Isles cut to 23

Nothing stunning in what the Islanders did today to get to 23. Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson stick, as does Griffin Reinhart, at least for the moment. They kept 13-8-2, sending down Joe Finley along with most of the cast that you pretty much figured were on the way. If Nelson and Donovan were in, with Cal Clutterbuck out, there was really only one spot available to Reinhart, Finley, Radek Martinek, Ryan Strome, Anders Lee… heck, to just about anyone. It went to Reinhart.

So the roster that will likely practice tomorrow in Bridgeport, NHL contracts in normal font, AHL contracts in italics, PTOs in bold:

F (16)–Chris Bruton, Jason Clark, Joey Diamond, Brett Gallant, Mike Halmo, Brayden Irwin, Justin Johnson, Kirill Kabanov, Anders Lee, Greg Miller, John Persson, Alan Quine, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom, Riley Wetmore, Sean Wiles
D (9)–Marc Cantin, Mike Dalhuisen, Calvin de Haan, Joe Finley, Dallas Jackson, Mike Keenan, Scott Mayfield, Aaron Ness, Andrey Pedan
G (2)–Anders Nilsson, Kenny Reiter

Five contract guys assigned to Stockton: F Rosen, F Larson, F/D Gagnon, D Escobedo, G Milner.

There’s a wild card in that Travis Hamonic left last night’s game, and Arthur Staple reports he’ll be evaluated later on.

But hey, welcome to hockey season. Everybody’s shift-to-shift from here on out. Anybody’s a phone call away. Enough shifts, and we mean anybody.


Wade MacLeod, whose February in Springfield included that scary on-ice collapse against Adirondack and a benign brain tumor, has signed with the Toronto Marlies. Jean Bourbeau returns to Elmira.


Sitting in the queue here for about a week, so to get it out of the file: Jim Henson 1961 animated short that’s at once nothing like what you’d think Henson would do and completely like what you think Henson would do.

Michael Fornabaio