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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 12:51 PM

Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter addressed the media at Iceworks on Tuesday while the team was still on the ice for practice. He said he tested out the waters yesterday, skating by himself, but has an off day today and will skate again tomorrow.

As for when he thinks he’ll be ready for his next team practice, he’s hoping soon, calling what was initially reported as a groin injury, just a Charlie-horse. However, the roster needs to be set by 3 p.m. tomorrow so if Niederreiter is expected to join the team for practice, roster moves would have to be made.

Missing this last week of camp has been upsetting for the rookie winger. He’s currently unsure of his place on the team this year and said he hasn’t had conversations with General Manager Garth Snow or Head Coach Jack Capuano.

“I still don’t know if I am going to stay here or not,” Niederreiter said. “It’s just not easy (sitting out). I would have liked to have another week to show that I am ready.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 11:53 AM

The lines at today's practice at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset are the same as yesterday:

Forwards
Tavares-Moulson-Parenteau
Okposo-Nielsen-Grabner
Comeau-Bailey-Rolston
Martin-Reasoner-Pandolfo
Kabanov-Strome-Frischmon

Defensemen
Streit-Staios
MacDonald-Hamonic
Eaton-Mottau
Reese

Goaltenders
DiPietro
Montoya
Nabokov

Trevor Gillies, Milan Jurcina (groin), and Nino Niederreiter (groin) did not skate.
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The first round of cuts have been made, but that doesn't stop us from posting the last round of training camp images. Click on the photo of Mark Streit defending against Nino Niederreiter during 2011 Training Camp at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 to view a photo gallery.

(Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.03.2011 / 2:44 PM

After suffering a groin injury in the first week of Islanders training camp (Sept. 21), 38-year-old forward Brian Rolston has been sidelined. He started skating on his own last Thursday and then finally began skating with the team Sunday.

“Really, this was my first day practicing,” Rolston said after practice at Iceworks on Monday. “I did practice yesterday, but it was a full practice today. I felt good. It’s a lot of fun to be back out there. It’s never fun to be sitting out.”

The Islanders acquired Rolston during free agency and training camp has been his first opportunity to learn the system and work with his new teammates and coaches. Even with the setback, the 15-year NHL veteran is confident he’ll be ready for Opening Night.

“You definitely need training camp to get prepared, so I’m going to have a short week here to get prepared,” Rolston said of his return. “I plan on working hard every day to get where I need to be to for Saturday.”

He added, “We’re going to go through some things that I just need to get a little sharper on, but other than that, I felt good physically. That’s the first step.”

As for seeing time on the power play, Rolston has been working the point for years and is confident he’ll be able to step right in.

“I think we’ll work on (the power play) this week,” Rolston said. “I’m pretty familiar with what I’m going to be doing out there. I’ve been going through a lot of things, but I’ve been playing the point on the power play for a long time. So it should come pretty easy to me.”
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POSTED ON Monday, 10.03.2011 / 11:26 AM

Over the weekend, the Islanders cut their roster to 28 players. If the team is going to carry three goaltenders, at least to start the season, management will have to trim the roster by five skaters before Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.

These were the lines at today's practice at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset:

Forwards
Tavares-Moulson-Parenteau
Okposo-Nielsen-Grabner
Comeau-Bailey-Rolston
Martin-Reasoner-Pandolfo
Kabanov-Strome-Frischmon

Defensemen
Streit-Staios
MacDonald-Hamonic
Eaton-Mottau
Reese

Goaltenders
DiPietro
Montoya
Nabokov

Trevor Gillies, Milan Jurcina (groin), and Nino Niederreiter (groin) did not skate.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 8:33 AM
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POSTED ON Friday, 09.30.2011 / 3:17 PM

The Islanders roster headed for New Jersey didn’t skate at Iceworks this morning. Here are some notes on Islanders prospects.

The Russian Winger
Kirill Kabanov got to play in his first NHL exhibition game in Calgary on Tuesday night. On a line with fellow prospect Ryan Strome, Kabanov said he learned a lot about playing with men and what it’s going to take for him to reach his goal of playing at the NHL level.

“In my first game, I tried not to make mistakes and I tried not to make turnovers,” Kabanov said. “I just wanted to keep it simple. This is a different level from junior. It’s a lot faster speed, so I was really excited about that.”

