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New and returning defensemen/weather reports: Thursday notes

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Two days in a row the filthy humidity outside yields fog in the barn. Hopefully it’s gone tomorrow. (If not, still seen that before.) The organization’s defense corps got a little healthier with the return of Calvin de Haan from injured reserve, so the Islanders have sent top prospect Griffin Reinhart down this afternoon. There’s […] [Read More]

Game Day: Friday into Saturday notes

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Prescout! Overtime! #Pointsforall! And no three-on-three! The IceCaps lost in overtime in front of 10,527 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. David Pastrnak, who looked good in the exhibition game here a week ago, had a couple of assists and leads the Eastern Conference in scoring. Edit: Brendan McCarthy reports the loss of Peter Budaj and […] [Read More]

Chemistry lessons ’15: Thursday notes

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Another few tweaks to the top-nine forwards this morning: Lee-Mouillierat-Collberg, Persson-Quine-Halmo, Zolnierczyk-Sundstrom-Gillies. “Chemistry,” Brent Thompson said. “Just trying to find chemistry.” It’s that time of year. It was Game 7 last year when Lee-Strome-Halmo first started together. Lukas Sutter has an AHL deal, as Darrell Romuld reported; the lone tryout remaining is Colton Gillies. It […] [Read More]

First day in town: Monday notes

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Edit: The Islanders announced this afternoon that they’ve sent defenseman Kevin Czuczman to Bridgeport. And lo, there were line combinations and numbers and all kinds of players on the ice at the Land of Wonder. 26 Halmo-22 Quine-21 Mouillierat 16 Zolnierczyk-28 Sundstrom-49 Collberg 23 Persson-12 Stretch-17 Gillies 44 Gallant-11 Langkow-7 Vaughan 36 Rowe/63 Sutter/14 Courtnall/41 […] [Read More]

JJ goes home: Tuesday/Wednesday notes

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Still on vacation but checking in on Twitter: A few moves the past couple of days, including one of note today as Justin Johnson goes home, signing with the Alaska Aces. Tim Leone meets Jon Landry; good stuff ensues. Darien’s Kevin Sullivan, off an NCAA title with Union, signs with Cincinnati. Ryan Walters’ agent says […] [Read More]

Notes from vacation: Friday notes

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Training camp gets underway in earnest on the Island tomorrow. (Burning off bits of vacation, as it happens in the living room, not that we’d be hanging out in Uniondale anyway.) The Big Club announced five pro tryouts in camp. They include C.J. Stretch, Chris Langkow and Scooter Vaughan, who are under Bridgeport contract. Ex-files […] [Read More]

Sept. 11/Rules tweaks/Thursday notes

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Happy to be in New York, my second home, on this day. Remembering all of those who lost their lives 13 years ago #NeverForget — John Persson (@JohnPersson21) September 11, 2014 (We won’t forget. We can’t forget.) ….. The NHL announced some major minor rule changes. Some follow what the AHL already announced about overtimes, […] [Read More]

RIP, Bob Suter / rookie camp, etc.

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It’s 34 and a half years later, and a few of the people behind the bench have gone, including Herbie himself. It’s still kind of unfathomable that players from the 1980 U.S. Olympic team could be mortal. RIP, Bob Suter. Mundanely: Islanders rookie camp runs Friday to next Wednesday at the Coliseum, the team announced […] [Read More]

Remembering, three years later: weekend notes

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Sept. 7 remains a great day in lots of ways for me: important family day, and it’s the anniversary of the blog (entering its 10th season, somehow). But now it’s also the anniversary of the Lokomotiv plane crash. Still devastating to think about checking the Yaroslavl roster page over at EliteProspects that night three years […] [Read More]

Living for a dream: Tuesday notes

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What day is it? Yeah. New Islanders goalie David Leggio’s mask made the rounds on Twitter today; from David Gunnarsson, it’s a pretty neat design that honors the Big Club’s history. Catchup: Bill Ballou reported that Worcester has signed ex-Quinnipiac and Sound Tigers forward Jeremy Langlois (possibly paywalled, and hat tip Darryl Hunt). Bill also […] [Read More]