New York Makes Several Roster Cuts Sunday

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/03/2010 12:39:00 PM |

Islanders website: Reported Sunday morning Forwards Justin DiBenedetto, Micheal Haley, Rob Hisey, Jesse Joensuu, Mark Katic, Tomas Marcinko, Rhett Rakhshani, David Ullstrom, and Jeremy Yablonski, along with defensemen Dylan Reese, Travis Hamonic and goaltender Mikko Koskinen have all been assigned to the Sound Tigers.

Dean McAmmond, Jed Ortmeyer, Anders Eriksson, Manny Legace and Krys Kolanos, were all released from their tryout agreements.

On Saturday, Dustin Kohn was placed on waivers, Robin Figren, Kevin Poulin, Anton Klementyev and Tony Romano were assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Joel Martin was released from his professional tryout.

The current roster now consists of 28 players, with the league requirement of getting to 23 by Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.

NYIFC Comments:
Five players have to go, a cut to twenty three means some players will require waivers to be reassigned, some will not. Also many teams do not carry three healthy scratches. This does not account for trades the Islanders may make to acquire additional players.

This leaves, John Sim, Andy Hilbert, Nino Niederreiter, Trevor Gillies, PA Parenteau, & Matt Martin at forward to be decided.

On defense, Calvin deHaan, Bruno Gervais, Milan Jurcina, Jack Hillen are likely on the bubble for a defense that had Wisniewski-MacDonald, Martinek-Eaton and Mike Mottau dress together Saturday.

deHaan got the Coliseum game Saturday.

A three day body of work for a preseason is tough to make decisions off of and I see some transactions coming. Jesse Joensuu scored two goals and was sent to Bridgeport so game results are not going to be the only determining factor here.

I would suspect as long as Matt Martin is out, that's one player off the roster, Gillies, Parenteau require waivers to be sent down, the Islander targeted him in July as a scorer, so I don't see three games enough of a body of work to demote him.

Andy Hilbert I don't see here, but Sim may be the better fourth line alternative over Gillies in many select games.

Bruno Gervais going to Quebec may have been about his roots there, but he spot in top six seems very tenuous.

With Lawson, Poulin hurt for a good part of camp, Koskinen for the moment will likely be Bridgeport's starter.

A lot of teams with as many players and decisions on who they can trade not only to trim roster to twenty three, but under the NHL cap.

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