Newsday: Greg Logan has an article on the club's enforcer depth chart with head coach Scott Gordon's comments that winning a spot will come down to how a player fit the teams system with Mr Logan's speculation the club may only call up someone for that role when needed as Mitch Fritz talks about why New York signed him.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Given the depth on the current roster at least to start the season, it's not going to be easy for a player who is more known as a fighter to occupy a regular spot in this lineup. A Richard Park, Andy Hilbert, Jeff Tambellini or Frans Nielsen would likely have to give up their spot.
Tim Jackman has a two year contract.
Mike Iggulden for those wondering had three fights in the AHL last season and only one per season the previous three years. I'm not sure why Mr Logan listed him in the fighter/enforcer department considering he's known more for his scoring which produced twenty nine goals, sixty six points for Worcester last season and a one game callup which came against the Islanders.
Ironic Darcy Regier who lost a lot of big name free agents, the man who fired Ted Nolan and who gave out a few absurd contracts was offered a new two year extension in Buffalo Sabres who with Lindy Ruff are one of the longest tenured coach and gm tandems in the NHL.
If your looking at former Islanders looking for NHL employment, Mark Parrish, Shawn Bates, Randy Robitaille and if I'm correct Bryan Smolinski.
Updated Monday AM:
Newsday: Greg Logan has a new blog update with a followup to last night's article on the teams enforcers and how the role could be filled.
Times & Transcript: Gerald McLaughlin has an interview with Rob Hennigar as the Islander rookies tonight will play the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. tonight at the Coliseum.
Times & Transcript: James Foster has an article on the club's BBQ event Sunday night.