Highlights and Scrimmage Report 9/15

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/15/2007 06:11:00 PM | | | | Comment Here

NYI.com checks in with action from day two where Mike Comrie delivered a hat-trick in his first Islander scrimmage.

It took only one scrimmage to see the potential the Islanders’ number one line has for the 2007-08 season. Mike Comrie scored a hat trick, while linemates Ruslan Fedotenko and Bill Guerin set up all three of his goals for a 4-3 Team Gillies win over Team Bossy, Saturday, on Day 2 of the Lobster Cup.

“We started off a little slow,” said Fedotenko, “but then we picked up our game. Scoring three goals was pretty good for our team. Both of my linemates are great players. They see the ice really well, read the play and get open. It was fun playing with them for the first time.”



“I felt good out there,” said Campoli. “Bruno and I were feeding off each other really well. In the first period he jumped into the play a lot and then I started doing in the second. It was a good balance.”


MEMOS FROM MONCTON

* Notes and quotes from Ted Nolan:

Today was the first time Nolan had a chance to see captain Bill Guerin in action, and he didn’t disappoint.

“I’m impressed with the leadership of Guerin,” said Nolan. “He doesn’t just float around Camp waiting for the start of the season. He said from day one he wanted to be the go-to guy, and he’s demonstrating that.”


Coach Nolan spoke today about two of the defensemen at camp, Andy Sutton and Bryan Berard.

“Sutton was ok yesterday, but much better today,” said Nolan. “Big guys take a little longer to get their engines wound up. All indications are he is going to get better and better. He has a little feistiness in him, and can move well for a big guy. Berard has a great opportunity here. Look at Park, who came into camp without a contract last year, and now he’s one of our core veterans. Berard has the chance to do be that guy this year.”


* If people are wondering why there hasn’t been any fighting at Camp yet, it’s because a “no fight” policy was implemented for two reasons by Ted Nolan.

“We’re not here to fight with each other,” said Nolan. “We’re all on the same team. Plus, you don’t want to have a 260 pound man crushing a 17 year old kid who is going back to juniors. It just doesn’t make any sense.”


Team Gillies

Forwards
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 89 Mike Comrie - 13 Bill Guerin
67 Sean Bentivoglio - 29 Ben Walter - 72 Jeremy Colliton
42 Jason Pitton - 65 Chris Gaudet - 48 Steve Regier
37 Kip Brennan - 60 Tomas Marcinko - 8 Masi Marjamaki

Defensemen
14 Chris Campoli - 8 Bruno Gervais
2 Aaron Johnson - 44 Freddy Meyer
61 Martin Frechette - 70 Simon Lacroix

Goalies
39 Rick DiPietro
33 Mike Morrison


Team Bossy

Forwards
16 Jon Sim - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
12 Chris Simon - 10 Richard Park - 20 Sean Bergenheim
11 Andy Hilbert - 51 Frans Nielsen - 27 Darryl Bootland
59 Derek Damon - 17 Shawn Bates - 54 Gordie Dwyer

Defensemen
25 Andy Sutton - 24 Radek Martinek
4 Bryan Berard - 49 Drew Fata
6 Matthew Spiller - 62 Jamie Fraser

Goalies
31 Joey MacDonald
1 Maxime Ouellet

Chris Botta's Point Blank gives his first impressions on Andrew MacDonald, Blake Comeau,Justin Bourne and Olivier Labellle with the qualifier that he is not a scout, does not make hockey decisions and his take is simply a hunch based on what I detect about a player's guts, dedication, hustle and professionalism.


Cory Witt's media blog does an update on prospect Mark Katic, getting advice from Steve Webb on what it takes to make it to the NHL.

Kimber Auerbach does another side game summary and provides the following:

Combo: It looks as if one of the Sound Tigers top lines is taking shape. The combination of Jeremy Colliton and Sean Bentivoglio centered by Ben Walter may become a main-stay in Bridgeport. The three were in the middle of many scoring chances and almost scored when Walter fed Colliton a pass in the slot. Colliton tried to fire the puck over Ouellet but at the last second, Ouellet threw his glove up to snag the shot out of the air. Look for the line to produce points throughout camp and into the season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good start for the new line of Fedotenko-Comrie-Guerin even if it's only a scrimmage. Bergenheim again played with projected fourth liners Park and Simon.

Bates played. Sim took Hilbert's spot with Hunter and Sillinger. Campoli-Gervais were paired as were Johnson and Meyer. Berard played with Drew Fata.

Greg Logan updates his Newsday blog where he addresses a lot of subjects.

Among those highlights:

There was a smile on coach Ted Nolan’s face, and his tongue was planted firmly in his cheek after the scrimmage when he said, “Oh, I don’t know if you noticed that Comrie kid out there, but I said, ‘Boys, we’ve got ourselves a player.’

“The one thing I’m really impressed with is his leadership. Even in practice [on Friday when Comrie’s team didn’t scrimmage], he was taking control, asking questions and skating. He doesn’t go through the motions and wait until the season starts. We talked about it before coming here, and he wanted to be the go-to guy. He wanted to be the man. Early indications are that he’s demonstrating it with his actions.”

When Comrie wasn’t scoring, he was generating opportunities for linemates, Bill Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko, whose physical play in the corners and in front of the net helped give the diminutive Comrie room to operate. Not that he needs a lot of space to thread a pass or make a move that puts a defenseman on his heels.

“He’s a good passer, but you also have to have players who know how to jump in holes,” Nolan said. “Guerin knows how and Fedotenko knows how. Whoever has the chance to play with Comrie has to have that hockey sense like he does. Like [Miro] Satan has great hockey sense, but he also has to have people playing with him who can get him the puck. Whoever plays with Comrie, there won’t be a lack of getting in the holes, I’m sure.”

CAMP NOTES AND QUOTES: Judging by the first couple of scrimmages, forward Andy Hilbert is in danger of being displaced by free agent Sim as left wing on a line with center Mike Sillinger and right wing Trent Hunter. Sim is strong, plays a physical game and has an underrated scoring touch. It looks to Nolan like a good fit. “I like the way Sim is playing the last couple of days,” Nolan said. “The thing that really impressed me about him is his feistiness. He’s got the skill, and he loves to compete. That was one of the things Garth [GM Snow] and I talked about. Sim plays all aspects of the game. You look at Fedotenko and Guerin, these guys can play both ends of the rink. They’re not just one-dimensional.”

The 6-6, 245-pound Sutton was the Isles’ major free-agent signing on defense. He and partner Radek Martinek did a good job controlling play in their end today. “I thought Sutton was OK yesterday, and he was much better today,” Nolan said. “Those big guys take a little while to get that big engine warmed up. He’s going to get better and better, and he has a little meanness to him. We like what we see for sure. He skates well. I wouldn’t want to be a forward going into the corner with him too often.”

