all for us.
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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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De Haan has been out since October with a dislocated shoulder.
Another hurt Sound Tiger is tough guy Brett Gallant. Gallant will miss the rest of the year due to shoulder surgery. The Islanders had signed Gallant to a rest-of-the-season deal in February, which was speculated to be as either a replacement for Eric Boulton or as a reward for a job well done.
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In October, Nilsson missed the start of the season due to an unknown illness. The team wouldn't say what was up and the CT Post's Mike Fornabaio didn't know either. From October 25:
[sny-box]If you?re puzzled by Anders Nilsson?s absence, sounds like you?re not the only one. ?He?s not feeling 100 percent well when he?s on the ice,? Scott Pellerin said. ?He?s not 100 percent.?[/sny-box]
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At the 3:30 mark, a 5-on-5 brawl breaks out off the faceoff. Mike Fornabaio at the CT Post breaks down the action:
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Sunday night was the skills competition and Donovan took part in the hardest shot contest:
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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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In place of each player?s last name, every jersey worn at home beginning on Saturday, Dec. 22 when the Sound Tigers take on the Adirondack Phantoms, will have the name of one of the 20 students whose life was lost on Dec. 14 in Newtown, CT. The names of the six adult victims will appear on the center hung digital scoreboard throughout the entire game.
This will all lead up to a special game on January 20th:
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One of the things the Sound Tigers have really seemed to have trouble with this year is road games. Of course most teams won't play as well away from home, but the Sound Tigers seem to have some extra issues. They're 5-5 on the road this year, compared to 5-2 at home, and have now had a bunch of blowout losses on the road. Four of those five road losses were by three goals or more and the one that wasn't was controlled by the opposition for the first two periods.
Young teams have kinks to work out, and one of this team's kinks sure seems to be getting up to play on the road. After a five-day layoff, the Sound Tigers head to Hershey on Friday. Let's see if they can come up with a better effort on the road this weekend.
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You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.
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If you want to see, the picture is after the jump. So, if you're squeamish, don't click that 'read more' link. But honestly, it's nothing particularly gruesome.
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The Sound Tigers currently sit in second, two behind Springfield and four ahead of Adirondack, with an 8-3 record. It's happened for a lot of reasons; there's not really one part of the team that's carrying them. They're getting solid goaltending from both Kevin Poulin and Anders Nillson, the defense is playing well, and there are the two first round picks in Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, who each have a 7-6-13 line and lead the team in scoring.
Nelson's emergence in his first professional year is excellent news. The Islanders moved up in the 2010 draft to the very end of the first round to grab Nelson, and it's still very early but it seems as though that is already paying off. He's scored a goal in each game thus far in November continuing the offensive prowess he showed at North Dakota and, as LHH writes in a recent profile, has been given lots of special teams time indicative of someone who isn't just a point producer:
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.
Poulin and his opponent on the other side of the ice, Paul Dainton, put on quite a show tonight stopping most everything that came their way. For the Sound Tigers netminder, it was his second game in a row and he played very well, stopping 37 of 39 shots plus a few more in the skills competition. Dainton made 32 saves and was named first star of the game for his effort.
Video of the full shootout competition is below. You can forward along to the 7:45 mark of the video to check out Poulin's save, followed by Ullstrom's goal. I didn't cut the video down more, figuring you could use a good hockey fix during the lockout.
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Kirill Kabanov was cut in last night's game on the left wrist, had surgery last night & is expected to make a full recovery. There is no timeline as of now on Kabanov's return to the lineup. He will be reevaluated on Monday.
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Two Saturdays ago, Anders Nilsson was scheduled to start the Sound Tigers' second game of the year; their home opener against Providence. Nilsson was scratched from starting shortly before game time leading to Kevin Poulin getting his second start in as many nights, having also started the night before against the CT Whale.
Calvin de Haan reported out for the season with a dislocated left shoulder. #BST— Michael Fornabaio (@fornabaioctp) October 22, 2012
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The Sound Tigers won 3-2 against the Baby Penguins tonight in Pennsylvania. Kevin Poulin made 34 saves, John Persson had the game-winner. Calvin de Haan was hurt late in the third period, left the ice quickly with what appeared to be his left arm in pain. Here's the video:
The day ended with quotes such as "today is not a good day," from Union leader Don Fehr and "I don't know what the next step is," from commissioner Gary Bettman. And we're back to the drawing board.
After this, many players sounded off on Twitter, including the Islanders own Kyle Okposo:
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Kevin Poulin got the start in net and earned his second win. Anders Nilsson was under the weather and so he didn't start... Matt Donovan was a healthy scratch and replaced by McIver... Nino Niederreiter scored again, this time on a deflection of a Calvin de Haan shot from the point.
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The Sound Tigers lead the CT Whale tonight 5-2 after two periods of play. All five BST goals came in the second. Nelson, John Persson, Nino Niederreiter and Casey Cikias (2) had the goals (don't turn up your speakers, there's no audio -- sorry). The video above is Nelson's goal, the Sound Tigers' 4th, and his first as a professional.
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For those tuning in, there really are a lot of interesting players to watch on the Sound Tigers side of things (not to mention Micheal Haley on the CT side). For starters, there's the three top forward prospects: Brock Nelson, Kirill Kabanov, and Nino Niederreiter. In goal tonight will be Kevin Poulin, getting the nod over Anders Nilsson. Then there's the defense with Travis Hamonic -- back on the ice after that "slight, little" injury -- Matt Donovan, and Calvin de Haan who has been plauged by shoulder injuries the last few seasons. All that doesn't even include Casey Cizikas, Aaron Ness or a trio of Swedes (Ullstrom, Persson and Sundstrom).
Ladies and gentlemen, you may just be looking at your 2013-14 Islanders.