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Dear Isles Fans: A Derek Stepan Offer Sheet Won’t Happen

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Don’t expect to see Derek Stepan to wear any blue and orange any time soon. Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/25/13

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Sep 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders take the ice for the first time at Barclays Center against the New Jersey Devils. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders mixed up their practice groups Tuesday, shifting a few players between ‘Group A’ (the NHLers) and ‘Group B’ (the prospects) as the team moves ever closer to the start of the 2013-14 regular season.

Sound Off : Let Your Fingers Be Heard

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It is your time to sound off…..let your fingers do the talking.

As loyal readers to Eyes On Isles, we truly appreciate all the support you have shown us over the last six months. And we decided to try something a little different and fun.

If the response turns out positively, this could evolve into a monthly series where we recap the major issues surrounding not only the New York Islanders but the entire National Hockey League and allow you, the fan, to vote in our polls and sound off in the comments section.

Griffin Reinhart Could Be With Islanders On Opening Night

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Sep 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin (60) and defenseman Griffin Reinhart (8) defend the goal against New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres – Toronto Maple Leafs : Brawl Bad For The Game

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Sunday night the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in a meaningless pre-season tilt.

So what, right? The real fun doesn’t begin for a week and a half!

Well here’s the problem. A ridiculous, disgraceful, all out brawl in the middle of the third period took the game from so what to whoa, what the heck?

The teams were playing their second game in two nights, after the Leafs pulled out a victory in a 15 round shootout Saturday night.

 

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/24/2013

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The Islanders had a well deserved day off yesterday.

It was a time for the coaching staff to reflect on two consecutive preseason shut-outs over the weekend and decide how they would like the groups to be split going into the final two weeks of training camp.

There are almost certain to be cuts coming, possibly being announced as early as today. The only news yesterday was Parker Milner, who had a great camp, being released from his NHL PTO and assigned officially to Bridgeport camp.

The Evolution of Casey Cizikas

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Nobody could ever make the assumption that being a professional athlete is easy. And that notion is especially true in the world of hockey.

The road from lacing up your first pair of skates and heading out to the local pond to play some pick-up with your friends to the National Hockey League, the journey is filled with ups and downs, peaks and valleys, and many people contribute along the way to any success that is found.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/23/2013

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The New York Islanders traveled to Nashville last night to take on the Predators in their second preseason game of the 2013-14 season in as many nights.

Results were not what the team or head coach Jack Capuano were looking for, as the ‘B’ team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Predators and in the process have now gone 120 minutes without scoring a goal.

Wang, Snow Are Old-School Architects; New-School Isles Poised to Reap Benefits

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Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Ryan Pulock poses for a photo with team officials after being introduced as the number fifteen overall pick to the New York Islanders during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Five years ago, it was difficult for New York Islanders fans to remain hopeful about the future of their team. The organization effectively blew up its structure—and its overall philosophy—when it announced it would embark on a full-scale, scorched-earth, tear-it-all-down rebuild after the 2008-09 season.

Is New Necessarily Better For Islanders Fans At The Barclays Center?

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There were plenty of Islanders fans going into Saturday night’s preseason game against the Devils at the Barclays Center with plenty of mixed emotions. A legion of fans practically grew up in the Nassau Coliseum.

That is home. So of course an Islanders home game anywhere else, especially in Brooklyn, was set to provide a bit of culture shock.

Top Shelf (BARCLAYS EDITION): 9/22/13

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Sep 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Alexander Urbom (33) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) battle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Dump & Chase- Brooklyn Edition: New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders

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Sep 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Steve Bernier (18) celebrates scoring during the third period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Devils won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Devils And Islanders Battle At Barclays

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Lights……camera……action!

The Devils and Islanders play in the 2013-14 NHL preseason for the 2nd time in 3 days as they officially anoint Barclays Center as a hockey facility tonight with faceoff scheduled for 7pm EST.

Almost 10,000 fans and likely more are expected to pack the beautiful Brooklyn facility and after attending media day two weeks ago, I can assure you they will not leave disappointed.

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 9/21/2013

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IMG_0750Tonight marks the unveiling of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as a hockey venue as the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders square off in NHL preseason action for the second time in three days.

After the Islanders 5-3 victory at the Prudential Center on Thursday, the team was back on the ice yesterday at Nassau Coliseum, once again split into two groups. After session A left the ice, head coach Jack Capuano addressed the media.

We are going to decide today who will play in goal but I think whoever plays will get most of the playing time, whoever that might be. Could be Nabby.

No Cal Clutterbuck, No Problem: Islanders Have Options

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Sep 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Peter Regin (16) gets by New Jersey Devils right wing Krys Barch (22) and defenseman

Kyle Okposo Should See Time on the Penalty Kill

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Apr 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (21) stops a shot in front of New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (20) at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York defeated Toronto 5-3. Mandatory Credit: John E.

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/20/13

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Sep 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin (60) and defenseman Griffin Reinhart (8) defend the goal against New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Loss Of Cal Clutterbuck Could Open Doors For Ryan Strome

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Already beloved by Islanders nation without playing a single regular season game, there’s some major disappointment around Uniondale with the news of Cal Clutterbuck’s injury on Tuesday night.

New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils : Notes

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It’s not quite the Barclays Center but it will do just fine.

The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils will get acquainted with each other tonight as they play the first of two pre-season games.

The first tilt will take place on the ice of Prudential Center in Newark at 7pm with both teams official websites offering streaming video feeds. No, this game is not on television. Yes, James Dolan owns MSG and yes, Dolan lost the bid to renovate the Nassau Coliseum. Take that for what you will…..

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 9/19/13

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IMG_0718New York Islanders fans received the news no one was hoping for yesterday, as Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that newly acquired winger Cal Clutterbuck suffered a laceration to his leg during Tuesday night’s preseason game and will miss extended time.

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