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Islanders Hurting Even Before The Season Starts

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The New York Islanders are the 30th and last NHL team to finally play an exhibition game - in Saskatoon tonight against the Calgary Flames. Some teams have already played six, and virtually everybody else has four or five under their belts. You’d think one of the benefits of that delayed start would be avoiding the injury bug - nothing perturbs an NHL GM more than losing a key player in a meaningless exhibition game - but no, that didn’t happen to the luckless Islanders either.

When they finally get around to playing for keeps next week as the regular season opens, they’ll be without two of their top three players for an indefinite period. Defenceman Mark Streit is out six months or so, with a shoulder injury that will force him to miss much of the season. Forward Kyle Okposo, a former first-round draft choice, will miss up to three months recovering from shoulder injury; and if they’re lucky, they’ll get him back before the Christmas break.

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Nylander Now In The Panthers Organization

from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,

The Florida Panthers have found their replacement in Rochester for injured center Mark Cullen, thanks to the Washington Capitals.

Center Michael Nylander has been loaned to the Panthers/Amerks.

It’s a significant move because the Panthers will be paying most or all of Nylander’s $3 million salary.

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thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer

added 3:16pm, from Craig Custance tweet,

Also told that Nylander has been loaned to play in Rochester, but Panthers are NOT picking up his salary. Just a straight loan deal

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The Leafs #1 Line

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Are Kris Versteeg, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel a legitimate top line that other teams will fear? Will Tomas Kaberle and Mike Komisarek complement each other? Do Mike Brown, Christian Hanson and Colton Orr provide anything other than fighting majors?

We will soon find out. Until then, here is a look at the forward lines and defence pairings:

KRIS VERSTEEG, TYLER BOZAK, PHIL KESSEL

Why it works? Combining Toronto’s most talented forwards is a no-brainer. The trio possesses tons of speed, skill and scoring ability. Already they have combined for five goals and 11 points in four pre-season games.

Why it might not? Putting all your best players on one line could be trouble if they get shut down. Also, as head coach Ron Wilson indicated, Kessel and Bozak are sometimes just as dangerous in their own end as they are in the offensive zone.

more on the Leafs…

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Can You Say Dynasty

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“I don’t think anybody can start walking around and say, ‘We’re going to be in the Stanley Cup final this year,’” Rutherford said.

The margin is simply too fine, and with that fine margin comes what can be incredible drama, both in getting to the playoffs and after. “You don’t know, as a fan, you don’t know who is going to win,” Holland said.

The playoff races are wildly exciting—witness the Philadelphia Flyers’ dramatic shootout win in the final game of the regular season that earned them a playoff berth, followed by their push to the Stanley Cup finals. Still, there are enough teams that assembled a strong enough cast that they can capture the hockey public’s broader imagination. And perhaps this suggests an almost perfect balance in the dynasty/no-dynasty debate.

“You can see teams bubbling and building toward a three-year run,” Holland said.

Pittsburgh, Washington, Vancouver, Chicago and Detroit, perhaps?

There are a couple of constants when it comes to building these kinds of teams, though.

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All Ian Laperriere

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Q: Looking back at the playoffs, was it wanting to play in a Final that led you to this, and do you regret it at all?

“I don’t regret it. It’s one of those things where the MRIs, everything was great, even the writing tests I did, everything was great, and I felt good. I went out there and I had headaches, but it’s a hockey game. You get bumped around and you get headaches. That doesn’t mean you have a concussion. I wanted to play, and I thought well, it’s probably from my neck, I had neck issues in the past. I always found excuses.

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Salvador Undergoing Tests

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Bryce Salvador is still feeling the effects after sustaining a first-period hit from Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk in Tuesday’s preseason game, so the defenseman was sent for further testing Wednesday.

Lou Lamoriello told reporters before practice the problematic issue for Salvador involved “an ear situation” and not his head, although the Devils’ general manager indicated there is some history with Salvador and concerns with possible head injuries.

Asked for a possible timetable on Salvador’s absence, Lamoriello said: “I won’t know until I talk to the doctors.”

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Captain Gionta

Brian Gionta is the 28th captain of your Montreal Canadiens, becoming the second American captain in the team’s 101 year history. Chris Chelios, who co-captained the team in 1989, was the first. 

Hal Gill and Andrei Markov will remain assistant captains.

That so many names were bandied about by the media is a sign of the leadership and experience in the locker room. But any way you look at it, Gionta is a great choice.

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Bruins Off To Ireland

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

So now the crazy part begins for the Bruins], who, like all hockey players, are creatures of habit, leading lives structured 8-9 months per year with daily expectations and routines.

But sometime around midnight tonight, the B’s will fly off into uncharted territory, jetting to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to open their eight-day European trip.

It won’t be like any training camp, or start to a regular season, that most of these players have experienced. The essential question: Will we look back on this trip in the weeks and months to come and say it hurt the team’s preparedness for this vitally important season?

Or will the analysis be that the visits to Belfast and Prague, Czech Republic, were the perfect springboard into a great year?

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Question Regarding The Islanders

Can anyone give me a reason why the New York Islanders have yet to play a preseason game?

See the preseason standings at NHL.com.

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Souray Just Sitting

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Wouldn’t it help the Oilers if they had Souray playing somewhere, rather than sitting on his backside, for his trade value?

“I don’t know about that,” said Tambellini, who undoubtedly has been on the phone to the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders, who have lost Mark Streit with an injured shoulder, possibly for the season.

“We have been through this (thinking of the different scenarios with Souray) for some time. All I know is he’s healthy now.”

Souray hasn’t responded to several text messages to ask if he’s skating by himself in Los Angeles or maybe he’s asked a Western Hockey League junior team if he can practise with them.

“All we know is he’s not in Edmonton,” said Olczyk.

The Islanders are under the NHL’s cap floor of $44 million and could easily fit in Souray, but they are loath to spend money. Colorado is under, too, but they are talking of trading for New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner because the Devils are over the cap. Columbus still seems the best bet for now. They are evaluating their roster through camp, however.

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