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Remade defense: Boychuk, Leddy in; Pokka, Brennan out

Arthur Staple was all over the Islanders’ late-camp revamp of their defense corps today. The Big Club traded from numbers back there and from draft picks to acquire Johnny Boychuk from the cap-pressured Bruins for two second-round draft picks and a conditional third-rounder, then Nick Leddy and goalie Kent Simpson from cap-squeezed Chicago for prospect […] [Read More]

One in, one out: Wednesday notes

The biggest-name remaining draft pick to sign for the Islanders was Ville Pokka. Pokka signed. There you go. Jesse Graham is the lone remaining player whose rights could expire for the Islanders on Sunday. If I count correctly, that’s 32 NHL contracts for next year (1 G, 13 D, 18 F), not counting restricted free […] [Read More]

Nilsson to Russia announced (was Belated Tuesday boxes/notes)

Edit: Kazan announced it has signed Anders Nilsson to a one-year contract. His KHL rights had been sold earlier, as linked below, so, yeah, this was the next logical step. If it’s spring conference championship week, must be rain… The AHL conference finals resume Wednesday, both tied at 1: Monday night, Texas finally beat Toronto, […] [Read More]

Nilsson up, Poulin down

The Islanders swapped goalies this morning, sending Kevin Poulin to Bridgeport, calling up Anders Nilsson. Since his last stint in the NHL, when Evgeni Nabokov was out injured, Nilsson has had his best stretch in two years. He had played nine of the past 10, winning his last six. He has a .918 save percentage […] [Read More]
Categories: Nilsson-Anders, Poulin

Full weekend: Albany postgame

The Devils had moments where they were coming pretty hard — “Albany always comes hard, finishes checks,” Matt Donovan said; “you’ve kind of got to match it” — but Anders Nilsson made sure they weren’t really in this. Bridgeport scored goals less than a minute apart twice and finished with 12 goals in two games […] [Read More]

Special night: Springfield postgame

Scott Pellerin said Ryan Strome’s day-to-day. The team’s off until Tuesday after keeping Springfield winless in five, so there’s two days right now. Odd, if you think about it, but with all the PK time, it’s not like he missed all that much tonight. I had Andrew Clark for five shifts in the first and […] [Read More]

Donovan, Nilsson down

With Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov back from their assorted injuries, the Islanders sent Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson down. This appears to make Donovan eligible to play during the Olympic break, based on those guidelines Lindsay Kramer had — after tonight, he could play no more than 15 of the Isles’ last 20 — […] [Read More]

Good news/bad news on the Island: Monday-night notes

The Islanders lost Evgeni Nabokov early in their game tonight against Dallas; Kevin Poulin took over, and the Isles announced only a lower-body injury on their veteran goalie. But the Big Club won it 7-3. Ryan Strome’s first NHL goal; Calvin de Haan’s first NHL point (his first two points, actually); goals for Brock Nelson […] [Read More]