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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller will be linked to all sorts of teams as trade speculation continues to swirl, but maybe the best landing spot for him would be Long Island, with the young New York Islanders, a team that has a lot of good prospects in the pipeline but is relying for the moment on 38-year-old Evgeni Nabokov as their No. 1 man. Nabokov has been a serviceable addition for the Islanders since they claimed him on waivers in January of 2011, but Miller would be a far more secure long-term answer. He is just 33 and about the only reason the lacklustre Sabres are competitive most nights.
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New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for an incident against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
At approximately 6:42 of the first period, Grabner collided with Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe in the left wing faceoff circle, sending Gerbe to the ice. There was no penalty called on the play and Gerbe took his regular shifts throughout the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
video added 10:14am 10/21/13,
NEW YORK (October 9, 2013) -- New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen has been fined $5,000 for slashing Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal in NHL Game No. 38 on Long Island on Tuesday, October 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:42 of the third period. Nielsen was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
from David M. Singer of HockeyFights.com,
Barch and Gallant dropped the gloves three times last night, each earning an automatic game misconduct after the third.
Special attention will be paid to round two. Gallant, a rookie, must wear a helmet with a visor (new rule). Generally a player who has a moment before and wears a visor will remove his helmet, and the other player will follow suit. However, starting this season players that remove their own helmet before a fight will receive a minor penalty (another new rule). A few sets of players have already picked up the minors, elongating their five PIMs to seven.
Gallant had another idea. He loosened his helmet and invited Barch to do the same. Barch almost took off his own helmet, hesitated, then took off Gallant's instead, and Gallant returned the favor. Then, the fight.
Victorian era honor. The Code. A ridiculous loophole on display. Call it what you will, but the NHL will likely modify the rule to prevent this. The preseason has more players fighting to prove themselves than the regular season though, and it's unlikely we'd see this in a real game setting. Crafty nonetheless.
more plus of course videos of all three fights... You can also watch round two below....
Shawn Thornton mentioned a few days ago he would remove the opponent's helmet if he was wearing a visor and it appears other 'fighters' have caught on quickly.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
It has been 11 months since the Islanders announced they will move to Brooklyn in 2015, but to this point that has been a mostly abstract concept rendered in words and fans' collective imagination.
That will change Saturday night when the team hosts the Devils in a preseason contest that marks the NHL's first visit to the borough.
But the real drama will not take place on the ice, where the teams will play a meaningless game. Most eyes around the NHL will be focused on the audience, and the first test of how the league might go over in downtown Trendyville.
All signs so far point to pretty darn good, according to Barclays Center (and Brooklyn Nets) CEO Brett Yormark, who said yesterday that ticket sales have been "terrific," with about 11,000 of the 15,813 seats sold and more expected during the week. The game will not be televised, but it will be streamed on NewYorkIslanders.com and BarclaysCenter.com.
"I think it's incredible," said Yormark, who said there has been "very little advertising" behind the event beyond free publicity from media day last week, some Long Island Rail Road ads and the arena's own website and marquee.
"We can't be thinking about the playoffs right now. It's our goal, but I think it's wrong. We can't talk about playoffs now -- this year's playoffs, last year, we need to forget about this. If we're going to think about Pittsburgh Penguins playoff in October . . . We're not going to make it far."
-Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders. More on Nabokov from Arthur Staple of Newsday.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders announced today that center John Tavares has been named the 14th captain in the organization’s 42-year history.
Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four National Hockey League seasons. The Islanders’ first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft will turn 23 on September 20.
“John has developed into an elite player in this league and become the leader of our franchise both on and off the ice,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He consistently represents our organization with class and respect. John’s work ethic and determination inspires his teammates to succeed, which makes him the perfect choice to lead our franchise.”
from Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com,
Two of the NHL's most intense rivalries will open a new chapter in 2014 by taking the battle outside.
Executives and players from all three teams were on hand Thursday as the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders -- along with the National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association -- officially announced the details of two January games that will take place in Yankee Stadium as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
The twin bill in the Bronx will feature a Sunday afternoon game on Jan. 26, pitting the Devils against the Rangers (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC), followed by a Jan. 29 night game between the Islanders and Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).
It's the start of an incredible week of sports in the metropolitan area, which will also be hosting the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb. 2.
"It's no secret that people have urged us to play at Yankee Stadium since the moment it became clear that our outdoor games were such special, unique and fun events," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said at Thursday's press conference. "The creation of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series allowed us to work within the Yankees' scheduling parameters and, just as important, include all three NHL teams from this area at this spectacular place.
"The rivalries between the Rangers, Islanders and Devils are among the most heated in sports. These games in this venue will showcase our players and our sport to a national viewing audience as well as to a variety of visitors who we anticipate will be in the area at that time. I hear a rumor that there is a football game in New Jersey sometime later that week."
via the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders announced today that Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on a five-year deal.
Bailey, 23, scored 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 38 games this past season with the Islanders. The Bowmanville, ON, native also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, recording three assists in six games during the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We’re excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders.”
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