The Islanders Informer
by William Morrison on 09/20/11 at 08:56 PM ET
The Islanders open their preseason slate on Friday night when they face the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. The Islanders will play three games in five nights to kickoff the preseason as they face the Devils on Saturday night in their home opener in Nassau Coliseum and then play the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night in a game televised by the NHL Network. The Friday and Saturday games will not be televised, but will be streamed live on newyorkislanders.com.
Saturday’s tough skate: Saturday’s skate was the toughest of the skates so far according to the players. Most of the players in camp have attended an Islanders camp before, but this was Michael Grabner’s first. Grabner tweeted after the skate: “Tough day on ice with testing & everything, glad it’s over-but the guys battled hard & put solid effort in.” On Monday, things were more back to normal as the team got a normal practice in. All indications are that head coach Jack Capuano is putting the boys through a very tough camp at this point. I see this as a very good thing, especially for a team with so many players.
Staios Arrives at Camp: On Friday, veteran defenseman Steve Staios accepted a training camp invite. Staios reported to Islanders camp yesterday and will wear number 44 for the blue and orange. Staios played the last two seasons with the Calgary Flames. I think Staios has a great shot to make the team and, at a minimum, he will provide a veteran presence in training camp. There can never be enough veterans in camp for a team with so many young players.
Injury updates: Mark Katic will need surgery for his dislocated shoulder and it isn’t yet known how long he will be out. Rhett Rakhshani is out indefinitely with a concussion. Marty Reasoner has a knee strain and did not practice on Saturday.
Nabby’s new mask: For those who haven’t seen Evgeni Nabokov’s new mask, click here for the pictures from In Goal Magazine. It’s a good sign for the Isles and their fans that Nabby took the time to personally design this mask. This is hopefully a preliminary indication that he plans to stay with the Isles long-term. I’m not a big fan of the skull, but it’s a nice touch having his daughter’s names on the back.
Steve Webb and Pat LaFontaine Pedal from Toronto to NYC: Starting yesterday, former NY Islanders Steve Webb and Pat LaFontaine began pedaling from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to the NHL Store in New York City. Webb is undertaking this 550-mile bike ride for his W20 foundation and hopes to complete the ride in 48 hours. Follow their progress at www.W20Foundation.blogspot.com.
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