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Reinhart to the Oilers: Friday notes

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The Islanders dealt their way into the first round Friday night, sending Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for two draft picks, Nos. 16 and 33. They used 16 to take centerman Mathew Barzal, and 33 will be one of the first picks Saturday morning. Got to admit I wasn’t as down on Reinhart as some others. […] [Read More]

Kids to camp/lots of coaching: Friday notes

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The Islanders announced their development camp schedule. The Blue and White Scrimmage is, as was announced earlier, July 8, a Wednesday night, in Brooklyn. The rest of the camp is in Eisenhower Park. I was kind of hoping they meant the one in Milford, but they meant the one on the Island. At least it’s […] [Read More]

Coaches for everyone: Thursday notes

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Busy day on the carousel. The Penguins made Mike Sullivan official Thursday; Grand Rapids will be official tomorrow, and all reports are that it’s Todd Nelson. Ron Rolston will coach Springfield. And a pretty interesting bombshell out of a Dan Bylsma/Tim Murray presser: Instead of joining the Flyers, Terry Murray will assist Bylsma in Buffalo, […] [Read More]

Tage Thompson to UConn; Nas to the Show: Wednesday notes

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UConn officially welcomed Tage Thompson as part of its 2015-16 freshman class. Brent’s older son, U-18 World Champion and all, pushed up his high school graduation a year to join this group. As Jonathan Bombulie I think first speculated and pretty sure first reported, Alain Nasreddine rejoined John Hynes in New Jersey as an assistant […] [Read More]

Series continue: Wednesday notes

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Manchester lost 3-2, and in the war of attrition, they got hit hard, losing J.S. Berube and MVP Brian O’Neill to injuries. (They’d signed goalie Jeff Lerg to a PTO this week, so maybe there was something going on.) Utica, back in the series after two overtime losses, lost Hunter Shinkaruk and Brandon DeFazio. We’ll […] [Read More]

Markison signs: Monday notes

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“Your goalie appears injured.” “No, no, he’s just really tall.” Classic. The Sound Tigers seemed impressed by lots of little things about Colin Markison’s game, so it’s no great surprise to see that Markison has been signed to an AHL contract. He joins Jared Gomes as Bridgeport’s first two AHL signings for next year. Meanwhile, […] [Read More]

Saffan out: Tuesday notes

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Get home from lacrosse to a tip from the office that proves true: Howard Saffan went to Long Island for a meeting today and came back no longer president of the Sound Tigers or Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment. The Islanders haven’t returned a call. Saffan’s reaction after a decade in that spot is in […] [Read More]

Comets hit Barons/adieu, Dave: Wednesday notes

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Utica completes the final four in the AHL with a 1-0 win over Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference semis. Alexandre Grenier scored with 12:49 left in the game, and Jacob Markstrom (in the company of Johnny Bower in the history books, per the AHL) made 35 saves. So that’s it for […] [Read More]