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No DeFazio/former futures watch (with late-night updates)

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Word this morning that the Islanders won’t be extending a qualifying offer to Brandon DeFazio, making him an unrestricted free agent on Friday. (We have like 40 things we’re supposed to be doing, so don’t tell the bosses we’re trying to compile that annual list of the non-qualified and bought-out. (Semi-passively, at the moment.) Probably […] [Read More]

Yale-Lowell lineups

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(Sorry, BST folks. A few bits for yinz at the bottom.) It’s a college week ’round here. Yale and UMass Lowell coming up. I didn’t get a chance to ask Sean Backman about his Bulldogs, but I did get Scott Campbell about his River Hawks, whom he’s been following. “(Norm) Bazin, every coach there has […] [Read More]

Pointing forward

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They’ve been together for a long time now, and we should probably find a nickname for them, but Brandon DeFazio-Scott Campbell-Blair Riley was pretty much everywhere tonight in this nutty little game. They combined for 14 shots themselves. They drew penalties. They earned power-play time. “Our line doesn’t change our mentality,” Campbell said. “We go […] [Read More]

Turned, twisted, swung about*

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Scott Pellerin wanted to make it known, unsolicited: The language in the Brandon DeFazio press release surprised him yesterday. He’d said he’d heard nothing about a slew-foot and took exception to the idea. “The interpretation I got from the league was that it was a reckless act,” Pellerin said. “Because the player (Gabe Guentzel) got […] [Read More]

Trial by judge

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The line swap was just a little curious this morning, but it turns out there was a reason: Jack Combs was in Brandon DeFazio’s spot today because DeFazio’s suspended for the collision that injured Gabe Guentzel on Saturday. The league called it a slew-foot after Norfolk sent tape. He’ll miss this Saturday’s game against Portland […] [Read More]

Break time

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Odd game. Seems like a decent start: no shots on goal. Seems like Bridgeport’s doing OK: down 1-0. Seems like it’s doing fine, getting chances: down 2-0. Scott Pellerin was a little concerned about the body language as things went against them, dealing with the frustration. He was concerned about the 60-minute consistency. He was […] [Read More]

Break time

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Odd game. Seems like a decent start: no shots on goal. Seems like Bridgeport’s doing OK: down 1-0. Seems like it’s doing fine, getting chances: down 2-0. Scott Pellerin was a little concerned about the body language as things went against them, dealing with the frustration. He was concerned about the 60-minute consistency. He was […] [Read More]

McDonald named captain/DeFazio gets six (further updated)

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Edit: Probably shoulda waited. Could be a newsy day. The Sound Tigers have chosen Colin McDonald as the team’s eighth captain. Casey Cizikas will wear one ‘A’, and the other will be split between Jon Landry (home) and Matt Watkins (road). –Edit again: The league handed Brandon DeFazio a six-game suspension for leaving the bench […] [Read More]

Penalties and Providence

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They gave up three power-play goals in Hartford, but as Scott Pellerin said, it wasn’t really their worst PK night. Tonight was pretty good. Six Providence chances, on which Bridgeport outscored the Bruins 1-0 and was only outshot 6-3. “We’ve got a lot of energy,” Brandon DeFazio said. They used it to take away second […] [Read More]

Monday running: DeFazio, McDonald sign; Oleksy to Hershey

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The Islanders added two more forwards this morning, both of whom played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year, both of whom have family ties to the state. Brandon DeFazio, as broken last night by teammate Paul Thompson, was one of them. The other is Colin McDonald, a veteran of 374 AHL games and seven more up top. […] [Read More]