In Friday’s scrimmage, Team Trottier was a 4-0 winner in regulation over Team Bossy. The goals came from free-agent center Josef Vasicek, who also had an assist, and forwards Jeff Tambellini, Blake Comeau and Justin Bourne, son of Islanders great Bob Bourne, who is attending camp along with former Isle Gerry Hart, whose son, Jordan, is playing defense for Team Trottier. Vasicek was impressive working with Tambellini and Satan.

Islander Articles 9/15

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2007 08:56:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday's Greg Logan kicks off Saturday's coverage of Islanders camp with a Friday night report on Bryan Berard where he claims he did not get along with Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.


But as Berard said Friday, he and Columbus coach and general manager Ken Hitchcock "didn't see eye-to-eye from Day 1."

"I just thank Ted and Garth for the opportunity," Berard said after the first scrimmage of training camp Friday. "To be honest, the last two years have been a little tough trying to come back from two back surgeries that probably could have been solved with one operation. It was frustrating."

"They lost key guys like Sean Hill and Tom Poti," Berard said. "They signed Sutton, but he's more defensive. Bergy plays the right side on the power play, and I like the left side. Things could work out.

"I've got to show them I can play at a top level again. I have no doubts offensively, but as an offensive defenseman, you have the reputation that you struggle defensively. I want to show them that I've grown up."


NYI Fan Central Commments: How long could Ken Hitchcock have coached Berard last season considering the number of games he played and Hitchcock coming over after being fired from the Flyers?

All due respect to Bryan Berard, but for as tough as Hitchcock can be on some players, he's a top flight coach and well respected. Should be interesting to see how he gets along with Ted Nolan when some adversity happens. He's going to have to show not only has he grown up but he's able to play defense to make this team.

Should be very interesting to see if the Islanders do wish to sign him will contract negotiations become a problem? He has no obligation to sign here once camp ends, just because Dunham and Park signed. It's no lock Berard will sign here if another team jumps in with a better offer if he has a great camp.

The Times and Transcript provides us two updates today, one
Isles a hit in Metro also Competition for spots on Islanders roster intense

Among the comments:

"I would think by the time we get on that plane back to Long Island there will be some cuts," says general manager Garth Snow.

"It's like any other training camp, a little bit rusty, you could tell the guys had quite a bit of time off," says Nolan.

While there are only a few openings available, Nolan says training camp is a time where players looking for contracts can steal a job. It's also a time where a veteran player who gets complacent about his status, can lose a job.

"We talked to the team before we left. There will be some jobs won here," says the coach.

"I want to see what they have to offer," says Nolan. "A lot of them I haven't seen play and that's what these scrimmages are for. See how they react, how they anticipate, their demeanor, how they jump on the ice, see their alertness, their hockey sense."

The 60 players in camp are divided into three teams, all named for past Islanders greats: Team Gillies, Team Trottier and Team Bossy. Two teams play a scrimmage each day, while the other team practices in another rink. Yesterday it was Bossy vs. Trottier, with Gillies practising in the next rink.

Snow says the team plans to make good use of the four ice surfaces and had three going simultaneously yesterday.

"We're trying to be efficient in the time we're allowed to have players at the rink," says the GM. "We're only allowed to have them here for three hours the first five days of training camp.

"The luxury of being in the four-plex here is there's plenty of ice and players don't have to sit around and wait for the Zamboni. They can start skating on the other sheet. That's why it's a perfect fit for us. We're happy to be in this community."

And the community seems happy to have the team here. Approximately 80 fans came out to watch yesterday's practice, some even sporting the Islanders' famous blue and orange jersey with the iconic logo. Fans of all ages came out, from toddlers to seniors.

"We're very fortunate we're in a hockey community such as Moncton and we've been welcomed with open arms," says Snow. "Moncton was a perfect fit. We love being in New York also, but it's a chance for us to get the guys together, maybe give them a break from waking up with the little ones and they can sleep in an extra half hour or hour."

Taking the team on the road, away from New York, also helps build team chemistry at the start of camp, especially with so many new faces at camp.

"I think some of the guys are playing paint ball this afternoon, the guys have their golf clubs and will be out golfing at the local courses here," says Snow. "The guys are really looking forward to immersing themselves in the community."

Centre Mike Comrie, who signed a one-year deal with the club in the off-season, says there's a lot to do to get ready for the season.

"We're just starting camp, so there's some work ahead of us," he says, after coming off the ice. "I think everyone expects this team to have a good work ethic and we're excited about our opportunity and know we need to work hard every night to be successful."


NHL.com did another feature on Kevin Colley that had some of the same comments from the article posted here a day or so ago and a few new comments.

Michael Fornabaio's blog provided an update that let us know vet centerman Marc Cavosie is also in camp but not sure if he signed or is in camp on a tryout. Unfortunately he's not in camp as the Ct Post did not send him to Moncton.

NYI Fan Central Comments:In that seventeen minute video of the scrimmage yesterday, Cavosie was very visible on the goal he scored.

Jason Blake tells how he got to be put on a line with Alexei Yashin last year

After four games, Blake approached coach Ted Nolan and requested to be bumped up to the team's top line centred by the enigmatic Alexei Yashin, "(Park and Bates) are great players and great guys but I just needed a little offence,"Blake said. "I just asked if I could play with Yashin and it worked.

"When (Nolan) put me in that role, I knew that this was it. This is the best shot, so you do your best. "I just didn't like my (previous) role."


NYI Fan Central Comments:
What was not mentioned by Blake was he played the final month of 2005-06 with Alexei Yashin as his center under Brad Shaw after Yashin looked great with Bergenheim and Robert Nilsson in that short stretch. Seems like Blake wants no part of crediting Alexei Yashin with a good part of the success of his forty goal season because the Toronto media are not fans of Yashin and it would only make problems for him as he also had to hold back at his press conference. Anyone who watched Islander hockey last season knows Blake struggled for a good part of the second half without Yashin.

Highlights and scrimmage report 9/14...

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2007 06:11:00 PM | | | | | | | | Comment Here
NYI.com provides full summary of the first scrimmage with player comments.

Among the Highlights:
Team Trottier defeats Team Bossy in first day of Lobster Cup competition as Vasicek and Dubie shine

If the Islanders had been playing on Long Island, there would have been chants of "Dubie, Dubie!" resonating throughout the Nassau Coliseum. But for today, Wade Dubielewicz had to be content to impress his teammates and coaches, leading Team Trottier to a 6-1 victory over Team Bossy on day one of the 2nd annual Lobster Cup tournament.

Team Trottier jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period of play behind some acrobatics from Dubie and goals by Jeff Tambellini, Justin Bourne and Blake Comeau.

