Sound Tigers

Matt Carkner will be a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the next two years, the Islanders' minor league affiliate announced Tuesday.

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 Islanders have agreed to terms on a 1-year, two-way deal with Louis Leblanc, a first round draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 2009.

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.

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Islanders' senior vice president Michael Picker will replace Howard Staffan as president of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Fornabio, June 4).

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).

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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will begin playing in the Atlantic Division next season, the American Hockey League announced as it unveiled their newly realigned divisions on Tuesday.

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).

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Kael Mouillierat may have scored the AHL's goal of the year on Sunday.

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.

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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.

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"Deflategate" has taken the sports world by storm and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are trying to get in on the action.

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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Center Cory Conacher?has cleared waivers and been loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.?The Sound Tigers are the AHL affiliate of the Islanders.

In 15 games played this year Conacher has scored one goal with 2 assists.

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When it comes to hockey news, August is a barren?wasteland. So we bring you a "non-hockey" hockey story.

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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Here's something you don't see everyday; a hockey game gets postponed because a concert the night before was too foamy.?The Sound Tigers were scheduled to take on Adirondack tonight in Bridgeport, but the game has been postponed until Monday because of the poor condition of the ice. The culprit? "The World's Largest Foam party" -- Foam N' Glow -- which took place at the arena last night. According to an advertisement, the show promised attendees "high-energy music, ultraviolet dancers, fire performers, CO2 shows and foam into one mind-blowing combination."If you're like me and not sure what kids are doing these days, it's probably that.Adirondack announcer Bob Rotruck tweeted a quick explainer on what happened:https://twitter.com/BobRotruck/status/455102914185670656There were apparently a lot of divots and grooves in the ice that made it unsafe for the players. The teams didn't even get onto the ice to participate in pre-game warmups. Rotruck said crews had been working on the ice since midnight to fix the issues but no luck.The game has been rescheduled for?Monday in Bridgeport.In other wacky minor league hockey news, here's a giant beer can pyramid!
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Ryan Strome has been named to the American Hockey League's All-Rookie Team.Strome, 20, skated in 37 games with the Sound Tigers in 2013-14 and collected 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists). He began the season in the AHL and notched 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 24 games before earning his being called up to the NHL on December 11. Strome was loaned back to the Sound Tigers on January 15 and had 16 points. He was recalled once again on Feb. 24 and spent the remainder of the season with the Islanders. Though he appeared in just 37 AHL games this season, Strome?s 49 points currently rank him sixth among AHL rookies. The All-Rookie Team was voted on by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the AHL?s 30 member cities.
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A wild game in Bridgeport today, as the Sound Tigers won 6-5 over the Syracuse Crunch. But that wasn't really the wild part of this one; it was top prospects Ryan Strome and Anders Lee getting fighting majors and ejections at the end of the third period.Full clip is below, but here's what happened. Not sure if there's some context we're missing, but everything starts just prior to the 5-to-go mark of the third period when Mike Halmo, winger on Bridgeport's top line with Strome and Lee, leveled Syracuse's Cedric Paquette at the blueline. The hit looks really bad initially, the Paquette's stick goes flying and it looks like he's out cold (but gets back up momentarily and stays in the game). Halmo may have caught him up high. But anyway, Syracuse, as hockey players do, take exception and charged Halmo. Lee gets tied up as well and gets a fighting major and ejection for his trouble. For what it's worth, Halmo got a roughing penalty earlier in the game, so maybe they took exception to something that wasn't a one-off.Here's where it goes overboard.After taking a few minutes sorting everything out, somehow the Sound Tigers ended up with a power play. On said power play, John Persson scores his third of the game to put Bridgeport ahead 6-5 and Strome grabs the puck for Persson. Everyone skates back to the bench, normal stuff... and then they get jumped, specifically Strome by Paquette. Not really sure what the reasoning is, maybe retribution for the Halmo hit? I'd imagine Mike Fornabaio will be able to fill us in later...Here's the video of the whole mess (also Phil Giubileo, Bridgeport's play-by-play man is in excellent form; "That's just the hit of the game, not the replay of the fight. I don't want to see that!"):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynH6afMdUNk
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Ryan Strome has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month.He had five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 12 games for the Sound Tigers during the month.Strome had three goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating in three games for the Sound Tigers last week.He scored twice on Friday night, had two assists in an 8-6 loss on Saturday and tallied his third goal and a game-winning assist on Sunday.In recognition of his achievement, Strome will be presented with an etched crystal awards prior to an upcoming Sound Tigers home game, the league announced.Strome has been excelling in the AHL, and is now top-five in that league in scoring as a 20-year old. We discussed earlier in the year that it's a place where most prospects in his situation don't end up, but that's neither here nor there at this point. He's playing well and the Islanders need a boost; so why not?On Sunday, Strome had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 Bridgeport win. After the win, Strome told Mike Ashmore?"I feel like I've been ready for a while," in discussing the possibility of playing on Long Island. "I want to go up there and make sure I don't come back. When that comes, I'll be ready to go."(and before you ask, no, that was not said in a frustrated tone)
