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Day 2: Tweaks

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“R: Lemelin, Luxmore. L: Briggs, Wahl.” –(tentative) partial blogposts from Oct. 5. Arrived to these forward lines: Halmo-Quine-Clark Persson-Sundstrom-Kabanov Diamond-Miller-Wetmore Gallant-Keenan-Johnson Chris Bruton and Anders Lee were over at the Coliseum, while Johan Sundstrom came back here. That left 11 forwards and 11 defensemen. Mike Keenan got the call today to play up front, just […] [Read More]
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Day 1, Group 2

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Computer’s in midseason form. Don’t Call It Bridgeport. But there was something resembling Bridgeport on the ice together in Syosset this morning while a different group went at Nassau Coliseum. Forward lines: Halmo-Quine-Kabanov Gallant-Clark-Johnson Diamond-Miller-Lee Persson-Wetmore-Bruton Defensemen, not necessarily in pairs (not least because there was still an odd number and they changed up) but […] [Read More]
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Camp, Day 0 (again): Five tryouts

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The Islanders haven’t yet disclosed how (or if) they’ll split their group for the next few days, but we’ve at least got the names of Bridgeport’s tryouts: RW Brayden Irwin. Stockton contract. Has two NHL games and 66 AHL games to his credit. Went to the 2009 Frozen Four with Vermont, so he probably practiced […] [Read More]

Delayed release

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So now it sounds as if they’ll release their camp roster Monday, which is when they report. Anyway. In the meantime, there is hockey violence to tide us over. Mildly locally newsy bit from the afternoon: Longtime Manchester Monarchs captain Marc-Andre Cliche was claimed off waivers by Colorado. [Read More]

Tryouts coming

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We’re expecting a full Bridgeport camp roster Sunday; they’ll report Monday and be on the ice Tuesday. Hope to sneak down there for a day or two during the week. A couple of names, mostly from Stockton, trickled out here and there but one intriguing name popped loose Friday: Sean Wiles is expected in camp […] [Read More]
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Penalty avoidance 101

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Three fights for Brett Gallant (including one in which he and Krys Barch took off each other’s helmets to avoid the new penalty) and a goal for line-with-nickname-to-come-if-necessary in the Islanders’ preseason win in New Jersey. A fight for Mike Dalhuisen, and Joey Diamond fought Stephen Gionta at the end of the game, too, after […] [Read More]

OK, I lied: Notes from the Island

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One of the people I’d been trading voicemails with was Scott Pellerin, and we finally caught up with each other Saturday afternoon*. Got to ask him about a few of the things I’d wondered from way afar. “Rookie camp went well,” he said. “I was very happy with the effort, the attention to detail of […] [Read More]
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Camp From Afar, Day 2

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Lines! Who doesn’t like lines? Lines! (Yes, that’s most of what I could get off Twitter. Been trading voicemails with people around football games and soccer previews. Fun.) Strome-Nelson-Lee Kabanov-Sundstrom-Persson Halmo-Quine-Clark Diamond-Miller-Bruton Gallant-Wetmore-Johnson Looks mostly like what they had been running at rookie camp. The top line’s intriguing if they all stick around. We saw […] [Read More]
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Rookies camp

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The Islanders’ rookie camp roster, out today, has 31 names, no tryouts, all either under contract or draft picks. (Edit: the Sound Tigers put out a release noting the tryout contracts that their AHL-contract guys had to sign to go to NHL camp, for completeness’ sake.) Stockton has a couple of exhibition games, Oct. 11-12 […] [Read More]

Rookies report, don’t play

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The Islanders announced their rookie camp schedule today; it included no rookie games. An assortment of entry-level types* will be there at the Coliseum (closed to the public). They show up Thursday and hit the ice Friday-Tuesday, and then the Big Club gets to work. Some of them will probably be up here in a […] [Read More]