One week to go…..

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And there is nothing to be seen on Newsday, and nothing just about in any web site on the potential lockout that is now just a week away.

Michael Grabner at Iceworks getting some work in before “Camp”. Photo courtesy of

A good number of the players are already here practicing at Ice Works in the hope that the Islanders will still have a camp on the 21st.

“We’re still getting ready for training camp,” Islanders forward Michael Grabner said to New York “We’re trying to get in shape for Sept. 21 and we’ll see what happens until then. Our mindset is still getting in shape and getting ready for the season to start on time, so nothing has changed.”

A good number of the Islanders were at Iceworks, including Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner, Kirill Kabanov, Andrew MacDonald, Brock Nelson, Nino Niederreiter, Frans Nielsen, Marty Reasoner and Johan Sundstrom.  It is good to see that a lot of the guys are getting ready for things to get hot and heavy.  I have seen a number of tweets from Kabonov, and he is really hoping to do some damage in camp, and looking forward to his first ‘professional’ season.  Here is a tweet from him.

Kirill Kabanov@kabby77

Just rented a house for a next season in Milford… Pretty sweet.. Has its own beach…

I am looking forward to the next few days.  I am going to be positive and hopeful, that we will be playing hockey on time.  As far as the crew of Isles talk, we are working on our season preview.  Each one of my staff writers will be talking about a specific part of the team, and we will offer up our predictions on where we think the team will end up.  We hope that you can share our thoughts with your friends.  Please let them know that Isles Talk is another place where you can get some informative information about our favorite hockey team.