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After Tuesday night's loss at the Coliseum, Jack Capuano spent the majority of his short press conference naming concerns and shortcomings about his defensive corps. ?Whether it was just an off-hand comment or a serious consideration -- honestly it's hard to tell which -- Capuano mentioned that calling up a defender from Bridgeport was an option after it has become clear that the defensive six the Islanders have, less the injured Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait, are not clicking."We'll think about recalling a guy and putting them in the lineup, I don't know." Capuano told the assembled media. "The same mistakes can't happen. We've only got six of them back there."So, if the Islanders do decide to dip into Bridgeport, who gets the call?Despite the Islanders prospect depth on defense with first round picks Ryan Pulock and Griffin Reinhart, along with other players such as Ville Pokka and Adam Pelech, none of those players are yet in Bridgeport. Maybe next year.There's really only one player in Connecticuit that would even make sense, and that's of course Calvin de Haan. De Haan has played well for Bridgeport in his third professional season (including one season lost to injury) but isn't lighting up the AHL. He's the team's most experienced defender and arguably their best, although Andrey Pedan has played well, too. Pedan, for his part, has run into discipline issues and it would be surprising to see him get 'rewarded,' so to speak, with a promotion. De Haan runs the team's power play point, which in full disclosure, the unit is a rough 3-for-43 so far this season. He's been the only steady defenseman in that role, as others have been swapped in and out as Scott Pellerin looks for an answer to their power play woes.We're inching ever closer to the point where it will be now or never for De Haan, the first rounder that the Islanders traded up to get. His entry level contract is up at the end of the year and the Islanders will have to make a decision how they want to proceed with him. It's hard to imagine the team opting to not re-sign him, but you never know with all of the aforementioned defenders in the system. After battling back from multiple injuries and spending three years in Bridgeport, he deserves a shot. Even if it's only for a short time, after which hopefully Visnovsky or Strait will be ready to go.We missed it this weekend with all the trade crazyness, so with the Sound Tigers in action against Hartford tonight it's as good a time as any for a few thoughts on Bridgeport and their last game against Syracuse:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Across the Sound in Connecticut, the Sound Tigers lost both of their games over the weekend, just like the big club. Bridgeport scored only one goal over the course of two games and while the power play was dismal, they threw a ton of pucks at the net and came up empty thanks to some hot goaltending.Five Thoughts:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Quick RecapsSaturday: Manchester 3, Bridgeport 0The Sound Tigers had their chances in this one, but simply couldn't find a way to get a puck past Martin Jones in the Manchester net. They threw 38 shots at him -- only 24 for the opposition -- and had some excellent chances, especially later on in the third, but couldn't get one by.The big issue in this one was the power play; Bridgeport went an amazing 0-for-11 with the man advantage. As notes above, Alan Quine played point along with Calvin de Haan on the top unit. That unit also includes Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Riley Wetmore. Mike Fornabaio also notes that late in the game Scott Pellerin went as far as planting big Joe Finley in front of the net.Anders Nilsson got the start and stopped 21 of 23 shots, with the third goal being an empty netter.Sunday: Springfield 3, Bridgeport 1The power play was again a problem on Sunday. This time is was on the defensive end, as Darryl Boyce potted a goal past Ken Reiter on a shorthanded 2-on-1 in the first period. Later in the period Springfield would notch a power play goal with Michael Chaput blasted a shot from the high circle though traffic and past Reiter. The Sound Tigers put up an 0-for-6 on the power play in this game. On the other side of special teams, they killed off 11 of 12 penalties on the weekend.In the third, the Sound Tigers would kill off the first penalty of a 5-on-3. In the box for the first penalty, Johan Sundstrom would finally get them on the board after he came out of the sin bin. Riley Wetmore came up with an excellent steal in the offensive zone, eluded some defenders and fed Sundstom:
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The Sound Tigers kicked off their season with back-to-back games this weekend; they hosted Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night and just finished up another home match against Norfolk this afternoon. They split the weekend, surrendering a 2-1 lead last night to lose 5-2 and winning 4-3 in a shootout today.Ryan Strome earned three assists on the weekend. He setup Anders Lee for a pretty one-timer on Saturday night, and notched two more today on Andrey Pedan and Joey Diamond's goals. He seems to be right at home in the American League, and Corey Pronman thinks about as much on twitter:https://twitter.com/coreypronman/status/386948490342846466Strome probably should have had a goal, too. He had a nice toe-drag on the power play in this afternoon's third period but the shot was stoned by John Gibson.Anders Nilsson got the back-to-back work for Bridgeport, stopping a combined 52 of 60 shots that he faced for a .866 save percentage (warning: small sample size).On Saturday night, the Sound Tigers jumped out to a 2-1 lead at home against Wilkes-Barre on goals from Lee and Kirill Kabanov, the latter being a nice one-timer from Dallas Jackson. Brett Gallant did his face punchin' thing in the first period, and a late goal with three seconds left in the second frame would send the teams to the third tied at 2-2.In the third, the Sound Tigers had a breakdown around midway through as they surrendered three goals in 3:17, including two in 11 seconds. Wilkes-Barre scored three unanswered to win 5-2. There was a double fight at the end of the third period too, as Chris Bruton and John Persson both squared off. ?Each held their own against their opponents.Today, Bridgeport and Norfolk combined for a wild second period that featured five goals and a fight. Joey Diamond, Andrey Pedan and Riley Wetmore all scored for Bridgeport to take a 3-2 lead into the second break. Joe Finley took exception to a hit on Ryan Strome and danced with Zach Stortini at the second intermission horn, for the pair's second bout of the afternoon.In the third, Norfolk would add the tying goal on a botched play from Anders Nilsson. The Sound Tigers netminder went behind his net to retrieve the puck and lost it to a Norfolk player. A mad scramble ensued as the Sound Tiger defenders got back, but Norfolk's Devante Smith-Pelly came up with the puck and finished over a sprawling Nilsson for the tying goal, which also came shorthanded for Norfolk. The Sound Tigers would win in the shootout, with John Persson scoring the decisive goal.
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The Sound Tigers have provided a statement to Point Blank on their tenure in Bridgeport, Connecticut following Bruce Ratner's proclamation earlier today that the team will occupy the Coliseum when the Islanders head to Brooklyn:

[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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Tonight, three of the Islanders' 2011 draft picks were eliminated from their respective post-season tournaments. That could pave the way for all of them to head east to either Long Island or, most likely, Bridgeport.

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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No Albany Devil has recorded more points in two years than Joe Whitney.

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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The Albany Devils' power play ranks 28th out of 30 American Hockey League teams-- firing at just 11.4 percent. Albany entered Sunday's game in Bridgeport having scored just 1-of-its-last-20 man advantages.

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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The CT Post's Mike Fornabaio tweeted some Sound Tiger injury updates today. Fornabaio says that defender Calvin de Haan has resumed skating; "Skating; just got to shoot the puck again. Some time before contact, though."

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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Tonight in Hartford, Rick DiPietro had a bad start to his Sound Tigers career. DiPietro allowed five goals to the CT Whale on 12 shots and was pulled after the first intermission in favor of Kenny Reiter. Here's the full box score.

Update, 1:43pm: Mike Fornabaio has a full analysis here. Video is here.

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Over the weekend, Kenny Reiter started Saturday and Sunday's games for the Sound Tigers, after Kevin Poulin was called up to the Island. Missing was Anders Nilsson, the Islanders other young goaltending prospect in the AHL, who hasn't been seen on the ice in February.

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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The Sound Tigers lost 5-2 to Springfield last night, but that's not necessarily going to be the newsmaking headline when there were 242 penalty minutes combined between the two teams. Here's the full highlight video, with the fights starting around the 3:00 mark.


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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Last night the AHL All-Star Game took place in Providence, RI and it featured two Sound Tigers: Matt Donovan and Nino Niederreiter. Both were voted as starters for the game for the Eastern Conference, certainly a positive for the players and organization. The West won the game 7-6 -- low scoring for an ASG, maybe? -- and the only tally for the two Sound Tigers was a between-the-legs second assist from Niederreiter.