There wasn't a happier person in the crowd after Bourne's goal than his father Bob, who is up in Moncton along with other Islander alums.

Dubie's strong play could be attributed to his protected spot on the team. However, Dubie isn't taking his new job security lightly.

"Having the spot definitely helps," admitted Dubie, "but I need to keep that edge I've had in the past. It all has to do with the hunger to reach this level. Now I have to find a way to keep that up."

The lead increased to 4-0 in the second period on a goal by Josef Vasicek, who played well with linemates Jeff Tambellini and Miroslav Satan.

"Vasicek played especially well with Satan," said Ted Nolan. "They fed each other well. I was impressed with Josef's hockey skill. For a big man he skates well and sees the ice."

In the shootout session, which replaces power plays, Team Trottier increased their lead to 6-1 on goals by Vasicek and Tim Jackman. Team Bossy finally got on the board when camp invitee Derek Damon roofed a backhand over 2006-07 Bridgeport netminder Mike Mole.

The Lobster Cup is an intra-squad round-robin tournament between Teams Trottier, Bossy and Gillies. You can find the team rosters at the bottom of the article.


MEMOS FROM MONCTON

* Notes and quotes from Ted Nolan:

Two new players Nolan was impressed with were invitee Gordie Dwyer, who was originally drafted in 1996 by the Montreal Canadiens and Kip Brennan, who has 58 games of NHL experience.

Nolan discussed Jon Sim, Josef Vasicek and Bryan Berard as players who stood out in the first game. He also mentioned how well Bill Guerin led his group's practice.

Even though the exhibition game against the Montreal Canadiens next Friday will contain many of the team's final roster players, Nolan said veterans such as Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger and Mike Comrie will sit out that game and play later in the preseason.

With a short Camp before the first preseason game, Nolan and his crew have precious time to work with before getting the team ready for game situations.

"We addressed beforehand the importance of camp," said Nolan. "It wasn't just about skating and practicing, we wanted to get right into our systems. We have a short time, so we're utilizing the time as best as we can."

Nolan reflected on his return to Moncton, where he coached the Moncton Wildcats to a league championship only two seasons ago.

"Moncton is a special place," said Nolan. "I owe a lot to the city. They really opened their arms to me. I also owe a lot to Charles Wang and the Islanders for giving me a chance, so if you connect the two, you couldn't pick a better place.

* Sean Bergenheim is one of the most candid individuals at Camp and willing to speak his mind. After day one, he had nothing but positive things to say, while playing on a line with Chris Simon and Richard Park

"I liked playing with Richard and Chris," said Bergenheim. "They talked a lot and really helped me out. We had a lot of chances even though we didn't score at all. It was a good start to the line."

* Jon Sim looked comfortable on a line with Mike Sillinger and Trent Hunter. If this line stays intact, Sim will most likely be matched up against the opposition's top line.

"That's no problem," said Sim. "We're a gritty line. Those are the type of lines people don't like playing against. It's important to be responsible on the ice and take it from there."

* Below are the line combinations for the three teams of the Lobster Cup:


TEAMS:

Team Gillies
Forwards
Ruslan Fedotenko - Mike Comrie - Bill Guerin
Sean Bentivoglio - Ben Walter - Jeremy Colliton
Jason Pitton - Chris Gaudet - Steve Regier
Kip Brennan - Tomas Marcinko - Masi Marjamaki

Defensemen
Chris Campoli - Bruno Gervais
Aaron Johnson - Freddy Meyer
Martin Frechette - Simon Lacroix

Goalies
Rick DiPietro
Mike Morrison

Team Trottier
Forwards
Jeff Tambellini - Josef Vasicek - Miroslav Satan
Blake Comeau - Trevor Smith - Tim Jackman
Justin Bourne - Tyler Haskins - Maxim Gratchev
Robin Figren - Marc Cavosie - Olivier Labelle

Defensemen
Brendan Witt - Marc-Andre Bergeron
Dustin Kohn - Andrew MacDonald
Mark Katic - Jordan Hart

Goalies
Wade Dubielewicz
Michael Mole

Team Bossy
Forwards
Jon Sim - Mike Sillinger - Trent Hunter
Chris Simon - Richard Park - Sean Bergenheim
Andy Hilbert - Frans Nielsen - Darryl Bootland
Derek Damon - Shawn Bates - Gordie Dwyer

Defensemen
Andy Sutton - Radek Martinek
Bryan Berard - Drew Fata
Matthew Spiller - Jamie Fraser

Goalies
Joey MacDonald
Maxime Ouellet

Was strange to see that Eric Cairns was at the Islander breakfast today in Moncton, apparently he's announced his rettirement and will be part of the clubs alumni.

Chris Botta in his Point Blank Blog
tells us how this all came about that pulled no punches.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Sad to see Cairns career come to a close but he did not play much for Florida or Pittsburgh after leaving the Islanders. He has that rough game in the Tampa series that really was the end for him with the club but he always gave all he had and was clearly a fan favorite for years and in my perspective he should leave the game as an Islander. His fights with Sandy McCarthy and Shane Corson during the playoffs where he planted Corson into the Coliseum ice is a highlight many Islander fans will never forget.

Cory Witt's media blog gave us a short update on Justin Bourne in camp playing his front of his father and contributing a goal and an assist in front of his dad, legendary Islander, Bob Bourne.

Sound Tigers website had a writer named Kimber Auerbach, do an article somewhat similar to the NYI.com report but had more of a Sound Tigers perspective.

The X’s and O’s: Behind the benches for the scrimmage were Sound Tiger assistant coaches Pat Bingham and Bernie Cassell. Bingham led Team Trottier and Cassell had Team Bossy. Bingham spoke of his choices for the shootout after saying, “I like to let my goalie choose the shooter because they obviously know best facing these guys. ‘Dubie’ did a great job to find the sleeper Jackman to clinch it.”

Frazzle and Coms: It was entertaining to watch good friends Jamie Farser and Blake Comeau battle against each other. Comeau laid the initial hit at the start of the first session and Fraser answered with a few hits of his own. “The great thing about our sport is that I can go out on the ice and deliver hits to him and then after we can eat lunch together and joke about it,” Comeau said.

Fashion Statement of the Day: Newly signed tough-guy, Kip Brennan boarded the airplane yesterday with a slick mo-hawk hair cut. Besides the crazy hair-do, he is skating well and is excited to bring an intimidation factor back to Bridgeport with the hopes of opening up scoring opportunities for the team’s goal scorers.

“Chewing the FatA” Update: Drew Fata is excited to begin work on his new team project. He is looking forward to not only showing the fans the lighter side of hockey from the players end, but meeting and interviewing the people in the stands that cheer for the Sound Tigers every night.

