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Written by Christian A. | 02 October 2011

Earlier today 19 players were sent down to AHL Bridgeport as the Islanders made their second round of cuts today.

The Isles sent down forwards Michael Haley, Sean Backman, Casey Cizikas, Justin DiBenedetto, Brett Gallant, Tomas Marcinko, Tyler McNeely, Tony Romano, David Ullstrom and Tim Wallace. Defensemen Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Anton Klementyev, Aaron Ness, Benn Olson and Ty Wishart. And goalies Mikko Koskinen, Anders Nilsson and Kevin Poulin.

The biggest surprise of today’s cuts was the demotion of Michael Haley. Haley was not officially sent to Bridgeport until 12pm, the other 18 players were sent down earlier in the morning. Haley didn’t help his cause during the game against the Devils where he took several bad penalties. He racked up 26 penalty minutes in the 2011 preseason, along with tallying one assist.

Also hearing that some fans were surprised with the Calvin de Haan being sent down. After seeing him in camp this year de Haan still could use some touching up and the AHL will be a good spot for him. And there is no doubt that he will be called up at some point this season to make his NHL debut.

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Written by Christian A. | 01 October 2011

The Islanders wrap up the preseason tonight in Bridgeport, Connecticut taking on the Boston Bruins.  The Bruins beat the Isles in the first preseason game in Boston, 6-3, back on September 23.

Evgeni Nabokov gets the start for the Isles and Al Montoya will play back up for tonight’s game. Expect to see Montoya to get some playing time tonight. This will be the final opportunity for both net minders to show what they’ve got.

Here is the Isles lineup for tonight’s game:

Forwards

Matt Moulson-John Tavares-PA Parenteau

Kyle Okposo-Frans Nielsen-Michael Grabner

Blake Comeau-Marty Reasoner-Micheal Haley

Jay Pandolfo-Casey Cizikas-Josh Bailey

Defensemen

Mark Streit-Mike Mottau

Andrew MacDonald-Travis Hamonic

Mark Eaton-Dylan Reese

Goaltenders

Evgeni Nabokov

Al Montoya

Tonight’s game will start at 7pm and will be streamed live on the Islanders website.

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Written by Christian A. | 30 September 2011

The Islanders fell to the Devils, 1-0, at the Prudential Center. The game itself wasn’t monumental, but there were some interesting developments that happened in the 60-minute battle.

In the battle to see who will get the starting job in net for the Islanders, Rick Dipietro may have solidified his spot as the number one.  Dipietro had another solid performance, stopping 20 of 21 shots for a save percentage of .952.  He was not tested to often, but did make several nice saves including an impressive glove save on Adam Henrique during an Islanders penalty kill. The performance by Dipietro should solidify his spot as the number one goaltender, unless Evgeni Nabokov or Al Montoya has an outstanding performance tomorrow against the Bruins.

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In an unfortunate turn of events Nino Niederreiter suffered a groin injury and left the game early in the second period. The team will evaluate him tomorrow. It was widely believed that Niederreiter would make the Islanders roster out of training camp, but that could be put on hold depending on the severity of the injury.

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The Islanders played of their most penalty filled games of the preseason. Michael Haley took seven of the eleven Islander penalties. Most of which were penalties that could have been avoided. To add to it, Ryan Strome received a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding during the final minutes of the game. There is concern that the play could be reviewable by the league and Strome could face supplemental discipline.

The Islanders final preseason game will take place tomorrow when they host the Boston Bruins at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Written by Christian A. | 30 September 2011

(Per the New York Islanders)

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with defenseman Steve Staios. 

Staios, who originally was attending the Islanders Training Camp on a tryout basis, has played in each of the Islanders three preseason games this month and is set to dress against the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center.  

The Hamilton, ON native has played in 936 career National Hockey League games, scoring 56 goals and 156 assists for 212 points.  He has also accumulated 1,269 penalty minutes over the course of his 15-year NHL career.  

Staios, originally drafted in the second round (27th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, played the last two seasons with the Calgary Flames.  In 57 games, he totaled four goals and nine assists for 13 points.  

He played in 573 games over the course of eight seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. Staios recorded 35 goals and 111 assists with the Oilers.  The 6’1, 200 pound defenseman also played two seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, three with the Vancouver Canucks and two with the Boston Bruins.  

Internationally, Staios has represented Team Canada at the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007 World Championships.  He tallied two goals and four assists for six points in 33 games.
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Written by Kenny Cari | 29 September 2011

The Islanders played the Devils for their only home game, beating the Devils, and playing very well.

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Written by Christian A. | 24 September 2011

Forwards

Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Nino Niederreiter

Kyle Okposo-Frans Nielsen-Michael Grabner

Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Strome-Tim Wallace

Matt Martin-Josh Bailey-Trevor Gillies

Defensemen

Mark Streit-Steve Staios

Mark Eaton-Milan Jurcina

Aaron Ness-Travis Hamonic

Goaltenders

Al Montoya, Kevin Poulin

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Written by Christian A. | 23 September 2011



If you are heading to the Isles/Devils game or have some time in your day tomorrow make sure you stop over at Nassau Coliseum to donate blood.

The Islanders and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Coliseum tomorrow, September 24, from 12 pm through 7 pm. Due to Hurricane Irene the Red Cross had to cancel 145 of its’ blood drives and because of that the Red Cross is now short 4,700 units of blood. So a small amount of your time can go along way to help.

As an added bonus, the first 200 blood donors will receive a ticket voucher for two tickets to a weeknight game for the upcoming season. Plus anyone who donates and is attending the Devis/Isles game will be entered into a raffle for the chance to high five the team as they take the ice.

It is encouraged that donors make an appointment ahead of time by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by going to redcrossblood.org.

Also note that to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

So make sure you take an hour out of your day tomorrow and help out your community by donating blood.

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