"Yeh, it's motivation," said Sillinger. "But you can't live in the past. Why those teams were special was how they played -- a dedicated, in-your-face, pay-the-price team.
"I don't think is trying to pound into our heads, 'Stanley Cup! Stanley Cup!' ... Well, maybe they are. It's what the Islanders are all about, and making the playoffs last year was the first step."
"The thing is," said Comrie, "when you're part of a team with a lot of history, you feel that pride. I think any team feels they have a chance to win a Cup; if they didn't, they wouldn't be playing. But there are all the reminders here, the banners, the pictures ... "
Fedotenko, who won the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, said, "and I don't know a single player who doesn't want to do that. It's the highest reward you can get, and even those who won it want to win another. It's never enough."
John Jeansonne : Also updated Newsday's Islander blog late Tuesday afternoon.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his Sound Tigers blog reported some line changes at practice.
Updated Wednesday 9am:
Ottawa Citizen: Ken Warren speculates the Islanders, who traded for Robitaille last December, have an interest and are among the teams that could pluck him off waivers.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article in on Jeremy Colliton and how he's working his way back after shoulder surgery.
"It's just little stuff," said Colliton, who has mostly played right wing in the first two weeks and remains there now. "Recognizing the play I want to make, and doing it with authority. Knowing the right play, and acting. I know how to play. I've just got to remember."
"As I'm getting to feeling better, it's like, 'Whoa, this is how it's supposed to be,' " Colliton said.
"You can see now, he's very determined," Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano said. "He's in the weight room before, he's in the weight room after practice. He's really making an effort to be 100 percent."