Islanders announce roster: No Berard

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/02/2007 01:54:00 PM | | | | |
Islanders Website at 1pm announced it's 23 man roster submitted to the league here.

13 forwards, 8 defensemen, 2 goaltenders

The roster for the start of the New York Islanders' 2007-08 season has been set. The Islanders will open the season with a roster of 23, not including injured forward Shawn Bates. Ted Nolan's roster is comprised of two goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards.

The following players took the ice at Islanders Iceworks this afternoon for practice.

34 Wade Dubielewicz
39 Rick DiPietro

2 Aaron Johnson
8 Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
24 Radek Martinek
25 Andy Sutton
32 Brendan Witt
44 Freddy Meyer
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron

7 Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon (eligible to return Oct. 13)
13 Bill Guerin
16 Jon Sim
18 Mike Sillinger
20 Sean Bergenheim
26 Ruslan Fedotenko
27 Darryl Bootland
63 Josef Vasicek
81 Miroslav Satan
89 Mike Comrie

17 Shawn Bates (injured)

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Islanders had to have a list submitted to the league by 3pm and now we know who is on that list.

It reads like it's final on the surface but this gives the club time to work a deal with Berard or make a trade, or the club has decided to go in another direction and not sign Berard which is entirely possible despite the quotes and comments.

We just have to wait and see what happens in terms of Berard to see how the rest of the defense falls into place. One thing the club could not do was announce a roster and tell everyone about private contract negotiations. That was for Logan's speculation as the club's beatwriter and he gave us an update within the hour claiming Islanders could sign Berard later today.

Islanders are not going to sit two defenders every game, with Meyer away from the club for now it will be seven defenders anyway if it extends into Friday.

Updated 3pm
Michael Fornabaio updated his blog in the Ct Post with the following:

OK, here's what we (think we) know so far:

--Most obviously this morning, Masi Marjamaki was not here. What's next with him, that's unclear at the moment.

--Of the tryouts and semi-tryouts, four survive: Morency, Labelle, Gregg Johnson and Morrison.

--The Islanders' 23-man roster includes none of Jeff Tambellini, Kip Brennan or Blake Comeau. It does include all of Aaron Johnson, Freddy Meyer and Bruno Gervais. Not clear yet what's going on with Berard, but they do appear to be fine with going with eight defensemen.

Here were the lines this morning:

Along with the following 10:
D: Wotton, Kohn, Spiller, MacDonald, Fata, Fraser
G: MacDonald, Morrison, Ouellet, Mole

Gordie Dwyer was not signed.