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The Bridge Report: Why Re-Sign Poulin?

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Why resign Poulin?

Why resign Poulin?

According to various websites, the New York Islanders have resigned restricted free agent goalie Kevin Poulin to a one year/two way deal.

Isles Talk: Sunday Times

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For your Sunday reading pleasure.

For your Sunday reading pleasure.

Mid Summer Thoughts: Development

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Could he get the Griffin Reinhart treatment?

Could he get the Griffin Reinhart treatment?

Isles Ink de Haan & Cizikas To Contracts

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The negotiator does it again.

The negotiator does it again.

From various reports: The New York Islanders have signed center Casey Cizikas to a two year $2 million dollar contract & defenseman Calvin de Haan to a three year $5.9 million contract.

Kabanov Bought Out

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From Art Staple:

Islanders have placed F Kirill Kabanov on unconditional waivers.

Donovan & Gallant Remain Islanders

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Donovan must be ready.

Donovan must be ready.

The New York Islanders have announced that defenseman Matt Donovan and forward Brett Gallant have accepted their qualifying offers.

According to Cap Geek, Donovan’s one-year, two-way deal is worth $826,875, NHL level. If he is demoted, he will receive the same $65,000 in the AHL as he did in his previous contract. Gallant will make $75,000 in the AHL and $605,000 if he returns to the NHL.

 

 

Hockey from the Blind Side, Evaluating After the Smoke Has Cleared

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Are the Isles done with off season moves yet? I guess that is now the question that still is being bandied about in parts of Islander Country. Paul addressed this topic in a recent post, and I fall into his camp as far as believing that the Islanders could be very well set for what they have for next season, yet, at the same time, there are assets that can be dangled for a trade for that top 4 D-man.

I have been reading a lot about the minicamp and I am left with a lot of positive feelings from everything that has been reported. Basically, the Islanders are rich with good prospects, and that is going to make for healthy competition and options for Garth Snow and Jack Capuano. It is a strength that should not be overlooked or under appreciated either, folks.

Stephon Williams – Obtaining the Experience

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Stephon Williams taking a breather during Isles Mini-Camp

Stephon Williams taking a breather during Isles Mini-Camp

For most developing hockey players that have been drafted by an NHL team, the summer mini-camp is the place for them to show the powers that be – that they are improving and are worthy of the opportunity to grow and develop to be an eventual participant in the National Hockey League.  For 21 year old Stephon Williams, despite the fact of being drafted in the 2013 draft (4th round, 106th overall), this is his maiden voyage at camp.

Isles Mini Camp – Day 2 Part 1

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*** Just finished session one of the day – White Team practice. ***

Thoughts from camp

Scott Mayfield listening to instructions at camp

Scott Mayfield listening to instructions at camp

Got to talk to Scott Mayfield after practice.  He, being the ‘old guy’ here (his fourth), feels very comfortable in the setting.  He feels that his goal is to get some weight and speed.  He weighed in at 218, about 10 pounds more than he was during the season in Bridgeport.  He feels that there is a good program here to stress on the things he needs to work on before camp.

Prospects Converge At The Coliseum

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This guy will be there.

This guy will be there.

Should The Islanders Trade For A Defenceman?

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Is Rinehart ready?

Is Rinehart ready?

The Bridge Report: You Got You’re Wish

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Big year for Sundstrom

Big year for Sundstrom

Not only has this been a wild free agency for the fans of the New York Islanders, the same could be said for the fans of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. If there’s one thing I do know about the fans in Bridgeport, it’s that they want to see the players that were drafted stay beyond their first year in Bridgeport before they get called up. It’s nice to see them grow not only as players, but as people as well. After this past weeks of signings, they may have been granted such a wish.

 

 

Grabovski and Kulemin are now ISLES

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kulemin grabovskiWell – day two was a bigger splash than expected.

In a two player swoop, Garth Snow signed Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four year deals.  Grabovski (20M) and Kulemin (16M), were teammates in Toronto, and according to the report on SportsNet.ca, wanted to sign together.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders made a big splash on the second day of free agency, signing centre Mikhail Grabovski and former Toronto Maple Leafs teammate Nikolai Kulemin.

The Morning After The Frenzy

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It's about the crest in the front, not the name on the back.

It’s about the crest on the front, not the name on the back.

Isles sign Corey Conacher

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According to the New York Islanders website, they have agreed to terms for a one year deal with Corey Conacher. Conacher played in Ottawa last season and he had 26 points in 79 games last sea on.

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Chad Johnson – Isles new goaltender

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As per SportsNet.ca, the Islanders have signed Chad Johnson, the former Boston goaltender for the upcoming season.

Johnson was 17-4-3 for the Bruins last season with a GAG of 2.10.  The following information is from Wikipedia:

Isles Get TJ BRennan

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On another team, in another organization, the 25-year-old would probably be blasting one-timers from the point in the NHL. But this year, no matter how loudly he knocked, the door never opened.The Isles have signed Toronto Marlies defenseman TJ Brennan to a deal.

The AHL All Star scored 25 goals and 47 assists for the Marlies last season.  The Moorestown NJ native is 25 years old, and will be the offensive defenseman that the Islanders will need.

Matt Donovan – you better work your butt off – you have competition.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Blind Observations About the Draft

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Well, it’s here and gone. With all of the build up, the 2014 NHL draft ended yesterday.

What was a surprise to me was the lack of any real surprises. I was expected a lot more trade activity, and that included the Islanders. And I’m not talking about swapping draft selections either. There were few trades at all, and Florida, as I suspected, held on to their first round pick.

So, when the smoke cleared, Garth Snow stayed the course and did his best to pick players he felt will move this team towards a championship. I was honestly surprised that there was no major trade with that pick, but I am usually wrong in my predictions when it comes to the Islanders anyway. That’s why I never win at gambling ….

Analyzing The Draft

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To call or not to call?

Successful draft for the Isles

The second round came and went for the Islanders and they secured some long term player who, like many, still need time do develop, not to mention getting another “boom or bust pick” at number 200, but if patience is preached could bold very well for the Islanders. I’ll go each player right now.

 

 

 

Garth Snow – Howard Beale… Similarities anyone?

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If you remember the movie, “Network”, Peter Finch, the actor that portrayed Howard Beale, the crazed news anchor who muttered a phrase that will be forever be a momentum getter at NHL arenas.  He did not use a ‘curse word’ but his antics remind me of someone at the NHL draft last night.

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