Sunday night was the skills competition and Donovan took part in the hardest shot contest:


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The Islanders are skating at the moment at Iceworks, with the following lines:

Moulson - Tavares - Okposo

Ullstrom - Nielsen - Boyes

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A source has confirmed to Point Blank that the Islanders and Sound Tigers will scrimmage at the Nassau Coliseum this week. The scrimmage is likely to be played on Wednesday and to be open to fans. Further details were not known.
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Mike Fornabaio tweets that Travis Hamonic (concussion), Kirill Kabanov (arm) and Brock Nelson (jaw) all skated today in Bridgeport. Hamonic is obviously an important part of the Islanders defense, especially if Visnovsky does not come back. The Islanders have been and likely will continue to be very cautious with him. Kabanov and Nelson could both get a look at training camp, but it's possible their injuries have hampered their chances. The Islanders have 11 forwards until NHL contract, 12 if you include Nino Niederreiter. That means there could be only one or two forward spots up for grabs. Other players in the running likely include David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas.
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With the NHL and NHLPA meeting late into the night yesterday on New Year's, there's some hope that a deal could get done and a season started by the end of January. But, like any good hockey fan, you shouldn't get those hopes up too much. They've disappointed us all quite a bit already. Anyway, if in fact we do have hockey soon, the Islanders are going to be at a bit of a disadvantage with a number of injured players. Not on this list are David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas who have both missed time this year to injury but are currently playing. Here's what we've been able to compile:

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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The tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hooky Elementary school last week happened only 20 miles away from the home of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Today, the Sound Tigers announced that they will be going above and beyond to show support for the victims and their families. Starting on December 20th, the team will wear the names of the 20 children killed on the backs of their jerseys, replacing their normal nameplates:

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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After getting off to a solid 10-4 start to the year, the Sound Tigers hit a snag this past weekend as they lost all three of their games in regulation. It's not good but it's nothing to indicate the sky is falling either. They're still 10-7 and in second place in the division with a whole lot of hockey ahead of them (imagine that, lots of hockey left to be played).

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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On Sunday afternoon, the Sound Tigers had a fight-filled game in Providence against the Bruins that included 10 fighting majors (even one from Ty Wishart) and 98 total penalty minutes between the two teams. The best fight in my opinion was Bridgeport's Brett Gallant against Lane McDermid in the second period.

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You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.

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This is a few days old, but it's worth a note anyway. Back on October 26th, Kirill Kabanov was injured when he received a cut from an opponent's skate on his arm. Usually, it's not something we get to see unless it's somewhere easily visible, like on the athlete's face. But Kabanov went ahead and tweeted a picture of his stitches after surgery.

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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Last week the Sound Tigers reeled off three wins with a combined score of 13-7. They beat Norfolk last Wednesday in an 11am game, which is the annual school field trip game attended by many area schools. Over the weekend, they beat Manchester on the road and won a Sunday matinee against the rival CT Whale. All of that makes this weekend's three games in three nights (tonight @ Wilkes-Barre, Sat vs. Manchester, Sun @ Providence) a real shot at ending up atop the division by Monday morning.

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:

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As a gesture of goodwill after Hurricane Sandy, the Sound Tigers announced late last week that tickets for both of their home games this past weekend would be free. That's right, 100% no cost, nothing, on the house. On Saturday night, Webster Bank Arena sold out with a record 8,525 in attendance and they did it again on Sunday afternoon with another 8,525. For comparison, their home opener was attended by over 7,600 fans.

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.


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On Saturday night in Massachusetts, David Ullstrom finished off a seven round shootout with what can only be described as the Swedish Backhand of Judgement (with all due respect to LHH and Frans Nielsen). This came after a sprawling, awkward, falling backwards save from Kevin Poulin in the sixth round.

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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Update, Saturday 12:00pm: The official statement from the Sound Tigers:

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.

Kabanov on Twitter:

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We're going to take a break from Brooklyn Mania to talk about Connecticut hockey, as the Sound Tigers have three games in three days this weekend. Don't worry, there's a lot more Brooklyn discussion still to come.


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.

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It's horrible luck for the young defender and former first round pick, who faces his third shoulder injury in as many years. De Haan was injured with about a minute to go on Saturday night in the Sound Tigers' 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre (video here). Per Mike Fornabaio:

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Box Score -- Official Recap -- Fornabaio

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:

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Negotiations between the League and the Players took two steps forward and three steps back on Thursday afternoon. The owners offered their own proposal on Tuesday with the famed '50/50 split' of revenues, which the Union responded to yesterday. The Union offered up three different proposals of their own and showed a willingness to go for the 50/50 split but only if all of the current contracts were honored (coming to top of mind are Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's mega-deals from earlier this year). And that's where we hit another snag.

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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Box Score -- Official Recap -- Fornabaio

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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A night after what should have been the start to the NHL's season, the AHL will open its doors to competition that will be a bit fiercer than usual thanks to the influx of young NHL talent. The Sound Tigers start their season tonight in Hartford against the Rangers' affiliate CT Whale. You can actually watch the game free online tonight here or here. Puck drop is 7:30pm.

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.

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