Islanders watch: Bates Battaglia on waivers

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/10/2007 05:56:00 PM | | | | Reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forward Bates Battaglia on waivers Monday.

The 31-year old has zero points in 13 games this season, has a minus-6 rating and is signed through next season.

NYI Fan Central Comments: is the only credible media source reporting this. As a left wing with speed and good defensive skill this is the kind of player the Islanders have been targeting so it's worth watching.

His production last year makes his comparable in some ways to Jon Sim, he has only played in about thirteen games for Toronto and his minutes were trimmed down to four minutes from twelve last season.

Islanders Practice Summary Monday:
Many players took the day off from the skate.

Islanders TV: Ted Nolan reported Ruslan Fedotenko is still sore but was at practice and could return against Buffalo.

Also included was Ted Nolan's comments that Marc-Andre Bergeron was not benched and there is no friction between him or Gerard Gallant, that it's an open competition for a spot and whoever steps up and does better will play.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good stuff from the person doing the interview who pressed Ted Nolan for answers on Bergeron-Gallant when he tried to downplay what happened. He was also pressed for an answer on Fedotenko's injury and toward the end just said some things he cannot disclose or words to that effect.