Welcome Walter: Three days after his trade to the Islanders, newly acquired Ben Walter commented on the last few days. “It has been a crazy few days but to that point very exciting. I was in Boston skating with the guys there preparing for the Bruins’ camp when I got the word I was traded. Knowing Sean (Bentivoglio) coming here has been great because he met a lot of these guys at mini-camp and he’s helped me adjust. I’m thrilled to be here and become a part of the Islanders organization.”

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's only day one but it's already clear Tambellini will get the first look at left wing over Bergenheim on the second line and Nolan wants Vasicek to get the first shot at second line center. Not sure how Bergenheim will do as a right wing on a fourth line and if Bates is not healthy it's going to be interesting to see what happens when he finally is ready to play. I guess he had more surgery because he was almost ready to return for the playoffs, but the question has to be asked with two years left on his contract what happens if someone comes in and wins his spot?

It's also great to have Islander Hockey back.

Islander Pre-season games on ITV

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2007 04:24:00 PM | Comment Here

Islanders Website today announced all preseason games will be covered on Islanders television starting Monday with Atlanta.

To get Islanders TV, go to newyorkislanders.com and click on the Islanders TV link.

No television or cable box is required. The Islanders have partnered with Plainview-based NeuLion, who patented a formula for broadcasting the most crisp internet video you will find on the web. Whether in a small window or in full-screen display, Islanders TV broadcasts beautiful DVD quality video.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I just purchased a new computer and added cable internet to it. I can finally check out Islanders tv from home, I have to say it's excellent for those who have not looked at the site yet.

For years we have missed the preseason on television aside from the games Cablevision allows us to see against only the Rangers. This is just fantastic if I can see the preseason games this year for the first time. I cannot tell folks how many times I had to find odd radio links from teams hosting games at neutral sites just to get a buffered, choppy signal or no game on radio or stream at all.

Hopefully it works as advertised and I can see the game live Monday.

Anyone who cannot see it the game on ITV, respond here or in the message board and I will find out if a radio station in Atlanta or Moncton will carry it somewhere for you.

Updated 5:00pm
Watched seventeen minutes of Friday's scrimmage that was archived on the ITV site with Steve Mears and Billy Jaffe doing the commentary. Play was very choppy but picture quality was fantastic as if you were watching on television. Lot's of player blogs from camp for those wanting to learn something about the new players. A must see for all Islander fans.

Islanders Fifteen to Remember Friday 8pm

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2007 01:39:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Tonights Islanders Fifteen to Remember features Islanders-Maple Leafs from April 5th
as the FSN summer programming winds down.

This game should be repeated early Saturday and maybe Saturday afternoon.

Training Camp Articles 9/14:

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/14/2007 12:37:00 PM | | | | Comment Here
Times and Transcript starts off with an article where Nolan wants the players to get out and meet the people.

Greg Logan had updated his Newsday blog Greetings from Moncton and provides the following:

“When you go into a battle, you want competitors,” Nolan said. “Long Island fans are very passionate, and they seem to enjoy a very competitive type of team. The fans are very important to us. We want to bring people in who are going to entertain the fans and make this a place where people want to come and be a part of it and not get cheated [in terms of effort] in coming to one of our games.”


The battles begin today in camp, and Nolan has a pretty good idea of the line combinations he wants to look at first. Starting out, the top line will put center Mike Comrie with right wing Guerin and veteran free agent Ruslan Fedotenko at left wing. Free agent center Josef Vasicek, who previously was known to Nolan as the first European captain of Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL, will be teamed with Miroslav Satan as his right wing. Free agent Jonathan Sim and young Jeff Tambellini both will get a shot at left wing on what Nolan hopes will be a scoring line.

The one line that remains intact from last season is the so-called “third line” with Mike Sillinger centering right wing Trent Hunter and left wing Andy Hilbert. They were the Isles' best two-way line last season, generally matched against the opponents’ top line while still managing a major contribution on offense. Veteran Richard Park, who spent most of his time as a penalty killer last season, will center the fourth line, which will include either Tambellini or Sim on one wing and either Chris Simon or Sean Bergenheim on the other wing. Simon, of course, will miss the first five games of the season to complete his suspension for a stick-swinging incident last season.

Veteran center Shawn Bates is said to be still recovering from the groin injury and hernia surgery that sidelined him at the end of last season. Snow said Bates won’t participate in practices until he’s 100 percent healthy. But two young centers who could get into the mix are Frans Nielsen, who played well in his brief time with the Isles last season, and Ben Walter, who was acquired from Boston after scoring 67 points for AHL Providence last season. So, if there are injuries or if Vasicek fails to live up to expectations, there is some depth at the center position.

One key element to watch throughout training camp and the exhibition season will be the performance of the defense. Nolan and new assistants Gerard Gallant and John Chabot have installed a new system and new goaltender coach Mike Dunham has worked out the communication system between the defense and DiPietro.

“We’re not as big as certain teams, so, we have to rely on our positioning,” Nolan said. “We’re not as fast as certain teams, so, we have to rely on our puck movement. We designed a little bit different defensive scheme to compensate for things we’re lacking.”


Assistant Dan Lacroix also has a new role. Nolan said he will move upstairs to the pressbox to provide a live feed with his observations on how to make corrections during games.

Michael Fornabaio's blog update where he spoke to a few players Wednesday is in this article in today's Ct Post. Among those highlights are the following on Jeremy Colliton recovering from surgery and new Islander Ben Walter:

You've got to take (motion) away to heal it," Colliton said, "then you've got to work through the scar tissue to get the range back, the strength."

Colliton said he started feeling good in the last few weeks of August. "I started doing more competitive stuff. Scrimmages, just doing battle drills," Colliton said. "When I could start doing that, I felt, 'I'm going to be all right.'"

Walter, meanwhile, was ready to join the Boston Bruins for training camp this week. Then, Tuesday, he was off to Long Island in a deal for Petteri Nokelainen. "It was definitely a bit of a surprise, especially this late in the summer," Walter said. "I'm excited. I'm really excited to be here. I hope things work out for the best."
Walter was in a crowded situation in Boston. With the Islanders, there may be room to move up into a center's spot in time; if he plays in Bridgeport this year, he'll be a key player. "The last 24 hours have been a little crazy," Walter said. "They've made me feel really welcome since I got here."

The campers had a team dinner Wednesday night with the team's brass, including owner Charles Wang. After another get-together Thursday, they were off to Moncton, New Brunswick. "I just want to make an impression," Colliton said. "I want to show I'm healthy, obviously, and show what I'm capable of, to show them I'm able to contribute and help the team win. I just want to be effective."


NYI Fan Central Comments:
Unfortunately the Ct Post does not pay for Mr Fornabaio to attend camp, first comments from Walter and an update on Colliton combined with telling us Charles Wang had dinner with the club. Post, Daily News and Times did not send a writer to camp or did not post an update today.

