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NHL attrition: Friday bits

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Costly game up in Boston last night: Josh Bailey breaks his hand, and Zdeno Chara tears his left PCL. Still, the Islanders had Mikhail Grabovski in a regular spot today, appears no immediate recall. And since Bridgeport is up on the Rock, that’s helpful. (Of course, head injuries, you never know. But they’ve got Eric […] [Read More]

Outshot, shot down: St. John’s postgame 1

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Shots on goal don’t always reflect the flow of a game, the territory of a game, the possession in a game. But for two periods, these kinda did. Actually, so did the third’s, but we digress. Bridgeport led 2-0 though the IceCaps had an edge in shots and in chances, in part because of one […] [Read More]

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

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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]

Crowned: Islanders-Bruins postgame

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Tre Kronor revisited… Swedish Meatballs redux… UPS… well, there’s no U in “Sebastian Collberg,” but… PCS? CPS? SPC? (That’s different.) If it comes to it, we’ll figure something out. The Swedes had a really solid first three shifts. Really solid. They controlled territory, controlled play. And then on the fourth they were dominated. Ah well. […] [Read More]

Rosters for Islanders vs. Boston

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The Big Club posted the rosters for tonight’s game in Bridgeport — one to scratch on D for Boston, I guess — and the Islanders’ includes a bunch of players who were here in the recent past, including Brett Gallant, recalled today along with also-in Sebastian Collberg. Somewhat similar to the Group 2 that went […] [Read More]

After midnight, so GAMEDAY: Thursday notes

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OK, how long has that Tim Hortons been in the gas station on Old Country Road, and why was I not informed? Over on the Big Club side this morning to do an advance for Friday’s game, which the Sound Tigers announced this afternoon is sold out. Should be a fun crowd. We’ll see what […] [Read More]

Three up, one down: Tuesday notes

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He cleared waivers at noon, and the Islanders announced soon after that they’ve sent Brett Gallant to Bridgeport. Banged up already, the Islanders recalled Andrey Pedan and Adam Pelech and re-signed Ross Johnston to a tryout. Gary Bettman announced that the NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Islanders to Jonathan Ledecky and […] [Read More]

Day 1 running: Mouillierat, Zolnierczyk, Leggio, Skille sign

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The Islanders have signed Kael Mouillierat, Harry Zolnierczyk, Jack Skille and David Leggio to one-year contracts. More below. The Islanders hit a couple of targets early, signing Chad Johnson as their backup goalie and AHL defenseman of the year T.J. Brennan as an offensive defenseman. (Arthur Staple reports it’s a one-way deal for Brennan.) Dylan […] [Read More]

Adding Boyle: Thursday notes

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Jaro Halak worked out for the Big Club. Thursday, they went at it again, sending a conditional draft pick to San Jose for veteran defenseman Dan Boyle. If they sign him, it’s more defensive depth, an older guy, obviously (37), but one who’s been a top player for a long time. If not, it’s a […] [Read More]

Islanders preseason game Oct. 3

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The Islanders and then-defending-champion Bruins played an exhibition game three years ago in Bridgeport that sold out Webster Bank Arena. The B’s may not have won it again this year, but they’re still a draw, and they’re coming back, the Islanders announced this morning. The Isles and Bruins will play here Friday, Oct. 3, at […] [Read More]
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