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Cody Franson can add more than size to Islanders defense

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been quiet on the Cody Franson front for a few days now. The defenseman has expressed his desire to sign a one-year extension with the Maple Leafs.

New York Islanders Preseason About To Begin

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Credit : Andy Graziano

Its time….summer is over, the air is crisp and the New York Islanders preseason slate is about to begin as the team boards an airplane for their first road trip of the 2013-14 season.

With some new acquisitions in tow and some roster spots to be won, not all the 51 players now in training camp are on the split squad rosters for tomorrow night’s match-up with the Calgary Flames.

Those left off the initial roster will skate and workout at the Nassau Coliseum before the official resumption of camp on Friday morning.

Alex Pietrangelo, Travis Hamonic, and Erik Karlsson: A New Line of Defense

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May 6 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) and Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) battle for the puck in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Staples Center.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/16/13

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Credit to : Andy Graziano

New York Islanders fans should know better by now….With training camp in full swing, do not read too much into line combinations and defensive pairings. Head coach Jack Capuano is, as expected, experimenting with a number of different things as he gets a good long look comparative to last season in order to prepare his troops for a full-scale 82 game battle.

Top Shelf: 9/15/13

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IMG_0190Well, how about that? Hockey’s back!

On Saturday night, hockey fans [finally] got a taste of some NHL-action – three preseason games featuring the Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames (split-squad) and Edmonton Oilers (split-squad). The Capitals-Jets affair was aired on the NHL Network, a nice treat for us craving some puck.

For Long Island hockey fans, we have to wait just a little bit longer. Tuesday marks the first preseason game for the New York Islanders. In three more days, the Isles head across the northern-border to take on the Calgary Flames at the Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/14/2013

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Credit : Andy Graziano

Credit : Andy Graziano

You awake this Saturday morning to find the air crisp and cool with no hint of heat or humidity. That can only mean one thing……hockey is right around the corner.

The pre-season kicks off tonight with three games (two being split squads) and the New York Islanders are officially practicing, officially opening up their 2013-14 campaign at Barclays Center on Thursday morning.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/13/13

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Mandatory credit to AECOM

Yesterday was a momentous occasion for the New York Islanders as a franchise, one echoed in statements to the media by team owner Charles Wang, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, and Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner.

During a guided tour of the Isles’ future home in Brooklyn, media members were given a look behind the curtain at what Barclays Center has to offer when the Islanders finally move in.

New York Islanders Training Camp Report : Day One

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Photo by Andy Graziano

Photo by Andy Graziano

Barclays Center welcomed the New York Islanders training camp opener today as the beautiful complex opened their doors to not only the team but the media as well. And what a show they carried out.

As the team made their way from the Long Island rail road and walked Atlantic Avenue towards the arena, New Jersey Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yomark was on hand front and center for a tremendous photo-op. Bruce Ratner and Yomark then greeted the Islanders and media contingent to a well designed and uplifting speech to set the tone of the day.

Barclays Center Opens Its Doors to the New York Islanders

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Brooklyn hosted its first NHL skate today, and showed all present that it can indeed host and maintain a professional hockey club, now and well into the future.

This state-of-the art facility will most certainly herald Islanders hockey into a new era, allowing for first-time visitors (to both arena and sport) and die-hard fans alike to feel as if hockey is the sport of the future, even if it’s been an established profession for quite some time.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/12/13

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Apr. 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Two officers of the NYPD stand outside the arena before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on the day of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Apr. 15, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Two officers of the NYPD stand outside the arena before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on the day of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Preseason Power Rankings

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The long and sweltering summer is over. With September comes cooler weather, NFL football and most importantly, NHL training camps open and preseason is finally upon us.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/11/13

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The Islanders may continue looking to Kyle Okpso to continue his on ice leadership as an alternate captain. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders officially begin their 2013-14 season today in less-than-exciting fashion: team physicals. While no one enjoys a trip to the doctor’s office, Isles players are probably more eager to see the Isles medical staff than most people are to see their family physician. After all, team physicals mark the final step on the players’ grueling offseason journey and remind us all that preseason games are just around the corner.

New York Islanders : Choosing Alternate Captains Matter

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The Islanders may continue looking to Kyle Okpso to continue his on ice leadership as an alternate captain. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official. John Tavares is the new Islanders captain.

New York Islanders To Open Camp In Brooklyn

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The New York Islanders will open training camp officially tomorrow with player physicals but Thursday is the real show.

Approximately 60 players will take to the ice in two sessions at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but not before an entire media event is planned around the team, coaches and facility.

See below for the details as released to the media and public shortly afterwards about the events:

Schedule for Media Day on September 12, 2013:

8:15 a.m.: Press Conference at Garden City Station with LIRR representatives and Islanders General ManagerGarth Snow and Islanders players Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen

8:51 a.m.: Train carrying Islanders and media leaves Garden City station

9:35 a.m.: Team arrival, photo-op outside of the arena

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