While Kabanov said he’d like to get faster, his speed is already on target for the NHL game. However, to play the type of physical game Kabanov is known for, he knows he has a lot of work ahead of him.

“I just want to get bigger, more physical and just play my game on the boards,” Kabanov said. “I like playing in the corners. I just want to try to prove myself at that level, make my speed faster and make decisions faster. Those are the things I’m working on.”

Working on Chemistry
David Ullstrom and Justin DiBenedetto were linemates in the second half of last season on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. At camp, their line has stuck, hoping to establish chemistry for a strong season in the American Hockey League.

“Camp has been good so far,” Ullstrom said. “It’s been really tough. I think Cappy and the staff are really sending a message about wanting the team in shape, so it’s been a good couple of weeks here. I’ve been getting a lot of good ice time and some good off-ice practices.”

The pair enjoys playing together.

“It’s really great playing with DiBo (DiBenedetto),” Ullstrom said. “He’s always driving the net, playing hard. He’s always in front of the net banging in rebounds, so I know where to find him.”

DiBenedetto said, “We built pretty good chemistry. I’m looking forward to doing the same this year.”

First Year Pro
Tyler McNeely, a Northeastern graduate, will also play this year with the Sound Tigers. At his first NHL camp and playing in his first NHL exhibitions, the forward said he’s learned a lot from this experience and hopes to adapt what he’s learned to his game so that one day he’ll have a shot on the Islanders.

“It’s a big learning curve, but you have to learn a lot quick and I think I’ve done that here,” McNeely said. “The pace and being smart (are different from college and the AHL). It’s important to know where you have to be on the ice. There are a lot of smart guys out there and a lot of skilled guys out there, so if you’re in the wrong position, you’re going to get burnt. Just being smart out there is the biggest thing.”

Lineups from today’s practice at Iceworks:

Forwards
Okposo-Nielsen-Grabner
Moulson-Tavares-Backman
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Marcinko
Kabanov-Cizikas-McNeely
Gallant-Romano

Defensemen
MacDonald
Hamonic
Wishart
Reese
de Haan
Olson
Klementyev

Goaltenders
Montoya
Nabokov
Nilsson
Koskinen

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.30.2011 / 9:47 AM

Here's tonight's 20-man roster headed to New Jersey:

Forwards: Comeau, Reasoner, Niederreiter, Pandolfo, Bailey, Parenteau, Martin, Strome, Wallace, Gillies, Frischmon, Haley

Defensemen: Streit, Staios, Ness, Eaton, Donovan, Mottau

Goaltenders: DiPietro, Poulin

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 12:38 PM

At noon today, all five skaters placed on waivers yesterday cleared. This makes Trevor Frischmon, Tomas Marcinko, Dylan Reese, Tim Wallace and Ty Wishart eligible to play for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, but does not eliminate them from making the Islanders roster.

"I think it's wide open," said Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano. "We have to win hockey games. Just because those guys were sent down on waivers doesn't necessarily mean that (they can't make the Islanders roster). Those guys are going to play this weekend, they're going to be in the lineup."

Lineups for second session:

Forwards
Comeau-Reasoner-Romano
DiBenedetto-Ullstrom-Haley
Pandolfo-Frischmon-Wallace
Kabanov-Strome-Gillies

Defensemen
Reese-Wishart
Donovan-de Haan
Klementyev

Goalies
Nabokov
Poulin
Koskinen

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 10:22 AM


Click the photo of Tyler McNeely and Brett Gallant shooting on Kevin Poulin to view a photo gallery from the Islanders 2011 Training Camp.



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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 9:52 AM

The groups will remain the same today with three minor changes. Goaltender Kevin Poulin, forward Tony Romano and defenseman Anton Klementyev will join the group that returned from Calgary in the second on-ice session of the day.

Expect the groups to be divided further tomorrow.

Also, it appears as if the five players that were placed on waivers yesterday will also be skating. Tomas Marcinko is on the ice with the first group. We’ll find out if they’ve all cleared by noon today.

Forwards
Moulson-Tavares-Niederreiter
Okposo-Nielsen-Grabner
Martin-Bailey-Parenteau
McNeely-Cizikas-Backman
Gallant-Marcinko

Defensemen
Streit-Eaton
MacDonald-Hamonic
Mottau-Ness
Olson

Goaltenders
DiPietro
Montoya
Nilsson
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F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
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M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
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