Isles alumni got together today in Moncton and included Bryan Trottier, Anders Kallur, Gerry Hart, Ken Morrow, Bob Bourne, Steve Webb, Eric Cairns and general manager Garth Snow.


Islanders first practice has the following combinations:

Team Gillies – one of three Islanders squads at Training Camp – which did not in participate in today's scrimmage has the No. 1 line of Mike Comrie centering Ruslan Fedotenko on the left and captain Bill Guerin on the right.

For Team Trottier, Josef Vasicek effectively was the pivot on a line with Jeff Tambellini on the left and Miroslav Satan on the right. Tambellini scored the first goal of the scrimmage off a pretty feed from Vasicek.

On the other side, Mike Sillinger was reunited with Trent Hunter on the right, with new Islander Jon Sim on the left. Also for Team Bossy, Richard Park centered Chris Simon, who took left wing and Sean Bergenheim.

The defense pairings saw Chris Campoli with Bruno Gervais, Brendan Witt and Marc-Andre Bergeron, Andy Sutton with Radek Martinek and Freddy Meyer with Aaron Johnson.

Langley Times gives us our first interview from Ben Walter.


“A little bit,” Walter said when asked if the trade caught him off guard.

“Just with the way the situation was in Boston, I was kind of wondering if something might happen.

“But is it always a surprise.”

“On the other hand, I am really excited to be an Islander,” Walter said.

“I am going to do my best to make this team.”

The Islanders are holding their training camp in Moncton, N.B. this season.

“I am just excited to be somewhere where they are real excited to have me,” Walter said. “I am going to get a spot to compete for a spot here in camp and that is all I can ask for.”

TRAINING CAMP OPENS!

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/13/2007 07:56:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
NYI.com provides their first update on day one where team gathered for physicals before boarding a plane for Moncton.

"It's great to see everyone," said Bergenheim. "It doesn't even feel like I've been away for a year. The atmosphere is great here this year. I like the guys they've brought in this year, they're good additions."

"I'm looking forward to this new challenge," said Comrie. "Everyone here has been very welcoming. I can't wait to get things started up in Moncton."

"We already had a solid group of defensemen from last year," noted Tambellini. "But now we've added Sutton and Johnson, who played almost an entire season with Columbus last year. Add the potential of signing (Bryan) Berard and we have eight or nine NHL defensemen. It's going to be a battle."

"We're all anxious to get going," said Guerin. "There are a lot of new guys and we're looking forward to the team bonding up in Moncton.".


Islanders TV had Steve Mears do a four minute interview with Garth Snow, while Miroslav Satan and Justin Bourne did blog video's.

CBS Sportsline's Wes Goldstein does an Atlantic Preview article where he feels New York will face a tough challenge keeping up with some of the other conference bubble teams that improved over the summer.

Brendan Witt in an interesting photo apparently was kidding around with photographer Bruce Bennett for Getty Images.

Back at homeNewsday did an update on the Coliseum and the committee Charles Wang and Scott Rechler have selected for redevelopment of the Coliseum site.

Long Island Business News quotes a statement from Mr Wang.

9/13: Updated 8:30pm: Newsday's Greg Logan provides his first updates Islanders looking at veteran imports to be leaders
Islanders Q & A with Greg Logan several subjects are addressed in both articles.

"If Charles Wang didn't give me a second opportunity to coach, I certainly wouldn't be here," Nolan said with a laugh. "People can do certain things, but they need an opportunity. Vasicek is coming into a great situation and Sutton can be one of our top defense.men and one of our leaders. Comrie is going to be a go-to guy and Guerin has the opportunity to be our captain. We feel they are opportunities that were earned and warranted. It's more than possible they'll reach the expectations we assumed they would."


"Did anyone expect Jason Blake to score 40 goals?" Snow said of the team's top scorer. "Viktor Kozlov was in a few different organizations and ended up having a career year under Ted. We feel we got players who will compete on a nightly basis."


"In order for us to win, we're going to rely on the team," Nolan said. "We can't say Player A will lead us and score four goals that night and set up three others. We haven't got a Lecavalier or a Crosby. So we're going to have to play a team game."


Logan's Q & A addresses the following:

*What is Rick DiPietro's condition?

*Did the Islanders lose too much on the free-agent market?

*Is Miroslav Satan on the hot seat?

*Is there room for any kids in the lineup?

*Can the Isles repeat last season's playoff berth?

TSN Islander Preview

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/13/2007 01:27:00 PM | | | Comment Here
TSN released it's preview today on the Islanders for 2007-08. Scott Cullen provides a fantasy preview on projected numbers that even included how new Islander Ben Walter could fit in.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Solid preview all around that was not thrown together the first week in August. Scott Cullen even mentioning Ben Walter was impressive. Worth a read for Islander fans curious.

Training Camp Begins Today

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/13/2007 09:09:00 AM | | Comment Here
Times and Transcript does a page one preview of the Islanders arriving in Moncton at 4pm today and what events will take place during camp.

Petteri Nokelainen told his story today in the Boston Globe said his agent was looking for a fresh start for him with another team.

Michael Fornabaio's blog claims he was in Uniondale for some interviews but his camp preview article will not appear until Friday because of space limitattions in the Ct Post.

9/13: Updated 11:15am
Cory Witt's media blog updates us that the pictures have been taken and the paper work filed. Skating starts tomorrow at the Tim Horton’s 4-Ice Centre in Moncton, NB with the players broken up into three groups aptly named Team Bossy, Team Gillies and Team Trottier.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Nothing from Newsday on camp opening yet despite two Ranger articles and two new blogs for them. Nothing other than Mike Fornabaio's update. Meanwhile several articles out of Boston on Nokelainen and now his own comments that his agent was looking for a new start?

No quotes or comments from Ben Walter?

Kevin Colley Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/12/2007 09:36:00 PM | | | | | Comment Here
Update on Kevin Colley that explains how he was hired as an assistant coach in the ECHL and what's been happening with the former Islander-Sound Tiger since his career ending neck injury.

“I’ve lived and breathed hockey my whole life and it feels great to get back in the game, the greatest game on earth,” said Colley, who now lives in Utah. “I am glad it came as quick as it did so I am not missing too much. I am still in the loop here. I’ve learned a lot from the coaches I’ve had in the past and I am looking forward to passing that on to the kids coming up.”

“I think I can relate to the players at this level obviously because I started my career here. I know what it takes to get up to the next level and I know it’s not easy,” he says.


NYI Fan Central Comments:
What can I write other than to wish Colley the best of luck. He turned something devastating into a new career as a testament to his character. Credit to Garth Snow for helping him.

As posted in an earlier blog here, Colley will be in Bridgeport to drop the puck opening night for the Sound Tigers.

