"We don't want to get into the political side of hockey where, because someone has a two-way contract, that gives them less of a chance to make this team," Nolan said. "No, we want to have the best people on this team. Their contracts shouldn't have an effect on them making this team or not."
* Meyer is the most vulnerable. He's making $525,000 in the final year of his contract, so it wouldn't be a major risk for the Isles to expose him to waivers, and a team looking for defensive help wouldn't have to invest much to claim a two-year veteran.
"I would hope that if I was passed through waivers that some other team would be interested in me and I'd have a place to play," Meyer said. "But I'm still here, and I'm trying to make this team as one of the top six defensemen. Coming into camp, everybody knew the situation -- nine guys who are NHL players. It's obviously tough for the coaches to make their decision."
And of course what's a day without another Islander preview picking them last Sports Illustrated. As usual it mentions the Nassau Coliseum like it'a a factor at all in how the club on the ice works during a game.
Even E.J Hradek of Espn today picks the Islanders last in the Atlantic.
9/27: Updated 8am
New Jersey papers did little beyond a.p reports/boxscore on the game. Lowell papers to this point have not done an article. Islanders tv has Tambellini, Sim and Gervais with post game comments. Poor start, learning system, stuck together, credit opposition were the things touched on.
Sound Tigers won their pre sesson opener against Hartford in another game with a lot of fighting according to Mike Fornabaio's blog here
along with news articles in the paper on Joey Mac Donald here and Jeff Dwyer here SoundTigers.com has the post game on the 3-1 win for Jack Capuano in his AHL coaching debut.
Ryan O'Mara was cut by the Edmonton Oilers here.