22 February 2012
The Islanders sent Ty Wishart back down to AHL Bridgeport and put forward Tim Wallace on waivers this afternoon.
The move most likely indicates that Travis Hamonic is ready to return to action in the coming day or so. Newsday reported that he could return to the Islanders roster Friday night against the New York Rangers.
Wallace spent over a week as the healthy scratch and in 31 games played this season only has an assist and is plus -7.
The Wallace move opens up a spot for the Islanders and means a call up is likely coming, The two names that come to mind for a call are fan favorite Michael Haley and David Ullstrom.
Both players have spent time with the Islanders this season. Haley spent seven games with the Islanders and did not register a point, but he brings a certain energy to the team that could be used desperately right now. Haley is a fighter, who loves to stick up for his teammates, hit people and does anything he can to contribute on the ice.
Ullstrom played in 14 games this season with the Islanders and brings a scoring touch to the celebrity gossip roster that the Islanders could also use. His speed and strong puck play make him a threat. As does his quick snap shot. Ullstrom scored to two goals and added two assist for four points before he was sidelined with a concussion suffered during the Islanders visit to Winnipeg back on December 20.
The Islanders also named him as their number two prospect of the week. He had a four game point streak (4 goals, 1 assist) snapped on Monday. He has 19 goals in 31 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.
While the Islanders could use Haley’s tenacious drive on the ice on Friday against the Rangers, Ullstrom is the likely favorite to get the call up by the Islanders should they make one.
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