COUNTDOWN TO NYI CAMP: The Goalies

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/12/2007 07:04:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders Website released their list of goaltenders who will be in the teams training camp.

The goaltending positions on Long Island are solidified, but that is certainly not the case for Bridgeport as four young netminders vie for two spots.

Rick DiPietro
Born Sep. 19, 1981 -- Winthrop, MA
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Catches: Right

The Islanders' franchise goaltender returns to training camp in perfect health following a career year. DiPietro helped lead the Islanders to the postseason, while posting a career-high and tying a franchise record with 32 wins on the season. DiPietro became the first Islander to record 30 wins in two seasons. His .919 SV% ranked sixth in the NHL and his five shutouts tied him for sixth. While stopping a league high 28.4 shots per game, DiPietro made a team record 56 saves against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 5.

Wade Dubielewicz
Born Jan. 30, 1979 -- Kerrobert, SK
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Catches: Left

Dubielewicz enters his first Islanders training camp assured of an NHL spot. Dubie earned the job by being the catalyst of the Islanders' miraculous run to the 2007 postseason. Four consecutive wins against the Rangers, Toronto, Philadelphia and New Jersey completed a historic regular season for Dubie and the Islanders. Prior to joining the Islanders late in 2006-07, Dubie was having a memorable season with Bridgeport, posting a record of 22-12-5 with a 2.69 GAA and a .934 SV%.

Joey MacDonald
Born Feb. 7, 1980 -- Pictou, NS
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 198
Catches: Left

MacDonald joins the Islanders after signing a minor league contract earlier this summer. Between 2002 and 2006, MacDonald put up outstanding numbers while playing for Grand Rapids of the AHL, posting a record of 88-57-7. MacDonald made his NHL debut during the 2006-07 season, playing in eight games for Detroit and seven for Boston. In the seven games with the Bruins, MacDonald was 2-2-1 with 2.68 GAA and a .918 SV%.

Mike Mole
Born: Oct. 12, 1982 -- Orleans, ON
Height: 6'
Weight: 183
Catches: Left

After turning heads at the Islanders' Training Camp in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia last September, Mole earned a minor league contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate. During the 2006-07 season, Mole split time between the Sound Tigers and the Islanders' ECHL affiliate, the Pensacola Ice Pilots. In 15 games with Bridgeport, Mole posted a record of 3-8-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .897 SV%. Mole performed well at this summer's Prospect Camp, but will have some competition as he fights for a spot on Bridgeport.

Maxime Ouellet
Born June 17, 1981 -- Beauport, QC
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Catches: Left

A former first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, Ouellet joins the Islanders at Training Camp on an invite basis. Despite playing on sub-par teams in the AHL the past few seasons, Ouellet has put up good numbers. He went 22-16-7 in 2002-03 with a 2.40 GAA and a .929 SV% for Portland. The next season, despite going 15-29-8, Ouellet had a GAA of 1.99 and a SV% of .930. Ouelett has appeared in 12 NHL games over five seasons between Philadelphia, Washington and Vancouver.

Mike Morrison
Born July 11, 1979 -- Medford, MA
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 203
Catches: Left

As a Training Camp invitee, Morrison brings NHL experience to Moncton after bouncing around the AHL and ECHL for his first four pro seasons. In 2005-06, with both of their top netminders out with injuries, Edmonton called on Morrison to hold down the fort. He did that and more, going 10-4-2, while helping Edmonton clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Since then, Morrison has seen time in the NHL, AHL and ECHL. Last season he split time between the Phoenix Coyotes, San Antonio (AHL) and the Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL).

Hall of Fame for Garth Snow

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/12/2007 08:29:00 AM | Comment Here
Garth Snow is being inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on October 14, complementing a class of seven according to this
article.

Players invited to Sound Tigers Camp

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/12/2007 07:52:00 AM | | | Comment Here
Sound Tigers beatwriter Michael Fornabaio in his blog gives us a list of the players who will be part of Sound Tigers camp.

A few names were not on the list released by the Islanders the last few days.

FORWARDS
*-Justin Bourne
*-Derek Damon
Jason Deleurme
*-Christian Gaudet
Micheal Haley
*-Tyler Haskins
Gregg Johnson
Keith Johnson
*-Olivier Labelle
Pascal Morency
Matt Scherer
Rob Sirianni
Kazuma Takahashi
Mitch Woods

DEFENSE
Jeff Dwyer
Scott Ford
*-Martin Frechette
*-Jordan Hart
Sean Offers
Andy Sertich

GOALIE
A.J. Bucchino
Brett Jaeger
*-Mike Morrison

*-invited to NYI camp

Countdown to NYI Camp: The Forwards

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/11/2007 07:34:00 PM | Comment Here
Below is a rundown of the 35 forwards set to appear at Islanders Training Camp, which begins this Friday in Moncton.


35 forwards, 13 have one-way NHL contracts.

As with the review of the defenders, players signed over the summer who were not released to the public and some invites will be highlighted.

Shawn Bates
Sean Bentivoglio
Sean Bergenheim
Daryl Bootland

Justin Bourne
Son of Islanders legend Bob Bourne, Justin recently signed a minor league contract with the Islanders.


Kip Brennan

Marc Cavosie
Center/Right Wing
Born: Aug. 6 1981 -- Albany, NY
Height: 6"
Weight: 178

Cavosie comes to Camp as an invitee. A 2000 fourth round draft pick by the Minnesota Wid, Cavosie was a star at RPI from 1999-2002. In his third and final season, he led the team in scoring with 50 points in 36 games. Since then, he spent four years in the AHL with Houston and Philadelphia before spending last season in Sweden. In 2005-06 with the Phantoms, Cavosie tied his AHL career high in assists with 21.


Jeremy Colliton
Blake Comeau
Mike Comrie

Derek Damon
Left Wing
Born: Nov. 12, 1980 -- Bangor, ME
Height: 6'
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

An undrafted Training Camp invitee, Damon didn't have to go far from his home in Bangor, Maine to attend the University of Maine in Orono. Following four productive years with the Black Bears, where he scored 15 goals and added 20 assists in his senior year, Damon played in three games with Lowell of the AHL to close out the 2005-06 season. Last year, Damon played his first full year of pro hockey, scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists in 56 games for Florida of the ECHL. His 48 points was sixth best on the team.



Gordie Dwyer
Ruslan Fedotenko
Robin Figren

Chris Gaudet
Center
Born: June 15, 1986 -- Memramcook, NB
Height: 6'
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left

Gaudet returns to his second Islanders Training Camp after getting an invite last year. Serving as Moncton's captain in the QMJHL captain, Gaudet played under Ted Nolan in 2005-06. Last season, Gaudet was 16-22-38 in 63 games with Moncton. He then played for Springfield of the AHL on a four-game tryout.



