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Written by Roberto Scalia | 27 February 2012

UPDATE: Islanders have also sent down goaltender Kevin Poulin, recall forward Casey Cizikas, and activate Travis Hamonic off IR. Hamonic and Nabokov are both expected to play against the Rangers tomorrow.


With the intention of sending forward Tim Wallace back to Bridgeport, the New York Islanders placed him on waivers and ended up having him picked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 27 year old was signed by the Islanders during the off-season, and although productive in the AHL, never really got going during his days with the big club. His only point came during his first game, and his game has been on a decline since.

Through 31 games played, Wallace has only one point, a -7 rating, and only 16 shots on goal. Statistics showing that he's clearly been far from the player the Islanders were hoping him to be when they called him up in early December.

Wallace has been the healthy scratch at the last few Islander games, and has rarely played anywhere north of nine minutes, so the sending down was well on its way once Reasoner returned from his injury.

The University of Notre Dame graduate will look to get his career going with the Tampa Bay Lightning, as other past Islanders have done. Islanders like forward Nate Thompson, defensemen, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Eric Brewer, and Bruno Gervais, and lastly goaltender Dwayne Roloson who have found homes in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

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Written by Christian A. | 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 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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Written by Christian A. | 21 February 2012


The Islanders enter tonight’s game with a lot at stake. They know they need to win or else their season could very well be over.

Some interesting notes heading into tonight’s game

-Jack Capuano will not be behind the bench tonight due to the flu. Instead it will be first year assistant head coach Doug Weight who will serve as the interim head coach for the night.

-Kevin Poulin will be the Islanders starter, even after being pulled 1:35 into the Monday afternoon game.

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Written by Christian A. | 21 February 2012

Mark Eaton has denied an online report that claimed he had asked for a trade. Eaton told Newsday’s Arthur Staple that he had “absolutely not” asked for a trade when questioned about the report.

The report, that appeared in the Toronto Sun and was picked up by The Fourth Period, says that Ottawa Senators broadcaster Denis Potvin was informed that Mark Eaton had asked for a trade from the Islanders.

Potvin also suggested that the Red Wings director of pro scouting Mark Howe and Panthers scout Peter Mahovlich were in attendance at Nassau Coliseum during yesterday’s 6-0 loss to the Senators to look at defensemen Milan Jurcina.

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Written by Christian A. | 20 February 2012

Uniondale, NY --
After being routed 6-0 this afternoon by the Ottawa Senators, the Islanders will look to turn the page tomorrow night in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Sabres will be looking to try and gain ground as they make a push for the playoffs, like the Islanders are. The Sabres are a point behind the Islanders and a win tomorrow night would propel them past the Islanders.

A win this afternoon would have would moved the Islanders just four points out of a playoff spot. Instead, they still sit six points out and have added more pressure on themselves with a loss to the Senators.

After the game today, several Islander players said they cannot get down on themselves and have to move on from the shutout loss.

“You have to shake it off at this point in the season. Forget about it get ready for a big game tomorrow,” Josh Bailey said. “I think we’ll look at some video and talk about it, but you got to move past this as quick as possible.”

Teammate Matt Martin echoed similar sentiments after the game.

“All you can really do is put it behind you,” Martin told reporters. “We got a quick turnaround with games tomorrow against Buffalo. One we need to win now.”

Mark Streit said that the Islanders couldn’t let their heads hang over the loss and they have to turn the page and be ready. Matt Moulson also agree they need to turn the page and learn from today’s loss.

“It’s another big game for us and it’s one that we need,” Moulson said regarding tomorrow’s game. “We cant come out like we did today and we better learn from that quickly.”

The Islanders are 2-1 against the Sabres this season and 1-0 against the Sabres in Buffalo. Though last time the two teams met the Sabres  edged out a victory in the shootout.

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Written by Christian A. | 20 February 2012

Uniondale, NY --
It was one of the Islanders biggest games of the year and they did not show. 15,818 packed Nassau Coliseum and watched as the Ottawa Senators drove Kevin Poulin from his net just 1:35 into the game and eventually defeated the Islanders 6-0.

“We had a couple of bad starts this season, but we definitely topped it today,” Islanders captain Mark Streit said after the game.

A Bad star it was, Erik Karlsson scored 1:08 into the game nearly parallel to the net. Karlsson shot the puck on the red line and it some how found its’ way into the net. Less than a minute later, Jason Spezza scored from the right hand face-off circle to make it 2-0.

In a move to try and jump-start his team Islanders head coach Jack Capuano switched goaltenders and had Al Montoya take over in net. The move kept the Senators from scoring for the next 13 minutes, but the Islanders were kept to chasing the play in their own zone. At the 14:03 mark, Erik Karlsson struck again. He snuck a shot through Montoya’s five hole to make it 3-0 Ottawa.

The Islanders play in the second picked up, but didn’t prevent the Senators from scoring. They made the lead 4-0 off a shot from a Chris Phillips shot from the point that made it into the net. Brian Lee added a goal in the third period to make it 5-0 and Jason Spezza made it 6-0 off a power play goal. Their goals came less than a minute apart.

“[There] wasn’t really intensity in our game,” Streit said. “We got scored on right away and just tough to swallow. We tried, but we didn’t have any game tonight.”

Capuano said in his post game press conference the team did not show any physicality. He said that only Matt Martin, who threw his body around and had a fight in the second period, showed any physicality.

“A game like that you got to be physical,” he told reporters. “I just didn’t see it in a lot of guys. At this time of year you need the physicality. You got to pay the price and It’s just disappointing to me that one guy steps to the plate. I’ll never ask anybody to fight but we weren’t physical enough. We need an injection in our lineup, we need something to happen here, we can’t have the emotion we had on the bench here tonight.”

Matt Moulson felt it was embarrassing to lose 6-0 in front of the hometown fans and thought no one had a good game.

Josh Bailey added, “They had a good start, but I think we were not on our game and I think that’s what happens when you’re not on your game. Especially at this point of the season when teams are fired up and ready to play every night. You’re not going to come out on the winning end if you play the way we did tonight.”

The Islanders will look to rebound against the Sabres tomorrow night. 
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Written by Christian A. | 20 February 2012


-Greetings from the Nassau Coliseum Press Box and Happy Presidents day to all!

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