Max Gratchev
Bill Guerin

Tyler Haskins
Center
Born: May 26, 1986 -- Madison, OH
Height: 6'
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right

Originally drafted by Detroit in the fifth round of the 2004 Entry Draft, Haskins has played in the OHL the past four years, splitting time between the Guelph Storm, the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and the Saginaw Spirit. During the 2006-07 season, ranked first on Saginaw with 60 assists and third in points with 71. Haskins also has a physical side, posting 90 penalty minutes, which ranked second on the team.


Andy Hilbert
Trent Hunter
Tim Jackman

Olivier Labelle
Right Wing
Born: July 15, 1985 -- St. Eustache, QC
Height: 6'
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right

Labelle is a 22-year old Camp invitee with one year of professional playing experience under his belt. Last year Labelle played in 74 games with Syracuse of the AHL and was 11-20-31, which placed him sixth in points on the team at season's end. A year prior, Labelle was second on his Acadie-Bathurst team of the QMJHL with 100 points. That same season, Labelle finished the postseason with 15 points in 17 games.



Tomas Marcinko
Masi Marjamaki
Frans Nielsen
Richard Park
Jason Pitton
Steve Regier
Miroslav Satan
Mike Sillinger
Jon Sim
Chris Simon
Trevor Smith
Jeff Tambellini
Josef Vasicek
Ben Walter

The usual shoddy Scott Burnside preview

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/11/2007 07:13:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Espn's Scott Burnside as usual is assigned to write fifteen reviews in one article and as usual does a poor job on the Islanders which is old news for those familiar with his work.

New York Islanders: The Islanders went from the butt of many hockey jokes at training camp a year ago to one of the Cinderella teams of the season. The Isles, left for dead more than a few times in the regular season, snuck into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season -- by shootout, no less. The surge to the playoffs was a testament to the coaching prowess of Ted Nolan and the work ethic displayed by a group of players not normally known for getting their collective noses dirty. Now, Nolan will have a brand-new lineup to work with this season, although the same question marks will exist.

Dearly departed: Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin, Tom Poti, Sean Hill, Ryan Smyth, Richard Zednik, Viktor Kozlov. Joyously welcomed: Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Ruslan Fedotenko, Andy Sutton, Josef Vasicek, Jon Sim, Sean Bergenheim (again).

Burning questions - Does buying former captain Yashin out of his whopper contract qualify as addition through subtraction? - Do the Islanders get the Bill Guerin who scored 36 times in the regular season or the one who failed to score at all in the playoffs for San Jose? - Does Sutton become Nolan's next reclamation project on the back end, a la Poti? - What are the chances Comrie can coax friend Hilary Duff anywhere near Nassau Coliseum?


NYI Fan Central Comments:
Burnside is very good with the jokes, unfortunately the fans are the ones who lose out with such a poor review. This tells us nothing other than Burnside got it wrong about last year's club or that Cinderella teams are not in sixth place for most of last season. Talk about Rick DiPietro and his enormous impact on this club when you can talk about who Mike Comrie is dating or get in a final dig at Alexei Yashin?

Why would Burnside bother, this would require some actual work and when your throwing out fifteen reviews like you don't care there is no room for quality.

Chris Botta, the response to Scott Burnside is all yours.

ISLANDERS ACQUIRE BEN WALTER

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/11/2007 06:11:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here

Islanders Website announced the club today traded Petteri Nokelainen to Boston for Ben Walter. Islanders also receive a conditional 2Nd round pick in 2009 from the Bruins.

The 23-year old Walter was the Most Valuable Player of the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate in Providence last season, finishing second on the team in scoring with 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points and a team-leading +23 in 73 games. The 21-year old Nokelainen was 6-10-16 in 60 games last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL).

"Ben Walter is a strong addition to our roster and immediately becomes one of our top prospects," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "Our staff loves his two-way play, work ethic and knack for scoring big goals. Ben is a young player who will battle for a position in training camp and gives us excellent depth at an important position."


The 6-2, 200-pound Walter – the son of Ryan Walter, a 15-year NHL veteran with Montreal, Washington and Vancouver – is entering his third professional season after three years at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Ben has played 10 games for the Boston Bruins over the last two seasons.

In his last season at UMass-Lowell, Walter was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Trophy, given to the best player in college hockey. That season he was 26-13-39 in 36 games.

Nokelainen was the Islanders' first round selection in the 2004 NHL Draft. He played 15 games for the Islanders in 2005-06, scoring a goal and adding two assists.

"Petteri is a talented young player," said Snow. "We wish him the best."


NYI Fan Central Comments:
There were some odd rumors a month of so ago of the Bruins trading from their excess of centers and Walter was mentioned. A former first round pick is a heck of a return when trading from a surplus.

Walter was selected in the fifth round (160 overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, while Nokelainen is a first round pick. Walter is more suited to play center than Nokelainen who is listed as a center/rw. In terms of the NHL Nokelainen looked like he could help make an NHL impact before his injury that has hindered his game until this summer when some reports claimed he was finally healthy. Meanwhile for Walter's impressive numbers he could not find a spot on a very weak Bruins club.

No doubt the conditional second rounder says it all about who the better prospect is likely to be.

A lot of things at work here. An Islander team that did not have a spot for Nokelainen on paper for a player who prefers to be a right wing with a surplus of right wings in the organization. Rumors that Nokelainen was going to play in Europe even though he had a signed contract and was obligated to be in Bridgeport. Nokelainen's NHL contract which was close to a million dollars for the club to use him on a fourth line.

Prospects like Jeremy Colliton and Blake Comeau, Frans Nielsen among others needing an opportunity. Nokelainen was also out or playing hurt as he recovered from his injury for the better part of two full seasons.

Walter was a center in an organization with too many centers.

Just do not like to see a team that did not have a first round pick this summer, that just traded two other former first rounders trade another one for a player drafted in the fourth rounder who's not an established NHL talent. Hopefully Ben Walter makes us forget this and breaks through to win a spot on the Islanders.

Updated 7:03pm
The Bruins would give up a second-round pick in 2009 to the Islanders if Nokelainen plays in 50 or more NHL games in either 2007-08 or 2008-09, or if he appears in 90 or more games total over the next two seasons according to the Boston Globe.


Islanders Easter Pro Scout Chris Sullivan
explains why the club was interested in acquiring Walter.

“Ben is a guy we watched in the Calder Cup playoffs last year. He’s effective at both ends of the ice, has good hockey sense and seems to always be in the right place at the right time,” said Chris O’Sullivan (Dorchester, Mass.), Eastern Pro Scout for the Islanders.

Walter had 67 points in 73 games for Providence last season, and was named team MVP despite playing on a second line behind top center David Krejci.

“We feel that (Walter) took a big step in his development last year. He’s not the quickest guy, but is efficient and plays his position well. With opportunity, he can be a good two-way guy at the NHL level,” said O’Sullivan.

Updated 8:00am 9/12:
Michael Fornabaio from the Ct Post noted some scoring trends from Ben Walter last season. the Ct Post also gave Fornabaio space in the paper to do a full article here on the trade.

"He's definitely a player who thinks the game very well," Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano said. "He's got tremendous hockey sense. He's gifted offensively."

"Nokie was a great player for us," said Bridgeport president Howard Saffan, a big Nokelainen supporter. "Obviously, he was rehabilitating the majority of the season. We're giving up an excellent player to get an excellent player in Ben Walter."


Steven Harris of the Boston Globe wrote Walter
was viewed as not physically involved enough and made it up from AHL Providence for just 10 games over the last two seasons. (no points)in an article that talked about Nokelainen's potential.

The 23-year-old Walter was voted the P-Bruins' MVP last season by his teammates, but became the odd man out because of the organization's strength at center, where Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron, Phil Kessel, Mark Mowers, and Nate Thompson top him on the depth chart. The Bruins also have center-ice prospects Zach Hamill, Brad Marchand, and Carl Soderberg.

Boston Globe Wednesday had the following from Peter Chiarelli:

"We felt with the surplus of centermen we had and the fact that Nokelainen was available," said Chiarelli, "this was a better fit for us."

MIKE DUNHAM NAMED GOALTENDING COACH

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/10/2007 05:59:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Islanders Website this afternoon confirmed Cory Witt's earlier blog update that Mike Dunham has retired as a player and has been named the club's new goaltending coach.

"Mike had an outstanding NHL career and was very well-regarded for his work ethic and his leadership," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "I'm very happy to have all of his experience on our coaching staff. Last season he was extremely helpful as a teammate to the development of Rick DiPietro and Wade Dubielewicz and that process will continue with Mike as our goalie coach."

"I'm very proud of my career and really enjoyed playing my final year on Long Island," said Dunham. "I'm very appreciative of Ted giving me this opportunity to be part of his coaching staff and work with all of the goaltenders in our system. I'm really looking forward to beginning my coaching career."


NYI Fan Central Commments:
Nothing I can add that was not included my earlier blog.

COUNTDOWN TO NYI CAMP: The Defense

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/10/2007 04:23:00 PM | Comment Here
Islandes Website this afternoon announced the list of defenders who will be in camp with the club along a paragraph on each player on where they may fit in the Islanders lineup which is more the writers speculation and nothing official from Snow or Nolan.

Bryan Berard-Tryout basis.
Marc-Andre Bergeron
Chris Campoli
Drew Fata
Jamie Fraser

Martin Frechette
Born: July 11, 1986 -- Sherbrooke, QC
Height: 6'
Weight 200
Shoots: Right

Frechette earned a minor league contract with the Islanders after showing he had skills while participating at the 2007 Islanders Prospects Camp.

Bruno Gervais
Considering the number of defensemen with one-way NHL contracts already on the team and the possibility of signing Berard, Gervais' two-way contract could make the blueline scenario very interesting.

Jordan Hart
Born: Feb. 18, 1983 -- Huntington, NY
Height: 6'2
Weight: 200

The son of former Islanders defenseman Gerry Hart, Jordan recently signed a minor league contract with the Islanders after an impressive showing as a walk-on at the Islanders Prospects Camp this summer.

Aaron Johnson
Mark Katic
Dustin Kohn
Kohn signed an entry level contract this summer with the Islanders.

Simon Lacroix
Lacroix will return to Shawinigan this season, but should get a valuable experience up in Moncton.
Andrew MacDonald
Radek Martinek
Freddy Meyer
Matthew Spiller
Andy Sutton
Brendan Witt

NYI Fan Cenral Comments:
I highlighted a few players who were quietly signed out of prospect camp like Frechette and Jordan Hart here and it's worth noting here the Islanders do have an option to send down Bruno Gervais without exposing him to waivers.

Now or never for Free Agents with Islanders?

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/10/2007 08:01:00 AM | | | | | Comment Here
Just speculation on my part but it's impossible to ignore the trends in the organization on Charles Wang's policy of players being in camp day one or not being part of his team.

I know the policy was regarding the club's restricted free agents like with Chara and Isbister his first season and Sean Bergenheim who found out the hard way what it meant last season.

Question here is will it apply to unrestricted free agents like Jason Allison, Anson Carter or any UFA if they are not in the club's camp on a tryout?

Last two years Islanders have used this to bring Richard Park, Mike Dunham and now Bryan Berard among NHL veterans to camp and there have been odd rumors of Allison signing with the Islanders. Many teams invite prospects not signed, Isles invited Justin Bourne and several players will be invited who do not have a contract but again what's important to remember here is these players will be at camp from day one.

Fair to say Michael Strahan's football season would be over if he pulled with his did on any club owned by Charles Wang. Would be interesting to see how Wang would react to Niedermayer's situtation as well.

The question of the day is will Wang allow Snow and Nolan to sign an outside UFA looking for a job if Snow or Ted Nolan feels the alternatives to improve the club are not in the organization or in camp before the season begins?

As I have discussed in earlier blogs, this is a new NHL where the second and third tier free agents really have to scramble for a job and a contract. In some cases gm and coach want to wait to see what their clubs look like in camp and preseason before going shopping for a veteran to fill a need.

Will Charles Wang allow Garth Snow and Ted Nolan to do the same with players who will not be in any teams training camp? This is not a Chris Osgood situtation where he was in training camp with Detroit and the Islanders claimed him in the waiver draft.

For those wondering the waiver draft was dropped as part of the new CBA.

My guess is Mr Wang will see this as different and not tie his gm or coaches hands if there is a player available who can help improve the club, but a topic for a quiet day just before camp opens.

Ted Nolan's new promo for Islanders

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/10/2007 07:43:00 AM | | | Comment Here


While we wait for the release of the Islanders training camp roster after a quiet weekend before rookies and veterans report seemed like a good day to post Ted Nolan's new promo.

In terms of scrimmages for a week before the club plays an exhibition game that will not be happening in this preseason.

Islanders arrive in Moncton on September 14 and will play their first official preseason game on September 17th.

Like last year expect Ted Nolan to separate his NHL squad from his AHL/prospect squad so the Sound Tigers staff can work with players as well.

Canada sweeps superseries

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/10/2007 06:46:00 AM | Comment Here
Superseries ended with the Canadian prospects sweeping the Russian prospects eight games to none. Brent Sutter was coach for Canada who will be heading straight to New Jersey to open his first NHL camp as an NHL head coach with the Devils.